Late runs kill the Cats

WEST SACRAMENTO — After shrugging off a tough start that had them trailing early, the Sacramento River Cats finally got on the board Saturday, tying the game in the bottom of the eighth. But as quickly as the Cats made it a whole new ballgame, Tacoma answered with two runs of its own in the […]

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Unearned run is the only score of the game in A’s win

MINNEAPOLIS — Gio Gonzalez was locked in a 0-0 duel with Nick Blackburn when the Minnesota Twins opened the fifth inning with two straight singles. That’s when second baseman Mark Ellis paid him a visit, telling the young lefty to not worry if he gave up a run or two. The Oakland Athletics’ offense, Ellis […]

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Fan’s homer helps UCD earn a softball split

The UC Davis softball team normally draws a good number of supporters, and the enthusiasts cheer pretty loudly after each big play. But on Saturday, the team got a reminder of who is its most important Fan. Junior Kylie Fan blasted her first career home run over the left-field foul pole to give the Aggies […]

UCD roundup: Irvine edges Aggies in women’s water polo

In another disappointing Big West contest for the 17th-ranked UC Davis water polo team, No. 10 UC Irvine took a slim first-period lead on Saturday at Schaal Aquatics Center, and try as they might, the Aggies could never quite equalize or go ahead. Despite a game-high four goals from sophomore attacker Carmen Eggert, UCD fell […]

21-year-old still topping Masters field going into the final day

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The kid stayed cool on a sweltering day at Augusta National, and now Rory McIlroy has a comfortable lead heading into the final round of the Masters. The 21-year-old from Northern Ireland shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday, punctuated by a 33-foot putt at the 17th hole that suddenly gave him plenty […]

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Sports briefs: Summerdarts sign-ups are this week

The Davis Aquadarts offers Summerdarts, a summer recreational swim team that has been a local staple for 20 years. Registration will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brady Pool Room building at Civic Center Pool. The program runs from June 13 through Aug. 6, and is for children […]

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Sports briefs: Fast-paced soccer game goes to DHS

The nationally ranked Davis High girls soccer team doesn’t often find an opponent that can match its speed. But that’s just what the Blue Devils found when they took the field on Thursday at Franklin. The Wildcats’ speed and physicality brought out the best in DHS — even with the Devils missing a few players […]

Cats take down Tacoma in opener

WEST SACRAMENTO — Jemile Weeks cleared the bases with a triple, providing the big blow in the Sacramento River Cats’ 6-2 victory over the Tacoma Rainiers on Opening Night at Raley Field in front of 10,387 fans. With the bases loaded in the second inning Thursday night, River Cats second baseman Weeks drove a Luke […]

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Cahill’s curve kicks Oakland past Toronto

TORONTO — After spending most of spring training working on his curveball, Trevor Cahill’s extra effort is starting to pay off. Cahill pitched eight strong innings for his first win of the season, Conor Jackson singled home the go-ahead run and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, on Thursday. “(Cahill) was outstanding,” Oakland […]

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DHS boys volleyball team gets its second straight win

The Davis High boys volleyball team is starting to find its rhythm. The Blue Devils made short work of Elk Grove on Thursday night at The Cage, sweeping the Thundering Herd 25-8, 25-10, 25-10 for their second straight win. “It was good for us. We were missing guys (because of spring break). We had people […]

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Aggie gridiron gang starts spring practice

Getting set for one last run at a Great West Conference title, before joining the Big Sky in 2012, the UC Davis football team is ramping up offseason preparations with tri-weekly spring practices that began this week. The Aggies (6-6 in 2010 including 3-1 in conference play) started head coach Bob Biggs’ 19th season on […]

McIlroy leads Masters after Day 1, Watney is seven shots back

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The flair of Rory McIlroy. The sheer power of Alvaro Quiros. These are but two of the fresh faces in golf who offered more evidence Thursday at the Masters that a new generation is on the way. And that’s only going to make it tougher on Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. The […]

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DYSA roundup: Abbreviated week two is hotly contested

After a fun first week of games, the Davis Youth Softball Association got back on the field last week for a few thrilling contests, then took the rest of the week off for spring break. Here’s a look at the action: 12U USA vs. Adrenalin Rush: Rebecca Engelhard did it all for the Adrenaline Rush: […]

What’s so soft about a softball?

I’ve often pondered why the game of softball is called what it is. The ball is anything but soft. Actually, the ball is extremely hard. Take it from me, the mom of a daughter who loves pitching. My daughter was about 7 years old when she told me that she wanted to start pitching. Her […]