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Sunday, June 19, 2016
BERKELEY - Davis Webb found the end zone five times as the No. 23 Golden Bears knocked off No. 19 Washington State in a heated, physical Pac-12 match-up.

It was a heated, physical battle from the get-go.

Webb finished the day 27 of 41 for 385 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions and punched in another score on the goal line for Cal. Freshman receiver Carlos Strickland was on the receiving end of three of Webb's touchdowns and finished the day with six total catches for 107 yards.

Chad Hansen also eclipsed the 100-yard mark, with five catches for 112 yards and a touchdown. Khalfani Muhammad rushed 23 times for 154 yards and caught seven passes for 37 yards for the Golden Bears.

Gabe Marks hauled in 15 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns for Washington State and River Cracraft added five catches for 86 yards and one score.

After a scoreless first quarter from both teams, the Golden Bears struck first when Webb connected with Strickland for a 24-yard touchdown midway through the second. Moments later Luke Falk led a touchdown drive for the Cougars to take a 7-7 tie into halftime.

Strickland was on the receiving end of three Webb touchdowns.

The halftime speech apparently hit home as Cal came out fired up after the break. A few plays into the third quarter, Strickland hauled in his second touchdown, a 70-yarder, and followed it with a 7-yard score on the next drive.

Falk wasn't going to let the Cougars (3-2) go down easy as he found Gabe Marks for touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters to cut the lead to seven, 28-21, with 3:05 to go.

However, Webb had one more long touchdown drive in the tank, which resulted in a 60-yard strike to Chad Hansen to make it a two-score game, 35-21, and hang on to the win for Cal (6-0).

Washington State Cougars at California Golden Bears
Oct 9, 20181ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
#19 Washington State Cougars (3-2 (1-1))077721
#23 California Golden Bears (6-0 (3-0))07141435
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense469555
Rushing Yards5-18-032-170-1
Passing Yards33-66-451-327-41-385-4
First Downs2123
Punt Return Yards2530
Kick Return Yards9157
Total Yards585642
3rd Down Conversion4-144-11
4th Down Conversion1-21-1
2-Point Conversion0-00-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals5-3-03-2-0
Possession Time11:2420:36
Scoring Summary
3:21(CAL) C. Strickland, 24-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)07
1:41(WSU) R. Cracraft, 5-yard pass from L. Falk (E. Powell kick)77
7:27(CAL) C. Strickland, 70-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)714
3:57(CAL) C. Strickland, 7-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)721
2:23(WSU) G. Marks, 5-yard pass from L. Falk (E. Powell kick)1421
4:26(CAL) D. Webb, 2-yard run (N. Beito kick)1428
3:05(WSU) G. Marks, 14-yard pass from L. Falk (E. Powell kick)2128
1:55(CAL) C. Hansen, 60-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)2135
Washington State Cougars
L. Falk33/6645131
L. Falk3134.30
G. Wicks252.50
G. Marks1520013.32
G. Wicks5438.60
R. Cracraft58617.21
D. Williams48421.00
R. Lewis3227.30
T. Baker11616.00
S. Luani10
C. White9
P. Pelluer6
T. Taliulu5
C. Leniu4
I. McLennan31
J. Allison21
D. Vaeao111
E. Powell0/23/330
Z. Charme522745.40
K. Priester36622.00
T. Martin Jr.22512.50
G. Marks3258.30
California Golden Bears
D. Webb27/4138542
K. Muhammad231546.60
D. Webb5-10-2.01
K. Noa2136.50
V. Enwere177.00
V. Wharton166.00
K. Muhammad7375.20
C. Strickland610717.83
C. Hansen511222.41
K. Noa45714.20
V. Wharton22010.00
R. Hudson23919.50
V. Enwere11313.00
C. Coleman9
D. Drew5
J. Jefferson5110
S. McClure5
H. Nickerson4
C. Dozier3
D. Allensworth3
J. Looney21
D. Wilson2
N. Beito0/25/550
C. Leininger313444.60
K Muhammad35719.00
K. Noa33010.00
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
Saturday, June 18, 2016
10:35 PM - June 18, 2016. Written by TTU38Alum

Don Joe

Defeating Oregon for their fifth consecutive win wasn't the only good thing that happened for Cal over the weekend. Following the game, the Golden Bears also picked up their first commitment for the 2017 class when Vista (Calif.) offensive tackle Wayne Butler pulled the trigger.

"I'm 100 percent committed to Cal," Butler told BearDown.com. "They're really building something special out here and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Butler is rated the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country by the 247Composite, at 89 overall and three-stars, and can play either spot for the Golden Bears. The 6-foot-5, 327-pounder chose Cal over an offer from Washington.

"I like their style of offense, I feel like it fits me well," Butler said.

Butler has a 3.8 GPA and was named second-team all-state as a junior.

Dynasty: TTU38Alum
10:14 PM - June 18, 2016. Written by TTU38Alum
BERKELEY - Davis Webb tossed five touchdown passes to boost Cal to a 35-28 home win against Oregon on Saturday as the Golden Bears are off to a 5-0 start on the season for the second consecutive year.

After only eight total yards of offense in the first quarter, Webb got going in the second quarter tossing two jump-ball touchdowns to Carlos Strickland, then finding a wide open Vic Wharton just before halftime to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room.

