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Scott Speed wins Rallycross Supercar title

It was a perfect ending to a near perfect season for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team as drivers Tanner Foust took the race victory while Manteca native Scott Speed locked up his third consecutive Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercar championship at the season finale in Los Angeles on Saturday.

October 15, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


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 few.

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 she was going to eat.

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 every once in a while, especially when I come across a young angler who is "hooked," as the say.

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


Memory of boat that I should not have sold

If you were to ask my dad about the best car he ever had, he would mention the corvette he owned back in the 60s.

September 21, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


IndyCar needs to push Newgarden as its new star

SONOMA (AP) - It has been five years since IndyCar last had an American champion as the face of the series. This time, the series is far better positioned to properly wield its newest asset.

September 18, 2017 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Newgarden takes IndyCar 2017 title with 2nd at Sonoma

SONOMA - Team Penske turned in yet another dominant performance at Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, the season finale for the IndyCar Series, as Simon Pagenaud won the race and Josef Newgarden captured the 2017 championship with his second place finish.

September 17, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


The big bang guns

Like anything else, people sometimes get carried away with their hobbies, one of which is gun collecting. You can collect guns that are rare, historical, or unusual in design, or perhaps was owned by a celebrity like Elvis, or John Wayne.

September 17, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Shankel wins Late Model 99 title

STOCKTON - The Stockton 99 Speedway closed out its 2017 regular season by crowning four track champions on Saturday night

September 17, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


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 Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway.

September 15, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


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Chargers novice win DYFL finale

The Manteca Chargers novice wrapped up the Delta Youth Football League regular season Saturday with a 26-13 win over the Dublin Fighting Irish and will ...

October 31, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Ripon graduate named Big 8’s top scholar-athlete

MODESTO - Modesto Junior College men's golfer Nick Sharp is the Big 8 Conference's selection for the California Community College Athletic Association Male Scholar-Athlete ...

October 24, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Fall trout tactics

Now that fall is here and there is a definite chill to the night air, its time to think about Fall trout tactics. Fish often ...

October 22, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Of mice and bass; no fan of rodents

I don't know about you but I can't stand rats, mice any other type of rodent.

October 19, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL still riding high, despite issues

The narratives themselves are easy enough to craft. Anyone searching for signs the NFL is in trouble doesn't need to look far to document ...

October 17, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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