Bears’ Nick Foles: Back at practice in limited fashion

Foles (hip) was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice.

Foles was unable to practice in any capacity leading up to last Sunday’s loss in Green Bay, so it’s encouraging to see him now back on the field in at least a limited fashion. Coach Matt Nagy has already named Mitchell Trubisky the starter for Week 13, but it’s possible that Foles could be available as at least a backup versus the Lions.

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Bears Lose to Bakersfield, Fall to 0-2

Cal’s young women’s basketball team is off to a disappointing start to its 2020-21 season as the Bears fell to 0-2 after losing to Cal State Bakersfield 60-52 Sunday afternoon at Haas Pavilion.

The Bears got freshman guard Alma Elsnitz back after she missed the opener with an injury, but Cal was still without two potential starters in sophomore guards Jazlen Green and Cailyn Crocker, who continue to be sidelined by injuries.

But Cal expected to do better against the Roadrunners, who were playing their first game of the season and were picked to finish eighth in the 11-team Big West Conference.

“We definitely have a lot of work to do,” said Cal point guard Leilani McIntosh, who had 12 points, “but I know our potential, and I’ve seen it in practice, and some spots in the game. We just have to put it all together and I feel that we will.”

Cal started three freshmen and two sophomores on Sunday, and Elsnitz had a team-high 14 points in her college debut.

The other two freshman starters were not as successful. Dalayah Daniels scored nine points, but was 2-for-10 from the field, while guard Ornela Muca scored two points and went 0-for-9 from the floor.

The one freshman who showed some promise was 6-foot-8 Sela Heide, who scored seven points on 2-for-3 shooting and also had six rebounds and one blocked shot in 18 minutes of court time.

Bakersfield surged to an 18-point lead late in the third quarter, and Cal reduced the margin to six points with six minutes left in the game. But that was as close as Cal could get.

Bakersfield led 36-29 at halftime and shot 53.3 percent from the field over the first two quarters.

Charmin Smith discusses the absence of Green and Crocker:

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See and Shop By Samii Ryan’s Nostalgic Care Bears Collection

This is a great week for nostalgia: first, Lisa Frank announced a makeup line with Morphe, and now LA-based womenswear label By Samii Ryan has collaborated Care Bears for a whimsical collection of cozy sets. The dreamy winter release is filled with pieces we’ve already been living in like cozy sweat sets and vibrant tie-dye prints. Plus, they feature all of our favorite Care Bears characters, and it’s taking us right back to our childhood living rooms.

This nostalgic collection consists of the brand’s staple pieces like hoodies, crewnecks, oversized sweatpants, and crop tees, with the introduction of baby doll tees. The line comes in an adorable pastel color palette ranging from light pink to baby blue. Of course, the pieces also feature drawings of our favorite Care Bears characters.

This collaboration is available right now with weekly drops to be released until late December. As for the price points, they range from $35 for a t-shirt to $80 for a hoodie. You can get your hands on these cheery pieces at both By Samii Ryan and Revolve. Read on to see the magical campaign imagery, which features models wearing the pieces surrounded by magical clouds, ahead. We’ve even shopped out some of our favorite pieces too.

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Bears Picked 9th in Pac-12 by Media, 10th by Coaches

Cal was picked to finish ninth in the preseason Pac-12 women’s basketball media poll and tabbed for 10th in the coaches conference poll.

The Golden Bears finished last in the Pac-12 last season in Charmin Smith’s first season as Cal’s head coach, but the addition of a freshman recruiting class ranked as the seventh-best in the country gives the Bears a chance to move up this year.

The Bears have only one returning starter — sophomore point guard Leilani McIntosh — but all six newcomers are expected to get significant playing time.

Stanford, which is ranked No. 2 in the preseason AP national poll, is the overwhelming choice to win the confefence title according to both the coaches and media polls.

Arizona is picked to finish second in the media poll and is tied with defending champion Oregon for the No. 2 spot in the coaches poll.

Four Pac-12 teams are ranked in the preseason top-10: Stanford, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon.

Pac-12 programs’ combined to add 18 of the country’s top 100 incoming freshmen according to ESPN’s HoopGurlz recruiting rankings, including a national-best eight McDonald’s All-Americans – Oregon’s Angela Dugalic, Te-Hina Paopao, Sydney Parrish, Maddie Scherr and Kylee Watson, California’s Dalaylah Daniels, Oregon State’s Sasha Goforth, and Stanford’s Cameron Brink.

