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Spieth wants reputation as being a good closer

The club throw. The body bump.

July 05, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Nino dominates for Jr. Olympics championship

Sparring boys and bigger girls served Destiny Nino well in her first appearance in the 2017 National Junior Olympics held at the Charleston Civic Center in West Virginia last Thursday.

July 03, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Battling seasickness in Half Moon Bay

For the past five years we've camped in Half Moon Bay.

June 29, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Still without full strength, Kvitova favored

Petra Kvitova still has not regained full strength in her left hand, the one she uses to swing a tennis racket so well that she won Wimbledon twice - and the one that was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic late last year.

June 29, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


DIFFERENCE MAKER

Spreckels Park pitcher Jacob Martinez Jr. twirled a complete-game four-hit shutout Wednesday, at one point retiring nine Northgate batters in a row as Spreckels Park won 2-0 in the championship game of the District 67 Junior League All-Star Tournament at Agostini Field.

June 28, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Time is ripe to bring sports betting into the open

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jimmy Vaccaro has been taking bets in this gambling town for more than 40 years, so there's not much he won't put a price on.

June 28, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


STRONG-ARM TACTICS

It is not often that an outfielder guns down a runner at first base, but when it happens twice in three outs, that is something special.

June 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Dale Jr. farewell tour begins, but it isn’t goodbye

SONOMA (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just completed a satisfying sixth-place finish at Sonoma Raceway when he was stopped by the Fox Sports cameras in what might have been his final post-race interview with the network.

June 26, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


NORTHGATE DOWNS MANTECA

Pitching was tough to come by Saturday for both Northgate and Manteca on Sunday as the two teams combined for 27 walks in a 21-11 five-inning mercy-shortened consolation win for Northgate in the District 67 Juniors All-Star Tournament at Agostini Field.

June 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SWEET WIN FOR SPRECKELS

TRACY – With Alex Gatty on third Kyle Bagley dropped down a bunt Saturday and Gatty came home on the throw to first for the walk-off run that gave the Spreckels Park Giants the championship banner for the District 67 Majors Tournament of Champions with a 13-3 four-inning mercy rule win over the Northgate Cubs at Legacy Fields.

June 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Take it easy on volunteer umpires

These truly are the dog days of summer.

June 23, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


CROSSTOWN SHOWDOWN

TRACY - Carson Sanders got to have a say in the ending of the game after all.

June 23, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


DUARTE DEALS

TRACY - Sante Duarte was in the zone Thursday.

June 23, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Allmendinger, Dale Jr. part of Toyota/Save Mart 350 field

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to the wine country in Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend.

June 22, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Weather does not deter the obsessed fisherman

As I was pulling my boat out of the water on Thursday, I saw a young boy riding his bike, steering with one hand, while the other was holding his fishing pole.

June 22, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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NFL still riding high, despite issues

The narratives themselves are easy enough to craft. Anyone searching for signs the NFL is in trouble doesn't need to look far to document ...

October 17, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Scott Speed wins Rallycross Supercar title

It was a perfect ending to a near perfect season for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team as drivers Tanner Foust took the race victory while ...

October 15, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Be on the look out for duck hunters’ blinds

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

October 12, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Have GPS, map handy on 1st visit to the Delta

Navigating the Delta can be a little intimidating for someone who is not familiar with where they're going.

October 06, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Baseball without the knuckler would be a real shame

The knuckleball has always been a bit of oddball - the butt of jokes, the object of endless curiosity, a talismanic pitch understood by only a ...

October 02, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Gray donating shoes, clothes to homeless kids

Chelsea Gray was driving to lunch with a Los Angeles Sparks teammate last year when she noticed a large number of homeless children near where ...

September 29, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


A story to every bait that is no longer in use

I don't know too many anglers who aren't hoarders. I'm not any different, although I do try to donate a few items ...

September 28, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NASCAR has too many distractions amid playoffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It is two weeks into NASCAR's playoffs and there has been little to no talk about the actual racing.

September 26, 2017 | | Sports Columns


From start to finish, Thomas was best in golf this season

ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Thomas had an inkling back in January that this season might be something special.

September 26, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Memory of boat that I should not have sold

If you were to ask my dad about the best car he ever had, he would mention the corvette he owned back in the 60s.

September 21, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


IndyCar needs to push Newgarden as its new star

SONOMA (AP) - It has been five years since IndyCar last had an American champion as the face of the series. This time, the series is ...

September 18, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Newgarden takes IndyCar 2017 title with 2nd at Sonoma

SONOMA - Team Penske turned in yet another dominant performance at Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the season finale for the IndyCar Series, as ...

September 17, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


The big bang guns

Like anything else, people sometimes get carried away with their hobbies, one of which is gun collecting. You can collect guns that are rare, historical ...

September 17, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Shankel wins Late Model 99 title

STOCKTON - The Stockton 99 Speedway closed out its 2017 regular season by crowning four track champions on Saturday night

September 17, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Seek out the spots that look unappealing

I often see fishermen point at an area or spot and say "It looks good over there!"

September 15, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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