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Tiger back with huge following

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods returned to the Phoenix Open and received cheers, boos and gasps.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:16 p.m. | | Tiger back with huge following Comments 0 Comments

Serena advances, Venus out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Venus Williams lost her quarterfinal match against Madison Keys on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Serena Williams, the other sister in a family that has won a combined 25 Grand Slam singles titles, will attempt to right the wrong in the semifinals on Thursday.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:16 p.m. | | Serena advances, Venus out of Australian Open  Comments 0 Comments

Kings’ Cousins campaigning for AS bid

SACRAMENTO (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins has the statistics. He has the stature. And he has the support of several high-profile peers calling for him to get his first All-Star nod.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:16 p.m. | | Kings’ Cousins campaigning for AS bid Comments 0 Comments

Obscure players ‘Super’ for game

PHOENIX (AP) — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:16 p.m. | | Obscure players  ‘Super’  for game Comments 0 Comments

Schneider has been architect of Seahawks’ success

PHOENIX (AP) — Give Pete Carroll the opportunity to campaign for someone or something he believes in and he’ll gladly jump at the chance.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:15 p.m. | | Schneider has been architect of Seahawks’ success Comments 0 Comments

Marlins finalize $2 million, 1-year deal with Ichiro Suzuki

MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has passed his physical and finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:15 p.m. | | Marlins finalize $2 million, 1-year deal with Ichiro Suzuki  Comments 0 Comments

History ahead: first Super Bowl OT upcoming

PHOENIX (AP) — Almost as dominant as New England’s performance in the AFC championship game was the showing for Pro Picks in both conference title matches.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:15 p.m. | | History ahead: first Super Bowl OT upcoming Comments 0 Comments

Tom Brady fighting cold, not worried about health for the the Super Bowl

HANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Tom Brady is dealing with a cold four days before the Super Bowl but says he’ll be OK.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:20 p.m. | | Tom Brady fighting cold, not worried about health for the the Super Bowl Comments 0 Comments

Packers coach says team will learn from loss

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mike McCarthy promised Wednesday to evaluate, make changes and learn from his team’s gut-wrenching NFC Championship game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:19 p.m. | | Packers coach says team will learn from loss Comments 0 Comments

Patriots not dwelling on last Super Bowl loss in Arizona

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship — and an unbeaten record — barely eluded them seven years ago.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 9:19 p.m. | | Patriots not dwelling on last Super Bowl loss in Arizona Comments 0 Comments

OUR KNIGHT

RIPON – Sean Broker burrowed down in the post, a tree standing tall above the Tribe. Austin Alger danced around the perimeter.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 12:40 a.m. | | OUR KNIGHT Comments 0 Comments

Defend The Den: T’wolves snap skid

The Sierra High girls basketball team turned to its defense to snap a five-game losing streak.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 12:35 a.m. | | Defend The Den: T’wolves snap skid Comments 0 Comments

Blankers’ defense the difference

RIPON – Physically, Ed Mulder knew Ellen Blankers would be fine following knee surgery in the spring.

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Posted: jan. 28, 2015 12:35 a.m. | | Blankers’  defense the difference Comments 0 Comments

Rose’s shot lifts Bulls over Warriors in OT

OAKLAND (AP) — Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State’s franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 11:55 p.m. | | Rose’s shot lifts Bulls over Warriors in OT  Comments 0 Comments

Tiger’s tooth: ‘Dude caught me square’ on mouth

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday — and with a full set of teeth.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Tiger’s tooth: ‘Dude caught me square’ on mouth Comments 0 Comments

After Twitter feud, Revis, Sherman pledge respect

PHOENIX (AP) — Darrelle Revis long reigned supreme among NFL cornerbacks.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:40 p.m. | | After Twitter feud, Revis, Sherman pledge respect Comments 0 Comments

Terry Larrier, No. 14 VCU overwhelm George Washington

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Freshman Terry Larrier scored 15 points and No. 14 VCU pulled away with a 16-2 run early in the second half to beat George Washington 72-48 on Tuesday night for its 12th consecutive victory.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:37 p.m. | | Terry Larrier, No. 14 VCU overwhelm George Washington Comments 0 Comments

Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

PHOENIX (AP) — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:36 p.m. | | Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day Comments 0 Comments

Allenby stands by story, says truth will come out

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A defiant and at times angry Robert Allenby stood by his story Tuesday that he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu, basing the account on what he remembered and what he was told by a homeless woman who came to his aid.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:41 p.m. | | Allenby stands by story,  says truth will come out Comments 0 Comments

Crawford agrees to $3.1M contract with the Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants and shortstop Brandon Crawford have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract for $3,175,000.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:41 p.m. | | Crawford agrees to $3.1M contract with the Giants Comments 0 Comments

Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:41 p.m. | | Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia Comments 0 Comments

Wilson recalls watching Brady win Super Bowls as kid

PHOENIX (AP) — Tom Brady began winning Super Bowls when Russell Wilson was still a teenager, tuning in to see the big game on TV.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:35 p.m. | | Wilson recalls watching Brady win Super Bowls as kid Comments 0 Comments

Stockton native Julius Thomas is set to get paid

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Julius Thomas is about to cash in, one way or another.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:35 p.m. | | Stockton native Julius Thomas is set to get paid Comments 0 Comments

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

PHOENIX (AP) — Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:35 p.m. | | Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs Comments 0 Comments

Gronkowski ready to roll in Super Bowl

PHOENIX (AP) — Rob Gronkowski’s ankle is fine. So are his forearm and knee. He’s way past those injuries that ruined his last three postseasons.

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Posted: jan. 27, 2015 8:34 p.m. | | Gronkowski ready to roll in Super Bowl Comments 0 Comments

RC looks to reverse trend in rivalry

RIPON – The Ripon Christian girls basketball team hasn’t had much success this decade against its across-the-street neighbor.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 11:06 p.m. | | RC looks to reverse trend in rivalry Comments 0 Comments

BEST IN TOWN

RIPON – Rod Wright and his staff are in charge of the official book, access to the locker rooms and providing a game ball.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 11:12 p.m. | | BEST IN TOWN Comments 0 Comments

Lathrop United shakes off loss; finishes third at Frazier tourney

A controversial penalty kick may have kept the Lathrop United from a Jim Frazier Tournament championship, but it hardly diminished a banner inaugural season for the boys soccer club. 

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 11:06 p.m. | | Lathrop United shakes off loss; finishes third at Frazier tourney Comments 0 Comments

Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

EL SEGUNDO (AP) — Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:38 p.m. | | Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season Comments 0 Comments

Patriots owner makes strong defense of team

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:41 p.m. | | Patriots owner makes strong defense of team Comments 0 Comments

Raiders sign Woodson for 2015 season

ALAMEDA (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:42 p.m. | | Raiders sign Woodson for 2015 season Comments 0 Comments

Sharapova to play Makarova in Australian Open semifinals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Maria Sharapova moved closer to another Australian Open title, set to face a fellow Russian in the semifinals who has never beaten her.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:36 p.m. | | Sharapova to play Makarova in Australian Open semifinals Comments 0 Comments

Capitals among East contenders; West race too tight to call

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex Ovechkin’s familiar gap-toothed grin has returned with the Washington Capitals in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:41 p.m. | | Capitals among East contenders; West race too tight to call Comments 0 Comments

No. 1 South Carolina still undefeated

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Freshman A’ja Wilson scored 18 points, defending Southeastern Conference player of the year Tiffany Mitchell added 16 points and Alaina Coates had 12 points and 11 rebounds as No. 1 South Carolina remained unbeaten with a 79-61 victory over 12th-ranked Texas A&M on Monday night.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:40 p.m. | | No. 1 South Carolina still undefeated Comments 0 Comments

Snow forces NBA to postpone Knicks, Nets games

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has postponed home games for both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets because of a snowstorm expected to batter the area.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:43 p.m. | | Snow forces NBA to postpone Knicks, Nets games Comments 0 Comments

