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Hunt of a Lifetime vs. Make-A-Wish

I watched the evening news the other day and saw where a group of local motorcycle enthusiasts were having a Sunday ride to raise money for charity. Despite the bad press that motorcyclists occasionally suffer from, I have found them to generally be a compassionate, caring group of people. My brother, Chris, rode a Harley until his death and it seemed that his motorcycle club was always raising money for kids or veterans. The motorcycle folks are all right. I wonder though, if they are aware of the discriminatory policy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation when it comes to granting kids ...

August 19, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Cooler temps mean better fishing

It's already getting darker earlier in the day and getting cooler at night, meaning that fall weather is closer than most people may think it is.

August 16, 2013 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Manteca drivers Strmiska, Gomes in contention

The popular SPEARS Southwest Tour Series returns for its final 2013 appearance at the Stockton 99 Speedway this Saturday night for the 125-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event presented by 51 FIFTY Energy Drink.

August 16, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Once listless losers, Dodgers chase record

The beautiful people are back, and actor Danny DeVito dropped by the other night, too. Dodger Stadium was always a place to be seen, but now they come because there really is something to see:

August 14, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Enjoying wild food

A short while ago, my daughter came from the East Coast with my grandkids to visit for awhile. She asked me if I would take her and the grandkids out to the woods along the river to pick rose hips. I cut some empty milk jugs to fashion collection containers and off we went to the wild rose patches in the woods.

August 12, 2013 | DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Think much, miss much

Sometimes we put unreasonable valuation on an experience or project what does not yet, or will never exist.

August 07, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Time for baseball to really clean up act

Of all those penalized in baseball's biggest doping scandal, at least Nelson Cruz had a good story to tell.

August 07, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Safari Club provides hungry with 230 million plus meals

A week ago, while driving along I-5 south of Sacramento, I spotted a pair of coyotes and several wild turkeys in the Stone Lake/Beach Lake wildlife preserve. By combining government owned lands with private lands using either conservation easements or leases, the combined area of the preserve totals over 17,000 acres.

August 04, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


While not used by many, knot works best for me

Every angler has his or her favorite knot.

August 02, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Thorn wins again in K&N Pro Series West

Lakeport's Derek Thorn continued on his Rocky Mountain high, as he cruised to a convincing win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Colorado National Speedway last Saturday night.

August 02, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Living in a good context

If I were to attach a word to this summer it would be "context," though, really all summers are about context.

July 31, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Hooked on fishing – and boy, does it hurt

Several years ago, while fishing with a newcomer to the sport, he hooked a striped bass and brought it into the boat.

July 25, 2013 | By Jarod Ballardo Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


When isn’t as important as what

The true mark of a relaxed mind is losing track of the days.

July 17, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Guide your own attitude

Last Wednesday I awoke and saw two of my Tucson buddies casting into the river in the semi-bright pre-dawn light.

July 10, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Yasiel Puig might make All-Star game fun again

Bruce Bochy wasn't willing to go with the small sampling size and make Yasiel Puig an All-Star, though he might have been tempted to change his mind after watching the rookie sensation do a little bit of everything in helping the Dodgers to a win Sunday in San Francisco.

July 10, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


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Despite controversies, NFL continues to grow under Goodell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Roger Goodell might as well mail this one in.

February 04, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Water levels on lakes can be deceiving

Just when I was starting to imagine our lakes being full and our launch ramps being within walking - not hiking - distance from the parking lot ...

February 04, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ken Stabler’s brain damage intrudes on Super Bowl fun

SAN FRANCISCO - For a guy who loved a good party, it's hard to imagine Ken Stabler ever thought he'd be crashing one this ...

February 04, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Thursday Night Football on CBS, NBC

"Thursday Night Football" will bounce around among CBS, NBC and NFL Network next season, and league executives are confident fans will find the games just ...

February 02, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Super Bowl, football & immature celebrations

Well, the Super Bowl will be upon us soon.

January 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Norman Clyde, Dad, & the Dead General

Norman Clyde was possibly the finest mountaineer in the history of the Western Hemisphere.

January 31, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Super Bowl matchip masks an ugly year on field in the NFL

A certain Hall of Fame quarterback in what will likely be his final game. A superstar in waiting on the big stage for the first ...

January 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Don’t let gloomy weather fool you

A lot of anglers are waiting in anticipation for the weather to clear up before they go fishing.

January 29, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


With water levels rising, beware of widowmakers

I'm sure all of you are excited about the rain we've been getting this winter season.

January 22, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hard to feel sorry for Spanos and the Chargers

It's hard to feel sorry for Dean Spanos, even if he looked like someone had just kicked his dog the other day in Houston.

January 15, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Bassmasters dream dashed by Powerball

For the first time in 10 years I purchased a Powerball ticket.

January 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bright, dark sides of Chip Kelly pick

Maybe the most dreadful part about the 49ers during the 2015 season was not that they lost so many games. It was that they were ...

January 15, 2016 | MARK PURDY | Sports Columns


Play ball with NFL . . . or else

As the clock ticked down toward a vote, the NFL Network breathlessly reported on the long line of luxury cars idling outside a suburban Houston ...

January 13, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Proposal that allows college bowl system, playoffs to co-exist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Saban is concerned about the bowl system.

January 13, 2016 | | Sports Columns


You can’t beat using bear grease

If we put our minds to it, we could learn a lot from the Native Americans who preceded the white man as masters of North ...

January 10, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


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