Leading Off

Two Modesto High players set records

Chris Bradley and Bryan Johnson set new Modesto High football records in the Panthers' 41-39 loss to Franklin of Stockton on Friday night, according to coach Rod Long. Bradley, the quarterback, was 17-for-37 for 353 yards and five touchdowns. Johnson, a receiver, caught eight passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. "We answered every one of their scores," Bradley said. "We've played two very tough teams (Modesto lost 59-20 to Edison of Fresno in Week 1), and we feel we're only getting better." Bradley's yardage and touchdowns are school records, as is Johnson's yardage. "Bryan made some phenomenal catches," Long said.

Bonds HR balls sold

Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th home run ball was auctioned Saturday for $752,467, well more than the estimates by memorabilia experts. Home run No. 755, the ball that tied the record, went for $186,750, including the bid and fee, according to Sotheby's/SCP Auctions. Both final prices included the winning bid plus a 20 percent buyer's fee, according to the auction houses handling the sale. Experts had predicted the ball that tied Hank Aaron's home run record would fetch about $200,000, and that the record-breaker would be sold for least $500,000.

Who let the dogs out?

On a miserable, windblown Saturday in which only half the Solheim Cup matches were completed, it was a "choke" comment from former American player Dottie Pepper that made as big a splash as anything her one-time teammates did. The Americans led 6½-5½, but after they let two victories in the morning matches slip away and settled for ties, Pepper, now an analyst for the Golf Channel, uttered "Chokin' freakin' dogs" on the air, thinking the network had already gone to commercial. It hadn't, and though that telecast was seen only in North America, word spread quickly to Sweden, where the tourney is being played. Pepper could not immediately be reached for comment. Golf, Page C-2

Thieves cut lights, stop football game

A high school football game in Scottsdale, Ariz., was called off because thieves stole copper wires feeding the stadium lights. The lights at Anthem Boulder Creek's stadium wouldn't come on at game time Friday, leading to a 90-minute delay while officials tried to find out what was wrong. Minutes later, workers found the copper wires powering the lights were gone. Both coaches said they never had to call off a game in more than 20 years on the job.