A title team of her own

Times Staff Writer

Whoever said "there is no 'I' in team" clearly didn't know Bonnie Richardson was going to come along.

Richardson, a junior at Rochelle High in Texas, won the state 1A track team title last weekend -- all by herself.

She was the only athlete from her school to qualify for the meet, but she won the high jump and 200 meters, placed second in the long jump and 100 meters and was third in the discus. She scored 42 team points to edge second-place Chilton, which had 36.

"This totally blows me away," Richardson said. "This is amazing. I had no idea it was even possible."

Richardson also plays tennis, led her basketball team to the state semifinals last season and said she'd do more, if possible

"I'd play football if my parents would let me," she said. "Not quarterback. Defense."

Trivia time

Robert Horry of the San Antonio Spurs played his 237th career playoff game Sunday, matching Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most all time. Only two others have played in at least 200. Who are they?

Mad about Chad

Chad Johnson's popularity in Cincinnati has waned far enough that a minor league hockey team invited fans to exchange their Johnson football jerseys for tickets. Nineteen fans accepted and another gave up a Johnson bobblehead doll.

But Cincinnati Cyclones publicity director John Hamel acknowledged that when the NFL season begins, fans would probably re-embrace the Bengals mercurial star receiver.

"I guarantee you that if in the first four weeks of the season he has 10 touchdowns and he's just as flamboyant, the fans will come back," Hamel said. "They'll be wanting to trade in hockey tickets to get their jerseys back."

Web head doll?

Monday was Torii Hunter bobblehead night at Angels Stadium. All fans in attendance were to receive a doll featuring Hunter, one of the game's top defensive center fielders, diving to make a catch.

Which makes you wonder why anyone would want to use the word "bobble" in association with the winner of seven consecutive Gold Gloves.

Driving the lane

Newly-hired UCLA women's basketball coach Nikki Caldwell had one last piece of unfinished business at Tennessee, where she was an assistant to Pat Summitt before joining the Bruins.

Caldwell and Volunteers assistant Holly Warlick donned pink do-rags and hopped on Tennessee-orange motorcycles Sunday as they embarked on a weeklong 2,200-mile ride from Knoxville to Key West, Fla., and back to raise money for breast cancer programs.

Last year, they duo rode from Knoxville to Berkeley and raised more than $50,000.

Growing up

Anthony Kim, 22, has received accolades for an improved maturity in his second year on the PGA Tour and he displayed his emotional development after shooting a seven-over-par 79 Saturday in the third round of the Players Championship and telling reporters "I feel fine. It's not the end of the world."

If it had happened last year?

"That bag may be in the water," Kim said. "I'm just glad I have all my clubs and I'm standing here. You know, I don't know if I would have been able to eat dinner last year."

Trivia answer

Scottie Pippen (208) and Shaquille O'Neal (203).

And finally

Sergio Garcia, after winning the Players Championship, credited hard work and determination for the victory, but added in one more special thank you to Tiger Woods, who missed the tournament while recovering from knee surgery.

"I want to thank Tiger for not being here," Garcia said. "That always makes things a little bit easier."



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