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Top prep wrestlers head to MJC tourney

The 13th Annual Western Wrestling Invitational kicks off today at Modesto Junior College at 9 a.m. The two-day high school tournament features 48 teams from as far south as La Costa Canyon in San Diego and as far north as Gridley. Most of the Stanislaus District's wrestling teams will compete in this prestigious tournament as well. The state's top two ranked 103-pounders -- Washington Union's Gilbert Camacho and Pitman's Vincent Perez -- are scheduled to compete, although there's no guarantee they'll wrestle in the same weight class. Five of Modesto's six public schools will attend, as will local team contenders Golden Valley and Buhach Colony. Saturday's wrestling also begins at 9 a.m.

Is it worth the wrist? Johnson to tee it up

The last time Jimmie Johnson (left) climbed on top of a golf cart was disastrous -- he fell off, broke his wrist and was embarrassed by the controversy the stunt caused. But for charity, the NASCAR champion might be persuaded to climb on top of one again. Johnson and good friend Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) said they have partnered to form the Super Skins Celebrity Golf Classic, which will be held in Scottsdale, Ariz., in conjunction with the Super Bowl. Johnson, who was horsing around on top of a cart when he fell last December during Mike Hampton's celebrity tournament, didn't rule it out.

"I might be talked into such a thing, if I can get some bindings to hold me on and make sure I won't fall off," joked the two-time Sprint Cup (formerly known as the Nextel Cup) champion.

Central can benefit from a new offense

The slot, the pistol, the spread ... call it what you will, it's the ideal offense for the new Central Catholic football coach to install next season. As we say goodbye to coach Mike Glines and tailback Louis Bland, it's time to say hello to a new offense. Find out why by reading Richard T. Estrada's Warning Track Power blog at thehive.modbee.com/warningtrackpower

Columbia campus open for tournament

With the exception of the Robert Dominik Fuchs Memorial Holiday Classic basketball tournament, Columbia College will be closed to the public from Dec. 20-Jan. 1 for schedule maintenance, including a new electrical transformer and main switch. The men's basketball tournament -- featuring two brackets with eight college teams and eight high school teams -- will be at Oak Pavilion from Dec. 27-29. Visit gocolumbia.edu/basketball for details.

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