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Mustangs fall flat in rout by Wildcats

VACAVILLE — Cold would describe the Friday night breeze that blew toward the scoreboard at Zunino Stadium. Ice-cold would describe the Rodriguez High football team’s night. Barring a 80-yard drive in the waning seconds of the third quarter with a running clock, the Mustangs compiled a total of 43 yards until that point in their 48-8 […]

Vintage rolls past Armijo, 55-8

FAIRFIELD — It can be hard to find an upside in a 55-8 blowout loss, but for Armijo High football coach Karl Finley, that task was an easy one Friday night. For Finley’s Indians (2-6, 0-3 MEL), the final score belied a strong early defensive effort against Monticello Empire League foe Vintage in the final […]

Hamilton helps Vanden sink Vallejo, 35-0

FAIRFIELD — On Senior Night, it was a junior who dominated the game. Vanden High’s Isaiah Hamilton ran for 140 yards and four touchdowns, pushing the Vikings to a 35-0 Solano County Athletic Conference shutout of visiting Vallejo at George A. Gammon Field, Friday. The 180-pound running back crossed the goal line on rushes of 1, […]

Falcons hang with Wolves in 34-8 setback

FAIRFIELD — For 2 1/2 quarters the Fairfield High football team threw a scare into the two-time defending champs. Then the Falcons ran out of gas. Fairfield forced three turnovers in the second quarter and pulled into a tie three minutes into the third quarter before American Canyon took over to grab a 34-8 Solano […]

SCC women’s soccer team falls to Mendocino 3-1

RIO VISTA — The Rio Vista High football team rolled to a 47-8 SIerra Delta League win over San Juan, Friday night. Hernan Ruiz ran for 126 yards and a touchdown for the Rams (7-1, 3-1 SDL), while Chase Hudson gained 133 yards on the ground and another score. BJ Peters rushed for 66 yards […]

Royals beat Giants 3-2 for 2-1 World Series lead

SAN FRANCISCO — Sparkling defense, a stingy bullpen and just enough timely hitting. That same winning formula of fundamental baseball put the Kansas City Royals on top in the World Series. Jeremy Guthrie outpitched fellow Series newcomer Tim Hudson, four Royals relievers combined on four hitless innings and Kansas City beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Friday night […]

Lloyd leads US women past Mexico 3-0

CHESTER, Pa. — Carli Lloyd scored a pair of goals in a 3-0 semifinal victory over Mexico on Friday night, securing the United States a trip to next year’s World Cup and a spot in the CONCACAF Woman’s Championship match on Sunday. The U.S. women will face Costa Rica, which earned its first World Cup appearance by […]

Henley’s putting gets him lead at Sea Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Russell Henley has a reminder on his phone that goes off every day at noon to tell him he’s the best putter in the world. He didn’t need one Friday in the McGladrey Classic. Playing for the first time since Sept. 14 at the Tour Championship, Henley one-putted 10 greens […]

Vargas to take on Vogelsong in Game 4 of Series

SAN FRANCISCO — Even though Jason Vargas will be making his World Series debut for Kansas City in Game 4, the Fall Classic atmosphere in San Francisco will not be foreign to him. Four years ago, while home for the offseason in Arizona, Vargas and his wife decided to fly to San Francisco to watch […]

Jamie McMurray bests Chase drivers to win pole

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Jamie McMurray bumped all eight of NASCAR’s championship contenders with a surprising pole-winning run Friday at Martinsville Speedway. McMurray, who did not qualify this year for the Chase for the Sprint Cup title, set a qualifying record with a lap of 99.905 mph to nudge the six championship-eligible drivers who had advanced with him […]

Judge halts New Jersey’s sports betting plan

TRENTON, N.J. — A federal judge on Friday granted a request from the four major U.S. professional sports leagues and the NCAA to temporarily stop New Jersey from allowing legalized sports betting. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp issued a temporary restraining order after a request by the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, Major League Baseball […]

Joe Maddon exercises opt-out, won’t return to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Joe Maddon’s highly successful run as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays is over. After discussions on a new deal bogged down with the Rays, Maddon is now free to listen to offers from any club — a prospect the manager apparently found too difficult to resist. Tampa Bay announced Friday that Maddon had exercised an opt-out […]

Attorney: NFL, Ravens not helping union in Rice probe

The attorney leading the NFL players’ union investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case told The Associated Press the league and the Baltimore Ravens have not been cooperating. Richard Craig Smith told the AP on Friday night that the NFL has not provided documents and witnesses requested by the NFLPA’s investigators, while the Ravens have refused any […]

Unfazed, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh doing it his way

SANTA CLARA — The way his big brother tells it, Jim Harbaugh never minded the regular moves every few years for his father’s football coaching jobs because he needed a change in towns to find fresh surroundings and make new friends given how quickly he ran them off. Fast forward about four decades and Harbaugh […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 25, 2014

Saturday’s TV sports Auto racing •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, at Martinsville, Va., FS1, 6 a.m. •NASCAR, Truck Series, pole qualifying for Kroger 200, at Martinsville, Va., FS1, 7 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, “Happy Hour Series,” final practice for Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, at Martinsville, Va., FS1, 9 a.m. […]

