Cal wins NCAA title in men's swimming and diving


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 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.
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Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game


Joerger shakes things up, Cauley-Stein responds with big game

SACRAMENTO -- Faced with demotion, you have two options, sulk or come out swinging. Willie Cauley-Stein chose option two Friday evening at Golden 1 Center.

After starting all 14 games to begin the season, Cauley-Stein found himself relegated to the second unit against the Portland Trail Blazers. The 7-footer looked energized by the move and made one play after another as the Kings came away with the 86-82 victory.

“I felt free - period,” Cauley-Stein said following the win. “Both offensively, defensively. I’m quarterbacking on defense. I’m getting to make plays on offense. I just feel liberated. I feel like it’s unlocking.”

The third-year big began the 2017-18 campaign with back-to-back double-doubles, but hadn’t notched double-figures in rebounds since. Over his previous eight games, the Kings’ starting center was averaging just 4.3 boards per game.

Against Portland, Cauley-Stein played sparkling defense, hit 9-of-17 from the floor for a team-high 22 points and hit the glass for 10 boards. He skied above the Blazers bigs for a rebound with 3.4 seconds remaining and his second free throw attempt sealed the win for a Kings team in desperate need of a win.

“Willie’s a hell of a player, obviously,” veteran big Kosta Koufos said. “He’s really athletic, he’s a special talent.”

Koufos and Cauley-Stein made a devastating defensive duo for Sacramento. Both bigs showed on the high pick-and-roll and avoided fouling the Blazers high-powered guards.

“That’s a crazy defensive lineup right there, me and Kosta play really well together,” Cauley-Stein said. “I’ve been waiting for that lineup since we started.”

Damian Lillard scored 29 points, but he shot just 9-of-25 from the field and 5-for-14 from long range. C.J. McCollum knocked down 8-of-15 from the floor, but he missed all four of his 3-point attempts as Sacramento closed out and pressured the shooter all night long.

Cauley-Stein wasn’t the only starter to find himself on the bench to start the game. Dave Joerger turned to a dual point guard backcourt, using De’Aaron Fox and George Hill side-by-side, while bringing rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic in with the second unit.

Playing off the ball for long stretches, Hill responded to the move with 14 points and five assists in 27 minutes. Fox had a quiet offensive night, but his defense on both Lillard and McCollum was inspired.

“We can both attack and he’s a great shooter so that really helps me,” Fox said of Hill. “He’s a mentor on the court. It’s a lot easier to play with him then to watch him play.”

Sacramento held Portland to just 37 percent shooting overall and 28 percent from behind the arc. They pressured the Blazers in the backcourt and slowed the game to screeching halt.

With the win, the Kings snapped their three-game losing streak and improved to 4-11 on the season. They jumped a plane for Portland following the game where they’ll face the same Trail Blazer team Saturday in a rare back-to-back against the same team.

The Kings likely be without the services of shooting guard Buddy Hield, who left the game in the fourth quarter with a sprained right ankle. Hield limped into the locker room on crutches following the victory and the initial indications point to him missing the rematch.

A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach


A's hire Matt Williams as third base coach

OAKLANDThe Oakland A’s named Matt Williams as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2018 season, the club announced today.

Williams spent five seasons on the Arizona Diamondbacks coaching staff as first base coach (2010) and third base coach (2011-13, 16) and also managed the Washington Nationals for two seasons.  He was named National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in his first season as manager in 2014, guiding the Nationals to a 96-66 record and an NL East title.  He went 83-79 in 2015 for a 179-145 (.552) record in two seasons as manager.

Williams played 17 seasons in the majors with San Francisco (1987-96), Cleveland (1997) and Arizona (1998-2003).  He was a .268 career hitter with 378 home runs and 1218 RBI in 1866 games.  Williams was a five-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves as a third baseman.

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