Former MJC player wins NAIA hoop title
Jguwon Hogges, formerly of Atwater High and Modesto Junior College, scored 14 points to help 11th-seeded Oregon Institute of Technology defeat top-seeded Bellevue (Neb.) 63-56 on Tuesday to win the NAIA Division II basketball championship in Point Lookout, Mo. The Hustlin' Owls beat second-seeded MidAmerica Nazarene in the semifinals. Oregon Tech also won the title in 2004. Hogges scored nine points in the second half, according to the school's Web site, including a 3-pointer with 3:23 left that gave Oregon Tech a 59-52 lead. He had a steal in the final minute and made two free throws with 16.4 seconds remaining to make it 61-56. Hogges was named to the all-tournament team. Hogges, a Bee All-District honorable mention player in 2004, was second on the team in minutes per game (29.2), third in scoring average (10.8), and he averaged 3.4 rebounds and 3 assists. Hustlin' Owls teammate Ryan Fiegi was named NAIA Division II Player of the Year.
MJC swimmer named best February athlete
Modesto Junior College swimmer Jen Cadmus was named the California Community College Commission on Athletics female Athlete of the Month for February after setting two school records. The Oakdale native swam a 53.77 in the 100 free, besting the 54.43 set by Ann Cornell in 1984, and a 24.48 in the 50 free, topping Julie Wolf's 25.24 in 1985. Cadmus ranks second in the state in six different events -- 50 and 100 fly, 50 and 100 free,100 IM and 100 breaststroke.
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Bonds wants to play
Unsigned and thus far unwanted, Barry Bonds still hopes to play this year. "I'm not going to retire. I don't think that's going to happen," he told MLB.com Tuesday. "I'm working out. I'm training. If my phone rings, it rings. If it don't, it don't. ... I'll come back in July if I have to." Baseball's home run king was indicted in November on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice stemming from 2003 grand-jury testimony in which he denied knowingly using illegal performance-enhancing drugs. He pleaded innocent. "I want to win a championship or else I want to keep trying to win a championship until there's nothing left inside me," Bonds said. "I can still play."
Favre's 4 going up
The Green Bay Packers have had discussions with recently retired quarterback Brett Favre about retiring his number during the upcoming season. Team spokesman Aaron Popkey said Wednesday the team and Favre will choose a game for the retirement ceremony after the NFL regular-season schedule is released. The Packers have retired five other numbers.