Turlock standout is Stanislaus-bound
Cal State Stanislaus women's basketball coaches have kept tabs on Turlock's Samantha Bertomen since she was in the eighth grade. She'll be on the court for the Warriors this fall after signing her national letter of intent in April. The 5-foot-9-inch guard averaged 16 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 steals per game at Turlock High. She was a two-time all-Central California Conference player. "She fits the type of player/person that we strive to recruit," Stanislaus head coach Sharon Turner-Dean said. "She works very hard, and is a smart player. She does all of the intangible things and has an excellent attitude."
Bush lauds Giants, says Simpson is jinx
Add this to the lore of championship ceremonies at the White House: President Bush believes in the Jessica Simpson jinx. Bush, a Texas guy, lauded the New York Giants on Wednesday for winning the Super Bowl over the New England Patriots, who went into the game 18-0. The president noted that along the way the Giants vanquished a team from his home state -- the Dallas Cowboys. Many Dallas fans pinned their team's surprise playoff loss not on the Giants, but on Simpson. Seems the singer-actress was accused of being a distraction to her boyfriend, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. Apparently, Bush bought in. "I'm a good sport," Bush said at the South Lawn ceremony. "We're going to send Jessica Simpson to the Democrat National Convention."
Patrick, Junior hit the airwaves today
Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Danica Patrick, two of the most popular drivers in American auto racing, will go one-on-one today on Earnhardt's XM Satellite Radio show, "Dale Jr. Unrestricted." The interview with open-wheel star Patrick, who recently became the first woman to win an IndyCar race, will air nationwide on the XM Sports Nation channel (XM 144) at 4:30 p.m. "Danica is a talented driver, and she backs up that talent with the kind of commitment and dedication you've got to have to succeed," Earnhardt said. "We've hung out a little, and I'm glad to see her hard work pay off."