The 49ers will be in Super Bowl, unless they tank at 6-10

Thanks to the San Francisco 49ers, my approach to the upcoming football season has come to be a schizophrenic one. And so has mine … Talking with a friend with whom I’ve been a fantasy-football colleague since 1983, I came to realize that the 49ers are going to win the Super Bowl this time around. The […]

July 29, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Late rally lifts Cats over Bees

SALT LAKE CITY – After staking Salt Lake a four-run lead through five innings on Thursday, the Sacramento River Cats scored 11 times in the game’s final four frames to escape with an 11-7 victory over the Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark. The Cats had already cut the advantage to 6-5, when, in the top […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cosio cleans up at Yolo Post 77 awards ceremony

Mike Chavarria, left, and Josh Cosio pose after receiving team awards at a Yolo Post 77 postseason ceremony on Thursday night. Cosio, a Davis High graduate, was named the team’s Most Inspirational Player, while Chavarria is the squad’s MVP.

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

1984 saw a trio of Davis High classmates medal at the Olympics

Go back 28 years to the Olympics in Los Angeles. The Soviet Union — returning the favor for the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Games (over occupation of Afghanistan) — missed the fun. The Americans dominated the medal count as Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan, Evander Holyfield and Carl Lewis emerged as household names. Only […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Loss to Jays doesn’t dampen A’s spirit

TORONTO — The Oakland Athletics are too loose a team to fret about the end of a lengthy spell of success. Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer, Kelly Johnson added a solo shot and the Toronto Blue Jays ended Oakland’s seven-game winning streak with a 10-4 victory Thursday. “There’s not much you can do at […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Local athletes take Olympic stage

LONDON — It’s every young athlete’s dream: to compete at the highest level with the entire world watching. Davis High graduates Craig Wilson (water polo), Denise Curry (basketball) and Marcy Place (field hockey) have experienced it. For UC Davis graduates Scott Weltz and Kim Conley, along with incoming UCD veterinary student Carrie Johnson, it’s now their […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Anibaba brothers take on Chicago

By Evan Ream CHICAGO — Jammil Anibaba lives a mostly normal college life. He attends classes at Harold Washington College in Chicago, plays the FIFA 12 video game and gives his younger brother, Jalil, advice on how to improve as a soccer player. What sets Jammil, 25, apart from most older brothers who give siblings […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

London calling: The Petersens of Davis head to the Olympics

* Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of 2012 Olympic Games reports by the Petersen family of Davis. The Petersens, immersed in track and the Olympic spirit, are off to England on Saturday to spend two weeks in London. Today, Pam Petersen sets up her family’s journey. The Olympic flag has been […]

July 27, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Peacock pitches Cats to a victory

SALT LAKE CITY — Brad Peacock had his best start in three months, allowing a single unearned run in six innings to lead the Sacramento River Cats to a 7-1 win over the Salt Lake Bees on Wednesday at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Peacock, who had gone just 1-5 over his last 10 starts, scattered three […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Blue Jays no match for red-hot A’s

TORONTO — The American League’s lowest scoring offense didn’t just break out on Wednesday, it unloaded. Coco Crisp hit two home runs and Yoenis Cespedes had a pair of RBI doubles, leading A.J. Griffin and the Oakland Athletics over the Toronto Blue Jays 16-0 for their season-high seventh straight win. “My guess is after (Wednesday) […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Five Starz Towne-Gilbert loving return to local volleyball

By Will Robinson After living in many places in the United States, and playing volleyball internationally, Liz Towne-Gilbert (formerly Towne) once again is back where it all started — Davis. The former Blue Devil and UC Santa Barbara net great is working as a head coach and director of FiveStarz Volleyball Club, formerly the Davis […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Youth roundup: Awesome week for local aquatics

Taking second-place overall at the Valley Foothills Competitive Aquatics League Championships last weekend in Auburn, the Davis AquaStarz synchronized swimming team finished its season with bang. All three of the AquaStarz team routines — which feature groups of eight swimmers synchronizing moves — took first place at the meet to help Davis to the best finish in […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Lincecum loses again as Pads beat S.F.

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum covered his face with his glove, paced around the mound in frustration and took a seat on the San Francisco Giants bench for good before the fifth inning even ended. Indeed, that painful look for the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner is not gone yet. The Freak is still […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

U.S. women open Olympics with soccer win

GLASGOW, Scotland — Twice, Hope Solo stretched to her left to stop the ball. Twice, she couldn’t quite reach it. Bang! Boom! Two quick shots, and the U.S. women’s soccer team had an early hole at the start of the quest for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal. Fortunately for the Americans, they have firepower […]

July 26, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,