State hoops tournament tips off today at ARCO
California’s high school basketball season will come to a close this weekend when 20 girls and boys teams compete at the CIF State Championships at ARCO Arena.
Teams in Divisions II and IV will compete starting at 2 p.m. today, while Divisions I, III and V will be contested starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Ticket prices range from $10-$35 per session.
The Boys Division I and II games as well as the Girls Division I game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Bay Area and Fox Sports West 2.
Among the teams looking to defend state championships are Troy (Girls Division II), Bishop Amat (Girls Division III) and Pinewood (Girls Division V). For the second straight year, five new boys champions will be crowned.
The south holds a 120-96 edge in overall titles won, after each region won five games a year ago. The northern girls hold a slim 58-49 edge over the southern girls, while the southern boys hold a 71-38 advantage over the northern boys.
– The Union staff
Warriors’ Davis out another week with ankle injury
OAKLAND – Baron Davis will rest his sprained right ankle for the next week, and the oft-injured Golden State Warriors guard could be out even longer.
Davis missed seven games after spraining his ankle on Feb. 11, then played limited minutes as a reserve in the Warriors’ last six games. Golden State is 3-10 since Davis’ injury, and team president Robert Rowell acknowledged Thursday that the team is out of the playoff hunt for the 12th straight season.
Davis, a two-time All-Star, already had a recent history of injury woes when the Warriors acquired him from the New Orleans Hornets last season. After never sitting out in his first 262 NBA games, he missed 83 games over the previous three seasons, including 34 last year for the Hornets.
Federer beats Ljubicic to advance to semifinals
INDIAN WELLS – Roger Federer needed only 66 minutes to finish off Ivan Ljubicic in Thursday’s Pacific Life Open quarterfinals.
Federer, going for his third consecutive Indian Wells title, defeated Ljubicic 6-2, 6-3. Last year, Federer also beat the Croatian in straight sets on his way to championship, but he had to win two tiebreakers in that fourth-round match.
Federer made it look easy this time, controlling the match with his usual array of accurate shots that kept Ljubicic on the defensive and scurrying from side to side.
The 26-year-old Ljubicic, ranked No. 6, made 24 unforced errors to 17 by Federer, the 24-year-old Swiss star who has been No. 1 since February of 2004.
“Played him here last year and it was much tougher,” Federer said. “So this was an excellent match for me, maybe the best of the season. I’ve had some good matches this year, too, but this was against a top-quality player.
“I thought everything I really wanted to work really worked. I had a great feeling out there.”
– The Associated Press
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