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Modesto's Miller elected to track hall

Modesto's Barbara Miller was one of 11 masters athletes elected to the USA Track and Field Masters Hall of Fame in December. That brings the total inductees to 53 women and 99 men, with 41 of those representing long-distance running. Miller, 68, still holds eight of 10 U.S. records she set at distances from the 5K to the marathon, age-grading for each above 90 percent. She set a pending new single age road-racing record at the Humboldt Redwoods Half-Marathon on Oct. 21 in Weott with a time of 1:45:34 for the 13.1-mile course.

Dogs in Vick's ring go to Utah sanctuary

Twenty-two of the 47 surviving pit bulls seized from suspended NFL star Michael Vick's dogfighting operation headed to a new home in Utah on Wednesday. The animals left Richmond International Airport aboard a chartered plane en route to Best Friends Animal Society, a no-kill sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. The move completes the process of relocating the 47 animals to eight rescue organizations across the country. Some dogs will remain in the permanent care of the sanctuaries; others will be trained for possible adoption by the public.

Leyritz lost license month before crash

Former World Series star Jim Leyritz had a suspended license before he was charged with driving under the influence and killing a woman last week in Florida. New York State suspended the Florida license a month before the crash. Florida officials said Leyritz's license is still valid in the state, but they planned to suspend it soon. Leyritz, 44, was ticketed outside Albany, N.Y., for using a cell phone while driving June 20, and his license was suspended Nov. 23 for failing to answer the summons, according to records. Leyritz was charged with DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage. His 2006 Ford Expedition crashed at an intersection Friday, hitting the car of Fredia Ann Veitch. The 30-year-old woman was ejected from her 2000 Mitsubishi Montero and died at Broward General Medical Center.

Calling all coaches

The Bee will begin running its weekly listing of statistical leaders for boys and girls high school basketball on Thursday, Jan. 10. The package will include points, rebounds, assists and steals leaders from the Stanislaus District. Coaches can fax (238-4551) their season leaders each Monday or Tuesday to Richard T. Estrada, or e-mail to We would like the number of games played, total points, rebounds, etc., and per-game averages for each player submitted.