Aggies could have uphill climb in Big Sky

When UC Davis left the Great West Football Conference after the 2011 season — the league’s final campaign before disbanding — it knew it was taking a step up in terms of competition by joining the Big Sky. And while a preseason ranking isn’t proof of that, the 2012 coaches’ and media polls sure agree […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Sign up for summer sports camps

Young softball players can learn from members of the UC Davis squad that finished 14-7 to take third place in the Big West Conference last season at two UCD camps later this summer. The Aggies are set to host a three-day College ID Camp beginning Tuesday, and an All-Skills Camp on Aug. 25 at LaRue […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Greiner Athlete of the Week (7/18/12): Yolo’s Galen Hoshovsky

Facing elimination in a pair of games following an extra-inning loss to Manhart in the American Legion District 6 Tournament opener on Wednesday, Yolo didn’t panic on Thursday and Friday, even though a defeat either day could have ended its season. In fact, Post 77 seemed to thrive under the pressure, especially in the batter’s box. […]

July 18, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Homer-happy Cats capture road contest

TACOMA, Wash. — Adam Rosales and Kila Ka’aihue homered for Sacramento in Monday night’s series opener at Cheney Stadium, leading Sacramento to a 5-2 win over the Tacoma Rainiers. Trailing 1-0 early, the Cats got on the board with a solo blast by Rosales, tying the game in the bottom of the second inning. Ka’aihue’s […]

July 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Looking back on a magical Little League season

Little League baseball. It’s a piece of the puzzle that makes Davis special. And win or lose, traveling near or far, the residents of this Sacramento Valley town take their kids’ accomplishments to heart. Every Little League season brings thousands of parents, relatives, neighbors and players’ friends down to the complex at F Street and […]

July 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Fedrigo finishes first in 15th stage of Tour de France

PAU, France — Bradley Wiggins knows he’s well-positioned to win the Tour de France. But with the banged-up, frenetic and weary pack nearing the final rest day of the three-week race, he wasn’t taking any chances Monday. A hasty, nervous start to Stage 15 in the Pyreness foothills ultimately gave way to a stage victory […]

July 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: UCD’s new league has a new logo

With four new members — including football-only competitor UC Davis — joining the conference beginning this season, the Big Sky has used the opportunity to begin a branding campaign that includes a new logo, unveiled Monday. “A dream finally came true with the rebranding of the Big Sky Conference,’’ said league commissioner Doug Fullerton. “We […]

July 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Four Aggies are preseason All-Big Sky picks

UC Davis senior center Ray Wilburn has already been named to several national All-America squads, so it came as no surprise that his name came up when the Big Sky picked its preseason all-conference squad recently. Wilburn made the first team, and was joined by Aggie teammates Bobby Erskine, Kevyn Lewis and Colton Schmidt, who were […]

July 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Kings add Brooks, Johnson and waive Whiteside

SACRAMENTO — General manager Geoff Petrie and the Sacramento Kings had a busy Monday, signing point guard Aaron Brooks, picking up forward James Johnson in a trade with the Toronto Raptors and waiving center Hassan Whiteside. The Kings let Whiteside go to clear space for Brooks, who became an unrestricted free agent after Phoenix withdrew […]

July 17, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

12th-inning run puts Giants in first place

SAN FRANCISCO — Hector Sanchez singled in Pablo Sandoval in the bottom of the 12th inning, giving the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday. Sanchez, whose throwing error in the top of the ninth helped Houston score the tying run and force extra innings, hit a sharp grounder off […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cats score early, often to beat 51s

WEST SACRAMENTO — Michael Taylor’s first-inning, three-run homer helped the Sacramento River Cats defeat the Las Vegas 51s, 7-1, on Saturday night at Raley Field. Taylor’s shot in the first was all Sacramento would need to beat the 51s thanks to a strong performance by the Cats pitching staff. Starter Bruce Billings gave up just […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

On your marks, get set … glow!

Runners go over the overpass on Pole Line Road wearing glowing necklaces and headbands as they participate in the half-marathon portion of Saturday’s Davis Moonlight Run. The participants are joined by a 1:50 pace runner. Thousands of harriers gathered for a kids run, a 5K and a 10K at the event as well as the […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Yolo goes cold, exits District 6 tournament

The temperature at Tony Zupo Field in Lodi, the site of the American Legion District 6 playoff cooled down by about 10 degrees on Saturday and the Yolo Post 77 offense cooled down right with it. After scoring a total of 36 runs in two hot-weather wins on Thursday and Friday, Yolo was held scoreless […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A’s surge continues in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Carter and Yoenis Cespedes each homered and drove in three runs, powering the Oakland Athletics past the Minnesota Twins, 9-3, on Saturday. Seth Smith and Brandon Moss also homered to beat Cole De Vries (2-2) and back Tommy Milone (9-6). The A’s won for the eighth time in nine games to move […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,