Sports Briefs: Ex-Bear Kent Named NL MVP

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Cal alumnus and San Francisco Giants' second baseman Jeff Kent was named the National League Most Valuable Player yesterday.

Kent finished ahead of teammate Barry Bonds in the balloting, garnering 22 first place votes compared to Bonds' six. Kent is the first second baseman to win the award since the Chicago Cubs' Ryne Sandberg won in 1984.

Kent batted cleanup on a Giants team that won 97 games, more than any team in baseball, and hit .334 with 33 home runs and 125 RBI.

The second baseman played for Cal from 1987-89 and helped lead the Bears to the College World Series in 1988.

Kent has remained active in the Cal community and, with his wife Dana, has established a successful scholarship fund to help female athletes at Cal.

The Women Driven Fund has provided scholarships to over 20 Bears athletes.


The Cal men's soccer team may have struggled this season, but the Bears' talent was recognized yesterday.

Five players were honored by the Pac-10 for their play in the 200 season.

Forward Kendall Simmonds and midfielder Chris Roner were selected to the first team, while forwards Ramiro Arredondo and Mike Hickman were chosen for the second team. Defender Leo Krupnik was given honorable mention honors.

Simmonds concluded his Cal career with a team-leading 13 points (six goals, one assist) and started all 20 games on an injury-plagued squad.

Roner was named to the first team for the second consecutive year and was second on the team in points with 11. Roner had a two-goal performance in a win over UC Santa Barbara.


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