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Cal Bears beat Utah in double-overtime on Bird's game-winner

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Cal Bears beat Utah in double-overtime on Bird's game-winner

BOX SCORE

BERKELEY — Jabari Bird scored 10 points in the second overtime including an alley-oop layup with 2.1 seconds left and California beat Utah 77-75 on Thursday night to move into a tie for tie for third place in the Pac-12 Conference.

Bird finished with a season-high 26 points for the Bears (16-6, 7-3), who have won six of their past seven games and remain unbeaten in three overtime contests this season.

Bird made two 3-pointers in overtime, but couldn't settle the outcome until catching a pass at the rim from Charlie Moore and dropping the ball through the net.

Moore had 17 points, seven assists and three steals for Cal and Ivan Rabb logged his 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Kyle Kuzma had 23 points and 14 rebounds for his 13th double-double to lead Utah (15-7, 6-4) and Lorenzo Bonam scored 15 points, nine of them coming in the second overitme.

In the first overtime, Kuzma scored a layup with seven seconds left to tie the score at 62-all. Bird had given the Bears a lead by hitting a jump shot with 22 seconds remaining.

Moore had a chance to win it in regulation, but missed the second of two free throws with three seconds left, leaving the score tied at 55-all.

Cal built leads of 8-0 and 12-2 as the Utes turned the ball over six times in their first nine possessions. The Bears were up 30-18 with three minutes left in the half before Utah pulled within 34-26 at halftime, despite 10 turnovers.

The Utes did not take their first lead until Collette hit two free throws for a 51-50 advantage with 6:05 left in the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Utah: The Utes, with a chance to move into a tie for third place, dropped to a share of fifth place in the Pac-12 with USC.

Cal: The Bears needed a win here with a rough final stretch of the Pac-12 schedule looming. The Bears play five of their final seven conference games on the road.

UP NEXT

Utah: The Utes on Saturday visit Stanford, where last year they lost 70-68 in overtime.

Cal: The Bears complete a three-game home stand Sunday against Colorado. The Bears are 11-1 all-time against the Buffaloes in games played in Berkeley.

Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

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Pac-12 basketball teams near Barcelona terrorist attack safe

Men's basketball teams from Oregon State, Clemson and Arizona were staying at a hotel in Barcelona, Spain, near where a van drove into pedestrians on Thursday, but team officials said everyone was safe.

Spanish police have confirmed they are investigating the bloodshed in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district as a terror attack. The area is a popular summer tourist spot.

Tulane also was playing in Barcelona, but it was unclear if they were staying in the same hotel as the other teams.

Oregon State assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb posted to Facebook: "We are all luckily ok. Our hotel/restaurant is located right on Las Ramblas. This tragedy happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for pregame meal. Thoughts and prayers for all those that are were hurt."

The Beavers' game Thursday night was canceled. It was supposed to be the first of a five-game tour.

Clemson was scheduled to play Thursday night against a Spanish All-Star team.

"We've been in contact with our men's basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure. Their exhibition game for tonight has been cancelled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow morning. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona," the South Carolina school said in a statement.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that the three teams were staying in the same hotel.

"We are fine. Thankful to be safe and together," Brownell wrote.

Tulane athletic director Troy Tannen confirmed via social media that the Green Wave players and staff were safe.

Replying to a Twitter inquiry from a Portland television about whether the team was OK, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle responded: "Yes we are, happened directly in front of our hotel while we were having a team meal in the restaurant, so senseless and sad! All accounted4."

Oregon State said it has not yet determined the remaining schedule for the team, which was supposed to be on the exhibition tour until Aug. 25.

A spokesman for Arizona said the Wildcats have canceled their third and final exhibition of their tour and "are currently working on travel plans to return home."

The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

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The future of Cal athletics, or lack thereof

Your education dollars are always at work, so it is with pride and bewilderment that we report that the University of California’s incoming class (2021, for those few who can get out in four years) marched to Memorial Stadium and formed the world’s largest human letter.
 
It was . . . wait for it . . . a “C.” A 7,196-person-strong “C.”
 
But the school, as it occasionally does, missed a golden opportunity to seize a golden opportunity. All they needed to do was have a quick whip-round, get $55,586.44 from each and every one of the captives . . . er, students, and they could have wiped out their entire athletics deficit in one night.
 
You see, while forming gigantic letters is always fun (or as the kids used to say when double negatives didn’t mean voting, never not fun), Cal is staring at quite possibly the bleakest future a major athletic university ever has. The athletic department, whose chief officer, Mike Williams, has just announced his intention to quit, is over $400 million in debt between construction costs, ambition, shrinking allegiance and the absence of a Phil Knight-level sugar daddy to buy the pain away.
 
And before you blame Williams, he inherited this indigestible planetoid from his predecessor, Sandy Barbour, who grew it from her predecessor, Steve Gladstone, and hastened it from . . . well, you get the drift. 
 
Cal’s been blowing through money it hasn’t been taking in for years upon years, didn’t realize the deficit-cutting benefits of the Pac-12 Network (because they largely don’t exist), and the day of reckoning looms closer and closer, especially now that new chancellor Carol Christ (no apparent relation) described the deficit as “corrosive” and has insisted that the athletic department have a balanced budget by 2020.
 
In short, the school may only be able to afford a lower-case “C” before too long. Maybe in comic sans.