Panama hands U.S. another loss in Gold Cup third-place game

CHESTER, Pa. — Music and shouts of celebration blasted from the Panama locker room next door as U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann tried to put another positive spin on another loss. Backup goalkeeper Luis Mejia saved two penalty kicks in the shootout, and an inspired Panamanian team ended a trying week with a medal, beating the […]

Bumgarner does it all as Giants beat A’s

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner took another step toward cementing his status as the best-hitting pitcher in the majors. The Giants’ three-time All-Star was still more pleased with what he did on the mound than at the plate. Bumgarner hit a home run and pitched seven innings for his third consecutive win, and San Francisco […]

Froome has tunnel vision on Tour de France title

SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France — The road snaked back and forth like spaghetti stuck to a wall, 18 hairpin bends, climbed for the first time in the 112-year history of the Tour de France. Curiously, there were no crowds on this spectacular vista just perfect for the television age. Police decided that the two-mile stretch of bends […]

A’s trade Kazmir, then fall to Blue Jays

OAKLAND — The veterans on the Oakland Athletics — the few who have been on the team long enough to understand, anyway — have grown accustomed to watching teammates get traded away unexpectedly. It still never gets any easier when it happens. Hours after scheduled starter Scott Kazmir was traded to Houston for two minor […]

Curtin finds his calling in jiu jitsu

Aaron Curtin recently finished first in his division at the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation American National Tournament in Las Vegas. He’s also won his weight class at the Gracie Nationals, the Jiu Jitsu Grand Prix and the American Cup. He’s won his division at the World Championships twice and is ranked eighth in the world at 116 […]

Sports briefs: Good showing for local trail runners in Tahoe

A pair of Davis athletes shined in last weekend’s Tahoe Rim Trail race — known as one of the most difficult trail runs in the nation. Paolo Castiglioni, 46, crossed the finish line in 21 hours, 14 minutes and 24 seconds to takes second overall in the 100-mile event, while Caren Spore was fifth overall […]

Republic FC notebook: Donovan visits Sacramento

In an otherwise slow week, with Sacramento Republic FC off until next month, perhaps the greatest American soccer player made waves on social media by visiting the Capital City for an apparent meeting with mayor Kevin Johnson and Republic ownership. On Thursday morning, the former NBA All-Star tweeted a picture of USA legend Landon Donovan meeting with […]

Sloppy play costs Post 77

WOODLAND — Yolo Post 77 skipper Dave Ryan knew his team would have to play mistake-free baseball in Thursday night’s American Legion Area 1 Tournament matchup with Petaluma, a disciplined squad coached by Sonoma State assistant Casey Gilroy. The locals, however, came out a little sloppy — and that was all it took for the Leghorns to […]

Wire briefs: San Francisco powers past Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Brandon Belt hit a tying solo home run in the sixth inning and Buster Posey hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. Matt Cain pitched six strong innings in his fourth start of […]

Pitching and defense lead Post 77 in Area 1 opener

WOODLAND — Most baseball games follow the mantra, “Numbers never lie.” But while the statistics seemed to favor the visiting Fairfield Expos on Wednesday, Yolo Post 77 had the upper hand in the most important stat: the score. Thanks to excellent pitching and defense, Post 77 triumphed, 4-1, over the visiting Expos in its Area 1 […]

Local rugger Fry says U.S. team finding its legs

SACRAMENTO — USA Rugby knows a hotbed of the sport when it sees it. For the second straight year, the American national team returns to Bonney Field, this time for a Pacific Nations Cup showdown with Japan on Saturday. Last year, a sellout crowd in the home of soccer’s Republic FC saw the U.S. stop a […]

Jamaica smokes U.S. in Gold Cup semis

ATLANTA — The United States had everything on its side. History. A raucous home crowd. And, supposedly, the better team. None of it prevented Jamaica from handing the Americans their biggest upset defeat. The Reggae Boyz stunned the U.S. with a pair of first-half goals, one off a blunder by goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and held […]

Aggies lose a legend in John Pappa

John Pappa, a longtime coach and educator best known for a decorated 27-year career at UC Davis, died late Saturday night in his home in McCloud. He was 85. Later enshrined in the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame, Pappa coached football, track and field and cross country for various stretches from 1965 to 1992. After […]

Chihuahuas cruise past Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO — While more than 7,000 Sacramento fans took the day off from their office jobs, the River Cats found themselves having one of those days as they dropped their matinee contest with the El Paso Chihuahuas, 15-2, on Wednesday afternoon at Raley Field. The Cats fell to 43-55 and remain in last place […]