Opposite results for Johansen, Modesto
The Johansen water polo team is moving forward in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs after defeating Merced on Friday. The same can't be said for Modesto's soccer team, which came up short against Buhach Colony. Page C-6
Read about Raiders, who fail to sell out
For the 67th time in 100 games, the Oakland Raiders, who face Houston on Sunday, failed to sell out their game. That's good news for all non-Raider fans in the area because now the week's marquee matchup, New England (8-0) at Indianapolis (7-0), will be televised on KOVR (13) at 1 p.m. Want to hear more about the Raiders? Brian Clark, The Bee's weekend editor, sounds off in his blog, which can be found at http://thehive.modbee.com/silverandblack.
UNC No. 1, Pac-10 has 6 Top 25 teams
North Carolina is back in its familiar preseason spot -- No. 1. For the sixth time since The Associated Press started a preseason college basketball poll in 1961, the Tar Heels were ranked No. 1 Friday. They beat out UCLA and Memphis in a three-way race for the top spot. The Pac-10 led the way with six teams in the preseason poll (UCLA, Washington State, Oregon, USC, Arizona and Stanford). For the full Top 25 poll, see Page C-5.
Truex starts up front
Earlier this year, Martin Truex Jr. got his first NASCAR Nextel Cup win. Now he has his first pole, too. The 27-year-old Dale Earnhardt Inc. driver turned a lap of 193.105 mph Friday at Texas Motor Speedway to grab the top spot for the Dickies 500. The pole came in the 79th race of Truex's Cup career. Chase for the Nextel Cup leader Jeff Gordon, the second to last of 48 drivers to make a qualifying attempt on the 1.5-mile oval, came up just short at 192.424.
Athletes, stars play for SoCal fire victims
David Beckham and Los Angeles Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Cobi Jones are taking on some Hollywood stars to benefit victims of Southern California's recent wildfires. The Galaxy will play a team dubbed Hollywood United FC that includes Anthony LaPaglia of "Without a Trace," Brandon Routh of "Superman Returns," and Def Leppard guitarist Viv Campbell at Carson's Home Depot Center on Sunday.