May 28, 2008

Leading Off

Rawlings honors Stanislaus' Fleming

Cal State Stanislaus senior pitcher Marquis Fleming was selected to the Rawlings/

American Baseball Coaches Association All-America second team announced on Tuesday. The award adds to a long list of major accolades for the senior from Oakland -- he has earned the West Region Pitcher of the Year honor from three organizations and was the CCAA Pitcher of the Year. On Tuesday, he also was named Cal State Stanislaus co-male athlete of the year along with golfer Erick Justesen.

MMC's best honored

A prolific scorer and red-hot pitchers are among the MVPs on the Modesto Metro Conference all-league teams. Beyer's Jennie Marshall, the Stanislaus District's top goal scorer and a BYU recruit, was the MVP after leading the Patriots to their fourth soccer title in her four years. Davis' Desi Maldonado and Beyer's Kyle Barrett were named MVPs in softball and baseball, respectively, after taking their teams to titles. For all of the MVPs and teams, see Scoreboard, Page C-5.

Woods on schedule to play in U.S. Open

Tiger Woods entered the room with a slight limp and unwavering determination to play the U.S. Open. "The knee's doing better," said Woods, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee April 15. "The rehab is boring. It gets really old riding that bike, man. But everything's on schedule. Just been training and trying to get this thing organized for the Open, and it's right on schedule for that." Woods spoke Tuesday at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., where he'll host a tourney in July. The U.S. Open will be at Torrey Pines in San Diego on June 12-15, a major that could prove a bit dicey for the world's No. 1 player following a two-month layoff. Woods had hoped to fine-tune his game this week at the Memorial, but he withdrew.

Fuss over his son's arrest baffles Noah

Yannick Noah is perplexed by "all that fuss" surrounding the arrest of his basketball player son, who was charged with marijuana possession and having an open container of alcohol. Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah was arrested Sunday in Gainesville, Fla., after an officer spotted him on a sidewalk holding a plastic cup. Police said that during a search at the station officers found marijuana in his pocket. "I don't understand all that fuss for just drinking a beer on the street," Yannick Noah said Tuesday at the French Open. Yannick Noah won the French Open in 1983. Joakim Noah could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for the marijuana charge.

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