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Pistorius revolutionizes Olympic notions

LONDON (AP) - There are times when history only becomes clear with hindsight and others - rarer, more goose-bumpy - when you actually feel it being made. Oscar Pistorius revolutionizing our notions of what is possible with every clink, clink of his prosthetic legs on the London Olympic running track was one such moment.

August 05, 2012 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Usain Bolt makes Olympics golden

LONDON (AP) - It took him longer to get down on both knees and kiss the track than it did to glide over the most important 100 meters of it.

August 05, 2012 | By JIM LITKE Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


California ideal for outdoor enthusiasts

As the summer break is winding down it seems like a lot of people, including myself, are attempting to get in one last camping trip before the new school year begins.

August 02, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The rise of the Colt 1911

I just read a press release from Colt Defense LLC announcing that The United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command is placing an order with Colt for up to 12,000 Colt 1911 in 45 ACP caliber. The order will also include spares as well as logistical support.

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


Getting hooked on Kohanee

With the end to my summer break rapidly approaching; my fishing time will definitely have to be scaled back.

July 26, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Chasing deer & superstitions

The great philosopher and former regional manager Michael Scott once said, "I'm not superstitious, but I'm a little stitious"

July 24, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Penn State punishment more than fair

Banning Penn State from bowl games for four years won't bring back the innocence Jerry Sandusky took from who knows how many young boys. Taking football scholarships away and vacating wins over the past 14 years will do nothing to help them heal.

July 23, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Holmes helps McNally team earn milestone victory

Eric Holmes, driver of the No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, made history at Evergreen Speedway last Saturday by winning the NAPA AUTO PARTS "150" to give team owner Bill McAnally his 50th career win.

July 19, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Clarks Fork is a nice, affordable change of scenery

This past week I went and camped out at Clarks Fork with family and friends.

July 19, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The power of peanut butter

Last year when my buddy Abe and I drifted into the spot known as "Pineapple" by the locals, I finished off my peanut butter M&M's before sending the herring plug into the depths.

July 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Return to Trestle Creek

Over 50 years ago my brother Chris and I were playing on the huge railroad trestle that spanned the junction of two trout streams in the central Sierra Nevada.

July 15, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


The unexpected delights of summer

It has been above 60 degrees four times since I have been home.

July 10, 2012 | | Sports Columns


The move to outlaw hunting bears & bobcats with hounds

Two days before our nation's Independence Day, California's Assembly committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife, voted to outlaw the traditional hunting of bears and bobcats with hounds.

July 09, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Exorbitant fees put damper on family camping trip

I just returned from a camping trip and couldn't believe all the fees that I had to pay in order to camp a few days at the lake.

July 05, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Politeness pays off in fish

I have polite friends, and there are times I wonder what they are really thinking. If I ask say, a question about their fishing preference, the response will be polite and to the effect of, "I'm cool either way" or "sure, alright".

July 04, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


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Road runners & rattlesnakes

When I was about 10 years old my father took my younger brother Chris and I on an excursion to the hills South of Tracy.

June 26, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Unexpected crappie sighting leads to great day on water

Wednesday, while fishing New Melones Lake, all intentions were to go after the kokanee that were supposed to be biting.

June 24, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Major hurdle: Breaks finally fall Dustin Johnson’s way

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Dustin Johnson already has shown he can take a punch. He also can take a joke.

June 20, 2016 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


No denying LeBron’s greatness now

The drought is over for Cleveland, and the debate is over as well.

June 20, 2016 | TIM REYNOLDS | Sports Columns


Johnson wins one the USGA tries to take away

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) - Maybe Dustin Johnson is smarter than the average golfer after all.

June 19, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Gun case memories

I don't know if it's still the case, but when I went through junior high, boys took shop class and girls took home ...

June 19, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Fishing for elusive Wi-Fi while camping

It seems like every year it's becoming harder and harder to be without a Wi-Fi signal while out camping. It's a reminder to ...

June 17, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jimmy Sills Classic debuts at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - Following a rainout last month the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series is set to make its first visit of the season ...

June 16, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Excitement builds with late start to summer

This summer so far hasn't turned out the way I planned it several months ago.

June 10, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Springtime rattlesnakes

This is the time of year when my thoughts turn to catching rattlesnakes. Some folks think that my hobby of catching live rattlers is a ...

June 05, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


A sad day for George Foreman

They were young then and, oh, so proud. Three magnificent gladiators on a collision course with history, they fought fearlessly, battling each other on the ...

June 05, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Practice can pay off in tourneys

Competitive bass fishing, like every other sport, has its winners and losers.

June 02, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Schmidt holds off Gomes to take Classic

Roseville's Eric Schmidt took maximum advantage of a late race caution to capture an improbable victory in Saturday's Tri-Holiday Classic Pacific Challenge Series ...

May 31, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Expect heavy traffic on lakes for holiday weekend

It's the last week of school and Memorial Day weekend is also coming up, so expect the waterways to be crowded if you're ...

May 26, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


McGregor vs Mayweather, a freak show with precedent

The freak show that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are talking about will almost surely never happen, and for that anyone who would even ...

May 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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