Leading Off

Modesto, GV kick off

Modesto High and Chris Bradley, the Stanislaus District's leading passer with 935 yards and 11 touchdowns, play host to Golden Valley in non-conference football action tonight at Downey High. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. The Panthers (1-2) will spread the field to get the ball to Bryan Wilson (20 catches, four TDs) and Daniel McClellan (16 catches, two TDs). Golden Valley will be without quarterback Jeremy Jacobo, who must sit out after being ejected last week for throwing a punch.

Asterisk for HR 756

The ball Barry Bonds hit for his record-breaking 756th home run will be branded with an asterisk and sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Fashion designer Marc Ecko, who bought the ball in an online auction, set up a Web site for fans to vote on the ball's fate, and Wednesday announced the decision to brand it won out over the other options -- sending it to Cooperstown unblemished or launching it into space. Ecko, whom Bonds called "an idiot" last week, had the winning bid Sept. 15 in the online auction for the ball that Bonds hit Aug. 7 to break Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs. The final selling price was $752,467. The asterisk suggests Bonds' record is tainted by alleged steroid use.

MLB tosses umpire

Umpire Mike Winters was suspended by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the regular season Wednesday because of his confrontation with San Diego's Milton Bradley last weekend. The Padres claimed Winters baited Bradley, who has a history of losing his temper. Bradley tore a knee ligament when his manager spun him to the ground while trying to keep him from going after the umpire during Sunday's 7-3 loss to Colorado in San Diego. Winters was suspended because the commissioner's office concluded he had used a profanity aimed at Bradley, a baseball official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the reason for the suspension was not announced.

Pot thickens for Vick

Disgraced Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick tested positive for marijuana earlier this month, a violation of the conditions of his release as he awaits Dec. 10 sentencing in federal court on a dogfighting charge that already jeopardizes his freedom and career. Now, he's incurred the ire of the judge who could sentence him to up to five years in prison in the dogfighting case. On the day of Vick's guilty plea, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson warned that he wouldn't be amused by any additional trouble. Wednesday, Hudson ordered Vick be confined to his Virginia home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. with electronic monitoring. The NFL star also must submit to random drug testing.