Leading Off

Thunder playoff run begins in Las Vegas

The Stockton Thunder, seeded eighth in the National Conference, will face the top-seeded Las Vegas Wranglers in the opening round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The best-of-seven hockey series begins Friday night at 7:05 at Las Vegas' Orleans Arena. Round-by-round ticket packages for the Kelly Cup Playoffs are on sale, and individual first-round playoff tickets will go on sale today at 10 a.m. at the Stockton Arena ticket office, via phone at 373-1700 and online at

Hoops foul record holder dead at 88

John C. Toomay, 88, a retired Air Force major general who was a key architect of nuclear defense strategies -- and who holds a dubious record from his days as a pro basketball player -- died March 12 of peritonitis at his home in Carlsbad. Toomay, a graduate of University of the Pacific in Stockton, played with the Chicago Stags, Providence Steamrollers, Baltimore Bullets, Washington Capitols and Denver Nuggets. Toomay holds the NBA record for most personal fouls in a playoff game -- eight. Today, a player is disqualified with six fouls. When Toomay played, he remained in the game because his team had no substitutes on the bench. A son, Pat Toomay, played in the NFL for 10 years, primarily with the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders. Toomay's wife of 60 years, Virginia Toomay, died in 2005.

Feds want to ask Canseco about Rocket

The federal government's top steroid investigator has asked to meet with Jose Canseco to speak to the former slugger about Roger Clemens. Canseco's lawyer, Robert Saunooke, told The Associated Press on Sunday that IRS agent Jeff Novitzky called him last week and said he wanted to discuss a photo that allegedly shows Clemens at a pool party at Canseco's home in 1998. The meeting likely would happen within 30 days, Saunooke said.