Cal wins NCAA title in men's swimming and diving

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Cal wins NCAA title in men's swimming and diving

March 26, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. -- The No. 1-ranked California men's swimming team, powered by national titles by senior Nathan Adrian and a victory in the 400 free relay during the final day of the meet, earned its top ranking by winning the 2011 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday (March 26) at the Dorothy L. Shepard Pool in Minneapolis. The Golden Bears, led by fourth-year coach David Durden, won their first NCAA team title in men's swimming since capturing back to back titles under Nort Thornton in 1979-80.In a dramatic conclusion to its national title run, Cal's 400 free relay team of senior Graeme Moore, senior Josh Daniels, sophomore Tom Shields and senior Adrian won the meet's final event with a time of 2:47.39 to give the Bears a 493 to 470.5 point victory over Texas in the team standing. Stanford placed third in the meet with 403 points.Earlier on Saturday, Adrian won his second title of the NCAA meet by capturing the 100 free for the third straight year, recording a time of 41.10. He is the third Cal athlete to win the national title in the 100 free three years in a row, joining Olympic gold medalists Matt Biondi (1985-87) and Anthony Ervin (2000-02). "This is such an awesome experience," said Durden of his team's national title. "I came to Cal four years ago and to be able to work with this group of seniors...it is just wonderful to be able to finish this way with them. I couldn't be more thrilled."Along with Adrian's victory in the 100 free and the 400 free relay win, the Bears had several other swims that led to the national title Saturday. Senior Martti Aljand was the national runner-up in the 200 breast with a time of 1:58.88, and Shields was third in the 200 fly with a mark of 1:41.20. Other point scorers for Cal on the meet's final day were Moore's seventh place finish in the 100 free (42.39). In the 200 breast Dugonjic placed eighth (1:56.94), sophomore Trevor Hoyt won the B Final with a time of 1:54.21. In the 200 fly, junior Robbie Sullivan earned 11 points with an eighth place finish (1:45.84). On Friday, Dugonjic won the 100 breast national title for the third year in a row, topping the field with a time of 50.49, breaking his own school record of 50.86 set in 2009. Shields won the 100 back in a school record time of 45.03, while the 200 medley relay team of senior Guy Barnea, Dugonjic, senior Graeme Moore and senior Nathan Adrian won the national crown with a time of 1:23.12, securing the NCAA title in that event for the second straight year.On Thursday, Adrian won the 50 free with a new American record of 18.66; and the 400 medley relay squad of Barnea (backstroke), Dugonjic (breaststroke), Shields (butterfly) and Adrian (freestyle) out-swam runner-up Texas (3:06.10) to win the national title in that event for the second year in a row. The Cal men's swimming and diving team joins the Bears' women's swimming and diving team as national champions during the 2010-11 campaign.
Courtesy Cal Athletics media services

Relocation approval 'offers more clarity' when Raiders recruit future free agents

Relocation approval 'offers more clarity' when Raiders recruit future free agents

PHOENIX -- The Raiders are entering a limbo period, with just a few seasons in Oakland before relocating to Las Vegas. NFL owners formally approved a move on Monday, though the Raiders don’t want to leave the East Bay until a new stadium is ready in 2020.

While there are contingencies to leave the market early based upon how fans react to the Raiders remaining in Oakland after committing to Las Vegas, that isn’t what the Raiders want. After years of stadium uncertainty, they leave the NFL owners meetings with clarity regarding their long-term future.

General manager Reggie McKenzie believes that should help free agents considering silver and black. The uncertainty prompted questions in recent years that McKenzie can answer when recruiting veteran talent now that relocation has been approved.

“By Mark saying that the plan is for us to be in Oakland for two more years (at least), but we will be in Vegas, I think it offers more clarity,” McKenzie said. “It lets the players know. It’s better than two months ago, when everyone had questions. When you were talking to a free agent, they know we want to move but weren’t sure if it was going to pass. They didn’t know. Now they know a decision has been made by the league to let us move.”

That will help McKenzie more in the future than present. Roster turnover is high these days, meaning most currently employed by the Raiders won’t play for the home team in Las Vegas. Only David Amerson, Kelechi Osemele and Marquette King are would be under contract when the team wants to move.

The Raiders are working on extensions for Derek Carr, Gabe Jackson and Khalil Mack, with others possibly locked up down the line.

In addition to playing with Carr and Mack and for head coach Jack Del Rio, there’s another attraction to signing with the Raiders. There’s no state income tax in Nevada, meaning a contract there is worth more than the same deal in California. The Golden State generally takes 13.3 percent of significant income earned there.

There will be other issues about playing in Las Vegas, where gambling is legal, a drink can be had 24 hours per day and vices abound in a place called Sin City.

The Raiders will construct a support system to keep players focused, and are ready to handle any questions players and their families may have about an upcoming move.

“Now there are questions from the drafted guys about when they become free agents, because they might be in Vegas. That’s going to be different. There are questions that way, but it’s not going to alter the way we go after players. Some of the guys, parents and agents may have questions, but I don’t think it’s anything out of whack.”

Warriors to update Durant's status on Wednesday

Warriors to update Durant's status on Wednesday

Plans appear to be changing.

Kevin Durant was supposed to have his left knee re-evaluated on Thursday when the Warriors return to the Bay Area, but prior to Tuesday's game in Houston, head coach Steve Kerr told reporters that the Warriors will have an update on their injured All-Star on Wednesday.

Durant was out on the court before Tuesday's game working out. He was seen shooting, cutting and dunking.

Durant has been out since Feb. 28 with a strained MCL and tibial bone bruise.

The Warriors play the Rockets on Tuesday night and face the Spurs on Wednesday evening.