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Cal Nears Decision On Imperiled Sports Programs

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BERKELEY (AP) – California athletic director Sandy Barbour has said that the university will have a decision within the next 10 days about whether baseball and four other programs will be saved.

Barbour said Tuesday the university is analyzing fundraising efforts from outside groups to determine if enough money has been raised to keep the sports.

In a decision announced in September, baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse were set to be cut in a budget-saving move. The men’s rugby team was slated to lose its varsity status and be reclassified as a “varsity club sport,” a new category at Cal.

Former Cal and major league baseball player Doug Nickle said the group “Save Cal Sports” has raised between $12 million and $15 midlion to support the programs.

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