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Forfeits shake VOL soccer standings

Oakdale High climbed to the top of the Valley Oak League soccer standings Friday, after three schools said they will forfeit a total of 10 matches for using ineligible players. Manteca, which had been in first, and Central Valley will forfeit three each -- including a double-forfeit when they played one another. East Union will forfeit four games. The new standings: Oakdale (6-0); Ceres, Manteca and Sierra (all 3-3); and Central Valley, East Union, Sonora and Weston Ranch (all 2-4).

Raiders QB McCown will sit out Sunday

Oakland Raiders quarterback Josh McCown will miss Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins with a broken toe on his left foot, giving Daunte Culpepper (pictured) the start against his former team. McCown has not practiced all week but coach Lane Kiffin waited until Friday to officially declare that he would not be able to play Sunday. McCown broke his toe in the first quarter of last week's 26-24 victory over Cleveland. Culpepper, who was released by the Dolphins in July after one season, will get his first start since last Oct. 1 for Miami.

Ceres says goodbye to water polo coach

The Ceres Unified School District confirmed Friday that boys' water polo coach Brian Kline has been dismissed. Kline, who is in his second year as coach and had the Bulldogs in second place in the Modesto Metro Conference, was fired prior to Thursday's match at Johansen. The district did not comment on his dismissal, saying it was a personnel matter. The district has yet to name Kline's replacement.

Mosley admits doping but says didn't know

Boxer Shane Mosley confirmed Friday that he had unknowingly taken some banned substances. He was accused of using BALCO designer steroids "the clear" and "the cream" as part of a doping regimen before a 2003 fight against Oscar De La Hoya, reported Friday. Citing multiple unidentified sources who attended an international anti-doping conference in Colorado Springs, Colo., last November, reported that lead BALCO investigator Jeff Novitzky alleged that Mosley began using those two drugs, as well as EPO, two months before the light middleweight championship fight won by Mosley. He said that his former strength and conditioning coach, Darryl Hudson, convinced him to take substances from BALCO, and that he was unaware of what they were.