Weather takes a toll on X-Alps racers

By Margaret S. Burns “Today was a tough one” in the Red Bull X-Alps Race, Honza Rejmanek of Davis said Saturday. “We got to glide out from a big tall hill, then a long hikin’ day in the rain. Hoping to fly tomorrow.” The weather predictions were variable locally, the trademark of fickle low pressure […]

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Home game against Stanford highlights UCD men’s basketball schedule

UC Davis will host Stanford in an exciting early-season matchup, while playing three teams — including UCLA and San Diego State — that advanced to last year’s NCAA Tournament, as the Aggies announced their 2011-12 men’s basketball schedule on Wednesday. The schedule includes 28 regular-season games, 12 of which are at The Pavilion, leading up […]

A’s beat Yankees for the first time in 12 tries

NEW YORK — It was another sweltering day at Yankee Stadium. Only this time, the Oakland Athletics finally sweated out a win against New York. Hideki Matsui homered against his former team, Rich Harden earned his second win of the season and Oakland snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Yankees with a 4-3 victory […]

Evans set to become first Aussie to win Tour de France

GRENOBLE, France — Cadel Evans seized the Tour de France yellow jersey in the next-to-last stage Saturday, all but giving Australia its first victory in cycling’s showpiece event and capping one of the most dramatic races in years. The two-time runner-up took the overall lead by overcoming a 57-second deficit to Andy Schleck of Luxembourg […]

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River Cats pound Salt Lake

Coming off of two close losses in the past two days at Salt Lake, the Sacramento River Cats grabbed a big lead on getaway day and held on for a 14-1 victory over the Bees on Thursday at Spring Mobile Ballpark. The first-place Cats (57-41) scored the first seven runs of the contest, while starting […]

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An old friend will be on other bench when DHS plays

When Vacaville High opens the girls basketball season with a CIF Foundation Game in November, there will be a familiar face in the No. 2 chair across the court from his once-beloved Blue Devils. Jeff Christian — released as DHS girls coach by local district officials in January — has been named an assistant coach […]

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Ex-Blue Devils take Post 77 baseball honors

WOODLAND — Two former Davis High players earned top honors at the annual Yolo Post 77 American Legion baseball banquet on Thursday as speculation continued on whether or not coach Matt Castles would return for his 17th season. Luke McDonald, a hard-hitting third baseman who crafted an epic campaign after missing almost 18 months of […]

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Clark is the Dino of local youth basketball

His coaching résumé is long. His days as a player were star-crossed. And his commitment to the well-being of local kids shines through every day, whether coaching basketball or supervising students at Harper Junior High. To most Davis people with kids, Dino Clark is a familiar name. As Clark’s summer AAU hoops program Hot Shots […]

Sports briefs: Catch Anibaba play against Manchester United on ESPN2

The Chicago Fire of the MLS — who feature former Davis High star Jalil Anibaba at defender — will play Manchester United on Saturday at Soldier Field as part of the World Football Challenge. The contest will be aired live on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. Anibaba, a 2007 DHS graduate, was drafted ninth overall by […]

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Sports are mentioned in here somewhere

For years, I’ve wanted to write a book about community journalism — a pursuit that is so different from being at arm’s length from your readers at newspapers like the Los Angeles Times or Sacramento Bee. Compiling serious notes on the subject since the mid-1970s, I find now that I’ve missed a chance. Friend Joe […]

X-Alps Day 4: Were these pilots made for walking?

Another day of almost continuous hiking through rain and wind in the Red Bull X-Alps challenge. The good news is the top 12 athletes have made it into Italy. The bad news is the weather is unlikely to change significantly soon. More good news is that Honza Rejmanek of Davis is in fourth or fifth […]

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Family’s epic journey stops off in hometown

Well-wishers greeted them along the way, on their journey in from the Bay Area. Some local runners joined the quartet’s final strides into Davis. The Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh trumpeted their arrival at Central Park — where more friends and fans were waiting at a special health fair, which celebrated the four harriers’ cause célèbre. […]

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River Cats’ homer binge isn’t enough

One day after allowing Salt Lake to come from behind and snatch a win from their grasp, the Sacramento River Cats attempted to do the same thing. Trailing by four runs after seven innings, the Cats battled back with three runs — on back-to-back-to-back homers — in the top of the eighth, but that 4-3 […]

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Matsui’s milestone HR helps A’s top Tigers

DETROIT — Hideki Matsui doesn’t think of himself as a member of the 500-homer club. Still, he’s glad people will stop asking about it. Matsui hit his 500th professional homer Wednesday and drove in three runs to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Detroit Tigers 7-5. He has hit 168 major-league homers after hitting 332 […]

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