After showing they are mortal, the Trojans better not look past Cal

This week’s picks are as follows: USC over CAL … the Trojans found out last week against Stanford that “reputation” isn’t enough to win football games in the Pac-12 anymore. There’s still time to right the ship, but USC had better not overlook a rapidly improving group of Golden Bears. OREGON over ARIZONA … the […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Vogel on vintage vehicles

Ron Vogel, who, as a kid, could tell you the difference between a Crosley and Morris Minor has spent much of his adult life helping protect the treasure trove that is the historic automobile. It was my pleasure to sit with Ron and chat about his love affair with cars and their history. Since he […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

California Automobile Museum puts pedal to the metal

SACRAMENTO — With the first seven or eight footsteps forward, visitors transcend the hurry-up world of 2012 and instantly drift back in history. Listen … is that Teresa Brewer in the background, putting another nickel in the nickelodeon? Look straight ahead. Yes, that’s a 1958 De Soto Fireflite. Look left … it’s a 1956 Nash […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged , ,

UCD seniors will try to stay undefeated against Cal Poly

The rivalry between UC Davis and Cal Poly goes beyond football, and even beyond sports. The two similar schools, one in Southern California and the other in NorCal, are often competitors for the same students, and almost always recruit the same athletes. Through years of competing in this way, the rivalry between the two football […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Davis/Woodland football renewal begins now

The renewal is on … Woodland High School hosts Davis at 7 p.m. Friday in the first football meeting between the two schools since a 34-23 Blue Devil triumph back in 2007. “I think it’s great for both communities and I fully expect the athletes to embrace the game in a spirit of competition,” third-year […]

September 21, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cain pitches Giants past Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain pitched eight solid innings to earn his career-best 15th win, Pablo Sandoval homered for his first time in two months and the San Francisco Giants moved another game closer to clinching the NL West title with a 7-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. Sandoval’s three-run shot in […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Anderson hurt as A’s fall to Detroit

DETROIT — Oakland hopes it only lost a game in the Motor City. Brett Anderson pitched just two-plus innings before leaving with a strained right oblique and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat the Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday night. “He’s getting an MRI right now,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin. “So, we won’t know […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Blue Devil boys pound Ponderosa

On paper, Wednesday’s boys water polo match against Ponderosa looked like a great opportunity for the Davis High boys to get their starters some rest in preparation for the America’s Finest City Invitational in San Diego this weekend. But the Bruins had other plans. They kept the score close to the point that the Blue […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Big win sends UCD into NorPac play

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — That’s more like it … After winning the first three games of the season, the UC Davis field hockey team faced a murderers’ row of opponents, dropping six straight. But with NorPac Conference play set to begin next week, the Aggies got things turned around with a 9-0 victory over Siena on […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

It’s Davis and Woodland in a gridiron renewal

Oil and water, liver and chocolate sauce, Blue and Orange. None of them mix. And after a four-season hiatus, Davis and Woodland high schools will see if one of the region’s top football rivalries can rekindle. When the Blue Devils and Wolves take the field at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Woodland Community Stadium at WHS, […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Youth roundup: Diamonds improve their glow with gold medals

The Davis Diamonds got event wins from Kyra Mayfield, Alissa Casillas, Vivian Lee, Reyna Shauman, Mariske Pretorius and Aubrey Watts — who also took the level 4 all-around title — at Saturday’s Junior Olympic Gypsy Invitational in Concord. The locals had 24 athletes at the event, with the level 6 squad earning a silver medal. […]

September 20, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Giants grab another victory

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum pitched San Francisco one win closer to an NL West crown, and the Giants lowered their magic number to clinch the division to seven with a 6-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Lincecum (10-14) struck out six and walked two in 6 1/3 scoreless innings on a […]

September 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Tough start to Oakland’s trip

DETROIT — The Oakland Athletics may have only one more big hurdle to clear before securing a surprising playoff berth. Their final trip of the regular season — 10 games against Detroit, the New York Yankees and Texas — began Tuesday night in ugly fashion. Miguel Cabrera homered twice, including an eighth-inning grand slam, and […]

September 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: UCD women rally into second place

Seniors Amy Simanton and Demi Runas each shot below-par rounds as the UC Davis women’s golf team used the best team score of the day to move into a second-place tie at the season-opening Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the University of New Mexico. Simanton fired a 3-under 70 for a 1-under 218 total, […]

September 19, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,