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There is to being a pro angler than catching fish

Like a lot of anglers, I've been restricted to staying home and waiting for the rain to subside.

February 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed.

February 23, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


West Coast Swing whets appetite for Augusta

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The refrain is becoming a tradition unlike any other, especially after a West Coast Swing like this one.

February 20, 2017 | DOUG FERGUSON | Sports Columns


Big punching Wilder believes he can save heavyweights

Deontay Wilder was in the Super Bowl media center in Houston a few days before the game when a somewhat familiar face walked by.

February 20, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Gonzaga provides new college hoops story line for fans

Unbeaten Gonzaga is giving college basketball fans something to talk about besides the usual story lines.

February 19, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Knowledge is power, but luck is underrated

I'm beginning to see an increase boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.

February 17, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Loria tries to finish great con in South Florida

The great con in South Florida could be nearing its payoff.

February 12, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Blossoming trees are good indicator that spring is near

There's a tree in my neighborhood that's been my springtime indicator for past 20 years.

February 03, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


A preview of things to expect during Super Bowl week

There have been 50 of these already, making this Super Bowl LI in the roman numerals the NFL uses to make sure no one forgets just how important the game really is.

January 30, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


For EU’s Daube, Hoops for Cure was personal

Saturday night was the seventh annual Hoops for the Cure Classic between Ripon and East Union, a fund raiser for cancer. For Lancers senior Ruby Daube, it was personal.

January 30, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Concealed carry reciprocity

With the election of Donald Trump as our president, gun rights advocates are getting all fired up at the possibility of a national concealed carry reciprocity bill. Carrying a concealed weapon has long been regulated by the individual states. In New York or Illinois, it is almost impossible to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, while in Arizona every citizen has the right to carry concealed. Most of the other states fall somewhere in between. Utah, Idaho, and Florida issue fairly large numbers of concealed carry permits. California issues concealed carry permits at the discretion of the local ...

January 29, 2017 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


As Falcons head to Super Bowl, remember Smith

ATLANTA - Mike Smith never made it to the Super Bowl with the Atlanta Falcons.

January 29, 2017 | PAUL NEWBERRY | Sports Columns


Be on the lookout for trout plants on lakes

If you've never witnessed a lake being planted with trout, it's definitely a sight to see.

January 27, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Brotherhood only gets you so far against Tom Brady

The brotherhood did its job methodically, pleasing Atlanta owner Arthur Blank so much that he was last seen dancing into the night on the victory podium.

January 23, 2017 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


With truck back home, it’s time to head back out on fuller lakes

It has been a while since I've been so excited to go fishing.

January 19, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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Shankel wins Late Model 99 title

STOCKTON - The Stockton 99 Speedway closed out its 2017 regular season by crowning four track champions on Saturday night

September 17, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Seek out the spots that look unappealing

I often see fishermen point at an area or spot and say "It looks good over there!"

September 15, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Chase for IndyCar Series title ends at Sonoma Raceway

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season reaches its conclusion this weekend with its annual trek to the wine country for the GoPro Grand Prix of ...

September 15, 2017 | DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Hanging out with other anglers ‘cool’ with me

When I was growing up it wasn't "cool" to be known as the kid who liked to go fishing.

September 08, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Ripon’s McCreath earns weekly NEC awards for CCSU

Former Ripon High volleyball star Samantha McCreath is making an immediate impact in her first year at NCAA Division I Central Connecticut State.

September 06, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Don’t forget life jackets during holiday weekend

Labor Day weekend is an exciting time for most anglers.

September 01, 2017 | | Sports Columns


Stampede hands Jr. Buffaloes loss

Francisco Ramirez had 31 rushing yards and four tackles for the Manteca Jr. Buffaloes in a 50-0 Cen-Cal loss to the Oakdale Stampede on Saturday ...

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Ripon Knights tame Denair Lions in TVL play

DENAIR – Jace Beidleman threw for three touchdowns and ran for one more to lead the Ripon Knights junior varsity to a 30-6 Trans-Valley Youth Football ...

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Jr. Timberwolves cruise past Jr. Warriors

GALT – Marcelo Morales got three quick scores for the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves varsity Saturday in a 38-6 win over the host Galt Jr. Warriors in ...

August 29, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


GOING THE DISTANCE

When Ray Gonzalez opened a gym in Lathrop to provide CrossFit training and power lifting to people in the South County, he knew he wanted ...

August 29, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


‘That’s football’? No wonder why numbers are dropping

As a sports reporter, I see a lot, both good and bad. There are people who will say, "I have seen it all now," but ...

August 28, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Would like to see kids get hooked on fishing

While driving home from Sacramento earlier in the week, my son reminded me of two of my favorite activities that fewer of our youth are ...

August 24, 2017 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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