Clovis News: Sports

Sports briefs: Cal editor wins suit

A Cal student newspaper editor will not have to pay the family of an ex-Cal and Clovis West High football player who sued over the journalist's refusal to take down Web posts that dated to when the player was a member of the Bears.

Harvey Purtz, father of former Cal and Clovis West High linebacker Chris Purtz, sued the Daily Cal's Rajesh Srinivasan for $7,500, claiming the editor's refusal to remove a story and blog posts from online archives was "intentional infliction of emotional distress."

Judge Mark Cullers tossed out the suit, citing a two-year statute of limitations and also that Harvey Purtz did not have standing to bring the civil suit related to a deceased relative.

The story prepared by the student newspaper in fall 2006 told how Purtz was suspended from the Cal football team after an alleged scuffle at a San Francisco club. Two blogs about the incident were later posted and all remain accessible online.

Srinivasan, as the current editor, was asked by Harvey Purtz to remove the posts. Srinivasan refused, citing newspaper policy.

Purtz's parents told the judge the article and attention contributed to their son dropping out of school and ultimately his death in June 2010.

Sunbirds men earn No. 1 spot in swimming poll

Fresno Pacific jumped to No. 1 in the NAIA Men's Swimming & Diving Coaches' Poll.

The defending national champions received three out of five first-place votes to pass Lindenwood (Mo.).

Hot Stove Male Athlete of Year finalists unveiled

Chris Mariscal of Clovis North High, Central's Jordan Brink and Kerman's Travis Walker are baseball finalists for the Fresno Hot Stove Male Player of the Year.

The award will be one of five presented at the 50th anniversary Hot Stove Gala on Thursday at the Fresno Convention Center.

Tickets are sold out.