Webb threw for 332 yards and five touchdowns.

Royce Freeman busted a 44-yard run for the Ducks just after halftime to make it a game again, but Webb still had the hot hand connecting with Wharton on a 28-yard touchdown strike then Kanawai Noa on an 11-yard strike to end the third quarter up 35-14.

The Ducks finally got going in the fourth as Freeman found the end zone again and Vernon Adams Jr. connected with Dwayne Stanford for a second fourth-quarter touchdown, but there simply wasn't enough time left for Oregon.

Wharton had over 100 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Webb finished the day 30 of 46 for 332 yards and five touchdowns to just one interception and Khalfani Muhammad added 71 yards on the ground on 12 carries for the Bears.

Wharton led the receiving corps with six catches for 106 yards and two scores, but Noa also caught seven passes for 81 yards and Hansen pulled in seven for 71 yards. Strickland finished with five catches, 49 yards and two touchdowns.

Oregon (2-3) dropped its third consecutive game against a ranked team and Cal won its fifth straight (5-0).

Oregon Ducks at California Golden Bears
Oct 1, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Oregon Ducks (2-3)7071428
#25 California Golden Bears (5-0)02114035
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense331458
Rushing Yards28-154-229-111-0
Passing Yards17-30-177-232-49-347-5
First Downs1428
Punt Return Yards1343
Kick Return Yards6056
Total Yards404557
3rd Down Conversion6-138-15
4th Down Conversion0-02-2
2-Point Conversion0-00-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4-3-06-4-0
Possession Time11:3420:26
Scoring Summary
0:00(ORE) B. Addison, 6-yard pass from V. Adams Jr. (A. Schneider kick)70
4:38(CAL) C. Strickland, 15-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)77
2:20(CAL) C. Strickland, 14-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)714
0:02(CAL) V. Wharton III, 1-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick721
2:07(ORE) R. Freeman, 44-yard run (A. Schneider kick)1421
4:00(CAL) V. Wharton III, 28-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)1428
1:51(CAL) K. Noa, 11-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)1435
1:09(ORE) R. Freeman, 0-yard run (A. Schneider kick)2135
0:31(ORE) D. Stanford, 5-yard pass from V. Adams Jr. (A. Schneider kick)2835
Oregon Ducks
V. Adams Jr.17/3017720
R. Freeman151036.82
V. Adams Jr.13513.90
B. Addison7638.91
R. Freeman55410.80
D. Stanford22211.01
C. Nelson12929.00
E. Baylis188.00
D. Carrington111.00
U. Amadi91
C. Seisay7
R. Daniels7
T. Robinson6
J. Walker6
R. Hardrick51
C. Nelson5
A. Balducci5
A. Maloata31
H. Mondeaux21
A. Schneider0/04/440
T. Wheeler731144.40
B. Addison23919.50
C. Nelson12121.00
B. Addison2136.50
California Golden Bears
D. Webb30/4633251
R. Bowers2/31500
K. Muhammad12715.90
D. Webb9151.60
K. Noa4102.50
R. Bowers2168.00
V. Wharton III133.00
C. Forrest1-4-4.00
K. Muhammad7344.80
K. Noa78712.41
C. Hansen77110.10
V. Wharton III610617.62
C. Strickland5499.82
H. Nickerson8
C. Coleman6
D. Allensworth5
D. Wilson4
K. Kragen4
S. McClure3
C. Dozier3
J. Jefferson2
D. White2
D. Drew2
A. Cochran2
J. Kearney1
J. Looney1
N. Beito0/05/550
C. Leininger418847.01
B. Singleton24221.00
K. Muhammad11414.00
K. Noa6437.10
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
07:46 PM - June 18, 2016. Written by TTU38Alum
TEMPE - The Arizona State defense knocked Cal quarterback Davis Webb out of the game early, but that didn't matter as freshman Ross Bowers stepped in and continued to torch the Sun Devils.

Webb was nails before exiting the game with a minor back injury.

Webb hadn't missed a receiver yet, when he left the game 10-of-10 for 112 yards and a touchdown. He was injured, when he tucked the ball and went upfield for extra yardage when no receivers were opened and fumbled the ball away at the point of contact.

However, Bowers stepped in for the injured Webb and completed an astounding 19 of 23 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and just one interception as the two Cal quarterbacks completed a combined 88 percent of their passes.

Khalfani Muhammad and Bowers combined for 130 yards on the ground on 20 carries and four Golden Bear receivers - including Khalfani - passed the 70-yard mark on the day.

Hansen's 49-yard touchdown silenced the crowd at Sun Devil Stadium.

Both teams exchanged scores for the entire first half as the Sun Devils went into halftime up 21-17. The Golden Bears (4-0) quickly gained the lead in the third quarter, but Arizona State wasn't going to let it slip away easy.

Zane Gonzalez hit a 41-yard field goal in the fourth for the Sun Devils (1-1) to tie the game 24-24, but Bowers would find Chad Hansen on a 49-yard strike for the go-ahead score to start conference play off with a win.

