S.F. soars over Saints and into NFC title game

SAN FRANCISCO — In one triumphant afternoon, playoff first-timer Alex Smith joined a pair of 49ers Hall of Fame quarterbacks with his own indelible postseason moment. Joe Montana had “The Catch.” Steve Young had “The Catch II.” Now, Smith added another epic play to the 49ers’ storied history: “The Grab.” Smith completed a 14-yard touchdown […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: UCD women dominate Pacific in the pool

The UC Davis women’s swimming and diving team won 11 of 14 events on Saturday to post a convincing 165-97 victory over Pacific in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation meet at the Chris Kjeldsen Pool Complex. The Aggies downed the Tigers for the second time this season, also winning 180-106 in the first dual meet […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Turnovers doom Lady Blue Devils at Laguna Creek

ELK GROVE — It’s not for lacking of trying that the Lady Blue Devils find themselves in the throes of a three-game losing streak. Day after day in practice, the Davis High girls are working on improving their free-throw acumen. The Devils, according to their coach Karen Foster, “work hard on taking care of the […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

New attitude on defense keys a DHS boys win

Big leads in basketball are wonderful things … On Friday night, the Davis High boys built a 25-point fourth-period bulge and cruised home for a 93-82 Delta Valley Conference victory over visiting Laguna Creek. The win snapped a three-game Blue Devil losing streak and became the first comfortable win for Davis since a 90-50 rout […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Baby changes the brains of Mom and Dad

Having a baby, so the cooing commercials say, changes everything. While perhaps not changing everything, parenthood does set in motion an array of hormonal and even structural changes in the brains of Mom and Dad, in ways that researchers continue to try to understand. Recent studies have made it clear that, contrary to the ditzy […]

January 15, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

It’s a battle to the end in Aggie women’s win

It’s official. The women’s Big West Conference is open territory — and a handful of schools have a legitimate chance to plant their flags at season’s end. Overcoming a horrible shooting first-half, then building a 16-point lead before hanging on at the end, UC Davis squeaked by emerging Cal State Northridge, 55-53, on Thursday at […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Long Beach leaves UCD men in the dust

Josh Ritchart scored 12 points for UC Davis, but Eugene Phelps had 23 points and 11 rebounds for host Long Beach State, which broke open a close game at halftime to beat the Aggies, 86-58, in a Big West Conference men’s basketball game on Thursday night. UCD trailed just 35-29 at intermission, but the 49ers […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Sharks dance past Jets

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Logan Couture and Brad Winchester scored and Antti Niemi made 24 saves for his second shutout of the season in the San Jose Sharks’ 2-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Couture scored at 13:36 of the second period and left wing Winchester made it 2-0 early in the third for […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Sousa showing smooth court presence

Sign me up. If there’s not already a Tyler Sousa Fan Club, let me start one right here. Sousa is a senior swingman on the Davis High three-ring circus known as the varsity basketball squad. From the cacophony that is our waaaay-up-tempo Blue Devils has emerged a steady — almost silken — approach to assistant […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Youth softball clinic scheduled for Saturday at UCD

UC Davis softball coach Karen Yoder and the Davis Lady Demons, a local youth club, are presenting a softball skills day on Saturday for players ages 10 to 12. The clinic, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m. at UCD’s La Rue Field, will feature instruction in both hitting and fielding. The cost is $10 […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

49ers’ postseason experience is limited

SANTA CLARA — Center Jonathan Goodwin has been going around San Francisco’s locker room offering bits of veteran insight here and there. Playoff knowledge, Saints knowledge. The NFC West champion 49ers have eight players who have been to the postseason previously. The New Orleans Saints? A whopping 39 before their victory over Detroit last weekend. […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

UCD women return to the pool

Siting at 4-0 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation meets, and 7-2 overall, the UC Davis women’s swimming and diving team has been able to sit back and enjoy the holidays. But after taking a 42-day break from competition, the Aggies are itching to get back in the pool for more than just practice. UCD gets […]

January 13, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Whew. Grant outruns DHS boys, 109-101

SACRAMENTO — Memo to the Northern California Basketball Officials Association: If you’re sending referees to a Davis High boys game, issue track shoes and starter guns for your crews. In another sprint fest on Wednesday night, the Blue Devils opened Delta Valley Conference play with a 109-101 loss at Grant, that you almost had to […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

DHS wrestlers squeak past Grant

Head coach Ty Brown has had to manage sparsely populated wrestling teams nearly every season during his tenure at Davis High. Though the team has a bigger roster this year, Brown was forced to pull a few old tricks out of the bag on Wednesday night against Grant High. DHS’ Adrian LoBuono-Gonzalez sat at the […]

January 12, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,