A’s roll continues as they edge Yanks

OAKLAND — Brandon Inge and Yoenis Cespedes homered, Jarrod Parker shut down one of baseball’s best lineups for eight innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the New York Yankees, 2-1, Saturday night for their fourth straight win. Parker (7-4) allowed only an RBI single to Raul Ibanez in the fourth to become the latest Oakland […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Disappointing ending to solid year for Davis-heavy Yolo

At the season-ending American Legion District 6 tournament the host (Lodi) was better than the Post (Yolo Post 77), but mostly because the Yolo arms were toast. Post 77 finished its season in slightly disappointing fashion on July 14, getting bounced from the playoffs, 8-0, by Lodi. After Yolo had posted 15 runs against West […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Hundreds of boys soccer teams in town for College Showcase Tournament

Competing at venues all over town, 110 boys club soccer teams are in Davis to play hard and hopefully get on the radar of some of the 50 college scouts who are watching the Davis Legacy College Showcase Tournament this weekend. 0722legacysoccerW Davis Legacy 99 AC Milan captain Cameron Peuse is tripped up by a […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cain, Giants win pitching (and hitting) duel with Phillies’ Hamels

PHILADELPHIA — Matt Cain and Cole Hamels matched each other with better performances at the plate than on the mound. The two All-Star pitchers hit homers in the same inning, and Gregor Blanco drove in the tiebreaking run with a drag bunt single in the 10th to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Steady Scott leads British and is 11 shots ahead of Watney

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England — After saving par out of a tough spot on the 17th hole on Saturday, leader Adam Scott was ready to tackle whatever challenge comes his as he enters the final round of the British Open. Leading by four strokes after three rounds at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, Scott will have […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Wiggins’ time trial triumph takes Tour

CHARTRES, France — For Bradley Wiggins, the champagne on the Champs-Elysees is about to flow. He all but locked up the Tour de France title with a tour-de-force performance to win the final time trial — putting him on the cusp of becoming the first Briton to win cycling’s showpiece race. Wiggins blew away the […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Villanueva family tournament to be played Saturday

In what the Villanueva family calls a celebration of life, the 13th annual Teo Villanueva Memorial Tournament will be played at the Davis Golf Course on Saturday. Many longtime local residents remember how Teo Villanueva was killed in a logging accident years ago and how his parents, Richard and Luanna, and uncle Ralph Villanueva created […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

What’s the Commotion about? Softball at a different pace

They’re called club teams, travel squads or competitive programs, and they dominate the offseason of local sports ranging from lacrosse to baseball to soccer.

Over the years, the origins of these athletic endeavors have been parent-driven, mostly designed to improve the kids’ skills so they can prepare for the next level.

Some teams are suggested — even required — by those “next level” coaches.

Year-round single-sport commitment can be a drain on a kid, says Michelle McKim, the mom of a local softball player. To her, the intensity of some of the club teams and …

Ka’aihue carries the Cats to win

TACOMA, Wash. — Kila Ka’aihue hit two of Sacramento’s three home runs Thursday, propelling the River Cats to a 14-3 victory and a series win over the Tacoma Rainiers at Cheney Stadium. A day after Sacramento mustered just one run in 18 innings of baseball, the offense exploded for 14 runs on 14 hits. The […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged

A’s dog Yankees in Oakland

OAKLAND — Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first inning and A.J. Griffin shut down one of baseball’s best lineups for five innings as the Oakland Athletics beat the Yankees, 4-3, on Thursday night to snap a nine-game skid at home to New York. Seth Smith added a two-run single in the third […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Davis Junior Legion exits District 6 play; season over

WEST SACRAMENTO — And that’s that … Davis’ appearance in the Junior American Legion District 6 tournament was a brief one, but nonetheless another step forward for a spirited group of 14- and 15-year-old youngsters who had the postseason tables turned on them this summer. In being eliminated 14-4 by El Camino on Thursday at […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: 10U all-stars take third at softball tournament

For the third consecutive weekend, the Davis 10U all-star softball team played well enough to capture third place, this time at a tournament in Tahoe City and Incline. The locals got off to a slow start on Saturday, losing their first game to a talented Pleasanton squad, and playing better before losing to Pleasant Hill […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Is third year the charm for Smyte-led Blue Devils?

Some high school sports programs can turn around overnight. Others take foundation, experience and coaching (to the 10th power) before they blossom. Football is one of those prep experiences that can’t instantly turn the corner. But once a flagging gridiron program gets its feet under it, the team can become a source pride not just […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

San Francisco’s streak snapped in Atlanta

ATLANTA — The Giants’ first loss since the All-Star break provided a reminder their hitters still have room to improve. San Francisco outhit the Atlanta Braves 9-3 but the Giants were hurt by their failure to deliver in the clutch in Thursday’s 3-2 loss. The loss ended San Francisco’s five-game winning streak. “Really, when you […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,