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Submission for record catch rejected

Several days ago I was sent a link to a video that showed two professional bass fishermen catching what seemed to be the new world record spotted bass.

March 03, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Pro boxing in Rio? A bad idea in so many ways

Not that long ago boxing was on the verge of being kicked out of the Olympics because corruption, ineptitude and head-shaking decisions had made a mockery of the sport.

February 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Don’t let boat ‘sit’ over winter

This is the time of year when the launch ramps are beginning to get crowded.

February 26, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hamlin finally in spotlight after Daytona win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Denny Hamlin burst onto the scene a decade ago when he showed up at Daytona International Speedway as a rookie and won the first exhibition race of Speedweeks.

February 23, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Expect unexpected when relying on buddy to take lead

I've learned over the years to expect the unexpected when fishing with childhood friends.

February 18, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Covering the Super Bowl

They call it Super Bowl Sunday but it is more like a month-long endeavor. The entire Bay Area was affected by hosting the big event this year in many ways. The minute the 49ers lost their last game the NFL took over the stadium and began their preparations. The cities of San Francisco, Santa Clara and surrounding areas were all gearing up for the event in early January even though it was a month away. All of this pointed to Super Bowl Sunday. I for one didn't even realize the magnitude and how it is much more than a ...

February 14, 2016 | HANK VANDER VEEN | Sports Columns


Enjoy nice weather, but don’t expect it to last much longer

When I was growing up, a few houses down from us lived an older retired gentleman and his wife.

February 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


OSWEILER ERA?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the biggest winners from the Super Bowl didn't even take a snap.

February 08, 2016 | BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports Columns


Ugly game is hopefully the last for Manning

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A sea of Denver Broncos had just chased a beleaguered Cam Newton around his own end zone one more time, and Carolina coach Ron Rivera had seen enough.

February 08, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Update on Paiute Trout

For 50 years I have been both fascinated and concerned about a beautiful and extremely rare little purple trout, the Paiute Cutthroat Trout, (Salmo Clarki Seleniris).

February 08, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


It was a ‘super’ disappointment

I try and not write in absolutes – best ever, worst ever, loudest ever, most obnoxious ever. So I will not say this was the worst Super Bowl ever, but it is easily the worst one I can remember.

February 07, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Despite controversies, NFL continues to grow under Goodell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Roger Goodell might as well mail this one in.

February 04, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Water levels on lakes can be deceiving

Just when I was starting to imagine our lakes being full and our launch ramps being within walking - not hiking - distance from the parking lot, I read somewhere that we're not even close to filling up our local lakes.

February 04, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ken Stabler’s brain damage intrudes on Super Bowl fun

SAN FRANCISCO - For a guy who loved a good party, it's hard to imagine Ken Stabler ever thought he'd be crashing one this week.

February 04, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Thursday Night Football on CBS, NBC

"Thursday Night Football" will bounce around among CBS, NBC and NFL Network next season, and league executives are confident fans will find the games just fine.

February 02, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


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Manteca Red Sox overpower Northgate Giants juniors

The Manteca Little League Red Sox took advantage of six walks to put up 12 first-inning runs and never looked back in a 21-8 win ...

May 02, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Brigham Young Revolver

Over the years I have periodically reported on historic or collectors guns that have come up for auction.

May 02, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Missed bite does not dampen day on Delta

Last week, I mentioned that I was going to be fishing for bass with a childhood friend.

April 28, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Golden One Arena will not save Kings

Life is full of regrets.

April 24, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Considering fishing guide after struggles

Several years ago when I made the decision to fish for multiple species, I didn't realize it was going to be so difficult.

April 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


No bites at Lake Pardee despite the low turnout

It took a little longer than I had originally planned, but I finally was able to fish Lake Pardee last weekend.

April 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Memories, not catches make Amador special

Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador.

April 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


April breeds excitement, hope for big bass catch

April is the month that I get most excited about when thinking about going fishing.

April 01, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


It’s time to enjoy wildflowers

Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal.

March 27, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for friendships

If you ask any fisherman what they like about fishing, they probably wouldn't be able to give you just one answer.

March 25, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tips for fishing against wind

Wind has to be one of my least favorite conditions to fish in.

March 18, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tournament fishing not worth costs

It's been a few years since I stopped fishing bass tournaments.

March 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Night of losers winner for UFC

LAS VEGAS - Her face marked and still red, Holly Holm stared blankly ahead as Conor McGregor walked in, looking a lot worse for the wear ...

March 06, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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