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This date in sports history for April 19

April 19 1897 — John J. McDermott wins the first Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 55 minutes, 10 seconds. 1930 — Clarence DeMar wins the Boston Marathon for a record seventh time, in 2:34:48.2. 1947 — The Toronto Maple Leafs post a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens to take the NHL Stanley Cup in […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Sunday, April 19, 2015

TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, Bahrain Grand Prix, at Sakhir, NBCSN, 7:30 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, Food City 500, at Bristol, Tenn., ch. 2, 40, 10 a.m. •Indy Lights, Long Beach Grand Prix, NBCSN, noon (taped) •IndyCar, Grand Prix of Long Beach, NBCSN, 1 p.m. •GP2, at Sakhir, Bahrain, NBCNS, 11 p.m. (taped) Baseball […]

As Spurs know, international players can impact NBA playoffs

Kawhi Leonard was the MVP of last year’s NBA Finals, though the San Antonio Spurs wouldn’t have won without their incredible international presence. The victory celebration was a flag-waving party for players who came to San Antonio from around the globe. They had nine players born outside the U.S., all of whom are back this […]

Rose scores 23, Bulls beat Bucks 103-91

CHICAGO — Through three long years of knee surgeries and recoveries, the Chicago Bulls waited for this. And when the moment arrived, here is what Derrick Rose did. He attacked. He played like an MVP, and if he keeps it up, the Bulls will be a tough team to knock out. Rose had 23 points […]

Harden has 24 points, Rockets beat Mavs 118-108 in Game 1

HOUSTON — James Harden loves games like the one Houston had Saturday night. He had 24 points to lead the team in scoring as he usually does. But six other Rockets also scored in double figures in a 118-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their Western Conference series. “That’s means everybody’s […]

Pierce leads Wizards past Raptors in OT in Game 1

TORONTO — Paul Pierce beat the Raptors with a veteran mix of brains and baskets. Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime, Nene had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Washington Wizards beat Toronto 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. “It takes the pressure off us and […]

Hometown report: Little League baseball

Cordelia/Tri-Valley Little League Major Division Red Sox 7, Pirates 6: The Red Sox triumphed behind Justin Bidleman’s dramatic fourth-inning grand slam. Conner Dikitanan’s inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning had put the Pirates on top 6-3 before Bidleman’s big blast. Nick Robles and Houston Bradeson pitched well for the Red Sox while Matt Carson […]

Hometown report: Youth track

North Bay Panthers At Sacramento Speed Factory Zion Booker: — 100-meter dash, 14:31, 10th of 40. 200, 29.94, eighth of 33 (Top 8 Award). 400, 1:10.66, 18th of 52. Keyon Greyer: 100, 14.29, ninth of 40. 200, 31.69, 15th of 33. 400, 1:08.45, 13th of 52. Jaylon Ingram: 400, 1:12.11, 25th of 52. 800, 2:48.71, […]

Merritt maintains edge through 3 rounds at RBC Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Troy Merritt felt the fear Saturday he experienced during his successful amateur career. The third-round leader at the RBC Heritage expects another healthy dose Sunday. Merritt shot a 2-under 69 to take a three-stroke lead over defending champion Matt Kuchar, Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner. Jim Furyk, No. 10 in […]

Crawford, Heston lead Giants to win

SAN FRANCISCO — Chris Heston kept it simple and used the energy from the pregame ring ceremony to produce another quality start. Heston pitched into the eighth inning, Brandon Crawford hit a two-run homer and the San Francisco Giants snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night. […]

Curry scores 34, Warriors beat Pelicans 106-99 in Game 1

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry carried the Golden State Warriors to a huge lead, waving his arms and flexing his muscles with one acrobatic shot after another. Every time the New Orleans Pelicans pulled closer, Curry came back even better. Curry scored 34 points with an MVP-worthy performance, and the Warriors went up big before holding […]

Jones throws 2 TDs, wins challenge at Ohio State spring game

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Already a statewide celebrity after guiding Ohio State to three postseason wins and the national championship last season, Cardale Jones made the most of his very first collegiate start at home. The senior-to-be completed 19 of 42 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns to Corey Smith to lead the Gray to […]

Reddick’s 3-run homer sends A’s to 5-0 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Josh Reddick rounded the bases after his three-run homer, celebrated in Oakland’s dugout for just a moment, and then climbed to the top step and waited. He knew exactly what was coming next. Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura promptly plunked A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie with what appeared to be a retaliatory […]

2014-15 All-City Wrestling team: Armijo’s Kapapa, Correa wrestler and coach of year

FAIRFIELD — It wasn’t the strongest year in city history for prep wrestlers, but there were plenty of grapplers who stood out. Rodriguez dominates this season’s Daily Republic All-City selections, but Armijo earned the top spots for wrestler and coach of the year. Here is the 2014-15 Daily Republic All-City Wrestling Team: Wrestler of the Year […]

Serena Williams gets a rare test from Giorgi but holds on

BRINDISI, Italy — Nineteen Grand Slam titles. Nearly 20 years as a professional. An undefeated record this year. And not one career loss in the Fed Cup. Serena Williams’ vast experience proved the difference during an extremely tight first set against Italy’s Camila Giorgi in a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win for the United States in […]

