Both Raiders, 49ers ready for reunions
Alex Smith and Reggie Bush. Lane Kiffin and Norm Chow. Both sets of people used to work together. Now, they will oppose each other today. Smith, the 49ers quarterback, will see his high school teammate when the Saints come marching into San Francisco. Kiffin, Oakland's head coach, meets his former offensive mentor from USC when the Raiders travel to take on the Tennessee Titans.
Franklin could face additional sanctions
Franklin High School could face new penalties after allowing three ineligible football players from American Samoa to play Friday against Tracy. Earlier this month, the California Interscholastic Federation found Franklin guilty of 54 football recruiting violations and barred the team from playoffs through 2011. The federation also ordered the school to bench the three players from American Samoa. But school officials allowed the three to play Friday. Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco says that decision could create major problems for Franklin High.
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Triumph, tragedy at Breeders' Cup
Curlin (pictured) put the finishing touches on a championship season with a stirring stretch run and splashed his way to victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park on Saturday. The race was marred in the final yards when European star George Washington broke down and was euthanized on the track. Page C-8
Former governor will aid with Kings arena
The California State Fair is bringing in former Gov. Pete Wilson for negotiations with the NBA that could result in a new arena for the Sacramento Kings at the Cal Expo fairgrounds. The Cal Expo executive committee voted unanimously Friday to hire Wilson, an attorney, and his law firm to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with the NBA. Sports consultant Gregory Clark, who works with Wilson at the Bingham McCutchen firm, will also participate in the talks. The Kings have been looking for a replacement for 19-year-old Arco Arena. The 360-acre Cal Expo fairgrounds surfaced as a possible site for a new arena after Sacramento County voters last year soundly rejected a quarter-cent sales tax increase to help pay for an arena in a former railyard just north of downtown Sacramento.