49ers pick Missouri DE at No. 7

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers looked past big-name Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert and picked his lesser-known defensive teammate instead. Soon, the Niners could feature incumbent quarterback Alex Smith on one side of the ball and new rookie Aldon Smith on the other. San Francisco believes it found something special in Aldon Smith, who […]

Giants’ Vogelsong beats former team

PITTSBURGH — After almost five years of playing in Japan, Salt Lake, Lehigh Valley and other spots, simply being announced as a starting pitcher in the majors once again was quite the thrill for Ryan Vogelsong. “It was a sense of accomplishment for me before the first pitch had even started,” he said. “I was […]

Sports briefs: UCD’s Big Sky schedule released through 2015

Rivalry games at Cal Poly and at Aggie Stadium against Sacramento State will highlight UC Davis’ first-ever Big Sky Conference season in 2012, as the league announced conference schedules through 2015 on Thursday. The Big Sky will expand to 13 teams next season with the addition of the Aggies, Mustangs, Southern Utah and North Dakota, […]

Barbaria tosses four-hitter; Devils now 6-1 in DVC

ELK GROVE — Alex Barbaria tossed a four-hit shutout as Davis High forced an 11-0 mercy-rule softball victory at Laguna Creek on Thursday. In control all the way, Barbaria had a nine-hit attack — to which she contributed a pair of singles — support her sparkling outing. Laguna committed eight errors while the second-place Blue […]

DHS coaches pleased with trials, eye DVC finale

The formality of qualifying for the Delta Valley Conference swim trials are behind the Blue Devils and heading into Friday’s final, both Davis High boys and girls coaches are confident. “We accomplished what we wanted to. (Friday), a lot of our kids were competing against each other and it’s my hope we’ll qualify four swimmers […]

Palo Alto, DVC are great Devil swim tune-ups

Swimming fans will have to go back to 1588 — when the English defeated the seemingly invincible Spanish Armada — to find a more intriguing “high-seas” adventure than what might be ahead at the Sac-Joaquin Section meet May 12-14 at Tokay. Once the spray from Friday’s Delta Valley Conference finals evaporates, Davis High’s boys and […]

No surprise Husky star in the heart of local player

By Morgan Price “Excellence is the result of bearing more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.” This is a favorite quote of Danielle Lawrie’s — an Olympic softball superstar who isn’t famous outside the […]

Local U14 teams deadlock in DYSA thriller

In under-14 competition, the Davis Youth Softball Association Enforcers and Dynamite tied 6-6 this week. Enforcer Neia Wixson was 2-for-4 (two great bunts) and Sara Wixson’s double accounted for two, sixth-inning RBI. Madison Lowrie’s sacrifice brought in Sara Wixson with the tying run while Sarah Taylor added a double and single and two RBI. Haleigh […]

Big sticks come in Giants DYSA victory, 18-8

Davis Youth Softball Association under-12 Giants brought out the big sticks in an 18-8 victory over The Other Guys this week. Mickey Cross hammered two home runs, Shasta Fields had three singles, Allison Mitchell and Claire Michael had two hits apiece. Jaime Browne, Megan Hanley and Angelica Tujo singled for the winners. DeWit and Fields […]

NBA roundup: Spurs stay alive with OT victory

SAN ANTONIO — Gary Neal caught an inbounds pass with 1.7 seconds left and forced overtime with a 3-point heave as time expired, and San Antonio Spurs staved off elimination with a 110-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Neal’s straightaway 3-pointer was the second of two remarkable San Antonio baskets in the final 2.2 […]

Eckels lowers ERA under 0.50 as Davis wins

With a pitching staff whose earned run average is under 1.19 for the season, Davis High hurlers can make 2-0 leads stand up all day long. But in addition to the miserly mound members, the 16-3-1 Blue Devils have seen some renewed pop at the plate over the past few games. For example, in Wednesday’s […]

Pirates shut down Giants

PITTSBURGH — James McDonald had a reason to celebrate for the first time this season. Madison Bumgarner is still waiting his turn. McDonald pitched six sharp innings on Wednesday for his first victory of the season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants, 2-0. He allowed four hits and four walks while striking […]

A’s beat Angels in a wild ending

ANAHEIM — The Oakland Athletics avoided what would have been another sweep by the Los Angeles Angels because outfielders Vernon Wells and Peter Bourjos weren’t able to avoid each other. Cliff Pennington opened the 10th inning with a triple off Wells’ glove and scored on Conor Jackson’s groundout, helping the Athletics win 2-1 on Wednesday. Former […]

DHS track and field speeds past Grant

The Davis High track and field teams are getting very comfortable on their brand-new digs inside Ron & Mary Brown Stadium. Just days after hosting and performing well in the Halden Invitational — and reviving an area tradition that had been dormant for two decades — the Blue Devil boys and girls hosted Grant on […]