New-look 49ers hope for fresh start under Tomsula

SANTA CLARA — The mass exodus of big-name players, starters and stars on both sides of the ball made headlines all offseason for the San Francisco 49ers. Meanwhile, new coach Jim Tomsula worked to assemble his team and an experienced coaching staff. Many wonder whether San Francisco can contend with all the turnover and departures […]

Giants get their 12th win in 13 games

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer to help rookie Chris Heston win his fifth consecutive decision, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-2, on Monday night for their sixth straight victory. Heston (11-5) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings as the defending World Series champions moved […]

River Cats do it all in doubleheader sweep

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After an unexpected rain storm washed away Sunday night’s game, Sacramento wrapped up its series in Albuquerque by smashing the Isotopes in both ends of a Monday doubleheader. The River Cats (46-57) excelled in both halves of all 14 frames on Tuesday at Isotopes Park, winning the two seven-inning games, 10-0 then 10-1. On the hill, […]

Helmus is on an impressive ‘Empty Nest Quest’

In the fall of 2009, Joann Helmus and her husband Mark — both optometrists at Helmus + Baker Optometry in downtown Davis‚ saw their youngest son Nolan off to college. Suddenly, after 24 years of raising children, Joann and Mark had no kids left in the house. It’s a pretty common situation for parents across the […]

Sports briefs: Relay For Life’s 24-hour run starts Saturday

Community members will fight cancer by walking continuously from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday on the track at Harper Junior High, 4000 E. Covell Blvd. as part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The relay, which symbolizes the never-ending fight against cancer, raises thousands of dollars locally to fund research for a […]

UCD football announces fall game times

The 2015 UC Davis football schedule — during which the Aggies will attempt to bounce back from last year’s disappointing 2-9 campaign — is getting closer to completion as game times for outings against Nevada and Hawaii were announced last week. This leaves only the season-ending Causeway Classic (Nov. 21) at Sacramento State to be […]

Froome adds to British Tour de France dominance

PARIS — All for one, one for all, and all bathed in yellow. Arms over each other’s shoulders, linked together in a long line of happiness, Tour de France winner Chris Froome and his teammates pedaled slowly over the finish line, soaking up the applause Sunday on the Champs-Elysees. Three weeks of furious racing, of […]

River Cats score early but can’t hang on

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sacramento came out swinging on Saturday — scoring five times in the first two innings — but couldn’t make the lead stick as Albuquerque took advantage of three River Cats’ errors to take the contest, 9-6, at Isotopes Park. The Cats (44-57) opened the scoring when Adam Duvall’s sacrifice fly brought home Everth […]

Santa Rosa ends Post 77’s season

WOODLAND — After a loss the night before sent his American Legion team into the elimination round of the Area 1 Tournament, coach Dave Ryan told The Enterprise that Yolo Post 77 needed to come out hard on Friday. The locals did just that against Santa Rosa, scoring twice in the top of the first […]

John Pappa’s Aggie influence seen everywhere

“He was just one of those special guys who always put his athletes first. His main interests were those players’ welfare and schooling. Everything he did, he did it with class.” Those were the words of UC Davis alumnus and longtime sports program supporter John Patella in talking recently about departed Aggie sports giant John […]

Local products help U.S. rugby team beat Japan at Bonney

SACRAMENTO — Andrew Durutalo scored his first international try and AJ MacGinty recorded 18 points with his boot as the Men’s Eagles defeated Japan, 23-18, Friday night as part of a World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup doubleheader at Bonney Field. Local flavor came not just from the proximity of the game played at the home […]

Froome hangs on while Pinot wins Tour de France Stage 20

ALPE D’HUEZ, France — Feeling like he was “dying a thousand deaths,” Chris Froome started to think that a second Tour de France victory might be melting away like the patches of snow on surrounding Alpine peaks. Up ahead, already out of sight on the 21 hairpin bends lined by frenzied spectators, Froome’s biggest rival […]

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 […]