Sports briefs: Clinic offers instruction from DHS cheerleaders and coaches

Do you have spirit? Kids ages 6 to 13 are invited to learn cheers, jumps, tumbling and dance from the award-winning Davis High School cheerleaders and their coaches at a clinic on Sunday, Aug. 26. The clinic is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. in the Dance Room at Davis High, 314 W. 14th St., […]

August 16, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Strasburg shuts down a stunned San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants lost their series finale to Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals, 6-4, on Wednesday, just 90 minutes after finding out that standout outfielder Melky Cabrera had been suspended for 50 games for a positive testosterone test. Suddenly, San Francisco’s playoff hopes are unclear minus one of the club’s top […]

August 16, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cabrera suspended for Giant mistake

SAN FRANCISCO — Melky Cabrera’s MVP-like year is over — at least for the regular season. The San Francisco outfielder was suspended 50 games Wednesday following a positive test for testosterone, putting an abrupt end to what had been a remarkable regular season and throwing the Giants’ playoff hopes into doubt. “Ultimately, it was just […]

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Aggie gymnastics gets national academic honors

When the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women announced its awards for Scholastic All-Americans this week, it recognized that the UC Davis gymnastics team is as adept at hitting the books as it is at sticking the landing. Six Aggies plus the UCD squad as a whole were honored, including recent graduate Erika Van Dyke, who […]

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Blue Devils present the here and now — and the future on Saturday

By the end of the day Saturday, Blue Devil Nation will have a better handle on what the upcoming football season holds. In addition to the Davis High varsity team participating in a morning scrimmage on the road at Woodcreek — with the host Timberwolves and Pleasant Grove — youth tackle programs will showcase all […]

August 16, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

‘Keep ’em home,’ urges new fall baseball program

In an effort to keep the best prep baseball players toiling close to home during their offseasons, longtime area baseball man Dave Ryan has put together a new travel ball program. For the past eight seasons, Ryan has served as assistant to American Legion Post 77 coach Matt Castles. He said he’s tired of seeing […]

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Belt, Bumgarner lead Giants win over Nationals

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner pitched a five-hitter and Brandon Belt had three hits and three RBIs, leading the San Francisco Giants to a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night in a matchup between NL division leaders. Bumgarner (13-7) struck out six and walked one in his second complete game this season. […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Area sports briefs: Davis Little League taking sign-ups for fall season

Davis Little League is registering players for its fall baseball season. Cost is $95 if registered by Aug. 22, or $125 after, and a spot cannot be guaranteed. There is also a Juniors (ages 13-14) program. Its entry fee is $100, or $130 for late registration. Any parent hoping to manage or coach should sign […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A’s blanked by Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeremy Guthrie learned in June what not to do against the Oakland Athletics. Guthrie allowed only three singles in seven innings, and the Kansas City Royals rolled to a 5-0 win over the Athletics on Tuesday night. Guthrie, who struck out a season-high eight, ran his scoreless streak to 15 innings, […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cats’ winning streak snapped by Zephyrs

NEW ORLEANS — The Sacramento River Cats mounted a late rally Tuesday night, but New Orleans escaped with a 2-1 series-opening victory at Zephyr Field, snapping Sacramento’s five-game winning streak. The Cats went seven innings without registering a hit, but trailed just 2-0 entering the top of the eighth. With two men on and two […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Crikey! Aussie rules football lands in Davis

G’day, mate. Are you ready for some Aussie rules football? Well, ready or not, the Sacramento Australian Football Club Invitational is descending upon the Nugget Fields pitch, 1801 Moore Blvd., on Saturday. The Sacramento Suns, which boast a men’s and women’s footy squad, are hosting the six-team field, which begins at noon on Saturday. Additional […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Kaepernick leading competition for backup QB spot

SANTA CLARA — After an impressive quarter of action in San Francisco’s preseason opener last week, Colin Kaepernick has grabbed a clear lead in the three-way competition to be the 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback behind starter Alex Smith. Coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday that Kaepernick has put some space between himself and young veterans Scott […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Aggie duo out of U.S. Amateur

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. — After a rough opening round Monday on the PGA-caliber Cherry Hills course, Matt Hansen played his way back into contention at the U.S. Amateur Championship Tuesday on the public CommonGround course. The UC Davis junior golfer shot a 1-under 69 for a two-day total of 144 strokes. However, the four-time […]

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