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Column: Chase isn’t always fair, that doesn’t make it bad

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - When William Byron's engine exploded less than 10 laps away from his seventh win of the season, his chance to race for the Truck Series championship blew up in a puff of white smoke.

November 15, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Time for sports to bring us together

We're a nation bitterly divided.

November 13, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Delta provides great oportunities in fall

If you would have asked me years ago what time of the year was my favorite time to fish, I would have said the spring.

November 10, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jr. T’Wolves JV mauls Cougars

Luke Weaver shredded the Tracy Cougars defense for three touchdowns and ran for another on Saturday to lead the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity to a 42-8 win in opening-round Delta Youth Football League playoff action at Kimball High's Don Nicholson Stadium in Tracy.

November 07, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


If Harvick wins Phoenix, leaves 1 spot left in Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Only an amateur would fill out a Chase for the Sprint Cup championship bracket and not mark Kevin Harvick down for a win at Phoenix.

November 07, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Buying the first gun

It was May of 1960, on my 12th birthday, that I got my first gun. It was a Winchester Model 69a which was a bolt action rifle that had a walnut stock, a 5 shot clip and iron sights. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

November 07, 2016 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns


Youth football a defining issue; no easy answers

Kevin Turner started playing football when he was 5. If his father had it to do over again, he might've insisted that his son wait a few years before taking up the game he loved so much, the game that that would eventually turn his brain to mush and snuff out his life far too soon.

November 07, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


33rd Tribute to Gary Patterson at Stockton Dirt Track

STOCKTON - The Northern California Sprint Car season comes to a close in a big way next week with the Stockton Dirt Track playing host to the two-night Tribute to Gary Patterson weekend starting tonight.

November 03, 2016 | GARY THOMAS | Sports Columns


Sponsorships have perks, but nothing is for free

I was recently asked about sponsorships.

November 03, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


With help from above, Cubs finally win a title

The fleeting storm along Lake Erie couldn't have come at a better time for the Chicago Cubs.

November 03, 2016 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Cowboys crush Redskins in DYSA playoff opener

The Manteca Cowboys varsity handled the Patterson Redskins 38-6 Saturday in opening-round DYSA action at Dino Cunial Field.

November 01, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Buff freshmen roll to VOL win

Manteca racked up 340 yards on Thursday and outscored host Oakdale 14-0 in the final period to defeat the Mustangs 36-20 in freshman football action at The Corral.

October 31, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Will Cubs fans cry, ‘If we lose, it’s rigged’?

CHICAGO (AP) - The T-shirt in the window of a shop on Damen Avenue elicited plenty of nervous laughs from Cubs fans before Game 4.

October 31, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


Local lakes undergoing turnover

For those of us who have been fishing a while, I'm sure we've all heard the term "turnover" used.

October 28, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Jr. Spartans JV wins on 2-point conversion

Jeremiah Green's conversion run proved to be the difference Saturday for the Lathrop Jr. Spartans junior varsity in a 13-12 win over the North Stockton Bengals in Delta Youth Football action at Lathrop High School's Bennie Gatto Field.

October 25, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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Mayweather in search of attention, not a fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants attention more than he wants a fight.

January 13, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Predicting weather is like predicting fish

It's hard to believe that this time last year many of us were hoping that we would have enough rain to finally end the ...

January 13, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Spieth set high expectations for youth around him

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) - Jordan Spieth made it tough on everyone in his age group, including Justin Thomas.

January 09, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Amid abuses, sometimes colleges get it right

TAMPA, Fla - Deshaun Watson wanted to be first.

January 08, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Here we go again: All 4 NFL divisional games are rematches

There will be a familiar feel to the NFL playoffs next weekend: Every divisional-round game will be a rematch from the regular season, the first ...

January 08, 2017 | HOWARD FENDRICH | Sports Columns


Towing trailers takes practice

One of the most helpless feelings I've ever had was while sitting in a vehicle that had gone out of control.

January 05, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


NFL Clash: Should he stay or should he go in 7 cities

Should he stay or should he go?

December 29, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Bigger stakes produced better games in ‘16

Don't you love it when the game lives up to the hype?

December 29, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Big-time college sports keeps falling on its face

Grayson Allen sure picked a lousy week to take college sports on a bad trip down memory lane.

December 26, 2016 | JIM LITKE | Sports Columns


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