College basketball roundup: Third-ranked Syracuse gets its ninth win

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — No. 3 Syracuse won again at home, and nobody asked about that big distraction. Indeed, it seemed like just another night for Orange coach Jim Boeheim. Dion Waiters had 15 points and Kris Joseph had 11 and eight rebounds as the unbeaten Orange continued to win amid a federal investigation, this time […]

Sports briefs: Winter water polo session starts this week

The Davis Water Polo Club’s eight-week winter session begins this week at the Schaal Aquatics Center on the UCD campus. The session runs Tuesday and Thursday with beginning programs offered for boys and girls from fourth grade through high school. All levels of ability are welcome. For more information, visit http://daviswaterpolo.aquanite.com or contact Jamey Wright […]

Kings open at home as NBA schedule is announced

As recently as eight months ago, Kings fans were unsure if their team would be playing in Sacramento this season. As recently as one month ago, NBA fans weren’t sure there would even be a 2011-12 campaign because of a lockout. But with the lockout settled and Kings still in Northern California for at least […]

Speck tourney has new cast of players

It’s the oldest CIF-sanctioned prep girls basketball tournament in California — 39 editions and counting. As the Dorothy Speck Memorial Tournament approaches Thursday at Davis High, there’s a new look to the eight-school field. First-time participants will include Miramonte (Orinda), Vacaville Christian, West Campus (Sacramento) and Eltham College Prep from Victoria, Australia. Winters returns after […]

Greiner Athlete of the Week (12/7/11): UCD freshman forward Sydnee Fipps

Sometimes a freshman needs to play a few games, get a feel for college basketball, before she really starts to make an impact. And then there is UC Davis’ Sydnee Fipps. The 5-foot-10 forward, who prepped at Yosemite High, stepped onto the court for her debut against Pac-12 school Washington, and promptly nailed two 3-pointers […]

Helmet use on the rise

According to findings of the 2011 National Ski Areas Association national demographic study, 61 percent of skiers and snowboarders now wear helmets while enjoying the slopes at U.S. ski areas, up from 57 percent during the 2009-10 season. Helmet usage among those interviewed nationwide has increased 140 percent since the 2002-03 season, when only 25 […]

Learn to speak like a skier

As we all eagerly await a big storm or two to blanket the Sierras, why not brush up on some slope speak? Here is a skiing glossary. Alpine skiing: Downhill skiing. Apres ski: Refers to the end of the day, after the slopes are closed when skiers go to restaurants and bars to socialize and […]

‘Junk’ items are the latest craze at some ski resorts

What’s one the best ways for ski resorts to keep snowboarders coming back frequently to visit their terrain parks? Providing an array of what some might consider junk. In this case, junk includes cement mixers, propane tanks, discarded gondola chairs, satellite dishes, tractor tires, wrecking balls and assorted other seemingly throw-away items that many ski […]

Sports briefs: DHS freshmen take second in tourney

The Davis High boys freshman basketball team made it all the way to the championship game of its season-opening tournament last weekend, winning its first two games before eventually taking second place. The Blue Devils topped Lodi, 86-56, in their first game, a contest that featured fast-paced action at both ends of the court. DHS […]

Chargers beat Jags to snap skid

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — No matter how many interceptions he threw, no matter how many turnovers he committed, Philip Rivers refused to play it safe. He knew things would change. They finally did. On “Monday Night Football” no less, and with his San Diego Chargers in the deepest of holes. Rivers threw for 294 yards and […]

Aggie women ink three golfers

UC Davis women’s golf coach Anne Walker announced last week that Raegan Bremer from Canyon High, Castro Valley’s Betty Chen and Andrea Wong from St. Ignatius Prep have each signed national letters of intent and will join the Aggies next fall. “Our 2012 signing class is very strong and will add great depth to our […]

Something special brewing for DHS basketball

There are no excuses for prep fans this year. Attend some high school games. Davis has two high-energy basketball programs. Familiar faces combine with newcomers to create an energy unique to recent Blue Devil hardcourt action. With these local teams will come a grab bag of results, scores and key performers. After both our boys […]

Aggies pool their efforts to take fourth

The UC Davis women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up its competition at the Missouri Invitational late Saturday with Liliana Alvarez and Kayleigh Foley meeting NCAA qualifying B standards in the 200 breast and free events, respectively. The Aggies scratched swimmers from several events to allow them to focus on improved times in the finals […]

Interchangeable parts make Aggie women a T-E-A-M

It’s not exactly the Lollipop Guild — but neither are the five starters for the UC Davis’ women’s basketball team grabbing their fruit from the tallest trees. Nonetheless, the colliding of these five atoms has created an Aggie fission that provided enough fuel for the locals to begin the season 6-2. This thrill-a-minute hardcourt collection […]