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Stories from Kerry Benefield

Benefield: FIFA arrests a black mark on a beautiful game

For soccer watchers, reaction to indictments of top FIFA officials ranged from relief to dismay that the crackdown did not extend all the way to association’s president, columnist Kerry Benefield writes.

Benefield: Locals reach out to Kansas kid wronged by his school

Michael Kelley, a Witchita high schooler with Down syndrome, competed on his school's special needs basketball team. Seems Kelley wore a letterman jacket with pride, but school officials said, in effect, hang it up.

Benefield: Indy racer Hildebrand says sport is a calculated risk

The North Bay native will start in 10th spot at Sunday's Indianapolis 500.

Benefield: Sol’s next step pits brother against brother

Sonoma County products Mickey and Chris Daly face off tonight during the 2nd round of the semipro U.S. Open Cup in Sacramento.

Benefield: Retirement awaits for longtime girls sports advocate

Marie Sugiyama, who next month will retire as the commissioner of the North Bay League after 42 years on the job, is a champion for all young athletes, but especially female athletes.

Benefield: For SRJC catcher, good things come in ones

Ryan Haug was the top defensive guy on the state's top defensive team through the league schedule, and big things may be coming his way.

Benefield: Santa Rosa High's Carter is off and running

The Santa Rosa High School freshman is the fastest sprinter in the Empire, running at speeds most of us will never know.

Benefield: SRJC swim teams soaks up championship feeling

The Bear Cubs returned from the weekend meet in L.A. with the school’s seventh swimming and diving state title.

Benefield: Newcomer to swimming among SRJC's best bets at state meet

SRJC sophomore Christine Lewis, ranked No. 1 in the state in the 100-yard breaststroke, insists she's not a swimmer.

Benefield: SRJC soccer stars taking the next step in careers

The core of one of the most talented groups to emerge from the Santa Rosa Junior College men’s soccer program sure took a circuitous route to collegiate success.

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