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Don’t let gloomy weather fool you

A lot of anglers are waiting in anticipation for the weather to clear up before they go fishing.

January 29, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

With water levels rising, beware of widowmakers

I'm sure all of you are excited about the rain we've been getting this winter season.

January 22, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Hard to feel sorry for Spanos and the Chargers

It's hard to feel sorry for Dean Spanos, even if he looked like someone had just kicked his dog the other day in Houston.

January 15, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Bassmasters dream dashed by Powerball

For the first time in 10 years I purchased a Powerball ticket.

January 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Bright, dark sides of Chip Kelly pick

Maybe the most dreadful part about the 49ers during the 2015 season was not that they lost so many games. It was that they were boring.

January 15, 2016 | MARK PURDY | Sports Columns

Play ball with NFL . . . or else

As the clock ticked down toward a vote, the NFL Network breathlessly reported on the long line of luxury cars idling outside a suburban Houston hotel waiting to whisk the rich and powerful back to their private jets and onto the next important task. It was not the only time Tuesday's NFL owners' meeting resembled a meeting of old-line mafia families.

January 13, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

Proposal that allows college bowl system, playoffs to co-exist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Saban is concerned about the bowl system.

January 13, 2016 | | Sports Columns

You can’t beat using bear grease

If we put our minds to it, we could learn a lot from the Native Americans who preceded the white man as masters of North America. In reading about the Plains Indians who followed the bison herds it seems that the Indians utilized almost every part of the buffalo upon which they depended for their livelihood.

January 10, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

Greed triggers NFL teams rush to LA

The people of St. Louis are in a tizzy, and not just because the team they lifted from Los Angeles could soon be heading back home.

January 07, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Finding beauty in storm

Several years ago, during the month of January, I was out competing in a bass tournament on Lake Camanche.

January 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

New Year’s Eve games total flop

MIAMI - The College Football Playoff is a marvelous thing.

January 02, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns

Lucky to have great fishing around us

January 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Leonard emerges as a role model for Wiggins

Kawhi Leonard has quietly risen to stardom in San Antonio, hardly uttering a word as he captured an NBA Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year award and a maximum contract extension this summer.

December 29, 2015 | JON KRAWCZYNSKI | Sports Columns


Serena Williams had done all the heavy lifting, or so it seemed.

December 29, 2015 | PAUL NEWBERR | Sports Columns

Delta serves as tough challenge For anglers

The other day while I was reading through some online fishing forums, I came across a picture of a new bass boat that was rigged with a 400 horsepower outboard motor. That's easily a 90 plus mph boat! Most bass boats rigged with an engine over 200 horsepower can run in the 70s. I can't imagine what a boat with 400 horsepower can run. If you've ever seen a bass boat running at top speed, there's very little of the boat actually in the water. The good news is that most tournament organizations put limitations on ...

December 27, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

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Jr. Spartans JV wins on 2-point conversion

Jeremiah Green's conversion run proved to be the difference Saturday for the Lathrop Jr. Spartans junior varsity in a 13-12 win over the North ...

October 25, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Finally! A Cubs team that ain’t afraid of no ghosts

CHICAGO (AP) - Grown men didn't weep.

October 23, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Ripon’s Gagnon collects 10 goals on senior night

RIPON - Nick Gagnon is going out with a bang.

October 21, 2016 | | Sports Columns

Will Vegas and Raiders be a match?

HOUSTON (AP) - As much as Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis wishes otherwise, a decision on allowing him to move his franchise to Las Vegas isn ...

October 21, 2016 | barry Wilner | Sports Columns

Enjoying the ride in recent bass tourney

I was recently both humbled and honored to be invited to participate in a local tournament with someone I introduced to the sport of bass ...

October 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Sierra overpowers WR with singles sweeps

STOCKTON - Kaitlyn Rausa and Claire Banks led a dominant effort in singles play, as Sierra rolled to a 7-2 Valley Oak League win at Weston ...

October 18, 2016 | | Sports Columns


The Manteca Junior Timberwolves junior varsity clinched the top seed in the upcoming Delta Youth Football playoffs with a 43-0 shellacking of visiting Empire at ...

October 18, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage

CHICAGO (AP) - Nobody buys a ticket to watch managers manage.

October 17, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

The basics of fire building

When I was about 10 years old our Dad would take my brother Chris and I along with him when he went trout fishing. One ...

October 16, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns

Shorthanded Sierra tennis fall in Oakdale

Bulletin staff reports

October 14, 2016 | | Sports Columns

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

October 09, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns

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