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Is Kaepernick worth the risk this year for 49ers?

It was just a few months ago - also known as forever in NFL time - that San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh stood in front of the media and proclaimed his love for Alex Smith.

December 02, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


‘Tis the season for poaching

I'm not sure the exact reason, but this is the time of year when I see the most arrests being made for poaching on the water.

November 29, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Column: The Big 3 deserve a big no in Hall vote

It could have been the greatest Hall of Fame class since Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb were installed in the very first vote back in 1936.

November 28, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Trying to control the chaos

My brother has always strictly adhered to a linear approach to life. Things will happen in a specific, organized, planned way. Naturally, he has failed miserably.

November 27, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


From writer’s block to Thanksgiving thoughts

When I first got the opportunity to write an outdoor column on a regular basis, I had two immediate thoughts: first, how lucky I was to be able to get paid to write about fishing and have it become tax deductible; and secondly how easy it would be to simply go out each week and then put something down on paper.

November 27, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors columnist | Sports Columns


Expect the unexpected

I can't remember how many times over the past year that I've emphasized being prepared for the unexpected while out fishing. The unexpected happened to me a few years ago while out on the delta. Fishing out of a relative's fairly new boat we were surprised to hear the dreaded "click, click" sound when attempting to start his boat at the end of the day. His batteries had died and we were officially stranded! This being a new boat as well as a new boat operator, his only useful device on board was his cell phone. As ...

November 22, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The typical thankful column

I've been inundated with reasons to be happy of late. Some are simple, some carry more emotional weight.

November 20, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


NFL safety not just current issue

Roger Goodell's timing seemed odd, with his Harvard School of Public Health speech on player safety coming after a week in which three starting NFL quarterbacks were knocked out of games with concussions.

November 18, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Ripon QB quietly anchored team’s incredible season

The final game was no different than the first.

November 17, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Post-Cota era promising for young Timberwolves

Jake Pruitt could barely hold back the tears.

November 16, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Go with whatever floats your boat

Often I overhear fishermen talking about the perfect boat; of course the brand of their boat is the best!

November 15, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The (Vanilla) Ice-ing on the wedding cake

Saturday, my buddy Nate got married.

November 13, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Pheasants for working stiffs

A century ago, almost all of our population was involved in agriculture. As a people, we grew up on the family farm, and were familiar with growing plants and animals for our livelihood. As we became a more urbanized society, most of our population moved to the cities and found work in factories and stores and office buildings. Our national consciousness began to change and we began to lose our connections to the rhythmic flow of nature.

November 11, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Something smells fishy? Attractants may do trick

Fish attractants have been used in some form or another for many years. I can remember there being a big interest in fish attractants in the mid-1980s, as several major tackle manufacturers added fish attractants to their product line.

November 08, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Will miss conversations with national surveyors

As an outdoors columnist I know I'm supposed to hate the election season along with all the other knuckle-dragging Neanderthals that believe as John Gierach does:

November 06, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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Manteca Red Sox overpower Northgate Giants juniors

The Manteca Little League Red Sox took advantage of six walks to put up 12 first-inning runs and never looked back in a 21-8 win ...

May 02, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Brigham Young Revolver

Over the years I have periodically reported on historic or collectors guns that have come up for auction.

May 02, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


Missed bite does not dampen day on Delta

Last week, I mentioned that I was going to be fishing for bass with a childhood friend.

April 28, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Golden One Arena will not save Kings

Life is full of regrets.

April 24, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Considering fishing guide after struggles

Several years ago when I made the decision to fish for multiple species, I didn't realize it was going to be so difficult.

April 21, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


No bites at Lake Pardee despite the low turnout

It took a little longer than I had originally planned, but I finally was able to fish Lake Pardee last weekend.

April 15, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Memories, not catches make Amador special

Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador.

April 07, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


April breeds excitement, hope for big bass catch

April is the month that I get most excited about when thinking about going fishing.

April 01, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


It’s time to enjoy wildflowers

Spring is the season of rebirth and renewal.

March 27, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for friendships

If you ask any fisherman what they like about fishing, they probably wouldn't be able to give you just one answer.

March 25, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tips for fishing against wind

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

March 18, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Tournament fishing not worth costs

It's been a few years since I stopped fishing bass tournaments.

March 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Night of losers winner for UFC

LAS VEGAS - Her face marked and still red, Holly Holm stared blankly ahead as Conor McGregor walked in, looking a lot worse for the wear ...

March 06, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Submission for record catch rejected

Several days ago I was sent a link to a video that showed two professional bass fishermen catching what seemed to be the new world ...

March 03, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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