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Republic back on track thanks to loanee Thompson

SACRAMENTO — Twenty-four hours before scoring the game-winning goal for the Sacramento Republic FC in a crucial USL Western Conference meeting on Saturday, 20-year-old midfielder Tommy Thompson was an unused substitute in the San Jose Earthquakes’ Friday night MLS clash against the LA Galaxy. Arriving on game day, the well-hyped Granite Bay alum provided an immediate […]

Watney, Spieth struggle as FedEx Cup playoffs begin

EDISON, N.J. — The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months, and saw Davis High graduate Nick Watney have his own difficulties. Both players shot a 4-over 74 and were tied for 95th after Thursday’s opening round of The Barclays. Watney opened on the back nine […]

River Cats get their 13th consecutive win

WEST SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento River Cats won in walk-off fashion for the ninth time this season — and the third time this week — topping the visiting New Orleans Zephyrs, 2-1, in 10 innings. A crowd of 14,117 watched the starting pitchers duel into the late innings Saturday at Raley Field, then saw the Cats […]

Vikings beat Raiders in rainy preseason outing

MINNEAPOLIS — Charles Johnson and Chase Ford each caught touchdown passes in the second quarter for the Minnesota Vikings, who came back from an hour-plus weather delay to defeat the Oakland Raiders, 20-12, on Saturday. Teddy Bridgewater finished 10-for-14 for 89 yards, including the crisp 10-yard throw into Johnson’s outstretched hands in close coverage to […]

A’s fall to last in the AL

NEW YORK — Cole Figueroa hit a one-hopper just over the inside corner of first base that umpires called fair. Two pitches later, Jacoby Ellsbury pulled another changeup from Jesse Chavez over the very same spot for a tiebreaking two-run single. “I thought it was foul. The first one I thought for sure,” Oakland manager […]

July 10, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Crash knocks out leader Martin in Tour Stage 6

LE HAVRE, France — The yellow jersey seems to be an unlucky charm at this Tour de France. German rider Tony Martin started Thursday’s sixth stage in the lead and ended it in the hospital after breaking his collarbone in a crash that he caused near the finish line. He became the second race leader […]

July 10, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Late goal lifts England in WC third-place game

EDMONTON, Alberta — Days after a gut-wrenching loss, England finished its deepest run in the Women’s World Cup with an uplifting victory. No last-minute heartbreak this time around. Just a solid all-around performance for Steph Houghton and company. Houghton’s nifty legwork prevented an own goal and Fara Williams scored on a penalty kick in the […]

July 05, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Marlins complete sweep of S.F.

MIAMI — For the San Francisco Giants, Matt Cain’s season debut provided a welcome boost on Thursday, even in defeat. The three-time All-Star allowed five runs in five innings and lost 5-4 to Jose Fernandez — another comeback kid — and the Miami Marlins, who completed a three-game sweep. Cain, sidelined last July by an elbow […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Post 77 nips Napa, 7-5

FAIRFIELD — A day after a controversial call opened the door for its opponents to come from behind and win in the final inning, Yolo Post 77 bounced back on Thursday to defeat Napa, 7-5, at the Western Amateur Baseball Association July 4th Tournament. Playing once again at Fairfield’s Laurel Creek Park, Yolo improved to 16-11 […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

U.S. women get set for Japan

Bring it on. That’s how the U.S. women’s soccer team reacted Wednesday night to learning that Japan would be the opponent in the World Cup final. The Americans beat Germany, 2-0, on Tuesday to reach the championship game. Japan defeated England, 2-1, on a late own goal. The rematch of the 2011 final won by […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Balk call is key as Kansas City edges Oakland

OAKLAND — Long after his afternoon was over, Scott Kazmir was still unsure why he was called for a balk in the third inning. It turned out to be a pivotal moment in the Oakland Athletics’ 3-2 loss to the best team in the American League, and Kazmir couldn’t understand why — even after talking […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

A good run: NorCal Special Olympics

Team Davis competitors were among the nearly 700 kids and adults with special needs participating in track & field, swimming, bocce and tennis on Saturday as the Northern California Special Olympics were contested at UC Davis this weekend.

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Giants rally past Rockies

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew Susac usually takes a back seat to Buster Posey. For at least one day, they shared the spotlight. Posey drove in two runs, and Susac had a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally the San Francisco Giants to a 7-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. The Rockies […]

June 28, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Golf roundup: Watson dazzles Sacramento spectators

SACRAMENTO — Tom Watson has accomplished more in golf than most players ever will. The 65-year-old nearly pulled off a feat Thursday even he had never done: shoot his age in a major championship. So what if it’s the senior tour? Watson took advantage of cooler morning conditions to shoot a 4-under 66, grabbing a […]

June 26, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,
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