Sports briefs: Hall of Fame talk to focus on Taylor

African-American cyclist Major Taylor was truly one of the pioneers of the sport. But despite winning the 1899 World Sprint Championship and becoming the highest-paid and most famous athlete in what was then the world’s most popular and lucrative sport, even he was not immune to the racism that was all too common in America […]

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Davis family heads out on the road again

The rock group Steppenwolf would have loved these folks. “Get your motor runnin’…” The motorcycles are fine-tuned. Supplies are being packed. “Head out on the highway …” The maps have been traced. A trip to Chicago begins Thursday. “Looking for adventure, in whatever comes our way.” Welcome to the Borden family: Sandy and husband Terry […]

Kouzmanoff’s debut doesn’t help Cats get a win

Sacramento was treated to a special guest when Kevin Kouzmanoff, who tied for the Oakland Athletics’ team lead in home runs and RBIs last year, suited up at third base in a River Cats jersey for the first time. Although Kouzmanoff blasted a solo shot over the left-field wall, the Cats couldn’t get their offense […]

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Cueto and Reds relievers blank Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Johnny Cueto pitched seven scoreless innings and Jonny Gomes had three hits and an RBI to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. Cueto (3-2) allowed just four hits and struck out eight — including the side in order in the third inning — […]

New manager can’t help A’s stop losing streak

CHICAGO — Different day. Different city. Different manager. Same result. Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko each hit two-run homers and the Chicago White Sox spoiled the debut of Oakland interim manager Bob Melvin, beating the Athletics 9-4 on Thursday. Melvin replaced Bob Geren earlier in the day, but the change couldn’t keep Oakland from its […]

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Game 5 victory puts Mavs one win from an NBA title

DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki thrust both arms in the air, a sea of blue screaming around him and the Dallas Mavericks finally ahead in these ultra-close NBA finals. Now it really is “now or never” for LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Nowitzki scored 29 points, driving for the go-ahead dunk with 2:45 remaining, and […]

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6 to 4 to 3: music to my ears — and pencil

Sitting at Clark Field Wednesday night, on the most perfect evening anyone could have asked for, I started zoning out on the American Legion baseball game I was covering. It was the bottom of the sixth inning, and our Post 77 team was trailing 3-0. Jacob Neal, a former Davis High player, had just sacrificed […]

Bicycling Hall of Fame announces 2011 induction ceremony

Four legends of American cycling will be inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in a Nov. 5 ceremony at Freeborn Hall. The four represent a range of cycling disciplines from Olympians, world and national champions to industry pioneers from the 1920s to the present. The inductees are modern road and track competitor Marty […]

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Sports briefs: Local man wins gold at Jiu-Jitsu World Championship

Matt Zonfrello, a Davis resident who trains at the local Nova Geração Academy, took home a gold medal at last week’s International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation World Championship. By winning his fourth gold of year, the Davis blue belt now holds the title of World Ultra Heavyweight Champion. Competing for the BJJ Revolution team, Zonfrello started off the […]

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Oakland Athletics fire manager Bob Geren

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics have fired manager Bob Geren in the midst of a nine-game losing streak that has sent them tumbling to the bottom of the AL West standings. Oakland general manager Billy Beane immediately announced Thursday that former Arizona manager and broadcaster Bob Melvin will be the interim manager. The A’s went […]

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Quiet Yolo bats betray solid pitching efforts

WOODLAND — Finally, a home game! After home openers were twice rained out, even the friendly confines of Clark Field did nothing to awaken the slumbering bats of Yolo Post 77 as it dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting Fair Oaks on Wednesday. With temperatures lingering in the low 70s throughout much of the contest, […]

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Aggies can’t clear final hurdle

UC Davis senior hurdlers Thomas Phillips and Alex Wilwright so their outstanding careers come to a close on Wednesday as both raced well but did not qualify at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Running in the 400-meter hurdles, Phillips was 13th and Wilright took 15th. […]

Oakland’s skid continues as A’s get swept in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Oakland manager Bob Geren didn’t get too philosophical in trying to explain why the Athletics absorbed a three-game sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles. “They outscored us, they outpitched us, they outhit us,” Geren said. “That equals losses.” Rookie Zach Britton took a four-hitter into the seventh inning, Mark Reynolds homered, […]

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Cain is lights out for S.F. in complete-game win over Nats

SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Cain was at his overpowering best on the mound and even got into the act with his bat to give the San Francisco Giants another close win. Cain struck out 11 in his first complete game of the season and also hit an RBI double that helped the Giants beat the […]

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