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All-Star football rosters announced

Rosters for the 35th Annual Lions All-Star Football Classic were relased Tuesday. The South team, which includes players from Stanislaus and Merced counties, is coached by Beyer's Doug Severe. The North team, made up of players primarily from San Joaquin and Tuolumne counties, is coached by Tracy's Mark Stroup. The Lions All-Star banquet is Saturday at The Seasons on McHenry Avenue in Modesto. The guest speaker is former Stanford athletic director Ted Leland. The Lions Game is June 21 at the University of the Pacific's Stagg Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. For complete rosters, see Page C-5.

Stanislaus golfer up for Nicklaus honor

Cal State Stanislaus senior golfer Erick Justesen is among 18 Division II golfers named to the 2008 Jack Nicklaus Award watch list that was announced Tuesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America. After winning the Otter Invitational on Tuesday in Seaside (see Page C-6 for story), Justesen holds a 71.9 stroke average on the season.

NCAA men's title tilt clanks with ratings

Even with a dramatic finish, Monday's NCAA Tournament men's championship game couldn't match the TV ratings for last year's final. Kansas' 75-68 overtime win over Memphis on CBS drew a fast national rating of 12.1 and a 20 share, down 8 percent from 2007. Last season's title game, in which Florida beat Ohio State to become the first team in 15 years to repeat as champions, earned a 13.2. Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with TVs watching a program. The share is the percentage tuned in among households with the TV on.

Ravens kicker wants to be union director

Matt Stover, the Baltimore Ravens' veteran kicker, has begun a campaign to replace Gene Upshaw as executive director of the NFL Players Association by next March. "I feel that the board must begin to prepare for a change in leadership immediately," Stover said in an e-mail to the union's executive board and player representatives that was obtained Tuesday by ESPN. Union president Kevin Mawae (Tennessee Titans) said Stover's opinion does not reflect that of the players. Upshaw, whose contract runs through 2010, has said he will not leave until the union gets through its latest negotiations with owners.

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