A’s pitcher leaves early in 11-inning loss

OAKLAND — A.J. Griffin felt something in his shoulder when he went out to pitch the second inning. It turned out to be a bit of tightness and the Oakland Athletics weren’t about to push one of their prized rookies. “He was a little stiff going out for that inning and it looked like the […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

UCD football team opens camp

UC Davis began preparations for the 2012 football season on Friday morning with drills at Aggie Stadium. They’ll continue getting ready for the Aug. 30 season opener against Azusa Pacific. Head coach Bob Biggs is savoring every moment as this will be his final season at the helm. “I always enjoy it, I really do,” […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Furyk on top at Bridgestone, while Watney is 1-over

AKRON, Ohio — Jim Furyk spent more time looking at the forecast than the leaderboard Saturday in the Bridgestone Invitational. He’s not sure which one looks more favorable. Furyk missed a couple of birdie chances early in the third round, and then was more than happy to settle for pars on a Firestone course that […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Olympic roundup: Phelps finishes with a flourish

When it was over, Michael Phelps hugged his teammates, then headed off the deck for the final time. Reclaiming the lead with his trademark butterfly stroke, Phelps won the 18th gold of an unparalleled career when he helped the U.S. win the 4×100-meter medley relay Saturday night. Phelps retires with twice as many golds as […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Buying the tickets should be its own Olympic event

* Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of 2012 Olympic Games reports by the Petersen family of Davis. Hi, Mick writing today … One of my most important roles as the Petersen family patriarch is sports ticket procurement. For most events, this is pretty straight forward but not so for the Olympics. The host country controls […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Soccer club says ‘lose the shoes’

Kick off your shoes, grab your plate and your glass of wine and head out to … the soccer field? That’s exactly what local residents are invited to do Saturday, Sept. 8, as the Davis Legacy Soccer Club is hosting Barefoot on the Pitch, an adults-only event to show off the club’s expanded complex and […]

August 05, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cowgill’s big night leads River Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento River Cats used a three-RBI night from Collin Cowgill to clip the Memphis Redbirds, 4-3, on Thursday night at Raley Field. Memphis opened up a 3-0, sixth-inning lead, but the Cats responded by loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs in the inning, Cowgill […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Colon’s gem, Reddick’s rip lift A’s

OAKLAND — Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer to back another strong outing by Bartolo Colon, and the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Toronto Blue Jays, 4-1, on Thursday. Brandon Inge and Seth Smith also drove in runs for the A’s, who improved to 14-5 since the All-Star break. Oakland, held to no more than […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Mets hand Giants their seventh loss in eight games

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey has a six-game hitting streak, the only Giants batter who has hit safely in more than two straight games. He was on the bench Thursday when San Francisco lost its seventh in eight games, a 9-1 rout by the New York Mets. “A lot of times when you think you […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Watney has one of many good scores at Bridgestone

AKRON, Ohio — With seven birdies and a 30-foot eagle putt, Jim Furyk shot a 7-under 63 for his best score ever at Firestone and a two-shot lead over Lee Slattery of England after the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational. The conditions could not have been more ideal with sunshine, heat and very little wind, […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Olympic roundup: Darling Douglas grabs the gold

Gabby Douglas became the third straight American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize when she won the all-around Olympic title on Thursday. She finished with a score of 62.232, about three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova of Russia. It’s her second gold medal of the London Games, coming two nights after she and her “Fierce Five” teammates […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Second Amendment needs reworking now

It wasn’t too long ago that this very newspaper provided often-extensive coverage of fishing and hunting. However, over the years, coverage of sports like hunting has waned. My take is that the concern over gun use has been a primary reason. I am staring at the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. “A well-regulated Militia, […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Biggs’ Farewell Tour promises to be entertaining

Consider it the Bob Biggs Farewell Tour … As UC Davis readies for the 2012 football season, a handful of interesting elements should make this fall one to follow. Biggs is celebrating his 43rd year as an Aggie. His 20th season as UCD’s head coach will be his last. A brilliant 140-78-1 overall record has […]

August 03, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Biggs gives UCD fans a sneak peak at his final season

Perhaps no event kicks off a local gridiron season quite like head coach Bob Biggs’ annual sneak peak event, where he invites dozens of the most ardent Aggie fans to talk UCD football and the  forthcoming season. However, maybe even more apropos, was that despite the fact that this season also marks Biggs’ 20th and […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,