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What’s in a smaller glove? More hype for the fight

LAS VEGAS (AP) - It's only 2 ounces of foam, 4 if you count both hands.

August 17, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Shopping around for new bass boat

I've got to confess that I've secretly been shopping around for bass boats.

August 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


A magical season in the sun for Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The hottest team in the land had yet to get a runner to first base as the third inning came to a close at Dodger Stadium, where 46,128 had come to watch a slice of history on a sunbaked Sunday afternoon.

August 14, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Gone fishing with Joshua

Last weekend I took my Grandson Joshua out to the San Joaquin River fishing. Whenever I take kids fishing I try to find ponds or slower parts of the river. That way if the little rascals fall in I can jump in and pull them out again without having the current whisk them away. If you put kids next to water I guarantee that it won't be long before they fall in. It's OK, because they dry out pretty quickly.

August 13, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


FACING FORFEIT

The longest-running youth-football organization in Manteca is about to face its toughest challenge in its 40-some years of existence.

August 11, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Patience key as seasons change

I'm always surprised at how the seasons change.

August 11, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Kaepernick unemployed, at least Cutler has a job

Jay Cutler has a job playing quarterback.

August 08, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


MORE THAN JUST A COACH

In his long and illustrious basketball coaching career at East Union High School that saw four Valley Oak League titles, Bill Stricker cast a very wide wake and everyone caught in that wake benefitted from it. Saturday afternoon Stricker was honored for all the lives he touched when Bill Stricker Court was dedicated before approximately 300 friends and family members at East Union's Dalben Center

August 07, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Jared Irvan wins 100-lap Late Model race

STOCKTON - A large crowd was on hand at the Stockton 99 Speedway Saturday night to see the return of one of its most famous stars - Ernie Irvan.

August 06, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Price is wrong going after Hall of Famer Eckersley

David Price sure has a lot of issues for a guy making $31 million a year.

August 06, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Alternatives to expensive equipment are available

One of my first baitcasting reels cost me less than $50 back in the early 80s.

August 04, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ernie Irvan returns to Stockton 99 Speedway

Stock car racing legend native Ernie Irvan returns to the track where he won his first championship when he appears at the Night of Champions on Saturday, August 5 at Stockton 99 Speedway. Irvan and several former champions will be on hand to greet racing fans, and his son Jared Irvan will race in the Stockton Late Models Night of Champions 100 on a night which features plenty of racing and fireworks.

August 04, 2017 | | Sports Columns


‘The Beast’ mauls way to Ringside World title

Manteca teen Vincent "The Beast" Avina continues to shine in the amateur boxing ranks.

August 01, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


BRUSH WITH GREATNESS

Amy Alcott, Juli Inkster and Natalie Gulbis are among the recognizable names engraved onto the California Women's Amateur Championship trophy.

August 01, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


On the go! Darvish, Gray dealt on busy trade deadline day

Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray headed a parade of prized arms on the move Monday, leaving little doubt on trade deadline day: Top teams made a big pitch for the playoffs.

August 01, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


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NFL still riding high, despite issues

The narratives themselves are easy enough to craft. Anyone searching for signs the NFL is in trouble doesn't need to look far to document ...

October 17, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Scott Speed wins Rallycross Supercar title

It was a perfect ending to a near perfect season for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team as drivers Tanner Foust took the race victory while ...

October 15, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Be on the look out for duck hunters’ blinds

When I think about fishing in October, I think about great weather, great fishing and the opening of duck hunting season.

October 12, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Have GPS, map handy on 1st visit to the Delta

Navigating the Delta can be a little intimidating for someone who is not familiar with where they're going.

October 06, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Baseball without the knuckler would be a real shame

The knuckleball has always been a bit of oddball - the butt of jokes, the object of endless curiosity, a talismanic pitch understood by only a ...

October 02, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Gray donating shoes, clothes to homeless kids

Chelsea Gray was driving to lunch with a Los Angeles Sparks teammate last year when she noticed a large number of homeless children near where ...

September 29, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


A story to every bait that is no longer in use

I don't know too many anglers who aren't hoarders. I'm not any different, although I do try to donate a few items ...

September 28, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NASCAR has too many distractions amid playoffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It is two weeks into NASCAR's playoffs and there has been little to no talk about the actual racing.

September 26, 2017 | | Sports Columns


From start to finish, Thomas was best in golf this season

ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Thomas had an inkling back in January that this season might be something special.

September 26, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Memory of boat that I should not have sold

If you were to ask my dad about the best car he ever had, he would mention the corvette he owned back in the 60s.

September 21, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


IndyCar needs to push Newgarden as its new star

SONOMA (AP) - It has been five years since IndyCar last had an American champion as the face of the series. This time, the series is ...

September 18, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Newgarden takes IndyCar 2017 title with 2nd at Sonoma

SONOMA - Team Penske turned in yet another dominant performance at Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the season finale for the IndyCar Series, as ...

September 17, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


The big bang guns

Like anything else, people sometimes get carried away with their hobbies, one of which is gun collecting. You can collect guns that are rare, historical ...

September 17, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Shankel wins Late Model 99 title

STOCKTON - The Stockton 99 Speedway closed out its 2017 regular season by crowning four track champions on Saturday night

September 17, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Seek out the spots that look unappealing

I often see fishermen point at an area or spot and say "It looks good over there!"

September 15, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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