Modesto gymnast shines at state meet
Modesto's Tatianna Castellanos appears ready to move up in the world of competitive gymnastics. She won her age division's Level 7 All-Around state title in Rocklin on April 12 with score of 37.625, and finished sixth overall to earn state team status. She won the bars and beam events and was second on the floor routine in her division. Castellanos, 13, trains at Modesto's USA Elite Gymnastics center.
Franco calls it quits from baseball at 49
Julio Franco finally called it quits. The 49-year-old announced his retirement from baseball after a 23-year career in the major leagues and stints in his native Dominican Republic, South Korea, Japan and Mexico. In 2007, he became the oldest player to hit a home run in the majors. "It was the hardest decision in my life," Franco said in an interview published Saturday by Mexican sports daily Record. "I understand that my time has passed and the great men and athletes know when to say enough." Franco last played in the majors in 2007, when he played in 55 games with the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. He has a major-league career average of .298, with 173 home runs.
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Alyssa Guzman hit a three-run home run in the 11th to lift Cal State Stanislaus to a victory Saturday in the title game of the conference tourney.
He's hearing voices
Mark Roman is still getting used to that little voice in his ear telling him where to go and what to do. Roman, a San Francisco 49ers safety, and three teammates joined dozens of NFL players this weekend as the first to try out the league's next technological step forward. NFL owners only approved the sideline-to-field headsets for defensive players at league meetings last month -- formerly only quarterback could use them -- overcoming a bit of dissent from offensive-minded coaches. "I didn't even know the rule had passed until they said we're going to try it with the headset," Roman said. "It's cool. It's going to help out because we aren't going to have to be scrambling to get the calls."
Wild Cup finish
Denny Hamlin appeared headed toward an easy victory. Then, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed poised to snap his two-year losing streak. In the end, surprise winner Clint Bowyer (shown) celebrated in Victory Lane, stealing a win Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway that ended in wild fashion.