Tough 18th hole costs Watney in first round of PGA

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Steve Stricker stood a mere 10 feet away from the lowest round ever in a major, a captivating moment at any other championship. Not this one. Not with U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, the favorite at this PGA, trying to blast a 7-iron through a tree root. He injured his wrist […]

Sports briefs: Aggie golfer still alive at U.S. Amateur

UC Davis junior Demi Runas beat USC senior Lisa McCloskey on the first extra hole of their match late Thursday — after beating Ket Preamchuen in the morning — to earn a berth in Friday’s quarterfinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Runas, an Aggie standout from Torrance and the reigning Big West Conference Player […]

Aggies’ new gridiron attitude means the future is now

“You hear coaches say it all the time, but I think there’s a sense of urgency here.” Bob Biggs, in his 19th season at the helm of the UC Davis football program, knows last year was a sampler of what lies ahead. The 2010 Aggies were a young squad; initially in panic mode when veteran […]

A lesson in doing the right thing: 1951 USF Dons

Every so often there is a sports story so compelling, it deserves a moment of reflection. In Northern California, especially the Bay Area, we’ve been blessed with special moments, great teams and terrific athletes. But 60 years ago this month, one of the most bittersweet — and uplifting — chapters in football history began to […]

Successful A’s trip ends with a win

TORONTO — After a rotten start to their road trip, Hideki Matsui and the Athletics are heading home on a high. Matsui had four hits, Conor Jackson drove in three runs and Oakland beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-3, on Thursday. Swept in a three-game series at last-place Seattle to open their cross-continental journey, Oakland […]

Giants drop out of first with another loss to Bucs

SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy remembers all too well his club’s August struggles of a year ago. Ace Tim Lincecum lost a career-worst five straight starts. The Giants lacked timely hits. On Aug. 25, they were 6½ games out of first place. Then, with a sensational September — aided by the downward spirals of Colorado […]

Klinsmann’s first U.S. game is a draw with Mexico

PHILADELPHIA — Jurgen Klinsmann sent a message in his U.S. coaching debut without saying a word. He stripped the names off the back of the jerseys and assigned Nos. 1-11 for the starters and 12-18 for the reserves. He wanted the Americans to know that all that mattered was representing their country. Klinsmann’s debut is […]

Gonzalez hits a wall as A’s fall to Jays

TORONTO — Gio Gonzalez cruised into the sixth inning. The left-hander looked ready to put his rough stretch behind him. Then it all fell apart — in a hurry. Gonzalez allowed three consecutive batters to reach and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam off Craig Breslow, sending the Oakland Athletics to an 8-4 loss at […]

Cats come home after suffering sweep

Even ace Graham Godfrey could not engineer a Sacramento River Cats win in Iowa. Godfrey lasted just 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday at Principal Park as the Cubs completed a four-game sweep of the Cats with a 7-6 victory. The loss was the fifth straight for Sacramento (70-49), which is hoping an eight-game homestand — […]

Sports briefs: UCD’s Runas rolls as U.S. Amateur match play opens

Demi Runas dominated Manuela Carbajo Re of Argentina 6 and 4 in the first round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Wednesday as the UC Davis junior advanced to face Ket Preamchuen in Thursday’s second round. Aggie women’s golf assistant coach Lauren Dobashi battled second-seeded Lydia Ko before falling 4 and 3 […]

GW coaches pick Aggies a close third

If the Great West Football Conference coaches’ poll — released Wednesday — is any indication, the league’s final season will be a competitive one. Only the slimmest of margins separate the projected top three teams: defending conference champ Southern Utah (20 points), Cal Poly (19) and UC Davis (17). Not only that, but of the […]

Youth roundup: Dragons breath fire at Super Series

Playing in their first tournament, the Davis Dragons 10U baseball team, looked like veterans at the Super Series in Rancho Cordova last weekend. Davis rolled through its first three games without a loss, then fell in the championship contest by a single run. The first matchup was a high-scoring affair that saw the Dragons defeat […]

Youth soccer: Davis teams show the full Arsenal

The Davis Legacy Arsenal, a U17 boys soccer team, advanced to the quarterfinals of the recent San Diego Surf Cup tournament. After goals by Lee LeVerrier and J.P. Cruz resulted in a 2-2 tie with the Las Vegas Red, Collin Holtz scored for the locals in a 1-1 deadlock against Santa Clara Sporting. The Arsenal […]

Stewart and Huff go deep as Giants beat Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Stewart pulled the souvenir out of his locker, moving it around in his hand for all to see: a marked-up ball that took 10 years to earn. “It’s the best looking baseball I’ve ever seen,” he said. Stewart hit his first major league home run, Aubrey Huff had another solo shot […]