Baseball briefs: Cats skid continues as Grizzlies complete sweep

After Kevin Kouzmanoff’s three-run home run in the top of the first inning on Wednesday, the Sacramento River Cats were cruising along, hoping their slim lead would be enough to snap a long losing streak and avoid being swept in Fresno. They were wrong. Soon after Cats reliever Neil Wagner trotted out to the mound […]

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Despite quick exit by DNLL 10-11s, coach is proud

“We went down swinging. We had a couple of close calls that didn’t go our way, but we kept battling back.” The words came from Davis Little League National coach Paul Welch, happy with his team’s play despite a quick exit from the 10-11-division District 64 tournament. “They never gave up. We had a lot […]

Davis National opens 11-12 tournament with a bang

VACAVILLE — For the Woodland National 11-12 all-stars, the mercy rule was a welcome relief from a Davis onslaught. The local National League stars ran up 16 runs over the first 3 1/2 innings of the District 64 tournament opener at William Keating Park in Vacaville on Wednesday, but the final scoreboard tally stood at […]

U.S. loss sets up Women’s World Cup match with Brazil

WOLFSBURG, Germany — The Americans can’t do things the easy way. Needing only a tie to avoid Brazil in the quarterfinals, the U.S. fell, 2-1, to Sweden on Wednesday night, the team’s fourth loss since November and first ever in group play at the World Cup. “After, what I said to the team is, my […]

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Mocoso is nearly unhittable in A’s victory

OAKLAND — Guillermo Moscoso was more worried about shutting down Seattle than his status in Oakland’s rotation. Moscoso made a strong case to keep his spot by allowing two hits in seven innings and Scott Sizemore homered to help the Athletics salvage the finale of a three-game series with a 2-0 victory over the Mariners on […]

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Youth roundup: Red Crew wins Cal Cup consolation title

The Davis Legacy Red Crew, a U16 boys soccer team, kicked off its new season late last month with a successful showing at the Cal Cup Tournament held at Cherry Island in Rio Linda. The locals won three of their four games at the event to take first in the consolation bracket. After a slow […]

Giants hurt themselves in another loss to San Diego

SAN FRANCISCO — Pick a moment. Andres Torres getting tagged out at home trying to score on a wild pitch. The usually reliable Matt Cain giving up a costly hit. Or another ninth-inning rally cut short. The San Francisco Giants crumbled with self-inflicted blunders Tuesday night, losing to the San Diego Padres, 5-3, for the […]

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American 10-11s survive Spencer’s big night

Should the Davis American 10-11 all-stars face Vacaville National’s Gage Spencer again … Well, a word to the wise — walk the kid. Despite two towering home runs and five RBI by the visiting lead-off hitter, DALL scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth to advance in the winner’s bracket of […]

Cats come from six runs down but Fresno wins in the 11th

Sacramento scored three runs in the seventh and another three in the eighth inning on Tuesday to extend its game at Fresno to 11 innings. But the result was eventually the same as it has been for the last seven River Cats’ contests — a loss. Ryan Lormand singled home Justin Christian in the bottom […]

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Davis National 10-11s come up one rally short

If you don’t think Little League games are hard-fought, you missed the Davis National-Vacaville American matchup to open the 10-11 District 64 Tournament on Tuesday. With the lead changing hands five times, VALL eventually managed a 12-10 extra-inning victory over the hosts at the Davis Little League complex. Despite temperatures pushing 90 degrees, the 200 […]

A’s battle back to force extras, then lose

OAKLAND — Everything was going according to plan. The Athletics finally got All-Star Felix Hernandez out of the game after eight brilliant innings and managed to tie the game against Seattle’s closer. The defense let Oakland down, though, and a throwing error led to one more missed opportunity. Franklin Gutierrez scored the go-ahead run on […]

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End of the trail for Davis American 9-10s

DIXON — Pitcher Daniel Roberts handled the vaunted Davis American Little League bats as the locals committed seven errors in falling to Vacaville Central, 7-1, in the District 64 Little League tournament for 9-10-year-old players. Roberts went five innings, allowed only three hits and an unearned run, and struck out six in picking up the […]

Contador makes a move in Tour de France’s fourth stage

MUR-DE-BRETAGNE, France — Make no mistake, Alberto Contador is back on the prowl. After a dismal start to the Tour de France, the three-time champion showed some of his old dominance Tuesday at cycling’s premier event. He gained seconds on his likely rivals by placing second to Stage 4 winner Cadel Evans in a two-man […]

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Aquatics roundup: AquaStarz synchronize with excellence

Going into its fourth regular dual meet of the summer, the Davis AquaStarz synchronized swimming team already has two impressive Valley Foothills Competitive Aquatics League victories under its belt. Using the friendly confines of Community Pool to its advantage, Davis beat the Cordova Cordettes (June 15) and the Auburn Mermaids (June 22) before falling to the […]