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Road runners & rattlesnakes

When I was about 10 years old my father took my younger brother Chris and I on an excursion to the hills South of Tracy.

June 26, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Unexpected crappie sighting leads to great day on water

Wednesday, while fishing New Melones Lake, all intentions were to go after the kokanee that were supposed to be biting.

June 24, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Major hurdle: Breaks finally fall Dustin Johnson’s way

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.

June 20, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


No denying LeBron’s greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

June 20, 2016 | TIM REYNOLDS | Sports Columns


Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.

June 19, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Gun case memories

I don't know if it's still the case, but when I went through junior high, boys took shop class and girls took home economics.

June 19, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for elusive Wi-Fi while camping

It seems like every year it's becoming harder and harder to be without a Wi-Fi signal while out camping. It's a reminder to me of just how much technology is becoming part of my life.

June 17, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jimmy Sills Classic debuts at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - Following a rainout last month the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to make its first visit of the season to the Stockton Dirt Track for the inaugural running of the Jimmy Sills Classic, as part of the San Joaquin County Fair this Saturday.

June 16, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Excitement builds with late start to summer

This summer so far hasn't turned out the way I planned it several months ago.

June 10, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Springtime rattlesnakes

This is the time of year when my thoughts turn to catching rattlesnakes. Some folks think that my hobby of catching live rattlers is a poco loco, and who knows? Maybe they're right.

June 05, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


A sad day for George Foreman

They were young then and, oh, so proud. Three magnificent gladiators on a collision course with history, they fought fearlessly, battling each other on the biggest stages and in the oddest places.

June 05, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Practice can pay off in tourneys

Competitive bass fishing, like every other sport, has its winners and losers.

June 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Schmidt holds off Gomes to take Classic

Roseville's Eric Schmidt took maximum advantage of a late race caution to capture an improbable victory in Saturday's Tri-Holiday Classic Pacific Challenge Series Late Model feature at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

May 31, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Expect heavy traffic on lakes for holiday weekend

It's the last week of school and Memorial Day weekend is also coming up, so expect the waterways to be crowded if you're planning on heading out.

May 26, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


McGregor vs Mayweather, a freak show with precedent

The freak show that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are talking about will almost surely never happen, and for that anyone who would even consider opening their wallet to pay for it should be grateful.

May 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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Trout in the sagebrush

Springtime is often a great time to catch monster trout that run up out of their lakes & reservoirs to spawn. At almost any of the ...

April 23, 2018 | | Sports Columns


High-end rod-reel combo worth it

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I wasn't willing to spend close to a thousand dollars for a rod and a reel that ...

April 20, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bourdais proves he is still among the best in world

LONG BEACH . (AP) - Sebastien Bourdais was once considered among the best drivers in the world.

April 17, 2018 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


NBA playoffs are wide open for once

Hey, here's something we haven't heard before.

April 16, 2018 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Switching baits draws biting fish on Delta

I was recently out fishing on the Delta with a friend, and he mentioned to me out of frustration that he had all this tackle ...

April 13, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Now to boar you about California wild pig hunting

Over the last few years I have seen increasing numbers of wild pigs while out on my outdoor excursions. As I understand it, wild pigs ...

April 10, 2018 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Trolling Facebook for deals on tackle

My latest addiction has been online tackle shopping through the various Facebook fishing Flea Market pages. Some of the deals that I've found have ...

April 06, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Can the new Tiger Woods win at Augusta National?

AUGUSTA, Ga. - The new, more social, Tiger Woods was only occasionally seen Wednesday as he made his way around the front nine of Augusta National ...

April 05, 2018 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Spring break has come at a perfect time

Having a week off from work couldn't have come at a more perfect time.

March 30, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


MAMMOTH LAKES

MAMMOTH LAKES - I discovered the Mammoth Lakes area quite by accident years ago. We had been visiting Disneyland and the kids wanted to see the ...

March 29, 2018 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


No need to break bank for equipment

How much is too much?

March 23, 2018 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Minor league players to lose protection of minimum wage laws

Minor league baseball players who make as little as $5,500 a season would be stripped of the protection of federal minimum wage laws under ...

March 23, 2018 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Rules tinkering by baseball bosses is ruining sport

The proprietors of baseball, charged with the task of protecting and preserving the sport, insist on tinkering with it instead.

March 23, 2018 | Hal Bock | Sports Columns


Tolman is Cal Baptist’s first swim champion

Scott Tolman is still making history, but now at a different school.

March 22, 2018 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


MFC Rebels take second in Sunnyvale tourney

Bulletin staff reports

March 20, 2018 | | Sports Columns


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