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Manteca's Speed to run ARCA race

Scott Speed is the latest former Formula One driver to move toward NASCAR, announcing Thursday he'll run the ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway. Speed, of Manteca, will drive the No. 21 Toyota for Eddie Sharp Racing in the Oct. 5 event. The car will be sponsored by Red Bull, which has a five-year association with Speed. The driver was fired from his Toro Rosso Formula One ride midway through this season, and returned to the United States to pursue other driving opportunities. "I come from a completely different world of racing, so there's no doubt it's going to be a challenge learning how these cars handle," Speed said. "But I'm ready to get out there and see what I've got."

Golfers connect on back-to-back aces

Two swings, two aces -- two balls in the same cup. Moments after Thomas Brady scored a hole-in-one, Dennis Gerhart stepped to the tee and matched it at Forsgate Country Club in Newark, N.J. "I've never heard of that happening anywhere in the world," Jim Woods, director of golf at the club said Thursday, a day after the dual aces were recorded on the club's Banks Course. "Two balls on the same hole in the same group is pretty impressive." Neither Brady nor Gerhart had ever made a hole-in-one before. The odds of a golfer scoring an ace are about 5,000-to-1. But the odds of two players in a foursome doing it are 17 million to 1, according to a Golf Digest article in 2000.

Golden State tickets go on sale Saturday

Single-game tickets for the Golden State Warriors' 2007-08 season will go on sale 8 a.m. Saturday at the team's annual Open House at Oracle Arena, according to a team press release. At 10 a.m. Saturday, tickets will me made available to the general public at and Ticketmaster outlets. Golden State opens its regular season Oct. 30 at home against the Utah Jazz, which knocked the Warriors out of last season's playoffs. The Warriors' complete schedule can be found on Page C-7.

Raley Field to hold Oct. 19 Fight Night

There will be a darling in the ring Oct. 19 at Raley Field, but don't expect him to hold any punches. Lightweights Darling Jimenez (23-2-2) and Jose Lopez (21-2) highlight Fight Night in Sacramento, a 7 p.m. event that will be aired on Showtime. Tickets range from $25-$125 and can be purchased at Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and a meet and greet with boxing announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. will be held at 5:45 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for Oct. 6, and tickets purchased for that date with be honored for the Oct. 19 event.