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Warriors whip Kings 95-77 in season opener

SACRAMENTO — Stephen Curry had 24 points and 10 rebounds, Klay Thompson scored 19 points and the undermanned Golden State Warriors made Steve Kerr a winner in his coaching debut, rolling past the Sacramento Kings 95-77 on Wednesday night. Marreese Speights added 16 points to help the Warriors overcome the first hurdle of Kerr’s tenure. Golden State played without […]

Armijo sweeps all 4 divisions at MEL cross country championships

VACAVILLE — No one could remember – even longtime coaches – whether any school had ever swept all four divisions at the Monticello Empire League Cross Country Championships. It doesn’t matter now. All they have to do is remember 2014. The Armijo High cross country teams ran to all four titles at Lagoon Valley Park, […]

Giants fans revel in victory

FAIRFIELD — As Game 7 of the World Series was winding down, Giants fan April Carkin-Brown had a good feeling about things. “They’re surrendering,” she said about Royals fans and their white rally towels. “They’re waving the white flags.” Carkin-Brown was just one of many San Francisco Giants fans at Johnny Carino’s, waiting for maybe another […]

Vanden’s McDaniel repeats as SCAC singles champion

VACAVILLE — Make it two for Kiwi McDaniel. The Vanden High junior survived a second-set hiccup to capture her second straight Solano County Athletic Conference girls singles title with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 victory over Benicia’s Lilly Hayward, Wednesday. “It was a good match,” Vikings coach Stan Lewis said. “The first set, Hayward played sort […]

Giants ace Bumgarner wins World Series MVP

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner was limbering up at Kauffman Stadium this week, getting loose with his San Francisco teammates near the dugout, when Tim Hudson and Michael Morse sneaked up from behind and playfully ruffled the pitcher’s long, scraggly locks. That was way too hairy for Bumgarner. He quickly spun and playfully sparred with his pals. […]

Panthers outduel Vikings to win SCAC boys cross country crown

BENICIA — The Vanden and Benicia high boys cross country teams were neck and neck during the Solano County Athletic Conference center meet season, and at the SCAC finals, it was no different. Both teams wound up with 31 points, but the Panthers got the tie-breaker with a better sixth-place finish to claim the crown […]

It’s Thursday Night Lights for SCAC

FAIRFIELD — When it comes to high school football, there’s nothing like Thursday Night Lights. To avoid playing on Halloween, the Solano County Athletic Conference moved up its Week 9 games from Friday to Thursday and the situation is scary in each of the games. American Canyon (6-2, 3-0) can clinch at least a tie […]

Royals’ dream season falls short in World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon saw the ball skipping past Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco and all the way to the wall, and the Royals’ homegrown star put his head down and churned toward third base. For just a moment, thousands of fans thought he might try to score — one last dash for home, and […]

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons. With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood […]

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC to win World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons.

With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood taller than the 6-foot-5 Bumgarner, who added to his postseason legacy with a third victory this Series.

After center fielder Gregor Blanco misplayed Alex Gordon’s drive for a single and two-base error, Bumgarner got Salvador Perez to pop foul to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the final out.

Carr prepares for tough test vs. Seahawks

ALAMEDA — Derek Carr won the starting quarterback job for the Oakland Raiders in part based on how well he played in the preseason against Seattle. Now Carr gets a chance to match up Sunday with the defending Super Bowl champions when the games really count in a test he knows will be much tougher than the […]

Gordie Howe’s family says his condition is guarded after stroke

LUBBOCK, Texas — Gordie Howe’s family says the hockey Hall of Famer’s condition remains “guarded” but his spirits are good after a significant stroke Sunday. The family released a statement through the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. The stroke occurred over the weekend at his daughter’s home in Lubbock, Texas. The family says the 86-year-old Howe is […]

49ers rookie center Marcus Martin to make NFL debut

SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick offered a few encouraging words, and rookie Marcus Martin knew the quarterback believed in him to step in at center and do the job. Even if he has never played a single NFL snap. “Let’s go, you know the task in front of, let’s go,” Kaepernick told Martin. Martin, all […]

Stanford men looking to build on NCAA tournament run

STANFORD — The status of Johnny Dawkins’ job at Stanford seemed shaky most of last season until a surprising run to the NCAA tournament’s round of 16 quieted his critics. At least for a little while. Dawkins, who signed an undisclosed contract extension in September, knows the noise around him will only remain at bay as long as […]

Sacramento breaks ground on new Kings arena

SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Kings have officially broken ground on their new downtown arena. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and other city and team leaders gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking at Downtown Plaza on Wednesday, though work at the site started months ago. The $477 million arena is expected to open for the 2016-17 season. Sacramento […]

