Synchronized swimming has found a niche in Davis’ aquatic sports

By Heidi Holmblad “Open, open, close, close, close,” Becky Diel commanded, while festooning her daughter’s eyes with eyeliner, shadow and mascara, getting her makeup perfect for her synchronized swimming routine. That’s the glamor part of synchronized swimming. That part happens after all the work, perfecting figures and routines. Behind the headpieces, make-up and sequined swimming […]

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Personal bests abound for ‘Monsters swimmers

ROCKLIN — It was a rousing showing for AquaMonsters swimmers last weekend at the Gold Conference meet as two local girls teams established new league records in 200-yard relays. Meanwhile, 94 Davis splashers established new personal bests in one or more events. “The AquaMonsters team goal is (to) swim their personal best at each swim […]

Teo’s time never came, but we remember him

Teo Villanueva was a popular student-athlete who never got a chance to share most of his gifts with us. A 1988 graduate of Davis, Teo was a solid young man. If you know any of the talent-rich, generous Villanuevas, eventually Teo would have made his mark, giving back, helping others and throwing in a heaping […]

Shake-ups in the X-Alps race gaggle

Paragliding pilots flying together are called a “gaggle.” Transient gaggles have been common in this year’s edition of the Red Bull X-Alps race from Salzburg, Austria, to Monaco. Of the eight athletes who trail the field, five were within 4 km of each other at the end of the day Monday. The pilots in the […]

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A’s rally to nip Rays

The Associated Press OAKLAND — Conor Jackson hit a two-run double in the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied from three runs down to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-5 on Monday night. Cliff Pennington homered for the second time in four games and David DeJesus added two hits, including an RBI single to […]

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Rain delays Seattle’s trouncing

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira each homered and drove in three runs, Freddy Garcia stifled his former team and the New York Yankees handed the snakebit Seattle Mariners their 16th straight loss, 10-3, on Monday. A rain delay of 1 hour, 57 minutes was the only thing that slowed […]

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River Cats rout Reno

WEST SACRAMENTO — Michael Taylor was a triple short of the cycle and collected five RBIs as Sacramento topped Reno 10-1 on Monday night at Raley Field. The left fielder hit a two-run double in the fourth inning, a two-run homer in the sixth and an RBI single in the seventh. Sacramento third baseman Kevin […]

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On your mark, get set … DHS athletic teams are ready to go

When new girls golf coach Amanda Ryan was named last month, all nine Davis High School fall sports became locked and loaded for the upcoming school year. Ryan, a 2004 graduate of DHS, two weeks ago started the process of meeting parents and assessing who might be playing for the Blue Devils beginning next month. […]

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Harbaugh gears up to get going with Niners at last

SANTA CLARA (AP) — Jim Harbaugh is suddenly experiencing all of the anxiety that comes with being a first-year NFL coach — one who has been forced into hurry-up mode because of the lockout. After the national hype surrounding his hiring more than six months ago — he was wooed away from nearby Stanford on […]

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S.F. Giants honored at White House

By Henry Schulman WASHINGTON — Manager Bruce Bochy handed President Obama a No. 44 Giants jersey, the standard gift when a championship team is feted at the White House. Then, Matt Cain threw Obama a curve by giving him a bat emblazoned with the president’s name and signed by the team. ”That’s beautiful,” Obama said […]

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Norwegian hopes victory will lift grieving country

SHANGHAI (AP) — For a minute or two, Norwegian swimmer Alexander Dale Oen was able to block out the massacre and concentrate on nothing but the pool. Then, as soon as he won the 100-meter breaststroke Monday, he pointed to the Norwegian flag on his cap. He rose from the water and flexed his biceps […]

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Accord by NFL players, owners ends 18-week lockout

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of public nastiness and private negotiations, of court filings and rulings, of players and owners squabbling over more than $9 billion a year, NFL fans finally saw the handshake and heard the words they awaited: “Football’s back.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association head DeMaurice Smith both used […]

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Cross country parents, athletes meeting Thursday

A meeting for parents and athletes interested in the Davis High School cross country team fall season will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Gym at DHS. Official practices will begin on Aug. 15. Sport physicals must be completed in order for athletes to participate in practice and meets. Please contact coach Bill […]

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Maurer passes Matterhorn on the way to Monaco

Christian “Chrigel” Maurer of Switzerland maintained a sizable lead in the Red Bull X-Alps race Sunday despite his 24-hour penalty. He passed the Matterhorn in the paragliding/hiking race from Salzburg, Austria, to Monaco and is partway to Mont Blanc, one turnpoint away from his final destination, the Mediterranean sea. Toma Coconea of Romania ran 61 […]

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