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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 boring.

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 hotel waiting to whisk the rich and powerful back to their private jets and onto the next important task. It was not the only time Tuesday's NFL owners' meeting resembled a meeting of old-line mafia families.

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 America. In reading about the Plains Indians who followed the bison herds it seems that the Indians utilized almost every part of the buffalo upon which they depended for their livelihood.

January 10, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Greed triggers NFL teams rush to LA

The people of St. Louis are in a tizzy, and not just because the team they lifted from Los Angeles could soon be heading back home.

January 07, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Finding beauty in storm

Several years ago, during the month of January, I was out competing in a bass tournament on Lake Camanche.

January 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


New Year’s Eve games total flop

MIAMI - The College Football Playoff is a marvelous thing.

January 02, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Lucky to have great fishing around us

January 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Leonard emerges as a role model for Wiggins

Kawhi Leonard has quietly risen to stardom in San Antonio, hardly uttering a word as he captured an NBA Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year award and a maximum contract extension this summer.

December 29, 2015 | JON KRAWCZYNSKI | Sports Columns


STUNNING UPSETS

Serena Williams had done all the heavy lifting, or so it seemed.

December 29, 2015 | PAUL NEWBERR | Sports Columns


Delta serves as tough challenge For anglers

The other day while I was reading through some online fishing forums, I came across a picture of a new bass boat that was rigged with a 400 horsepower outboard motor. That's easily a 90 plus mph boat! Most bass boats rigged with an engine over 200 horsepower can run in the 70s. I can't imagine what a boat with 400 horsepower can run. If you've ever seen a bass boat running at top speed, there's very little of the boat actually in the water. The good news is that most tournament organizations put limitations on ...

December 27, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Charting heartache & history

My football clipboard has seen a lot.

December 18, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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LEGENDS OF THE FALL

The 2015-16 school year may be remembered as the best ever for prep sports in the Manteca area.

June 30, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


NGLL Braves force ‘if’ game in majors final

The Northgate Braves were looking for a strong pitching performance from Romeo Torres on Monday night. They got it and then some.

June 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

May 31, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


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