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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 economics.

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 me of just how much technology is becoming part of my life.

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 to the Stockton Dirt Track for the inaugural running of the Jimmy Sills Classic, as part of the San Joaquin County Fair this Saturday.

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 poco loco, and who knows? Maybe they're right.

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 biggest stages and in the oddest places.

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 Late Model feature at the Stockton 99 Speedway.

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 planning on heading out.

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 consider opening their wallet to pay for it should be grateful.

May 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


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NFL threatens to suspend 4 players

The NFL is still seeking an audience with the four linebackers it's investigating for an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs.

August 15, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


Philpott wins in season debut

Although he was making his first start of the season, Tracy's Justin Philpott showed no signs of rust as he blazed to a win ...

August 14, 2016 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


TALL TASK

LATHROP - Few people get to live their dream, but everything comes at a price.

August 11, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Coalition aims to preserve local fisheries

There's an automated letter online at www.water4fish.org/savebass, rejecting the proposed bag limit because it will surely have an adverse effect on ...

August 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Warriors, Cavaliers to clash on Christmas

Kevin Durant will return to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11 and join the Golden State Warriors for an NBA Finals rematch at Cleveland on Christmas.

August 11, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


LeBron James has agreed to 3-year deal with Cavs

LeBron James is going to hang around home for a while.

August 11, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


COMING & GOING

Adrienne Beltrami would have been more than happy to spend the rest of her coaching career with Ripon High, but she could not pass up ...

August 11, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Cancelled HOF Game takes auditions from Colts, Packers

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will issue refunds to ticket buyers who went home from the NFL's annual preseason kickoff without having watched ...

August 08, 2016 | The Associated Press | Sports Columns


It’s called fishing for a reason

Many assume that I'm always catching fish. Even today, after years of experience, I still have days when I don't catch anything.

August 04, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


‘The Beast’ wins Golden Gloves Jr Nationals belt

Vincent Avina isn't as active as he wants to be in the ring, but "The Beast" makes it count when he does step into ...

August 04, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Beating the heat is being smart

Gone are the days when I used to fish through the summer heat.

July 29, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


INDIAN SUMMER

First-year head coach Chris Musseman is putting his own stamp on Ripon's football program.

July 28, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Motivated Weston Ranch shines in offseason competitions

Seth Davis is reminded of a painful end to the 2015 season every morning when he goes on his run.

July 27, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


LATHROP RAISES EXPECTATIONS

Joe Pirillo needed just one season to change the culture of Lathrop High's football team.

July 27, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


HIGH-WATER MARK

TURLOCK - Paced by its some of its youngest members, the Ripon Sea Lions captured the boys title in the Mid-Valley Swim League Championships held at ...

July 26, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


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