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Lance Armstrong's titles? Whole era is worthless

PARIS (AP) - It surely would be have been more useful for his sport if Tyler Hamilton hadn't waited until this week to tell us what he knows about doping in the Lance Armstrong era.

September 03, 2012 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Midnight fishing offers different angling perspective

I always figured that writing an outdoor column had to be extremely easy. How hard can it be? You go fishing and then lie about it. Isn't that what all fishermen do anyway? Wrong. A couple nights ago, I kept wracking my brain, trying to get sufficiently inspired to write something worthy of you folks. Nothing seemed to work, not even wearing my fishing hat. Suddenly I had a brilliant idea! Instead of worrying about it, I'd go out in the fresh air and clear the cobwebs out of my mind by doing a little fishing.

September 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Replacement refs: NFL deserves penalty for arrogance

Sometimes you put a foot down wrong and don't find out for a week or two that you actually dislocated a hip. That's how it's going to be if the NFL sticks with its plan to start the regular season with replacement referees - from mild annoyance to major pain to humongous regret. And all because the people in charge are too used to getting their way.

August 31, 2012 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


A ride worth waiting on

More often than not, hard work doesn't get rewarded.

August 30, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Mantecans among winners at 99 Speedway Saturday

Even though the racing season is coming to an end faster than a Kardashian marriage, there are still several events on tap at the local tracks in September.

August 29, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Take a legislator fishing with you

As you may be aware, I have more than a passing interest in politics. Now you may be asking yourself "What's that have to do with fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits?" The answer is "Almost everything." Whether you want to legalize mountain lion hunting because there are too many lions and attacks on women and children are becoming common, or if you want more trout planted in your favorite stream, the answers you get are part of a political process.

August 26, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Father knows best

It's funny how things have come full circle in my life.

August 23, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Fishing for that moment of truth

The fish are rising, and they're close.

August 22, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Sonoma Raceway setup expected to add excitement to upcoming IndyCar event

The IZOD IndyCar Series will have a new look and feel when it returns to the Sonoma Raceway this weekend for the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

August 22, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Encounters with critters

In the last few weeks, I have read news articles about a possible mountain lion sighting in the community of Mountain House, west of Tracy, about a moose whose antlers were caught in a backyard swing set in northern Utah, and about a Boy Scout leader who was attacked by a rabid beaver while swimming in New York State.

August 20, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


‘Take a kid fishing’ before summer ends

I received an email this week asking me to remind everyone to "take a kid fishing."

August 16, 2012 | | Sports Columns


It gets no better than the Olympics

I will never be in the Olympics.

August 14, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Floatfishing valley rivers

It seems that as each year passes our daily lives get more hectic and complicated. Along with such increased pressures, it becomes increasingly important for me to find ways to relieve the pressure. Heck, we probably all need to get away from it all slow down our pace, and take the time to relax, contemplate, and recharge our batteries. I have found nothing more relaxing than floatfishing our valley rivers.

August 12, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Going out in style - 'K Boys' golden again

LONDON (AP) - They collected their rewards half a world away, in front of a crowd packed with enough big shots to rival the shine of the gold hanging from their necks.

August 12, 2012 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


You don’t always get what you can see

I was reminded of the first time I was given an open-book test this past weekend while out fishing Clark Fork.

August 09, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

September 18, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


99 Speedway closes season

STOCCTON - The 99 Speedway put a wrap on 2016 with its Night of Champions season finale on Saturday.

September 18, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Pagenaud dominates Sonoma Grand Prix

SONOMA - Simon Pagenaud put an exclamation mark on his extraordinary 2016 season by driving to a commanding win in Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of ...

September 18, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Nights of Champions finale Saturday at 99

STOCKTON - Stockton 99 Speedway will host its points season finale on Saturday night with the double points Night of Champions at the 68-year-old quarter-mile.

September 16, 2016 | STEVEN BLAKESLEY | Sports Columns


Do not be fooled by summer-like weather

With the summer-like conditions we've been having lately, the inexperienced angler tends to believe that the fishing conditions are the same as the summer ...

September 16, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Balanced offenses lead Jaguars, Jr Buffaloes to Cen-Cal victories

The Manteca Jaguars varsity held the visiting Los Banos Wildcats scoreless in the second half on the way to a 23-7 Cen-Cal win at Daniel ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Stingy Cowboys collect another shutout in Tracy

After a scoreless first quarter Saturday the Manteca Cowboys varsity scored in the three remaining periods to post a 22-0 win over the host Tracy ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Beidleman powers Knights’ blowout win over Packers

Jace Beidleman and Preston Zuidervaart connected for two touchdowns Saturday to lead the Ripon Knights novice to a 41-19 Trans Valley Youth Football League win ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


3 carries, 3 TDs for Morales in T’wolves’ win

Marcelo Morales scored three touchdowns on his only three carries for the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity in a 58-7 Delta Youth Football League win ...

September 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Timberwolves ward off McNair in final tune-up

STOCKTON - Sierra ended its nonleague schedule on a high note Thursday, vanquishing host McNair in four games, 11-25, 25-23. 26-24, 25-22.

September 09, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Unbeaten Mustangs trample East Union

While East Union's longtime reign in the Valley Oak League is likely to come to an end, Oakdale is poised to start a dynasty-like ...

September 09, 2016 | | Sports Columns


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