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Cal faces Stanford with share of title on the line

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Cal faces Stanford with share of title on the line

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Sundays game between Cal and Stanford with title implications will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 2:30 p.m.

BERKELEY -- The mood went from hopeful to resolute in Haas Pavilion on Saturday afternoon after learning that a win at Stanford on Sunday would net Cal a share of the inaugural Pac-12 regular season title.It feels good, senior forward Harper Kamp told CSNBayArea.com. Tomorrows game is very important to us to start with, but seeing the result of the UCLA-Washington game, it just means a little more to us.Cal (23-7, 13-4 Pac-12) entered Saturday a game behind Washington in the standings, but a resurgent UCLA squad upset the Huskies 75-69 in Los Angeles, resulting in a jubilant atmosphere among the players in the locker room.
I dont think theres much to say, Kamp added. I think everyone knows whats on the line. I think we play well with high energy. We got to come out with some fire and just be ready. To play on another teams home court is always hard, so we just got to come out with some energy.Two years ago, Cal celebrated their first conference championship since 1960 on the Maples Pavilion floor with a 71-61 victory. Now the Golden Bears have the opportunity to replicate the feat in the same hostile environment.I feel like everythings going our way right now, sophomore point guard Justin Cobbs said. Now its all in our hands, to take care of business Sunday against Stanford, and if we get that win, all our dreams come true with a Pac-12 championship, so Im excited.The Cardinal (19-10, 9-8), currently in seventh, would love nothing more than to spoil their archrivals dreams. Stanford is hoping to erase the memory of a heartbreaking one-point loss to Utah on the road last Saturday.In addition to a share of the title, Cal will be playing for the top seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament, which takes place March 7-10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Bears have already clinched second place, but will clearly be aiming for more at Maples.

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.