Sports briefs: Fast-paced soccer game goes to DHS

The nationally ranked Davis High girls soccer team doesn’t often find an opponent that can match its speed. But that’s just what the Blue Devils found when they took the field on Thursday at Franklin. The Wildcats’ speed and physicality brought out the best in DHS — even with the Devils missing a few players […]

Cats take down Tacoma in opener

WEST SACRAMENTO — Jemile Weeks cleared the bases with a triple, providing the big blow in the Sacramento River Cats’ 6-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers on Opening Night at Raley Field in front of 10,387 fans. With the bases loaded in the second inning Thursday night, River Cats second baseman Weeks drove a Luke […]

Cahill’s curve kicks Oakland past Toronto

TORONTO — After spending most of spring training working on his curveball, Trevor Cahill’s extra effort is starting to pay off. Cahill pitched eight strong innings for his first win of the season, Conor Jackson singled home the go-ahead run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, on Thursday. “(Cahill) was outstanding,” Oakland […]

DHS boys volleyball team gets its second straight win

The Davis High boys volleyball team is starting to find its rhythm. The Blue Devils made short work of Elk Grove on Thursday night at The Cage, sweeping the Thundering Herd 25-8, 25-10, 25-10 for their second straight win. “It was good for us. We were missing guys (because of spring break). We had people […]

Aggie gridiron gang starts spring practice

Getting set for one last run at a Great West Conference title, before joining the Big Sky in 2012, the UC Davis football team is ramping up offseason preparations with tri-weekly spring practices that began this week. The Aggies (6-6 in 2010 including 3-1 in conference play) started head coach Bob Biggs’ 19th season on […]

McIlroy leads Masters after Day 1, Watney is seven shots back

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The flair of Rory McIlroy. The sheer power of Alvaro Quiros. These are but two of the fresh faces in golf who offered more evidence Thursday at the Masters that a new generation is on the way. And that’s only going to make it tougher on Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. The […]

DYSA roundup: Abbreviated week two is hotly contested

After a fun first week of games, the Davis Youth Softball Association got back on the field last week for a few thrilling contests, then took the rest of the week off for spring break. Here’s a look at the action: 12U USA vs. Adrenalin Rush: Rebecca Engelhard did it all for the Adrenaline Rush: […]

What’s so soft about a softball?

I’ve often pondered why the game of softball is called what it is. The ball is anything but soft. Actually, the ball is extremely hard. Take it from me, the mom of a daughter who loves pitching. My daughter was about 7 years old when she told me that she wanted to start pitching. Her […]

Youth lacrosse: Knights program has a good week

The Davis Knights’ U15 boys lacrosse team took sole possession of first place in the NCJLA Sacramento North division with two close victories last weekend. In the first matchup, Sam Eaton scored the second of his two goals in the second overtime period to send Davis over the Gold Country Stampede, 10-9. Jed Arvin netted […]

Sharks fall in Anaheim

ANAHEIM — Corey Perry capped his third career hat trick with his NHL-leading 50th goal during a dynamic four-point performance, and the Anaheim Ducks kept pace in a tight playoff race with a 6-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night. Rookie Cam Fowler, Teemu Selanne and Jason Blake also scored as Anaheim […]

Spurs keep NBA’s best record by beating Kings

SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili knows fortunes can change quickly in the NBA. Last week, the Spurs were in jeopardy of losing the top seed in the Western Conference to the Los Angeles Lakers after dropping six straight games. Now, San Antonio has home-court advantage throughout the West playoffs after Ginobili scored 25 points in […]

Devils get ready for Elk Grove with a blowout win

Following Wednesday’s 17-0 shellacking of host Monterey Trail, the Davis High baseball team has now won its first three Delta Valley Conference games without surrendering a run. Blue Devil head coach Dan Ariola knows the string of shutouts will probably end during Friday’s showdown with Elk Grove, which is also 3-0 in league play. But […]

Oakland’s slow start continues

TORONTO — Dallas Braden isn’t panicking about Oakland’s poor start to the season. Travis Snider hit a three-run home run, Yunel Escobar had three hits before leaving with an injury and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Braden and the Athletics, 5-3, on Wednesday night. Oakland has lost four of five to start the season and […]

Lincecum’s gem is what the Giants ordered

SAN DIEGO — All the San Francisco Giants really needed was a big dose of The Freak. Tim Lincecum struck out 13 and held the San Diego Padres to one run and three hits in seven innings to lead the defending World Series champions to just their second win in six games, 8-4 on Wednesday […]