Beltran, Lincecum lead Giants past Padres

SAN FRANCISCO — Carlos Beltran was finally healthy enough to give the home fans a reason to cheer. Beltran shook off the pain around his right wrist to hit his first home run since being traded to San Francisco, powering the Giants past the San Diego Padres, 2-1, on Wednesday night. The switch-hitting right fielder […]

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Crisp powers A’s past Yankees

NEW YORK — A sudden power surge by Coco Crisp knocked the New York Yankees out of first place. Crisp homered twice and drove in five runs, going 4-for-4 with a three-run shot in the 10th inning that sent the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory on Wednesday. The loss dropped the Yankees a game […]

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Youth roundup: Diamonds pass their first test of 2011

Competing at their first meet of the season — the Judges’ Cup in Rancho Cordova on Saturday and Sunday — Davis Diamonds gymnasts Cordelia Hsiao, Isabella Franke, Sonia Sutton, Alissa Casillas and Lily Heilmann each won at least one event. The traditional season-opening meet featured more than 750 competitors and some of the toughest evaluations […]

Back to the drawing board? New look for DHS boys soccer

It isn’t usually a good thing when a coach says a season’s planning means going back to the drawing board. And such might be the case for the 2011 Davis High boys soccer team. But before Blue Devil backers get concerned, remember that drawing board is in the possession of veteran mentor Ashley Yudin, who […]

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Roller coaster ride continues for Giants in loss

SAN FRANCISCO — Alberto Gonzalez hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning, Kyle Blanks had a two-run homer and the San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Tuesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory. Nick Hundley doubled against Ramon Ramirez (2-2) to start the ninth, then Logan Forsythe sacrificed him […]

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MLB roundup: Burroughs’ first homer since 2005 is all Arizona needs

WASHINGTON — Ian Kennedy pitched seven sharp innings and Sean Burroughs hit a two-run homer to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 2-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. When San Francisco fell to San Diego later Tuesday, the Diamondbacks grabbed a two-game lead in the NL West standings. Kennedy (16-4) allowed six hits, struck […]

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Cats clinch division title

Sacramento just needed a victory on Tuesday to clinch its 10th division title in 12 seasons. The River Cats got the job done, and did it impressive fashion, blasting Tucson, 15-2, at Kino Stadium. The huge win pushed Sacramento’s record to 78-53 and ensured that the Cats would finish first in the Pacific Coast League’s […]

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A’s hold off Yankees in New York

NEW YORK — Andrew Bailey saw Coco Crisp take off for the ball with a route that made him very nervous. That is until he saw the ball settle into the center fielder’s glove just in front of the wall. Bailey retired Nick Swisher on a nearly 385-foot out with the bases loaded after Oakland […]

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More news from the girls’ championship soccer season

Last weekend, a couple of old Blue Devils met on the soccer pitch at the University of San Francisco when Aggie midfielder Elise Winbrock and Don newcomer Ali Yule locked horns in UC Davis’ 2-0 victory. Both Winbrock (2007) and Yule (last spring) helped their Davis High squads earn Sac-Joaquin Section crowns — the most […]

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Bicycle safety for kids to be discussed Saturday at Hall of Fame

With local school in session — and hundreds of families sending their offspring to school on bicycles for the first time — the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame will present a timely safety event on Saturday. “It’s a chance for the kids and their parents to make sure all is (well) with their bicycles … […]

Sports briefs: UCD beats Chico in men’s soccer exhibition

Matt Sheldon put the UC Davis men’s soccer team on the board with a 47th-minute goal and Ethan Shawlee’s header in the 62nd minute secured a 2-0 exhibition win over visiting Chico State at Aggie Soccer Field on Tuesday. Despite six shots by the Aggies and five from the Wildcats, neither team could find the […]

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River Cats hit 3 HRs in win over Tucson

Sacramento’s Chris Carter went deep twice — his 13th and 14th homers of the season — and teammate Jermaine Mitchell blasted his third as the River Cats needed nearly every one of their runs to hold off Tucson, 11-9, on Monday at Kino Stadium. With the victory, the Cats (77-53) increased their lead in the […]

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MLB roundup: After loss, Arizona’s lead over S.F. down to one game

WASHINGTON — Jayson Werth hit a three-run homer, Ross Detwiler took a four-hitter into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals beat Arizona, 4-1, on Monday to extend the Diamondbacks’ losing streak to a season-high six games. Henry Blanco homered for the Diamondbacks, who have scored only seven runs in their last six games. Mired […]

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UCD kicker gets Great West preseason honor

After two straight seasons on the all-conference first team, UC Davis senior place kicker Sean Kelley has been named one of the Great West’s 2011 Special Teams Preseason Co-Players of the Year in a recent vote of the league’s coaches. Southern Utah’s Brad Sorensen, Cal Poly’s Asa Jackson and North Dakota’s Brett Cameron also were […]