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Tigers hope starters can outdo Orioles bullpen

BALTIMORE — The Detroit Tigers’ starting pitchers in the first three games of the AL Division Series have a combined 329 wins, three Cy Young Awards and 35 games of postseason experience. Baltimore’s starters carry less impressive credentials, yet they don’t necessarily have to outpitch their Detroit counterparts for the Orioles to advance. All they have to […]

Wambach, players file lawsuit over World Cup turf

Dissatisfied with the response of soccer’s governing body, American soccer star Abby Wambach and a group of elite national players made good on their promise to bring legal action over plans to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf. The players filed a lawsuit at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal in Toronto on Wednesday, claiming […]

Wilt Chamberlain set to appear on postage stamp

PHILADELPHIA — Wilt Chamberlain has been cut down to size. Wilt The Stilt is now Wilt The Stamp. The Hall of Famer and the only NBA player to score 100 points in a game is set to appear on a commemorative U.S postage stamp. Chamberlain died in 1999 at age 63. The U.S. Postal Service and the Philadelphia 76ers, with cooperation […]

Oslo latest city to drop out of 2022 Olympic race

The Olympics that no one seems to want is down to just two candidates. Oslo became the latest city to drop its bid for the 2022 Winter Games after the Norwegian government rejected financial backing for the project on Wednesday amid concerns the games were too costly — a decision the IOC said was based on […]

Cardinals re-sign Fairfield High graduate Bishop

TEMPE, Ariz. — Fairfield High graduate Desmond Bishop has been re-signed by the Arizona Cardinals. The veteran linebacker, who’s also played with the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, was waived by the Cardinals shortly before the start of the regular season. Arizona released linebacker Victor Butler on Tuesday. The Cardinals are coming off a […]

LeBron warmly welcomed ‘home’ by Cleveland fans

CLEVELAND — The crowd’s deafening roar was so loud LeBron James couldn’t hear his name announced. Unsure of whether to walk out onto the floor, he looked around and realized he was the last one left on the bench. Seconds later, James knew he was home. Cleveland fans welcomed the NBA superstar back with open arms and […]

Column: Great game to open playoffs, but baseball in need of a fix

Opening night of the baseball playoffs provided some great theater, assuming you could stay awake long enough to watch. That the 12th-inning win by Kansas City over Oakland took nearly five hours to play highlights a problem baseball still has to address. Still, the return to small ball in a sport plagued by steroids should […]

Trout makes playoff debut when Angels host Royals

ANAHEIM — Mike Trout asked Albert Pujols for advice on his playoff debut before the Los Angeles Angels stepped into the October spotlight, and the veteran slugger with two World Series rings had some simple guidance for baseball’s best young player. “He told me to just be myself, and not try to hit that home run when […]

JC volleyball: Solano wins twice in Falcons Classic

ROCKVILLE — The Solano Community College women’s volleyball team made it a clean sweep in its own Falcons Classic, topping Shasta 25-18, 25-23, 25-16 and Siskiyous 24-26, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21. In the opener, Solano (9-5) got 12 digs from Keanna Layug, six kills and one block from Janette Lewis, six kills and four blocks from […]

JC women’s soccer: Sjoberg nets 2 goals as Solano ties Chabot

ROCKVILLE — Sydney Sjoberg scored two goals as the Solano Community College women’s soccer team tied Chabot 3-3 in a non-conference match on Wednesday with all the scoring in the first half. The Falcons (2-3-3) got on the board first on a goal by Jordan Hish on an assist from Kelsey Hamister in the second […]

Prep water polo: Rodriguez boys swim to 11-1 win over Armijo

FAIRFIELD — The Rodriguez High boys water polo team swam to an 11-1 Monticello Empire League victory over Armijo, Tuesday. The Mustangs got three goals from Water Bennett, Nick Sinni and Nick Smith, and one each from Riley Smith and Ricky Adams. Goalie Julian Merritt had six saves. John Garcia scored for the Indians. Rodriguez […]

Prep cross country: Vanden’s Fierro takes second SCAC boys center meet

SUISUN CITY — Erick Fierro finished second in the boys varsity race to highlight the efforts of the Vanden High cross country teams in a Solano County Athletic Conference center meet at Rush Ranch Open Space, Wednesday. Fierro crossed in 17 minutes, 54 seconds, eight seconds behind winner Duran Reyes of Benicia. The Panthers won […]

Prep cross country: Armijo rolls to sweep at MEL center meet

NAPA —The Armijo High boys and girls varsity and frosh/soph cross country teams each rolled to impressive victories in a Monticello Empire League center meet at Alston Park, Wednesday. Each stayed unbeaten to improve to 7-0 on the season in MEL competition. Alysia Foley won the varsity girls race in 20 minutes, 14 seconds as […]

