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Big-time college sports keeps falling on its face

Grayson Allen sure picked a lousy week to take college sports on a bad trip down memory lane.

December 26, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Purchase gift cards to avoid long lines

If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, my best advice for you is purchasing gift cards.

December 23, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Angling in winter is cool but its also cold

Wintertime fishing can be one of the most peaceful times to be on the water. The waterways are usually a lot less crowded and it's common to find an area or stretch of bank where there isn't another boat in site. With that said, it's cold!

December 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


No more Lady Gaga, & that might not be a bad thing

I'll make this clear before anyone begins to get too upset: Bullying and hazing have no place in organized sports, or in civil society for that matter.

December 15, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Time to make Russians pay for Olympic doping

There are really only two possible explanations why two members of the Russian women's hockey team at the Sochi Olympics had urine samples that contained male DNA.

December 11, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Christmas gifts that matter

Last week, I came up with a few gift ideas for outdoor enthusiasts. I closed the column with the idea that the best gifts of all were those in which you give of yourself. While it's been reiterated countless times, the concept of giving of one's self never really gets outdated While I'm admittedly biased, it seems to me that there are more opportunities for such giving if you enjoy the outdoors.

December 11, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


No change to Secret Santa list: gift card

My family has started its annual secret Santa gift list.

December 08, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bogged down by details? Try keeping it simple

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.

December 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


College playoffs have BCS feel again

Jim Harbaugh went on and on, as if his incessant whining would overturn the result of what was, in effect, a playoff game before the playoffs begin.

November 29, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Outdoorsman’s thoughts on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, as we know it in the United States, has deep roots in the history of our culture.

November 24, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


TUM-BOWL

TRACY – In a battle of undefeated teams the East County Lions blanked the Manteca Cowboys in the second half Saturday to win the DYSA Varsity Super Bowl 32-6 at West High's Steve Lopez Stadium.

November 22, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Jr. T’wolves varsity, JV fall short in DYFL Bowl

TRACY - The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity overcame injuries, turnovers and horrible field conditions Sunday to take a late lead after a two-score halftime deficit only to see the Delta Youth Football Super Bowl championship slip away when the undefeated South Stockton Vikings scored in the last minute to escape West High's Steve Lopez Stadium with a 25-20 win.

November 22, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Indoor team signs EU grad Gordon; Thayer named Defensive POY

Two former area football standouts from the Class of 2011 are making some noise out of state.

November 22, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Jimmie Johnson, greatest of all?

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - The congratulatory messages started rolling in long before Jimmie Johnson had finished his obligatory championship photos. Larry Bird. Mia Hamm. Michael Phelps. Mario Andretti. Drew Brees. The Chicago Cubs.

November 22, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Column: from Russia with love, Kovalev finds his place in US

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sergey Kovalev was knocking out everyone put in front of him when his handlers went to HBO a few years back asking for a coveted spot on one of the network's boxing shows.

November 17, 2016 | | Sports Columns


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There is to being a pro angler than catching fish

Like a lot of anglers, I've been restricted to staying home and waiting for the rain to subside.

February 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed.

February 23, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


West Coast Swing whets appetite for Augusta

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The refrain is becoming a tradition unlike any other, especially after a West Coast Swing like this one.

February 20, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Big punching Wilder believes he can save heavyweights

Deontay Wilder was in the Super Bowl media center in Houston a few days before the game when a somewhat familiar face walked by.

February 20, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Gonzaga provides new college hoops story line for fans

Unbeaten Gonzaga is giving college basketball fans something to talk about besides the usual story lines.

February 19, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Knowledge is power, but luck is underrated

I'm beginning to see an increase boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.

February 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Loria tries to finish great con in South Florida

The great con in South Florida could be nearing its payoff.

February 12, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Blossoming trees are good indicator that spring is near

There's a tree in my neighborhood that's been my springtime indicator for past 20 years.

February 03, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


A preview of things to expect during Super Bowl week

There have been 50 of these already, making this Super Bowl LI in the roman numerals the NFL uses to make sure no one forgets ...

January 30, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


For EU’s Daube, Hoops for Cure was personal

Saturday night was the seventh annual Hoops for the Cure Classic between Ripon and East Union, a fund raiser for cancer. For Lancers senior Ruby ...

January 30, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Concealed carry reciprocity

With the election of Donald Trump as our president, gun rights advocates are getting all fired up at the possibility of a national concealed carry ...

January 29, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


As Falcons head to Super Bowl, remember Smith

ATLANTA - Mike Smith never made it to the Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons.

January 29, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Be on the lookout for trout plants on lakes

If you've never witnessed a lake being planted with trout, it's definitely a sight to see.

January 27, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Brotherhood only gets you so far against Tom Brady

The brotherhood did its job methodically, pleasing Atlanta owner Arthur Blank so much that he was last seen dancing into the night on the victory ...

January 23, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


With truck back home, it’s time to head back out on fuller lakes

It has been a while since I've been so excited to go fishing.

January 19, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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