Do the Freddy 

Much Ado About Adu

SAT 5/1

The NBA's LaBron James may be a nineteen-year-old phenom, but soccer player Freddy Adu has him beat in the wunderkind category. At age fourteen, Adu of the MLS' DC United recently became the youngest person in more than a century to play in a professional team sport in the United States. Less than a week later he scored his first goal. To put Adu's situation into perspective, consider that he was born in 1989. If you're like most people, you probably have some canned fruit older than this kid. How did he jump from middle school to pro sports? At ten years old, Adu -- who immigrated from Ghana at eight -- was offered deals with international football powerhouses Inter Milan and Manchester United, but, intent on making his name in his adopted homeland, he signed last winter with his hometown team. Will he be the next Pele, or much ado about nothing? Find out when he makes his Bay Area debut this Saturday (1 p.m.) vs. the San Jose Earthquakes. -- A.J. Hayes

4/30, 5/1

Spare Wars

Space Balls

It's late Friday night in Concord. You could either curl up with The Da Vinci Code or Jay Leno. But wait. A third option exists, sports fans: Late Night Cosmic Bowling at Diablo Lanes. For $15 per person (up to six per lane), night-owl bowlers can roll glowing balls down Diablo's alleys amid blasting rock music and a fog-and-light show from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. And don't forget the weekday leagues or the May 15 "Bowl for the Kids" benefit. 1500 Monument Blvd. For more info, visit or call 925-671-0913. -- Kelly Vance


Roughing It

It may be the fanciest camping trip since the Aga Khan went on safari in East Africa. Four Days Diablo , Save Mount Diablo's annual fund-raising campout on the Diablo Trail, offers well-heeled outdoorspersons a three-night (Thursday through Sunday), thirty-mile trek across six open spaces, from Walnut Creek to Brentwood. It's not exactly the Bataan Death March. While participants shoulder daypacks, their equipment is shuttled from campsite to campsite, and when weary hikers reach camp they're greeted by wine, gourmet meals donated by local restaurants, and evening pep talks by hardy woodsmen. The price: a mere $750 per, but it's for a worthy environmental cause. You might still be able to reserve a space at 925-947-3535 or -- Kelly Vance


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