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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


Thursday Night Football on CBS, NBC

"Thursday Night Football" will bounce around among CBS, NBC and NFL Network next season, and league executives are confident fans will find the games just fine.

February 02, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Super Bowl, football & immature celebrations

Well, the Super Bowl will be upon us soon.

January 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Norman Clyde, Dad, & the Dead General

Norman Clyde was possibly the finest mountaineer in the history of the Western Hemisphere.

January 31, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Super Bowl matchip masks an ugly year on field in the NFL

A certain Hall of Fame quarterback in what will likely be his final game. A superstar in waiting on the big stage for the first time.

January 31, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Don’t let gloomy weather fool you

A lot of anglers are waiting in anticipation for the weather to clear up before they go fishing.

January 29, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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Seek out the spots that look unappealing

I often see fishermen point at an area or spot and say "It looks good over there!"

September 15, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Chase for IndyCar Series title ends at Sonoma Raceway

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season reaches its conclusion this weekend with its annual trek to the wine country for the GoPro Grand Prix of ...

September 15, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Hanging out with other anglers ‘cool’ with me

When I was growing up it wasn't "cool" to be known as the kid who liked to go fishing.

September 08, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ripon’s McCreath earns weekly NEC awards for CCSU

Former Ripon High volleyball star Samantha McCreath is making an immediate impact in her first year at NCAA Division I Central Connecticut State.

September 06, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Don’t forget life jackets during holiday weekend

Labor Day weekend is an exciting time for most anglers.

September 01, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Stampede hands Jr. Buffaloes loss

Francisco Ramirez had 31 rushing yards and four tackles for the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes in a 50-0 Cen-Cal loss to the Oakdale Stampede on Saturday ...

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Ripon Knights tame Denair Lions in TVL play

DENAIR – Jace Beidleman threw for three touchdowns and ran for one more to lead the Ripon Knights junior varsity to a 30-6 Trans-Valley Youth Football ...

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Jr. Timberwolves cruise past Jr. Warriors

GALT – Marcelo Morales got three quick scores for the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity Saturday in a 38-6 win over the host Galt Jr. Warriors in ...

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

When Ray Gonzalez opened a gym in Lathrop to provide CrossFit training and power lifting to people in the South County, he knew he wanted ...

August 29, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


‘That’s football’? No wonder why numbers are dropping

As a sports reporter, I see a lot, both good and bad. There are people who will say, "I have seen it all now," but ...

August 28, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Would like to see kids get hooked on fishing

While driving home from Sacramento earlier in the week, my son reminded me of two of my favorite activities that fewer of our youth are ...

August 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


ON A RAMPAGE

The Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity came out of the gates with a bang in their first game in Northern California Youth Football and Cheer with ...

August 22, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Cowboys corral Outlaws in CYF season opener

Jacorey Franklin and Everett Sangalang scored three touchdowns apiece Saturday to lead the Manteca Cowboys varsity to a 57-0 thumping of the Central Valley Outlaws ...

August 22, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Wilber’s late pick seals Knights’ JV win over Hilmar

Owen Wilber intercepted a Hilmar Packer pass at his own 1-yard line with 25 seconds remaining Saturday to seal a 12-6 win for the Ripon ...

August 22, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


NASCAR needs to speak up amid US turmoil

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Fans turn to sports for entertainment, a respite from the stress of the real world. They say they don't want ...

August 22, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


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