Sports briefs: Blue Devils have good moments at Elite baseball tourney

Despite dropping four games at the Buchanan Elite Tournament in Fresno, it wasn’t hard for skipper Dan Ariola to find positives for the Davis High summer baseball squad. “The outcomes were tough but we were playing good teams and it’s good to be playing against good competition,” Ariola said. “We are working to get better and […]

DALL 10-11s go the distance in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — Down 11-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning of Saturday’s Little League District 64 10-11 All-Star tournament contest against Vacaville Central, the Davis American squad appeared destined to have its day cut short. The Little League’s mercy rule mandates that all games with a deficit of 10 or more after five innings be ended, […]

Sports briefs: UCD’s Houston, Hansen are water polo All-Americans

UC Davis senior Keelia Houston — a Davis High graduate — and junior Allyson Hansen each earned honorable mention when the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches chose its 2015 All-America teams last week. The two Aggies were named to the All-Big West Conference second team in April. Houston, a two-time Sac-Joaquin Section MVP and the […]

Balk call is key as Kansas City edges Oakland

OAKLAND — Long after his afternoon was over, Scott Kazmir was still unsure why he was called for a balk in the third inning. It turned out to be a pivotal moment in the Oakland Athletics’ 3-2 loss to the best team in the American League, and Kazmir couldn’t understand why — even after talking […]

Sources: Hawkins to play on Kings summer squad

According to Comcast SportsNet’s Sacramento Kings insider Bill Herenda, former UC Davis star Corey Hawkins will play for the Sacramento Kings summer league team next month. The NBA’s summer league, which begins in Orlando, continues in Utah and concludes in Las Vegas, runs from July 4-20. After winning the Big West Conference Player of the Year award […]

Golf roundup: Langer and Maggert are tied for U.S. Senior Open lead

SACRAMENTO — The crammed leaderboard at the U.S. Senior Open has some familiar faces heading into the final round and one notable name nobody expected to challenge for another major. Good luck predicting what will happen Sunday. Bernhard Langer and Jeff Maggert shared the lead at 5-under 205 at Del Paso, where conditions cooled off […]

A good run: NorCal Special Olympics

Team Davis competitors were among the nearly 700 kids and adults with special needs participating in track & field, swimming, bocce and tennis on Saturday as the Northern California Special Olympics were contested at UC Davis this weekend.

Giants rally past Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew Susac usually takes a back seat to Buster Posey. For at least one day, they shared the spotlight. Posey drove in two runs, and Susac had a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally the San Francisco Giants to a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. The Rockies […]

Baldwin’s big day helps Dixon defeat DNLL 11-12s

DIXON — Welcome to the windy — but not so friendly for Davis — confines of Wrigley Field West. With a stiff wind blowing out to left, Davis National and Dixon combined for five round-trippers and 18 runs in what became a six-run hometown victory at Hall Memorial Park. In winning 12-6, Dixon used two […]

Bats come out for Davis National 10-11s in victory

VACAVILLE — The bats started hot and stayed strong throughout for the Davis National 10-11-year-old All-Stars in a 12-5 victory over Dixon in the opening game of the Little League District 64 Tournament at Centennial Park. Behind 13 hits and seven bases on balls, Davis cruised to a win that was never close. “Our bats were great (Saturday). That […]

Davis American 11-12 All-Stars play tough in 8-6 loss

DIXON — The Davis American 11-12-year-old All-Stars kept the flame burning right down to the final out, but eventually dropped an 8-6 decision to Vacaville Central in Saturday’s opening round of the District 64 Little League playoffs. “There was a lot of good hitting from our team,” DALL manager Jose Romero said after watching his charges bang […]

Kings choose Cauley-Stein at No. 6; Hawkins looks ahead to summer league

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Kings drafted Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein with the sixth overall pick Thursday night, adding an elite defender to one of the NBA’s worst defensive teams. Vice President Vlade Divac chose Cauley-Stein in his first major move since taking over the organization this offseason from departed general manager Pete D’Alessandro. Meanwhile, UC Davis […]

Next UCD athletic director working right under everyone’s noses

When UC Davis Interim Athletic Director Teresa Gould told me earlier this month that the start of the search for former AD Terry Tumey’s replacement had been pushed back to about the end of 2015, it made me think … Was this a subtle hint that maybe, just maybe, Mrak Hall considers Gould a permanent replacement […]

Golf roundup: Watson dazzles Sacramento spectators

SACRAMENTO — Tom Watson has accomplished more in golf than most players ever will. The 65-year-old nearly pulled off a feat Thursday even he had never done: shoot his age in a major championship. So what if it’s the senior tour? Watson took advantage of cooler morning conditions to shoot a 4-under 66, grabbing a […]