Ready to rumble!
Four local league wrestling tournaments will be contested today at various sites across the Stanislaus District. The league tournaments, the first step of wrestling's postseason, are where wrestlers earn berths into next week's Sac-Joaquin Section Divisional championships. Today's Modesto Metro Conference (Davis High), Valley Oak League (Ceres), Trans-Valley League (Escalon) and Western Athletic Conference (Patterson) tourneys will be all-day events. Central California Conference wrestling meet on Page C-6
Discrimination suit award thrown out
A judge on Friday tossed a $19.1 million judgment awarded to a former Fresno State women's basketball coach who had sued the school claiming gender discrimination, and ordered a new trial unless she accepts a smaller sum. The judge said Stacy Johnson-Klein has until Feb. 22 to decide whether she'll accept a $6.6 million award. Johnson-Klein sued the university, claiming her higher-ups groped her and retaliated against her because she advocated equality for her female players. The university said Johnson-Klein was fired because she was abusive, violated NCAA rules and took pain medication from a player.
Speed starts second
Manteca native Scott Speed qualified second for today's ARCA 200 stock car race at Daytona Speedway, to be held before the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout. Speed, a former Formula One driver, will start on the outside in the No. 2 Red Bull Toyota. Justin Marks won the pole, circling the 2.5-mile speedway in 49.632 seconds at an average speed of 181.334 mph. Speed had a 49.637-second lap (181.316 mph). Speed started seventh and finished seventh in his ARCA debut at Talladega Speedway in October. Today's race will be aired live on the Speed Channel at 1 p.m.
Speedweeks opens with some road rage
Speedweeks got off to a volatile start Friday night, with former NASCAR champions Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch tangling in practice for the Budweiser Shootout. Stewart's Toyota hit the back of Busch's Dodge, sending Busch into the wall and Stewart into teammate Denny Hamlin. As they drove side-by-side to the garage for repairs, Busch veered left and banged into Stewart.