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Basketball: Ex-Cal guard Kreklow to Creighton

Former Cal guard Ricky Kreklow will complete his career at Creighton, according to CBSSports.com.

Kreklow, who announced last month he was transferring to a new school for his senior season, averaged 5.5 points for the Bears last season.

A Midwest native and a transfer from Missouri, Kreklow’s two-year career at Cal was marred by a series of injuries.

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Football: Chris McCain signs with Dolphins

Linebacker Chris McCain signed a free-agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, making him the sixth former Cal player to land a spot with an NFL team since the draft two weekends ago.

McCain played two-plus seasons at Cal before being dismissed from the program for conduct detrimental to the team after four games of his 2013 junior campaign.

He finished his collegiate career with 90 tackles, 14.5 tackles for 50 yards in lost yardage, 5.0 sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 24 games played and 18 starts.

McCain’s top season came as a 2012 sophomore when he was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection.

McCain is the fourth ex-Cal player to either sign or agree to terms as a free agent with an NFL team. Running back Brendan Bigelow (Tampa Bay), cornerback Kameron Jackson (Indianapolis) and defensive tackle Deandre Coleman Jacksonville) previously did so.

Tight end Richard Rodgers (Green Bay) and linebacker Khairi Fortt (New Orleans) were selected in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, of the NFL draft.

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Basketball: Martin adds director of ops to staff

New Cal coach Cuonzo Martin announced the hiring of long-time friend and colleague Marco Harris as his director of basketball operations, the same position he held for Martin’s last season at Tennessee.

“Marco is someone I know very well and trust,” Martin said. “His high character and exceptional work ethic will serve well in this role. Marco has established himself as an excellent administrator in his career. He will play an important position in all aspects of our program.”

Harris (no relation to new assistant coach Jon Harris) fills the position held last season by Theo Robertson.

Martin retained none of former coach Mike Montgomery’s staff.

Harris comes to Berkeley after serving the past three seasons on Martin’s staff at Tennessee where he was the Volunteers’ director of operations for the 2013-14 season.

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Football: Brother of 49ers lineman joins Bears; defensive tackle seeks immediate eligibility

Cal has signed the brother of 49ers guard Joe Looney to a financial aid agreement, becoming the 24th member of the 2014 recruiting class.

James Looney, transferring from Wake Forest, has filed an appeal for immediate eligibility with the Bears.

A 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle from Lake Forest, Florida, Looney played in six games as a true freshman for Wake Forest last season, contributing three tackles and a fumble recovery. He did not start a game.

Looney has four seasons to play three at Cal, but whether he is cleared to participate next fall or must sit out as a transfer has not been determined, a Cal spokesman said. He was projected as a starter for the Demons Deacons before leaving the program at the end of spring practice.

Defensive tackle is perhaps Cal’s biggest position of need. Both starters left after last season, and Jacobi Hunter, who played in all 12 games last season as a true freshman, took a leave from the team late in spring ball to attend to personal matters. His status is still up in the air.

Also uncertain is redshirt junior Mustafa Jalil, a former four-star recruit, who missed all of last season and spring ball due to a knee injury.

“We are excited that James is joining the Cal football program,” coach Sonny Dykes said in a statement. “It is critical that we continue to recruit and develop players in the trenches to improve on both sides of the ball.

“James will help us do that on the defensive line and is also an excellent student that will fit into our program nicely both on the field and off.”

Looney, who turns 19 on Thursday, is the younger sibling of Joe Looney, who was a fourth-round draft pick out of Wake Forest by the 49ers in 2012.

James Looney was a four-year starter at Lake Worth High School in Florida and an Associated Press Class 7A all-state performer as a senior in the fall of 2012. He was a consensus three-star (out of five) prospect in high school.

Cal’s 2014 recruiting class includes players from California, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Washington.

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Basketball: Hufnagel hiring official

Coach Cuonzo Martin’s staff is officially complete after the announcement that Yanni Hufnagel is on board.

Hufnagel’s hiring was first reported more than a week ago.

He comes to Berkeley after a one-year stint at Vanderbilt, where he served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Kevin Stallings. Previously, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard.

“Yanni’s strong passion for the game has correlated to success wherever he has been,” Martin said. “We share the same goal in developing champions on the basketball court, in the class room and in the community. I am thrilled for the opportunity to have Yanni join the staff here at Cal.”

CBS Sports recognized Hufnagel as “one of the most relentless and energetic recruiters in the game,” in their 2012-13 College Basketball Preview, while naming him one of their nine “Dream Team” assistant coaches in college basketball.

Hufnagel has worked with such players as Jeremy Lin (Harvard) and Blake Griffin (Oklahoma). He also served an internship in basketball operations with the New Jersey Nets.

Hufnagel earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2006 and a Masters of Education with an emphasis in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration at Oklahoma in 2010.

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Basketball: Domingo’s arrival is official

Cal formally announced the signing of Stephen Domingo, a transfer wing from Georgetown.

The news was first reported a week ago, but new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin was unable to comment on Domingo’s arrival until the paperwork was complete.

“We’re very excited to have Stephen come home and join our basketball family,” Martin said. “Stephen has the skill and length to be a good all-around player at both ends of the floor.”

A graduate of St. Ignatius HS in San Francisco, the 6-foot-7, 207-pound junior-to-be must sit out next season before becoming eligible. He will have two seasons to play at Cal.

Domingo graduated from high school a year early and enrolled at Georgetown in the summer of 2012 after averaging 13.3 points his final season at St. Ignatius. He played in 39 games for the Hoyas.

He also helped the U.S. U17 national team to a gold medal at the FIBA U17 World Championships in Lithuania in 2012, averaging 7.8 points. He scored 17 in a win over Australia on the way to the title.

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Basketball: Georgetown guard transfers to Cal

Georgetown sophomore guard Stephen Domingo announced he will return home to the Bay Area and continue his basketball career at Cal.

Domingo, who starred at St. Ignatius High in San Francisco, totaled 29 points in 39 games over two seasons at Georgetown. Scout.com rated Domingo as a four-star (out of five) prospect as a high school senior.

The 6-foot-6 wing, who must sit out next season as a transfer, said he is excited to play for new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin.

“Georgetown was just not the right basketball opportunity for me,” Domingo said in a phone interview. “I’m going forward and Cal will be a place I can flourish and show what I can do.

“Coach Martin said I’ll be able to use my length and athleticism on the defensive end and I can be a matchup problem on offense.”

Domingo said Cal was among his finalists when he first chose a college out of high school.

Domingo is the second player Martin has added to the Cal roster since being hired last month. A week ago, he signed incoming freshman Kingsley Okoroh, a 7-1 center from England.

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Basketball: Yanni Hufnagel confirms hiring

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Vanderbilt assistant coach Yanni Hufnagel confirmed to me in a text Sunday night that he has been hired to complete new Cal coach Cuonzo Martin’s staff.

The news was first reported by ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman via twitter.

Hufnagel spent the past season at Vanderbilt, where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Previously, he was at Harvarad for four seasons. He got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, during which time he assisted in the development of Blake Griffin.

Hufnagel also worked a basketball operations intern with the New Jersey Nets during his time at a grad student at Oklahoma. He has an undergrad degree from Cornell.