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Hall vote shows some stains last longer than others

The takeaway from this year's Hall of Fame balloting is Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens likely will get in within the next five years. Shame it couldn't be this one.

January 18, 2017 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Mayweather in search of attention, not a fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants attention more than he wants a fight.

January 13, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Predicting weather is like predicting fish

It's hard to believe that this time last year many of us were hoping that we would have enough rain to finally end the drought.

January 13, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Spieth set high expectations for youth around him

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jordan Spieth made it tough on everyone in his age group, including Justin Thomas.

January 09, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Amid abuses, sometimes colleges get it right

TAMPA, Fla - Deshaun Watson wanted to be first.

January 08, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Here we go again: All 4 NFL divisional games are rematches

There will be a familiar feel to the NFL playoffs next weekend: Every divisional-round game will be a rematch from the regular season, the first time that's happened in six years.

January 08, 2017 | HOWARD FENDRICH | Sports Columns


Towing trailers takes practice

One of the most helpless feelings I've ever had was while sitting in a vehicle that had gone out of control.

January 05, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL Clash: Should he stay or should he go in 7 cities

Should he stay or should he go?

December 29, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Bigger stakes produced better games in ‘16

Don't you love it when the game lives up to the hype?

December 29, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


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


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Remember when people said boxing was dead?

Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night ...

April 24, 2017 | | Sports Columns


EU, Manteca, RC athletes receive CSEA scholarships

Several local student athletes were announced Friday as recipients of the A. Dale Lacky / California School Employees Association scholarship award winners.

April 22, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns


Savor some unpredictability to begin NBA playoffs

Say this about the NBA playoffs: It's usually quite predictable.

April 22, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Boating license required

For years, many of the boaters that I know of have been asking for there to be a boater's license required. It looks like ...

April 20, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Window to catch big bass closing

When I think about the month of April, I'm reminded about the first time I ever caught a bass weighing over 10 pounds.

April 13, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL still doesn’t get Vegas, even with Raiders

LAS VEGAS - Sometimes the bumbling bozos in charge of the NFL just can't help themselves.

April 13, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Youth football coaching at worst

As I was processing some Little League pictures before heading north for the pending birth of the girl's boy I was watching Friday Night ...

April 02, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Fish may have better memory than you think

I remember reading that fish don't have much of a memory.

March 30, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


The other player in The Catch wonders about his own legacy

Everson Walls doesn't want to talk about The Catch, and not just because he wasn't the one catching the ball.

March 30, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Rain puts damper on week off

I finally get a break in my work schedule and guess what?

March 23, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Fast named MJC Athlete of the Month

Trevor Fast helped Sierra win its first Valley Oak League title for boys swimming last year and is now making waves at Modesto Junior College.

March 23, 2017 | | Sports Columns


SVC appoints former EU star as women’s hoops coach

Accomplished as a player and a scholar, Christin Gowan will get the chance to succeed as a head basketball coach.

March 22, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Be prepared: First aid knowledge is must

Over the past 50 years or so, in my excursions outdoors, I have been shot by a ricochet, injured my knee, broken a couple ribs ...

March 19, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


IOC must consider serious reforms to save Olympics

And the winner is ... Paris!

March 19, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Struggles on Delta despite conditions

There's and old saying that goes, "Someone's always going to catch fish."

March 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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