Leading Off

Turlock has the Crowns in town

The Harlem Crowns basketball team will play a squad of Turlock School District staff and alumni at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bulldog Arena. Taking on the Crowns will be Frank Cusenza, Mike Brown, Rick Fetter, Isaias Rumayor, Bobby Sheets, Rufus Keaton, Aaron Melo, Mark Holmes, Scott Young, Bret Sutterley, John Williams, Colton Cornfoot, Albert Mendes and Todd Feldman. Ticket prices are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Play It Again Sports and the Turlock High Activities Office.

Webber, Warriors could be reuniting

The Golden State Warriors are "seriously interested" in free agent big man Chris Webber. Team sources confirmed that the Warriors are in discussions with Webber, who played his rookie season with the Warriors during the 1993-94 campaign. There is some belief the two parties are even close to reaching an agreement. A different source confirmed that Webber and Warriors coach Don Nelson, who separated on bad terms in 1994, have talked to each other in order to put the past behind them. In his only season with the Warriors, Webber was the NBA's Rookie of the Year, averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds.

Brady no-show again

For the second consecutive day, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wasn't in the locker room or at practice when reporters and cameramen were allowed inside Friday. During the 45-minute period in the locker room, several cameramen lingered near his locker, but he didn't show up. Nor was he there for the first 12 minutes of practice that the media were allowed to watch. Stacey James, the Patriots' vice president of media relations, said Friday night that he had no update on Brady practicing. New England plays the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3. NFL, Page C-8

Mayo won't sit out for ticket violation

USC freshman O.J. Mayo violated an NCAA rule by accepting free tickets from Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony to an NBA game, but his punishment won't include missing games. University officials said Friday they have been informed by the NCAA that Mayo committed a violation and must contribute $460 -- the total value of the two tickets -- to a charitable organization. USC said in a release the NCAA restored Mayo's eligibility after he and his family donated the money, making him available today against Oregon.