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Vikings girls looking for first section title

FAIRFIELD — Winning league championships hasn’t been a problem for the Vanden High girls basketball team, the Vikings having captured 15 straight, the last 11 under current coach Allison Johnson. That success hasn’t translated into Sac-Joaquin Section crowns, however, though Vanden has come close – painfully close – in recent years, losing two of the […]

Local Report: Vaca’s Aquino wins Masters wrestling title

STOCKTON — Vacaville High wrestler Jordan Aquino took home the 106-pound  title during the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Wrestling Championships at Stockton Arena, Saturday. Aquino went 3-0 Friday to reach the semifinals, then disposed of Oakmont’s Josh Vega 8-1 in the semifinals and pulled out a 4-2 decision over Benicia’s Christian Ramos in the finals. Any […]

Phegley hopes his style will catch on in Oakland

MESA, Ariz. — It appears as though 2015 is shaping up to be quite a year for Josh Phegley. His wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to the couple’s first child any day now. And Phegley figures to get a decent amount of playing time at catcher as the season moves forward for the Oakland A’s. […]

A year after meeting Tiger, Indian golfer on the rise

The best golfer in India played before an enormous gallery with the kind of buzz that is rare for his country. Anirban Lahiri wound up the winner, a day he won’t forget. Except that he wasn’t the star that day. Tiger Woods was in town. Lahiri and Shiv Kapur, who played college golf at Purdue, […]

Jeff Gordon takes a final spin at track that meant so much

HAMPTON, Ga. — Jeff Gordon admired his latest retirement gift — a miniature race car for his two young children — and thanked the folks at Atlanta Motor Speedway for not going with the obvious choice. “I really appreciate it not being a rocking chair,” Gordon quipped. There’s enough time for that. On Sunday, Gordon will relish one final spin around […]

Defending champ Federer beats Djokovic to retain Dubai title

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year in defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday. This marked the seventh consecutive year — 11th time in 13 years — that Federer or Djokovic won this title. The only other tournaments Federer won […]

Safarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar — Fed Cup winner Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013 as well as her first at the Premier-level. The Czech snapped Azarenka’s 14-match winning streak in Doha and also […]

Environmental activists disrupt meeting by Olympic officials

RIO DE JANEIRO — Environmental activists burst into the lobby of a luxury hotel on Rio’s Copacabana Beach where IOC officials were meeting Saturday, protesting against ecological destruction related to the 2016 Olympics. With little progress visible on Olympic promises to clean up the city’s waterways filled with sewage and trash, and the Olympic golf […]

Hamilton hones Mercedes with fastest time at F1 testing

MONTMELO, Spain — Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes at the top of the timesheet for a second straight day of Formula One preseason testing on Saturday. The defending F1 champion steered his way late in the day to the session-best lap, a day after teammate Nico Rosberg was quickest on the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. Hamilton, however, downplayed […]

FIFA resists video help for refs, then red-card issue in EPL

HOLYWOOD, Northern Ireland — Faced with soccer’s “biggest decision ever,” FIFA said on Saturday it would not be rushed into approving — or even testing — video technology to improve the accuracy of referees’ decisions. But an incident in the English Premier League then highlighted just why the English Football Association pushed FIFA to embrace […]

Thunder’s Russell Westbrook has surgery on cheekbone

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had surgery to repair a fracture to his right cheek after getting hit by a teammate’s knee. The Thunder announced Saturday that the surgery took place in Los Angeles. Westbrook had a noticeable imprint on his right cheek after Andre Roberson hit him in the final seconds of […]

Harrington takes 36-hole lead, then more rain in Florida

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Padraig Harrington is a 36-hole leader on the PGA Tour for the first time in nearly five years and he knows he has a long way to go. A vicious storm Saturday at the Honda Classic made his weekend even longer. Harrington made six birdies in the 12 holes he […]

Harvick wins Xfinity race at Atlanta for 3rd year in a row

HAMPTON, Ga. — Kevin Harvick turned in another dominating performance Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, holding off Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano in the Xfinity Series race. Harvick has won the Atlanta race in NASCAR’s second-tier series three years in a row and four times overall. Logano has been the runner-up the last two years. No one […]

Stolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. — The No. 44 race car returned to its NASCAR shop in North Carolina on Saturday after it was recovered along a remote road in suburban Atlanta, apparently abandoned by the thieves who stole it from a hotel parking lot. While the discovery didn’t occur in nearly enough time for Team XTREME to compete in […]

Players’ union head: future spring games in Cuba possible

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Cuba could be a spring training destination once more. Major League Baseball is considering playing future spring exhibition games on the island nation and baseball hotbed, which used to routinely host American teams in the days before Fidel Castro came to power. Baseball players’ association president Tony Clark said Saturday there have […]

