Just down the road, Watney plays on golf’s biggest stage

When Nick Watney begins competition for golf’s national championship, the U.S. Open, beginning Thursday, the Davis High graduate will do it just 85 miles from the course where he learned to love the game. That’s because the 2012 edition of The Open will be contested at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, a straight shot down […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Youth roundup: The future looks bright for Davis golf

Eight local youth golfers were in action last weekend, with seven of them giving the NCGA Men’s Amateur Championship Qualifier at Teal Bend a strong Davis presence. The other, Sam Yamauchi, opened his summer season at a First Tee of Greater Sacramento Junior Tour tournament, taking fourth place out of a field of 24 golfers […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Fresno finally get past Cats in 13th

FRESNO — In a game that lasted nearly four-and-a-half hours and went 13 innings, Fresno’s Nick Noonan delivered the knockout blow with a walk-off single to give the Grizzlies an 8-7 win over Sacramento Tuesday night at Chukchansi Park. Trailing 5-2 in the seventh inning, the Cats put up five runs in the frame to […]

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

Bumgarner is brilliant in Giants’ win

SAN FRANCISCO — Madison Bumgarner had a season-high 12 strikeouts and hit his first major league home run to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Bumgarner connected on a 2-1 pitch from Houston starter Bud Norris leading off the third inning. It’s the first home run […]

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

A’s show power in Colorado

DENVER — Bartolo Colon settled down after a rough start to pitch effectively for five innings, Brandon Moss hit two home runs and the Oakland Athletics beat the Colorado Rockies, 8-5, on Tuesday. Cliff Pennington and Brandon Inge also homered for Oakland. Seth Smith, a former Rockies player, doubled twice and drove in a pair […]

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

Thunder clamp down in second half to win Game 1

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant showed LeBron James how to play the fourth quarter in the NBA Finals. Durant scored 17 of his 36 points in another nightmarish final period for James and his team, leading a Thunder storm that overwhelmed the Heat and gave Oklahoma City a 105-94 victory over Miami in Game 1 […]

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

Sports briefs: Register for Junior Devils by Friday for reduced rate

There are only a few days left to sign up for the Davis Junior Blue Devil football and cheer programs for the discounted price of $300. After Friday, registration fees increase to $350. The football sign-up fee includes a three-day football camp (July 23 to 25), equipment and one game day jersey to keep at […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Summer track club kicks into gear

The Davis Community Track and Field Club program began this week and runs Mondays through Thursdays until July 26. Participants can choose from five session options, and start and stop when it works best for individual schedules. Practice is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for incoming seventh- though 12th-graders, and 10 to 11 a.m. for […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Race to End Hunger II calls all comers

It’s a labor of love that’s fast turning into a popular family event. On Saturday, an all-comers track meet — the Race to End Hunger — will take its second tour around Ron & Mary Brown Stadium at Davis High School. The event, which was created by a group of Blue Devil students led by […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Adult Amateur | Tagged ,

Greiner Athlete of the Week (6/13/12): DLL Red Sox pitcher Sean Finerty

As the Red Sox rolled through the playoffs on their way to the Davis Little League Majors City Championship, coach Mike Finerty had the ultimate father-son experience. His two sons — Mike and Sean — were key performers for the Sox throughout the tournament, with Sean providing the exclamation point with a stellar mound outing […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Grizzlies edge River Cats

FRESNO — Two Manny Ramirez hits were not enough for Sacramento on Monday, as the River Cats dropped the series opener, 3-2, against the Fresno Grizzlies at Chukchansi Park. The Cats got on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead in the first on Ramirez’s RBI double. After Fresno took the lead with single runs […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Fair Oaks sweeps three games from Yolo

It was a tough weekend for Yolo Post 77 against a powerful Fair Oaks American Legion squad as the locals dropped both ends of a doubleheader on Sunday at Clark Field, then fell 8-4 at Bella Vista High on Monday evening. Yolo didn’t produce enough offense in the three contests, scoring just eight runs in […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Adult Amateur | Tagged ,

L.A. has the Kings of the NHL

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings’ 45-year Stanley Cup quest ended in a triumphant flurry of blood, sweat and power-play goals. After missing two chances to claim the title last week, the long-suffering Kings are NHL champions for the first time. Hooray for Hockeywood. Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis scored two goals apiece, playoff […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Hincapie set to retire

Five-time Olympian and Tour de France veteran George Hincapie will retire from cycling after the 2012 season, bringing to a close one of the most successful careers by an American rider. Hincapie, who turns 39 on June 29, announced his decision in a statement on Monday. The affable, understated Hincapie was a longtime aide for […]

June 12, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,