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BERKELEY, Calif. Cheap Shoes Australia . -- A one-time high school McDonalds All-American, Jabari Bird is a senior at California now, and ready to unveil the best of his game.Bird scored a career-high 25 points to lead Cal over Cal Poly 81-55 on Saturday night, and he sounded determined to keep his play at a high level.Its a waste of time to put in all that work in the summer to get ready for the season and then the lights come on and you just dont show (up), Bird said. Ive been trusting my game this year. I look to keep it going.Bird always has paired a rare combination of athleticism and 3-point shooting ability, but injuries and inconsistency have prevented him from reaching his full blossom. Cal coach Cuonzo Martin sees a change in Bird.Its his senior year, hes more settled, hes relaxed, Martin said. He understands what he wants to do as a basketball player and knows what we need from him.Bird shot 10 for 16 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point distance, and eclipsed his previous best of 24 points. It was his second 20-point performance in four outings since returning from a six-game absence because of back spasms.Obviously, hes an explosive scorer, an explosive athlete, said Ivan Rabb, the Bears pre-season All-America forward, who scored 18 points before fouling out. We need him out there. He plays the game the right way. Hes not selfish. Weve got to continue to play together as a team. We did that tonight.Charlie Moore had 10 points and five assists for Cal (9-2), which shot 53 percent.Kyle Toth made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points to lead Cal Poly (5-6). Victor Joseph and Ridge Shipley added 12 points apiece for the Mustangs, who shot just 32 percent.The Bears were sluggish offensively for stretches early and trailed 19-13 with 8:30 in the first half before outscoring the Mustangs 21-3 the rest of the period. Rabb scored on a post-up move to give Cal the lead for good at 23-22, and by halftime the Bears were up 34-22.They have NBA first-round draft picks that will be playing in the three-letter league, and I love it, said Cal Poly coach Joe Callero. I think its a great game for our players and coaches to help us continue to tweak things that we have to improve.BIG PICTURECal: The Bears nudged past a team from their glory days by winning their 27th consecutive home game at Haas Pavilion. That eclipsed the school record of 26 straight home wins, achieved by legendary former coach Pete Newells team from Dec. 27, 1958 through Dec. 16, 1960. Those Bears won the 1959 NCAA championship and lost in the 1960 national title game.Theres a lot of tradition and history at Cal. A lot of great players have come through, Martin said. We wont talk about numbers. We just fight for our home court. This Cal team has not lost at home since an 80-69 defeat to Oregon on Feb. 25, 2015.Cal Poly: The Mustangs were outrebounded for the eighth time in 10 games against Division I opponents. Cal Poly entered the game ranked 320th nationally with a minus-5.2 rebound margin, but the Mustangs actually battled well on the boards before Cal finished with a scant 39-38 advantage. It was an encouraging sign for Cal Poly, which needs to keep it up in order to compete near the top of the Big West Conference.AN EARLY ENDORSEMENTCallero saw the Bears play early in the season when both Bird and Rabb were either out or struggling with injuries. Cal is back to full strength now, he said. They really look like a team that could compete with the top four in the Pac-12. They are building an NCAA (tournament) resume.UP NEXTCalifornia gets a chance to test themselves against one of the nations elite teams when they host No. 13 Virginia on Wednesday. Cal traveled last season to Charlottesville, Virginia, falling 63-62 in overtime.Cal Poly stays in Pac-12 mode when they visit Washington on Tuesday. Cal Poly lost 96-74 at Arizona State on Nov. 13. Puma Shoes Australia Outlet. The 25-year-old Japanese star has officially been posted by his club team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Wholesale Puma Shoes Australia . -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Fridays morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over . . -- Josh Sterk scored once and set up two more as the Oshawa Generals edged the visiting Belleville Bulls 3-2 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Sussex 291 for 6 (Joyce 92, Archer 60*, Jordan 59*) trail Essex 358 (ten Doeschate 83, Lawrence 65, Jordan 4-99, Archer 3-84) by 67 runs Scorecard There Luke Wright was, wandering slowly from the field, strangled