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Sports - March 5, 2010

Sports Shorts

OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Palo Alto High grad and Harvard University senior Jeremy Lin is the Player of the Week in the Ivy League for helping the Crimson sweep Brown and Yale in basketball games last weekend. Lin has won the award four times. Lin had another stat-stuffing weekend as he averaged 17 points, six assists, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals despite playing just 28 minutes per game. He shot better than 61 percent from the floor (11-18 FG), 67 percent from long range and made 10-of-12 free throws (83.3 percent). In his final regular-season home game, Lin had a game-high 26 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, five assists and five steals in only 30 minutes against Yale. He had eight points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in the Brown win . . . Stanford graduates Jill Camarena and Erica McLain both won individual titles last weekend at the 2010 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Top-finishing athletes at the championships earn the opportunity to compete at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, March 12-14, in Doha, Qatar. Camarena, a 2008 Olympian, won the women's shot put with a best throw of 61 feet, 1 1/2 inches. For Camarena, it was her fifth career U.S. Indoor title to go along with her triumphs from 2005, '06, '07 & '09. McLain, the 2009 USA Outdoor runnerup and 2008 NCAA outdoor champion in the women's triple jump, captured the national title despite fouling or passing on five of her six attempts. Her first leap of 46-1 1/2, however, was good enough to win the competition . . . Gunn High grad Ricky Navarro has been drafted by the Normal (Ill.) Cornbelters of the Frontier League following a solid showing in the 2010 Arizona Winter League — the nation's premier winter instructional league for professional and aspiring professional baseball players. Following the end of the AWL's regular season, which happened last week, a player draft was held that resulted in 55 players being offered professional contracts. Navarro, a pitcher, finished with four wins, 37 strikeouts and a 3.46 ERA during the AWL's 35-day schedule in Arizona.

SENIOR GAMES . . . It's time to get back into shape because the fourth annual Bay Area Senior Games will be returning to venues in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and make a four-day run April 10-14. Most of the events will be based at Stanford University. Athletes age 50 and older are eligible to compete. The Games will feature 14 competitions in swimming, track & field, cycling, racquetball, fencing, golf, soccer, three-on-three basketball, softball, race walking, table tennis, tennis, water polo and lawn bowling. Water polo, soccer, fencing and lawn bowling were demonstration sports at the 2009 National Senior Games and have been added to the program. In addition, a Bay Area Senior Games Golf Tournament will be played at Stanford Golf Course on Tuesday, April 13 and a softball tournament at Twin Creeks in Sunnyvale on April 13 and 14. More than 1,300 California senior athletes, the most ever, participated in the 2009 Summer National Senior Games last summer. A complete list with contact information for all the California Senior Games may be found at www.californiaseniorgames.org. Online registration for the 2010 Bay Area Senior Games is ongoing, up until April 5, at www.bayareaseniorgames.org. Entry blanks are available by calling 323-9400 or downloading them at www.bayareaseniorgames.org.

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