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Crisp’s big hit helps A’s

OAKLAND — Leadoff hitter Coco Crisp tinkered with his swing for a few days and finally got the results he has been looking for. That is critical for an Oakland Athletics team trying to hang on in the AL West after owning the best record in baseball for a majority of the season. Crisp hit […]

Sacramento scores early to snap skid

WEST SACRAMENTO — Early offense helped propel the Sacramento River Cats over Oklahoma City, 7-4, in a Tuesday series finale at Raley Field. The Cats (73-58) ended a three-game losing streak — all against the RedHawks (68-64) — by scoring four times in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sacramento second baseman Colin Walsh delivered a two-run […]

UCD roundup: Aggie gymnasts are awesome at academics

Five UC Davis gymnasts — Taylor Baron, Madeline Kennedy, Kailyn Ono, Cassandra Quebral and Lisa Wiktorski — and the team as a whole captured academic awards when the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches for Women announced its choices this week. The UCD squad was honored for its 3.1406 combined grade-point average. This is the third […]

Aggie QB is back to pass … Touchdown, Tina! Tina?

The receiver goes 10 yards downfield, cuts to the right and shakes the cornerback. Aggie signal-caller Randy Wright is right on target and the wideout takes in the throw for a 12-yard gain. For Wright, the throw was old hat. For ex-UC Davis basketball standout Tina (Galaxidas) Watts — the throw’s recipient — it was all in […]

I’m not an ‘athlete,’ but curling is difficult

Have you ever turned on the Winter Olympics and asked yourself, “What is going on right now? Why are these people playing shuffleboard on ice with brooms?” “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy” and even James Bond have all poked fun at this traditional Scottish sport. I’m talking about curling, of course. And it’s harder than it […]

Hard hoops schedule features defending national champs at UCD

Attention, Aggie Nation: Don’t be left out of this one … On Friday, Nov. 14, the UC Davis women’s basketball team tips off the regular season with two-time defending champion Connecticut at The Pavilion. No one knows how far the Aggies have come since last December’s 97-37 ambush by the Huskies in Hartford, Conn., but […]

River Cats fall but look to playoffs

WEST SACRAMENTO — A six-run fifth inning powered Oklahoma City past the host Sacramento River Cats, 7-0, on Monday, but an announcement earlier in the day made the loss easier to take. That’s because the Cats (72-58) put tickets to the 2014 Pacific Coast League playoffs on sale at the Raley Field ticket office and www.rivercats.com. […]

New practice facility named for benevolent Watsons

When the pitch-practice layout at El Macero Country Club opens in mid-October, it will have an official name — The John and Diane Watson Short Game Training Facility. The announcement was made Monday night at the UC Davis Aggie golf program fundraiser, held at the country club’s restaurant. The Watsons were principal donors in getting the […]

Bicycling Hall of Fame announces 4 new members

Road-racing icon Inga Thompson, former International Cycling Union champ Sara Ballantyne, velodrome pioneer Charles Winter and longtime mentor and race organizer Jerry Casale Jr. will be inducted as the 2014 class of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. Local shrine President Anthony Costello made the announcement Monday. “The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is proud […]

Republic FC makes strides on and off the field

As it approaches the home stretch of its inaugural USL PRO season, Sacramento Republic FC is making waves both on and off the pitch. Thanks to a 6-1 away win Sunday against the Orange County Blues, Sacramento became the third team to clinch a playoff spot, improving its record to 14-6-3 in the midst of a six-game unbeaten […]

Sports briefs: Wright tallies two more times as U.S. takes sixth

Despite two more goals from Davis High sophomore Cameron Wright — his seventh and eighth of the tourney in just six games — the U.S. Men’s Cadet National Water Polo Team fell to Croatia in Saturday’s fifth-place contest of the Darko Cucic Memorial Tournament. After going 3-3 at the international event, contested in Belgrade, Serbia, the American […]

Aggie linebackers — thanks to depth and health — ready to create havoc

Linebackers Steven Pitts and Ryan Dimino played in every game during UC Davis’ 5-7 season in 2013. Pitts was the team’s second-leading tackler with 74 and Dimino knocked 53 opposing ball-carriers off their feet. Good numbers for two healthy guys. But healthy these guys weren’t. On occasion, according to linebackers/special teams coach Jeff Copp, Pitts […]

Braves nip A’s

ATLANTA — Chris Johnson drove in two runs with three hits, Julio Teheran threw six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves edged the suddenly struggling Oakland Athletics, 4-3, on Saturday. The A’s, who began the day with the best record in the majors, matched their worst skid of the season by losing four in a […]

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