Homer-happy A’s win again

TORONTO — Backed by another Oakland power surge, Rich Harden finally got the best of a longtime nemesis. Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki homered, Harden pitched seven strong innings for his first career win over Toronto, and the Athletics beat the Blue Jays, 4-1, on Tuesday. The A’s have won three straight games and have […]

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Greiner Athlete of the Week (08/10/11): UCD quarterback Randy Wright

With fall practice opening up these week, the UC Davis football team looks ahead to a strong 2011 season. One of the big reasons for optimism is the Aggies’ belief that quarterback Randy Wright is set for a huge campaign. National experts seem to be in agreement as Wright, kicker Sean Kelley and punter Colton […]

AquaMonsters finish like champions

The Davis AquaMonsters closed out the summer season last weekend as the squad sent 43 swimmers to the Summer Sanders Aquatic Center in Roseville for the NorCal Meet of Champions. Competing in her final meet as an AquaMonster, 18-year-old Alex Wheeler 18 made the finals in all six individual events, including winning both the 50 and […]

Sports briefs: Cycling race will be on county roads Saturday

The 16th annual Dunnigan Hills Road Race, a competitive cycling event on Saturday, takes place on a loop through parts of Yolo County. The race is part of the 11-day California Cup and will feature 600 United States Cycling Association riders. Roads will not be closed but traffic will be impacted on the course, a […]

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Bucs blank San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Vogelsong still owns the lowest ERA in the National League — barely — but that’s about all the San Francisco Giants pitcher can take out of his latest start. Stellar for more than three months during his remarkable breakout season, the All-Star right-hander matched his career-high of eight strikeouts but was […]

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Cats suffer just their third shutout of season

It was an unfamiliar feeling for the Sacramento River Cats on Monday in Iowa. The first-place Cats were shut out for just the third time this season — and the first time on the road all year — as the Cubs took an 8-0 decision. No runs were scored until the bottom of the fifth […]

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UCD football team gets into full gear on Thursday

The cleats are laced up. The helmets and shoulder pads are on. And beginning Thursday, the UC Davis football team will don full pads at practice as its prepares for the start of the 2011 football season. Workouts began Saturday at Aggie Stadium, with meetings and practices scheduled nearly every day leading up to the […]

Fly fishing in Putah Creek is tough

They say that if you can catch trout in Putah Creek you can catch them anywhere. The “they” are anglers who have managed to catch one of the elusive and, some say, brainy wild trout that call the creek home. “It’s a difficult place to catch fish,” said Steve Karr, a Putah Creek fly fisher […]

Hold on to your hats. It’s non-stop prep sports until June

The whirlwind starts now. It took only 90 minutes to make an assessment … The 2011 Davis High Blue Devil football team has a completely different feel to what we saw in coach Steve Smyte’s first season. Despite its best intentions, DHS was hamstrung from the beginning. Smyte was hired late (appointed in May, for […]

New-feel Blue Devils kick off football practices

“Yes. Great work, Cookie. That’s the way to stay with him!” comes the coach’s praise. “No, no, no!” the coach isn’t happy on the next play. “The object is you get the safety to bite on the play-action,” the mentor demonstrates his admonition. “If he doesn’t do that, I want you to cut on his […]

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Vaughn will take over for Peters at the UCD baseball helm

While it’s never easy when a coach moves on, the smoothest transitions often come when a team can maintain a sense of continuity. In the case of the UC Davis baseball team, the resignation of head coach Rex Peters — announced by the school on Monday — was made less disruptive by the fact that […]

Sports briefs: Aggie gymnasts earn academic awards

Six UC Davis gymnasts, plus the Aggie women’s team at large, were honored as part of the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women’s academic awards program. Betsy Lim, Marcy Miller, Stacey Nicolini, Jessica Rea, Erika Van Dyke and Katie Yamamura received individual All-Academic honors. As a team, UCD combined for a 3.27 grade-point average during […]

Flying high: Davis paraglider shares X-Alps experience

By Margaret Burns Thirty pilot/athletes from 22 countries started out in the X-Alps race on July 17 and only 18 finished 14 days later. They had attempted to paraglide and hike the 900 miles from Salzburg, Austria, to Monaco with a 25-pound backpack and an assistant driving a van with the rest of their gear. […]

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Cats can’t weather Storm Chasers

OMAHA – The Omaha Storm Chasers were not thrown off their game by two rain delays as they defeated the Sacramento River Cats 7-5 on Saturday to earn a series split. Sacramento (70-45) posted four runs in the top of the second inning, including a solo homer by Michael Taylor. However, Omaha put up two […]

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