Raiders’ Woodley, Young expected to be placed on IR

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden could be activated from the physically unable to perform list in time for Sunday’s game in Cleveland. Hayden completed his second week of practice Friday but has yet to be fully cleared to play. The 12th overall pick in 2013, Hayden underwent foot surgery in the offseason — his fourth […]

This date in sports history for Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Oct. 25 1947 — In front of a capacity crowd of 35,000 at Columbia’s Baker Field in New York, the Lions end Army’s 32-game unbeaten streak in a 21-20 upset. An interception in Army’s final drive seals the win, the first over an Army team that had not surrendered a point all season until the […]

Letestu gets winner, Blue Jackets beat Sharks 5-4

SAN JOSE — Mark Letestu scored twice, including the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining, and Ryan Johansen also scored two goals as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the road-weary San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Thursday night. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 33 of 37 shots for his 99th NHL win and the Blue Jackets improved to 4-1-1 in their […]

Homecoming still on but no game for VCS

VACAVILLE — The show will go on for homecoming at Vacaville Christian High. There just won’t be a game along with it. When Encina Prep decided to pull the plug on its football earlier this week, that left VCS without an opponent for Friday’s homecoming game. “What was told to me is they had a lack […]

Manning, Sanders lead Broncos past Chargers, 35-21

DENVER — Emmanuel Sanders waited six long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning. Now, he has four in less than a week. Manning and Sanders connected for a trio of touchdowns Thursday night in the Denver Broncos’ 35-21 victory over the San Diego Chargers. With the […]

The Write Way: KC coach’s lineup cards are artful

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Take a look around the Kansas City Royals’ dugout and it’s pretty evident: The handwriting is on the wall in this World Series. The fancy handwriting, that is. In the midst of smeared pine-tar rags, spit-out sunflower seeds and plenty of dirt, there hangs a piece of pure art — the […]

Realign the Bulldogs? Not a good a idea

Chain gang members at high school football games have a lot of time on their hands and often have a lot to say. While watching Vacaville make Rodriguez look silly on Oct. 10, some on the chain gang at Zunino Stadium insisted the Sac-Joaquin Section needed to realign to move the Bulldogs into a tougher […]

College notebook: Cordes chosen to try out for USA national team

Rodriguez High graduate Cheyenne Cordes is one of 32 players selected for the shortlist for the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp, the Amateur Softball Association of American announced last week. Cordes, a senior and starting shortstop for the University of California, joins former Golden Bears Valerie Arioto and Jolene Henderson at the camp, […]

Prep football capsules: Week 8

Fairfield (1-5) vs. American Canyon (5-2) When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: Schaefer Stadium, Fairfield High Series: American Canyon leads 2-0 Last meeting: 2013, American Canyon won 42-14 Last week: Fairfield lost to Bethel, 28-6; American Canyon defeated Vanden, 44-12 Of note: Their record doesn’t show it, but the Falcons are improved, especially on defense. They’ve […]

Compton among PGA leaders at Sea Island

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Erik Compton is happy with where he is in golf, and he’s not referring to his 5-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the lead in the McGladrey Classic. A return to Sea Island provides an occasion to take stock of how far he has come in the last […]

Steve Nash ruled out for season with back injury

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash has been ruled out for the season because of a back injury, putting the two-time NBA MVP’s career in doubt. The Lakers and Nash announced their joint decision Thursday, less than a week before the start of what would have been the 40-year-old Nash’s 19th NBA season. He played in only 15 […]

Raiders may lose Woodley to biceps injury

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley has a serious biceps injury and could miss the remainder of the season. Woodley has not practiced since getting injured in Sunday’s 24-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Interim coach Tony Sparano wouldn’t discuss the specific nature of Woodley’s situation but acknowledged it is a long-term injury. “Yeah, it’s […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

TV sports Auto racing •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500, at Martinsville, Va., FS1, 9 a.m. •NASCAR, Truck Series, practice for Kroger 200, at Martinsville, Va., FS1, 10:30 a.m. •NASCAR, Truck Series, final practice for Kroger 200, at Martinsville, Va., FS1, noon •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Goody’s Headache Relief […]

Judge questions $75M NCAA concussion settlement

CHICAGO — The federal judge overseeing a first-of-its-kind head injury settlement with the NCAAexpressed serious concerns Thursday about some terms and the vast scope of the $75 million deal that currently encompasses all college athletes going back decades. Facing NCAA and plaintiffs’ attorneys who crafted the deal, U.S. District Judge John Lee wondered why sports like rifle teams, […]

Arizona men near-unanimous pick by media to win Pac-12

SAN FRANCISCO — Just about everybody agrees — except for one person, apparently — that Arizona is the overwhelming favorite to win the Pac-12 again this season. How everything else shakes out is up for debate. The Wildcats are the near-unanimous choice to win the conference, receiving 31 of 32 first-place votes in the preseason […]

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