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Cal State Stanislaus athletes are honored

Cal State Stanislaus had 52 student-athletes on the list of All-Academic recipients announced by the California Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday. A total of 407 student-athletes were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements. The Warriors' women's soccer team led the 13 Stanislaus programs with 12 honorees. Women's track and field followed with 11. Complete list, Page C-5

Sports fund-raiser today in Oakdale

The "Pray for Jay" sports clinic takes place today at Oakdale High School. The four-hour, three-sport clinic is a fund-raiser for Oakdale High graduate and Apparel graphics owner Jason Turnage, who is fighting colon cancer. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with basketball, football and baseball clinics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is also a silent auction and barbecue. For more information on the clinics and silent auction, call 847-5130.

Cuban has to pay Nelson $6.3 million

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban must immediately pay Don Nelson $6.3 million, an arbitrator ruled in settling a long-running battle over the former Dallas coach's compensation package. Nelson, now the Golden State Warriors' coach, claimed the money was owed to him from his time with the Mavericks from 1997-2005. The arbitrator, retired Judge Glen M. Ashworth, also rejected Cuban's claim that Nelson used "confidential information" to help the Warriors upset the top-seeded Mavs in the first round of the 2007 playoffs.

Fresno State ranked 25th in opening poll

Fresno State is in the Top 25. Barely. The Bulldogs, who will be led by Turlock's Tom Brandstater, above, were ranked 25th in the opening USA Today Top 25 Poll of the season, earning 91 points. Georgia earned the top spot with 1,438 points, followed by USC and Ohio State. Defending champion LSU is sixth. Cal totaled 41 points. The Associated Press preseason college football Top 25 poll will be announced Aug. 16.