Anthony Mason, rugged forward of 1990s Knicks, dies at 48

NEW YORK — Anthony Mason’s game was grit over glitz, more force than flash. That may not fit some New York stereotypes, but it was the perfect style for the Knicks of the 1990s, and made the rugged power forward a beloved bruiser by teammates and fans. Mason has died, the Knicks said Saturday. He […]

Warriors center Festus Ezeli suspended for a game

NEW YORK — Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli was suspended for one game without pay Saturday for initiating an altercation with Toronto’s Tyler Hansbrough on Friday night. Ezeli pushed Hansbrough in the throat after they tangled under the basket late in the third quarter in Golden State’s blowout victory in Toronto. Hansbrough responded by chasing after […]

Reichelt leads Austrian World Cup downhill sweep

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany — Hannes Reichelt led the second Austrian sweep in as many weekends by winning a shortened World Cup downhill on the Kandahar slope on Saturday. Two weeks after an Austrian failed to place in the top 10 of the men’s downhill at the world championships for the first time, Austrian skiers answered by […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 28-March 1, 2015

Saturday’s TV sports Auto racing •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, pole qualifying for Hisense 250, at Hampton, Ga., FS1, 6 a.m. •NASCAR, Truck Series, pole qualifying for Hyundai Construction Equipment 200, at Hampton, Ga., FS1, 7:30 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, “Happy Hour Series,” final practice for QuikTrip 500, at Hampton, Ga., FS1, 9 a.m. •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, […]

SCC women’s basketball out of playoffs after 74-47 loss

STOCKTON — It was close at the half but turnovers hurt the Solano Community College women’s basketball team and now the season is over. Down 10 points at the half, the Falcons turned the ball over 11 times and San Joaquin Delta took advantage, defeating SCC 74-47 in the CCCAA NorCal Regionals, Friday. “In the second half, […]

Vaca advances three wrestlers into semis at Masters

STOCKTON — Vacaville High advanced three wrestlers to the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships at Stockton Arena, Friday, but the remaining area wrestlers still going have dropped to the consolation brackets. Jordan Aquino (106 pounds), Lawrence Saenz (120) and Mike McCauley (heavyweight) each went 3-0, nearly all in dominant fashion. Aquino rolled with a […]

Vanden boys blast Vista del Lago 77-47, roll into SJS D-III semifinals

FAIRFIELD — It may not have rained outside Friday, but it was raining inside Jim Boyd Gym. The second-seeded Vanden High boys basketball team opened three of the four quarters with a 3-pointer en route to blowing out Vista del Lago 77-47 in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. The win propels […]

Spurs snap 4-game skid, beat short-handed Kings 107-96

SACRAMENTO — Tony Parker scored 19 points, Kawhi Leonard had 17 points and seven rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 107-96 victory over the short-handed Sacramento Kings on Friday night. The Spurs avoided their first five-game skid since late in the 2010-11 season with an efficient and aggressive […]

Report: LA-area stadium near airport would pose terror risk

LOS ANGELES — A report commissioned by the developer of a downtown Los Angeles football stadium warns that a rival project nearby could be a potential terrorist target because of its proximity to Los Angeles International Airport. The report was released Friday at a time when several potential stadium projects are competing to bring an […]

Thompson scores 25 points, Warriors rout Raptors 113-89

TORONTO — The Golden State Warriors bounced back from a loss in Cleveland to pound the Toronto Raptors. Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and the Warriors never trailed in an emphatic 113-89 victory Friday night. “It was very satisfying to come out and play the way we did on a back-to-back, […]

This date in sports history for Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Feb. 28 1922 — In the first formal college conference basketball tournament, North Carolina beats Mercer 40-26 to win the Southern Intercollgiate Conference championship. 1940 — College basketball is televised for the first time. Station W2XBS transmits a basketball doubleheader from New York’s Madison Square Garden: Pittsburgh vs. Fordham and New York University vs. Georgetown. […]

McIlroy to miss cut at Honda Classic; Reed leads

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rory McIlroy’s first PGA Tour event in five months lasted only two days. His road to the Masters hit a speed bump Friday in the Honda Classic when the world’s No. 1 player managed only one birdie in the rain, stumbled badly down the stretch and headed home for the […]

Browns agree to terms with quarterback Josh McCown

The Browns have agreed to terms with veteran quarterback Josh McCown on a contract. McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay’s starter last season, reached agreement with Cleveland on Friday. The 35-year-old had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills. McCown’s signing likely means the Browns will not re-sign Brian Hoyer, who won […]

Casey McGehee’s move to Giants a homecoming of sorts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee (Brewers), Pittsburgh (Pirates), New York (Yankees), Japan (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles) and Miami (Marlins). Now he is […]

Kyle Busch released from hospital following foot surgery

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kyle Busch has been released from the hospital following surgery on his left foot after breaking it during a crash at Daytona International Speedway. Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina performed the surgery on Wednesday. Busch broke his right leg and left foot Saturday in the Xfinity Series race when he crashed into […]

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