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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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UCD women sweep Big West golf awards

After a record-setting performance in winning the Big West Conference golf championship — the UC Davis women defended their title by 18 strokes last week — the Aggies were rewarded with some considerable hardware on Tuesday. Sophomore Demi Runas was named the league’s Women’s Golfer of the Year, Anne Walker was selected Big West Coach […]

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Davis man leads effort to bring 2022 Winter Games to Tahoe

A Davis man is launching a campaign to bring the Winter Olympics to Northern California. Michael Faust is president of the 11-member California Winter Games Committee, an organization started in January to explore the option of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Lake Tahoe area. California last hosted the Winter Olympics in 1960 at Squaw […]

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Sports briefs: Davis Hoops squad gets a win

The Davis Hoops Wildcats’ boys U13 White team 1 split games at Hardwood Palace on Saturday. First, matched up against a much taller E One T One team, the Wildcats used a hustling defense to counteract their opponents’ rebounding advantage. The strategy worked for a 51-46 victory, as Davis’ Kevin Austin, Kyle Katzenmeyer, Will Bodendorfer and […]

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Angels get spark from call-up in win over A’s

ANAHEIM  — The promotion of diminutive infielder Alexi Amarista from Triple-A resulted in some instant offense for the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. Amarista, who is just 5-foot-7, hit a two-run double on the third pitch he ever saw in the major leagues and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth to lead the […]

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Giants’ Ford scampers home in the 10th to beat Bucs

PITTSBURGH — As soon as Neil Walker turned his head to make the throw to first, Darren Ford took off. Ford let his instincts take over — and when you have speed like Ford’s, of course your instincts will tell you to run. Ford scored from third on a grounder hit to the second baseman […]

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Cats win on Horton’s walk-off

Trailing for most of the game Tuesday, Sacramento tied things up in the seventh inning, then won when shortstop Josh Horton knocked in a run in the bottom of the ninth. Horton’s single brought home Anthony Recker as the River Cats defeated Tucson, 3-2 at Raley Field. Recker had earned a walk and moved the […]

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Sports briefs: Devils give Cards a tough volleyball match

A few unforced errors sprinkled throughout the match were the difference on Tuesday as the Davis High boys volleyball played Laguna Creek close, but fell in four games. The Cardinals were the superior team at the net, but needed every one of their strong attacks in a 26-24, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20 victory over the visiting […]

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DHS golfers overcome Moore’s 70 to win by 1

When a school plays team golf — competition in which the five best scores are counted from six chosen players — any congregate score under 400 is considered powerful. On Tuesday, Davis High shot a brilliant 385 at Wildhorse Golf Course … and it still needed every par, birdie and lucky shot to squeak out […]

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Locals balk at paying for new arena

Everyone loves the Sacramento Kings and wants to keep the cash cow from skipping to Southern California, but Yolo officials have balked at paying for a downtown Sacramento arena with local tax dollars. A proposal emerged earlier this week to band six counties in the Sacramento region together, including Yolo, and pool government monies. The […]