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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


With water levels rising, beware of widowmakers

I'm sure all of you are excited about the rain we've been getting this winter season.

January 22, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hard to feel sorry for Spanos and the Chargers

It's hard to feel sorry for Dean Spanos, even if he looked like someone had just kicked his dog the other day in Houston.

January 15, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Bassmasters dream dashed by Powerball

For the first time in 10 years I purchased a Powerball ticket.

January 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Bright, dark sides of Chip Kelly pick

Maybe the most dreadful part about the 49ers during the 2015 season was not that they lost so many games. It was that they were boring.

January 15, 2016 | MARK PURDY | Sports Columns


Play ball with NFL . . . or else

As the clock ticked down toward a vote, the NFL Network breathlessly reported on the long line of luxury cars idling outside a suburban Houston hotel waiting to whisk the rich and powerful back to their private jets and onto the next important task. It was not the only time Tuesday's NFL owners' meeting resembled a meeting of old-line mafia families.

January 13, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Proposal that allows college bowl system, playoffs to co-exist

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Nick Saban is concerned about the bowl system.

January 13, 2016 | | Sports Columns


You can’t beat using bear grease

If we put our minds to it, we could learn a lot from the Native Americans who preceded the white man as masters of North America. In reading about the Plains Indians who followed the bison herds it seems that the Indians utilized almost every part of the buffalo upon which they depended for their livelihood.

January 10, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Greed triggers NFL teams rush to LA

The people of St. Louis are in a tizzy, and not just because the team they lifted from Los Angeles could soon be heading back home.

January 07, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Finding beauty in storm

Several years ago, during the month of January, I was out competing in a bass tournament on Lake Camanche.

January 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


New Year’s Eve games total flop

MIAMI - The College Football Playoff is a marvelous thing.

January 02, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


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Be on the look out for duck hunters’ blinds

When I think about fishing in October, I think about great weather, great fishing and the opening of duck hunting season.

October 12, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Have GPS, map handy on 1st visit to the Delta

Navigating the Delta can be a little intimidating for someone who is not familiar with where they're going.

October 06, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Baseball without the knuckler would be a real shame

The knuckleball has always been a bit of oddball - the butt of jokes, the object of endless curiosity, a talismanic pitch understood by only a ...

October 02, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Gray donating shoes, clothes to homeless kids

Chelsea Gray was driving to lunch with a Los Angeles Sparks teammate last year when she noticed a large number of homeless children near where ...

September 29, 2017 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


A story to every bait that is no longer in use

I don't know too many anglers who aren't hoarders. I'm not any different, although I do try to donate a few items ...

September 28, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NASCAR has too many distractions amid playoffs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - It is two weeks into NASCAR's playoffs and there has been little to no talk about the actual racing.

September 26, 2017 | | Sports Columns


From start to finish, Thomas was best in golf this season

ATLANTA (AP) - Justin Thomas had an inkling back in January that this season might be something special.

September 26, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


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