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Frozen by Parkinson’s, Ali is still The Greatest

LAS VEGAS (AP) - They gathered in the bowels of the arena where most of the great fights of the last two decades have taken place, old men now all sharing one shining moment from years gone by. They had come to honor The Greatest, though whether Muhammad Ali remembered who they were or knew what it was all about was a matter of speculation that on this night would go unanswered.

February 19, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Cast caution to the wind

Wind has to be one of my least favorite conditions to fish in.

February 16, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The right thing to write about

Yakutat, Alaska's closest neighbor is a glacier the size of Rhode Island.

February 14, 2012 | | Sports Columns


In search of the perfect wading shoe

I guess for as long as there have been anglers; there have been those who simply have to wade out into the current to better catch fish.

February 12, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


What happened to Tiger on Sunday?

The pretenders were as obedient as ever and folded early, just like they always seemed to when Tiger Woods was in his prime.

February 12, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


From football to fishing, spring is fast approaching

The end of football season marks both a happy and sad time for me.

February 09, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


In sickness and in health

If you're like me, a cold messes with your head before it infects it.

February 08, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Brady will get another chance at legacy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Tom Brady was one of the last ones out of the shower, perhaps hoping some extra hot water would help take the sting out of a crushing Super Bowl loss. In a nearly deserted New England Patriots locker room, he sat, wearily pulling on his boots, the pained look on his face never changing.

February 05, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Spring is in the air

I almost hate to mention that spring is almost here, but it is!

February 02, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Of phones and Facebook

To understand fully the quandary I faced Saturday, I'll have to volunteer that the first time I remember my cell phone ringing while fishing was in 2007. I was trout fishing on the Klawock River back home, where reception is spotty at best. But the call made it through and lit up my pocket. Though I was fishing and I risked setting a precedent, I answered. After all, it was my mom and it was about dinner.

February 01, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Outdoor therapy

Over the years I've been writing this column, I often refer to the fact that just being outdoors is good therapy for me. Whenever I get wound up and agitated, an outdoor excursion seems to help relieve the tension. Although fishing is my favorite outdoor pastime, I also get peace of mind from hunting, photography, plinking tin cans or just a walk in the woods.

January 29, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Artificial baits over real fishing acumen

Several years ago in an angler's online forum, I wrote about our artificial baits becoming better than the fisherman.

January 27, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A day at the International Sportsman’s Expo

I stood for a moment atop the steps and looked down at the rows of lodges, outfitters, fly shops and other booths in the fly-fishing building at the International Sportsman's Expo in Sacramento.

January 25, 2012 | By JEFF LUND "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


After 61 years, he deserved better

Joe Paterno had barely hung up the phone when his wife of 50 years picked it up and redialed the number scrawled on the slip of paper.

January 23, 2012 | By JIM LITKE Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Concealed carry ballot measure

Every so often there is a gun control measure put on the ballot for voters to consider. Most such measures are misguided efforts to reduce violent crime. The theory behind such restrictive gun measures seems to be based on the idea that if it's harder to obtain a gun, then violent crime rates will drop. Ironically, the exact opposite has been proven true time after time.

January 23, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


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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


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