49ers show improvement in exhibition win over Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO — About the only thing new for Alex Smith in his return to Candlestick Park was the coach on the sideline. Considering the offense’s performance last week, that was a major improvement. Smith threw for 126 yards and an interception in coach Jim Harbaugh’s home debut, getting showered with a mix of boos […]

Giant struggles continue in Houston

HOUSTON — Madison Bumgarner’s first career start against the Houston Astros was one the San Francisco lefty will want to soon forget. Bumgarner was rocked for seven runs and a season-high 11 hits, including an inside-the-park home run by rookie Jose Altuve to start the game, and the Giants lost to Houston, 7-5, on Saturday. […]

Sports briefs: Aggie women kick off season with a road win

SAN FRANCISCO — It took more than a half, but the UC Davis women’s soccer team got on the board for the season with two quick scores in their opener against San Francisco on Friday. The host Dons, however, are still looking for their first goal of 2011. Aggie freshman Lexi Poppoff and junior Allison […]

DHS offense looks good at Blue & White scrimmage

Friday’s Blue & White Game might have been a far cry from the real deal, but the Davis High varsity football team still has a lot to feel positive about as the regular season creeps closer. “I thought the guys competed. The energy level was up. I thought offensively we moved the ball pretty well,” […]

Isotopes edge River Cats

A wild throw by Sacramento catcher Josh Donaldson allowed the go-ahead run to score as Albuquerque topped the River Cats, 2-1, on Thursday at Raley Field. With two outs in the eighth inning and Isotopes catcher Tim Federowicz on second, Cats reliever Michael Benacka threw a wild pitch. Donaldson chased down the ball and attempted […]

Toronto’s Romero shuts down Oakland

OAKLAND — Ricky Romero pitched a three-hitter to extend his career-high winning streak to five games, Colby Rasmus homered and scored three times and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-0, on Thursday night. Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie had RBI singles while Jose Bautista doubled and scored in the fourth when Toronto […]

One mistake costs Lincecum, Giants

ATLANTA — Tim Lincecum was trying to get the pitch inside. It drifted back over the plate. That one mistake was enough to send the World Series champion San Francisco Giants to another tough loss. Mike Minor pitched six crisp innings and Chipper Jones homered off Lincecum for the only run, leading the Atlanta Braves […]

Raw group of UCD receivers hopes to breakout in 2011

At this time last year, the departure of UC Davis’ planned starting quarterback Greg Denham forced the team to adapt on the fly. Two weeks before the opener against a Pac-10 foe (Cal), Randy Wright was picked as the new starter. Thrown into tough waters and asked to sink or swim, Wright eventually swam — […]

DHS scrimmages Friday at Brown Stadium

With two-a-day practices coming to a close on Thursday, the Davis High Football team is champing at the bit to play an actual game. On Friday evening, the Blue Devils will do the next best thing. Second-year head coach Steve Smyte will lead his team in a Blue & White Scrimmage beginning at 6 p.m. […]

Gallaudet’s Guide to youth sports

* Bruce Gallaudet is on vacation. This column originally ran on Nov. 6, 2009. Attention, parents of growing athletes … Take the next 10 minutes for what they’re worth. Take from this whatever helps. If you believe you know better, so be it. Hey, it’s your kid. But understand I have about 40 years of […]

MLB roundup: Phillies stop Diamondbacks’ streak at seven

PHILADELPHIA — Cliff Lee threw seven impressive innings, Wilson Valdez hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh, and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped Arizona’s seven-game winning streak with a 9-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Lee (13-7) allowed two runs and three hits, striking out seven. Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff homer for the […]

Cain cruises, then Giants survive in Atlanta

ATLANTA — Matt Cain dominated for eight innings. The San Francisco Giants were barely hanging on at the end. Cain threw five-hit ball to snap his three-game losing streak, but the Giants narrowly avoided another loss to Atlanta in the final at-bat, preserving a 7-5 victory over the Braves on Wednesday. After Cain turned over […]

Isotopes get Recked at Raley Field

Who says the number 13 is unlucky? The Sacramento River Cats closed out a 4-3 comeback victory over the Albuquerque Isotopes in the 13th inning on Wednesday afternoon, thanks to a two-run double from Anthony Recker. The catcher also tied the game in the seventh inning on a surprise bunt that pushed Andy LaRoche across […]

Youth roundup: Barcelona brings home a title

Davis Legacy Barcelona, a U13 boys soccer team, won the championship of the Dublin Shamrock Invitational last weekend. In the first game against Empire, Barcelona got goals from Cameron Peuse (three), Bobby Scott (two), and Tomas Echiburu to win 6-2. Davis then moved on to the semifinals when its second opponent — the Ceres Earthquakes […]