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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 himself.

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 record spotted bass.

March 03, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Pro boxing in Rio? A bad idea in so many ways

Not that long ago boxing was on the verge of being kicked out of the Olympics because corruption, ineptitude and head-shaking decisions had made a mockery of the sport.

February 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Don’t let boat ‘sit’ over winter

This is the time of year when the launch ramps are beginning to get crowded.

February 26, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Hamlin finally in spotlight after Daytona win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Denny Hamlin burst onto the scene a decade ago when he showed up at Daytona International Speedway as a rookie and won the first exhibition race of Speedweeks.

February 23, 2016 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns


Expect unexpected when relying on buddy to take lead

I've learned over the years to expect the unexpected when fishing with childhood friends.

February 18, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Covering the Super Bowl

They call it Super Bowl Sunday but it is more like a month-long endeavor. The entire Bay Area was affected by hosting the big event this year in many ways. The minute the 49ers lost their last game the NFL took over the stadium and began their preparations. The cities of San Francisco, Santa Clara and surrounding areas were all gearing up for the event in early January even though it was a month away. All of this pointed to Super Bowl Sunday. I for one didn't even realize the magnitude and how it is much more than a ...

February 14, 2016 | HANK VANDER VEEN | Sports Columns


Enjoy nice weather, but don’t expect it to last much longer

When I was growing up, a few houses down from us lived an older retired gentleman and his wife.

February 11, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


OSWEILER ERA?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - One of the biggest winners from the Super Bowl didn't even take a snap.

February 08, 2016 | BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer | Sports Columns


Ugly game is hopefully the last for Manning

SANTA CLARA (AP) - A sea of Denver Broncos had just chased a beleaguered Cam Newton around his own end zone one more time, and Carolina coach Ron Rivera had seen enough.

February 08, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Update on Paiute Trout

For 50 years I have been both fascinated and concerned about a beautiful and extremely rare little purple trout, the Paiute Cutthroat Trout, (Salmo Clarki Seleniris).

February 08, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


It was a ‘super’ disappointment

I try and not write in absolutes – best ever, worst ever, loudest ever, most obnoxious ever. So I will not say this was the worst Super Bowl ever, but it is easily the worst one I can remember.

February 07, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Despite controversies, NFL continues to grow under Goodell

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Roger Goodell might as well mail this one in.

February 04, 2016 | | Sports Columns


Water levels on lakes can be deceiving

Just when I was starting to imagine our lakes being full and our launch ramps being within walking - not hiking - distance from the parking lot, I read somewhere that we're not even close to filling up our local lakes.

February 04, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ken Stabler’s brain damage intrudes on Super Bowl fun

SAN FRANCISCO - For a guy who loved a good party, it's hard to imagine Ken Stabler ever thought he'd be crashing one this week.

February 04, 2016 | | 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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