Cal is confirming earlier reports on Friday that defensive tackle Viliami Moala is intending to enter the NFL draft.
Moala will become the fourth member of the team to declare early, and the third member of a defense that yielded over 40 points a game. Also entering the draft will be defensive back Kameron Jackson, linebacker Khairi Fortt and tight end Richard Rodgers. Deadline for signing up early is Wednesday.
Moala's intended departure means Cal will lose both starting defensive tackles from a 1-11 team. The other, Deandre Coleman, was a senior. Cal kicker Vincenzo D'Amato accepted an invitation to the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl next Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson. The game will feature 110 draft-eligible seniors (ESPN2, 3 p.m.). "I'm super excited to have the opportunity to play in this game and showcase my talents in front of NFL teams," said D'Amato, who made 17 of 20 field goal attempts this past season. Cal's Brandon Hagy closed with a 3-over 75 and tied for 11th place at the Australian Master of the Amateurs. Hagy completed four rounds at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club at 2-over 290. Simon Viitakangas (72) had a winning total of 6-under 282. "I played in conditions totally different than in the United States that were firm and fast with a lot of wind," Hagy said. Cal freshman Missy Franklin, who set two school records and won five races at the recent AT&T Winter Nationals, was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for December. Cal's Anne Kastler placed second in the women's 1-meter springboard at Bruin Diving Invitational at UCLA. The Bears' Peter Cyr finished fourth in the men's 3-meter springboard.
Exit Stage Left, winner of the Golden Nugget Stakes and Gold Rush Stakes in his first two starts last year, headlines the nominees for the $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields. Twenty-two newly turned 3-year-olds were nominated to the 11/16-mile race Jan. 18. Exit Stage Left is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and has Russell Baze as jockey.