California Golden Bears at Arizona State Sun Devils
Sep 24, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
California Golden Bears (4-0)7107731
Arizona State Sun Devils (1-1)7140324
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense561377
Rushing Yards32-168-135-147-2
Passing Yards29-33-393-317-30-130-1
First Downs2216
Punt Return Yards913
Kick Return Yards5465
Total Yards624455
3rd Down Conversion3-87-14
4th Down Conversion0-00-1
2-Point Conversion0-00-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals4-2-13-3-0
Possession Time20:0811:52
Scoring Summary
6:08(CAL) V. Wharton III, 38-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)70
0:30(ASU) M. Bercovici, 4-yard run (Z. Gonzalez kick)77
2:13(ASU) G. Chambers, 12-yard pass from M. Bercovici (Z. Gonzalez kick)714
3:29(CAL) R. Hudson, 4-yard pass from R. Bowers (N. Beito kick)1414
0:49(ASU) K. Ballage, 2-yard run (Z. Gonzalez kick)1421
0:00(CAL) N. Beito, 18-yard field goal1721
3:38(CAL) T. Watson, 7-yard run (N. Beito kick)2421
2:19(ASU) Z. Gonzalez, 41-yard field goal2424
5:21(CAL) C. Hansen, 49-yard pass from R. Bowers (N. Beito)3124
California Golden Bears
D. Webb10/1011210
R. Bowers19/2328121
K. Muhammad12705.80
R. Bowers8607.50
V. Enwere4215.20
K. Noa320.60
D. Webb252.50
V. Wharton III231.50
T. Watson177.01
K. Muhammad8739.10
V. Wharton III67212.01
K. Noa47919.70
C. Hansen37525.01
C. Strickland35719.00
V. Enwere2126.00
A. Aaron144.00
B. Singleton11717.00
R. Hudson144.01
D. Wilson81
D. White8
H. Nickerson5
C. Coleman41
M. Jalil4
S. McClure3
J. Looney3
J. Jefferson3
A. Tongilava2
J. Kearney2
K. Kragen2
C. Dozier2
D. Allensworth2
D. Drew1
K. Wells1
N. Beito1/14/4718
C. Leininger418947.20
B. Singleton35418.0
B. Singleton144.0
K. Noa155.0
Arizona State Sun Devils
M. Bercovici17/3023011
D. Richard18965.30
M. Bercovici14402.81
K. Ballage133.01
D. Lucien133.00
G. Chambers155.00
D. Foster710414.80
G. Chambers4338.21
D. Lucien36120.30
D. Richard22412.00
E. Jefferson188.00
L. Carrington12
J. Simone9
K. Brown51
A. Longino5
J. Johnson5
S. Fiso4
Z. Gonzalez1/23/3641
M. Haack418646.51
D. Hayes24321.50
D. Foster12222.00
D. Hayes11313.00
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
06:51 PM - June 18, 2016. Written by TTU38Alum
SAN DIEGO - Statistically, Cal has one of the top offenses in the country this season, but it was the Golden Bear defense that got it done against the Aztecs on Saturday.

Cal's defense allowed just 233 total yards while the offense racked up 520 yards of their own.

Davis Webb connected on 27 of 38 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown and added another score and 94 yards on 15 carries. Vic Enwere punched in two scores and 54 yards on 13 carries and Khalfani Muhammad ran nine times for 89 yards.

Hansen hauls in a catch and stays in bounds.

Tight end Raymond Hudson led all receivers with seven catches for 94 yards, and Chad Hansen caught five balls for 65 yards.

Both defenses played strong in the first half as Cal took a 7-0 halftime lead into the locker room. In the third quarter, Enwere punched in another Golden Bear touchdown to extend the lead 14-0, but on the next drive Damontae Kazee intercepted Webb and returned it 73 yards to cut the lead to 14-7.

Webb punches in a touchdown on the ground for the Golden Bears.

Cal (3-0) added two more scores in the fourth quarter and San Diego State (2-1) found the end zone again in the final minute for style points.

