Sports briefs: Trick roper from Woodland performs at NFL game Saturday

Cowboy showman James Barrera of Woodland will perform Saturday at the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders at Candlestick Park. He will bring along three top charro ropers to display the art of trick and fancy roping. Barrera will demonstrate his whip-cracking routines before the game, and at halftime he’ll […]

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Aquatics roundup: Synchronized swim team to perform ‘Riot on the Radio’

Davis synchronized swimmers will be swinging to tunes from yesterday and today as the AquaStarz synchronized swimming team presents “Riot on the Radio,” Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26-27, at Community Pool. The team’s annual fundraising event will feature award-winning routines, the ever-popular “Dads” routine, and a raffle. Rose Cholewinski, founder of AquaStarz and owner of […]

Express cruises through Sacramento

It was “Star Wars” Night at Raley Field on Saturday, but the Force was not with Sacramento starting pitcher Travis Banwart and the rest of the River Cats. Round Rock played the role of Darth Vader for Cats fans as the Express defeated Sacramento, 6-3. Battered for 11 hits and five runs through his 5 […]

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Lincecum’s gem lifts Giants over Marlins

MIAMI — Tim Lincecum extended his second-half pitching surge with another road gem. Lincecum allowed two hits in seven innings and Jeff Keppinger provided a first-inning solo home run to lead the San Francisco Giants past the Florida Marlins, 3-0, on Saturday. Lincecum (11-9) walked three, struck out 10 and hit a batter while lowering […]

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Watney’s 68 puts him six shots back after PGA’s third round

JOHNS CREEK, Ga — Brendan Steele and Jason Dufner at least can make a name for themselves in the PGA Championship. Until that big trophy is handed out Sunday, however, this major remains very much a mystery. How will they handle the pressure of the final round? Can they safely navigate through the four-hole finish, […]

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Sports briefs: Registration open for city softball leagues

The city of Davis is taking registration for its fall adult softball leagues. Sign-ups are first-come, first-served, and will close Friday, Aug. 26, or earlier if the leagues fill. League play begins Tuesday, Sept. 6. Fees for the seven-game season are $397 for men’s teams, and $366 for women’s or coed teams. Each new team […]

Disappointing defense dooms Oakland

OAKLAND — Athletics manager Bob Melvin made his team take infield before Saturday’s game against Texas. He might want to keep them out there a little longer next time. Oakland committed four errors and threw the ball around carelessly most of the afternoon, while wasting an otherwise solid outing from right-hander Trevor Cahill in a […]

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UCD roundup: Runas exits in quarters of U.S. Amateur

After playing even with the event’s defending champion on the front nine, UC Davis junior Demi Runas fell just short on the back nine and Danielle Kang won their U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinal match 4 and 3 on Friday. Kang’s victory ended Runas’ stay at the national championship — being contested at the Rhode Island […]

Davis U10 squad makes its mark at a national softball tourney

The experience was a good one for the under-10 Davis Youth Softball Association all-stars. Playing in the national tournament this month in Clovis, the local girls went 1-3, topping Hanford, 8-5, in the second round. Assistant coach Chris Ochoa — who helped head man Steve Swimley — recapped the experience. “In our first pool game […]

Reese and Smith: different Aggie paths to success

They’ve been teammates for what seems like forever. From struggling squads at Davis High to careers on the emerging Aggie gridiron frontier, seniors Dwight Smith and Josh Reese look like they’ll be ready for whatever life after football presents them. “Wow. That’s a big question,” receiver Smith says after somebody asked him what he’s taken […]

While this Opel doesn’t win free, it’s low-cost racing fun

These guys conjure memories of Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Sterling Moss. Remember the movie “LeMans?” Steve McQueen at the wheel of the storied 24-hour race? While it’s not quite France, Italy and Morocco — and their pride-and-joy vehicle isn’t a Porsche or Scarab — racing in the 2011 Sears Pointless C Class of fixer-uppers […]

Raiders lose an exciting exhibition

OAKLAND — Kevin Kolb found new favorite target Larry Fitzgerald twice in his Arizona debut but was unable to get his offense on the scoreboard in two drives before the Cardinals rallied to beat the Oakland Raiders, 24-18, in their exhibition opener Thursday night. Arizona’s other three quarterbacks all threw touchdown passes, including a 28-yarder […]

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Tough 18th hole costs Watney in first round of PGA

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Steve Stricker stood a mere 10 feet away from the lowest round ever in a major, a captivating moment at any other championship. Not this one. Not with U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, the favorite at this PGA, trying to blast a 7-iron through a tree root. He injured his wrist […]

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Sports briefs: Aggie golfer still alive at U.S. Amateur

UC Davis junior Demi Runas beat USC senior Lisa McCloskey on the first extra hole of their match late Thursday — after beating Ket Preamchuen in the morning — to earn a berth in Friday’s quarterfinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Runas, an Aggie standout from Torrance and the reigning Big West Conference Player […]