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Modesto's Sanders cut from Thunder

Modesto native Drew Sanders was released from the Stockton Thunder, an ECHL hockey team, when cuts were announced Thursday. Sanders, who plays left wing, is now an unrestricted free agent.

Fresno State settles discrimination suit

Fresno State has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a former athletic administrator. Diane Milutinovich, a former associate athletic director, alleged that the university reassigned her to another position in 2002 and fired her last year because she had spoken out about equal treatment for female athletes. The university claimed Milutinovich's job was eliminated to save money five years ago and did not explain why she was placed on leave last year.

Monarchs' Brunson facing DUI charges

Sacramento Monarchs All-Star forward Rebekkah Brunson expressed regret and embarrassment for her arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence early Thursday morning in Sacramento. According to The Sacramento Bee, Brunson was pulled over just before 2 a.m. at 11th and I streets when she drifted into a lane occupied by a black SUV, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Jasper Begay. Brunson, 25, was booked into Sacramento County jail and later released. "I am well aware of the seriousness of the situation," Brunson said in a statement. "It's not representative of how I live my life and I recognize what a huge mistake this is. I am deeply sorry."

Are 49ers' searches invasion of privacy?

The California Supreme Court said it will consider whether the San Francisco 49ers' policy to pat down fans before they enter a home game is an invasion of privacy. The justices' decision Wednesday follows a 2-1 ruling in July by a lower court allowing the searches. Two season-ticket holders sued the team in 2005 for privacy invasion after the 49ers instituted the policy as part of the NFL's anti-terrorism security efforts.

Summitt to be lauded with Wooden award

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt will receive the John R. Wooden Award's Legends of Coaching honor in April, becoming the first women's basketball coach to be lauded. Summitt is college basketball's all-time winningest coach. She's won 947 games and seven NCAA titles, including this year. Her titles trail only Wooden's 11 in national championships won. She will receive the award April 12.