Leading Off

Bland honored by EA

Central Catholic High's Louis Bland has been selected to the EA Sports All-America third team as a multi-purpose player. Bland, who played tailback, linebacker and safety, was The Bee's Player of the Year after rushing for 1,763 yards, scoring 32 touchdowns and averaging five tackles. Northwestern of Miami's Jacory Harris, who passed for 3,445 yards and 49 touchdowns, was the EA Sports Player of the Year.

Jim Abbott speaks for UOP baseball

Former major-league pitcher Jim Abbott will be the keynote speaker at the first Pacific baseball community night Wednesday at Brookside Country Club in Stockton. University of the Pacific baseball coach Ed Sprague, a teammate of Abbott's on the 1988 U.S. Olympic gold-medal team, will introduce his 2008 Tigers during the banquet. Also on hand to be honored will be Stockton native and Oakland A's left-hander Dallas Braden, who will be honored with the San Joaquin County Professional Baseball player-of-the-year award. Justin Baum, Pacific's 2007 MVP and a draftee of the San Diego Padres, will receive the Port of Stockton amateur player-of-the-year award. A sports memorabilia and youth equipment drawing will be conducted with prizes including a 50-inch plasma television and an autographed Abbott jersey. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for children. For more information, call Grant Christensen at 847-0501.

SI features Walker on college Web site

Ever wonder what a college athlete's crib is like? Check out the North Berkeley apartment of Davis High grad and Cal star Ashley Walker at

Judge: Vick can keep most of his bonus

Jailed quarterback Michael Vick can keep all but $3.75 million of the nearly $20 million in bonus money he received from the Atlanta Falcons following a ruling Monday by a federal judge. The Falcons sought to recover the bonuses after Vick pleaded guilty to federal charges in a dogfighting operation. The bonuses were paid from 2004-07. A special master ruled in October the Falcons were entitled to recover the bonuses. The Falcons argued Vick used proceeds from a contract he signed in 2004 to finance his illicit activities. But U.S. District Judge David Doty of Minneapolis ruled that recovery of most of the bonus money by the Falcons would violate the NFL collective bargaining agreement. The agreement does not allow roster bonus money to be forfeited once it's been earned, the judge wrote.