California Golden Bears at San Diego State Aztecs
Sep 17, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
California Golden Bears (3-0)0771428
San Diego State Aztecs (2-1)007714
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense520233
Rushing Yards41-254-328-108-0
Passing Yards27-39-266-113-24-125-1
First Downs3012
Punt Return Yards2632
Kick Return Yards4476
Total Yards590341
3rd Down Conversion10-142-13
4th Down Conversion0-12-3
2-Point Conversion0-00-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals5-4-06-1-0
Possession Time21:4410:16
Scoring Summary
3:59(CAL) D. Webb, 3-yard run (N. Beito kick)70
5:51(CAL) V. Enwere, 5-yard run (N Beito kick)140
2:53(SDSU) D. Kazee, 73-yard interception return (J. Baron II kick)147
7:40(CAL) V. Wharton III, 5-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)217
2:02(CAL) V. Enwere, 3-yard run (N. Beito kick)287
0:42(SDSU) E. Judge, 8-yard pass from C. Chapman (J. Baron II kick)2814
California Golden Bears
D. Webb27/3826611
C. Leininger0/1000
D. Webb15946.21
V. Enwere13544.12
K. Muhammad9899.80
K. Noa263.00
M. Stovall11111.00
V. Wharton III100.00
R. Hudson79413.40
C. Hansen56513.00
K. Muhammad4102.50
C. Strickland35016.60
A. Aaron3227.30
V. Wharton III2115.51
V. Enwere2-1-0.50
K. Noa11515.00
J. Jefferson10
D. Wilson61
H. Nickerson5
D. Allensworth5
M. Jalil5
K. Kragen4
J. Looney41
D. White4
C. Coleman3
C. Dozier2
D. Drew2
J. Kearney1
K. Wells1
N. Beito0/14/44
C. Leininger28643.01
B. Singleton23322.0
B. Singleton3186.00
K. Noa188.00
San Diego State Aztecs
C. Chapman13/2412510
D. Pumphrey241044.30
C. Chapman252.50
M. Holder1-3-3.00
E. Judge122.00
D. Pumphrey4307.50
D. Brunskill3268.60
M. Holder35016.60
L. Mills199.00
N. Bawden111.00
E. Judge199.01
R. Dunn11
K. Kelley9
A. Barrett83
M. Smith7
N. McGee5
A. Wyatt-Thayer5
D. Kazee411
J. Baron0/12/220
T. Blain627545.81
M. Holder24422.0
R. Penny23216.00
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
06:47 PM - June 18, 2016. Written by Tmizzle
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
May 8, 2016123456789RHE
Minnesota (20-11)1002310017130
Chicago (19-14)003100100572
W: Hughes (W, 6-0) L: Purke (L, 0-1) S: Perkins (S, 13)
Minnesota Twins
Buxton ,CF5140010.317
Souza Jr, RF5110000.264
Mauer, 1B4120100.277
Sano, 3B5222001.267
Park, DH5213011.252
Escobar, SS5011000.187
Santana, LF5000020.317
Murphy, C4010010.265
Polanco, 2B3011100.357
2B: Buxton (9)
HR: Sano (17), Park (9)
RBI: Sano 2 (35), Polanco (3), Escobar (1), Park 3 (15)
GIDP: Sano
Chicago White Sox
Eaton, RF4121020.361
Cabrera, LF4112001.215
Abreu, 1B4000010.297
Frazier, 3B4111011.270
Navarro, C4010000.286
Lawrie, 2B4000020.246
Rollins, SS4111011.204
Garcia, DH3000000.314
Jackson, CF3110000.261
2B: Eaton 2 (12)
HR: Frazier (9), Rollins (4), Cabrera (4)
RBI: Frazier (27), Rollins (7), Eaton (12), Cabrera 2 (19)
E: Cabrera (1), Frazier (2)
Minnesota Twins
Hughes (W, 6-0)76550532.44
Jepsen (H, 6)11000000.00
Perkins (S, 13)10000201.29
Chicago White Sox
Purke (L, 0-1)410650026.48
Dynasty: Tmizzle
Friday, June 17, 2016
07:42 PM - June 17, 2016. Written by Tmizzle
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
May 7, 2016123456789RHE
Minnesota (19-11)200001010490
Chicago (19-13)31202000X8111
W: Quintana (W, 3-2) L: Berrios (L, 3-2) S: Robertson (S, 13)
Minnesota Twins
Buxton ,CF4111011.298
Souza Jr, RF4000020.269
Mauer, 1B4220000.270
Sano, 3B4112001.261
Park, DH4011020.255
Escobar, SS4000000.186
Santana, LF4010000.345
Murphy, C4020010.267
Polanco, 2B4010000.364
2B: Mauer 2 (10), Park (3)
HR: Sano (16), Buxton (4)
RBI: Sano 2 (33), Park (12), Buxton (14)
GIDP: Polanco
Chicago White Sox
Eaton, RF5010020.357
Cabrera, LF4110000.214
Abreu, 1B3210100.306
Frazier, 3B4335002.270
Navarro, C4122001.287
Lawrie, 2B4010000.254
Garcia, DH3000110.322
Rollins, SS4111001.202
Jackson, CF4010000.259
2B: Abreu (6)
HR: Frazier 2 (8), Rollins (3), Navarro (3)
RBI: Frazier 5 (26), Rollins (6), Navarro 2 (14)
CS: Garcia (1)
E: Eaton (2)
Minnesota Twins
Berrios (L, 3-2)59882242.49
Chicago White Sox
Quintana (W, 3-2)87440523.33
Dynasty: Tmizzle
02:18 PM - June 17, 2016. Written by TTU38Alum
BERKELEY - The Golden Bears offense jumped out to an early lead over Texas on Saturday, one the Longhorns couldn't quite recover from.

Davis Webb had the hot hand early on for Cal, completing 11 of 15 passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter with a minor ankle injury.

Webb was replaced by sophomore Chase Forrest, who didn't let up on the Bear Raid assault. Forrest completed 14 of 23 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns of his own and was intercepted twice.

The crowd came alive early when Forrest found Kanawai Noa on an 87-yard touchdown strike, which Khalfani Muhammad followed with a touchdown run minutes later to lead 28-10. A Longhorn field goal closed out the first half 28-13.

Noa is a big reason Cal is now sitting at 2-0.

Forrest found Muhammad again to open up the third quarter on a 23-yard touchdown strike. At that point, Texas decided it had had enough as Shane Buechele led the Longhorns offense on three consecutive touchdown drives to pull within three, 35-32, with 1:20 left in the game.

Two plays later, Muhammad busted open a 40-yard touchdown run on a sweep to secure the win.

Muhammad's 40-yard touchdown sealed the deal for the Golden Bears.

