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Rabb records third straight double-double in Cal's win vs SE Louisiana

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Rabb records third straight double-double in Cal's win vs SE Louisiana

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BERKELEY -- Ivan Rabb has posted a double-double in all three games he's played this season, but after Cal's 67-55 win over Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday, the sophomore forward said he still hasn't found his comfort zone.

"Honestly it's still a little rough," said Rabb, an AP preseason All-American, who missed more than a month of practice time and the season's first two games with a toe injury. "I missed a lot of shots I normally make. My teammates tell me, `Don't get frustrated, keep your head up." Rabb had 17 points and 10 rebounds against the Lions.

Charlie Moore scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half to set the tone and led the Bears (4-1) in scoring for the third time in the past four games. Moore, who entered the game as the Pac-12 Conference's No. 3 scorer averaging 19.8 points, made 4 of 6 from the 3-point arc.

"Gosh, he's got such a great future," Southeastern Louisiana coach Jay Ladner said of Moore. "He was really the difference in the game."

Grant Mullins added 13 points and Kingsley Okoroh had 10 points and nine rebounds for Cal.

Davon Hayes led Southeastern Louisiana (4-3) with 11 points. Moses Greenwood added 10 points.

Rabb returned to Cal after being projected as an NBA lottery pick, and through three games is averaging 16 points and 10.3 rebounds. But his game still appears a bit ragged.

"I've had very limited practices," Rabb said. "When you try to practice a few times and go and play, it's night and day. The games are a lot faster. But I'm starting to get into a groove and my conditioning is getting little better."

Cal coach Cuonzo Martin said Rabb's uneven play is understandable. "You miss that kind of time, you're a step slow," he said. "My thing is defend, rebound and play hard. The scoring will come."

Southeastern Louisiana was in a hole from the start. Guard Marlain Veal picked up three fouls in a span of 11 seconds and Cal led 11-1. Veal, coming off a 20-point game at Colorado State, scored just two points before fouling out.

For the second straight game, Cal led by 20 points in the second half then allowed its opponent to cut the margin to single digits. This time, the Bears missed 10 straight shots and the Lions pulled within 48-39 with 10 minutes left.

"I thought we played great in the second half. We made a game out of it," Ladner said. "We got a little discombobulated there when Veal picked up three quick fouls to start the game. It took a while for us to get settled down."

BIG PICTURE

Cal: The Bears will be without junior center Kameron Rooks indefinitely after he injured his left knee Friday against Wyoming. Rooks, who started two of Cal's first four games, was averaging 6.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. He is scheduled to undergo further tests.

Rooks joins senior guard Jabari Bird on the shelf. Bird, a former McDonald's All-American, scored 14 points in Cal's opener but has missed the past four games with back spasms. The timetable for his return is uncertain.

Southeastern Louisiana: Turnovers have been a thorn for the Lions. They entered play Sunday tied for 263rd nationally at 17.2 turnovers per game, and they had three against Cal before scoring their first field goal. Southeastern finished with 16 giveaways.

UP NEXT

Cal plays its fourth game in a five-game homestand on Wednesday against Louisiana Tech (3-2), whose two defeats this season were on the road to South Carolina and Nebraska.

Having completed a three-game road trip through Texas, Colorado and California, Southeastern Louisiana returns home to play Wednesday against Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-6), which is playing its sixth road game in seven.

Kyler Murray suffers first loss as OU starting QB in wild Red River Rivalry

Kyler Murray suffers first loss as OU starting QB in wild Red River Rivalry

Kyler Murray never lost a Texas high school football game, going 42-0 as a prep with three straight state championships. He can't say the same about being a starting quarterback in the Red River Rivalry. 

Playing in front of his home state at the University of Texas, Murray found himself on the other side of one of the biggest rivalries in college football. And a last-second Texas field goal put an end to his and Oklahoma's perfect record this season. 

That doesn't mean Murray didn't continue his Heisman campaign in the 48-45 loss. 

[JOHNSON: A's top pick Kyler Murray always envisioned himself as a two-sport star]

Murray, the Sooners quarterback and A's top draft pick last June, threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, Murray rushed for another 92 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. He did have mistakes with one interception and one fumble. 

Looking to pull off a two-touchdown comeback, Murray made plays like this with his arm. 

That wasn't even close to his biggest highlight of the day. Down 45-31 with 5:21 left, Murray showed off his blazing wheels for perhaps the best run of this college football season. 

Through six games, Murray now has 1,764 passing yards with 21 touchdowns through the air to three interceptions. He's been just as impressive using his legs, rushing for 377 yards and five more scores.

Last season during his Heisman campaign, Baker Mayfield, who Murray replaced at Oklahoma, total 1,937 passing yards through six games with 17 touchdowns and one interception. He also had 101 yards on the ground and one more score. 

Comparing the two, Murray (2,141) has 103 more total yards than Mayfield did in 2017 through the first six games, and eight more touchdowns.

If Murray is wearing an A's jersey in a few years, don't blink with him on the base paths. 

Former Cal star Jabari Bird arrested for domestic incident, kidnapping

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Former Cal star Jabari Bird arrested for domestic incident, kidnapping

BOSTON — Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is facing several charges following a domestic incident in which a victim was injured, police said.

Bird, a second-round draft choice of the Celtics in 2017, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after splitting his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League.

“Jabari Bird is currently being guarded by the Boston Police at a local hospital for an evaluation after a domestic incident that occurred in Brighton on Friday,” the department said in a brief statement Saturday. “The victim involved in the incident was also transported to a separate hospital for treatment of injuries sustained.”

Police said complaints would be sought against Bird for assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping. He could be arraigned as early as Monday in Brighton District Court. Brighton is a neighborhood of Boston.

No other details were immediately released.

“We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously,” the Celtics said in a statement on Saturday. “We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”

A message left with Bird’s agent, Aaron Goodwin, was not immediately returned.

Bird, 24, played his college basketball at California where he earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors and led the Golden Bears in scoring in his final season at the school.

He appeared in 13 regular-season games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3.0 points per game.