College football: California Golden Bears stay perfect

No. 23 Cal stayed unbeaten on Saturday, and the Bears did it with offense.

Until the final play of the game where linebacker Evan Weaver delivered the knockout punch by the defense.

Weaver’s 22nd tackle of the day stopped a quarterback sneak from the 1-yard line by freshman John Rhys Plumlee and the Bears escaped with a 28-20 victory at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

“We could have finished that game much better,” Cal coach Justin Wilcox said in a post-game interview on the field. “But I appreciate the guys showing guts and grit to finish it.”

Chase Garbers passed for 357 yards and four touchdowns — both career highs as the Bears improved to 4-0 for the first time since 2015.

“I thought he did an awesome job,” Wilcox said of Garbers. “I’m really proud of Chase. He made the offense go today.”

It was just the second time Cal has won on the road against a team that was in the Southeastern Conference at the time. The Bears won 27-17 at Tennessee back in 1977.

Dependent on its defense for the past two seasons, the Bears opened up their offense against the Rebels (2-2).

But the game wasn’t settled until Weaver’s goal-line stop.

Cal led 28-13 when Ole when Plumlee, in for injured starter Matt Corral, ran 47 yards to the Cal 15. Freshman running back Jerrion Ealy took it in on the next play and Ole Miss pulled within 28-20 with 4:29 left.

The Bears were forced to punt, but pushed the Rebels back to their own 10 with 2:45 left.

A 41-yard completion to Demarcus Gregory for the Rebels to the Cal 10.

On third-and-goal from the 8 with time running out, Plumlee connected with Isaiah Moore right at the goal line, but officials ruled he was stopped short of a touchdown. Ole Miss had no timeouts left, and Plumlee tried …read more

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East Bay’s Alysa Liu continues figure skating dominance

Richmond teen Alysa Liu continued to dominate figure skating by winning her second Junior Grand Prix event in Gdansk, Poland, qualifying for the series final in December in Turin, Italy.

Liu, 14, rallied from fourth place after the short program late Friday to win the free skate in the Baltic Cup in, ahead of two Russians. Liu had her best international score yet with 138.99 points in the free skate.

Skating to “Illumination” by Jennifer Thomas, Liu started her free skate with a triple axel-double toe loop combination jump. She then landed a quadruple lutz and triple axel. Liu completed six more triple jumps to leapfrog the field.

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Liu, who won the U.S. senior title in January, made her junior international debut last month with a Grand Prix victory in Lake Placid, New York. She became the first American woman to land a quadruple lutz in competition. Liu also became the first woman in history to successfully complete a quadruple lutz and triple axel in the same program.

Because of her age, Liu is ineligible to compete in international senior events until the 2021-22 season that includes the Winter Games in Beijing.

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The Trump administration wants to slash funding at University of North Carolina and Duke for its Islamic studies program

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos participates in an interagency working group to discuss youth programs hosted by U.S. first lady Melania Trump that line up with Melania Trump's Be Best campaign in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 18, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

The Trump administration is looking to slash funding for the Consortium for Middle East Studies — a program run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina.
The consortium received $235,000 from the grant in 2018.
The consortium, according to an Aug. 29 letter from the U.S. Education Department, “unfairly promotes the positive aspects of Islam” but not Judaism or Christianity.
The letter also states that seminars on modern love in Iran, for instance, are not beneficial to “national security and economic stability.”
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The Trump administration is threatening to cut funding for a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

The program, according to an Aug. 29 letter from the US Department of Education, is misusing a federal grant to advance “ideological priorities” and unfairly promote “the positive aspects of Islam” but not Christianity or Judaism.

It must revise its offerings by Sept. 22 or risk losing future funding from a federal grant that’s awarded to dozens of universities to support foreign language instruction.

Last year, the consortium received $235,000 from the grant, according to Education Department data.

The investigators specifically slammed certain course offerings and conferences as not beneficial to “US national security and economic stability.”

“Although a conference focused on ‘Love and Desire in Modern Iran’ and one focused on Middle East film criticism may be relevant in academia, we do not see how these activities support the development of foreign language and international expertise for the benefit of US national security and economic stability,” the letter said.

Investigators also objected to a paper titled “Performance, Gender-Bending and Subversion in the Early Modern Ottoman Intellectual History,” and another titled “Radical Love: Teachings from Islamic Mystical Tradition.”

The letter accused the consortium of failing to provide a “balance of perspectives” on religion. It said …read more

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Sharks vs. Golden Knights: “There’s always a little bit of extra juice”

SAN JOSE — Forwards Logan Couture and Melker Karlsson and goalie Martin Jones will all play their first game of the preseason Saturday when the Sharks host the Vegas Golden Knights at SAP Center at 5 p.m.

The Sharks players who are dressing against the Golden Knights did not skate Saturday morning, so there was no indication of what the forward lines or defense pairs will look like at the start of the game. But Jones is expected to play all 60 minutes and Aaron Dell is the backup goalie.

This will also be Couture’s first game with the ‘C’ on his jersey after he was named the Sharks’ captain before he start of training camp.

Other notables playing for the Sharks include Dylan Gambrell, Antti Suomela, Lukas Radil, Kevin Labanc, Jake Middleton and Mario Ferraro.

With injured defenseman Radim Simek questionable to start the regular season, the Sharks might be looking for another left shot defenseman for their third pair. Ferraro and Middleton, who have played one game each so far, would appear to be in the conversation.

The Sharks on Sunday may reduce the number of players they have in camp, but the bulk of the cuts, it would appear, would come after Tuesday’s game in Anaheim.

The Sharks conclude the preseason with games against Calgary at home on Thursday and in Las Vegas on Sept. 29. Their season-opener is Oct. 2 against the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena.

“I want to be close to our roster for the last couple of games,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said Friday. “The way they’re spaced out, you got one Thursday, one Sunday and we don’t start until (the following) Wednesday. I think a lot of the veterans want to play a couple games before getting into the start.”

The last time the Golden Knights played at SAP Center …read more

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