Fleming named best in west
Cal State Stanislaus pitching ace Marquis Fleming has been voted as the Daktronics Division II West Region Baseball Pitcher of the Year, presented by Daktronics and voted on by sports information directors in the region. Fleming (pictured) was the CCAA pitcher of the year. He enters this weekend's NCAA Division II West Region tournament with an 11-4 record and 2.36 earned-run average. Fleming has five shutouts and 112 strikeouts in 107 innings. Fleming's teammate, junior outfielder Kyle Loretelli made the Daktronics All-Region second team.
High school soccer kicks back up today
Defending Sac-Joaquin Section soccer champs Sonora and Hilmar take to the turf today in a bid to return to the finals: Sonora (24-2-2) hosts Dixon (20-6-1) at 6 p.m. in a Division IV semifinal, and Hilmar (22-4-2) visits Ripon (20-4-1) in a Division V semifinal at 3:30 p.m. In other semifinals, Turlock (20-5-2) is at Lincoln (15-2-4) in D-I at 7 p.m., Central Catholic (19-5-2) hosts Linden (16-5) in D-V at 3:30 p.m., and Le Grand (11-4-3) is at Bradshaw Christian (15-8-2) in D-VI action at 3:30 p.m.
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Henin leaves on top
Justine Henin retired from tennis Wednesday, an abrupt ending to a short and successful career in which she won seven Grand Slam singles titles and leaves while ranked No. 1. The 25-year-old Belgian made the surprising announcement at a news conference, less than two weeks before the start of the French Open. She has won that clay-court major championship four times, including each of the past three years.
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft complimented the Boston Herald for apologizing for a story that said his team videotaped a St. Louis Rams walkthrough before the 2002 Super Bowl. He's "very disappointed," though, that the paper "wrote a story that was completely false and unsubstantiated," Kraft said.