A’s force extra innings with late rally, but fall in the 14th

BOSTON — A ninth-inning rally couldn’t save the Oakland Athletics from extra-inning heartbreak. The A’s absorbed their fifth consecutive loss Saturday when J.D. Drew hit a two-out RBI single in the 14th inning to give the Boston Red Sox a 9-8 victory. Oakland scored four runs off closer Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth to tie […]

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Spain gets revenge on U.S. men in soccer tune up

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After allowing three goals in a 13-minute span, United States goalkeeper Tim Howard pounded his hands on his thighs in frustration. And there was still another half to go. “When you get knocked down, you see what you’re made of,” Howard said Saturday after World Cup champion Spain overwhelmed the U.S. 4-0 […]

Na becomes first Chinese Grand Slam champ with French Open win

PARIS — As China’s Li Na tossed the ball while serving at match point in the French Open final, a cry from a fan in the stands pierced the silence at Court Philippe Chatrier. Distracted, Li stopped and let the ball drop. The words of support were in Mandarin: “Jia you!” — which loosely translates […]

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Stricker holds on to top spot at Memorial

DUBLIN, Ohio — Steve Stricker holed out from the fairway for one of his two eagles on Saturday, wound up with a 3-under 69 on a steamy afternoon at Muirfield Village and finished with a three-shot lead in the Memorial. He still had to convince himself it was a good day. Right when it looked […]

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Sports briefs: Post 77 gets shut down at Fair Oaks

When the sun made its rare appearance on Friday, it allowed Yolo to get in an American Legion baseball game against Fair Oaks. After being held scoreless for nine innings by the Oaks, Post 77 was left wishing the contest had been rained out. In the first District 6 game of the season for both […]

Cool Cats comeback

WEST SACRAMENTO — Many of the late-arriving fans on Thursday night at Raley Field were surprised to see their Sacramento River Cats already trailing by five runs. But the deficit just gave the Cats (35-20) a chance to put on a show. Shane Peterson hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning, and […]

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Mavericks tie NBA Finals with big late run

MIAMI — Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks put a stunning end to their misery in Miami. Now they can win their first NBA title without ever coming back to South Florida. Nowitzki shook off an injury to his non-shooting hand and made the tie-breaking layup with 3.6 seconds left, and the Mavericks roared back […]

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Huff’s homers help Giants top Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — The San Francisco Giants’ top RBI man finally acted like him again. Aubrey Huff hit three home runs and matched his career best with six RBIs, and the San Francisco Giants hammered a pair of rookie pitchers making their major league debut in a 12-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on […]

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Numbers up with solid football players at DHS

Davis High football fans, pay close attention … Spring practice has started for the Blue Devils. Numbers of players are up, the coach is pleased with the condition of his troops and more not-so-little Devils will be coming from the junior highs after graduation. “The guys have really gotten after it,” second-year head DHS coach […]

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Sports briefs: UCD swimmers are talented and smart

After winning a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship in the pool earlier this year, the UC Davis women’s swimming and diving team now sees 11 of its athletes named All-Academic by the conference. Seniors Lisa Bender, Samantha Capozzo, Ashley Chandler, Linda Hermann, Heidi Kucera and Julie Peri join junior Buffy Ajimura and sophomores Nicole Bahbout, […]

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Imagine: Yolo Delta Kings. It’s easy, if you try

This surely will be a dog chasing its own tail, but follow along, please. The Sacramento Kings’ new home will be Davis; the team will be owned by the citizens of this fine community. All proceeds from operating the franchise annually will go back into the coffers of the People’s Team. At the end of […]

Giants put the lights out on Cards

ST. LOUIS — One more pitch, and Brian Wilson put out the lights for good. Nate Schierholtz delivered a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning and the go-ahead hit in the 11th, then the San Francisco closer finished off the St. Louis Cardinals after a 16-minute light failure for a 7-5 victory […]

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Youth soccer: Davis squads dominate World Cup

The Davis Damage, a U16-19 girls soccer team representing Zambia in the Davis World Cup, took home second at the tournament last weekend. First, Zambia defeated Trinidad & Tobago (Concord Mob), 4-0, as Hiliary Medrano led the locals’ scoring with two goals, while Natalie Ho and Emily Brown each had one. Later that day, Zambia beat […]

Youth roundup: Extreme hockey teams play well at league finals

The 8U team was one of three NorCal Extreme squads that competed in the Sierra Inline Hockey League Finals last weekend in Woodland. NorCal’s 8U team dropped its first game to the Delta River Rats, 6-0, then, with a revised offensive strategy, came back to overpower the San Jose Tsunami, 8-0. Goals by Teagan Favorite, […]