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Cal added to its list of alumni currently playing in the NFL by five when teams announced their final rosters this week.

Players from the 1999 Bears squad that landed professional jobs are Keith Miller (St. Louis Rams), Deltha O'Neal (Denver Broncos), Jeremiah Parker (New York Giants), John Romero (Philadelphia Eagles) and Sekou Sanyika (Arizona Cardinals).

The only Cal player who wasn't taken in the NFL Draft this year was Miller, who signed as a free agent and made the team with a good showing at linebacker. He will likely play on special teams.

The only former Bears player who is slated to start is O'Neal, who is listed as the Broncos No. 1 return specialist. O'Neal was take with the 15th pick in the Draft after a spectacular senior season.

Sanyika had a solid training camp after being taken by the Cardinals in the sixth round. He is currently listed at third on the Arizona depth chart at middle linebacker.

Neither Romero nor Parker are listed on the two-deeps on their respective depth charts.

Other Cal players from last season who signed with NFL teams via free agency, but did not make final cuts, are Jerry DeLoach, Pete Destefano, Mawuko Tugbenyoh and Josh White.

Linebacker Matt Beck, whose 1999 campaign ended with an injury in the second game of the season, remains under contract with St. Louis.

Beck will not play this season, though, because he is still recovering from knee surgery this summer. He will try to make a comeback next year.

The list of former Bears now on NFL rosters has reached 26.

Harriers open season in Sacramento

The Cal men's and women's cross country teams open their respective seasons tomorrow at the Hornet Harrier Classic in Sacramento, Calif.

The women will begin their race at 9:30 a.m. and the men will start at 10 a.m.

In addition to host Sacramento State and the Bears, Stanford, San Jose State and Pacific will compete.

Nevada will also be in action, but only on the women's side.

On the men's side, Cal will be looking for someone to emerge as the squad's leader. The team lost last season's team captain and NCAA qualifier Peter Gilmore to graduation.

The Bears other NCAA runner, Bolota Asmerom, will also not compete this weekend. Asmerom is in Berlin preparing to run for his native Eritrea in the Olympics later this month.

Cal coach Tony Sandoval can look to the likes of Corey Creasey, John Collin or Zack McGahey to step up for the young team.

One of Cal's top women heading into the 2000 campaign, Erin Belger, is expected to take the weekend off to recover from an illness.

Belger, along with Mary Moore, figures to play a big role in how the women's season plays out.

Field hockey takes

on Miami (OHIO)

The Cal women's field hockey team takes on the University of Miami (Ohio) Sunday at 1 p.m. at Kleeberger Field in the Bears' first nonconference game of the season.

After defeating Pacific, 3-0, in its home opener last weekend, Cal (1-0 overall, 1-0 in the NorPac) looks to continue its winning streak and work out early-season adjustments against the Redhawks .

"Since I don't know much about Miami, we are looking at this game more as a self-improvement match," Bears coach Shellie Onstead said. "We are just going to go out on our home field and play our own game."

More specifically, Onstead wants to concentrate on executing set plays more accurately and demonstrating greater defensive organization.

Players to watch include last week's two-goal scorer Lisa D'Anjou and veteran defensive back Erin Robinson. Both players demonstrated solid play against the Tigers last weekend and have been consistent in practice this week.

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