down the leg-side off David Masters, the sixth of six wickets to fall for just 49. Harry Finch, with a broken thumb, would only bat if absolutely required, so Wrights big plan to haul Sussex back into the game looked in tatters, with just the bowlers left to bat.That plan, for the first half of the day, had been going so well. First thing, Chris Jordan, a little luckless yet also a wee bit wayward on day one, bowled with verve and pace to dock Essexs meek tail, picking up four wickets for five runs, as just 21 was added to the overnight score.Then, for an hour each side of lunch, Ed Joyce batted with grace and class in the company of the more watchful Chris Nash to reach 124 without loss. Barely a bat was beaten, hardly an appeal uttered in anger. Joyce was in total control; he drove with precision, flicked crisply to leg and cut and pulled with elegance. When 100 came up, he had 72 and a fourth Championship century of the season - and 46th in first-class cricket (it is his stated aim to reach 50 this season) - seemed a formality. Nash, capable of scoring at such a lick, blocked away in awe.Then, unplanned, came afternoon drinks. On a warm afternoon, Essexs fielders were beginning to look beleaguered - and perhaps beguiled by Joyce - regrouped. The tight line, and perhaps a little nip, of Masters, with the first over of the break, caught Nash napping, and James Foster took a fine catch low to his right. Next over, Luke Wells appeared to nick off to Graham Napier, but - with Essex incredulous and fielders delivering a volley of abuse to the batsman - the umpire adjudged it was arm, not bat. It mattered not, as next ball Wells pulled a bumper straight to fine leg. Send-offs - needless to say - followed.Another couple of overs on and it was Joyce out hooking, while David Wiese came and went for a breezy 13, which included two fine straight drives, before he edged the impressive Tom Moore - who sage judges in these parts say is playing for his future at Essex - to the lone slip. After tea, Wrights wicket immediately followed that of Ben Brown, through his stroke early and caught at mid-on, and 124 for 0 had become 173 for 6.Then Jofra Archer, who bowled with such promise on day one, joined his mentor - and the man who arranged for him to come from their native Barbados and play in southern England, Chris Jordan, in the middle. Wholesale Puma Australia Free Shipping. While they made a scratchy start, they both settled and, on a pitch with wonderful carry, the Essex seamers - Ryan ten Doeschate appears to have inherited his clubmate Alastair Cooks distrust of spinners - tired once more.Jordan and Archer - which sounds rather like a Hello! magazine cover in the noughties - went tit for tat. Jordan pulled beautifully on the front foot so Archer - who enjoyed the majority of the strike - handsomely cover drove, before standing tall to wallop Porter for six over square-leg. They moved to 50 in consecutive balls in Dan Lawrences solitary over and, by stumps, the partnership - all stylish, swashbuckling fare - was worth 118, and the lead had been eroded to just 67. Wright neednt have looked so hangdog after all.Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, enthused their coach, Mark Davis, we had got ourselves in a really good position through the openers, and from there, you hope to have a proper day with the bat, and get 500. But that didnt prove to be, we lost a few, then those two came together - what an amazing partnership, and it got us back in the game.Jofra came in in a tricky situation but is a pretty fearless cricketer with bat and ball. Hes not fazed by the occasion, or by playing his first few games in this country. You cant really instill that in players. Hes not just a bowler, hes an allrounder and we are really excited to have him in our ranks. Hes had a great week, hes very driven and is quick learner. CJ knows him very well, hes the one who got him over in the first place, they know each other well. Hes always said how good he is. He could be a superstar for us.Jordans excellence with the bat - and as a leader, too, perhaps - was matched by his early showing with the ball. Ashar Zaidi had one too many swish and was caught behind, while nightwatchman Porter was trapped plumb in front. Masters nick made it four in 13 balls, then Moores stumps went flying. With the dangerous Napier, playing his final game on his home ground, left stranded, Jordan - not for the last time - had got his team out of trouble. Much more work lies ahead for Jordan, but thanks in large part to he and Archer, a thrilling contest awaits. ' ' '

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