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Cheaper, 12-month fishing licenses could help get kids outside

For many of our local children, today is last day of school.

May 26, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NBA short on drama, but long on conspiracy theories

Did you know NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so worried about the league's TV ratings that he rang up LeBron James and told him to take it easy on the Celtics?

May 23, 2017 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Bischofberger, Guibor post late model wins

STOCKTON - A controversial late race ruling by track officials propelled Tracy's Jeff Bischofberger to an upset victory in Saturday's opening round of the annual Tri-Holiday Classic for the Pacific Challenge Series (PCS) Late Models at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

May 22, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Watch out for boaters under the influence

The weather finally seems like it's going to be more like the month of May that I'm used to.

May 19, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Fish not biting? Make sure bait is in the water

It's funny how us fathers end up repeating the same words of advice that our fathers imparted to us as children.

May 12, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Coryn heads home for Tour of California

American cyclist Coryn Rivera long ago established her credentials on home soil, winning so many national championships in so many disciplines that she sometimes lost track of the total.

May 11, 2017 | DAVE SKRETTA | Sports Columns


Fish ripe for the taking on local waters

From now until the end of May, our local fishing is at its best, if you ask me.

May 04, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Aaron Judge transforms batting practice in Bronx

Aaron Judge has transformed batting practice in the Bronx.

May 02, 2017 | RONALD BLUM | Sports Columns


Isabel’s Vintage Café in Ripon offers discounts to CCW holders

About a year and a half ago I wrote a column about a growing trend among restaurant owners around the country to offer a discount to customers who have a concealed carry permit. In many cases, the restaurant owners got tired of being robbed at gunpoint and found that when good people with concealed carry permits frequent their establishment's violent crimes dropped dramatically.

April 30, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Remember when people said boxing was dead?

Madison Square Garden was filled with 20,000 boxing fans last month, and they were treated to Gennady Golovkin, Danny Jacobs and a spectacular night of fights.

April 24, 2017 | | Sports Columns


EU, Manteca, RC athletes receive CSEA scholarships

Several local student athletes were announced Friday as recipients of the A. Dale Lacky / California School Employees Association scholarship award winners.

April 22, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Sports Columns


Savor some unpredictability to begin NBA playoffs

Say this about the NBA playoffs: It's usually quite predictable.

April 22, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Boating license required

For years, many of the boaters that I know of have been asking for there to be a boater's license required. It looks like we finally have a license requirement in place for the upcoming year and all I'm hearing is complaints.

April 20, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Window to catch big bass closing

When I think about the month of April, I'm reminded about the first time I ever caught a bass weighing over 10 pounds.

April 13, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL still doesn’t get Vegas, even with Raiders

LAS VEGAS - Sometimes the bumbling bozos in charge of the NFL just can't help themselves.

April 13, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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STRONG-ARM TACTICS

It is not often that an outfielder guns down a runner at first base, but when it happens twice in three outs, that is something ...

June 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Dale Jr. farewell tour begins, but it isn’t goodbye

SONOMA (AP) - Dale Earnhardt Jr. had just completed a satisfying sixth-place finish at Sonoma Raceway when he was stopped by the Fox Sports cameras in ...

June 26, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


NORTHGATE DOWNS MANTECA

Pitching was tough to come by Saturday for both Northgate and Manteca on Sunday as the two teams combined for 27 walks in a 21-11 ...

June 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


SWEET WIN FOR SPRECKELS

TRACY – With Alex Gatty on third Kyle Bagley dropped down a bunt Saturday and Gatty came home on the throw to first for the walk-off ...

June 26, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Take it easy on volunteer umpires

These truly are the dog days of summer.

June 23, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


CROSSTOWN SHOWDOWN

TRACY - Carson Sanders got to have a say in the ending of the game after all.

June 23, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


DUARTE DEALS

TRACY - Sante Duarte was in the zone Thursday.

June 23, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Allmendinger, Dale Jr. part of Toyota/Save Mart 350 field

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to the wine country in Sonoma for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 this weekend.

June 22, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Weather does not deter the obsessed fisherman

As I was pulling my boat out of the water on Thursday, I saw a young boy riding his bike, steering with one hand, while ...

June 22, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


HOT BATS

TRACY - It was hard to tell which was hotter Wednesday, the scorching San Joaquin Valley sun or the smoking Manteca Giants bats.

June 21, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


GIANTS OUTSLUG DODGERS

TRACY - Seth Dunn led a 16-hit parade for the Lathrop Giants on Monday, going 4 for 4 with a triple and five RBI as they ...

June 20, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Koepka’s trip around the world leads to major title at home

ERIN, Wis. (AP) - Before their names shared space on the silver U.S. Open trophy, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth were together in a less ...

June 20, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Rattler precautions for this summer

From every indication, this summer will be a bad one for rattlesnake encounters. While we got the rain we prayed for, we also got a ...

June 18, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


TIGERS SURVIVE SCARE

STOCKTON - Spreckels Park pitcher Mikey Elder found the remedy for his team's error bug - strikeouts.

June 16, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Mayweather-McGregor should be fun up to opening bell

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The real fun will come before the fight, and what a spectacle it should be. Put Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor ...

June 16, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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