Texas Longhorns at California Golden Bears
Sep 10, 20161ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
Texas Longhorns (0-1)31061332
California Golden Bears (2-0)7217742
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense481489
Rushing Yards20-87-033-183-2
Passing Yards33-53-394-425-38-306-4
First Downs1721
Punt Return Yards105
Kick Return Yards12715
Total Yards618509
3rd Down Conversion6-167-12
4th Down Conversion2-51-1
2-Point Conversion0-20-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals7-3-14-3-0
Possession Time12:3619:24
Scoring Summary
2:32(CAL) K. Muhammad, 18-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)07
0:30(TEX) J. Coppens, 36-yard field goal37
5:44(CAL) K. Noa, 1-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)314
0:13(TEX) C. Bluiett, 18-yard pass from S. Buechele (J. Coppens kick)1014
2:34(CAL) K. Noa, 87-yard pass from C. Forrest (N. Beito kick)1021
0:37(CAL) K. Muhammad, 2-yard run (N. Beito kick)1028
0:00(TEX) J. Coppens, 50-yard field goal1328
4:40(CAL) K. Muhammad, 23-yard pass from C. Forrest (N. Beito kick)1335
3:44(TEX) A. Foreman 53-yard pass from S. Buechele (2-pt failed)1935
3:56(TEX) C. Warren III, 9-yard pass from S. Buechele (2-pt failed)2535
1:20(TEX) A. Foreman, 15-yard pass from S. Buechele (J. Coppens kick)3235
1:06(CAL) K. Muhammad, 40-yard run (N. Beito kick)3242
Texas Longhorns
S. Buechele33/5339440
S. Buechele11383.40
D. Foreman9495.40
D. Foreman8648.00
L. Joe710715.20
C. Bluiett6477.81
A. Foreman58917.82
J. Burt46416.00
J. Warrick2136.50
C. Warren III11010.01
D. Haines15
M. Jefferson9
A. Wheeler51
H. Hill4
D. Davis42
J. Hall4
P. Boyette Jr.21
J. Coppens2/42/2851
M. Dickson314648.6
R. Newsome36120.3
K. Boyd36622.0
R. Newsome2105.0
California Golden Bears
D. Webb11/159120
C. Forrest14/2321522
K. Muhammad15885.82
C. Forrest6274.50
K. Noa4338.20
V. Enwere4205.00
D. Webb4153.70
C. Strickland6538.80
C. Hansen6549.00
K. Noa411428.52
V. Wharton4338.20
K. Muhammad34715.62
V. Enwere252.50
D. White8
J. Jefferson71
C. Coleman5
K. Kragen51
D. Wilson4
D. Drew4
G. Piatt4
H. Nickerson4
N. Beito0/16/66
C. Leininger314147.00
B. Singleton11515.00
K. Noa155.00
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
08:58 AM - June 17, 2016. Written by seaboh
Meeting with Head Scout - Matthew O'Brien

"Alright Matt who do you have in the second round that's attainable?" asked Michaels

It was crunch time for the scouting department before the upcoming draft.

"We have an opportunity to get some decent guys at 37 and 43. just depends what position we want to target." said O' Brien.

I had been mulling over the options for the past few months, even before I was in charge.

"I think the number one priority needs to be a guy like Gary Payton II. He's an athletic point guard, and he could thrive under Mike." O'Brien suggested.

"What about Zhou Qi and Juan Hernangomez?" asked Michaels

"Both look very promising. Qi if available could be worth a flyer." said O' Brien.

"Well Hernangomez could be there anywhere from 35- 45." said Michaels.

"I'd expect so, if we are looking at 3 and D wings, Taurean Prince is our guy though. He very well could go late 1st round though." said O' Brien

"Ok I'll work the phones and see what I can get. Anyone else you think we could try and trade up for?" asked Michaels.

"We're missing 1 guy. I've been chatting to a lot of scouts around the scene this week. There's a chance, that this guy could go literally anywhere. Maybe even 2nd round, but he'll be gone by 31 to the Celtics." said O'Brien

"Really? Come on Matt, who is this guy we need to grab!" said Michaels.

"Alright, alright. Thon Maker. Between himself and Clint Capela, they could be our frontcourt of the future. The athleticism of those too, the defense, finishing lobs, I think Mike would really like having those two. I really see Dwight- Lite in him." said O' Brien

"You sure? I don't know what to make of him, Have your guys watched him up in Canada" asked Michaels

"Yep. Watch this space. Or rather be ready to pounce with a deal late in the 1st round anywhere from 18 - 31 Ronnie." said O'Brien

"Great stuff Matt, I'll email you when I can get some traction. We'll get the picks sorted then. Good job." said Michaels.

For the next few hours I had to work the phones. Les said I can do what I need with the picks, I needed to see who was willing to give up something in the 1st round.. The scouts had narrowed down their list of prospects, and decided on who we should look. The final set of prospects looks like this:

G Gary Payton II - Oregon State
SF Taurean Prince - Baylor
PF Juan Hernangomez - Spain
C Zhou Qi - China
PF/C Thon Maker - Australia
Dynasty: seaboh
08:03 AM - June 17, 2016. Written by seaboh

Houston Rockets name Ronnie Michaels as GM

Assistant GM Alex Smith - Left, GM Ronnie Michaels - Right.

In the wake of the Mike D'Antoni hire, GM Daryl Morey resigned his post. Everyone and their dog knows its because he strongly disagreed with hiring D'Antoni as coach. With Les Alexander then looking to save face, who does he turn to?

