College bowl roundup: Illinois sends UCLA home hungry

SAN FRANCISCO — Terry Hawthorne returned an interception 39 yards for Illinois’ first touchdown late in the third quarter and the Illini snapped a six-game losing streak by beating UCLA, 20-14, in the Fight Hunger Bowl. Nathan Scheelhaase added a 60-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Jenkins midway through the fourth quarter to seal the first […]

January 01, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Fullerton stifles UCD women in Big West opener

The only way to combat good defense — like the kind Cal State Fullerton played on Saturday at The Pavilion — is with efficient offense. And the UC Davis women’s basketball team unfortunately proved that in its Big West Conference opener, a 58-50 loss to the Titans. The Aggies fell primarily because they struggled to convert critical […]

January 01, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Batting clinic offered at UCD

The UC Davis baseball team will provide hitting instruction to local youth players at a clinic set for Wednesday at the Aggie batting cages. Athletes ages 7 to 14 are invited to participate (no high school players) and kids will be separated by age. At the clinic, which costs $25 cash and will go from […]

January 01, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

49ers/Raiders notebook: S.F. is protecting the ball at a record pace

SANTA CLARA — Despite San Francisco’s impressive 12-3 record, the 49ers’ offense leads the league in only one category — protecting the football. San Francisco hasn’t committed a turnover in its last four games and leads the league in fewest giveaways with 10. If the 49ers don’t commit a turnover in Sunday’s season finale at […]

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

Devil junior varsity boys again posting a dazzling season

It certainly has been an entertaining hoops team. And now that they’re off to an 11-3 start — and again featuring a high-octane offense — the Davis High boys junior varsity just might be veteran coach Bob Silva’s best. Silva — who doubles as the president of the Davis Wildcats youth basketball program — has […]

January 01, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Davis boys come from behind to beat Pleasant Valley

EL DORADO HILLS — Getting their swerve on in the second half, Davis High’s boys basketball team snapped a two-game losing skid by stopping Pleasant Valley (Chico), 83-76, in the Oak Ridge Trojan Toss Up on Friday afternoon. “There was a lot of good energy,” Blue Devil coach Dan Gonzalez said after watching his team […]

January 01, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

UCD’s rally falls just short at Fullerton

Despite falling behind by 16 points in the first half, the UC Davis men’s basketball team wasn’t going to give up its Big West opener so easily. Sophomore Josh Ritchart tied a career high with five 3-pointers to help the Aggies come back to tie the game late in the second half, but host Cal […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Bulls send Kings to 1-2

SACRAMENTO — Derrick Rose had 19 points and eight assists and the Chicago Bulls earned a 108-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. The Bulls ran off 15 straight points early in the game and never trailed again in defeating the youthful Kings, the NBA’s youngest team. Carlos Boozer had 16 points and […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Davis boys in funk at Trojan Toss Up

EL DORADO HILLS — It must have felt like a second Christmas for members of Shasta High’s basketball team. Meanwhile, the Davis High boys and coaches were trying to escape The Funk. When Thursday’s Trojan Toss Up consolation-bracket contest ended, the Wolfpack had used a decisive second period to come away with an 86-69 victory […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Lady Blue Devils clamp down on FHS, 62-22

DIXON — Snapping a three-game losing streak, the Davis High girls basketball team has something to celebrate going in to the new year. “Relax, have fun and play loose” is what coach Karen Foster told her Lady Blue Devils just before the locals routed Franklin (Stockton), 62-22, in the seventh-place game of the Dixon Ram […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

2011 in sports: Local hoops in transition

From one year to the next, everything changed in Davis basketball. At UC Davis, the 2011-12 season was unveiled with two new coaches. Jennifer Gross, a former Aggie standout player and trusted assistant to longtime coach Sandy Simpson, replaced UCD’s all-time-winningest women’s coach after Simpson retired in March. But Simpson took his charges out on […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Davis boys run afoul of Rio Americano, 86-80

EL DORADO HILLS — Sometimes boys just can’t keep their hands to themselves. A classic example? In opening the Trojan Toss Up Invitational with an 86-80 loss to Rio Americano, the Blue Devils slowed their signature blow-torch style by sending the Raiders to the charity stripe on 31 occasions. Not only does standing around watching […]

December 29, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Texas ruins Cal’s Holiday

SAN DIEGO — The California Golden Bears couldn’t hold onto the football or protect their quarterback in a 21-10 loss to Texas in the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday night. The Golden Bears (7-6) had five turnovers and Zach Maynard was sacked six teams, leading to their fifth straight loss to Texas dating to 1959. “You […]

December 29, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Canucks get past Sharks in OT

SAN JOSE — Andrew Ebbett has been very busy since he got back on the ice after missing 17 games because of a broken foot. And he has been productive, too. Ebbett redirected Kevin Bieksa’s shot into the net at 3:23 of overtime to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the San Jose […]

December 29, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,