Sports briefs: Wednesday Hall chat explores ‘A Bicycling Army’

Mike Higgins, a history teacher and cycling historian from Wyoming, will give a presentation called “A Bicycling Army?” on Wednesday at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. The event, which will run from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Hall, 303 Third St., will cover a wide range of topics, including the story of the […]

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

Pacquiao falls in split decision

LAS VEGAS — Timothy Bradley didn’t need big power to beat Manny Pacquiao after all. Bradley won a contested split decision over Pacquiao, ending the Filipino fighter’s remarkable run and handing him his first defeat in seven years. It didn’t come easy and it wasn’t without controversy, with the pro-Pacquiao crowd booing loudly when the […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Arizona’s Cahill beats his former Oakland teammates

PHOENIX — Miguel Montero hit his second career grand slam and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory. Trevor Cahill outpitched the Athletics’ Jarrod Parker (2-3) in a matchup of starters traded for each other last offseason. Jason Kubel had a pair of RBI singles, Justin […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Red Sox win is nearly pitcher perfect

Eighty-five pitches is the limit for Little League majors hurlers. Neither starting pitcher in Saturday’s Davis Little League Majors City Championship game between the Red Sox and Nationals reached that mark. In the classic pitcher’s duel, it was the Sox’s Sean Finerty coming out on top with a 5-2 decision. Finerty threw a complete game, […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

White Sox get great relief stint, win city AAA title

When a kid is a Little League pitcher, it’s tough enough throwing strikes in the back yard in perfect weather. But when that same youngster is asked to throw strikes before more than 200 fans with intermittent, gale-like wind gusts challenging his fastball’s velocity and direction, the mission might seem impossible. Not for 8-year-old Grafton […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

River Cats ground Sky Sox

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. — Tyson Ross struck out six batters in six shutout innings, leading the Sacramento River Cats past the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 10-2, on Saturday at Security Service Field. The Cats got out to an early lead and never looked back, scoring three times in the second inning, starting with a two-run […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Heat get by Celtics in Game 7

MIAMI — LeBron James finally got a Game 7 victory, on his third try. Next up, the NBA finals — and his third try at that elusive first championship. James had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Bosh hit a career-best three 3-pointers — the last sparking the run that put it away — and […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

New Jersey stays alive in Stanley Cup finals

NEWARK, N.J. — Bryce Salvador scored on a deflection off a defenseman and the New Jersey Devils derailed Los Angeles’ Stanley Cup coronation for a second time, beating the Kings, 2-1, in Game 5 of the finals on Saturday. Zach Parise ended a five-game goal drought on a rare mistake by goalie Jonathan Quick, and […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Vogelsong’s hit, pitching pace Giants in victory

SAN FRANCISCO — Not only did Ryan Vogelsong pitch the San Francisco Giants to another victory on Saturday, he added a hit in the process. Vogelsong pitched a season-high 7 2/3 innings to win his fifth straight decision, Nate Schierholtz hit an RBI triple and the Giants bounced back from their first shutout of the season to […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Sharapova edges Errani for French Open title

PARIS — Already a big name on the red carpet, Maria Sharapova is now a champion on the red clay, too. The Russian star won the French Open on Saturday, defeating Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-2, in the final at Roland Garros to complete the career Grand Slam. Second-seeded Sharapova, who was guaranteed of moving to […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Former Devils Gregg, Reilly perform well at NCAA championships

As the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships wrapped up on Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, there was a local flavor to the men’s and women’s distance races. Former Davis High stars Brendan Gregg, now a senior a Stanford, and Chelsea Reilly, a senior at Cal, posted finishes that were good enough […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Adult Amateur | Tagged ,

One year later, local man’s baseball book takes off

A year ago this month, Joe Taxiera’s hobby officially became a business as his “A Unique Look at Big League Baseball” book went on sale to folks like you and me. A couple of seasons ago, the Taxiera tome — thanks mostly to KNBR’s Marty Lurie — had found its way into the hands of […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Mike Turay signs his Brewers contract

Mike Turay, left, inks a pro baseball contract with the Milwaukee Brewers as club scout and Davis resident Justin McCray looks on. The signing came at a gathering of family and friends on Saturday morning at Davis High. Turay is a former Blue Devil who was taken in the 24th round of the MLB draft […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

AYSO still looking for a few good kids

The American Youth Soccer Organization, a Davis mainstay since 1979, has extended its fall-program registration deadline to June 30 for mail-in sign-ups, and has added a June 27 walk-in session. Local AYSO applications were to have been cut off on June 2, but soccer officials found their numbers to be short of normal. As many […]

June 10, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,