49ers notebook: San Francisco gets eight Pro Bowlers

NEW YORK — Patrick Willis leads eight San Francisco 49ers and Tom Brady is one of eight New England Patriots to make the Pro Bowl, the most for one team on each roster. The squads for the Jan. 29 game in Honolulu were announced on Tuesday. Linebacker Willis, DE Justin Smith, cornerback Carlos Rogers and […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Rescue dogs on call at ski resort

By Clark Corbin ALTA, Wyo. — The most unusual thing about Otter Calder riding Grand Targhee Resort’s ski lifts is that Otter walks on four legs and eats and drinks from a bowl. Otter is one of five avalanche rescue dogs working with the resort’s ski patrol. Those ski lift rides aren’t all that unusual […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Heavenly, Northstar to launch new slope safety campaign

Vail Resorts, Inc. has announced details of “Play It Safe, Play All Season”, the company’s enhanced slope safety campaign across its six mountain resorts — Heavenly and Northstar, and Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado. “Our guests have been telling us that safety is a key component of their mountain experience, and their […]

December 28, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Kings take down Lakers in season opener

SACRAMENTO — For Sacramento fans, just seeing their Kings on the court was a victory after all the talk of moving at the end of last season. Beating the hated Los Angeles Lakers in the season opener only made it sweeter. Marcus Thornton scored 12 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter and the […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Ducks get past Sharks

SAN JOSE — Andrew Cogliano scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and Jonas Hiller made 36 saves in helping the Anaheim Ducks end a 13-game winless skid on the road, beating the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, on Monday. Luca Sbisa and Bobby Ryan also scored for the Ducks, who beat the Sharks […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Brees breaks record in win over Falcons

NEW ORLEANS — Quite a night for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints — a record and a rout. Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held for 27 years, and the New Orleans Saints clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Independence Bowl sees Tigers tame Tar Heels

SHREVEPORT, La. — James Franklin’s hard running and timely passing led Missouri to an easy win in its final game as a member of the Big 12. It also gives the Tigers plenty of hope heading into their new home in the Southeastern Conference. Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and the […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

It’s getting serious for DHS basketball teams

It’s beginning to get serious for the Davis High basketball teams. The boys and the girls each have tournaments this week, which are followed by two more nonleague outings before they jump into Delta Valley Conference play. With both squads hard at work to perfect new approaches to the game, boys coach Dan Gonzalez and […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Aggie duo hopes to give opponents the blues — and golds

There are a couple of guys at UC Davis who are helping their beloved Aggies put points on the board. These two young men aren’t on the court or assisting a coaching staff. These two freshmen are in the stands: one night disguised as the Blue Lantern or an oddly colored Batman; the next game […]

December 27, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Look quick. Davis basketball becomes a Blue Streak

Davis High’s boys basketball team hadn’t scored 80 or more points in a game in a decade. In 13 campaigns, head coach Dan Gonzalez’s Blue Devil teams rarely ran the court, instead satisfied to play hard-nosed defense while employing a half-court offense designed to maximize their 40 or 50 shots a contest. The results? Two […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Aggies to put on youth batting clinic

The UC Davis baseball team will provide hitting instruction to local youth players at a clinic set for Wednesday, Jan. 4, at the Aggie batting cages. Athletes ages 7 to 14 are invited to participate (no high school players) and kids will be separated by age. At the clinic, which costs $25 cash and will […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Pivotal year for Kings in Sacramento

Paul Westphal glanced around the Sacramento Kings practice facility on the first day of training camp, smiling with his eyes wide open in awe of his surroundings. “It just feels great to be back,” he said. “It’s hard to believe that we’re even here, but we’re here.” Westphal was referring to the NBA lockout being […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Holidays: a good time to dig out the old box of photos

With the holiday season here, I went trolling through old pictures, trying to find a snapshot that might go with a present I was wrapping for my two children. I stopped short when I found my favorite photo of daughter Julie and me together. It’s not an aw-shucks-cute pic. It’s certainly not one that Parents […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Strong week for DHS wrestlers

Davis High’s Bobby Rico and Scott Derby made it to championship matches on Day 2 of the Lou Bronzan Invitational, each taking second place, and Adrian LoBuono-Gonzalez finished seventh at 120 pounds as the Blue Devils wrestlers wrapped up a strong performance at the event Thursday. At 145 pounds, Derby went 4-1 overall, losing only […]

December 25, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,