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Vacaville Christian wins 3-0, advances to state quarterfinals

VACAVILLE —The Vacaville Christian girls volleyball team is once again in a familiar position, continuing what feels like a deja vu postseason. The No. 4 seeded Falcons opened the CIF NorCal playoffs with a straight sets 25-21, 25-9, 25-21 victory over fifth-seeded Mt. Madonna of Whitney, Tuesday, sending the Sac-Joaquin Section champions into the quarterfinals. […]

Cousins, Kings beat Pelicans 99-89

NEW ORLEANS — When Sacramento coach Michael Malone was ejected in the second quarter, DeMarcus Cousins helped steady the Kings. Cousins had 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals, leading Sacramento to a 99-89 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Omri Casspi also scored 22 for Sacramento, which has won three in […]

Curry powers Warriors past Heat 114-97

MIAMI — So much for Stephen Curry’s mini-shooting slump. Curry scored 40 points on 11-of-18 shooting, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory. “You just feel a rhythm,” said Curry, who was 8 for 24 in his previous two games. “I had guys set some great screens […]

NFL, union discuss personal conduct policy

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ union chief DeMaurice Smith are meeting Tuesday to discuss the league’s personal conduct policy. The NFL Players Association has been unhappy with what it calls “lack of transparency” in the NFL’s policy. Smith has said the only way to have a fair policy is if the […]

49ers rookies shine in big roles, out of necessity

SANTA CLARA — Seattle Seahawks, meet Chris Borland and Carlos Hyde. Aaron Lynch and Marcus Martin. Those are just a few of the new faces on the San Francisco 49ers since Seattle last saw them in the NFC championship game in January, an impressive list of talented rookies called into action right away. Many have been by […]

Bama, FSU, Oregon, Miss St keep playoff rankings

The top four teams in the College Football Playoff rankings are unchanged — Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State — heading into a weekend when just about all the contenders are facing challenging rivals. TCU was fifth, Ohio State was sixth and Baylor seventh. The only team in the top eight to change was […]

Messi sets European record with 74 goals

NICOSIA, Cyprus — Barcelona’s Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to shatter the Champions League goalscoring record by taking his tally in the competition to 74 in a 4-0 win over APOEL on Tuesday. The previous record of 71 had been set by former Real Madrid and Schalke striker Raul over the course of 142 matches. Raul’s […]

Judge OKs Hernandez trial delay in 2012 killings

BOSTON — A judge on Tuesday agreed to delay the trial of former New England Patriots playerAaron Hernandez in the 2012 slaying of two Boston men after his lawyer said Hernandez’s defense team is busy trying to prepare for his trial in a 2013 killing. In the 2012 case, Hernandez is charged with murder in the fatal shootings of Daniel de […]

Kurt Busch wins delay of Delaware court hearing

DOVER, Del. — A Delaware family court commissioner has granted NASCAR driver Kurt Busch’s request to delay a hearing on a protection from abuse petition filed by his ex-girlfriend. Busch’s attorney asked for the delay in court papers filed last Friday, saying Busch is participating in a race car rally in Italy and that his return flight […]

Red Sox bring in Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez

BOSTON — Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez spent the last two seasons as NL West rivals. Now they’re teammates, signing with the Boston Red Sox as free agents to try to boost Boston out of the AL East cellar. “It’s exciting for me to be with Hanley and David Ortiz,” Sandoval said Tuesday after the […]

Giants third base coach Tim Flannery retires

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Flannery is ready to leave the baseball grind and play a little more music. On the day Pablo Sandoval finalized his contract with the Boston Red Sox, Flannery announced he is retiring from the San Francisco Giants, who lost their third base coach in addition to their third baseman. “The grueling grind, […]

AP source: Left-hander Jon Lester, Giants to meet

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are turning their attention to Jon Lester following Pablo Sandoval’s departure. The free agent pitcher has plans to meet with the World Series champions next week, a person with knowledge of the meeting said Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no authorization to publicly disclose the meeting. […]

Pats are unanimous No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

NEW YORK — It’s unanimous: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are the top team in the NFL. The Patriots (9-2) received all 12 first-place votes Tuesday in the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a media panel that regularly covers the league. The Patriots have won seven games in a row, […]

Forsett leads Ravens past Saints, 34-27

NEW ORLEANS — Justin Forsett ripped off one long run after another, and the Baltimore Ravens battered Drew Brees into a very costly mistake. Forsett rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns, and Baltimore beat New Orleans 34-27 on Monday night to hand the Saints their third consecutive loss. Will Hill had a 44-yard interception […]

Bills rout Jets 38-3 in rescheduled game

DETROIT — Scott Chandler capped an emotionally draining week with a celebration for the folks back home in Buffalo. After catching a touchdown pass shortly before halftime, he began mimicking a shoveling motion, a nod to Bills fans who have spent the last few days digging out of several feet of snow. “It was a […]

