Stanislaus baseball moves up to No. 12
After taking three of four games from Chico State over the weekend, the Cal State Stanislaus baseball team jumped to No. 12 in the Collegiate Baseball Division II Top 30 poll. It is the highest Division II ranking in program history. The Warriors, who jumped up from No. 23 in the poll, completed their third consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association series win over then-No. 16 Chico, winning all three games in their final at-bat. Stanislaus (17-5, 10-2 CCAA), which has won 12 of its last 14, next hosts Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday at 3 p.m.
Federer prevails against Sampras
The present got the better of the past. Current No. 1 Roger Federer beat former No. 1 Pete Sampras (top) 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6) in an exhibition match Monday night before a crowd of 19,690 at Madison Square Garden. Federer is two away from Sampras' record of
14 career Grand Slam singles titles, a mark that exists only in black and white, written in a record book. For more than two hours, these two living, breathing greats of the game shared a court in black and white: The 26-year-old Federer wore the dark, ultra-modern outfit; the 36-year-old Sampras was decked out in the more conventional, country-club getup. And, as one might expect, youth was served.
Tibetan immigrants protest Games in SF
Tibetan immigrants protesting Chinese control of their homeland vowed Monday to make San Francisco, the only U.S. city to host the Olympic torch relay, the focal point of American demonstrations against the Beijing Games. At City Hall, demonstrators held a portrait of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, above the crowd next to banners saying "Olympics in China, Torture in Tibet," and "Truth is our only weapon." Monday was the anniversary of a failed 1959 Tibetan uprising that forced the Dalai Lama into exile, and Tibetan exiles around the world used the day to protest this summer's games.
In American football, that's a personal foul
Two Australian sailors pleaded guilty Monday to felony assault charges for beating a man in a sidewalk brawl after an argument over the merits of Australian versus American football. Philip Graeme Ferres, 26, and Kolis Barba, 25, were in San Diego at the tail end of a six-day shore leave from the HMAS Sydney last November when they got into a heated debate with Jeffrey Wilkinson about football and the Iraq war. Wilkinson, 28, jumped from a second-floor balcony onto the roof of a car below to get away. Wilkinson said the sailors followed him to the street, where Barba, a professional Australian rules football player, punched him in the face.