Johansen teams eye semifinal wins today
For all its success, Johansen High's boys' water polo program has never been in a Sac-Joaquin Section title match. The Vikings hope to rectify that today when they face Davis of Yolo County at 2 p.m. in a semifinal at Tokay High in Lodi. The Johansen girls, whose last appearance in the section final was 2003, face Davis-Yolo in a noon semifinal at Tokay. The championship matches are Saturday at Woodcreek High in Roseville. See Page C-5 for water polo, volleyball and soccer playoff pairings.
Phoenix will host '09 NBA All-Star Game
The Phoenix Suns will host the 2009 NBA All-Star game, the third time the city has held the basketball showcase. Commissioner David Stern will make the announcement at a news conference today at US Airways Center, where the game will be played. Phoenix was the site of the All-Star game in 1995 and 1975. Toronto, New York, Oakland and Milwaukee reportedly were contenders for the 2009 contest.
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Suspected poisoning of Haas is probed
Tommy Haas' apparent garden-variety stomach virus that sidelined him on the decisive day of the Davis Cup semifinal in Moscow in September against Russia took on sinister implications when allegations surfaced that he was poisoned. International Tennis Federation official Bill Babcock said the organization will launch an investigation and plans to interview Haas' German Davis Cup teammate, Alexander Waske, among others. It was Waske who revealed that Haas may have been poisoned. Russia went on to win that day and will play the U.S. in the Davis Cup final in Portland, Ore., starting Nov. 30.
Will Red Sox, A's meet in Japan?
The World Series champion Boston Red Sox still aren't sure whether they will start next season with a two-game series in Tokyo against the Oakland Athletics. Baseball officials said they hope for a decision by the owners' meetings next week, if not sooner. The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets started the 2000 season with a two-game series in Tokyo, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays opened the 2004 season with two games in Japan.
Coach Billy Gillispie's second game at Kentucky turned out to be the first shocker of the college basketball season. Grayson Flittner scored 22 points to help Gardner-Webb beat the No. 20 Wildcats 84-68 Wednesday night in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic in Lexington. The Wildcats hadn't lost a regular-season game to a mid-major since falling to Western Kentucky on Nov. 15, 2001, in that season's opener. Modesto Christian High graduate Michael Porter played for the losing Wildcats but did not score. Gardner-Webb jumped out to a 14-0 lead.