Woodland comes up clutch to win at Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Gary Woodland, a pure athlete who only started serious golf competition eight years ago, figured out quickly that hitting the ball from here to the moon was not going to help him win tournaments. Perhaps it was only fitting that his biggest shot Sunday at the Transitions Championship came with his […]

No. 16 Ags split water polo doubleheader

BERKELEY — Sophomores Jessica Dunn and Carmen Eggert each totaled four goals as 16th-ranked UC Davis split a women’s water polo doubleheader at Spieker Aquatic Center on Sunday. The Aggies stormed to a 17-8 win over George Washington in early-morning action, then fell to No. 2 California by a 15-7 final. UCD moves to 13-6 […]

Aggie golfers in second place against top teams

SAN DIEGO — Paced by Amy Simanton’s 1-under 71 and four Aggies in the top 35, the No. 18 UC Davis women’s golf team made an early statement at the Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn, finishing Sunday in second place and in front of five teams ranked in the top 10. The high-powered tournament features […]

UCD roundup: Alvarez represents Aggies at NCAAs

AUSTIN, Texas — UC Davis freshman Liliana Alvarez completed her final event at the 2011 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, finishing 45th overall in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.15. The Aggies speedster was even better on Friday, taking 23rd overall in the 100 breast. Alvarez’s time of 1:00.96 […]

Couture hurt in Sharks victory

SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski had two goals and an assist Saturday and the San Jose Sharks beat the St. Louis Blues 5-3 on a night they might have lost one of their top scorers to an injury. San Jose jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than 8 minutes in and thoroughly dominated the […]

NBA roundup: Clippers lock down Cavs

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin had 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, Eric Gordon scored 29 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Cleveland 100-92 on Saturday to end a nine-game losing streak against the Cavaliers. About 1½ hours before tipoff, the arena was in lockdown while police subdued a knife-wielding man who got past […]

College men: Butler knocks out No. 1 Pitt in wild game

WASHINGTON — Matt Howard made one free throw with 0.8 seconds left to cap a wild final sequence, and Butler added another amazing victory to its list of NCAA tournament upsets, eliminating top-seeded Pittsburgh 71-70 Saturday. Each team had a chance to win it from the foul line in the last 2 seconds. After Butler’s […]

Sports briefs: Wilkins sisters to play in Optimist Game

Local fans will have one last chance to see Davis High’s Malika and Khaliya Wilkins in action as the twin basketball stars were selected to play in the Sacramento-area’s annual Optimist Game. The contest will be played at Center High School on April 2 at 4 p.m. The Wilkins sisters are playing for the South […]

Aggie women can’t stay with Stanford in NCAA first-round loss

PALO ALTO — Everyone associated with UC Davis women’s basketball knew it was asking a lot: The 16th-seeded Aggies were at top-seeded Stanford for a first-round NCAA tournament game. When the last shot clanked off the rim, the powerful Cardinal had beaten the Big West Tournament champs, 86-59, at Maples Pavilion to advance to a […]

End of an Aggie basketball era. Or is it?

It’s time to turn the Paige, so to speak. And say “hi-de-ho” to Heidi. One of the most successful eras in UC Davis athletic history has come to an end with the Aggies’ 86-59 loss to Stanford in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Or has it? Departing players Paige Mintun and Heidi Heintz and their […]

College women: St. John’s advances to play Stanford

STANFORD — Nadirah McKenith scored 14 points, and Eugeneia McPherson had 10 to lead St. John’s over Texas Tech, 55-50, on Saturday in an NCAA Tournament first-round game at Maples Pavilion. Centhya Hart added six points and nine rebounds for the ninth-seeded Red Storm (22-10), who held the Lady Raiders to only one basket for […]

DHS boys beat Jesuit in a 3OT lacrosse thriller

This was lacrosse at its best. When the Davis High and Jesuit boys teams locked horns on Friday afternoon, it took three overtimes to decided the outcome — an 8-7 Blue Devil victory. Tied 7-7 at the end of regulation, neither team could break through until 17 seconds remained in the third extra period. It […]

Watney in good position after three rounds of Transitions

PALM HARBOR, Fla. —Nine players were separated by only three shots going into Sunday’s final round of the Transitions Championship, and while most of them don’t have leader Justin Rose’s winning experience, there is a name that is hard to ignore. Davis High graduate Nick Watney, who is coming off a World Golf Championship title last […]

DHS girls lacrosse comes back to beat Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart’s girls lacrosse team was undefeated in 2011 — until it came to Halden Field inside Ron & Mary Brown Stadium. On Friday, Davis High shrugged off some early struggles and came from behind to feed the Gators a 14-12 defeat. The Blue Devils were down 5-0 before Mari Cajandig found Kiki Tanaka for […]