A life lesson at hand as American 9-10s fall, 6-0

DIXON — “They’re definitely taking a little gut check now,” Davis American 9-10 Little League coach Casey Shorts said after watching his team drop a 6-0 decision to Vacaville Central on Wednesday. The loss was numbing for some of the youngsters because DALL had decimated three previous opponents while averaging over 17 runs a game […]

DNLL 9-10s battle until the end; lose, 9-6

DIXON — It was another valiant effort, but the tournament candle flickered out for the Davis National 9-10 All-Stars on Wednesday in the District 64 Little League playoffs. Trailing by six runs early, the locals rallied to tie the score in the fourth inning, before falling to Dixon, 9-6, at Hall Memorial Park. The loss […]

Punchless A’s blanked by Marlins

OAKLAND — Bob Melvin thinks his club is on the verge of coming out of its offensive slumber. Just the same, Oakland’s manager plans to shake things up a little. After the Athletics were shut out for the second time in four games, losing to Florida’s Ricky Nolasco, 3-0, on Wednesday, Melvin announced a few […]

Cubs end Giants’ win streak despite Lincecum’s gem

CHICAGO — On the day their seven-game winning streak came to an end, the San Francisco Giants were still encouraged by what they have accomplished at the midway point of the season. The defending World Series champs are in first in the NL West with a 46-35 mark, compared to 41-40 a year ago when […]

Phillies edge Red Sox in high-profile matchup

PHILADELPHIA — Raul Ibanez hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh, Vance Worley pitched seven strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox, 2-1, on Wednesday. In a series billed as a World Series preview, the major league-leading Phillies (51-30) have taken two straight and go for a sweep Thursday. Worley […]

Youth roundup: Two Davis teams get titles at California Cup

The Davis Legacy 95s, a U17 girls soccer team, won the California Cup tournament last weekend by scoring 12 goals and conceding just one in four games. The Legacy 95s first took down the San Juan Spirits ECNL, 2-1. After allowing an early goal, Davis equalized when Makenzie DeLaughder scored just before halftime. Anna Maria […]

Cats get three on PCL All-Star squad

While the Sacramento River Cats were enjoying a rare two-day rest because of a rainout Tuesday and an off day on Wednesday, they received some good news. Relief pitcher Willie Eyre, catcher Anthony Recker and shortstop Eric Sogard were each selected to the Pacific Coast League team for the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be […]

Radio show features all-star swimmer

Davis all-star swimmer Ryan Jones will be the featured guest Friday on Koren Motekaitis’ radio talk show, “How She Really Does It,” at 10 a.m. on KDRT 95.7 FM. Jones, 30, set and still holds many swimming records at Davis High School before attending UC Berkeley. He also was a member of many successful high […]

Giants win both ends of a doubleheader at Wrigley

CHICAGO — If Barry Zito is going to permanently reclaim a spot in the Giants’ rotation, he’ll need more starts like this. Zito returned from the disabled list and threw seven strong innings, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-3, on Tuesday night for a sweep of a day-night doubleheader. “I was […]

South Carolina repeats in a CWS sweep

OMAHA, Neb. — South Carolina clinched its second straight national championship with a performance different from most of its others at this year’s College World Series. No drama was necessary. Michael Roth pitched 7 2/3 innings on three days’ rest and the Gamecocks were in control throughout a 5-2 victory over Florida that completed a […]

He threw 115 mph. My dad swore it’s true

Sometimes I am the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. About two months ago, my friends Jeff March and Marti Childs at EditPros here in town, recommended me to a representative of the trust of Joe DiMaggio. The idea was for me to write a retrospective of the Yankee Clipper’s 56-game hitting streak […]

Greiner Athlete of the Week (6/29/11): DLL’s Thomas Brooks

As the Davis Little League American 9-/10-year-old all-stars go blazing through the District 64 competition at this week’s tournament in Dixon, Thomas Brooks has wielded a very big bat in a lineup full of standout offensive performances. For Brooks’ 6-for-10 showing in his team’s first three games — which has included eight RBI, six runs […]

Cheney uses her head as U.S. Women open World Cup with win

DRESDEN, Germany — Once, twice, three times and then a fourth, Lauren Cheney launched a shot with her foot only to watch it go right into the hands of the North Korean goalkeeper. Finally, she used her head. And just like that, the Americans looked more like a team that could contend for a third […]

Little League tournament teams champing at bit

Rain, rain, go away. These guys from Davis Little League are ready to roll. With almost 100 all-stars from eight teams in four divisions, the local tournament entrants already have started fast in the 9-/10-year-old gathering in Dixon, while the remainder of the DLL squads swing into District 64 action next week. At Hall Memorial Park, […]