Sierra resorts wait for snow as Christmas nears

By Martin Griffith Sierra Nevada ski resorts are heading into the traditionally busy Christmas season missing only one thing: natural snow. Plagued by a skimpy snowpack, most resorts have relied on snow-making machines to open with limited operations. Kayla Anderson of the Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe resort above Reno said her resort wouldn’t have been able […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Homewood expansion gets OK from governing board

It took five years and a final marathon, nine-hour meeting to get the project approved. But last week all the hard work by expansion advocates seemed worthwhile when the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s governing board approved the first phase of the Homewood Mountain Resort Ski Area Master Plan. The plan certainly won’t happen overnight. The […]

December 21, 2011 | Posted in Ski & Snow | Tagged ,

Stanford’s streak reaches five wins

STANFORD — Now that he’s healthy, Anthony Brown has raised his production value for Stanford. That’s good news for a team on the cusp of being nationally ranked. Brown scored a season-high 16 points to help Stanford win its fifth straight game Monday, 75-56, over Bethune-Cookman. “My right knee had been bothering me early in […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Cobbs carries Cal past UCSB

BERKELEY — Justin Cobbs provided another solid scoring effort for California. The sophomore transfer got a chance to flex his defensive skills a little bit, too. With the Golden Bears playing without their top defender and second-leading scorer, Jorge Gutierrez, who was sidelined with a stomach illness, Cobbs picked up the slack — and then […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Steelers suffer a power outage in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — Monday Night Football nearly became a Monday Night Fiasco. San Francisco’s lights-out return to prime time helped salvage what could have been an embarrassing evening for everyone involved on the NFL’s biggest stage after a pair of power outages delayed the game for close to 35 minutes in all. The 49ers rode […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

UCD women split first two games in a Hawaii

One day after rallying in the second half for a victory over College Insider Mid-Major No. 20 Denver, the UC Davis women’s basketball team — ranked No. 21 in that same poll — was outplayed after intermission by Portland State on Monday. The Vikings were led by Courtney VanBrocklin’s 25 points, while Kate Lanz added 15 […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

DHS freshman boys get to 3-1 with win over Pioneer

The Davis High freshman boys basketball team won its third game in four tries this season when it topped Pioneer 61-47 last Tuesday. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 33-17 first-half lead behind impressive play from Nate Curtis and Quinn Williams. Curtis finished with 14 points and four rebounds, while Williams contibuted 12 points, […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,

Kings make tough decision to void Hayes’ deal

The Sacramento Kings voided Chuck Hayes’ $21.3 million, four-year contract on Monday, saying the forward-center failed a team physical that forced his release. Kings general manager Geoff Petrie said in a statement Monday that informing Hayes his deal had been voided was “one of the most heartbreaking moments of my professional or personal life.” He […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

Sports briefs: Davis Police sponsor athletic activities during break

The Davis Police Department is hosting an open gym at Davis High School’s South Gym, 315 W. 14th St., through Thursday. From 10 a.m. to noon, kids are invited to come for some rousing rounds of dodgeball. From noon to 3 p.m., the gym will be open for basketball. On Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Thursday, […]

December 20, 2011 | Posted in Youth | Tagged ,

Warriors roll past Kings 107-96 to open preseason

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors couldn’t land a prolific big man in free agency. Instead, they’re counting on an emerging center already on the roster. Ekpe Udoh came off the bench in place of starting center Andris Biedrins to finish with 10 points and four rebounds, and Golden State rolled past the short-handed Sacramento […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Associated Press | Tagged ,

Marleau nets winner as Sharks top Oilers 3-2

SAN JOSE — Patrick Marleau scored the tiebreaking goal 6:11 into the third period and the San Jose Sharks beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Saturday night. Martin Havlat and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who won their second straight. San Jose has three consecutive home victories for the first time this season. […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

UCD women face Denver Sunday

The UC Davis women’s basketball team wraps up its nonconference schedule with the three-day Chevron Rainbow Wahine Shootout in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Aggies, who have dropped their last three road matches, open tournament play today against Denver University. Denver is on a two-game winning streak, last topping Minnesota 72-63. UCD and Denver are knotted at […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Aggies | Tagged ,

Gore, 49ers look to finish strong

SANTA CLARA — Frank Gore and the San Francisco 49ers are hoping for a strong finish to the regular season, beginning with Monday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 49ers have lost two of three since a 9-1 start, and Gore has gone five consecutive games with 88 yards rushing or fewer after stringing […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Pro Sports | Tagged ,

No offense does in Lady Blue Devils

NAPA — It wasn’t anything a little offense couldn’t have fixed. Playing another solid defensive game, the Lady Blue Devils couldn’t get shots to drop and fell victim, 51-30, to Lowell (San Francisco) in the finale of the Wine Country Classic at Napa High on Saturday. Struggling mightily at halftime (down 30-14), the locals never […]

December 18, 2011 | Posted in Blue Devils | Tagged ,