Fernandez is 25th at Scotland event
Riverbank High senior German Fernandez placed 25th out of 109 runners Sunday in the junior race at the World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. His time over the muddy 8-kilometer (4.96 miles) course was 24 minutes, 15 seconds, 1:37 behind winner Ibrahim Jeilan of Ethiopia. Fernandez, the 2007 Division IV high school state champion, was the top U.S. finisher -- one second ahead of teammate Emil Heineking. Ethiopian Ayele Abshero placed second, two seconds behind Jeilan. Ethiopia and team champ Kenya each had six runners in the top 21. The U.S. placed sixth.
President uncorks some high cheddar
President Bush had enough to worry about -- like not flubbing the first pitch in front of a crowd that might not exactly be his biggest fans anyway. So before the game, when a couple of Atlanta Braves gave him a team jersey and suggested he wear it to throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park, Bush laughed. Uh, no thanks, guys. Might as well put on a sign that says "Boo me." The president didn't dawdle when he got to the mound. He quickly released the ceremonial first pitch, high and to the third-base side of the plate, where Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta caught it with ease. "I didn't want to bounce it, that's for certain," Bush said after the game.
The Stockton Thunder drew its fourth sellout crowd of the ECHL season Saturday night and is trying to lead the league in attendance for the third year in a row. The Thunder, the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, drew 9,737 fans to Stockton Arena in its final home game of the season, a 3-2 shootout win against the Victoria Salmon Kings. The Thunder finished with a total attendance of 239,337, an average of 6,648 per game. It's the second season in a row the Thunder has surpassed 230,000 fans.The Thunder drew a club-record 244,085 fans last season. Stockton was host for the ECHL All-Star Game on Jan. 23, and the crowd of 7,455 was the fifth-largest ever for the game.