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Big-time college sports keeps falling on its face

Grayson Allen sure picked a lousy week to take college sports on a bad trip down memory lane.

December 26, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Purchase gift cards to avoid long lines

If you haven't started your Christmas shopping yet, my best advice for you is purchasing gift cards.

December 23, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Angling in winter is cool but its also cold

Wintertime fishing can be one of the most peaceful times to be on the water. The waterways are usually a lot less crowded and it's common to find an area or stretch of bank where there isn't another boat in site. With that said, it's cold!

December 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


No more Lady Gaga, & that might not be a bad thing

I'll make this clear before anyone begins to get too upset: Bullying and hazing have no place in organized sports, or in civil society for that matter.

December 15, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Time to make Russians pay for Olympic doping

There are really only two possible explanations why two members of the Russian women's hockey team at the Sochi Olympics had urine samples that contained male DNA.

December 11, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Christmas gifts that matter

Last week, I came up with a few gift ideas for outdoor enthusiasts. I closed the column with the idea that the best gifts of all were those in which you give of yourself. While it's been reiterated countless times, the concept of giving of one's self never really gets outdated While I'm admittedly biased, it seems to me that there are more opportunities for such giving if you enjoy the outdoors.

December 11, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


No change to Secret Santa list: gift card

My family has started its annual secret Santa gift list.

December 08, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bogged down by details? Try keeping it simple

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.

December 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


College playoffs have BCS feel again

Jim Harbaugh went on and on, as if his incessant whining would overturn the result of what was, in effect, a playoff game before the playoffs begin.

November 29, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Outdoorsman’s thoughts on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving, as we know it in the United States, has deep roots in the history of our culture.

November 24, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


TUM-BOWL

TRACY – In a battle of undefeated teams the East County Lions blanked the Manteca Cowboys in the second half Saturday to win the DYSA Varsity Super Bowl 32-6 at West High's Steve Lopez Stadium.

November 22, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Jr. T’wolves varsity, JV fall short in DYFL Bowl

TRACY - The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity overcame injuries, turnovers and horrible field conditions Sunday to take a late lead after a two-score halftime deficit only to see the Delta Youth Football Super Bowl championship slip away when the undefeated South Stockton Vikings scored in the last minute to escape West High's Steve Lopez Stadium with a 25-20 win.

November 22, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Indoor team signs EU grad Gordon; Thayer named Defensive POY

Two former area football standouts from the Class of 2011 are making some noise out of state.

November 22, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Jimmie Johnson, greatest of all?

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) - The congratulatory messages started rolling in long before Jimmie Johnson had finished his obligatory championship photos. Larry Bird. Mia Hamm. Michael Phelps. Mario Andretti. Drew Brees. The Chicago Cubs.

November 22, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Column: from Russia with love, Kovalev finds his place in US

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sergey Kovalev was knocking out everyone put in front of him when his handlers went to HBO a few years back asking for a coveted spot on one of the network's boxing shows.

November 17, 2016 | | Sports Columns


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Hall vote shows some stains last longer than others

The takeaway from this year's Hall of Fame balloting is Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens likely will get in within the next five years ...

January 18, 2017 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Mayweather in search of attention, not a fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants attention more than he wants a fight.

January 13, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Predicting weather is like predicting fish

It's hard to believe that this time last year many of us were hoping that we would have enough rain to finally end the ...

January 13, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Spieth set high expectations for youth around him

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jordan Spieth made it tough on everyone in his age group, including Justin Thomas.

January 09, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Amid abuses, sometimes colleges get it right

TAMPA, Fla - Deshaun Watson wanted to be first.

January 08, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Here we go again: All 4 NFL divisional games are rematches

There will be a familiar feel to the NFL playoffs next weekend: Every divisional-round game will be a rematch from the regular season, the first ...

January 08, 2017 | HOWARD FENDRICH | Sports Columns


Towing trailers takes practice

One of the most helpless feelings I've ever had was while sitting in a vehicle that had gone out of control.

January 05, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL Clash: Should he stay or should he go in 7 cities

Should he stay or should he go?

December 29, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Bigger stakes produced better games in ‘16

Don't you love it when the game lives up to the hype?

December 29, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


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