Manteca gridders ink with Southern Oregon
Manteca High seniors Johnnie Golden (left) and Beau Fryer (right) have signed national letters of intent to play football for Southern Oregon University, an NAIA college based in Ashland. Golden played running back and linebacker for Manteca, while Fryer was a wide receiver and defensive back. Buffaloes coach Eric Reis said Golden and Fryer would head up to Oregon early in the summer to see at what positions they would best fit into the program. They join two Stanislaus District products on the Raiders roster: Hilmar's Dayne Mendes -- a junior defensive back -- and Hughson offensive lineman lineman Derek Short, a freshman.
Singh feeling better
Weakened by a stomach virus that caused him to lose 18 pounds in five days, Vijay Singh recovered in time to make a strong defense of his Bay Hill title by chipping in twice Friday on his way to a 5-under 65 and a two-shot lead over Carl Pettersson. Tiger Woods, trying to continue a winning streak that stretches all the way back to September, had to settle for nine straight pars to close out a 2-under 68 and is seven shots behind entering the weekend. Golf, Page C-2
A's, Giants post wins
Oakland right-hander Rich Harden allowed just one hit and one run in five innings in the A's 8-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Tucson, Ariz. At Scottsdale, Bengie Molina drove in three runs off Arizona ace Brandon Webb, who was tagged for 11 hits and six runs in 4º, to lead the San Francisco Giants to an 11-6 win over the Diamondbacks. Baseball, Page C-2.
Rockets win again
The Houston Rockets' 21st consecutive victory gave them the second-longest winning streak in NBA history and a share of first place in the Western Conference. Tracy McGrady (pictured) scored 30 points and the Rockets beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-80 on Friday night to break a tie with the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks for the second-best victory streak in league history. Only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 in a row, had a longer streak. The win also sets up Sunday's showdown with the current Lakers in Houston. They're both 45-20, the best records in the West. NBA, Page C-4.