Winning is a ‘buzz’ for Aggie women

Assumptions are tricky things. Some people may assume that UC Davis women’s basketball head coach Jen Gross is an offense-minded leader, especially since she brought in an up-tempo offense when she was hired as an assistant in 2004. But Gross, who dominated the hardwood in UCD’s Recreation Hall from 1993 to 1997 as the lead […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Raiders go back to the drawing board

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders don’t have much time to get over Sunday’s lopsided loss in Miami. With a trip to undefeated Green Bay this week, whatever problems the Raiders (7-5) had against the Dolphins need to get corrected in a hurry. There’s plenty to fix, too. A sputtering offense that punted on eight of […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

49ers still taking it one game at a time

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers had just returned to the celebratory locker room after clinching the NFC West and ending an eight-year playoff drought when players immediately turned their attention to several televisions around the room. They were just in time to catch the thrilling final seconds of the unbeaten Green Bay Packers’ […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Dixon Rugby Football Club hosts free mini-camp this weekend

Dixon Rugby Football Club invites Davis and surrounding area youths to its second rugby mini-camp this fall. Boys and girls in fifth through 12th grades are welcome to check out the sport of rugby, learn new skills and prepare for the 2012 season. No experience is necessary. The mini-camp is free, and car pools from Davis […]

December 08, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sharks can’t get to Wild backup goalie

SAN JOSE — Not bad for an emergency goalie. Minnesota was without starting goalkeeper Niklas Backstrom because of a lingering groin problem and Josh Harding was forced out of the game less than two minutes in. Enter Matt Hackett, who recorded 34 saves to win in his NHL debut in the Wild’s 2-1 victory over […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

New wrestlers bring a new attitude to DHS

Wrestling might be the oldest sport in the world, but it’s all new to many of this season’s Davis High grapplers. After struggling to field a complete team last year, Blue Devil coach Ty Brown has been flooded with an influx of new players in the past couple months. “We’ve got so many ninth- and […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

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 or contact Jamey Wright […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

‘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 […]

December 07, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,