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Prep boys soccer preview: Indians, Vikings off to fast start

FAIRFIELD — The Armijo High boys soccer team is looking to reclaim the Monticello Empire League titles it won in 2011 and 2012. Vanden, meanwhile, wants to repeat in the Solano County Athletic Conference after winning the first league crown in school history in 2013. Rodriguez is rebounding in a big way, while Fairfield’s primary […]

This date in sports history for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

Sept. 21 1913 — Twenty-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet beats Britain’s Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open. 1924 — Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 300th game as the Chicago Cubs defeat the New York Giants 7-3 in 12 innings. 1939 — Joe Louis knocks out Bob Pastor in […]

Sports on TV for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, Singapore Grand Prix, NBCSN, 4:30 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, SYLVANIA 300, at Loudon, N.H., ESPN, 11 a.m. •Global Rally Cross, at Los Angeles, Ch. 3, 2 p.m. •NHRA, FallNationals, at Ennis, Texas, ESPN2, 5:30 p.m. (taped) Baseball MLB •Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay, WGN, 10:30 a.m. •Detroit at […]

College football Top 25

NO. 3 ALABAMA 42, FLORIDA 21 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Blake Sims threw for 445 yards, the second-best passing performance in Alabama history, and the third-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sloppy performance to beat Florida 42-21 on Saturday. The Tide (4-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) committed 11 penalties for 80 yards and four turnovers that turned into […]

No. 1 Florida St survives against No. 22 Clemson

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston watching from the sideline, No. 1 Florida State came back to beat No. 22 Clemson 23-17 in overtime on Karlos Williams’ 12-yard touchdown run Saturday night. Winston was suspended for the game against Clemson (1-2, 0-1 ACC) after making “offensive and vulgar” comments earlier this week […]

Cashner, Padres beat Giants 3-2

SAN DIEGO — Andrew Cashner pitched brilliantly into the ninth inning and the San Diego Padres beat San Francisco 3-2 Saturday night to keep the Giants from gaining ground on the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants remain 3 1/2 games behind the Dodgers, who lost 8-7 at the Chicago Cubs. San Francisco remains […]

Vacaville Christian volleyball team falls in playoffs

ROSEVILLE — The Vacaville Christian volleyball team competed in the Sacramento Invitational, Saturday, going undefeated in pool play, but eventually fell 25-17, 23-25, 15-7 to West Campus in the playoffs. In its first game, the Falcons (6-6) defeated Tracy 25-18, 23-25, 16-14, while defeating West Valley and Union Mine in straight sets — 25-14, 25-22 and […]

Sprint car driver killed in Wisconsin

BEAVER DAM, Wis. — Sprint car driver Scott Semmelmann was killed in a wreck during practice for a race Saturday night at Beaver Dam Raceway. Beaver Dam Raceway general manager Carolyn Mueller and Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series President Steve Sinclair confirmed the death. Semmelmann’s car made contact with another car during […]

Travis Bowl results

Travis Youth Juniors: Courtney Gupton 55-50-151; Alex Newman 80-67-199; Mariah Perez 62-68-161; Vashon Stewart 50; Dylan Vasquez 65-79-203. Travis Youth Seniors: Anthony Gualandi 169-223-541; Temetrius O’Bannon 131; Brendan Scott 144; Kylie Wetzel 126. Travis Seniors: Neal Allard 210; Bo Bousley 221-202-612; Mike Carrillo 213; Dan Clark 211; Ralph Estrellado 233-611; Richard Evans 214-205; Jim Irvine 224; Greg Knight […]

Gaughan snatches Nationwide win at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. — Brendan Gaughan surged past rookies Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon in a wild three-wide run after a final restart for a hard-earned victory in Saturday night’s 300-mile Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway. Elliott and Dillon initially battled for the lead on Lap 192 before Gaughan’s No. 62 Chevrolet rocketed forward on […]

Patriots big favorites vs. Raiders despite mediocre start

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have been mediocre in splitting their first two games. Yet they’re two-touchdown favorites on Sunday. No surprise, considering they’re facing the Oakland Raiders. The visitors for the Patriots’ home opener have lost 14 straight games in the Eastern time zone. They start a rookie quarterback who hasn’t won […]

Cardinals look to shake off distraction vs. 49ers

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have a hard time beating San Francisco. Now they have a distraction to deal with, too. Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday and accused of assaulting his wife. Police say he head-butted her, breaking her nose. The Cardinals tried to move on, placing Dwyer on the reserve/non-football […]

