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Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - FROM STAFF AND WIRE RE­PORTS — News-Sen­tinel staff — Tim Healey, News­day

Flames base­ball to play in Bo­ras Clas­sic North

The de­fend­ing Tri-City Ath­letic League cham­pion Lodi High base­ball team, com­ing off of a 23-win sea­son, will play at the Bo­ras Clas­sic North, one of three Bo­ras Clas­sic tour­na­ments on April 6 to 9.

The Bo­ras North will take place at Army De­pot Park in Sacra­mento, and will fea­ture one of Lodi’s league foes — St. Mary’s — and three more Sac-Joaquin Sec­tion teams: Franklin-Elk Grove, Grante Bay and Oak Ridge.

De­fend­ing tour­na­ment cham­pion Arch­bishop Mitty out of San Jose is in the field, along with fel­low Cen­tral Coast Sec­tion teams Moun­tain View and St. Fran­cis (Moun­tain View). The North Coast Sec­tion has the most teams, which in­clude Acalanes (Lafayette), Car­di­nal New­man (Santa Rosa), Casa Grande (Pe­taluma), Col­lege Park (Pleas­ant Hill), Her­itage (Brent­wood) and Pe­taluma, and the Cen­tral Sec­tion has two teams: Clovis West (Fresno) and Lib­erty (Bak­ers­field).

The brack­ets will be re­leased in Fe­bru­ary. Each team is guar­an­teed four games. The other two tour­na­ments are in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and Ari­zona. The cham­pi­onship games will be streamed on ESPN3.

Former Cal cheer­leader sues school, coaches for ig­nor­ing con­cus­sion

BERKE­LEY — Melissa Martin filed the law­suit in Alameda County Su­pe­rior Court on Wed­nes­day against the school, her coaches and USA Cheer, which over­sees the sport na­tion­ally, seek­ing dam­ages and ask­ing that “rea­son­able con­cus­sion pro­to­cols” be im­ple­mented for col­le­giate cheer­lead­ers.

“I felt alone and voice­less for a long time,” Martin said Thurs­day. “We of­ten talk about foot­ball play­ers re­ceiv­ing con­cus­sions but rarely do we talk about other sports and, more specif­i­cally, rarely do we talk about fe­male ath­letes ex­pe­ri­enc­ing con­cus­sions.”

Martin, 23, was a mem­ber of the Berke­ley cheer­lead­ing squad from 20172018, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint, and suf­fered a se­ri­ous con­cus­sion dur­ing an Oc­to­ber 2017 prac­tice when a team­mate kicked her in the head. The suit al­leges that Martin suf­fered a se­vere headache later that night as well as other con­cus­sion-like symp­toms.

Head coach Lisa Keys, the suit claims, dis­cour­aged her from seek­ing med­i­cal at­ten­tion and later forced her to per­form while still suf­fer­ing from con­cus­sion-like symp­toms.

Martin’s symp­toms were ex­ac­er­bated, ac­cord­ing to the law­suit, when she was ex­pected to at­tend ral­lies, prac­tices and games even while not per­form­ing be­cause of ex­po­sure to loud noise and bright lights.

Keys de­clined to com­ment in an email, re­fer­ring ques­tions to univer­sity of­fi­cials. A UC Berke­ley spokesman, Herb Be­nen­son, said the univer­sity had not been served with the law­suit.

— Fiona Kel­li­her and El­liott Al­mond,

Mer­cury News

Mickey Call­away fired as Mets man­ager af­ter two sea­sons with team

The Mets’ Mickey Call­away era — two sea­sons marked by dis­ap­point­ment on the field and turnover in the front of­fice — is over.

The Mets fired Call­away on Thurs­day, four days af­ter his sec­ond sea­son as Mets man­ager ended with the team again fail­ing to make the play­offs.

Mets chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Jeff Wilpon and gen­eral man­ager Brodie Van Wa­ge­nen flew to Florida Thurs­day morn­ing to fire Call­away in per­son.

“While we fell short of our ultimate goals, Mickey helped us win nine more games this year than we did last year and he was a big part of our fin­ish­ing 10 games over .500 this sea­son,” Van Wa­ge­nen said in a con­fer­ence call with re­porters. “He brought con­sis­tent work ethic, good at­ti­tude and pas­sion ev­ery sin­gle day. And as Jeff and I shared with him this morn­ing, we have no doubt that these char­ac­ter­is­tics will al­low him to find suc­cess in his next op­por­tu­nity as he draws from these ex­pe­ri­ences go­ing for­ward.

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