Important dates ahead for youthful area athletes

I’m miserable. You 49ers fans … I grow weary of your celebration. I don’t begrudge your jubilation (and, quietly, I am resigned to root for you). But without Drew Brees, my football heart is empty. Brees was the mainstay of my fantasy team for three years, and my heart broke when he and New Orleans […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

City Council may be last chance for Davis Diamonds in Davis

Davis Diamonds Gymnastics could be forced to move to Dixon if the City Council decides Tuesday that the gym’s bid to move into a vacant car dealership in South Davis doesn’t fit the city’s economic plan. At least that’s what co-owner James Major fears as the decision date nears. Major has run the gymnastics company […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in City government | Tagged ,

Blue Devil JV girls winging along at 10-5

When a kid plays junior varsity basketball, it is with the intent to learn a school’s system, improve individually and — as a team — get better as the season progresses. For coach Kalyca Seabrook’s Lady Blue Devils, so far, so good… Cruising along with a 10-5 overall mark, Davis High has won its first […]

January 20, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Cold shooting doesn’t kill Kings

No one in the stunned Sacramento Kings locker room could remember winning a game when they shot so poorly. Marcus Thornton scored 17 points and the Kings rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Pacers, 92-88, snapping a three-game losing streak despite shooting just 30.1 percent from the field. […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Youth roundup: Diamonds are in good company at Delta Classic

Eight of the Davis Diamonds’ most accomplished gymnasts — Irene Whalen, Isabella Franke, Kate Miller, Alene Lai, Chloe Chan, Michaela Everitt, Micaela Niva and Lily Lin — joined one of the best ever — Shannon Miller — at the Delta Classic, a Junior Olympic meet held Saturday at the Stockton Memorial Auditorium. Shannon Miller, a […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Youth soccer: Davis U19 team conquers Concord

The Davis Order of the Phoenix, a U19 girls soccer team, cruised to a 7-0 victory over host Concord on Saturday. Miriam Bell led all scorers with three goals, notching one in the first half off an assist by Emily Barber and two in the second period when she was set up by Madeleine Welsh […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

UCD women use ‘day off’ for extra practice

It’s been a pretty good new year so far for the UC Davis women’s basketball team. The Aggies have won three of their past four games to improve to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in the Big West Conference. After dispatching Long Beach State, 78-62, on Saturday, the squad is settling in for its lone contest […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Schlosser continues as DHS lacrosse ambassador

He’s Mikie — as in Nike. His game is lacrosse and the kid’s future in the sport seems very bright. Even though Mike Schlosser is already committed to the University of Michigan and drawing national attention in prep all-star games, Davis High fans still have two more seasons to watch the lightning-quick athlete toil for […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Harbaughs try to make Super Bowl a family affair

SANTA CLARA — When addressing his 49ers this week, Jim Harbaugh can point to the monumental miss in his 15-year NFL career: He came a Hail Mary short of making the Super Bowl. He still has an out-of-whack right pinkie and noticeable hitch in his step to show for his time in the league. His […]

January 19, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Sharks put out Flames in a shootout

SAN JOSE — Michal Handzus and Brent Burns scored in the shootout and the San Jose Sharks rallied to a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. Torrey Mitchell tied the game midway through the third period and Antti Niemi made 27 saves and was perfect in the shootout. The Sharks earned just […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Big West roundup: Pacific men fall to Bakersfield

STOCKTON — Stephon Carter and Tyrone White each scored 17 points and Cal State Bakersfield held off Pacific, 76-73, on Tuesday night in a nonconference men’s basketball game. Lorenzo McCloud had 19 points and five assists to lead Pacific (5-12). Markus Duran scored 11 points, Ross Rivera scored 10 and Travis Fulton had 10 points […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

DHS freshman girls right fit for varsity

Nothing is easy about playing high school sports. There are hours of training to get in shape before a season even starts. Once it does, athletes are committed to practice, practice, practice. Hopefully, once the games begin, the kids are ready for the competition. In between those games, there’s more practice, practice, practice. Oh, that’s […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Raiders coaching search now includes Mornhinweg

ALAMEDA — Reggie McKenzie’s short list of candidates to fill the Oakland Raiders’ vacant head coaching job has grown by another name. The Raiders’ new general manager has been given permission to interview Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg for the job, a person with knowledge of the request said on condition of anonymity because […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

49ers’ secondary has been second to none

SANTA CLARA — The change in the San Francisco 49ers’ attitude this season might be most evident when the defensive backs gather in a team meeting room each week to watch the highlight video from the previous game. Secondary coach Ed Donatell counts and compares the number of “domination hits” in a fierce and friendly […]

January 18, 2012 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,