California Cougars host Mexican stars
The California Cougars of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) have partnered with Mexican World Cup legend Missael Espinoza to present "Leyendas de los Clasicos" at Stockton Arena. The event will feature Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Club Deportivo América in a friendly Feb. 9 at 7:15 p.m. The rosters will consist of a collection of Mexico's soccer legends. Tickets range from $15 to $35. For more information, call 373-1563. Also, On Feb. 10, the Cougars and the Premier Arena Soccer League (PASL) will participate in a doubleheader event featuring the very best of the PASL and the Cougars.
Canseco book sequel due out on March 31
Jose Canseco's sequel on steroids, entitled "Vindicated," will be released on March 31. Canseco is working with Pablo Fenjves, the ghost writer of "If I Did It," in which O.J. Simpson gave an imaginary confession to how he would have killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. "Juiced," Canseco's 2005 book, described his steroids use and implicated Mark McGwire, among others. The sequel originally was to be a collaboration with Don Yaeger, a former Sports Illustrated associate editor. Yeager withdrew, as did the original publisher, Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. Canseco's sequel now will be published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment, a division of Simon & Schuster.
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Sheriff's Lt. fired for ratting out grid rival
A Madison, Wis., sheriff's lieutenant has been fired for using his position and official reports to try to weaken a high school football team before it played his son's squad in a state playoff game. Lt. Shawn Haney, a 21-year veteran of the Dane County Sheriff's Office, was fired for releasing reports describing a Sept. 30 underage drinking party attended by Waunakee High School football players. Several people face charges in connection with the party. His son is a lineman for rival DeForest High School. Sheriff David Mahoney said he fired Haney for releasing the reports prematurely and having a conflict of interest. Two weeks before the state quarterfinals game on Nov. 3 in which DeForest defeated Waunakee, Haney gave documents to the Waunakee School District detailing the party on a farm where a teacher's aide lived. Then, days before the game, Haney called a top official at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Association to complain the district hadn't disciplined athletes at the party and urge action, according to his dismissal letter. Haney is appealing his firing, claiming he did nothing wrong. DeForest defeated Waunakee 27-13 but later lost the state championship game.