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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 himself.

March 06, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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


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Late surge pushes Manteca juniors into finals

STOCKTON - Manteca scored two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to pull away from Spreckels Park for an 8-4 win in ...

July 08, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


CITY LIMITS

Garrison Reis accounted for four of his team's six hits Thursday at Bassi Field, while Blake Mejorado and Tyler Paul Wentworth combined to pitch ...

July 08, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Combining son’s love for trains with fishing

I'm sure we've all heard of the old saying, "killing two birds with one stone."

July 08, 2016 | | Sports Columns


King of the West series resumes with weekend doubleheader

HANFORD - One of the most exciting stretches of the season for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series fires off with a big ...

July 06, 2016 | By Gary Thomas | Sports Columns


THRILLING FINISH

It was one heck of a sixth inning.

July 06, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Haapanen wins flight but misses hammer finals

EUGENE, Ore. - Manteca's Amy Haapanen won the first flight, but it wasn't good enough to advance to the hammer throw finals in U ...

July 06, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Pete Rose sues former baseball investigator over rape claims

Former baseball star Pete Rose on Wednesday sued the lawyer whose investigative report got him kicked out of baseball for gambling, alleging the lawyer defamed ...

July 06, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Spreckels, Northgate in 10-11 quarters

Niko Reitz had a two-RBI double and beat the throw home on Kyle Bagley's fielder's choice to cap a six-run fifth inning Sunday ...

July 04, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Beeler wins Ron Strmiska Memorial

The grandstands were packed full on a perfect summer evening at the Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night for the Firecracker 100 program featuring the ...

July 04, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Shopping for loaded truck built to last

I've been truck shopping lately.

July 01, 2016 | | Sports Columns


LEGENDS OF THE FALL

The 2015-16 school year may be remembered as the best ever for prep sports in the Manteca area.

June 30, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


NGLL Braves force ‘if’ game in majors final

The Northgate Braves were looking for a strong pitching performance from Romeo Torres on Monday night. They got it and then some.

June 28, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Road runners & rattlesnakes

When I was about 10 years old my father took my younger brother Chris and I on an excursion to the hills South of Tracy.

June 26, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Unexpected crappie sighting leads to great day on water

Wednesday, while fishing New Melones Lake, all intentions were to go after the kokanee that were supposed to be biting.

June 24, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Major hurdle: Breaks finally fall Dustin Johnson’s way

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.

June 20, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


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