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LAST CHANCE

LATHROP — It’s now or never for Alex Garcia, a wrestler with a rich bloodline and one glaring omission on an otherwise sparkling resume.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 12:57 a.m. | | LAST CHANCE Comments 0 Comments

Reindel grows up fast competing with the big boys

Help wanted: East Union seeking suitable training partners for blossoming 220-pound wrestler.

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Patterson pounds Weston Ranch

PATTERSON — Patterson head coach Elizabeth Tolleson burned two timeouts in the first three-plus minutes of the fourth quarter to give her overtaxed players a breather.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 12:53 a.m. | | Patterson pounds Weston Ranch Comments 0 Comments

Ripon Christian’s balanced attack too much for Millennium in D-V

RIPON — The Ripon Christian girls basketball team turned up the intensity against Millennium of Tracy in second-round action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V on Thursday.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 1:00 a.m. | | Ripon Christian’s balanced attack too much for Millennium in D-V Comments 0 Comments

Earthquakes set to open new MLS stadium

SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose Earthquakes finally have a place to call home.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 11:14 p.m. | | Earthquakes set to open new MLS stadium Comments 0 Comments

Rousey, Zingano take center stage for UFC 184

LOS ANGELES (AP) — By many measures, a historic event will happen when Ronda Rousey steps into the octagon with Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184 on Saturday night.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 11:10 p.m. | | Rousey, Zingano take center stage for UFC 184 Comments 0 Comments

No word on possible MLB discipline for Hamilton

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was on the minds of his teammates Thursday, a day after he was in New York to meet with Major League Baseball officials about an unspecified disciplinary issue.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 11:18 p.m. | | No word on possible MLB discipline for Hamilton Comments 0 Comments

A’s begin baseball’s mandatory domestic violence training

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Reliever Dan Otero spoke up, as did many others, with a question on the topic of domestic violence that has been at the forefront of professional sports following the NFL’s recent troubles.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 11:18 p.m. | | A’s begin baseball’s mandatory domestic violence training Comments 0 Comments

MUST all-star game retuns

The Maryann Wallace Pangburn 7/8 Grade All-Star Classic will return to Sierra High this Saturday after a one-year hiatus.

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Posted: feb. 27, 2015 12:53 a.m. | | MUST all-star game retuns Comments 0 Comments

Casilla hit on shin during batting practice

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla was hit on his left shin by a batted ball and left for X-rays during a spring training workout Thursday.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 11:18 p.m. | | Casilla hit on shin during batting practice Comments 0 Comments

Glendening scores winner in Red Wings’ win over Sharks

SAN JOSE (AP) — Luke Glendening scored with 1:15 remaining, completing a comeback victory for the Detroit Red Wings, who beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 11:14 p.m. | | Glendening scores winner in Red Wings’ win over Sharks Comments 0 Comments

Herman survives windy day; McIlroy stumbles at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy’s first shot was a 2-iron out of play.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 11:11 p.m. | | Herman survives windy day; McIlroy stumbles at Honda Classic Comments 0 Comments

Sierra overcomes illness, pesky Fairfield in first-round victory

When one of your best players is sick, gets in foul trouble and is double-teamed all night that could be trouble.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:31 a.m. | | Sierra overcomes illness, pesky Fairfield in first-round victory Comments 0 Comments

CLOSE CALL

Tyler Graves-Kelso threw his body into the stands, his hands into the passing lanes, and more importantly, he threw a perfect strike to Marcus Montano with the game on the line.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:32 a.m. | | CLOSE CALL Comments 0 Comments

Big-game experience lifts Weston Ranch

CERES  — Young, yes, but these Cougars from Weston Ranch are far from inexperienced.

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Semien in the mix for A’s shortstop job

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — In the last year, the Oakland Athletics traded away two of their top shortstop prospects, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 9:04 p.m. | | Semien in the mix for A’s shortstop job  Comments 0 Comments

McIlroy looking to keep momentum to the Masters

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Fans stood three-deep and formed a corridor from the 18th green at PGA National as they tried to get an autograph, a picture or even a close look at Rory McIlroy. Moments later, another group of fans pressed against him with souvenir flags to sign as McIlroy left a conference room.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 8:56 p.m. | | McIlroy looking to keep momentum to the Masters Comments 0 Comments

Undersized Ripon comes up short vs. Marysville

Erik Scheive found space at the back-door, finishing a third-quarter lob with authority.