Ronnie Michaels who has been putting in long hours as a part of the basketball operations team in Houston for the last 4 years. Widely regarded as a streetwise executive, Michaels was a player and coach in Europe. He understands the game in a way that Morey and his analytics couldn't.

Since Daryl Morey came to Houston, the team won three playoff series in nine years. They missed the playoffs three times in that stretch. Their .500 record last season was the worst in Morey's tenure, and a sign that the advantage he initially gained by being the first NBA GM to wholly adopt the analytics revolution is gone. Maybe Moreys resignation may be a blessing in disguise for the Rockets.

Everyone has analytics now. Even troglodyte teams like the Lakers have advanced-stats guys on staff, and the NBA straight-up mandated that all 30 teams adopt SportVU cameras to take away any competitive imbalances that came from smarter teams figuring out how to use them first. The league has become about the intangibles and unmeasurables again. You could argue, based on the performance of the 2008 Celtics, that it was always about that, and that's why Houston never won anything and why Philly was as bad as they were for as long as they were.

Players don't like playing for the cold-hearted brain types. If you know you're just a cog in a corporate machine, it has a tendency to strip you of your motivation to make the people around you better. James Harden just set the league record for turnovers in a season, a record that dated back to the first year that stat was officially counted. He has also been awarded the Shaqtin' the Fool MVP for this season. Not a great award. When asked about this Michaels responded " Well at least we won something this year!"

Dwight Howard might just end up playing pro ball in Spain if the rest of the league figures out that he's a coach-killer who hasn't been a major offensive force since he still played in Orlando.

Charles Barkley tore the team apart on Inside The NBA last week (check out the recap on NBA.com) but it will be good to hear about the hiring of Michaels and D'Antoni this week.

Next year's Rockets team will be probably be without Dwight Howard, as he signs elsewhere rather than play for Mike D'Antoni. Harden, with even fewer options available to him, will run into the same problem Paul George has in Indiana, where he finds out what happens when defenses only have one scoring threat to worry about, and eventually the refs will stop calling those garbage fouls where players jump into their opponent on a shot to draw a call (seriously, NBA, change the rules to make this an offensive foul. It's a trash way to play the game. Call it the Harden Rule.)

Houston was about to face a very dark age, and if they're going to truly rebuild their franchise, they need smart basketball people like Michaels, not some MBA whose "skills" do not qualify him to flip burgers. So for once well done Rockets Owner for picking a basketball person in Michaels.
Dynasty: seaboh
HONOLULU - It took them three overtimes, but the California Golden Bears managed to claw their way to victory last night against Hawai'i.

The Warriors jumped out to a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter, but Texas Tech quarterback transfer Davis Webb led the charge for Cal and brought his team back within three at halftime, 21-18.

Webb made his first start since transferring to Cal.

Webb completed 31 of 54 passes for 392 yards and three touchdowns in his Golden Bear debut and also rushed 15 times for 65 yards two more scores on the ground, including the game-winner on a quarterback dive in the third overtime.

Khalfani Muhummad added 77 rushing yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for Cal and caught seven passes for 74 more.

Webb found Hansen with 10 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.

Kanawai Noa was a force, leading all receivers with 104 yards on nine catches and added 44 rushing yards on four carries, but it was Chad Hansen who came up big with two touchdowns on five catches for 95 yards.

Noa returned a punt for a touchdown in the third quarter to put the Golden Bears out in front 25-21, but Hawai'i wouldn't go away easy, scoring twice in the fourth quarter to take a 42-35 lead with 1:03 to go.

Webb displayed his senior leadership and led Cal down the field and found Chad Hansen on an 11-yard strike with 10 seconds left to force overtime, where Cal (1-0) would eventually outlast Hawai'i (0-1).

California Golden Bears at Hawaii Warriors
California Golden Bears (1-0)7117102055
Hawaii Warriors (0-1)1470141449
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense592406
Rushing Yards37-200-347-227-3
Passing Yards31-54-392-314-32-179-4
First Downs2719
Punt Return Yards1057
Kick Return Yards86110
Total Yards783523
3rd Down Conversion5-144-14
4th Down Conversion3-51-1
2-Point Conversion1-10-0
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals8-5-29-6-0
Possession Time18:5114:07
Scoring Summary
7:09(HAW) D. Saint Juste, 15-yard run (R. Sanchez kick)07
2:55(HAW) M. Kemp, 8-yard pass from I. Woolsey (R. Sanchez kick)014
0:56(CAL) C. Strickland, 30-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)714
2:19(HAW) P. Harris, 4-yard run (R. Sanchez kick)721
3:18(CAL) N. Beito, 30-yard field goal1021
0:26(CAL) K. Muhammad, 5-yard run (2-point good)1821
1:46(CAL) K. Noa, 84-yard punt return2521
3:11(HAW) P. Harris, 1-yard run (R. Sanchez kick)2528
2:39(CAL) N. Beito, 18-yard field goal2828
1:03(HAW) I. Bernard, 11-yard pass from I. Woolsey (R. Sanchez)2835
0:10(CAL) C. Hansen, 11-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)3535
--(HAW) D. Collie, 24-yard pass from I. Woolsey (R. Sanchez kick)3542
--(CAL) C. Hansen, 4-yard pass from D. Webb (N. Beito kick)4242
--(CAL) D. Webb, 1-yard run (N. Beito kick)4942
--(HAW) I. Bernard, 7-yard pass from I. Woolsey (R. Sanchez kick)4949
--(CAL) D. Webb, 1-yard run5549
California Golden Bears
D. Webb31/5439231
K. Muhammad15775.11
D. Webb15654.32
K. Noa44411.00
V. Enwere294.50
V. Wharton III155.00
K. Noa910411.5
K. Muhammad77410.5
C. Hansen59519.02
C. Strickland46716.71
V. Wharton III33612.00
V. Enwere2178.50
R. Hudson1-1-1.00
D. Allenwsworth8
J. Jefferson6
D. White6
D. Wilson6
D. Drew5
M. Jalil5
J. Looney4
H. Nickerson4
K. Kragen41
S. McClure4
N. Beito2/25/51131
C. Leininger28743.51
B. Singleton25125.5
K. Muhammad23517.5
K. Noa3105184
Hawaii Warriors
I. Woolsey14/321794
P. Harris392065.22
I. Bernard79914.12
D. Collie34816.01
M. Kemp2178.51
D. Mulanga101
T. Henderson9
D. Packer9
J. Rogers8
D. Butler8
C. Hayes7
J. Garcia-Williams6
D. Lewis Jr.41
M. Kema Kalei11
R. Sanchez0/27/77
R. Sanchez626243.6
D. Collie37123.6
I. Bernard23919.5
D. Collie177.0
Dynasty: TTU38Alum
Thursday, June 16, 2016
04:28 PM - June 16, 2016. Written by seaboh

