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Rivalry game takes on new meaning for Chambers

For years I was intertwined in the Oakdale-Manteca rivalry.

October 25, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Dangerous way for kids to emulate pros

What looks like the NFL's latest nightmare played out on a football field an hour from Boston nearly six weeks ago. In a Pop Warner game between longtime rivals Southbridge and Tantasqua, five kids between the ages of 10 and 12 were concussed, all on the losing team, three in the first quarter and the last one on the final play of the game.

October 24, 2012 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Deciding where you wade

It is a very confusing time to be a fisherman.

October 23, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Technology a distraction when trying to enjoy quiet time on lake

The last time I took my son fishing he brought along his handheld video game.

October 18, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Hogging Carolina's pulled-pork

New Bern, N.C. - Food is vital. I'm not just referring to the obvious need of nutrient ingestion to remain in good standing health-wise; I am talking about food as a part of an experience.

October 16, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Joe Wilson’s old ammo

Joe Wilson was a living legend in Tracy.

October 15, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Communication key for anglers, duck hunters

Duck hunting season is now open, so it's important that we stay out of each other's way.

October 11, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The great debate on replacing gear

I wanted a better ending. It should have been honorable, dignified. But it wasn't.

October 09, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Governor signs law to outlaw hunting bears & bobcats using hounds.

Last week, California Governor, Edmund " Jerry" Brown signed Senate Bill 1221 to outlaw the traditional hunting of bears and bobcats with hounds. Effective January 1, 2013, the new law will ban any hunting of bears or bobcats by using hounds.

October 07, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Unspoken rule of fishing: Mind distance from others

If you have ever been bowling you know that there are some do's and don'ts that new bowlers should be made aware of.

October 04, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A’s write a script good as ‘Moneyball’

Forget the movie about these Oakland A's. Already been done and, besides, Brad Pitt has moved on to other things.

October 04, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


From resourceful to ridiculous

Last week after shaving a rather large sliver off a rock, my lawnmower quit and smoked.

October 02, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Combating the effects of fall-time turnover

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

September 27, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Finding the right words

It's a little uncomfortable writing about myself sometimes.

September 25, 2012 | | Sports Columns


The Elbow Creek stretch along the Mokelumne

The Elbow Creek stretch of the Mokelumne is a microcosm of the Sierra Nevada trout streams. It is a roadless stretch of water that gets very little fishing pressure and it offers the angler tumbling brook trout water, meandering meadow stretches with wary browns, and willow lined runs with feisty rainbows. You can use your nymphs and wooly worms for the brookie water, your classic dry patterns on the rainbow runs, and splash noisy hopper flies in the grassy meadows.

September 23, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


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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 ...

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


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 ...

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 ...

May 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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