Football: Allen’s agent says story is not true

Clouds continue to gather over the NFL draft status of former Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen after ESPN.com reported Tuesday that his drug test at the combine was red-flagged.

Allen’s agent insists the story is wrong.

“We have received no notification about anything abnormal to his test. No team has requested a retest. Nobody,” said J.T. Johnson, adding that he first got wind of this when a reporter called him last Friday.

One thing is clear: Allen, once the consensus top prospect at his position, no longer is a sure thing to go in the draft’s first round on April 25.

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Football: Keenan Allen red-flagged for drug test at combine, according to ESPN report

Former Cal star Keenan Allen was red-flagged for a drug test at the NFL combine in Indianapolis and ordered to undergo another test, according to a report by ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter.

Allen’s agent, J.T. Johnson, denied the wide receiver failed a drug test.

Results of Allen’s subsequent test are unknown.

Once rated the top wide receiver in this draft class, Allen’s stock has slipped some as he has rehabbed a knee injury he sustained late last season. He was clocked at 4.71 and 4.75 seconds for the 40-yard dash at a private workout he held for scouts last week in North Carolina.

He still is projected as a late first-round or early second-round pick on most NFL mock drafts.


Basketball: Monty confirms Rodriguez transferring

Following a weekend of rumors, Cal coach Mike Montgomery confirmed that freshman Kaileb Rodriguez is transferring.

Rodriguez, a 6-foot-9 forward from Highlands Ranch, Colo., was did not play this past season and was red-shirted. He was rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com out of high school, a two-star recruit by ESPN.com.

His departure means the Bears will have 11 players on scholarship after their expecting signing of center/forward Kameron Rooks on Wednesday.

Cal has seven returning scholarship players, plus three other incoming freshmen who signed in November.

The NCAA limit for Division I men’s basketball is 13.


Women’s basketball: Clarendon picked No. 9 in WNBA draft by defending champ Indiana Fever

Guard Layshia Clarendon, who led Cal to its first women’s Final Four appearance, was chosen No. 9 by the defending champion Indiana Fever in the WNBA draft.

Clarendon was a two-time all-Pac-12 selection and helped the Bears to their first conference title. She is considered a strong leader and good defender with an effective mid-range scoring game.

Clarendon became the highest-drafted Cal player and just the third Golden Bear to be drafted by the league, following in the footsteps of Ashley Walker (2009, No. 12 in 2009) and Alexis Gray-Lawson (No. 30 in 2010).

 “It’s exciting (to play for Indiana),” Clarendon said. “I’ve always been a part of underdog teams and now I’m a defending champion by default. I’m excited to play with my fellow Pac-10/Pac-12 sisters (Briann) January and Jeannette Pohlen.”

As expected, the top three selections in the WNBA draft were Baylor’s Brittney Griner (Phoenix), Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne (Chicago) and Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins (Tulsa).


Water polo: Csikos breaks career record

Senior Emily Csikos had two goals Saturday in a 14-7 win over Cal State Bakersfield to become Cal’s career scoring leader. Csikos now has 214 career goals.

A three-time All-America selection, Csikos leads Cal with 47 goals this season.

— Rugby: The Bears rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit to beat Saint Mary’s 42-31 in front of a full house at Witter Field to close the regular season with a perfect 19-9 record.

Cal returns to action next in the Varsity Cup tournament, beginning Saturday at Annapolis, Md., against Notre Dame. The event runs through the May 4 championship at Provo, Utah.


Football: Cal releases post-spring depth chart

Cal earlier this week released its post-spring practice depth chart, notable primarily for the battle that looms at quarterback when fall practice begins Aug. 5. No real news here, but worth revisiting.

New coach Sonny Dykes’ first spring workouts ended with three players still in the mix for the No. 1 quarterback spot — redshirt freshman Zach Kline, freshman Jared Goff and junior Austin Hinder.

Two other areas with questions entering the spring — the offensive line and cornerback– gained some clarity.

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Golf: Michael Weaver’s birthday gift from Masters — the weekend off after failing to make cut

Cal junior golfer Michael Weaver told me last week there was just one thing he wanted for his 22nd birthday: A Saturday tee time at the Masters.

Weaver, who turned 22 today, won’t get his wish. He birdied two of the final four holes he played Friday and improved four strokes from the day before — but won’t make the cut.

The first Cal golfer to qualify for the Masters while a student at Berkeley, Weaver shot 78-74-152, finishing eight-over-par for two days. The cut line was being projected as 148.

Weaver needed a near miracle after his rough Thursday debut at Augusta, Ga., but had bogeys on two of the first three holes in round two. He carded two more bogeys through 14 before delivering birdies on Nos. 15 and 18 to finish with a flourish.


Football: How much is Aaron Rodgers worth?

Green Bay Packers teammate A.J. Hawk believes quarterback Aaron Rodgers may get a $1 billion contact — and the star linebacker says the 29-year-old ex-Cal star is worth it.

“Let’s be honest, all of us minions have nothing that we can offer Aaron that would even come close to anything that he would get,” Hawk told the NFL Network.

“He deserves every dime he’s going to get. He’s going to get a billion dollars, probably, so I’m OK with anything they want to give him, because he’s one of the best in the world and he deserves everything.”

Rodgers and the Packers are reportedly working on a new deal that league sources believe will earn him $25 million per season and make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Joe Flacco became the NFL’s highest-paid player last month when he signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract with the reigning champion Baltimore Ravens.

Rodgers is under contract through 2014, having signed a six-year, $65 million contract in October 2008. Rodgers’ base salary in 2013 is $9.25 million, while his 2014 deal is worth $10.5 million.

Rodgers passed for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns last season while leading the Packers to their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.


Water polo: Csikos on cusp of scoring record

Senior Emily Csikos is about to become the all-time leading scorer in Cal women’s water polo history.

With her next goal — likely on Saturday at Cal State Bakersfield — Csikos will pass Coleette Glinkowski as the fifth-ranked Bears’ most prolific scorer.

Csikos and Glinkowski (1997-2000) current share the top spot with 212 goals.

A native of Calgary, Csikos moved to Montreal after high school graduation and and spent two years training with the Canadian National Team. She enrolled at Cal in the fall of 2008, although she continued to commute back to Canada to prep for a shot at the 2012 London Olympics.

Csikos was an immediate hit with the Bears, scoring 65 goals her freshman campaign. As a sophomore in 2010, Csikos found the net 69 times, fifth-most in school history. A year later, she was a finalist for the 2011 Peter J. Cutino Award, given to the top player in the country.

A three-time All-American, has scored 43 goals in 18 games this season.

She skipped the college season last spring as the Canadian team traveled to Italy for an Olympic qualifying tournament. Csikos and her national teammates missed out on a spot at the London Games, but she returned to Berkeley and will graduate this semester.

Then, it’s back to Montreal to resume training with the Canadian national team.