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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 far better positioned to properly wield its newest asset.

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 Simon Pagenaud won the race and Josef Newgarden captured the 2017 championship with his second place finish.

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, or unusual in design, or perhaps was owned by a celebrity like Elvis, or John Wayne.

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


Chase for IndyCar Series title ends at Sonoma Raceway

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season reaches its conclusion this weekend with its annual trek to the wine country for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway.

September 15, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Hanging out with other anglers ‘cool’ with me

When I was growing up it wasn't "cool" to be known as the kid who liked to go fishing.

September 08, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ripon’s McCreath earns weekly NEC awards for CCSU

Former Ripon High volleyball star Samantha McCreath is making an immediate impact in her first year at NCAA Division I Central Connecticut State.

September 06, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Don’t forget life jackets during holiday weekend

Labor Day weekend is an exciting time for most anglers.

September 01, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Stampede hands Jr. Buffaloes loss

Francisco Ramirez had 31 rushing yards and four tackles for the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes in a 50-0 Cen-Cal loss to the Oakdale Stampede on Saturday at Guss Schmiedt Field.

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Ripon Knights tame Denair Lions in TVL play

DENAIR – Jace Beidleman threw for three touchdowns and ran for one more to lead the Ripon Knights junior varsity to a 30-6 Trans-Valley Youth Football League win over the Denair Lions at Denair High School on Saturday.

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Jr. Timberwolves cruise past Jr. Warriors

GALT – Marcelo Morales got three quick scores for the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity Saturday in a 38-6 win over the host Galt Jr. Warriors in Northern California Youth Football and Cheer action.

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

When Ray Gonzalez opened a gym in Lathrop to provide CrossFit training and power lifting to people in the South County, he knew he wanted to appeal to serious athletes.

August 29, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


‘That’s football’? No wonder why numbers are dropping

As a sports reporter, I see a lot, both good and bad. There are people who will say, "I have seen it all now," but not me. Because I know that I never know what is going to happen next.

August 28, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Would like to see kids get hooked on fishing

While driving home from Sacramento earlier in the week, my son reminded me of two of my favorite activities that fewer of our youth are participating in now more than ever.

August 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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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


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