UCD roundup: Runas exits in quarters of U.S. Amateur

After playing even with the event’s defending champion on the front nine, UC Davis junior Demi Runas fell just short on the back nine and Danielle Kang won their U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinal match 4 and 3 on Friday. Kang’s victory ended Runas’ stay at the national championship — being contested at the Rhode Island […]

Davis U10 squad makes its mark at a national softball tourney

The experience was a good one for the under-10 Davis Youth Softball Association all-stars. Playing in the national tournament this month in Clovis, the local girls went 1-3, topping Hanford, 8-5, in the second round. Assistant coach Chris Ochoa — who helped head man Steve Swimley — recapped the experience. “In our first pool game […]

Reese and Smith: different Aggie paths to success

They’ve been teammates for what seems like forever. From struggling squads at Davis High to careers on the emerging Aggie gridiron frontier, seniors Dwight Smith and Josh Reese look like they’ll be ready for whatever life after football presents them. “Wow. That’s a big question,” receiver Smith says after somebody asked him what he’s taken […]

While this Opel doesn’t win free, it’s low-cost racing fun

These guys conjure memories of Graham Hill, Jim Clark and Sterling Moss. Remember the movie “LeMans?” Steve McQueen at the wheel of the storied 24-hour race? While it’s not quite France, Italy and Morocco — and their pride-and-joy vehicle isn’t a Porsche or Scarab — racing in the 2011 Sears Pointless C Class of fixer-uppers […]

Raiders lose an exciting exhibition

OAKLAND — Kevin Kolb found new favorite target Larry Fitzgerald twice in his Arizona debut but was unable to get his offense on the scoreboard in two drives before the Cardinals rallied to beat the Oakland Raiders, 24-18, in their exhibition opener Thursday night. Arizona’s other three quarterbacks all threw touchdown passes, including a 28-yarder […]

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Tough 18th hole costs Watney in first round of PGA

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Steve Stricker stood a mere 10 feet away from the lowest round ever in a major, a captivating moment at any other championship. Not this one. Not with U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, the favorite at this PGA, trying to blast a 7-iron through a tree root. He injured his wrist […]

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Sports briefs: Aggie golfer still alive at U.S. Amateur

UC Davis junior Demi Runas beat USC senior Lisa McCloskey on the first extra hole of their match late Thursday — after beating Ket Preamchuen in the morning — to earn a berth in Friday’s quarterfinals at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Runas, an Aggie standout from Torrance and the reigning Big West Conference Player […]

Aggies’ new gridiron attitude means the future is now

“You hear coaches say it all the time, but I think there’s a sense of urgency here.” Bob Biggs, in his 19th season at the helm of the UC Davis football program, knows last year was a sampler of what lies ahead. The 2010 Aggies were a young squad; initially in panic mode when veteran […]

A lesson in doing the right thing: 1951 USF Dons

Every so often there is a sports story so compelling, it deserves a moment of reflection. In Northern California, especially the Bay Area, we’ve been blessed with special moments, great teams and terrific athletes. But 60 years ago this month, one of the most bittersweet — and uplifting — chapters in football history began to […]

Successful A’s trip ends with a win

TORONTO — After a rotten start to their road trip, Hideki Matsui and the Athletics are heading home on a high. Matsui had four hits, Conor Jackson drove in three runs and Oakland beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 10-3, on Thursday. Swept in a three-game series at last-place Seattle to open their cross-continental journey, Oakland […]

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Giants drop out of first with another loss to Bucs

SAN FRANCISCO — Bruce Bochy remembers all too well his club’s August struggles of a year ago. Ace Tim Lincecum lost a career-worst five straight starts. The Giants lacked timely hits. On Aug. 25, they were 6½ games out of first place. Then, with a sensational September — aided by the downward spirals of Colorado […]

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Klinsmann’s first U.S. game is a draw with Mexico

PHILADELPHIA — Jurgen Klinsmann sent a message in his U.S. coaching debut without saying a word. He stripped the names off the back of the jerseys and assigned Nos. 1-11 for the starters and 12-18 for the reserves. He wanted the Americans to know that all that mattered was representing their country. Klinsmann’s debut is […]

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Gonzalez hits a wall as A’s fall to Jays

TORONTO — Gio Gonzalez cruised into the sixth inning. The left-hander looked ready to put his rough stretch behind him. Then it all fell apart — in a hurry. Gonzalez allowed three consecutive batters to reach and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam off Craig Breslow, sending the Oakland Athletics to an 8-4 loss at […]

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Cats come home after suffering sweep

Even ace Graham Godfrey could not engineer a Sacramento River Cats win in Iowa. Godfrey lasted just 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday at Principal Park as the Cubs completed a four-game sweep of the Cats with a 7-6 victory. The loss was the fifth straight for Sacramento (70-49), which is hoping an eight-game homestand — […]

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