Tom Watson: Next Masters might be his last

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Two-time Masters champion Tom Watson says his next visit to play Augusta National might be his last. A fatigued Watson says at the RBC Heritage on Saturday that it’s getting more difficult for him to compete on the PGA Tour and he didn’t know how much longer he wanted to […]

Kenseth content in car and not contemplating retirement

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Matt Kenseth is just a year younger than Jeff Gordon, who has already said he’ll retire at the end of this season. The 43-year-old former champion won’t use Gordon’s exit as a reason to consider his own future in NASCAR. He’s got no plans to get out of the race car anytime […]

Free agent center Wisniewski signs 1-year deal with Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed unrestricted free-agent center Stefan Wisniewski to a one-year contract, providing them with much-needed line depth. Wisniewski started 61 games — 46 at center and 15 at guard — over the past four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. A second-round draft pick in 2011, the 6-foot-3, 307-pound Wisniewski […]

Logano leads flag-to-flag to win Xfinity race at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Joey Logano led flag-to-flag Saturday to win the Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Erik Jones started from the pole but was passed by Logano before he completed the first lap. Logano led all 300 laps in cruising to his second Xfinity Series victory of the season. “I’ve never led every […]

Cal defense shines for a change at scripted spring game

BERKELEY — California’s scripted spring football game didn’t quite follow the expected script. Instead of the Golden Bears’ high-powered offense dominating a thinned-out defense, Cal struggled to score for much of Saturday’s California Spring Football Experience. In seven full 11-on-11 drives, Cal’s offense managed just one touchdown against a defense that often look overmatched last […]

Pete Rose hired by Fox as special guest studio analyst

NEW YORK — Pete Rose is getting back in baseball while he awaits a ruling on his reinstatement request — as a television analyst. The career hits leader, who agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport 26 years ago, has been hired by Fox as a guest studio analyst. “We informed baseball of Pete’s […]

Marcotte, Ryan win US cycling Criterium championships

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Eric Marcotte added the U.S. Criterium championship to his road national title Saturday, and Kendall Ryan dodged a last-lap crash to capture the women’s cycling championship. Riding for Team SmartStop, Marcotte made his decisive move entering the final corner of the mile-long circuit in downtown Greenville. Ty Magner of Hincapie Racing Team […]

Independent league experiments with 3-ball walks

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — The Long Island Ducks and Bridgeport Bluefish tried some radical speedup rules Saturday in an exhibition of the independent Atlantic League. Batters were awarded walks when the count went to three balls. Strikeouts were called when there was a foul ball with two strikes. Ten batters walked on three balls and […]

JC baseball: Falcons win as Pavlovsky, Evans homer

ROCKVILLE — Jacob Pavlovsky ripped a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Dareion Evans added a solo shot in the eighth to propel the Solano Community College baseball team to a 6-4 Bay Valley Conference win over Los Medanos at Billy and Louis Yarbrough Stadium, Friday. The win moved Solano (21-12, 16-5 BVC) to […]

Prep softball: Seldon powers Rodriguez to victory over Armijo

FAIRFIELD — Aleana Seldon went 4 for 4 with two doubles, while Julie Lopez, Cienna Cheshier, Caitlin Parrish and Lauren Riddle each added two hits to power the Rodriguez High softball team to a 10-4 Monticello Empire League road win at Armijo, Thursday. Cheshier belted a home run and had two RBIs, while Parish and […]

Prep badminton: Mustangs roll to 15-0 win over Wolves

AMERICAN CANYON — The Rodriguez High badminton team took a break from Monticello Empire League play for a 15-0 nonleague win over American Canyon, Friday. Winning twice for the Mustangs (14-2) were Janelle Sandhu, Lei Paeste, Angelica Dagcuta, Nicole Vu, Taylor Ricafort, Vanessa Vega, May Abdelnaby and Sheng Thao. Rodriguez is at Wood on April […]

Prep baseball: Haney hurls Vanden to 3-2 win over Benicia

FAIRFIELD — After Benicia tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, the Vanden High baseball team took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame en route to a 3-2 Solano County Athletic Conference victory, Friday. Rylan Haney made the run stand up, holding the defending SCAC and Sac-Joaquin Section […]

Armijo nears girls soccer title with 2-0 MEL win

VACAVILLE — The Armijo High girls soccer team moved to within a point of clinching the Monticello Empire League title by using two second-half goals to earn a 2-0 win over runner-up Wood, Friday. “We played from the get-go,” Indians coach Brad Burzynski said. “We actually played very good soccer.” After a scoreless first half, […]

Collmenter shuts down Giants, gets three hits in D-backs win

SAN FRANCISCO — Pitcher Jake Peavy has no answer to what is wrong with the San Francisco Giants. Manager Bruce Bochy is hoping he can figure it out, and fast. The reigning World Series champions are making some history for all the wrong reasons so far. Josh Collmenter pitched a four-hitter and had a career-high […]

Merritt’s 61 trumps Masters champion Spieth’s 62

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Little-known Troy Merritt one-upped the Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage. Merritt shot a 10-under 61 on Friday to tie the course record at Harbour Town Golf Links only a few hours after Spieth wowed the gallery with a bounce-back 62 to match his lowest PGA Tour round. […]

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