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It takes a brawl for NASCAR to go mainstream

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Busch had a gash on his forehead and blood running down his nose when he promised payback to Joey Logano. The two had a brief post-race pit road brawl that can be seen on TMZ, the "Today Show" and, really, just about anywhere.

March 13, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Instead of ridicule, there are options for Tim Tebow

It would be easy to pile on Tim Tebow.

March 12, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Rising cost of license deterring fishermen

Something must give.

March 10, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hype, new format didn’t equal must-watch Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The Daytona 500 was sold out, the grid packed with celebrities, the fan area full of activities including a motorcycle "Ball of Death."

February 27, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Officiating, two calls & the rules

There is a lot of discussion about officiating these days. If I have heard it once I have heard it a thousand times how the referees blew a call, got it wrong, cost their team the game, need glasses, or my personal favorite - have to call it both ways.

February 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dinner in Ripon March 31

If you have ever seen a mature bull elk, it is one of the most magnificent sights in all of the outdoors. In a couple weeks it will once again be time for the annual Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation fund raising dinner in beautiful Ripon.

February 26, 2017 | Don MOYER | 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 26, 2017 | | Sports Columns


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


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DUARTE DEALS

TRACY - Sante Duarte was in the zone Thursday.

June 23, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Allmendinger, Dale Jr. part of Toyota/Save Mart 350 field

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to the wine country in Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend.

June 22, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Weather does not deter the obsessed fisherman

As I was pulling my boat out of the water on Thursday, I saw a young boy riding his bike, steering with one hand, while ...

June 22, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


HOT BATS

TRACY - It was hard to tell which was hotter Wednesday, the scorching San Joaquin Valley sun or the smoking Manteca Giants bats.

June 21, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


GIANTS OUTSLUG DODGERS

TRACY - Seth Dunn led a 16-hit parade for the Lathrop Giants on Monday, going 4 for 4 with a triple and five RBI as they ...

June 20, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Koepka’s trip around the world leads to major title at home

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Before their names shared space on the silver U.S. Open trophy, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth were together in a less ...

June 20, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Rattler precautions for this summer

From every indication, this summer will be a bad one for rattlesnake encounters. While we got the rain we prayed for, we also got a ...

June 18, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


TIGERS SURVIVE SCARE

STOCKTON - Spreckels Park pitcher Mikey Elder found the remedy for his team's error bug - strikeouts.

June 16, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Mayweather-McGregor should be fun up to opening bell

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The real fun will come before the fight, and what a spectacle it should be. Put Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor ...

June 16, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Family, fishing are best Father’s Day gifts

Father's Day is coming up, so all week long I'm being asked by my wife what I want for Father's Day.

June 16, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


WIRE TO WIRE

STOCKTON - The Northgate Dodgers put up four first-inning runs and never trailed Tuesday in a 9-4 win over the Spreckels Park Tigers in semifinal action ...

June 13, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Salida eliminates Manteca in junior TOC

STOCKTON - The Manteca White juniors had problems keeping the ball in front of them Monday and committed eight errors in a 9-5 elimination loss to ...

June 13, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Slam drought done, Nadal heads to grass

PARIS (AP) - Leave it to others to decide whether Rafael Nadal is playing the best tennis of his career as he comes off a 10th ...

June 13, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Giants rally for Manteca LL title

The Giants scored all of their runs in the final two innings Thursday to come from behind and beat the A's 3-2 for the ...

June 11, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


The crazy life of boxer Johnny Tapia

Johnny Tapia was never going to make it alive into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

June 11, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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