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Leader Johnson and Spieth off to strong starts at St. Andrews

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Jordan Spieth played like he had a Grand Slam to win. Dustin Johnson played like he had a score to settle. The two main characters from Chambers Bay brought their games across eight time zones and an ocean Thursday and set the tone at St. Andrews for what could be another […]

Froome stays strong through the Pyrenees

PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France — One mountain range completed, one more to go. Only the Alps loom as the last major obstacle between Chris Froome and a second Tour de France victory in Paris. His rivals tried and failed to make the British rider and his super-strong Sky team wilt on the toughest — and […]

No rest for Renaud: Local lacrosse star has a jam-packed summer

There has been very little “vacation” in soon-to-be Davis High junior Camille Renaud’s summer so far. Renaud, a star midfielder for the Blue Devil lacrosse team, recently returned from the Under Armour All-America Tournament, hosted at Towson University in Maryland, her third lacrosse tournament of the summer. Add two lacrosse camps and a consistently practicing […]

Sports briefs: Aggie recruit qualifies for Olympic Trials

Competing with her club team, the Buenaventura Swim Club, incoming UC Davis freshman Solie Laughlin has qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter backstroke thanks to her performance at the Los Angeles Invitational on July 10. Laughlin, from Ventura, finished ninth overall and won the consolation final with a time of 2:14.87 — […]

British Open prompts a thought about women’s golf

With the British Open in full swing, it reminded me how enlightened the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews had become. Fans of the game will remember this February’s move in which R&A finally provided membership to women. The club’s vote ended a 260-year dedication to men-only. You could almost feel the old […]

Republic notebook: Buckle shows confidence in Mirković

As is commonplace in professional sports, when new coaches come in, they make changes to the teams they inherit. On Tuesday, Sacramento Republic FC fans got their first chance to see new manager Paul Buckle’s vision for the club in his first match in charge — a 1-0 upset of English Premier League team Sunderland at Bonney […]

Youth roundup: Yee takes second at First Tee Junior golf tournament

Several Davis youngsters played well at Monday’s First Tee Junior Tour tournament at Northridge Country Club, with Collin Yee’s second-place finish in the 12-13 division pacing the local crew. Yee used a final-hole birdie to finish even on the back nine and end with a 77 (41-36). Charlie Karagosian carded a 97 to finish eighth in […]

Sports briefs: Duvall represents Cats but PCL drops Triple-A All-Star Game

The Sacramento River Cats, struggling at 39-52 and in last place in the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern Division, certainly have at least one bright spot — Adam Duvall. The corner infielder was named to the PCL squad for Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game in Omaha, working a walk in one of his four plate appearances while […]

UCD softball staff adds Byrne

UC Davis softball mentor Erin Thorpe has selected former San Francisco State head coach Cristina Byrne to join the Aggie program as an assistant. Thorpe says UCD fans should be happy with the new addition: “We are very excited about the addition of coach Byrne to our staff. She has a great deal of experience working in […]

Aggie gymnastics gets a new assistant

A two-year member of the U.S. National Team and a two-time All-American at the University of Utah joins the UC Davis gymnastics program as Annie DiLuzio is the Aggies’ newest assistant coach. She replaces Tamara Ross, who retired at the end of the 2015 season but will remain with the program as a volunteer assistant. […]

UCD’s Sheffield to assist Team USA

Rahn Sheffield, UC Davis’ director of cross country and track and field, will take his expertise to a higher stage when he serves as an assistant coach for the United States at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships next month in Beijing, China. Sheffield, who just completed his second season with the Aggies but […]

Big bats carry 10U team to a softball crown

ELK GROVE — Using 28 hits to score 28 runs and win three games in Elk Grove, the Davis 10U All-Star softball squad captured the championship at the NorCal Tournament last weekend. Davis coach Stacy Adams’ crew started off strong with a 12-1 victory over Rocklin on Saturday, then stayed hot in beating Lincoln, 10-1, on Sunday to reach the title tilt. Later […]

Starz win a 16U title at national tournament

It’s unusual to see absolute dominance in volleyball tournaments that bring together the best of the best from throughout the country. Theoretically, every squad there would posses enough talent to make each game or match a struggle. Apparantly, the Five Starz Volleyball Club’s 16U team didn’t get that memo. Playing against some of the best squads the […]

Majka wins stage as Froome protects overall Tour de France lead

CAUTERETS, France — Tour de France leader Chris Froome understands those who harbor doubts about his dominant performances in a sport long marred by doping. Maybe, he says, it’s time to bring in an independent specialist to test his body and help prove that he’s riding clean. The 30-year-old Briton cruised through a second day […]

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