Powell 2nd in discus
Modesto's Suzy Powell had the second-longest throw at the 2008 Maui International Discus Challenge, held Wednesday and Friday in Waikiki, Hawaii. Powell's longest throw was 208 feet, 11 inches in the Friday's A-Section second competition. Only Stephanie Trafton had a better distance in the whole event at 210-1. Powell also recorded throws of 207-7, which won the third competition Friday, and 191-1, good for fourth place Wednesday.
Drewrey is lights out
Oakdale High graduate and Cal ace Marissa Drewrey struck out 10 in a 3-0 victory over No. 16 Fresno State on Saturday to knock the Bulldogs into the elimination round in the NCAA Division I Fresno Regional tournament. It was Drewrey's 28th win and the 10th time she has struck out at least 10 batters this season. Fresno State went on to defeat San Diego State 2-0 in 11 innings as Turlock's Aja Schueber started the winning rally with a hit. She scored on a two-run single by Andrea Ortega. Cal and Fresno State will square off at 1 p.m. today for the regional crown. Fresno State (53-12) has to beat Cal (42-24) twice to advance to the Super Regional.
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It's a thong story
Baseball players are notorious for finding quirky ways to break slumps and Jason Giambi is no exception. Giambi told Conde Nast Portfolio magazine that he wears a gold lamé tiger-striped thong under his Yankees uniform when he's in a slump. Giambi said the superstition dates back to his days in Oakland, but no word on whether it graced his Modesto A's locker in 1993. "I only put it on when I'm desperate to get out of a big slump," he said, adding that he's left the thong in lockers of Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Johnny Damon, and Robinson Cano during various slumps. "All of them wore it and got hits," Giambi said. "The thong works every time."
Canned it camera
What could be better than hitting a 344-yard hole-in-one? Doing it with TV cameras rolling. Jason Dumler, the head pro at Vista Ridge Golf Course in Erie, Colo., was giving Denver sportscaster Vic Lombardi a tour for an upcoming KCNC-TV series on local courses when Dumler cut loose from the gold tee on the 17th hole. As the ball bounded toward the cup, Lombardi can be heard saying to cameraman Roger Masterton on the video: "Oh my God! You've got to roll on that!" It's the only ace recorded on No. 17 since the course opened in 2003.