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Watch out for boaters under the influence

The weather finally seems like it's going to be more like the month of May that I'm used to.

May 19, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Fish not biting? Make sure bait is in the water

It's funny how us fathers end up repeating the same words of advice that our fathers imparted to us as children.

May 12, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Coryn heads home for Tour of California

American cyclist Coryn Rivera long ago established her credentials on home soil, winning so many national championships in so many disciplines that she sometimes lost track of the total.

May 11, 2017 | DAVE SKRETTA | Sports Columns


Fish ripe for the taking on local waters

From now until the end of May, our local fishing is at its best, if you ask me.

May 04, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Aaron Judge transforms batting practice in Bronx

Aaron Judge has transformed batting practice in the Bronx.

May 02, 2017 | RONALD BLUM | Sports Columns


Isabel’s Vintage Café in Ripon offers discounts to CCW holders

About a year and a half ago I wrote a column about a growing trend among restaurant owners around the country to offer a discount to customers who have a concealed carry permit. In many cases, the restaurant owners got tired of being robbed at gunpoint and found that when good people with concealed carry permits frequent their establishment's violent crimes dropped dramatically.

April 30, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Remember when people said boxing was dead?

Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night of fights.

April 24, 2017 | | Sports Columns


EU, Manteca, RC athletes receive CSEA scholarships

Several local student athletes were announced Friday as recipients of the A. Dale Lacky / California School Employees Association scholarship award winners.

April 22, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns


Savor some unpredictability to begin NBA playoffs

Say this about the NBA playoffs: It's usually quite predictable.

April 22, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Boating license required

For years, many of the boaters that I know of have been asking for there to be a boater's license required. It looks like we finally have a license requirement in place for the upcoming year and all I'm hearing is complaints.

April 20, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Window to catch big bass closing

When I think about the month of April, I'm reminded about the first time I ever caught a bass weighing over 10 pounds.

April 13, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL still doesn’t get Vegas, even with Raiders

LAS VEGAS - Sometimes the bumbling bozos in charge of the NFL just can't help themselves.

April 13, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Youth football coaching at worst

As I was processing some Little League pictures before heading north for the pending birth of the girl's boy I was watching Friday Night Tykes, a series on Esquire Network about youth football.

April 02, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Fish may have better memory than you think

I remember reading that fish don't have much of a memory.

March 30, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


The other player in The Catch wonders about his own legacy

Everson Walls doesn't want to talk about The Catch, and not just because he wasn't the one catching the ball.

March 30, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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MANTECA TOPS NORTHGATE

Three Manteca second-inning home runs broke a close game with Northgate wide open Sunday on the way to Manteca pulling away to win the District ...

July 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Northgate boys three-peat

For the Northgate 11-12 year old all stars, the third time was a charm – just like the first and second times were.

July 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Wentworth, Manteca clobber Spreckels Park in semifinal

Manteca's Tyler Paul Wentworth led the game off with a home run and added a two-run shot in the second inning for two of ...

July 07, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Mixed results in bass tourney

A few weeks ago, I fished my first bass tournament of the year with a former student of mine who is now 26 years old.

July 07, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


SPLL staves off Manteca’s late rally

Manteca tallied seven runs in the final two innings Wednesday but that was not quite enough, as Spreckels Park held on for a 14-13 consolation ...

July 05, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


AHEAD OF THE GAME

Kylan Chandler played a part in bringing boys volleyball to the Manteca area.

July 05, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


BOMBS AWAY

Anything worth doing once is worth doing twice.

July 05, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

June 26, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


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