DALL gives Fairfield a scare at Section 1 tourney

With three runs already in and Davis American still trailing by two with the bases loaded in the final inning, the locals had Fairfield Atlantic on the ropes. But this time, in the opening round of the Little League 9-10 NorCal Section 1 tournament in Concord on Saturday, the locals had to settle for a […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Matteson leads at John Deere with Watney 10 strokes back

SILVIS, Ill. — Troy Matteson shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to take a three-shot lead into the final round at the John Deere Classic. Steve Stricker, who also shot a 66, sits in second place at 15-under in his quest for a fourth straight tournament title. Stricker birdied four straight holes beginning at the 14th, […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A bit of Olympic glory right here in Davis

The 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City are remembered best, perhaps, for what happened during the track and field events.

But amid the record-breaking — and frequently elevation-aided — performances and political controversy of Mexico City, it would be a 29-year-old American named Bill Toomey who would be dubbed “the world’s greatest athlete” when he won gold in the decathlon.

It was a title that was first bestowed on Jim Thorpe when he won gold in the inaugural Olympic decathlon in 1912 at the 1912 summer games …

Sens, France baseball-cultural exchange stays alive with Davis group

Four years ago, former Davis Little League official Tom Locker and a French middle-school teacher named Laurent Carpentier were chatting on the Internet. Carpentier’s call for baseball gear for his Sens city Dodgers had reached around the world. It was Locker’s reply that began a friendship — removed by 5,600 miles — that has evolved […]

July 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Vegas doubles down on River Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO — In their first game after the All-Star break, the Sacramento River Cats lost, 6-3, to the visiting Las Vegas 51s on Thursday night at Raley Field. The 51s plated three runs in the first two innings, scoring twice in the first on a two-run single by catcher Yan Gomes, then adding another […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Post 77 stays alive in District 6 Legion playoffs

LODI — After a couple of sour innings, the young men of Yolo Post 77 eventually reacquired their tastes for the game of baseball — then rolled to a 15-8 decision over West Sacramento on Thursday afternoon at historic Tony Zupo Field. The American Legion District 6 playoff victory staved off elimination for the locals, […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

While not close, Cal Expo horse racing prompts memory of glory days

When the first flag dropped on thoroughbred racing Thursday at the 2012 California State Fair, it was a bittersweet moment. The thunder of these hooves rang hollow: $2,500 claimers scrambling for $4,800 purses, short fields, only eight races, the event cut to two weeks, only eight racing days. Horse racing has taken a huge hit […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Wiggins keeps lead at Tour de France

LA TOUSSUIRE, France — Try as they might, rivals of Bradley Wiggins can’t take his yellow jersey. The three-time Olympic track champion, looking to become Britain’s first Tour de France winner, beat back repeated attacks Thursday in a crucial Alpine stage won by ace French climber Pierre Rolland. As Stage 11 began, Wiggins’ main challengers […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Watney plays well but low scores rule at Deere

SILVIS, Ill. — Troy Matteson scored 10 birdies Thursday en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic. Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five holes on each nine of the TPC Deere Run to surpass the 7-under 64 […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Moonlight Run set for Saturday

Thousands of runners will light up the night on Saturday when A Change of Pace presents the Davis Moonlight Run. At the event, which features a kids race followed by a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, participants have the option of getting a glow in the dark medal and glowing race T-shirts. Also new this year […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Halsted hauls at Olympic Trials

Though this is technically Tara Halsted’s summer vacation, the Davis High School senior swimmer has not exactly been using the time off from school to relax. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been having fun. In late June, Halsted traveled to Omaha, Neb., where she competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials and finished 57th — […]

July 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Godfrey gets the decision as PCL takes AAA all-star game

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Graham Godfrey of the Sacramento River Cats tossed a scoreless first inning for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game on Wednesday, then sat back and 10 other PCL pitchers complete the shutout. By starting the game, Godfrey earned the victory as the PCL topped the International League, 3-0. Godfrey, […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Yolo Post 77 falls by ‘this much’ to Manhart

LODI — A common saying is that baseball is a game of inches. If the ball lands this much to the left, it’s declared a foul instead of a double. If the ball is thrown this much higher, it’s the third out instead of a run scored. Unfortunately for Yolo Post 77, the inches went […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Davis American 9-10 Little Leaguers ready for Section tourney

It’s been hotter than you-know-what, but Jessie Catacutan — manager of the Davis American Little League 9-10 District 64 champions — has been smart with his kids as they head into lofty territory this weekend. Before meeting Fairfield Atlantic in Concord on Saturday (11 a.m.) in the NorCal Section 1 Tournament, Catacutan has given the […]

July 12, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,