High schooler wins big in fantasy fishing
A Bay Area high school senior who started fishing after he suffered four broken ribs and a burst kidney in a rugby accident is $100,000 richer after winning an online fishing tournament. Eighteen-year-old John Yandell of Concord's De La Salle High School received the money this week after playing the FLW Outdoors fantasy fishing online game for the first time. Yandell picked four of the top 10 finishers in last week's National Guard Open bass tournament near Charlotte, N.C. He beat out hundreds of thousands of online competitors worldwide.
Sharapova criticizes WTA's expectations
Maria Sharapova is criticizing the WTA Tour for threatening to fine her more than $300,000 if she doesn't take part in a promotional photo session ahead of the Internazionali BNL Italia in Rome on May 12. "They want me to do this shoot on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday of the Rome tournament after flying 12 hours from L.A.," the Australian Open champion said on her Web site Friday. "I have set my own personal rules when it comes to doing shoots and I never do shoots before tournaments because they are mentally draining and I want to just focus on my tennis." In an e-mail, the WTA Tour said players have off-court responsibilities. Sharapova said she was not against promoting the tour and that her objection was to the schedule.
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Robinson ceremony on hold until summer
The ceremony to unveil a new plaque of Jackie Robinson at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum scheduled for today has been postponed. Rachel Robinson, his widow, cannot attend because of an emergency. It will be rescheduled this summer. "She expressed her sincere regrets and looks forward to attending the ceremony this summer," said Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Each Sunday through the end of the Modesto Nuts' season, an interview between a member of the Modesto Nuts or the Colorado Rockies organization and Bee staff writer Brian VanderBeek will appear in The Bee. This week's subject is Nuts relief pitcher Will Harris.