Bumgarner, Giants silence Pirates 8-0 to advance

PITTSBURGH — Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing. A grand slam provided all that and more, silencing a revved-up crowd and propelling San Francisco into the meat of the playoffs. Streaking in May and slumping in September, the Giants are back to their old resilient selves […]

Drivers fear next round of NASCAR’s Chase

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Drivers have been fretting about the second round of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for weeks. The three-race stretch that begins Sunday at Kansas Speedway ends on Oct. 19 at Talladega Superspeedway, where four drivers will be booted from the field. “I think that bracket will break some hearts,” Brad […]

A’s part ways a day after 12-inning loss to Royals

OAKLAND — Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics’ season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester a part of it. Oakland had the man on the mound it traded for to shine in these very moments, and the A’s summed up their topsy-turvy season […]

49ers prepare for familiar face in Chiefs Smith

SANTA CLARA — Alex Smith arrived in San Francisco with the pressure of being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He got called a draft bust, then turned the tide to win back those same fans who had booed him out of Candlestick Park. Smith got hurt, bounced back, started and was benched, then regained […]

Raiders leave for bye after meeting with new coach

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano met with his players for the first time since replacing the fired Dennis Allen, then sent them off for a four-day weekend. The Raiders (0-4) held a team meeting Wednesday, a day after Sparano was hired to finish the season. The players then were given the rest of the week off […]

College notebook: Former Falcon Williams tearing it up as Torero

Keith Williams spent a season running for his life as the replacement for Tra’Mayne Bondurant as the Fairfield High football team’s quarterback before transferring to McClymonds High of Oakland for his senior year. He’s now winning games as starting quarterback for the University of San Diego. On Saturday, he threw a 36-yard pass to a wide open […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, practice for Japanese Grand Prix, at Suzuka, NBCSN, 10 p.m. Baseball MLB •American League Division Series, Game 1, Detroit at Baltimore, TBS, 2:30 p.m. •American League Division Series, Game 1, Kansas City at L.A. Angels, TBS, 6 p.m. Football College •Central Florida at Houston, ESPN, 4 p.m. •Alabama St. […]

This date in sports history for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Oct. 2 1950 — Jim Hardy throws six touchdown passes, including five to Bob Shaw, as the Chicago Cardinals pound the Baltimore Colts 55-13. 1970 — Fourteen members of the Wichita State football team are killed in a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains. 1980 — Larry Holmes registers a technical knockout in the 11th […]

Royals beat A’s 9-8 in 12 in AL wild-card thriller

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlastedOakland in a thrilling opener to baseball’s postseason. Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a 9-8 victory Tuesday night in the AL wild-card […]

Local report: Rodriguez volleyball team downs Armijo

FAIRFIELD — Megan Bohorquez led the Rodriguez High volleyball team with 16 kills as it remained unbeaten in the Monticello Empire League, defeating Armijo 25-12, 25-21, 25-14, Tuesday. Destiny Greenwood added seven kills and two blocks for the Mustangs (10-1, 5-0 MEL), while Brittany Travis had six kills and two blocks. Ysabel Rose recorded 34 assists. […]

Top 3 remain the same in AP Pro32 rankings

NEW YORK — There was no change in the top three spots in the latest AP Pro32 power rankings. That’s hardly a surprise since the Seattle Seahawks, Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos all had byes last week. Seattle again had nine first-place votes from the 12-member media panel that regularly covers the league. The Seahawks […]

Corley’s victory lifts Armijo to 5-4 girls tennis win over Rodriguez

FAIRFIELD — The nifty rivalry that’s developing between the Armijo and Rodriguez high school girls tennis teams delivered another classic on Tuesday. In the final match of the day, Regan Corley of the Indians rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Marisa Mark at No. 1 singles to lift host Armijo to a 5-4 […]

49ers’ Wilhoite filling the injury void at linebacker

SANTA CLARA — Michael Wilhoite knows he had important shoes to fill whenever he takes the field. NaVorro Bowman, out with a knee injury, has been impressed with his replacement. San Francisco opened the season without two All-Pro linebackers in Bowman and Aldon Smith. Wilhoite helped ease those losses with solid play. “It’s just confidence […]

Pirates’ Volquez looks to continue revival against Giants

PITTSBURGH — Edinson Volquez’s renaissance began with a simple game of catch. During his brief session with Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage on that January day at the team’s training facility in Florida, the talented but erratic right-hander listened as Searage outlined a plan to help the 31-year-old regain the form that once made […]

Gravely injured Giants fan sues Dodgers again

LOS ANGELES — An attorney for Brian Stow, the gravely injured Giants fan who won a multimillion-dollar damage suit against the Dodgers, has sued the team again, claiming it is trying to recoup $3.4 million in insurance payments from Stow for his medical care after a beating. Attorney Tom Girardi said in the lawsuit filed Monday in […]

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