Leading Off

Escalon star Aprile chooses UC Davis

Nick Aprile, Escalon High's standout quarterback and safety, announced he'll attend UC Davis on a full athletic scholarship. The Aggies plan to use Aprile as a defensive back. "I picked Davis because it's a great academic school and it's close to home so I could play in front of friends and family," Aprile said. "They have a new stadium and have just gone up a division, so it's an up-and-coming program." Davis recently has upgraded to the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. Aprile, sturdy at 6 feet, 194 pounds, ran for 975 yards and 10 touchdowns and passed for 540 yards and four touchdowns, and was named the Trans-Valley League's offensive player of the year. On defense, he recorded 40 tackles and intercepted three passes.

Dope-y allegations draws Belgian a fine

Belgian senator Jean-Marie Dedecker was ordered to pay a symbolic $1.50 (or one euro) fine for making doping allegations against three unidentified cyclists. Dedecker said last year that three well-known Belgian riders doped in Italy to prepare for the upcoming season. He didn't disclose names, but the Quick Step team of former world champion Tom Boonen and several other top Belgian riders felt targeted and sued. Team leader Patrick Lefevere demanded $36,000 in damages but was still pleased with the symbolic fine.

Coaches may renege Clemens invitation

Even in his home state, Roger Clemens can't escape the impact of the Mitchell Report. Clemens was scheduled to speak at the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association state convention next month, but his name no longer appears on the association's Web site. Association president Jim Long said the organization will meet today to decide whether to withdraw its invitation to Clemens. The removal of Clemens' name from the group's Web site doesn't bode well for the seven-time Cy Young Award winner, whom former U.S. Senator George Mitchell accused of steroid use in the controversial report.

College pick 'em

It's time to play The Bee's college football bowl game. The winner will receive a $150 gasoline card. Go to the home page at and click the bowl game logo.

Central classic

Relive the glory and heartache of the CIF Division III state high school football championship. Go to for stories, photos and blog accounts of St. Bonaventure's victory over Central Catholic.