How Cal Golf Went From A Ragtag Team to the Top of the GameBy Scott Ball
Cal's masters of golf are leading the way. But it wasn't always this way.
Safe at Home! Remembering Cal’s Season on the Brink
Under darkened skies laden with humidity and sparked by lightning, Cal’s Devon Rodriquez slowly strode to the plate. It was June 6, 2011, the title game of the NCAA Baseball Regionals in Houston, the Golden Bears’ most crucial at-bat in their most dramatic of seasons—one in which the very existence of the team hung in […]
WATCH: The Dragonfly and the Hammer
From ESPN to the NBA, Black Alumni Have Made Their Mark in Athletics
For these athletes, Berkeley was just the beginning. 1. Kurt Streeter Over his long journalistic career, Kurt Streeter has spent time at ESPN, the Los Angeles Times, and the Baltimore Sun. But since 2017, he has been writing features and essays for the New York Times, his stories focusing on the intersection of sports, culture, politics, […]
Forging Pathways On and Off the Court
A conversation with G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim Former Cal basketball star Shareef Abdur-Rahim was named president of the G League, the official minor league of the National Basketball Association, in 2018. Per its website, the G League operates as a research and development laboratory to prepare players, coaches, and staff for an NBA career. Under […]
Eddie Hart Almost Became the World’s Fastest Man
The Olympic sprinter remembers the day he was late to the race. I FOUND OUT VERY EARLY ON THAT I COULD RUN FAST. Shell, the company my dad worked at for 40 years, hosted these annual picnics where they’d put on a 50-yard dash for the kids. I’d win every year, my dad bragging, “That’s […]
One Man’s Search for Baseball’s Underdogs
Of all the casualties of the coronavirus pandemic, the delay of the Major League Baseball season ranks pretty low on the list, closer to the cancellation of Coachella than the shuttering of all public schools. And yet for many people sports would have been the ideal distraction from the stress and uncertainty of the present […]
College Athletes Could Soon Cash In
A new state bill could be a game-changer for athletes, colleges, and the NCAA. IN NOVEMBER OF 2015, A FEW DAYS BEFORE the Big Game between UC Berkeley and Stanford, California State Sen. Nancy Skinner attended an Oakland Rotary Club meeting. That day, as it often does, the club was discussing athletics, and it had […]
Editor’s Note: Show Student-Athletes the Money
Not everyone is on board. There’s money in college sports. Lots of it. March Madness, the national basketball tournament, alone brings in more than $900 million annually for the NCAA, the nonprofit that oversees college athletics in America. And big-time college football generates even more revenue than basketball. The athletes who play these sports, however, […]
It Was the Best Day of His Life. Then Everything Changed.
Six months after receiving his ALS diagnosis, ex-football star Eric Stevens is in the biggest battle of his life. The Big Game of 2010 didn’t start off well for Cal fullback Eric Stevens. The Bears lost to Stanford, 48–14. But on his way back to his apartment he ran into Amanda Glass. They stopped and […]
Silent Star: Marshawn Lynch a No-Show in New Film About His Life
David Shields was having a good night. His new film, a biographical documentary about retired running back and former Cal phenomenon Marshawn Lynch, had just screened to a packed and enthusiastic house at The New Parkway Theater in downtown Oakland. Now he was joined at the front of the theatre for a Q&A by former […]
Elite Athletes and the Pregnancy Penalty
Track star Alysia Montaño takes on the Man.