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LUCKY DUCK

EUGENE, Ore. – In his five months as a student-athlete at Oregon, Jake McCreath has gotten used to the chaos and the frenzy that follows the football team.

January 08, 2015 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Sturgeon win the waiting game

Last Thursday, while celebrating Thanksgiving, I mentioned to a family member that I was excited about my upcoming fishing trip.

December 05, 2014 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Running backs rule VOL MVP chatter

The Valley Oak League season lived up to expectation, delivering us four worthy title contenders, and essentially two championship games on the final night.

November 11, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


New format crushes Jeff Gordon’s bid for 5th championship

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR's new championship format, lauded for creating nail-biting intensity, wild emotional swings and tension on and off of the track, has also been full of heartbreak.

November 11, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Buffs bring ‘Bacon’ out of backfield

For two years, Steven Martinez has lined up on the offensive or defensive line for the Manteca varsity football team.

November 04, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Are there double standards for Brad Keselowski?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In the closing laps at Martinsville Speedway, Jeff Gordon could see Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of him with enough time to formulate a plan on how to handle his teammate if Gordon could catch him.

November 04, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Diminutive Duxbury carries heavy load for Ripon

SALIDA - The football field at Modesto Christian on Friday night was covered with players that fit the "big, strong and physical" mold.

October 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Be wary of duck hunters on Delta

Watch out for the duck hunters, as duck hunting season has begun.

October 24, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Sierra’s Rosendin named VOL’s Model Coach of the Year

Sierra cross country coach Mike Rosendin has been named the Valley Oak League Model Coach of the Year for 2014-15.

October 24, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Gray visits Brock Elliot this Friday

It's been nearly a decade since she's stepped foot on this wind-swept campus, but Chelsea Gray can remember her time inside these brick-facade buildings with vivid clarity.

October 22, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


East Union part of ‘discussion’ despite injuries

East Union has won three games for the first time under fourth-year football coach Willie Herrera.

October 21, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


NFL experience saves day for MHS

SANTA CLARA - Neil MacDannald traced his way through the belly of Levi's Stadium, distancing himself from a 42-21 loss to a bitter rival.

October 13, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Following advice from Fisherman’s Warehouse

Every once in a while even I get confused as to where I should go fishing.

October 09, 2014 | | Sports Columns


Dust settles from ‘epic’ VOL opener

It's being billed as an "epic" football game, an "instant classic" between two perennial powers.

September 30, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Mountain lions: The tan ghosts

Several decades ago I was hunting bears in the Sierra. It was dusk and I walked down a dusty dirt road looking for bear tracks. After about an hour, I turned around and began walking back to my camp. Looking at my tracks in the dusty road, I discovered mountain lion tracks right over the top of my footprints! A lion had tracked me for over two miles. I had no clue he was there. I guarantee you that will make the hair on your neck stand up! Mountain lions are like tan ghosts, you never see them until its ...

September 21, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


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Mayweather-McGregor is a stale act already

LAS VEGAS (AP) - There's a reason tons of good seats remain for what was supposed to be the year's hottest ticket.

August 01, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


NCAA joins other sports in keeping eye on clock

Give us action, and make it fast. The lords of sports know how Americans like their games.

August 01, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


NHRA series heats up in Sonoma

SONOMA - The latest weather forecast may call for continued 100-degree days in the foreseeable future, but there will be plenty of thunder and lightning in ...

July 28, 2017 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


DREAMING BIG

Michael Wietecha has turned the darkest moments of his past into a bright future.

July 28, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


GIRL POWER

MODESTO - Jalyssa Cornell has been penalized for overpowering her opponents in the past.

July 27, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


No fish caught, but good time out

I'm not much of a planner, so when I decided to take my family out fishing halfway through the day, I accepted that fishing ...

July 27, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


RIPON RULES POOL

MODESTO - Twelve meet records fell, and the Ripon Sea Lions capped off its banner season in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships held Saturday at Downey ...

July 24, 2017 | | Sports Columns


COUGARS IN TRACY?

On Friday July 21, the Tracy Press ran an article reporting several reported possible sightings of a cougar in the north part of Tracy.

July 23, 2017 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


MORE ROOM TO ROAM

Cortez Martial Arts Academy has a new home.

July 21, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns


Pro-ready Brooks, 14, wins prestigious AMA award

Hunter Brooks is ready to turn pro.

July 21, 2017 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Protect yourself from sunrays, heat

Fishing in the heat of the summer is something I rarely do anymore.

July 21, 2017 | | Sports Columns


END OF THE ROAD

TURLOCK - Manteca got punched in the mouth in the first inning – hard – but clawed its way back to tie the game in the fourth, only ...

July 20, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Travel ball is doing more harm than good

"To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose."

July 18, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


GOING DOWN SWINGING

STOCKTON - Linden took advantage of 10 walks issued by Northgate with two hit batters and five errors and put up just seven hits in defeating ...

July 17, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Fish or no fish, Mantecans return from Alaska with fond memories

There is nothing new under the sun.

July 17, 2017 | JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


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