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Nick Saban’s 6th championship is the best of all

ATLANTA - Nick Saban saved his best for No. 6.

January 09, 2018 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns

Danica Patrick shifts careers, courts new fans

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Danica Patrick's days as a race car driver are pretty much over. She says she has two races left in her, the "Danica Double," but she has yet to announce rides for either the Daytona 500 or the Indianapolis 500.

January 09, 2018 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Great to see youth catch ‘fishing bug’

Recently, while checking out of a hotel we were staying in, I spotted a boy who was no older than 12, sitting there with a Bass Pro Shops hat on.

December 29, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Manteca Raiders accepting signups

Coming soon: The Manteca Raiders.

December 19, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns

About knives, razors, stones & strops

In a previous column I mentioned possible gifts for the outdoor enthusiast. High on the list for an outdoor related gift has got to be knives, which are handy for countless tasks. You can clean a fish, skin a bear, or whittle shavings to start your fire. Knives are the ultimate outdoor gift.

December 17, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

Smooth on field, Derek Jeter struggles in Miami’s front office

Derek Jeter, The Player, glided through two decades in the Big Apple. His charisma made it all look so effortless, a beloved figure who could seemingly do no wrong, even in the media cauldron that is New York City.

December 17, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns

Reading the water

In my heart of hearts, I am a stream fisher. While I love plugging for bass in a farm pond, or trolling a big reservoir, or bottom fishing for Ling Cod off the Farallon Islands, moving water draws me like a magnet. I have fished for trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappie, catfish, striped bass and a wide array of Sunfish in streams. A good part of my affinity for moving water is that I find it easier to locate my quarry. Different species have different preferences in a stream environment with trout preferring swifter, colder waters, Smallmouth preferring moving ...

December 11, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

State should institute 12-month licenses

Last week, I had the opportunity to get together with a few childhood friends for a day of sturgeon fishing.

December 01, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Sentimentality doesn’t go far in the NFL

Eli Manning lasted a lot longer than most before being tossed onto the scrap heap that eventually claims almost everyone who has ever strapped on a helmet in the NFL.

November 30, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Woods is back, but maybe not the guy on TV

NASSAU, Bahamas - Tiger Woods couldn't have scored more points with his two children than when he took them to Miami this summer to watch Barcelona in a friendly, and then arranged for them to meet Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the locker room.

November 28, 2017 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports Columns

Holiday gift ideas for your outdoorsmen

I'm having trouble believing it, but I actually went shopping on Black Friday.

November 27, 2017 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns

Delta striped bass fishing improving

Fishing on an empty stomach is something I've never experienced the day after Thanks-giving.

November 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Fly tying: Simple is the best

Fly Tying is among my many vices. On the surface, you'd think that a hobby that consists of wrapping a few strands of fur, feathers, and thread around a hook would be among the simplest of pastimes. What could be less stressful than sitting at a desk creating beautiful works of art with exotic names like the "Royal Coachman", or the "Pale Sulfur Dun"? Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually fly tying is an addictive form of mental illness from which few people recover.

November 19, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

Career anglers don’t have it as nice as you’d think

I recently overheard a few anglers talking about how making their hobby their job would be like not working at all. I used to think the same until I watched a very close friend of mine decide to make fishing his career.

November 16, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Owen paves own path to Oregon State

Sometimes, the worthy do not get rewarded. Such was not the case Tuesday night at the East Union library.

November 14, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

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Done in by plus tide during Delta tourney

I was faced by my nemesis while fishing a tournament on the Delta recently.

March 16, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Promises turn into paydays in NFL

All those promises worth millions upon millions to free agents turned into paydays Wednesday when the NFL's business year began.

March 15, 2018 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns

Harvick takes a bumpy road to 100 victories

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (- Kevin Harvick once lay in wait for Greg Biffle on the pit road wall at Bristol Motor Speedway. Harvick was angry - he ...

March 06, 2018 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

99 Speedway season opener postponed

The 2018 season-opening race at the Stockton 99 Speedway today has been postponed due to inclement weather.

March 02, 2018 | | Sports Columns

Shoulder pain won’t stop me from fishing

After hearing about a friend of mine having to have his shoulder operated on, I decided that it was time to get my shoulder checked ...

March 02, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Desert in the Valley? Exactly what it was not too long ago

My wife thinks I'm crazy, but in addition to mountains and oceans, I love deserts. I love the wide empty spaces where there are ...

February 25, 2018 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

Americans over- promise, under- deliver in S Korea

GANGNEUNG, South Korea - They had their moments, without a doubt.

February 25, 2018 | | Sports Columns

Finishing in the money at Shasta tournament

My recent tournament on Lake Shasta was amazing.

February 23, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Walljasper, LSU visit UOP today

Allie Walljasper is coming home.

February 22, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns

A bronze that feels golden for Lindsey Vonn

JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) - Over coffee last November at Lindsey Vonn's home in Colorado, Sofia Goggia of Italy asked her friend for some advice.

February 22, 2018 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Bracing for colder weather at Shasta

One of the nice things about tournament fishing is that you get to fish different places.

February 16, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Potter’s Pebble play: Performance, not pedigree

PEBBLE BEACH ) - This looked like a mismatch to everyone but Ted Potter Jr.

February 13, 2018 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns

Don Moyer can hear a rattlesnake calling his name

Last weekend I took my Grandson Josh out fossil digging along Patterson Pass Road.

February 12, 2018 | | Sports Columns

Early signs of spring bode well for anglers

On my way to work this morning I saw all the signs of spring.

February 09, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Wild pets aren’t legal in California except for fish

As a general rule, wild animals don't make good pets. Although there have been several great articles about humans adopting large wild critters such ...

February 05, 2018 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

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