Kennedy-Richmond’s Walker commits to Cal

Kennedy High-Richmond’s Kenneth Walker III had plenty of options for continuing his football career. None of them could beat what Cal had to offer.
The speedy 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver gave his oral commitment Friday morning to Bears coach Jeff Tedford, choosing Cal over Boise State, Washington and UCLA among others.
“It’s close to home and I like the business management program,” Walker said. “That what I want to major in.”
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30Q-2-KICKOFF (No. 21): What’s in a rivalry?

The events of this weekend have brought a lot of discussion about sports rivalries after the tragic events at Saturday’s NFL exhibition game between the 49ers and the Raiders. It was a despicable display by everyone involved and is the reason I’ve never had any interest in attending a 49ers-Raiders game. My wife asked me last week if I wanted to go to Saturday’s game and I told her “Absolutely not!” I couldn’t have seen this coming, but it’s an environment that could easily be predicted to be volatile.

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Big names coming to Concord softball clinic

Several noteworthy instructors will be on hand for an elite softball clinic hosted by the East Bay Vipers on Sept. 10 and 11.
The impressive group of instructors is headlined by Ashley Charters, an NCAA champion while at Washington, and Team Canada member Jenn Salling, who also played at Washington. Others include University of Pacific All-American Gina Carbonatto, Pacific pitching coach Jessica Hancock and personal trainer Ron Cervellin.
The clinic will be broken up into two parts. There will be a six-hour clinic on both days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. where players will be instructed on various skills as they shuttle from station to station. A separate clinic from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. will help players who want to focus on specific skills. Players can choose between hitting/bunting, infield, outfield, catching and pitching.
The clinic is for players ages 12 and up and will be held at Willow Pass Park in Concord. Players must register before Sept. 3. Cost is $200 for the 6-hour clinic and $100 for the specific skills clinic.
For more information or to register, email Martin Soares at msoares@raymorgan.com.