Powell will throw discus in Germany
Modesto's Suzy Powell, the two-time Olympian and American record-holder in the discus, will compete Sunday in the fifth IAAF World Athletics Final, featuring a $3 million purse, in Stuttgart, Germany. It's a bounce-back opportunity for Powell, who failed to qualify for the finals of the World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Her American-record toss last spring of 67.67 meters (222 feet) is the second-longest throw in the world this year. Germany's Franka Dietzsch, who won her fourth world championship, once again is favored.
Section confirms Franklin High probe
The Sac-Joaquin Section ruled Friday that Franklin High of Stockton has until Oct. 5 to respond to charges of illegal recruiting in its football program. The section Board of Managers confirmed it is investigating allegations of illegal recruiting and ordered its investigator to turn over his findings to Commissioner Pete Saco, who will share the information with Franklin. Saco will issue his ruling after Franklin has an opportunity to respond, according to Assistant Commissioner John Williams.
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Bush honors shooters from Alaska college
The men and women's rifle team from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks has earned the distinction of traveling the farthest for a White House ceremony Friday honoring NCAA championship teams. "Interestingly enough, guess who they beat?" President Bush asked guests sitting on folding chairs on the South Lawn. "West Point," he said. "Anytime you outshoot West Point, you're really good at what you do." It was the eighth time in nine years that the Nanooks have been the NCAA champions in rifle, the president said.
NCAA adds sites for women's tournament
The NCAA women's basketball tournament will have 16 sites instead of eight for its first two rounds starting in 2009. The tournament last used the 16-site format in 2004, when it set an attendance record. The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee announced its decision Friday. The committee also agreed to eliminate a rule that the top three teams in a region must be from different conferences. The move is designed to keep top teams closer to home. Conference teams still won't be eligible to meet until regional finals.
Readers won't be able to spend two minutes with Ron Agostini this week. His column will return next Saturday.