Marleau leads Sharks past Leafs

TORONTO — Patrick Marleau scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks beat Toronto 2-1 on Thursday, sending the stumbling Maple Leafs to their seventh loss in eight games. Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke put the team on alert when he told a Toronto radio station Wednesday that he was in the market for […]

Davis High baseball is all up in arms

* Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a 13-part series previewing Davis High’s spring sports. In real estate, it’s location, location, location. In baseball, it’s pitching, pitching, pitching. Judging from the host of quality arms itching for innings in the Davis High baseball program this spring, the Blue Devil diamond market appears to be on […]

No looking back for 2012 Blue Devil softball squad

* Editor’s note: This is the third in a 13-part series previewing Davis High’s spring sports. There’s no looking back. Sure, Davis High lost some rock-solid softball players — pitchers Caitlin Grim and Becky Nakano and catcher Emily Glass — to graduation. Yes, the Blue Devils have a new head coach. But there are six raring-to-go […]

Watney takes Tiger out in match play

MARANA, Ariz. — Tiger Woods had a five-foot birdie putt to extend the match, and Davis High graduate Nick Watney already was thinking about how to play the next hole. He had his yardage book out, trying to decide whether 3-wood was the right club to hit off the first tee. “The old adage is […]

Small in numbers, but mighty? Boys volleyballers ready

* Editor’s note: This is the second in a 13-part series previewing Davis High’s spring sports. Davis High boys volleyball coach Julie Crawford was “very surprised” at her team’s slim turnout for tryouts. But now, after a few weeks together with her guys, Crawford is “very pleased” with the talent of those on the roster. […]

Watney and Woods will face off in match play

MARANA, Ariz. — Luke Donald won’t be playing the 18th hole at Dove Mountain this year, either. Donald, so dominant in winning the Match Play Championship last year that he closed out every match before the 18th hole, became only the third No. 1 seed to lose in the opening round Wednesday in another predictably […]

Kings beat Wizards to snap skid

WASHINGTON — Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half, rookie Isaiah Thomas had 16 of his 18 after halftime, and the Sacramento Kings beat the Washington Wizards, 115-107, on  Wednesday in a nonstop points-fest that looked like an All-Star game preview — minus the All-Stars. Tyreke Evans added 22 points […]

Youth basketball: Wildcat girls start the hoops season off with a title

Playing in their first tournament of the season, the Davis Hoops Wildcats’ seventh-grade girls team won two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday to capture the title. At the event, which was contested in Roseville, the locals got strong performances from Davis players Kelsey Forrester, Cara Satre, Nicole Pugh, Sarah Grahn and Tessa Malone. […]

Youth soccer: Bet on Red Crew in Vegas

The Davis Red Crew, a U16 boys team, started off strong in last weekend’s Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup and ended up in the tournament’s consolation finals. Davis won both of its Saturday’s games, beating Joga FC from Utah, 2-1, before notching a 1-0 win over the Croatian Eagles Red (Wisconsin). Against Utah, Pedro Alvarenga scored […]

Youth roundup: Aquadarts assert their pool dominance

At a swim meet last weekend in Solano County, the Davis Aquadarts’ purpose was made clear by the name of the event: The Last Chance Qualifier. The locals were up to the task, many swimming fast enough to earn spots in the regional Junior Olympics meet next month. After last weekend’s success, a total of […]

Exciting Devil boys’ hardcourt style will return

No playoffs, but a good time had by all. By a hair’s breadth, the Davis High boys were forced to watch this winter’s Sac-Joaquin Section basketball championships from the stands. The high-scoring Blue Devils’ 14-12 record was undermined by a weak Delta Valley Conference power rating — and a so-so 5-5 league mark by the […]

UCD men’s hoops finds its stride

From the first day of practice, the UC Davis men’s basketball team knew the 2011-12 season was going to be an uphill battle. The Aggies had a roster full of young talent with 10 underclassmen and a first-year head coach, Jim Les, who brought with him a new system. Les, a former Sacramento Kings guard, […]

Sharks sputter early in loss to Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio — San Jose couldn’t overcome its slow start on Tuesday. Jeff Carter had three goals — two on the power play during Columbus’ four-goal first period — and the last-place Blue Jackets handed the Sharks their season-high fourth straight loss, 6-3. “They were much better prepared to compete than the white team,” said […]

King stay close before Miami heats up

MIAMI — The Miami Heat knew what was coming from Sacramento. Eventually, they handled the Kings’ challenge. Dwyane Wade had 30 points and 10 assists, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh each scored 20 points and the NBA-leading Heat stretched their winning streak to seven games with a 120-108 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday. […]