Harbaughs try to make Super Bowl a family affair

SANTA CLARA — When addressing his 49ers this week, Jim Harbaugh can point to the monumental miss in his 15-year NFL career: He came a Hail Mary short of making the Super Bowl. He still has an out-of-whack right pinkie and noticeable hitch in his step to show for his time in the league. His […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Sharks put out Flames in a shootout

SAN JOSE — Michal Handzus and Brent Burns scored in the shootout and the San Jose Sharks rallied to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. Torrey Mitchell tied the game midway through the third period and Antti Niemi made 27 saves and was perfect in the shootout. The Sharks earned just […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Big West roundup: Pacific men fall to Bakersfield

STOCKTON — Stephon Carter and Tyrone White each scored 17 points and Cal State Bakersfield held off Pacific, 76-73, on Tuesday night in a nonconference men’s basketball game. Lorenzo McCloud had 19 points and five assists to lead Pacific (5-12). Markus Duran scored 11 points, Ross Rivera scored 10 and Travis Fulton had 10 points […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

DHS freshman girls right fit for varsity

Nothing is easy about playing high school sports. There are hours of training to get in shape before a season even starts. Once it does, athletes are committed to practice, practice, practice. Hopefully, once the games begin, the kids are ready for the competition. In between those games, there’s more practice, practice, practice. Oh, that’s […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Raiders coaching search now includes Mornhinweg

ALAMEDA — Reggie McKenzie’s short list of candidates to fill the Oakland Raiders’ vacant head coaching job has grown by another name. The Raiders’ new general manager has been given permission to interview Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg for the job, a person with knowledge of the request said on condition of anonymity because […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

49ers’ secondary has been second to none

SANTA CLARA — The change in the San Francisco 49ers’ attitude this season might be most evident when the defensive backs gather in a team meeting room each week to watch the highlight video from the previous game. Secondary coach Ed Donatell counts and compares the number of “domination hits” in a fierce and friendly […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Greiner Athlete of the Week (1/18/12): UCD basketball player Kasey Riecks

For the past 3 1/2 seasons, two familiar blondes have been a constant for the UC Davis women’s basketball team. Jen Gross — now the head coach after a stint as the top assistant — has been directing the offense from the sidelines and, on the court, 5-foot-11 wing Kasey Riecks has been executing it […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

DHS snowboard team takes first place in opening race

By Margo Roeckl The Davis High School snowboard team had an overall first-place finish in Monday’s California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation slalom race at Alpine Meadows. Davis racked up 491 points, followed by North Tahoe with 458, Placer with 451, Truckee with 447, Colfax with 412 and Nevada Union with 407. The Davis […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

What’s best time for children to take ski or snowboard lessons?

Although this has been a slow start to the ski season, one of the more positive aspects regarding a lack of snow is it’s been a perfect time to have your child learn how to ski or snowboard. For children, there are two crucial issues to address: make sure they are having fun and keep […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Adelman’s T-Wolves top Kings

MINNEAPOLIS — Rick Adelman knows his smallish backcourt is going to give up plenty of size and strength on most nights. The Minnesota Timberwolves coach also knows that Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour will never give in either, and their hard-nosed play against the bigger Sacramento Kings made all the difference on Monday night. Kevin […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Blue Devils no holiday for Cordova, 73-70

ANTELOPE — When a basketball team forces 24 turnovers, makes 24 free throws and outrebounds its opponents by 24, good things happen. No, the Davis High boys didn’t win by 24 points — but the Blue Devils did gut out a 73-70 victory over Cordova in The Common Good Classic on Monday at Antelope High. […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Time to move on from comments

There is, at this point, nothing that can be said to smooth the choppy waters through which newly appointed Davis High girls soccer coach Sara Stone now sails. It’s been a week and the vitriol that still flows is disturbing. Last week, I weighed in, agreeing in spirit with a letter that was sent to our […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

UCD’s Lott knows how to use her head

Sure, there were a few headers here and there, but senior defender Aisha Lott mostly used her feet to anchor the UC Davis women’s soccer team’s defense throughout the 2011 season. However, with the way Lott always seemed to be in the right place at the right time to help the Aggies give up just […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Another strong score by UCD gymnastics

Junior Michelle Ho tied for fourth place on floor exercise with a 9.825 to help the UC Davis women’s gymnastics squad compile a 48.375 in that event and a 190.775 overall on Sunday at Burnham Pavilion in Palo Alto. Host Stanford won the four-way meet with a 194.900, with San Jose State finishing second (194.300) […]

January 17, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,