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Chihuahuas cruise past Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO — While more than 7,000 Sacramento fans took the day off from their office jobs, the River Cats found themselves having one of those days as they dropped their matinee contest with the El Paso Chihuahuas, 15-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Raley Field. The Cats fell to 43-55 and remain in last place […]

Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground on both coasts

By Lisa Leff and David Klepper SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. […]

Los Angeles County takes step toward $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County is crafting a law to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years, with supporters arguing it will help lift the working poor into the middle class and opponents warning businesses will have to cut back, move out or close down. With Tuesday’s […]

Washed-out I-10 bridge to reopen Friday

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The main route connecting Los Angeles and Phoenix, which was closed when a surge of floodwater damaged several bridges spanning small desert gullies, is set to partially reopen Friday — far sooner than officials first estimated. The California Department of Transportation had expected repairs on Interstate 10 to take weeks but announced Tuesday […]

All-around great Giants performance

SAN DIEGO — Rookie Chris Heston took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Hector Sanchez hit an impressive grand slam for one of three San Francisco Giants home runs in a 9-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night. Heston, who no-hit the New York Mets on June 9, allowed one hit […]

Blue Jays power past Oakland

OAKLAND — Russell Martin, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion homered to power the Toronto Blue Jays past the Oakland Athletics, 7-1, on Tuesday night. Martin hit a three-run shot to chase former Blue Jays right-hander Kendall Graveman (6-6) in the sixth. Bautista and Encarnacion each connected for a solo shot. Mark Buehrle (11-5) allowed one […]

Giants drop opener in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer to help the San Diego Padres beat the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, 4-2, on Monday night and extend their winning streak to a season-high five games. Kemp’s 409-foot drive off 40-year-old Tim Hudson into the sandy play area beyond the right-center fence in the […]

Johnson holds off Spieth to take British Open

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Zach Johnson cradled the silver claret jug in his arms. Jordan Spieth let it slip through his fingers. Spieth was right where he wanted to be in his spirited bid for the Grand Slam — tied for the lead with two holes to go in the British Open, right after making […]

Plaza wins an eventful Stage 16 at Tour

GAP, France — Racing downhill at breakneck speeds, Ruben Plaza Molina rode triumphantly into Gap as the solo winner of a treacherous Stage 16 on Monday that saw a teammate of race leader Chris Froome careen into a telephone pole and Peter Sagan finish second for a fifth time. Froome’s Sky teammate Geraint Thomas, who […]

Giants/A’s roundup: San Francisco tops Arizona

PHOENIX — Jake Peavy got his first win of the season, Buster Posey drove in four runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 on Saturday night for their fifth straight victory. The win gave San Francisco its 10th straight series victory in Arizona. The Giants haven’t won this many series in […]

Farmers weigh in on bill allowing permits for field workers

ATWATER (AP) — To some Merced County farmers, a bill that would allow farmworkers who live in the country illegally to get work permits could be a solution to labor shortages. Merced-area farmers said the proposal makes sense for their businesses because it would help widen the pool of field workers, the Merced Sun Star […]

Rain calms California fire that jumped freeway, burned cars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A rare summer storm helped firefighters advance Saturday on a wildfire that swept across a California interstate, torching vehicles and sending people running for their lives before burning property in a desert town. Light rain and moist air dampened the blaze that began Friday afternoon in the mountainous Cajon Pass 55 […]

Americans crush Cuba in quarters

BALTIMORE — Clint Dempsey scored on a fourth-minute header, added a pair of second-half goals for his first international hat trick, and the United States routed Cuba, 6-0, on Saturday to reach its eighth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal. Dempsey converted a penalty kick early in the second half and added a late goal to […]

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