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Borland returns pick for TD, 49ers beat Texans

HOUSTON — Chris Borland made one more big play to convince the 49ers he should be in the mix of linebackers to replace injured NaVorro Bowman. Borland, a third-round pick from Wisconsin, returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown, third-string quarterback Josh Johnson threw three TD passes and San Francisco beat the Houston Texans 40-13 on Thursday […]

Signups for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Editor’s note – To have an announcement run in Signups, send information to sports@dailyrepublic.net. PARADISE VALLEY WOMEN’S 18-HOLE GOLF GROUP REGISTRATION — Registration for the current season is ongoing. The group meets for play every Monday at 8 a.m. For more information, call 864-0486. RANCHO SOLANO WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB REGISTRATION — Open to women 18 […]

Bocce Federation League results

Team Results for the week ending Aug.19: Tuesday AM 1st place:  Team #4 Los Bandidos: BJ Conner – capo, Ray Conner, Dot Little, Wayne Little, Dave Rico. 2nd  place: Team #1 – Bocce Friends: Vergie Trammell – capo, Clyde Trammell, Michael Hancock, Twanda Simpson, John Bolosan,  Mike Kimmel, Larry Cooper, Mary Barker. 3rd place: Team #3 -  Do […]

USC coach accepts some blame in Shaw situation

LOS ANGELES — Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian believes he shares blame with the athletic department for publicizing cornerback Josh Shaw’s fictitious story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning. Sarkisian also said Thursday that the suspended Shaw could “potentially” return to the Trojans at some point this season, news that was […]

Williams overcomes 3 early double-faults to win at U.S. Open

NEW YORK — Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open. And, yes, even a 17-time major champion such as Williams can lose in the early going at the sport’s biggest […]

Week Zero prep football capsules

Armijo (0-0) vs. San Rafael (0-0) When: Today, 7 p.m. Where: San Rafael High 2013 records: Armijo 1-9, San Rafael 1-9 Series: First meeting Of note: It’s the season opener but this may be the best shot at a victory all season – for both teams. Armijo’s lone wins each of the last two seasons […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

TV sports Auto racing •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Oral-B USA 500, at Hampton, Ga., FS1, 11:30 a.m. •NASCAR, Nationwide Series, practice for Great Clips 300, at Hampton, Ga., FS1, 1 p.m. •NASCAR, Nationwide Series, final practice for Great Clips 300, at Hampton, Ga., FS1, 2:30 p.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Oral-B USA […]

Mickelson in a bind with 4 straight playoff events

NORTON, Mass. — Phil Mickelson isn’t a fan of four straight FedEx Cup playoff events that follows a summer of big events and precedes the Ryder Cup. Mickelson thought about skipping the Deutsche Bank Championship this week. Instead, the five-time major champion showed up at the TPC Boston on Thursday and didn’t even warm up before his pro-am […]

This date in sports history for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Aug. 29 1885 — John L. Sullivan wins the first world heavyweight title under the Marquess of Queensbury rules when he beats Dominic McCaffrey in six rounds. 1962 — A.C.’s Viking, driven by Sanders Russell, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight heats. 1973 — Flirth, driven by Ralph Baldwin, wins the Hambletonian Stakes in straight […]

Record-setting Petit leads Giants past Rockies 4-1

SAN FRANCISCO — One strike shy from a perfect game last September, Yusmeiro Petit refused to let another chance at baseball history slip away. Petit set a major league record when he retired his 46th batter in a row, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Thursday for their third straight win. “I think […]

Weakened US team aims for world basketball title

BILBAO, Spain — The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest. Some stars couldn’t play. Others wouldn’t. Then the losses really started piling up for the U.S. national basketball team. Kevin Love pulled out while awaiting his recently completed trade to Cleveland. Paul George broke his right […]

Rise in flags makes NFL defenders wary of contact

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason. Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure they will. He also says […]

After Rice, NFL increases domestic violence bans

NEW YORK — Acknowledging he “didn’t get it right” with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a first offense and at least a year for a second. In a letter sent to all 32 team […]

Stewart returning to competition after fatal crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart will return to Sprint Cup competition Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, ending a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race. The three-time NASCAR champion has not raced since his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. at an Aug. 9 sprint car event in upstate […]

