Leading Off

Stanislaus runner defends home turf

Cal State Stanislaus senior Vicente Moreno (pictured) thrilled a home crowd Saturday, winning the men's race in the CCAA Cross Country Championships. He covered the 8-kilometer (4.96-mile) campus course in 24 minutes, 48.30 seconds, with Chico State runners taking the next six places. Moreno pulled away before the last mile. He said, "My (right) side was hurting, but I kept going. I had a lot of support from the fans. They kept telling me I had a big lead and to keep going."

Attorney: Sex with King was consensual

Sacramento Kings reserve center Justin Williams and his girlfriend had consensual sex with the woman who is accusing him of sexual assault, his attorney said Saturday. "In no way, shape or form did anything wrong happen," William Portanova said in a telephone interview. "Unequivocally, 100 percent, nothing wrong." Police announced Thursday they were investigating allegations that Williams had sexually assaulted a woman. They were notified by a hospital on the morning of Oct. 12 that a woman in her 20s had reported being sexually assaulted by Williams. He was given an indefinite leave of absence from the team on Thursday after police announced the investigation. No charges had been filed against Williams or his girlfriend.

Emergency computer out for Series tickets

Super-fast computers normally used only during emergencies were to be staffed Monday so Colorado state employees could buy Rockies World Series tickets online. Until word of the plan got out, that is. The computers in the Emergency Operations Center are normally activated during tornadoes, floods, snowstorms and fires. "Taxpayers did not invest in an emergency response center so that state employees could use it for their own personal advantage and buy baseball tickets," said Chantelle Taylor, a spokeswoman for Colorado Ethics Watch. The Rockies will begin online-only ticket sales at 9 a.m. PST Monday.

Son follows Elway's footsteps to Pac-10

Jack Elway, Hall of Famer John Elway's quarterback son, has verbally committed to play for Arizona State, the Rocky Mountain News of Denver reported Saturday. The younger Elway has thrown for 1,677 yards and 21 touchdowns this season at Cherry Creek High School in Denver. He visited Arizona State last weekend. John Elway, who was an All-American at Stanford before helping the Denver Broncos to two Super Bowl titles, is serving as Cherry Creek's quarterbacks coach.