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Sponsorships have perks, but nothing is for free

I was recently asked about sponsorships.

November 03, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

The fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn't have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs.

November 03, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Cowboys crush Redskins in DYSA playoff opener

The Manteca Cowboys varsity handled the Patterson Redskins 38-6 Saturday in opening-round DYSA action at Dino Cunial Field.

November 01, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Buff freshmen roll to VOL win

Manteca racked up 340 yards on Thursday and outscored host Oakdale 14-0 in the final period to defeat the Mustangs 36-20 in freshman football action at The Corral.

October 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Will Cubs fans cry, ‘If we lose, it’s rigged’?

CHICAGO (AP) - The T-shirt in the window of a shop on Damen Avenue elicited plenty of nervous laughs from Cubs fans before Game 4.

October 31, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Local lakes undergoing turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used.

October 28, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jr. Spartans JV wins on 2-point conversion

Jeremiah Green's conversion run proved to be the difference Saturday for the Lathrop Jr. Spartans junior varsity in a 13-12 win over the North Stockton Bengals in Delta Youth Football action at Lathrop High School's Bennie Gatto Field.

October 25, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Finally! A Cubs team that ain’t afraid of no ghosts

CHICAGO (AP) - Grown men didn't weep.

October 23, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Ripon’s Gagnon collects 10 goals on senior night

RIPON - Nick Gagnon is going out with a bang.

October 21, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Will Vegas and Raiders be a match?

HOUSTON (AP) - As much as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis wishes otherwise, a decision on allowing him to move his franchise to Las Vegas isn't likely to come anytime soon.

October 21, 2016 | barry Wilner | Sports Columns


Enjoying the ride in recent bass tourney

I was recently both humbled and honored to be invited to participate in a local tournament with someone I introduced to the sport of bass fishing when he was 12 years old.

October 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sierra overpowers WR with singles sweeps

STOCKTON - Kaitlyn Rausa and Claire Banks led a dominant effort in singles play, as Sierra rolled to a 7-2 Valley Oak League win at Weston Ranch.

October 18, 2016 | | Sports Columns


T’WOLVES ARE TOP DOGS

The Manteca Junior Timberwolves junior varsity clinched the top seed in the upcoming Delta Youth Football playoffs with a 43-0 shellacking of visiting Empire at Dino Cunial Field on Saturday.

October 18, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage

CHICAGO (AP) - Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage.

October 17, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


The basics of fire building

When I was about 10 years old our Dad would take my brother Chris and I along with him when he went trout fishing. One rainy Saturday along the Tuolumne River Dad taught us how to build a fire in the rain. He found a big overhanging rock and we got a fire going out in front of it. The heat reflected back off the big rock and we were warm and dry as toast. It rained all day and we had a great time.

October 16, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


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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


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

December 15, 2016 | | Sports Columns


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