Arizona is adding some beef to its offensive line.

Former Cal lineman Freddie Tagaloa intends to transfer to the UA and could arrive as early as next month.

This past season, Tagaloa started the first seven games of the season for the Golden Bears at left tackle before being moved to a reserve guard spot. After the season, he stated his intention to transfer.

Tagaloa, listed at 6 feet 8 inches and 330 pounds, will have to sit out the 2014 season and possibly the 2015 season as well. Since he is transferring from within the league, the lineman will have to appeal to just sit out a season if Cal coach Sonny Dykes does not approve the transfer.

Dykes said at a news conference on Wednesday that he would not approve any transfer of a former player to another Pac-12 school.

If he’s cleared to play in 2015, Tagaloa could fill a position of need for the Wildcats. Both of the UA’s starting tackles, Mickey Baucus and Fabbians Ebbele, will be seniors during the 2014 season.

Tagaloa was a three-star recruit out of high school and chose Cal over offers from UA, Arizona State, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and others. He played as a reserve as a true freshman for Cal under current UA offensive line coach Jim Michalczik.

He prepped at Salesian High School in Los Angeles. The UA has verbal commitments from three Salesian products for the 2014 class: linebackers Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware and cornerback Rodney Carr.

Tagaloa is the fifth player to transfer to the UA since coach Rich Rodriguez arrived.

Daniel Berk


Lakers’ Bryant out again

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee, dealing the second major injury setback of the year to the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar guard.

An MRI exam on Thursday revealed Bryant has a fracture in his lateral tibial plateau — the top of his shinbone near his knee.

Bryant made his season debut with the Lakers Dec. 8 after nearly eight months away while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. He apparently was hurt Tuesday night in Memphis while playing his fourth game in five nights.

The Lakers also announced Steve Nash will be out for at least four more weeks with nerve root irritation, leaving injury-riddled Los Angeles without its top three point guards and Bryant — who filled in at the point in recent games — for at least another week.

More College football

Bowling Green hires
former UA assistant Babers

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green has hired Eastern Illinois’ Dino Babers as the Falcons’ football coach.

Babers, a former Arizona Wildcats assistant coach, led Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record and the Football Championship Series quarterfinals this season.

Babers replaced Dave Clawson, who led Bowling Green to a Mid-American Conference championship before leaving for Wake Forest earlier this month.

Babers, 52, was 19-7 in two seasons at EIU. He inherited a team that had finished last in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2011 and helped it finish 6-1 in the league the next season. He was selected the conference’s coach of the year the past two seasons.

  • Washington assistant coach
  • Tosh Lupoi
  • says allegations he broke NCAA rules by paying for a football recruit’s online classes and tutoring are “untrue attacks.”

The Huskies’ defensive line coach posted on his Twitter account on Thursday: “I look forward to an honest & thorough investigation.”

Washington confirmed Wednesday that it is looking into allegations of recruiting violations against the Huskies’ defensive line coach, first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

NCAA volleyball final four

Penn State, Wisconsin
to play for NCAA title

SEATTLE — Deja McClendon had 11 kills and 13 digs, Micha Hancock added 39 assists, and second-seeded Penn State

swept No. 3 Washington 3-0 on Thursday night in the NCAA

volleyball tournament semi-

finals, ending the Huskies’ hopes of winning a national title at home.

The five-time champion Nittany Lions (33-2) dominated from the start, winning 25-14, 25-13, 25-16 to extend their winning streak to 24 matches and advance to their ninth title game.

In the first match, No. 12 seed Wisconsin pulled off a stunner, defeating No. 1 Texas 3-1. The Badgers became the lowest-seeded team in NCAA volleyball history to reach the championship match.

The championship is Saturday night.

Includes material from a news release