New budget bans taxpayer funds for UC athletics

By Nanette Asimov With a few words in the new state budget, lawmakers will ban spending taxpayer money on intercollegiate athletics — and end a controversy that started when a sharp-eyed UC Berkeley professor found that university officials had changed details of the law. University of California officials acknowledge asking the state to remove athletics from the list of […]

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MLB roundup: 10-run explosion in the seventh carries Red Sox

BOSTON — Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs with a single and double in a 10-run seventh inning against his former team and the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox rolled over the struggling San Diego Padres, 14-5. Gonzalez boosted his major league-leading RBI total to 67 since the Padres, unable to give him a lucrative contract, […]

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Carson saves the day for River Cats

Johnny Carson: savior of comedy. Rachel Carson: savior of the environment. Matt Carson: savior of the Sacramento River Cats. On Monday afternoon at Raley Field, Matt Carson hustled out a walkoff infield single to lift the Cats to a 3-2 win over the Fresno Grizzlies. But while the right fielder’s hit pushed Sacramento (46-26) to […]

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With summer here, kids are darting to local pools

There are a handful of ways that folks know summer has officially arrived. The 97-degree temperature of Monday was one hint. The streets seem a little less crowded at noon and 7 p.m. And those peals of children’s laughter — coming from Civic Center or Community Park pools most of the day — are another […]

Bobby Gale: a Blue Devil family friend lost

I thought about Bobby Gale in May when somebody told me he had died. Apparently word traveled slowly — or folks weren’t sure what to do to remember Bobby. Either way, friends and family gathered earlier this month at the Taber Ranch (Capay) to celebrate the life of this 1970 Davis High graduate. Fifty-eight is […]

Post 77 finishes strong at Chico tourney

Though it wasn’t quite enough to capture the championship — that honor went to the host Chico Nuts — Yolo’s performance last weekend against some of the best american baseball legion teams in the area bodes well for the future. A loss in Wednesday’s opener was quickly forgotten, once Post 77 got going and did […]

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Sunday’s U.S. soccer win sets up rematch with Panama

WASHINGTON — On Sunday, the United States men defeated Jamaica, 2-0, while Panama equalized in the 90th minute and went on to beat El Salvador in a penalty shootout, setting up their clash in the semifinals of the Gold Cup on Wednesday. Panama will enter the semifinal against the United States with confidence, having beaten […]

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Soroptimists plan annual golf tournament

Save the date for Soroptimist International of Greater Davis’ 17th annual benefit golf tournament, Saturday, July 16, at the Davis Municipal Golf Course. It is a two-person scramble with handicap and Callaway flights. Players will compete for prizes in closest-to-the-pin and most accurate drive contests, as well as for the overall tournament winners. A golfer […]

A’s beat Giants for the second day in a row

OAKLAND — Hideki Matsui had two hits and two RBIs to help the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 Saturday night. Cliff Pennington and Daric Barton both had RBI doulbes for the A’s, who matched their season-best four-game winning streak. Aubrey Huff drove in a run for the Giants, who lost their third […]

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Grizzlies shut down Cats

Four Fresno pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Grizzlies blanked the Sacramento River Cats, 3-0, on Saturday at Raley Field. Six-foot-seven Fresno starting pitcher Andrew Kwon improved to 8-5 on the season by throwing six scoreless innings. He walked four but did not allow a hit and struck out four River Cats. A […]

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Yolo wins two in Chico

Yolo Post 77 rebounded from an opening-game loss to pick up lopsided victories on Thursday and Friday at the Chico Father’s Day Tournament. After scoring just one run in the opener, Post 77 combined for 20 runs in just 12 innings of play spanning the two wins — an 11-1 mercy-rule pounding of Doc Stewart […]

McIlroy’s masterful run continues at Open; Watney done early

BETHESDA, Md. — Rory McIlroy kept punishing the golf course and the record book on Saturday, setting himself up with an eight-shot lead at the U.S. Open with 18 holes left between him and his first major championship. In a third round that felt more like a regular day on tour than the toughest test […]

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Get involved: help restore historic Woodland diamond

The playing surface at Clark Field — new to this season thanks to the Clark Field Restoration Project — is drawing rave reviews. The scoreboard, faithful to the facility’s birth in 1930, sits behind a new outfield fence. A state-of-the-art sprinkler system will help protect the satin smooth new grass. But the work of dozens […]

Clark Field: the old girl is getting a facelift

Editor’s note. This is the first of a two-part series on the life and renovation of Woodland’s historic Clark Field. Next Sunday, Clark Field’s rich history, which featured visits from some of the baseball all-time greats. WOODLAND — The old girl is getting a facelift. And thanks to a group of dedicated Woodland-area volunteers, 80-year-old […]