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Sprint Car veterans shine on Central Valley tracks

A pair of Sprint Car veterans notched impressive victories this past weekend in the season opener events in Madera and Merced.

April 07, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Getting rid of gas

In high school, my buddy Lawrence and I put 85 miles on his truck driving around the biggest town on the island.

April 06, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


Why catch & release when you trout fish?

I was about 12 when I began to seriously fish for trout. Prior to that time I was simply accompanying my Dad along the stream and reeling in an occasional trout or two that he had hooked. While it was great fun splashing in the stream, picking wildflowers & harassing the frogs & tadpoles, it took awhile for me to appreciate the challenge of spotting a feeding fish, and then successfully planning & executing a successful stalk to outwit him with my hand-tied flies.

April 03, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


Smart shopping for cash-strapped anglers

It's been a while since I've purchased any new equipment.

April 01, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Your final exam is a river in Alaska

My buddy Daniel is coming up to Alaska this summer and wants to trick trout with flies, but he's never done it before.

March 30, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


WOLVES ON THE PROWL

Professional football is once again going to be a reality in Stockton.

March 25, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Walker definitely best NCAA player still chasing title

Back on March 28, 2009, Kemba Walker came into Connecticut's West Regional final against the Missouri Tigers and dropped 23 points, leading his Huskies to a thrilling 82-75 win and ushering the Huskies into that season's Final Four.

March 25, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Barometric pressure a good indicator of weather changes

Just when you think you have the weather figured out, everything changes.

March 25, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


Fishing in the ‘spring’ Alaska style

It was a lot like that Kenny Chesney song, only we weren't on stools, there were no shots, and the only reading we were doing was the river current through our warm breaths.

March 23, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Black powder is a real blast

If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try.

March 20, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


New Hogan has Ballardos coming back for more

It's been a while since I've taken my family out fishing for the day, and this past Monday seemed like the perfect time.

March 18, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Flag drops for 2011 season in the Valley

The winter doldrums are finally coming to an end for four-wheeled racing fans as the green flag is about to unfurl to start the 2011 local racing season.

March 17, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing columnist | Sports Columns


I’d go to the beach, if it weren’t frozen

My favorite t-shirt, designed by Ketchikan pun-master Ray Troll, is buried under a quarter-zip fleece and no-nonsense Marmot jacket, and my feet have been wet with sweat since Sacramento.

March 16, 2011 | By JEFF LUND | Sports Columns


NEW BATS, SAME RISKS

Just grabbing a bat and going up to the dish to take your hacks is a thing of the past.

March 15, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


A modest proposal for mountain lions

I read the other day where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has officially declared the Eastern Mountain Lion as extinct. Because they have been officially de-listed, Mountain Lions in the entire eastern seaboard are now regulated by the individual states.

March 14, 2011 | By DON MOYER | Sports Columns


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Value of life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.

July 24, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


McIlroy has lunch date with a great

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The one thing Rory McIlroy won't lack heading into this U.S. Open is advice. In the few weeks since his breakup with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, only some of it has been worth much.

June 12, 2014 | Jim Litke | Sports Columns


Team effort needed to overcome early woes

LODI - Manteca High's baseball team arrived earlier than it normally would for most games and this one ended up starting an hour later than its scheduled 6 o'clock start.

May 27, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hunter-Reay proud to be IndyCar’s American star

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Hunter-Reay was deeply disappointed when his 2012 championship was overshadowed by IndyCar politics. His breakthrough moment was largely ignored by the league as it fought with yet another CEO.

May 26, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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