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 ,

Mets edge Giants despite Posey’s HR

SAN FRANCISCO — Jonathon Niese scattered three hits over seven innings and Ruben Tejada homered for the first time in almost two years and singled twice, leading the New York Mets past the San Francisco Giants, 2-1, on Wednesday. All San Francisco could squeeze out of Niese (8-5) was a two-out homer by Buster Posey […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cats use small ball to clip Redbirds

WEST SACRAMENTO — Sacramento’s Adam Rosales scored from second base on a Collin Cowgill infield single in the eighth inning, propelling the River Cats to a 5-2 victory over the  Memphis Redbirds on Wednesday at Raley Field. The game began as a pitchers’ duel, as evidenced by Cats starter Graham Godfrey’s final line — six […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A’s lose two straight for the first time since June

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics knew their remarkable run of success during a memorable July would have to end at some point. Alex Cobb shut down Oakland for seven innings and Carlos Pena homered as the Tampa Bay Rays handed the A’s their first back-to-back losses since June with a 4-1 victory on Wednesday. “We’ll […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Olympic roundup: U.S. gymnast finishes strong to grab bronze

LONDON — Like pretty much everybody, Danell Leyva thinks Kohei Uchimura is the greatest male gymnast who’s ever lived. For now. While the three-time world champion was solidifying his exalted status with the Olympic title Wednesday, all but wrapping up the gold midway through the meet, Leyva gave a glimpse of what the young American […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Weltz makes Davis proud

Though he didn’t medal in Wednesday’s 200-meter breastroke finals at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London, Scott Weltz put himself in lofty company with his 2-minute, 9.02-second swim. The time put the UC Davis graduate and local college and youth swim coach in fifth place … in the world. Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta claimed the […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Youth roundup: Good finish to NorCal’s hockey season

The NorCal Extreme’s 16U roller hockey team completed its season with a strong performance at the North American Roller Hockey Championships. Competing in the gold division, the Extreme defeated the Arizona Mission Bauer Outcasts (3-2) and the Colorado Junior Mudcats (5-1), while also suffering a pair of losses. Seeded fifth, NorCal advanced to the quarterfinals […]

August 02, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Familiar Lincecum performance lifts Giants over Mets

SAN FRANCISCO — With the bases loaded in the seventh inning and everything riding on Tim Lincecum’s latest big start, the skinny right-hander with the funky delivery dropped a wicked curveball against pinch-hitter David Wright that landed near the knees to freeze the All-Star third baseman in the batter’s box. Rally over. Inning over. One […]

August 01, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

MLB roundup: Dodgers fall back in NL West

LOS ANGELES — Paul Goldschmidt homered in the first inning for the second straight game, Miguel Montero added a three-run shot and rookie Wade Miley pitched eight dominant innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks in an 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday. Miley (12-6) allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked one. […]

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