Giants/A’s roundup: Giants pound Padres, 13-8

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt found another gear on the bases, and compared himself to a long-legged jungle animal. The speedy Giants hit four triples in a game for the first time in 55 years, including a pair by Belt in a 13-8 win over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. “When I can sniff […]

Aggie men announce exciting soccer schedule

Four NCAA Tournament teams from a season ago and nine regular-season home matches highlight the UC Davis men’s soccer team’s 2015 schedule, which was announced recently by head coach Dwayne Shaffer. Three of those four tournament teams reached the quarterfinals as the Aggies will face Washington on Aug. 30 in Seattle before taking on Cal […]

Heady Halsted adds another academic award

UC Davis junior runner Trevor Halsted — a 2011 Davis High graduate — added another prestigious honor to his portfolio on Thursday when he was named to the 2014-15 Capitol One Academic All-America Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country team for the second consecutive year. Halsted carries a 3.99 GPA in mechanical engineering while also competing […]

River Cats get their first shutout since Opening Day

FRESNO — Sparked by a phenomenal pitching performance from starter Nik Turley and reliever Mike Broadway, the Sacramento River Cats posted their second shutout of the season, beating Fresno, 2-0, on Wednesday at Chukchansi Park. For the Cats (31-42), it was their first shutout since Opening Day and it evened the series with the Grizzlies (43-29) […]

Yolo splits twinbill with visiting Yuba/Sutter

WOODLAND — Yolo pinch runner Colton Morel was thrown out at the plate with two outs in the bottom of the last inning to preserve a 7-6 victory for Yuba/Sutter, and give the visitors a doubleheader split with Post 77 at Clark Field on Wednesday. The locals were trailing 7-2 entering the final frame, but a […]

Hall, Dewey laid a foundation for special friends

It was a marriage made in heaven when the Northern California Special Olympics made its home at UC Davis five years ago. First, the university welcomed it with open arms as recreation program official Laura Hall had already begun embracing the needs of special friends throughout the region. In 2006, Team Davis had come into existence […]

Special Olympics make 6th visit to UC Davis this weekend

“You’ll come out and see some things you probably never saw before in terms of competition and athletes. There are some great athletes; you’ll see some things that really tug at your heartstrings.” Those are the words of Jeff Ruthenberg, vice president in charge of sports programs for the Northern California Special Olympics, which come […]

Youth roundup: DART swimmers join Olympians at pro series event

Five speedy DART swimmers joined some of the best athletes in the world at the Arena Pro Swim Series, contested last weekend at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara. Competing with the likes of Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, Natalie Coughlin and Nathan Adrian were locals Chenoa Devine, Emma Barksdale, Tara Halsted, Matt […]

Sports briefs: Aggie footballers earn academic award

The UC Davis football team was honored Wednesday by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association with an Academic Progress Rate Award after its score led the Big Sky Conference for the third straight year. The FCS ADA honors the program with the highest APR from each of the 13 FCS conferences, and the Aggies’ […]

Davis American 9-10s eliminated by Dixon

When the second inning ended 3-2, it looked as if Tuesday night’s Little League District 64 9-10 All-Star Tournament clash between Davis American and Dixon was going to be a high-scoring one for both sides. But while Dixon managed to keep the momentum going, the Davis bats cooled off along with the temperature, allowing the visitors […]

Padres slip past Giants in 11 innings

SAN FRANCISCO — Alexi Amarista singled in the go-ahead run and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, in 11 innings Tuesday night. Brandon Maurer (5-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory while Craig Kimbrel earned his 18th save. Derek Norris doubled against Hunter Strickland (0-1) with one out in […]

Oakland out-slugs Rangers in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Oakland Athletics starter Jesse Chavez has already been a hard-luck loser a couple of times this season. Manager Bob Melvin and the right-hander’s teammates feel it was only appropriate for Chavez to get a victory on a night not pitching his best. Chavez allowed five runs and eight hits over five innings, […]