Posey hits game-ending 2-run homer for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey hit a game-ending two-run homer for his third clout in two nights, sending the San Francisco Giants past the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday night for Bruce Bochy’s 1,600th managerial victory. Posey sent an 0-1 pitch from Juan Nicasio (5-6) just inside the left-field foul pole for his 18th homer […]

Fuld’s homer in 9th lifts A’s over Astros 5-4

HOUSTON — The Oakland Athletics have rallied to win game after game this season after trailing late. So it was no surprise that they did it again on Wednesday night thanks to Sam Fuld’s tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning that gave Oakland a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros. It was their major league-leading 12th […]

4 years later, Venus Williams in US Open 3rd round

NEW YORK — Two-time champion Venus Williams is back in the third round of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010, a year before she announced she had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. The 19th-seeded Williams, at 34 the oldest woman left in the draw, did not need to deal with too […]

Keenum, Savage to settle Texans’ backup QB duel vs. 49ers

HOUSTON — Rookie Tom Savage looked like a polished pro leading the Texans to the winning touchdown and 2-point conversion against Denver last week. How he plays in Thursday’s preseason finale against San Francisco means even more as he tries to overtake Case Keenum for the backup quarterback job behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Keenum will start […]

USC’s Shaw admits to lying about injuries, rescue

LOS ANGELES — Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to school officials about how he sprained his ankles last weekend, retracting his story about jumping off a balcony to save his drowning nephew. Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all of the Trojans’ team activities after acknowledging his heroic tale was “a complete fabrication,” the […]

Maria Sharapova comes through in 3 sets at US Open

NEW YORK — A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on. On Wednesday, Sharapova found herself down by a set and facing a break point early in the second at Flushing Meadows, bothered […]

Local youngster will play baseball on national stage

FAIRFIELD — The national stage is a big one, even when you stand 6 feet tall. Isaiah Haynes, a 6-foot 13-year-old, was selected to represent the Northern California region of the USA Baseball National Team Identification Series. Haynes went through a tryout process that began June 18th, not finding out if he was selected until […]

IndyCar sets April 12 New Orleans date

AVONDALE, La. — The IndyCar series has committed to an April 12 race date for next season’s inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne joined IndyCar president Mark Miles and other government officials for a formal announcement of the date and other details about the event on Wednesday afternoon at NOLA […]

No. 23 UNC suspends 4 players for opener

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora says the team has suspended four players for this weekend’s season opener, a day after a report of an alleged hazing altercation left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion. Fedora said Wednesday the four players were suspended for a “violation of team policy,” but offered […]

Clippers sign Doc Rivers to 5-year extension

LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers is staying with the Los Angeles Clippers for another five years. In Steve Ballmer’s first big move since taking over as the new owner, he gave Rivers a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Ballmer said Wednesday it was one of his top priorities to ensure that Rivers remains as the long-term […]

Cal needs more from its running game

BERKELEY — California quarterback Jared Goff sent multiple school passing records as a freshman in 2013. He’s looking forward to a lighter workload this year. Coming off a season in which their running game ranked 101st nationally, the Golden Bears hope to be more balanced to alleviate pressure on the rest of the offense. “If the run game […]

Stanford’s Kevin Hogan a ‘stabilizing agent’ at QB

STANFORD — David Shaw remembers Stanford’s first few games without Andrew Luck two years ago as a stressful time for his coaching staff and his players. Uncertainty at quarterback lingered. Doubt about the direction of the program persisted. And how Shaw would solve the problem remained a constant question. “Life is so much better now,” […]

Chicago’s Little League champs return as heroes

CHICAGO — The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should. Free of graffiti and absent so much as a kid’s initials carved in the grandstand benches, Jackie Robinson Park is outfitted with a digital scoreboard and mechanical pitching machines. It sits in a tidy neighborhood of brick one-story homes […]

NFL suspends Browns star WR Gordon for 2014 season

CLEVELAND — Josh Gordon’s wait is over, and so is his 2014 season. Now the star wide receiver’s career is in peril. The Browns learned Wednesday that Gordon’s indefinite suspension by the NFL has been upheld and he will miss at least 16 games for another violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. A repeat drug offender, […]

Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr to start vs. Seahawks

OAKLAND — Oakland Raiders fans will get a close look at their past and future at quarterback in Thursday night’s exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks. Rookie Derek Carr will start and get ample playing time in place of injured Matt Schaub for the Raiders, while last season’s opening game starter in Oakland, Terrelle Pryor, should get significant […]

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