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Mikayla Cowling at St. Mary's High School in Berkeley, Calif. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. (Dean Coppola/Staff)

Mikayla Cowling, an incoming sophomore basketball player from St. Mary's High, has given an oral commitment to Cal.

A 6-foot-1 forward, Cowling still has more than two years before she can sign her letter of intent. But she is a longtime fan of the program.

"I love the school," said Cowling, whose father, Larry, was an NCAA champion hurdler in 1981 for the Cal track team. "I've been there many times with my family and have grown to love it. From the beginning I wanted to go to Cal."

Cowling averaged 8.2 points as St. Mary's reached the Division IV state title game last season.

Men's basketball

Richard Solomon scored 18 points and Allen Crabbe contributed 17 points and 13 rebounds as Cal beat Uppsala 76-74 at Stockholm, Sweden, improving to 2-0 on its tour of northern Europe. Brandon Smith had 17 points for the Bears, who played without seniors Jorge Gutierrez (sprained ankle) and Harper Kamp (sore knee). The Bears' next game is Wednesday against the Norwegian national team in Oslo.

  • Castlemont High graduate Devereaux Manley, a first-team Oakland Athletic League All-City pick in 2010-11, will play for Kent State this season. Manley averaged 18 points for the Knights last season.

    Volleyball


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    On the heels of its national runner-up finish last season, the Cal women will begin this season at No. 3 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I top-25 preseason poll -- their highest preseason standing ever. Stanford is No. 6.

    Realignment

    The Texas A&M Board of Regents has given President R. Bowen Loftin the authority to move the Aggies out of the Big 12. The board gave Loftin the OK to take any action he deems necessary when it comes to conference alignment. The SEC has reaffirmed its 12-school alignment but left the door open for expansion.

    Football

    NCAA investigators visited the University of Miami campus looking into claims that more than a dozen former or current football players received gifts and services from convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, his attorney said.

    Swimming

    Former Cal star Lauren Boyle won two gold medals at the World University Games in Shenzen, China, shattering her own New Zealand 800-meter freestyle record (8 minutes, 26.50 seconds) and also capturing the 400 free (4:07.78).

    Bay Area News Group and Associated Press contributed to this roundup.