Houston Rockets Hire D'Antoni as Head Coach

HOUSTON -- Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander started Wednesday's news conference by telling the critics of his hire of Mike D'Antoni as his new coach that it will be remembered and revered for years to come.

The second bombshell later dropped was that GM Daryl Morey has parted ways by mutual consent. Hmm, sounds like Morey didn't approve of this hire.

"Daryl and I made this choice together," Alexander said. "I've always wanted to play this way. Daryl and I came to an agreement that the franchise was heading a different direction."

"This" way is up-tempo, something D'Antoni, 65, is known for, and the Rockets have bought into the new way of doing things in the league.

D'Antoni mentioned his excitement about the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland as two jump-shooting teams that liked to push the pace.

That's what the Rockets have tried to do over the last four seasons with Kevin McHale as coach. In the 2014-15 season, the Rockets won 56 games with an up-tempo approach and reached the West finals before losing to the eventual champion Warriors.

But McHale was fired after just 11 games this past season when the team wouldn't respond to him. Interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff pushed the team into the eighth seed in the West, where the Rockets, again, were eliminated by the Warriors. After a nearly five-week search, the Rockets interviewed 12 candidates including D'Antoni twice. Alexander said he always admired him from afar, even during his times with the New York Knicks.

"Mike always says players love to play for him," Alexander said. "Not only because they get better, but they get paid. He'll be a lucrative source for us in free agency."

This is D'Antoni's fifth head coaching job. His biggest success came in Phoenix, with his "7 Seconds or Less" mantra and teams that were among the top-scoring teams in the league. Defense is where D'Antoni's teams struggled, and while statistically they finished near the bottom, the pace of play dictated some of those issues.

The Rockets had similar problems on defense last season and Morey said after the season that fixing it was a priority. But hiring D'Antoni was an interesting choice, considering he's an offensive coach. But D'Antoni is coming with two defensive-minded coaches in Jeff Bzdelik and Roy Rogers.

"As one of the last shots that I'll have going forward, I wanted this chance to be able to get it all right," D'Antoni said. "Try to get my vision that I think how basketball should be played and I think we can win that way."

D'Antoni said he's spoken to the majority of the players returning to the team, including leading scorer James Harden. He has not spoken with Dwight Howard, who is about to become a free agent.

Rockets officials are open to Howard returning if he wants to accept a reduced offensive role and be the anchor of the defense.

D'Antoni said he likes Clint Capela to possibly be the starting center. But with an expected influx of money (Howard's departure would clear nearly $40 million in cap space), the Rockets roster might add another elite player with Harden.

"We want to win all the time here, every year," Alexander said. "And try for a championship at all times. We wanted somebody who really was a master of the craft, who really knows what to do and how to win."
Dynasty: seaboh
11:22 AM - June 16, 2016. Written by Tmizzle
Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
May 6, 2016123456789RHE
Minnesota (19-10)000000000070
Chicago (18-13)00000100X160
W: Sale (W, 5-1) L: Nolasco (L, 2-3) S: Robertson (S, 12)
Minnesota Twins
Buxton, CF4000020.299
Souza Jr, RF3010100.286
Mauer, 1B3000100.261
Sano, 3B4010020.262
Park, DH4000030.255
Escobar, SS3010000.205
Arcia, PH1000010.247
Santana, LF3020000.352
Murphy, C3010000.231
Polanco, 2B3010010.429
GIDP: Buxton
CS: Santana (2)
Chicago White Sox
Eaton, RF4110010.363
Cabrera, LF4010010.213
Abreu, 1B3021000.306
Frazier, 3B3000010.254
Navarro, C3010010.279
Lawrie, 2B3000000.255
Garcia, DH3010000.330
Rollins, SS3000000.200
Jackson, CF3000000.260
2B: Eaton (10)
RBI: Abreu (15)
CS: Rollins (3)
Minnesota Twins
Nolasco (L, 2-3)66110203.40
Chicago White Sox
Sale (W, 5-1)75000701.60
Jones (H, 4)12000006.35
Robertson (S, 12)10002202.13
Dynasty: Tmizzle
03:34 AM - June 16, 2016. Written by seaboh

"Please Ronnie, take a seat."

