Gray wins 6th straight, A’s 4 HRs beat Texas 5-1

ARLINGTON, Texas — Sonny Gray was sitting toward the back of the dugout, listening to the power spree that put Oakland in control. Gray won his sixth straight decision, helped when the Athletics hit four home runs in a six-batter span to beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Saturday night. The A’s trailed 1-0 when John […]

Sutherland presents 1st clinic; golf column on its way

Every time a golfer turns around these past few months, it seems there’s more news emanating from El Macero Country Club. First came the El Macero Classic featuring the UC Davis and Nevada men’s teams and some of the best West Coast collegians. At about the same time, it was announced that not only would […]

New Korematsu teacher is an American Ninja Warrior

Alex Kane is an unimposing 30-year-old Davis High graduate who has just returned home to teach fourth grade at Korematsu Elementary. The UC Santa Barbara graduate and his wife Megan have an almost-3-year-old son, Oliver, and another little Kane is due next month. A former skateboarder, the personable teacher still surfs, rock-climbs and loves hitting […]

Area sports briefs: River Cats take Game 1 of doubleheader

Sacramento’s Daric Barton was 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI as the River Cats topped the Rainiers 8-5 in the seven-inning first game of a doubleheader in Tacoma. Four Sacramento batters had two hits, including Nick Buss, Andy Parrino, Shane Peterson and Barton. Republic FC falls to Albion The Sacramento Republic […]

Furyk opens 3-shot lead in Canadian Open

MONTREAL — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening with rounds of 67 and 63. He […]

Nibali set to cruise to Tour victory

By Jamey Keaten PERIGUEUX, France — Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday. Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks to winning the last […]

The un-Armstrong? Tour ‘boss’ Nibali wins Stage 18

By Jamey Keaten ARGELES-GAZOST, France — As his team hoped, Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated he’s the “boss” of the Tour de France. Just don’t compare him to the last rider to regularly bear that sobriquet at cycling’s greatest race, Lance Armstrong. In a tour de force on Thursday, Nibali blew away the peloton on a Pyrenees […]

Hudson solid, Hamels better in Giants’ loss

PHILADELPHIA — The San Francisco Giants couldn’t have asked for more from Tim Hudson. Hudson gave up two unearned runs in six innings but he was outpitched by Cole Hamels, and Chase Utley had a tiebreaking RBI single in the fifth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 victory over the Giants on […]

Petrovic, Putnam share Canadian Open lead

MONTREAL — Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. The 47-year-old Petrovic was the last player to get in the field, grabbing a spot when Benjamin Alvarado withdrew Tuesday. “I didn’t set my expectations high […]

Moss powers A’s past Astros

Rick Eymer OAKLAND — A warm day helped Brandon Moss reach another milestone and it helped Jeff Samardzija enjoy even more run support. Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Samardzija more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday. “I didn’t […]

My Zenith was whacked, but I wouldn’t trade a thing

I was “sick” on April 15, 1958. At least I convinced my mom I was. Dad left at 7 a.m. for work like he always did. Mom didn’t have to be at Northrop Aircraft until 8. I knew Dad would never give in, so on this day I made a good case with Mom. (Running hot […]

Enriquez brilliant, but Post 77 season ends with Area 1 loss

FAIRFIELD — They went down swinging. In a much-improved performance after a lackluster outing the day before, Yolo Post 77 was eliminated from the Area 1 American Legion tournament — losing 4-3 to Lodi on Thursday morning. The club’s season ends with a 17-17 mark. Playing at Yarbrough Field in Laurel Creek Park, local hurler […]

Quincy Amarikwa: years in the making

Sitting in a room overlooking Toyota Park in Brideview, Ill., the 26-year-old man swivels in his chair toward the camera to address the viewers on his web show. Dressed in a green bro-tank and an expensive-looking watch, he looks every bit of the Southern Californian he is at heart, rather than the Midwest transplant. “Welcome […]

Pence outscores Phillies

By Aaron Bracy PHILADELPHIA — There are no secrets to Hunter Pence’s approach to hitting in crucial situations. His simple strategy worked again. Pence drove in all of San Francisco’s runs with a double in the ninth and Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the Giants to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia […]