Friday, August 29, 2014

Bay Area MLB roundup: A’s top Astros; Giants give one away

HOUSTON — Jeff Samardzija was determined to get back on track Monday night after a couple of bad starts, so he was thrilled to see Josh Donaldson back in the Oakland lineup. Samardzija pitched eight solid innings and Donaldson drove in three runs after sitting out Sunday with a knee injury to lead the Athletics […]

Crisp scores on wild pitch as A’s beat Angels 2-1

By Janie McCauley OAKLAND — Coco Crisp scored the go-ahead run on Joe Smith’s wild pitch with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Angels 2-1 on Saturday night to move into a first-place tie with Los Angeles atop the AL West. Luke Gregerson (3-2) pitched a perfect eighth, and […]

Home, sweet new home

A large crowd gathered Saturday afternoon for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for UC Davis’ Aggie Field Hockey Facility, on the corner of La Rue and Dairy roads. Attendees included UCD head coach Tiffany Huisman, Athletic Director Terry Tumey, other campus dignitaries, staff and current and former Aggie field hockey players. The alumnae and current players christened […]

Majka makes winning look easy

By Jamey Keaten PLA D’ADET, France — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna. Even this late in the Tour de France, the Polish rider made winning look easy as he took Stage 17 on Wednesday. For Vincenzo Nibali, the […]

Sports briefs: Gauchos get past Aggies in baseball season finale

This wasn’t the way the UC Davis baseball team wanted to end a season in which it increased its overall and Big West win totals from last season. UC Santa Barbara spoiled Senior Day on Saturday, completing a season-ending sweep of the Aggies with a 6-3 victory at Dobbins Stadium. UCD, which saw a late […]

River Cats win a day game at Raley Field

WEST SACRAMENTO — Right-hander Matt Buschmann stifled the El Paso hitters, leading the Sacramento River Cats to a 4-1 victory over the Chihuahuas on a gorgeous Wednesday at Raley Field. Buschmann (2-0, 4.71 ERA) twirled seven innings, surrendering only one earned run on four hits and matching a season high with six strikeouts. El Paso (20-26) got […]

One stroke keeps DHS from a golf tournament title

REDDING — While the Davis High boys were slugging their way through a tough golf course on a windy day, the Blue Devils never realized exactly how close they were to winning the Wolfpack Invitational. But when the scores were totaled up, DHS’ 400 was just one stroke in back of Shasta. The defending North […]

Winter Olympics: More golds go to Norway, Netherlands

SOCHI, Russia — The Norwegian women revived their cross country skiing dominance at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday and the Dutch added two more speedskating gold medals to their record haul. Marit Bjoergen won her sixth career gold medal by leading a Norwegian sweep in the women’s 30-kilometer cross-country race. A week ago, Norway’s heavily […]

Winter Olympics: American snowboarder gets first gold of games

SOCHI, Russia — All the gloom and grim talk leading to the Sochi Olympics at last gave way to more uplifting things. IOC President Thomas Bach had said it’s “time that it finally starts.” And so it did Saturday — the first competition since the cauldron was lit. In all, 98 gold medals will be […]

Youth roundup: Two Extreme teams are perfect at hockey tournament

A pair of NorCal Extreme roller hockey club teams combined to go 7-0 at Saturday’s SIHL tournament in Woodland. The local 14U squad was 4-0 at the event, opening with a 5-2 win over Half Moon Bay. The Extreme then shut out Livermore, ripped Ripon, 8-0, by mercy rule then defeated Bishop to wrap up […]

College bowl roundup: Central Florida upsets Baylor in Fiesta

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Baylor’s first BCS bowl appearance was a big-time bust. The sixth-ranked Bears, a 17-point favorite in the Fiesta Bowl at kickoff, never led against No. 15 Central Florida in a stinging 52-42 loss Wednesday night. This was supposed to be the most one-sided of all the BCS bowls this year, but UCF, […]

NBA roundup: Heat take another Christmas game from L.A.

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers missed having Kobe Bryant out on the court on Christmas Day. Same for LeBron James. Playing without its biggest star, Los Angeles stayed right with the Miami Heat for most of the day before slipping to a 101-95 loss against the defending NBA champions on Wednesday. Chris Bosh […]

Sports briefs: DHS girls leave section individual tourney empty-handed

Tough first-round matchups cost a pair of Davis High girls as they played on Thursday at the Sac-Joaquin Section Individual Singles championships. Delta Valley Conference champion Cat Paw U, a Blue Devil junior, and DHS freshman Lauren Duan, a late addition to the draw, both dropped straight sets to talented opponents. Paw U, who fell […]

Kings beat Nuggets 90-88 in celebratory opener

By Josh Dubow SACRAMENTO — DeMarcus Cousins had 30 points and 14 rebounds to give Sacramento fans plenty more to cheer about than just having a team as the Kings won their season opener 90-88 over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Greivis Vasquez added 17 points and Isaiah Thomas had 16 off the bench […]