High school hoops Madness still strong
The fifth annual Madness in the Mother Lode All-Star Extravaganza, a high school boys basketball event, will be Saturday at Columbia College's Oak Pavilion. The small-schools game tips off at 5 p.m. with the large-schools game to follow at 7. Players from across the Stanislaus District will compete. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Complete rosters, Page C-5
Stanford's twins to bolt for NBA
Stanford sophomore Robin Lopez (top) is joining 7-foot brother Brook in entering the NBA Draft. The brothers announced their decision Monday to The Associated Press through their mother, Deborah Ledford. Now they'll depart as a tandem, too. Brook and Robin will hire agents and thus forgo their remaining two years of college eligibility, their mom said. "I have always hoped I would have an opportunity to play in the NBA, and I feel now is the right time to make that dream a reality," Robin Lopez said in a statement. Brook Lopez, a third-team All-American, averaged 19.3 points and 8.2 rebounds this season. Robin averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds and blocked 83 shots. NBA, Page C-8
Raiders open on MNF
The Raiders will take on their bitter rivals, the Denver Broncos, to help kick off the 2008 Monday Night Football schedule Sept. 8. The Raiders' game (7 p.m.) will follow a 4 p.m. tilt that pits the host Minnesota Vikings against the visiting Brett Favre-less Green Bay Packers. Both games will be on ESPN. A day earlier, the Indianapolis Colts will open Lucas Oil Stadium with a prime-time season opener against the Chicago Bears in a rematch of the 2007 Super Bowl won by the Colts.
Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou was awarded the silver medal from the 100 meters at the 2001 world championships following Marion Jones' doping admission. Jones finished second in Edmonton, but all her results since September 2000 have been expunged because of doping. Thanou was third in the race, which was won by Zhanna Block of Ukraine. Thanou was banned for two years after missing a third drug test on the eve of the 2004 Athens Olympics. The International Association of Athletics Federations was reluctant to upgrade her to the Edmonton silver. "There was no evidence of Thanou committing any doping offense during the period in question, which leaves us with no alternative but to award the medal to her," IAAF spokesman Nick Davies told the British Broadcasting Corp.