Stanislaus to play hoops at Pacific
Talk about jumping right into the college basketball season. The Cal State Stanislaus men open at University of the Pacific tonight at 7, followed by games at two more Division I opponents in the ensuing days. The Warriors are at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on Friday and Santa Clara on Monday, both 7 p.m. games.
Walsh to be honored at Super Bowl XLII
The NFL will honor Bill Walsh during halftime of the Super Bowl. Walsh, who died July 30 at age 75, was one of the most influential coaches in NFL history. He revolutionized the game with his West Coast offense and led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl victories. Walsh also is remembered for helping improve opportunities for minorities in coaching and the front office, and played a role in the NFL's executive training and international development programs.
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Big Papi is perfect in baseball rankings
Big Papi got a big score in baseball's annual player rankings. Boston designated hitter David Ortiz became the seventh player to earn a perfect 100 in the annual statistical compilation issued Wednesday by the Elias Sports Bureau, which uses a formula players and owners negotiated in 1981. The only previous players to get perfect scores were New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly (1987), Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. (1991), Chicago White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas (1995), Houston first baseman Jeff Bagwell (1995), Red Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez (2002) and St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols (2006). Full rankings can be found on Page C-5.
Marinovich pleads guilty, goes to rehab
Former Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich has been given another chance at rehabilitation after pleading guilty to drug charges. Marinovich, 38, pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and misdemeanor syringe possession and resisting arrest. Marinovich was released to a rehab program in Laguna Beach.
Golf rules altered
Golf's governing bodies said Wednesday they have amended 28 of the 34 rules starting in 2008, with only a few significant changes. One of them is when a ball deflects off a player, which is what happened to Jeff Maggert in the final round of the 2003 Masters. He was leading the tournament when his fairway bunker shot at No. 3 caromed off the lip and bounced off his chest. Maggert was assessed a two-shot penalty, went on to make triple bogey and never regained the lead. Under the revised rule, the penalty has been reduced to one shot in stroke play and match play. Previously, it had been loss of hole in match play.