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Posted: feb. 26, 2015 12:36 a.m. | | Undersized Ripon comes up short vs. Marysville Comments 0 Comments

Ortiz on pace-of-play fines: ‘I might run out of money’

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz has a deliberate routine at the plate.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 8:57 p.m. | | Ortiz on pace-of-play fines: ‘I might run out of money’ Comments 0 Comments

LA celebrates stadium deal, awaits NFL

INGLEWOOD (AP) — The Inglewood City Council unanimously approved a $2 billion stadium plan backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke that clears a path for the NFL to return to the Los Angeles area for the first time in two decades.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 8:56 p.m. | | LA celebrates stadium deal, awaits NFL Comments 0 Comments

Latest injury to Rose hits Chicago Bulls hard

CHICAGO (AP) — The news that Derrick Rose will have knee surgery again hit the Chicago Bulls and their fans hard and left them in a familiar spot — trying to get by without their star point guard.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 8:55 p.m. | | Latest injury to Rose hits Chicago Bulls hard Comments 0 Comments

Mavs suspend Rondo for game after exchange with Carlisle

ATLANTA (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks suspended Rajon Rondo for their game Wednesday night in Atlanta for conduct detrimental to the team, a day after the point guard had a heated exchange on the court with coach Rick Carlisle and was benched.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 8:55 p.m. | | Mavs suspend Rondo for game after exchange with Carlisle Comments 0 Comments

MOVING ON

STOCKTON — Rosemont stifled Weston Ranch’s guards early and fully controlled the tempo in Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III opener.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:02 a.m. | | MOVING ON Comments 0 Comments

Placer withstands East Union

AUBURN — Olivia Vezaldenos gave East Union High its first lead of Tuesday’s Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoff basketball game by draining a 3-pointer with 56 seconds to play in the opening half.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:07 a.m. | | Placer withstands East Union Comments 0 Comments

Multi-sport star finds his groove on hardwood


Marcus Montano has scored bending free kicks at the final whistle to win soccer games.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 12:59 a.m. | | Multi-sport star finds his groove on hardwood Comments 0 Comments

Ripon off target against No. 3 West Campus

Inconsistency on offense has plagued Ripon all season, and the 14th-seeded Indians battled through the shooting yips once again in their Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV opener at No. 3 West Campus.

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Posted: feb. 25, 2015 1:05 a.m. | | Ripon off target against No. 3 West Campus Comments 0 Comments

Moncada underscores Red Sox commitment

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are all in on Cuba, with their pursuit of acclaimed prospect Yoan Moncada the latest example.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:09 p.m. | | Moncada underscores Red Sox commitment Comments 0 Comments

Redskins: Canceling trademark violates free-speech rights

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A federal government decision to cancel the Washington Redskins’ trademark because it may be disparaging infringes on free-speech rights and unfairly singles the team out, lawyers argued in court papers filed Monday.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:01 p.m. | | Redskins: Canceling trademark violates free-speech rights Comments 0 Comments

Giants have high expectations of new-look, healthy outfield

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nori Aoki has reconsidered his original plan to wrestle big ace Madison Bumgarner.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:03 p.m. | | Giants have high expectations of new-look, healthy outfield Comments 0 Comments

Congress writes Goodell about domestic violence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of Congress have asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to clarify whether teams can lose draft picks if they do not properly address domestic violence.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:09 p.m. | | Congress writes Goodell about domestic violence Comments 0 Comments

A-Rod hugs and works out with Headley

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez started his second day of workouts at the New York Yankees’ minor league complex by hugging Chase Headley, the player signed to replace him at third base.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:02 p.m. | | A-Rod hugs and works out with Headley Comments 0 Comments

California bill would ban chewing tobacco at baseball parks

SACRAMENTO (AP) — Anti-smoking advocates are hoping to strike out chewing tobacco at California baseball games.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:02 p.m. | | California bill would ban chewing tobacco at baseball parks Comments 0 Comments

