Wade Payne Associated Press Stanford guard Toni Kokenis retired after suffering two concussions in the past year. Kokenis played on two Final Four teams.

Regional Digest: Smith eyes three-peat in Sacramento Mile

Published: Saturday, Jul. 27, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C

Bryan Smith will seek his third consecutive win in the Sacramento Mile tonight at Cal Expo in Round 5 of the AMA Pro Flat Track Series.

But Smith, seventh in the standings with 42 points, will be challenged by the series' top riders. They include points leader Brad Baker (77), who won last week at Hagerstown, Md., and finished second in the series' first three races.

Brandon Robinson, who won the second round on March 15 in Daytona Beach, Fla., has 57 points, tied for second place with Henry Wiles and Jake Johnson. Kenny Coolbeth Jr. is fifth with 47 points, and Sammy Halbert is sixth with 44.

Grandstand gates open at 1:30 p.m., with timed practice and qualifying set for 2:15 p.m. and the Expert Main for 9:15 p.m.

Ticket prices, including entrance to the State Fair, are $40 to $97 for adults, $25 to $77 for youths and $20 to $72 for children.

For more details, go to www.sacramentomile.com.

– Bee Sports staff

Cibulkova reaches semis

Third-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat seventh-seeded Urzsula Radwanska of Poland 7-5, 6-3 to reach the Bank of the West semifinals for the second time.

The 25th-ranked Cibulkova will face fifth-seeded Sorana Cirstea, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Olga Govortsova.

Fourth-seeded Jamie Hampton also advanced, beating qualifier Vera Dushevina 6-4, 6-3.

Hampton will play top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat sixth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3. Lepchenko, a native of Uzbekistan, became an American citizen in 2011.

– Associated Press

Stanford's Kokenis retires

Stanford senior guard Toni Kokenis, a member of two Final Four teams, ended her basketball playing career following two concussions over the past year.

The school announced that Kokenis would take a medical retirement but remain on the team as she works toward a degree in human biology.

Kokenis missed the final 14 games of the 2012-13 season, with Stanford saying only that she was sidelined with an undisclosed medical condition.

Coach Tara VanDerveer, a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, and Kokenis had remained optimistic she would be able to return for her final season.

She didn't play again after sustaining a second concussion on Feb. 3 at Oregon State.

Kokenis had career averages of 7.7 points and 2.4 assists and shot 39.3 percent from the field.

– Associated Press

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