Selig’s imprint seen in Game 7 of World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For his final game as baseball commissioner, Bud Selig was able to see the low-budget Kansas City Royals compete with the high-spending San Francisco Giants for the title. Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night featured a pair of wild-card teams that had already played during the regular season. In a […]

Jose Canseco resting at home after shooting hand

LAS VEGAS — A representative for Jose Canseco says the former major league slugger is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home. Agent Jose Melendez says Canseco was resting at home Wednesday, and friends and family were hoping his finger would respond well to a surgery. Officers responded to a […]

Bulldogs fall, Wildcats, Vikings rise in SJS wins list

FAIRFIELD — The Vacaville High football team’s 26-14 loss to Napa, which snapped the Bulldogs’ 28-game Monticello Empire League win streak, was reflected in the second edition of the Sac-Joaquin Section wins list, which was released on Tuesday. The final wins list will be used to seed the upcoming playoffs. Tuesday’s list showed Vacaville (6 […]

College notebook: Forte returns, but career day not enough for EWU

After missing the last four games because of a shoulder injury, Quincy Forte had the game of his life for the Eastern Washington University football team, Saturday. But it wasn’t enough. The Vacaville High graduate, who also attended Fairfield High, ran for a career-high 219 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown, but the second-ranked […]

Niemi has 31 saves as Sharks top Avalanche, 3-2

DENVER — Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored in the shootout to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night. Antti Niemi stopped 31 shots and both Avalanche players in the shootout to give the Sharks the win. Semyon Varlamov had a season-high 49 saves and Alex Tanguay and Gabriel Landeskog scored in regulation for […]

Peavy, Belt, Giants fall apart; KC forces Game 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jake Peavy and the San Francisco Giants hoped Game 6 of the World Series would result in a parade. It did, all right — a parade of Kansas City runs. In the worst outing of his standout career, Peavy watched the Royals march around the bases on their way to an early blowout, routing […]

Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night. As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped in front of outfielders, it became clear this World Series was headed to a climactic Game 7 — just like […]

Broncos fan who disappeared during game found safe

DENVER — Authorities say a Denver Broncos fan who disappeared during last week’s game has been found safe. Denver Police Sgt. Steve Warneke says 53-year-old Paul Kitterman was found Tuesday night in Pueblo, about 100 miles south of Denver. Warneke did not have any information about Kitterman’s disappearance but says no charges are expected. Family and friends […]

Versatile 49ers player Gordon Soltau dies at 89

SANTA CLARA — Gordon Soltau, a wide receiver and kicker who played nine NFL seasons with San Francisco, has died. He was 89. The three-time All-Pro passed away on Sunday, according to the 49ers. Soltau had 249 receptions for 3,487 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also kicked 70 field goals and 284 PATs. He remains […]

Stanford trying to upend No. 5 Oregon a new way

STANFORD — Sick of losing and on the verge of irrelevance in the Pac-12 race, David Shaw did what some thought he never would. Shaw scrapped Stanford’s model of offense for a spread-style approach more in line with the rest of the conference. The Cardinal crushed Oregon State 38-14 last Saturday with fly sweeps, read-options […]

Broncos are unanimous No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

NEW YORK — Going into Sunday’s highly anticipated matchup against the New England Patriots, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are the unanimous choice as the NFL’s top team. Denver received all 12 first-place votes Tuesday for the AP Pro32 power rankings, which are decided by a media panel that regularly covers the league. The […]

Mississippi State, Florida State top playoff list

Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi are the top four teams in the first College Football Playoff rankings. The first of seven Top 25 rankings done by a 12-member selection committee was released Tuesday night. The selection committee will pick the four teams to play in the national semifinals and set the matchups for […]

A’s hire Mike Aldrete as bench coach

OAKLAND — The Athletics have hired former Oakland and San Francisco first baseman and outfielder Mike Aldrete as bench coach on manager Bob Melvin’s staff. Aldrete fills a vacancy left when Chip Hale became Arizona’s manager earlier this month. Aldrete joins Melvin’s staff for the third time in his 13-year coaching career after spending the past three seasons as bench […]

NCAA graduation rates improve; critics cry foul

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert keeps touting the record-breaking graduation rates of Division I athletes. Critics keep balking at the interpretation of those numbers, citing recent academic scandals. The NCAA’s newest graduation report, released Tuesday, showed 84 percent of athletes who entered college in 2007-08 earned a degree within six years, a 2 percentage-point increase over last […]

Warriors’ Lee likely to miss opener at Sacramento

OAKLAND — Power forward David Lee is expected to sit out Golden State’s season opener at Sacramento on Wednesday night with a strained left hamstring. The Warriors said Tuesday that Lee is doubtful for the game. Coach Steve Kerr told reporters after practice that Draymond Green will likely start in Lee’s place. The team also said reserve […]

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