Curry leads the way with 32, Warriors down Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) — Considering the workout he gave it Tuesday night, Stephen Curry’s right foot appears to be just fine.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:08 p.m. | | Curry leads the way with 32, Warriors down Wizards Comments 0 Comments

Melee after Kansas State’s upset puts spotlight on safety

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — More than a dozen security officials dressed in bright green shirts gathered behind the basket, just as they were trained. When the final seconds ticked away on Kansas State’s stunning upset of rival Kansas, they immediately sprinted onto the floor.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 8:04 p.m. | | Melee after Kansas State’s upset puts spotlight on safety Comments 0 Comments

Bowling News

MANTECA BOWL

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:44 a.m. | | Bowling News Comments 0 Comments

Giants pitchers Cain, Hudson make progress

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Cain pitched his second productive bullpen session of spring training and is encouraged with each step in his recovery from the elbow surgery that cut short his 2014 season with the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:46 a.m. | | Giants pitchers Cain, Hudson  make progress Comments 0 Comments

New playoff format for the NBA might add excitement

MIAMI (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets are on pace to finish 34-48 this season.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:44 a.m. | | New playoff format  for the NBA might  add excitement  Comments 0 Comments

RC boys, girls play waiting game

Ripon Christian’s first-round opponent?

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:49 a.m. | | RC boys, girls play waiting game Comments 0 Comments

ROLLING WITH RENA

Jim Agostini didn’t recognize the number, but there was no mistaking the voice on the other end of the line.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:46 a.m. | | ROLLING WITH RENA Comments 0 Comments

Alexander breaks national record, takes first in Pacific Coast Open

Kyle Alexander returned to where it all started for him a year ago on Sunday.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:46 a.m. | | Alexander breaks national record, takes first in Pacific Coast Open Comments 0 Comments

Pep in MLB’s step

PHOENIX (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:43 a.m. | | Pep in MLB’s step Comments 0 Comments

Sharks need big push to extend playoff streak

SAN JOSE (AP) — After celebrating the success of hockey in Northern California with an outdoor party that included more than 70,000 fans, the San Jose Sharks now must deal with the fact that the franchise is in danger of hitting its lowest point in more than a decade.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:51 a.m. | | Sharks need big push to extend playoff streak Comments 0 Comments

MANTECA YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Feb. 7 results

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:47 a.m. | | MANTECA YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE Comments 0 Comments

NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:43 a.m. | | NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed  Comments 0 Comments

UConn still No. 1 in women’s poll; Northwestern enters at 25

By The Associated Press

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:49 a.m. | | UConn still No. 1 in women’s poll; Northwestern enters at 25 Comments 0 Comments

Top 7 teams, led by Kentucky, still entrenched in AP Top

By JOHN MARSHALL

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:49 a.m. | | Top 7 teams, led by Kentucky, still entrenched in AP Top Comments 0 Comments

2 prep girls teams caught tanking, banned from postseason

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A pair of Tennessee girls basketball high school teams have been pulled from the postseason for trying to lose a game to avoid the top-ranked team and improve their chances of advancing to the state tournament.

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Posted: feb. 24, 2015 12:49 a.m. | | 2 prep girls teams caught tanking, banned from postseason Comments 0 Comments

At 36, lefty Zito returns to work with Athletics

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Barry Zito did a lot of things during his year off from the major leagues in 2014.

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Posted: feb. 22, 2015 11:00 p.m. | | At 36, lefty Zito  returns to work  with Athletics   Comments 0 Comments

US teen wins World Cup slalom race

MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin defied the pouring rain to comfortably earn her 12th career slalom victory Sunday, taking sole possession of the women’s World Cup record for most wins in the discipline by a teenager.

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Posted: feb. 22, 2015 10:53 p.m. | | US teen wins  World Cup slalom race Comments 0 Comments

BUFF FALLS IN 2nd OT

YUBA CITY – With 5 seconds remaining in the third period Saturday and a tie score in the 285-pound consolation championship of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III Wrestling Championships at River Valley High School, Manteca’s Steven Martinez smothered Matt Kjeldgaard of Oakdale and slammed Kjeldgaard to the mat, landing on top of the Mustang and apparently claiming third place.

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Posted: feb. 22, 2015 10:56 p.m. | | BUFF FALLS IN 2nd OT  Comments 0 Comments

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