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Local waters now ripe for fishing

From now until mid-May, local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.

April 26, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Manteca’s ‘Iceman’ off to hot start at Stockton 99

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season is officially under way at the Stockton 99 Speedway, and a couple of Manteca drivers are off to hot starts.

April 25, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Let pre-season porch sitting begin

My grandparents used to call it "visiting".

April 24, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Treasure maps from my Dad

As long as I can remember, I have had a fascination with maps, preferably old maps. In fact the older a map is, the more fascinating it becomes.

April 22, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Lending hand to stranded boaters

Getting stranded while on the water has to be one of my biggest fears, especially if I'm far away from a launch ramp.

April 19, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Tragedy strengthens camaraderie, resiliency of runners

When I make an online purchase to replenish leader, fly-tying materials or new fly line, I imagine rivers and forests. I'm happy.

April 17, 2013 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Dreaming big with first purchase of Power Ball ticket

Earlier in the week while I was getting my morning coffee at 7-Eleven, the cashier asked if I'd like to buy a Power Ball ticket.

April 12, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Hungry for seconds of the Truckee River

I have a terrible time resisting fish.

April 10, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Opening day tactics

Here it is in mid April and the opening day of trout season is right around the corner. You've probably read the news reports that this has been an especially dry winter. The water content of accumulated snowpack is about half of normal.

April 08, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Not leaving Alabama Rig without bite

It's been over a year now and I'm still trying to catch my first fish on an Alabama Rig. I'm sure a lot of you know by now that the Alabama Rig has become one of the hottest new baits on the market. If you don't, an Internet search will surely clue you in to its potential.

April 05, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Rising star, 99 dirt track delight at Outlaws event

The brand new dirt oval at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds drew a packed house of 10,572 ecstatic race fans to the inaugural STP World of Outlaws event on March 23.

April 04, 2013 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Firing coach not enough at Rutgers

The easy part was getting rid of Mike Rice, something Rutgers had little choice in doing once the governor of New Jersey and the king of basketball weighed in on his videotaped transgressions.

April 04, 2013 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Two states, same river, one day

One of the advantages of being unattached is the opportunity to set my own schedule. A side-effect is that I don't always plan really well, so Friday morning when I woke up and decided to go fishing, I ended up going north on highway 99 unsure of where I'd end up. The Lower Sacramento seemed logical, maybe the Upper, but I merged onto I-80 east and realized I was taking myself to the Truckee River. Cool.

April 03, 2013 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Easter’s reminder: It’s rattlesnake season

Part of the beauty of being an outdoor enthusiast is observing and participating in the eternal cycles of nature. Recently I attended Easter Sunday church services with my son, son-in-law, daughter and grandkids. As I observed my grandkids participating in the celebration of The Risen Christ, it struck me that a generation ago it had been my children who were participating as small children and that a generation before that it had been me and my brother and sister learning the eternal story. In another generation it will be my great-grandkids learning about the conquest of death.

April 02, 2013 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Lake Amador brings back fond memories

Sometimes no matter how a place may change over the years, the memories you have of it always seem to remain the same.

March 29, 2013 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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Consider safety when towing boat

Last week while driving to a favorite camping spot of mine, I got behind a boat that was being towed by a small SUV. It wouldn't have been too bad if the boat was small but it was a lot bigger than the SUV, which is very dangerous.

July 17, 2014 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Chicago crazy: $940K 2nd Amendment lesson

While most of us enjoyed the Fourth of July weekend with parades, fireworks and backyard barbeques, Chicago endured an amazing 51 shootings. At last count, America's third largest metropolitan area had a total of 12 deaths that resulted from the shootings. More are still in critical condition. Gee wouldn't it be great if Chicago could only outlaw guns so that such shootings wouldn't happen?

July 13, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


World Cup killed ‘beautiful game’

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil - Because it is turning out better than expected, the World Cup is doing more good than harm to brand Brazil. The opposite is true for Brazil's brand of football.

July 07, 2014 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


McIlroy has lunch date with a great

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - The one thing Rory McIlroy won't lack heading into this U.S. Open is advice. In the few weeks since his breakup with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, only some of it has been worth much.

June 12, 2014 | Jim Litke | Sports Columns


Team effort needed to overcome early woes

LODI - Manteca High's baseball team arrived earlier than it normally would for most games and this one ended up starting an hour later than its scheduled 6 o'clock start.

May 27, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Hunter-Reay proud to be IndyCar’s American star

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Ryan Hunter-Reay was deeply disappointed when his 2012 championship was overshadowed by IndyCar politics. His breakthrough moment was largely ignored by the league as it fought with yet another CEO.

May 26, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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