Bailey blows a save as Rangers top A’s

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oakland relievers Joey Devine and Grant Balfour pitched two shutout innings, handing normally reliable closer Andrew Bailey a ninth-inning lead. Bailey got the first two outs in the ninth, and it appeared the Athletics were about to beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers after losing the first two of the four-game series. […]

Post 77 season ends with loss to Lodi

LODI — For whom the bell tolls? If you’re Yolo Post 77, it tolls for thee. When 15th century philosopher John Donne lived, he had no baseball over which to muse. But had he lived today, he probably would have had a curious take on this summer’s Post 77 American League squad. While a 22-11-1 […]

Vacaville 11-12 squad cools off Davis National’s bats

The Davis National 11-12 all-stars entered Saturday’s matchup with Vacaville Central having outscored their opponents 37-0 in the first two games of the Little League District 64 Tournament. But on this day, the arm of Vacaville Central’s Troy Claunch and some early offense by his teammates proved sufficient to extinguish Davis’ hot streak. Claunch struck […]

Third-inning magic lifts Davis American 11-12s

They say that three is a magic number. The Davis American 11-12 all-stars’ third-inning performance during their 11-7 District 64 Tournament victory over Dixon at William Keating Park on Saturday definitely backs that claim up. DALL entered the third frame suffering from a stagnant offense and trailing 2-0, but proceeded to score seven runs to […]

Davis American Juniors look good in opener

VACAVILLE — The transition from Little League to junior-division play for 13- and 14-year-olds can be daunting. There are the rule changes, the field dimensions become MLB size and the level of competition elevates. Mix in the spotlight of District 64 playoffs and the task at hand can be overwhelming. All that said, on Saturday […]

UCD roundup: Former Aggie golfer wins a pro event

OCEANSIDE — Using the skills that helped him capture two Big West Conference individual championships during his UC Davis career, former Aggie men’s golfer Austin Graham didn’t just win his first professional event last week, he dominated the field. Graham shot a three-round total of 23-under 190 at Arrowood Golf Course to win the second […]

Ryan ‘home’ as new DHS girls golf coach

If enthusiasm means anything, new Davis High girls golf coach Amanda Ryan will have her Blue Devil charges picking up where they left off in 2010 — carding some of the best team scores in the region. “I want them to have fun, be good teammates … because I think ultimately that golf is a […]

American 11-12s sent into single elimination

Four first-inning runs by Vacaville American put the Davis American 11-12 all-stars behind the eight-ball early on, and the locals had to fight their way back in a 9-2 loss on Thursday at William Keating Park in Vacaville. The defeat sets up an elimination game for DALL in the District 64 Tournament, as it will […]

DALL 10-11s end tourney run with experience gained

While the Davis American 10-11 all-stars were a bit disappointed with the outcome of their District 64 tournament run — which ended Thursday at the Davis Little League Complex — they found solace in the fact that most of them will get another chance next year. The locals were eliminated from the 10-11 tourney with […]

River Cats finally get a victory

When the Sacramento River Cats put up three first-inning runs for the second straight day on Thursday, they knew not to shift into cruise control. That’s because when the same thing happened Wednesday, it wasn’t enough to prevent a ninth consecutive Cats loss. So on Thursday in Las Vegas, Sacramento backed up its first-inning output […]

Guaranteed AYSO sign-up period almost over

It’s a woman’s world. At least in soccer — globally and locally. While the USA has a tall order in World Cup play Sunday against Brazil, it’s interesting to note that this weekend Davis plays host to the Legacy Showcase for girls from under-12 into their 20s. We’re just coming off Davis High’s third Sac-Joaquin […]

Another day, another rout for Davis National 11-12s

It’s a good thing the Davis National 11-12-year-old all-stars have an off day from Little League District 64 tournament competition on Friday because they must be tired of swinging bats and running around the bases. Everything has gone right for DNLL in its first two tourney games. After Thursday’s 21-0 victory over Winters, the locals […]

Driven batty, Lodi falls to Yolo in legion playoffs

LODI — With apologies to Frosty the Snowman … “There must have been some magic in that ol’ strong bat they found, ’cause when they placed it on the ball, Yolo players began to dance around.” On Thursday afternoon, in a mercy-rule-shortened 10-0 Post 77 District 6 American Legion playoff victory, there were enough story […]

North to Alaska for Davis cycling visitors

Their trek started deep in the heart of Texas — and will end in Anchorage, Alaska, 4,771 miles and 70 days later. The Austin 4000, a group of about 20 cyclists from the University of Texas, were scheduled to arrive in Davis on Friday after blazing down the Sierra from South Lake Tahoe. Their touchdown […]