Giants win both ends of a doubleheader at Wrigley

CHICAGO — If Barry Zito is going to permanently reclaim a spot in the Giants’ rotation, he’ll need more starts like this. Zito returned from the disabled list and threw seven strong innings, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-3, on Tuesday night for a sweep of a day-night doubleheader. “I was […]

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South Carolina repeats in a CWS sweep

OMAHA, Neb. — South Carolina clinched its second straight national championship with a performance different from most of its others at this year’s College World Series. No drama was necessary. Michael Roth pitched 7 2/3 innings on three days’ rest and the Gamecocks were in control throughout a 5-2 victory over Florida that completed a […]

He threw 115 mph. My dad swore it’s true

Sometimes I am the luckiest man on the face of the Earth. About two months ago, my friends Jeff March and Marti Childs at EditPros here in town, recommended me to a representative of the trust of Joe DiMaggio. The idea was for me to write a retrospective of the Yankee Clipper’s 56-game hitting streak […]

Greiner Athlete of the Week (6/29/11): DLL’s Thomas Brooks

As the Davis Little League American 9-/10-year-old all-stars go blazing through the District 64 competition at this week’s tournament in Dixon, Thomas Brooks has wielded a very big bat in a lineup full of standout offensive performances. For Brooks’ 6-for-10 showing in his team’s first three games — which has included eight RBI, six runs […]

Cheney uses her head as U.S. Women open World Cup with win

DRESDEN, Germany — Once, twice, three times and then a fourth, Lauren Cheney launched a shot with her foot only to watch it go right into the hands of the North Korean goalkeeper. Finally, she used her head. And just like that, the Americans looked more like a team that could contend for a third […]

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Little League tournament teams champing at bit

Rain, rain, go away. These guys from Davis Little League are ready to roll. With almost 100 all-stars from eight teams in four divisions, the local tournament entrants already have started fast in the 9-/10-year-old gathering in Dixon, while the remainder of the DLL squads swing into District 64 action next week. At Hall Memorial Park, […]

UCD’s Popkins gets All-West Region

In 2007, UC Davis star Daniel Descalso was the first Aggie ever to earn a spot on the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Division I All-West Region Team. Descalso now plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. Now, UCD designated hitter David Popkins is on his way to following in Descalso’s footsteps. Popkins was named to the all-region second team […]

Davis man competes in world’s highest endurance race

Check it out What: Honza Rejmanek’s third bid to win the X-Alps race When and where: Starting at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 17, in Salzburg, Austria, and ending 10 to 12 days later in Monaco Watch it: Follow the race in real time at http://www.redbullXAlps.com You can help: To support Rejmanek’s efforts, donations can be made […]

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DLL Nationals’ comeback falls short, 9-5

DIXON — They came out stiff, did the Davis National Little League 9-10-division All-Stars, falling seven runs behind after three innings. But once they warmed up on this bone-chilling Monday night, the Nationals showed they had plenty of baseball left in them before losing a District 64 tournament contest, 9-5, to Vacaville Central at Hall […]

White flags wave at Davis American Little Leaguers

DIXON — Mercy, mercy, mercy. For the third consecutive game, the Davis American Little Leaguers walked off with a 10-run-rule victory in the 9-10-year-old division of the District 64 playoffs at Hall Memorial Park. This time, Vacaville National fell victim, 12-2, on Monday before almost 200 fans. “The boys are playing really well,” DALL manager […]

MLB roundup: Bankruptcy filing doesn’t slow Dodgers offense

MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Kemp had four hits, including his NL-leading 22nd home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed skidding Minnesota, 15-0, on Monday. The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to […]

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Aces double down in Sacramento

After winning the first game of the series on Saturday, Sacramento dropped Sunday’s contest, 9-2, then experienced déjà vu on Monday. The Aces used a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by Brandon Allen’s two-run homer, to defeat the River Cats by that score for the second consecutive day. Sacramento starter Doug Mathis continued a tough season […]

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Gamecocks take wild first game at CWS

OMAHA, Neb. — Christian Walker, cleared to play with a broken wrist a half-hour before the game, scored from first base on two throwing errors in the 11th inning and defending champion South Carolina beat Florida, 2-1, in Game 1 of the College World Series final Monday night. In a finish that looked a lot […]

Sports briefs: DHS’ deVries brings her blocking to Dominican

Former Davis High middle blocker Rachael deVries will play volleyball next season at Dominican University, a Division II school in San Rafael. The 5-foot-10 deVries is one of five recruits who will bring height to the Penguins and are expected to make an immediate impact on a Dominican squad that has just one senior on […]