Tim Brown hopes 6th time is charm in HoF vote

ALAMEDA (AP) — After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed get that coveted Pro Football Hall of Fame call the past two years, Tim Brown hopes it’s finally time for his number to be called.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:38 p.m. | | Tim Brown hopes 6th time is charm in HoF vote Comments 0 Comments

Smith goes from MVP to barely seeing field for Seattle

PHOENIX (AP) — Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:36 p.m. | | Smith goes from MVP to barely seeing field for Seattle Comments 0 Comments

Manning has a lot to consider as he ponders his future

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — As Peyton Manning considers whether to take the gold watch or make one more run at the silver trophy, there are many factors he’s weighing: age, desire, vitality, security, relationships.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:41 p.m. | | Manning has a lot to consider as he ponders his future Comments 0 Comments

No. 13 North Carolina beats Syracuse for 7-1 ACC start

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Brice Johnson had 15 of his 17 points after halftime and No. 13 North Carolina shot 55 percent to beat Syracuse 93-83 on Monday night.

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Posted: jan. 26, 2015 9:35 p.m. | | No. 13 North Carolina beats Syracuse for 7-1 ACC start Comments 0 Comments

Smith, Garcia place fourth at tournament

Ripon’s Tristan Smith and Lathrop’s Alex Garcia both finished fourth Saturday in the two-day Tim Brown Memorial Wrestling Tournament at the Jackson Sports Complex in McClellan.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:06 p.m. | | Smith, Garcia place fourth at tournament Comments 0 Comments

Sherman: Villains are patriots

PHOENIX (AP) — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:10 p.m. | | Sherman: Villains are patriots Comments 0 Comments

Duke’s Coach K collects 1,000th win

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach 1K. How grand.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:05 p.m. | | Duke’s Coach K collects 1,000th win   Comments 0 Comments

Ganassi Racing’s ‘star car’ captures Rolex 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chip Ganassi bristles when his No. 02 team is called the “star car.”

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:04 p.m. | | Ganassi Racing’s ‘star  car’ captures Rolex 24 Comments 0 Comments

Brown wins first US title, holding off Adam Rippon

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jason Brown gushed to Adam Rippon: “Oh my god, it was amazing.”

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:09 p.m. | | Brown wins first  US title,  holding off Adam Rippon Comments 0 Comments

CURE CLASSIC THRILLER

Destiny Flores made two steals in the game’s final 30 seconds Saturday to cap off a tremendous East Union comeback and help give the Lancers a thrilling 47-43 win over Ripon in the 5th Annual Hoops for the Cure Classic at Dalben Center.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:11 p.m. | | CURE CLASSIC THRILLER Comments 0 Comments

Turnovers turns tide for Manteca in VOL win

Lathrop trimmed a 10-point second quarter deficit to three points with 55 seconds left to go in the first half Saturday but three quick Spartans turnovers led to a 12-point halftime lead for host Manteca in a 61-51 Valley Oak League boys basketball win for the Buffaloes at Winter Gymnasium.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:11 p.m. | | Turnovers turns tide for Manteca in VOL win Comments 0 Comments

Team Toews outscores Team Foligno, 17-12

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was enough to give a goalie nightmares: A record 29 goals, 25 players with at least two points and eight with at least four.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:05 p.m. | | Team Toews outscores Team Foligno, 17-12 Comments 0 Comments

Haas pulls away to win Humana Challenge

LA QUINTA  (AP) — Bill Haas pulled off another imaginative escape to win the Humana Challenge.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:10 p.m. | | Haas pulls away to win Humana Challenge Comments 0 Comments

Curry leads Warriors to 19th consecutive home court victory

OAKLAND  (AP) — Stephen Curry had 22 points and 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 31 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics 114-111 on Sunday night for their 19th consecutive home win.

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Posted: jan. 25, 2015 9:09 p.m. | | Curry leads Warriors to 19th consecutive home court victory Comments 0 Comments

Cougars hold off Sierra

Sierra proved up to the challenge in its Valley Oak League encounter with visiting Weston Ranch on Friday.

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Posted: jan. 23, 2015 11:45 p.m. | | Cougars hold off Sierra Comments 0 Comments

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