I sat down in the leather seat, only a few feet away from the flatscreen television situated on the wall. I watched as a continuous loop of Rockets season highlights flashed in the background.

"Quite the season wasn't it?" asked Les.

"Yes but for all the wrong reasons, the Warriors made a show of us. We have a long way's to go." answered Ronnie.

"That's exactly why I wanted to meet with you today. We need to make some changes if we want to bridge that gap. We need changes, and fast."

"Well, I'm glad you think I'm one of the people capable of making a change."

Les got up, and walked towards the plate glass window looking out over the city.

"I'm an honest man Ronnie, so here is what I expect from you. First and foremost, I am giving you the General Manager role. The draft is fast approaching us and I know you can guide us through it. You've been in the bunkers with Daryl for 4 years now and know whats expected. We have a lot of cap space this summer, so we need to reshape the roster better to suit Mike's pace and space style."

"The job is mine?! I thought this was an interview Mr Alexander."

Yes I stayed up all night and thought about it. Crossed the T's and dotted the I's. You have what it takes, I know it. You were the only one who has seen sense in my vision for the team. Mike can bring us back to the top, but he needs you to help him get there.

"Wow, thanks Mr Alexander. Yes we already have some players lined up for workouts."

He took a drag from the cigar in his hand, and continued to look out at the city.

"Ok, I have some ideas already, I'll do my homework. Do you want me to try and shed some payroll if possible?"

He turned and looked at me.

"Do what you need to win, but keep an eye on the future. If you can add some youth, I'll be ecstatic. Try and work closely with Mike on this."

"Right Sir, I'll work the phones. There could be some deals on the table leading into the draft. I'll do my best to get a stable roster heading into preseason camp. Mike will appreciate that."

"Don't worry about your contract, we'll figure it out shortly."

He said, half laughing in between more puffs from his cigar.

"The job starts now, the draft on Thursday. You better go get prepared. Have a think about who you want as your Assistant GM. We'll have a press conference tomorrow if that's ok?"

"Yes thats fine I'll do my prep. Damage limitation on Morey, optimism about the future with Mike etc?"

"Exactly. You know the game. Do the talking. And with that in my mind, talk to James and Dwight asap."

"Oh yes about James and Dwight, what are your thoughts on them sir?"

"I want players who want to be here and win. Establish a better culture around here. Accountability is key. Your personal skills have always been your srong point, put them to good use straight away Ronnie."

I smiled and thanked him, and made my way out of the door. There's less than 7 days before the draft, I better get to my office.
Dynasty: seaboh
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
07:35 PM - June 15, 2016. Written by MikeFlu
Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks
Apr 9, 2016123456789RHE
Chicago (3-2)100100000250
Arizona (1-5)10010020X481
W: Z, Greinke (1-1) L: J. Hammell (0-1) S: B. Zeigler (1)
Scoring Summary
CHC1Bryant reached first on a throwing error by Castillo (2-8-6-5-4 E2). Rizzo out. Heyward scores10
ARI1Goldschmidt doubled to left. Drury scores.11
CHC4Soler doubled to center. Rizzo scores.21
ARI4Castillo homered to center.22
ARI7Gosselin lined to right for a single. Weeks Jr. scores.23
ARI7Lamb hit a sacrifice fly to Soler (F7). Gosselin scores. 24
Chicago Cubs
Fowler, CF400001.286
Heyward, RF411001.227
Rizzo, 1B412000.316
Bryant, 3B401001.250
Soler, LF401100.333
Zobrist, 2B300001.176
Montero, C300001.118
Hammell, P200011.000
Richard, P000000.000
Warren, P000000.000
Russell, SS300000.105
2B: A. Rizzo (1), J. Soler (2)
RBI: J. Soler (4)
GIDP: J. Soler
Arizona Diamondbacks
Segura, SS401000.160
Drury, 3B412000.333
Goldschmidt, 1B401102.136
Peralta, RF400001.143
Castillo, C311100.375
Weeks Jr., 311000.400
Gosselin, 2B311100.250
Owings, CF301002.278
Greinke, P200001.000
Lamp, PH000100.059
Bracho, P000000.000
Ziegler, P000000.000
2B: P. Goldschmidt (1), R Weeks, Jr. (1), B. Drury (2)
HR: W. Castillo (1)
RBI: P. Goldschmidt (1), W. Castillo (1), J. Lamb (1), P. Gosselin (4)
SF: J. Lamb
SB: J. Segura (1), B. Drury (1)
CS: C. Owings (1)
E: W. Castillo (1)
Chicago Cubs
J. Hammell (L, 0-1)6.1744065.68
C. Richard0.2000000.00
A, Warren1.0100000.00
WP: J. Hammell (1)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Z. Greinke (W, 1-1)7.0521152.13
S. Bracho (H, 1)1.0000006.75
B. Ziegler (S, 1)1.00000113.50
Dynasty: MikeFlu