Pac-12 Media poll (with first-place votes in parentheses followed by total voting points)

1. Stanford (19) 248

2. Arizona (1) 225

3. Oregon 201

4. UCLA 200

5. Oregon State (1) 174

6. Arizona State 135

7. USC 130

8. Utah 94

9. Cal 76

10. Colorado 75

11. Washington 53

12. Washington State 27


Pac-12 coaches poll (first-place votes in parentheses followed by total voting points)

1. Stanford (10) 120

2. Arizona (2) 103

2. Oregon 103

4. UCLA 88

5. Oregon State 83

6. USC 69

7.  Arizona State 61

8. Utah 52

9. Colorado 43

10. Cal 31

11. Washington 34

12. Washington State 15

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Beauty and the bears in Toba Valley – a B.C. love story

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We arrived at the first viewing platform and scoured the river for any sighting of a grizzly. We were just about to move on to the next viewing platform when our guide spotted a bear further up the river heading our way.

During the course of our three hours watching these magnificent creatures, we were treated to four separate sightings. They are quite the spectacular beast! A real treat and even a couple of eagles joined the party; a bald eagle and a golden eagle.

Our stay in Campbell River was specifically to go on a tour to the Toba Inlet in search of grizzly bears. Photo by Tom Jamieson

It was a fabulous day and capped off by another humpback sighting on our way home just as the sun was setting.  A thoroughly recommended trip for any nature lovers.

October 1 – 2 (Kingfisher Lodge)

We finished our week on the Island by travelling on to the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa, primarily to celebrate our wedding anniversary and as a treat for my wife, Sharon, for putting up with me for the last 38 years.

Tom and his wife Sharon, in the Toba Valley.

We’d booked a slot for the Pacific Mist Hydropath experience, which was a great way to unwind after our excursions of the previous few days.

The last full day there was spent by Sharon on one of their full day spa experiences, while I was very content to sign in for my first ever mens’ facial, followed by a relaxing day on the beach with my book.

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at the lodge to celebrate our anniversary and headed back to Nanaimo, and home the following day, stopping en route for one last hike to see the Cumberland potholes nearby.

Over the years we’ve tended to spend our vacations overseas, primarily in search of wildlife. If anything good has come out of this pandemic, it is the opportunity it has afforded us to stay in B.C. and travel locally. This beautiful province did not disappoint.

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Cuddly bears, enterprising women, and a centennial


The Middleborough Fire Department received a warm and fuzzy gift to help comfort children during routine or crisis situations. For Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September, Jill Fernandes and her family collected donations to support research, as well as purchase Cuddle Bear book sets and stuffed Cuddle Bears for firefighters to give to children. A portion of the proceeds was given directly to the Scott Carter Foundation to help fund pediatric cancer research.

Emily Williams, director of Elders Affairs in Bridgewater, was celebrated with a car parade, balloons, and flowers to recognize her outstanding job throughout the pandemic. The town’s Elder Affairs Commission hosted the parade on Oct. 19. “She has gone above and beyond not only by building the Senior Center into a thriving destination during our time of crisis, but also continuing to maintain connections with our most vulnerable citizens: the senior population,” said David Frim, director of the commission.


Learn about the enterprising women of Boston in the six decades between the Civil War and World War I during a virtual talk hosted by the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington. Photographer and public historian Susan Wilson will trace the origins and development of several of Boston’s most enterprising women and the theories behind their unique strengths and accomplishments. The Zoom event will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. Access the lecture at

Stargaze under a beautiful night sky at the Gore Place in Waltham on Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. You’ll learn how to identify stars, planets‚ and constellations, and uncover the historical importance of astronomy in the early 19th century. The outdoor session is designed for adults and children ages 6 and up with no prior astronomy knowledge. In the event of inclement weather, the program will take place online and participants will be notified ahead of time. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 17 years old, and must be purchased in advance at


Jenna McCarriston of Marblehead, a junior criminal justice major at Curry College in Milton, recently launched “Lynn Badges and Books,” a literacy program that connects Lynn police officers with local public schools to build positive relations between youths and law enforcement. McCarriston wanted to create an internship that would “make a difference” after struggling to find an opportunity amid this year’s public health crisis. McCarriston’s work includes finding children’s books, recording officers as they read stories out loud, and uploading the videos to YouTube.

The Cabot in Beverly will host a virtual celebration of its centennial anniversary on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. “Lights. Camera. Cabot. Here’s To The Next 100” will be a live-streamed event featuring a mix of regionally and nationally known musicians, including Martin Sexton. The celebration will kick off by unveiling the Cabot’s main lobby, which has been renovated to its original grandeur. The event is free. RSVP at

Stefania Lugli can be reached at [email protected]

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