Leading Off

Former Pitman star Kaepernick honored

University of Nevada redshirt freshman Colin Kaepernick, a graduate of Pitman High in Turlock, has been named the National Freshman of the Week for his performance against Boise State on Sunday. Kaepernick, a quarterback making his first collegiate start for the Wolf Pack, rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 243 yards and three more touchdowns in Nevada's 69-67 quadruple-overtime loss to Boise State.

Beyer meets Downey tonight on gridiron

Beyer High tries to make it two wins in a row tonight when it faces Modesto in a Modesto Metro Conference football game at Downey. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Beyer (2-4, 1-0) upset Downey 28-7 in last week's conference opener, with Jesse White throwing for one touchdown and running for another. Modesto (2-4, 0-1) was shut out in the second half of its 29-21 loss to Davis. The Panthers' Chris Bradley is the Stanislaus District's top passer with 1,454 yards and has 15 touchdown passes.

Manteca ranks 2nd, Oakdale 3rd in D-III

Manteca (6-0) and Oakdale (5-1) remain Nos. 2 and 3 in the Division III football rankings, heading into their Valley Oak League showdown Friday night at The Corral in Oakdale. In the Division IV rankings released Wednesday, Central Catholic (4-1-1) and Patterson (6-0) stayed at Nos. 2 and 3 -- the Western Athletic Conference rivals square off next week. Merced (6-0), one of four unbeaten and untied teams in the Stanislaus District, is No. 15 in the state Division I rankings and No. 5 in Northern California.

Ex-49er sues NFL

Former San Francisco receiver Antonio Bryant filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to stop the NFL from requiring him to submit to drug testing, arguing the league's policy doesn't apply to him anymore. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court states the 49ers terminated Bryant's contract March 1, meaning: "Antonio Bryant is not a 'player,' not an employee or not under contract to the Defendants in any form or fashion."

Kings forward's home investigated

Sacramento police are investigating a case involving Kings backup forward Justin Williams, The Sacramento Bee learned late Wednesday. A police department spokesman said Williams' house in Natomas was searched as part of an investigation that began last week. According to, the investigation involves a woman who claimed she was raped by the player, a source close to the investigation said. Investigators found evidence in the house, but spokesman Sgt. Matt Young did not provide details to The Bee. He said the department plans to release more information today. Kings spokesman Troy Hanson said the team was "aware of a complaint" and "investigation" involving Williams.