Thursday, July 24, 2014

Blue Jays hitting upends Red Sox

By The Associated Press TORONTO — J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in three starts, Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 on Tuesday night. Reyes and Navarro both connected in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays rebounded from Monday’s […]

Area sports briefs: Heintz returns to UCD

Former UC Davis women’s basketball standout Heidi Heintz returns to join the Aggies’ coaching staff as the program’s director of basketball operations for the 2014-15 campaign, it was announced Monday by head coach Jennifer Gross. “I am excited to return to the Aggie family,” Heintz said. “To be part of such an accomplished and experienced […]

River Cats fall to Isotopes

Despite Shane Peterson connecting twice for his third straight multi-hit game, the Sacramento River Cats fell, 8-7, to the Albuquerque Isotopes on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M. The Pacific Coast League All-Star was 2-for-4 with a run, two RBI and a double. Trailing 4-1, the River Cats scored three times in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Peterson, […]

Hudson gets some support, Giants beat Marlins 5-3

MIAMI — With plenty of rest and enough run support, All-Star Tim Hudson got his second half off to a winning start. Hudson pitched into the eighth inning after having eight days between starts, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Saturday night. “He was sharp, I’m sure the added rest […]

Tour leader Nibali: Doping belongs to cycling past

By Jamey Keaten SAINT-ETIENNE, France — Because of doping’s ravages on cycling, it’s natural for suspicion to fall on Vincenzo Nibali, who led the Tour de France on Thursday for a 10th time in 12 stages. But Nibali says the sport has changed, doping cases have become rare, and “this theme belongs to the past.” […]

Sports briefs: Aggie recruit shines at local ITA tournament

Everett Maltby, who signed with the UC Davis men’s tennis program in December, had success on his soon-to-be home court at last weekend’s ITA Northern California Summer Circuit tournament at the Marya Welch Tennis Center. Maltby was part of a doubles team that captured the main draw title — winning the championship match 8-7 — then advanced […]

Youth roundup: Davis gets two varsity wins at rugby 7s tourney

The Davis Rugby 7′s program played in its fourth tournament of the summer on Sunday in Dixon, with the varsity squad posting two wins in four games, including a victory over the eventual first-place squad. That triumph over Bowling Green in round-robin play featured Michal Goodison scoring a 1-yard try on a quick tap in […]

Sports briefs: Negron goes yard in first week with Reds

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Kris Negron, a Vanden High graduate and one-time member of the UC Davis baseball roster, hit his first Major League home run in Sunday’s 6-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Negron was called up from Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. He was hitting .269 with 15 doubles in 75 games for the Bats before […]

Giants’ loss to Diamondbacks puts a damper on Scutaro’s return

SAN FRANCISCO — Marco Scutaro stepped into the batter’s box for the first time this year and was supported by a standing ovation. It was a special moment, for sure, for the veteran second baseman. Scutaro played in his first game with San Francisco after missing the first half of the year because of a […]

Youth roundup: DBC juniors race well on home course

With loads of friends and family lining the downtown Davis route, several members of the Davis Bike Club junior race team posted strong performances at Friday’s 38th annual Fourth of July Criterium. The super-charged 30-minute race — which featured local riders in the 9-12, 13-14 and 15-18 age groups — saw the oldest cyclists average […]

Sports briefs: Raber hits an ace in Reno

Tyler Raber thought he’d lost his ball. He finally found it in the last place he thought it would be: the hole. Raber, a former Davis High and UC Davis standout, made a hole-in-one Thursday on the par-4 17th hole of the eGolf Pro Tour’s ArrowCreek Open in Reno — a feat that’s been accomplished […]

World Cup roundup: Argentina scores early, advances to semifinals

BRASILIA, Brazil — For once Lionel Messi didn’t carry Argentina on his shoulders. He didn’t have to. Gonzalo Higuain ended a four-game scoreless streak with an early winner as Argentina beat Belgium, 1-0, and reached a World Cup semifinal match for the first time since 1990. “Since the first game of this World Cup I […]

Sports briefs: Watney is even after a round at Old White

Davis High graduate Nick Watney played a steady, even-par round of 70 to open The Greenbrier Classic on Thursday. Unfortunately, a large portion of the field completed the Old White TPC in White Sulpher Springs, West Virginia, below par. Watney went through the front nine with eight pars and a birdie on No. 9, and was in […]

A’s get swept by a playoff nemisis

DETROIT — The Oakland A’s still believe they have one of the best teams in baseball. But a tough three-game sweep in Detroit — against the team that eliminated them from each of the last two postseasons — certainly dented the top record in the majors. Coco Crisp led off the game with a long […]