Kings get Smart a comeback win

SACRAMENTO — As the buzzer sounded and the home crowd roared, DeMarcus Cousins sought out Keith Smart and bear-hugged the new Sacramento Kings coach in a warm embrace. At long last, Cousins could smile with a head coach again. Cousins had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Tyreke Evans made four free throws in the final […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

UCD men lose another close Big West contest

A second victory continues to flit painfully just beyond the reach of the UC Davis men’s basketball team. With his team trailing UC Riverside by two points with three seconds left, Aggie Eddie Miller drove unimpeded into the paint for high-flying lay-up over a Highlander defender that he appeared to score while drawing a foul, […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Thornton wins it for Sharks in his 500th game

SAN JOSE — Joe Thornton scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period of his 500th game with San Jose and the Sharks went on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-1, on Thursday for their third straight win. Ryane Clowe added a power-play goal, Jason Demers had two assists and Thomas Greiss made 23 […]

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Aggie women race past Riverside

RIVERSIDE — Samantha Meggison scored 11 points, Kasey Riecks added 10 and the UC Davis women’s basketball team picked up its first Big West Conference win in dominating fashion, defeating UC Riverside, 70-53, at the Student Recreation Center in Riverside on Thursday. “I was really proud of our consistency,” Aggie head coach Jennifer Gross said […]

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Sports briefs: Weekend DHS hoops games precede DVC play

Each Davis High basketball team has one more dance before taking on the serious task of navigating the choppy waters of the Delta Valley Conference. The Lady Blue Devils (7-6) are on the road at Yuba City (5-9) Friday at 7 p.m. Dixon comes to town for an unusual Saturday date (7 p.m.) with the […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Let ex-Aggie Fells resurrect Tebow

If Tim Tebow has any chance of regaining status as the NFL’s most interesting story, he would be well-served by looking for No. 86 on Saturday. Denver’s Broncos (8-8) made the playoffs as the AFC West champions. They play Pittsburgh (1:30 p.m., Channel 13). The Broncos made this game because of incredible defense over an eight-game […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

UCD gymnastics opens season with a young squad

John Lavallee has walked this road before. At the start of the 2008 season, the UC Davis head women’s gymnastics coach fielded a squad with just one senior, one junior and 10 sophomores or freshmen. Michelle Kulovitz was the only senior in the season-opening lineup, as Carrie Lujan and Andi Dolinsky were sidelined with injuries. […]

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Senior leadership can’t lift inexperienced Devil wresters over Mustangs

As Kermit the Frog would say, “It’s not easy being green.” The largely inexperienced Davis High wrestling squad dropped its home meet Wednesday night, losing by a mark of 40-24 to Monterey Trail. While some of the more raw Blue Devils had problems against their opponents, the team’s most seasoned wrestler had no trouble dismantling […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

DHS boys fizzle at free throw line, fall to Lodi

“After that first half, we thought we had them where we wanted them,” Davis high boys basketball coach Dan Gonzalez said Wednesday. But a foul-troubled Lodi squad made some adjustments, the Blue Devils had a tough time converting key free throws and the locals’ shots stopped dropping — especially inside. End result? DHS blew a […]

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West Virginia goes offensive in Orange Bowl

MIAMI — The West Virginia Mountaineers were tough to slow down, and only the Orange Bowl mascot could stop Darwin Cook. Geno Smith tied the record for any bowl game with six touchdown passes, and the No. 23-ranked Mountaineers set a bowl scoring record Wednesday with its high-powered offense. But safety Cook made the pivotal […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Kings blown out for second straight night

DENVER — Leave it to the Denver Nuggets’ reserves to steal the show. Al Harrington came off the bench to score 15 points, and reserve guard Rudy Fernandez had 12 points and eight assists in Denver’s 110-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Each of Denver’s 12 players scored at least six points, […]

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Sharks skate past Ducks

ANAHEIM — Brad Winchester and Benn Ferriero scored 27 seconds apart in the second period, and the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks for the first time in four tries this season, 3-1, Wednesday night. Joe Pavelski also scored and Antti Niemi made 26 saves in his 13th consecutive start for the Sharks, who […]

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Youth roundup: Davis U17 squad wins Disney Showcase

The Davis Legacy 95s, a U17 girls soccer, team made the most of a trip to the Disney Soccer Showcase, capturing a title at the prestigious event with a final match win on Tuesday. The tournament, played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL., is regarded as one of the top youth soccer […]

January 05, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Swimley, Rago, ex-MLBers featured in all-levels baseball clinic

Former major league players, the dean of Northern California prep coaches and two of the West Coast’s most accomplished college skippers highlight a one-day gathering for baseball coaches from T-ball to high school. The Sacramento Area Baseball Coaches Clinic will take place Saturday, Jan. 14, and feature instruction ranging from organizing practices to working with […]

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