Swimmers hit pool for NorCal Relays
Twelve teams will be in the pool at Johansen High on Saturday for the 16th NorCal Relays. The seven Central California Conference schools; Modesto, Enochs, Beyer and Johansen; and Deer Valley of Antioch will swim in four divisions -- boys and girls, varsity and junior varsity. Racing runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. "It's intended to be fun, with kids getting to swim in relays they don't normally do," Johansen coach Brent Bohlender said. "A lot of kids get locked in swimming the same events in the season, so this will be a fun break."
East Union grad finds his way to San Jose
The San Jose Earthquakes signed East Union High graduate Eric Denton to a contract Wednesday. Denton, a defender, had an impressive preseason with the Earthquakes. He has played 160 career games in MLS, starting with D.C. United in 2000. He didn't play last season. "Eric is a veteran player who has an excellent left foot," general manager John Doyle said. "He has had a strong MLS career, and he provides good depth for us in the squad."
McNamee donates mementos to charity
Brian McNamee was planning to dump all his mementos of his relationship with Roger Clemens. Then, a friend persuaded him to think better of it. Now, the former personal trainer who claims he injected the seven-time Cy Young Award winner with steroids is selling dozens of personal items in an online auction and donating the profits to his juvenile diabetes charity. At the suggestion of McNamee's friend, Phil Castinetti, McNamee turned over 50 to 60 items, including hats, uniforms, balls and pictures of Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Jose Canseco -- "all the steroid guys," Castinetti says. To make them unique, McNamee also signed them. The first auction will end Friday.
Pennsylvania allows baseball bets, sort of
Gambling on baseball isn't as taboo as it used to be. The Pennsylvania Lottery started a new baseball-themed scratch-off game featuring the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates. Lottery officials are promoting it by giving one free ticket to the first 50 adults who attend certain major- and minor-league games in the state starting today and ending June 23. Each ticket costs $5, and players can win $5 to $100,000. Players scratch off a row of four numbers under team caps and then a grid of 12 team logos, and can win by matching numbers or uncovering special symbols.