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Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed.

February 26, 2017 | | Sports Columns


There is to being a pro angler than catching fish

Like a lot of anglers, I've been restricted to staying home and waiting for the rain to subside.

February 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed.

February 23, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


West Coast Swing whets appetite for Augusta

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The refrain is becoming a tradition unlike any other, especially after a West Coast Swing like this one.

February 20, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Big punching Wilder believes he can save heavyweights

Deontay Wilder was in the Super Bowl media center in Houston a few days before the game when a somewhat familiar face walked by.

February 20, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Gonzaga provides new college hoops story line for fans

Unbeaten Gonzaga is giving college basketball fans something to talk about besides the usual story lines.

February 19, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Knowledge is power, but luck is underrated

I'm beginning to see an increase boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.

February 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Loria tries to finish great con in South Florida

The great con in South Florida could be nearing its payoff.

February 12, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Blossoming trees are good indicator that spring is near

There's a tree in my neighborhood that's been my springtime indicator for past 20 years.

February 03, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


A preview of things to expect during Super Bowl week

There have been 50 of these already, making this Super Bowl LI in the roman numerals the NFL uses to make sure no one forgets just how important the game really is.

January 30, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


For EU’s Daube, Hoops for Cure was personal

Saturday night was the seventh annual Hoops for the Cure Classic between Ripon and East Union, a fund raiser for cancer. For Lancers senior Ruby Daube, it was personal.

January 30, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Concealed carry reciprocity

With the election of Donald Trump as our president, gun rights advocates are getting all fired up at the possibility of a national concealed carry reciprocity bill. Carrying a concealed weapon has long been regulated by the individual states. In New York or Illinois, it is almost impossible to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, while in Arizona every citizen has the right to carry concealed. Most of the other states fall somewhere in between. Utah, Idaho, and Florida issue fairly large numbers of concealed carry permits. California issues concealed carry permits at the discretion of the local ...

January 29, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


As Falcons head to Super Bowl, remember Smith

ATLANTA - Mike Smith never made it to the Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons.

January 29, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Be on the lookout for trout plants on lakes

If you've never witnessed a lake being planted with trout, it's definitely a sight to see.

January 27, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Brotherhood only gets you so far against Tom Brady

The brotherhood did its job methodically, pleasing Atlanta owner Arthur Blank so much that he was last seen dancing into the night on the victory podium.

January 23, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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Spreckels Park falls in Juniors section opener

TRACY – Spreckels Park dropped the opener of the Section 6 Juniors All-Star Tournament to Delta of Stockton 8-1 at Tracy Ball Park on Sunday.

July 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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


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