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Not leaving Alabama Rig without bite

It's been over a year now and I'm still trying to catch my first fish on an Alabama Rig. I'm sure a lot of you know by now that the Alabama Rig has become one of the hottest new baits on the market. If you don't, an Internet search will surely clue you in to its potential.

April 05, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Rising star, 99 dirt track delight at Outlaws event

The brand new dirt oval at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds drew a packed house of 10,572 ecstatic race fans to the inaugural STP World of Outlaws event on March 23.

April 04, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Firing coach not enough at Rutgers

The easy part was getting rid of Mike Rice, something Rutgers had little choice in doing once the governor of New Jersey and the king of basketball weighed in on his videotaped transgressions.

April 04, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Two states, same river, one day

One of the advantages of being unattached is the opportunity to set my own schedule. A side-effect is that I don't always plan really well, so Friday morning when I woke up and decided to go fishing, I ended up going north on highway 99 unsure of where I'd end up. The Lower Sacramento seemed logical, maybe the Upper, but I merged onto I-80 east and realized I was taking myself to the Truckee River. Cool.

April 03, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Easter’s reminder: It’s rattlesnake season

Part of the beauty of being an outdoor enthusiast is observing and participating in the eternal cycles of nature. Recently I attended Easter Sunday church services with my son, son-in-law, daughter and grandkids. As I observed my grandkids participating in the celebration of The Risen Christ, it struck me that a generation ago it had been my children who were participating as small children and that a generation before that it had been me and my brother and sister learning the eternal story. In another generation it will be my great-grandkids learning about the conquest of death.

April 02, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Lake Amador brings back fond memories

Sometimes no matter how a place may change over the years, the memories you have of it always seem to remain the same.

March 29, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Can you really get bored with fishing?

Once you've caught a huge rainbow trout, you've caught a huge rainbow trout.

March 27, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Time to induct Tark in Basketball Hall of Fame

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Lois Tarkanian answered the phone at the family home, offering a word of caution before handing it to her husband.

March 25, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Look for vegetation on Delta while you can

My first impression of the Delta was that as long as I stayed within sight of where I launched my boat I would be able to find my way back.

March 22, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Plenty of options for anglers as spring nears

The most difficult decision local anglers have to make this time of year is where to go.

March 14, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Madness marches on in Alaska’s gymnasiums

When I was in first grade or so, my buddies and I put some candy in a little basket with an anonymous note professing our love to a set of sisters who won at least two, maybe three state basketball championships.

March 12, 2013 | | Sports Columns


Who will go away perfect?

One program has a Sac-Joaquin Section title in its back pocket and is chasing another.

March 11, 2013 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Critters from Down Under

A couple of weeks ago, I somehow managed to find myself in Australia. As an incurable outdoors enthusiast, I wanted to get a taste of outdoor experiences Down Under. Australia is such a huge and diverse country, it is impossible to see it all in a short time.

March 11, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Missing the hot spots at Delta, Pardee

Last week I was able to get out for a few days on the Delta. The bite wasn't the best but we did manage to catch our limits. As far as the weather, it was absolutely amazing.

March 08, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Timberwolves burned by one coach’s hunch

Bill Callaway picked quite a time to play a hunch.

March 07, 2013 | James Burns | Sports Columns


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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation dinner in Ripon March 31

If you have ever seen a mature bull elk, it is one of the most magnificent sights in all of the outdoors. In a couple ...

February 26, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed.

February 26, 2017 | | Sports Columns


There is to being a pro angler than catching fish

Like a lot of anglers, I've been restricted to staying home and waiting for the rain to subside.

February 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed.

February 23, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


West Coast Swing whets appetite for Augusta

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The refrain is becoming a tradition unlike any other, especially after a West Coast Swing like this one.

February 20, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Big punching Wilder believes he can save heavyweights

Deontay Wilder was in the Super Bowl media center in Houston a few days before the game when a somewhat familiar face walked by.

February 20, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Gonzaga provides new college hoops story line for fans

Unbeaten Gonzaga is giving college basketball fans something to talk about besides the usual story lines.

February 19, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Knowledge is power, but luck is underrated

I'm beginning to see an increase boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.

February 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Loria tries to finish great con in South Florida

The great con in South Florida could be nearing its payoff.

February 12, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Blossoming trees are good indicator that spring is near

There's a tree in my neighborhood that's been my springtime indicator for past 20 years.

February 03, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


A preview of things to expect during Super Bowl week

There have been 50 of these already, making this Super Bowl LI in the roman numerals the NFL uses to make sure no one forgets ...

January 30, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


For EU’s Daube, Hoops for Cure was personal

Saturday night was the seventh annual Hoops for the Cure Classic between Ripon and East Union, a fund raiser for cancer. For Lancers senior Ruby ...

January 30, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Concealed carry reciprocity

With the election of Donald Trump as our president, gun rights advocates are getting all fired up at the possibility of a national concealed carry ...

January 29, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


As Falcons head to Super Bowl, remember Smith

ATLANTA - Mike Smith never made it to the Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons.

January 29, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Be on the lookout for trout plants on lakes

If you've never witnessed a lake being planted with trout, it's definitely a sight to see.

January 27, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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