Cardinal, Aggies jockey for position on basketball landscape

Old NBA colleagues meet Friday night at The Pavilion in the continuing saga of two coaches hoping to put their respective basketball programs on the NCAA landscape. When former Philadelphia 76er Johnny Dawkins brings his Stanford squad to town, the Cardinal will try to run its record to 4-0 on the young season. Meanwhile, UC […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Aggies get guard from Canada

Proving that new head coach Jim Les is looking everywhere he can to add good players to the UC Davis men’s basketball program, Olivier-Paul Betu, ranked fourth among guards in Canada’s class of 2012 prep players, has signed a national letter of intent to join the Aggies next fall. Betu, a 6-foot-2 combo guard who […]

November 17, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Despite struggles, Aggies get Les his first victory

You’d have thought they lost. Despite getting new UC Davis men’s basketball coach Jim Les his first victory, the Aggies had to come from behind late to defeat visiting UC Santa Cruz, 84-78, in front of 849 fans in their home opener at The Pavilion. Trailing by as many as 12 in the second half, […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Stapleton named water polo MVP as Devils eye 2012

To no one’s surprise, Davis High’s brilliant Connor Stapleton has been named the Sac-Joaquin Section boys water polo Most Valuable Player, and repeated his All-American status. The junior, a member of the U.S. National Youth Team, scored 115 goals and drew 107 exclusions as the Blue Devils finished a 19-12 season as CIF runners-up after […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Awards roll in for the section-champion DHS girls

When the Davis High girls first jumped in the pool for water polo 17 years ago, then-coach Jamey Wright didn’t know what a dynasty was being created. Fifteen section final fours, 13 final contests and nine Sac-Joaquin titles later, the Blue Devils have become the area standard for excellence. Now, days after Saturday’s 8-5 win […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

UCD will need its defense to step up again at Causeway Classic

When North Dakota visited Aggie Stadium on Saturday, the two teams spent three hours playing good defense, each hoping its offense could score enough to win. That day, it was the Fighting Sioux (7-3, 2-1 Great West), and now they will play for a share of the conference championship. UC Davis played really well on […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: UCD’s Salit selected to All-WWPA first team

UC Davis senior Aaron Salit was picked for the All-Western Water Polo Association first team on Tuesday, while junior attacker Colin Hicks made the second team and defender Chris Richardson garnered All-Freshman distinction. This is the second such honor for Salit, who also claimed first-team All-WWPA and ACWPC All-America honorable mention in 2010. The 6-foot-6 […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

U.S. takes a friendly from Slovenia

In the fog at Stozice Stadium, the U.S. offense became visible for the first time since Jurgen Klinsmann became coach. On a night when the Americans celebrated captain Carlos Bocanegra’s 100th international appearance, Edson Buddle, Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore all scored to give the United States a 3-2 victory over Slovenia in Ljubljana on […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Greiner Athlete of the Week (11/16/11): UCD guard Samantha Meggison

Early in a season, especially one where the squad features a new head coach, college basketball teams need their experienced players to shoulder the load while everyone else gets up to speed. The UC Davis women have four seniors who have all been in the rotation for nearly their entire careers, so it’s no surprise […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

12th annual ‘learn to ski and board’ weekend set for Dec. 10-11

North Lake Tahoe ski resorts shorten the learning curve with those new to skiing and snowboarding by offering a special savings weekend to get you cruising down the slopes in no time. The 12th annual learn to ski and board weekend, scheduled for Dec. 10-11, is geared for beginners, costs only $30 and includes an […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Even if you don’t ski, you’ve got plenty of winter sports options

By Tom Stienstra In their search for a world far away from everything that makes a day sizzle at a ski resort, a growing number of people are finding their own brand of rapture. They snowshoe, telemark, cross-country or skate ski. Others venture to State Park Sno-Play areas to sail down a hill on an […]

November 16, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Packers sink Vikings

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers was just fine sharing the spotlight with the Green Bay Packers defense. Thrilled, actually. If the Packers now can field a dependable defense along with their trademark high-octane offense, they just might be unstoppable. The Packers (9-0) remain the NFL’s lone undefeated team — not that Rodgers is quite […]

November 15, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

College basketball roundup: Lamb leads UConn past Wagner

STORRS, Conn. — Shabazz Napier scored 21 points and No. 4 Connecticut extended Division I’s longest winning streak to 13 games with a 78-66 victory over Wagner on Monday. Jeremy Lamb added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (2-0), who have never lost a game at Gampel Pavilion during the months of November […]

November 15, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

New men’s coach sees improvement despite UCD’s 0-3 start

Despite a tough start to the season with three straight losses at the Basketball Traveler’s Tournament in San Diego, new UC Davis men’s head coach Jim Les saw some good things at the season-opening event. The play of three Aggies — juniors Ryan Sypkens and Ryan Howley as well as sophomore Josh Ritchart, who was […]

November 15, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,