Even top NFL teams have taken steps back

The Seahawks still might repeat as Super Bowl champions, and they could wind up facing the Broncos again. The 49ers might appear in their fourth straight NFC title game. Yet all of those contenders — and a few other NFL teams who either won’t be going to the playoffs or don’t deserve to — clearly […]

Aldon Smith helps lead in 49ers’ 3rd straight win

SANTA CLARA — Jim Harbaugh has the utmost respect for a guy who dislocates his finger and pops it back in on his own. Harbaugh once did so himself during his 15-year NFL career as a quarterback. San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith popped his left middle finger back into place Sunday. “That was pretty cool. […]

Rod Streater returns to practice for Raiders

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater returned to practice Monday for the first time since breaking his left foot two months ago. Streater was placed on the injured reserve list with a designation to return on Oct. 2 after breaking his foot in New England. He was eligible to return to practice on Nov. […]

Taylor apologizes, won’t appeal NBA suspension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An apologetic Jeffery Taylor said he will not appeal the NBA’s 24-game suspension following his guilty plea on domestic violence charges. The Hornets forward addressed the media on Monday and said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions and deemed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment “appropriate.” Taylor apologized to the Hornets organization, […]

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz on Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball’s 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Craig Biggio, who fell two votes short of the 75 percent needed in the 2014 balloting, tops 17 holdovers on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot announced Monday. That group includes Barry Bonds, […]

No. 1 Kentucky gives Kansas a Top 25 tumble

Top-ranked Kentucky certainly made a believer of Kansas coach Bill Self last week. Made a lot of believers among Top 25 voters, too. After running roughshod over the Jayhawks in the Champions Classic, the Wildcats routed Boston and Montana State to cap a perfect week. The impressive performances allowed Kentucky to consolidate its spot atop […]

LeBron on Cavaliers’ issues: “I stink”

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers are struggling, and then some. LeBron James believes he’s a major reason for their early failures. “We got a four-game losing streak, so I stink,” he said. “I’m not doing my job.” With the Cavs at 5-7, playing uninspired and not close to living up to enormous expectations, James offered […]

Police: Manziel’s entourage attacked fan at hotel

CLEVELAND — A Browns fan who says he wanted to give Johnny Manziel “a hug” was struck by the rookie quarterback’s entourage at a downtown hotel and was left with a swollen eye and lip, police said. Police were called to The 9, where Manziel has a luxury apartment, after a fight broke out at […]

Giants set record with $388,606 postseason shares

NEW YORK — A full postseason share for the World Series champion Giants was worth a record $388,606, topping the previous mark of $370,873 set by San Francisco two years ago. San Francisco’s total was up from $307,323 for the Boston Red Sox last year. The players’ pool of $62 million was down from $62.7 […]

Longtime NHL coach, executive Pat Quinn dies at 71

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Pat Quinn, a former defenseman and longtime NHL coach and executive who brought a gruff and passionate presence to hockey across the decades, has died at 71. He died Sunday night in Vancouver after a long illness, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants said Monday. […]

Pablo Sandoval reaches multiyear deal with Red Sox

SAN FRANCISCO — Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving. “Got the call. He is going to the Red Sox,” Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said […]

San Francisco turning to groundwater for its taps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s pristine tap water from mountain runoff in the Sierra Nevada soon may be a little less pure. City officials plan to mix groundwater into the supply starting in 2015 or 2016 in an effort to diversify and increase water reserves during California’s ongoing drought, the San Francisco Chronicle reported […]

South Carolina the new No. 1 in AP women’s hoops

A new week led to a new No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll as South Carolina was atop the poll for the first time in school history. Coach Dawn Staley is no stranger herself to being ranked No. 1. As a player, she helped Virginia reach No. 1. Staley is only the […]

The Week Ahead: Football playoffs, rivalry basketball top list

FAIRFIELD — It’s a sure sign of the changing seasons when a Sac-Joaquin Section football semifinal and crosstown rivalry basketball game take place on the same night. It’s all part of the last slow week until the end of the school year. Tuesday The Vacaville Christian volleyball team is seeded fourth in the CIF NorCal […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 24-25, 2014

Monday’s TV sports Basketball College men •Maui Invitational, first round, Purdue vs. Kansas St., at Lahaina, Hawaii, ESPN2, 11:30 a.m. •Maui Invitational, first round, Missouri vs. Arizona, at Lahaina, Hawaii, ESPN2, 2 p.m. •Paradise Jam, consolation game, CBSSN, 3:30 p.m. •Legends Classic, first round, Villanova vs. VCU, at New York (Brooklyn)., ESPN2, 4 p.m. •Hall […]

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