Downey hopes to continue run today
Downey High, which stunned Atwater in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I soccer playoffs last week, shoots for another upset today when it visits West of Tracy. That's part of a busy day of soccer, with 18 Stanislaus District teams playing. Other highlights include Buhach Colony at Franklin of Stockton (Division I), Oakdale hosting Center (IV), Riverbank visiting Patterson (V) and Waterford -- led by Carlos Navarette, second in the state with 52 goals -- hosting Sacramento Waldorf (VI). All matches begin at 3 p.m., except for a 6 p.m. start in Patterson.
Playoffs in the pool
It will be a busy day in the pool, with six Stanislaus District water polo teams battling in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I quarterfinals at Tokay High in Lodi. Pitman plays Lincoln at 8 a.m. and Johansen faces Vintage at 11 in girls' play, then Modesto faces defending champ Jesuit at noon, Turlock meets St. Mary's at 1, Sonora meets Davis of Yolo at 2 and Johansen plays Vintage of Napa at 3. The winners advance to the semifinals, Thursday at Tokay.
Pats-Colts matchup breaks ratings mark
The much-anticipated game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts earned the highest overnight rating for a Sunday afternoon regular-season game in at least 20 years. The matchup of two undefeated teams drew a 22.5 rating and 39 share on CBS in the nation's largest markets. That is the highest overnight rating since 1987, which is as far back as the network's records go. The previous high was a 22.2/41 for Dallas-San Francisco on Nov. 10, 1996, a meeting of the winners of the previous four Super Bowls. The Cowboys won 20-17 in overtime. NFL, Page C-4
Miller returns with new show on Versus
Dennis Miller recalled Internet polls during his stint on "Monday Night Football" in which half the respondents loved him and the other half hated him. "I'll always be a bit of niche guy," he said, with no apologies. The comedian is venturing back into sports television, a pairing that evokes memories of his much-talked-about two-year run in the football broadcast booth. "Sports Unfiltered with Dennis Miller," a talk show on Versus, debuts tonight. "Some people want Jim Rome," he said of the combative sports talk show host. "Some people want me." The new program will in many ways be a sports version of his old HBO talk show, "Dennis Miller Live," which aired from 1994-2002. A typical one-hour episode will include a monologue, two guests and some phone calls from viewers. His scheduled guests for today's premiere include Curt Schilling.