U.S. men lose for the first time ever in Gold Cup group play

TAMPA, Fla. — Luis Tejada scored in the 19th minute, Gabriel Gomez converted a penalty kick later in the first half and Panama stunned the United States, 2-1, on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup. The victory was the first for the Panamanians in nine meetings with the Americans, who had […]

Lincecum struggles again as Reds blow out Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum believes its nothing more than a coincidence that he has looked more like a journeyman than a two-time Cy Young award winner since a 133-pitch masterpiece against Oakland last month. Lincecum matched his career-worst performance with seven runs allowed in four-plus innings as the San Francisco Giants lost, 10-2, to […]

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Ruler on Ice is king of track at Belmont

NEW YORK — The Kentucky Derby winner stumbled at the start. The Preakness winner tired in the stretch. The Belmont Stakes was up for grabs. And it was 24-1 long shot Ruler on Ice who delivered a huge upset Saturday in the final leg of the Triple Crown, splashing his way to a three-quarter length […]

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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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