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Keep eyes peeled for duck blinds

When I think about fishing in October, I think about great weather, great fishing and the opening of duck hunting season.

October 14, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL owners won’t resist Vegas deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Nevada lawmakers are going out of their way this week to give a casino owner worth $32 billion a stadium funded on the back of taxpayers.

October 13, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Crum, varsity Cowboys lasso Lodi Colts

LODI - Dennis Crum was in on three touchdowns for the varsity Manteca Cowboys in a 50-0 thumping of the host Lodi Colts on Saturday in DYSA action at the Grape Bowl.

October 11, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Speed secures 2nd GRC crown

Manteca native Scott Speed earned his second consecutive Global Rallycross Championship title when he drove his Andretti Motorsports No. 41 Beetle GRC to a second-place finish in Sunday's GRC finale in Los Angeles.

October 11, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


100-mph pitches give Cub’s Chapman little time to reflect

CHICAGO - Like too many ballplayers with interesting and sometimes controversial pasts, Aroldis Chapman would prefer that his game do the talking. If so, it's always going to be a short conversation.

October 09, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Patenting ideas for fishing products

Have you ever had an idea that you thought could possibly be a great invention but was not sure whether has already been thought of?

October 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Cowboys JV topples Vikings in overtime

STOCKTON - Jason Aucello found Angel Ramirez with a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime to give the Manteca Cowboys junior varsity a 12-6 win over the Edison Vikings in DYSA action at Edison High School.

October 04, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Feeling the loss of Bob Scharmann

I have lived in Manteca since 1983. I spent nearly my first 15 years in the Family City doing anything and everything I could to get back to my home in the North State.

October 02, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Tall tales and the tech-savvy anglers who tell them

One my favorite bumper stickers of all time reads, "I fish, therefore I lie."

September 30, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Crum, Cowboys varsity cruise to DYSA victory over Modesto Raiders

Dennis Crum passed for nearly 100 yards Saturday and ran for three touchdowns to lead the Manteca Cowboys to a 32-6 DYSA road win over the host Modesto Raiders.

September 27, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Remembering the first catch that got me hooked

While visiting a favorite fishing website of mine, a group of anglers were discussing fishing and sharing memories of catching their first fish.

September 22, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Weaver leads Jr T’Wolves’ trouncing of JV Aggies

MERCED - The Ripon Knights novice team continued its undefeated march Saturday at El Capitan High, squeaking out a 19-12 victory over the Merced Blue Devils in Trans Valley Youth Football League action.

September 20, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Ripon Knights novice edges Blue Devils

MERCED - The Ripon Knights novice team continued its undefeated march Saturday at El Capitan High, squeaking out a 19-12 victory over the Merced Blue Devils in Trans Valley Youth Football League action.

September 20, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Column: Penske dominates season of promise for IndyCar

SONOMA (AP) - It was the year of Roger Penske in IndyCar. No team came close to stopping Team Penske's march to the top of the standings.

September 20, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Autumn trout tactics

Interestingly enough a lot of outdoors fanatics focus on fall as being hunting season. That's certainly true, and I'm ready to go off in search of deer and bear. A little later of course come pheasant and duck seasons. Since I'm planning to be up in the Sierra anyway, I may just give the trout a try as long as I'm there.

September 18, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


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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


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 ...

December 11, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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