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Take a lap at MJC

Modesto Junior College is inviting the community to take a lap on its new track during a reopening ceremony Monday at 12:30 p.m. The replacement of the 27-year-old running surface at MJC Stadium has forced the track to be off limits since June. Officials from MJC and the Yosemite Community College District will reopen the track with a ribbon-cutting, after which all attendees will be invited to run, walk or jog a lap on the blue surface.

For Titans' Young, '05 wasn't all roses

Titans quarterback Vince Young (above) hasn't forgotten losing the Heisman Trophy to Saints running back Reggie Bush. Young tells "60 Minutes" in an interview conducted in June but airing Sunday night that he was angry about not taking the Heisman Trophy back with him to Texas in December 2005. He finished second behind the running back from USC. After the winner was decided, Young ran for 200 yards and threw for 267 in beating Bush and the Trojans in the Rose Bowl for the BCS national championship. "I wanted to show the world that I was the real Heisman Trophy winner. But on paper, Reggie Bush is the Heisman Trophy winner. (I am) not taking nothing from him, he knows he's a phenomenal athlete," Young said in the interview. Is he better than Bush? "I always feel like I'm better. Always," Young said.

Women's football team holding tryouts

Are you ready for some football, ladies? The Modesto Magic women's football team will hold its second tryout Saturday at Castleberg Park in Riverbank. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and tryouts begin at 10, with an entry cost of $35. The Magic is a member of the National Women's Football League, which opens its eighth season in April. All 19 players who attended the first tryout made the team, said coach Stormy Stroud. For more information, visit or e-mail

Player suspended for tackling 'seal'

A Brazilian league soccer player was suspended for 120 days for tackling striker Kerlon as he attempted his "seal dribble," in which he heads the ball while running past opponents. Brazil's top sports tribunal decided late Wednesday to suspend Coelho, a defender for Atletico Mineiro, for leveling Kerlon in a 4-3 loss to Cruzeiro in a match Sept. 16. Coelho was immediately ejected by the referee, and the play stirred a controversy in Brazil. Some players say the move is disrespectful because it breaks soccer's unwritten code, and that Kerlon uses the dribble to show off. But fans love it, and most soccer analysts stood by Kerlon's move. The 19-year-old Kerlon said he will continue using the dribble when he feels it's necessary.