Schumacher, Hagan win rain-delayed Carolina event

ENNIS, Texas — Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel and Matt Hagan topped the Funny Car field to give Don Schumacher Racing a nitro sweep Saturday in the rain-delayed finals from the NHRA Carolina Nationals Jonathan Gray won in Pro Stock and Eddie Krawiec in Pro Stock Motorcycle in the Countdown-opening event that was completed […]

Mi Jung Hur, Paula Reto share lead in Alabama

PRATTVILLE, Ala. — South Korea’s Mi Jung Hur birdied four of the last eight holes Saturday for a 5-under 67 and a share of the lead with Paula Reto in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. “Beginning of the round my putting wasn’t that good,” Hur said. “But after turned the nine holes, my putting gets […]

Williams beats A’s for third time with third team

OAKLAND — Jerome Williams beat the Athletics for the third time this season with three different teams, and Oakland missed an opportunity to extend its lead in the AL wild-card race with a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning against Dan Otero (8-2). […]

Harvick dismisses wins as key to Cup title

LOUDON, N.H. — Yes, even Dick Vitale has endorsed NASCAR’s new tournament-style bracket to crown a champion. Just win and advance, baby! Time for a T.O. Sure, winning races earn a driver an automatic berth into the next round, decided after every three races, before the final four drivers are left to duke it out […]

Estimated 7,000 fans trade in Ray Rice jerseys

BALTIMORE — More than 7,000 fans showed up to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players during a two-day event at Baltimore’s home team officials said Saturday. The Ravens handed out 5,595 new jerseys before running out before midday Saturday, then issued more than 2,400 vouchers for fans to pick up […]

Big plays in second half lift Vanden past Center

FAIRFIELD — If the small things aren’t working, try something big. Christian Pointer returned a fumble 61 yards for a touchdown and Isaiah Hamilton spun his way for a 76-yard TD dash to help lift the Vanden High football team to a 34-20 nonleague win over Center of Antelope at George A. Gammon Field, Friday. […]

Rio Vista gets easy football win over Delta

CLARKSBURG — The Rio Vista High football team rolled to a 42-8 nonleague win over Delta, Friday night. Hernan Ruiz led the Rams (3-0) on the ground, rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns, while BJ Peters rushed for 71 yards and three scores. Chase Hudson added 81 yards rushing and a score of his […]

Indians score late but still fall to Panthers

FAIRFIELD — If the second half was all the Armijo High football team needed to play, it would have been possibly sent the game to overtime. Unfortunately, the Indians were in a 24-0 hole at the half and could not dig out fast enough, falling 45-21 to Benicia at Brownlee Field, Friday. Armijo (2-2) needed […]

A’s Lester holds Phillies to 5 hits in 7 innings in 3-1 victory

OAKLAND — Jon Lester rediscovered his curveball last year, and it has been a helpful addition to an already impressive repertoire. Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing by Lester, and theOakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL […]

Legs power Mustangs in win over Falcons

FAIRFIELD — Both teams opted for the running game in a tilt which took less than two hours to complete as Rodriguez High topped Fairfield 21-8 in a non-league contest Friday night at Schaefer Stadium. For Fairfield, head coach David Fishleigh said that was a strategy borne of necessity. “We lost three-fifths of our offensive line […]

49ers’ Davis, McDonald questionable for Sunday

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis did some light running and caught passes from a machine Friday and remains questionable for Sunday’s game at the Arizona Cardinals. Davis, recovering from an ankle injury suffered during the 49ers’ loss to the Chicago Bears, said he would be ready to play if he’s given the […]

Stewart slogs through tough day at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. — Tony Stewart stepped over the pit road wall, signed a few autographs on a brisk walk to a golf cart and was whisked away from the track. Out of championship contention, Stewart was never a threat to win the pole Friday at New Hampshire. He’ll start 28th in the No. 14 Chevrolet, […]

Keselowski wins pole at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski will start the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship the way he ended the first one — out front. Keselowski turned a track-record lap of 140.598 mph Friday to win the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Keselowski is coming off consecutive victories at Richmond and […]

Gordon has suspension reduced to 10 games

BEREA, Ohio — Josh Gordon’s tangled ordeal, full of legal twists and turns, has finally been straightened out. He can run a route back to the Browns this season. Cleveland’s star wide receiver was reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games Friday after the league announced changes to its drug policy. […]

After NFL, baseball addresses domestic violence

The recent spate of high-profile domestic violence cases involving Ray Rice and other NFL players prompted Major League Baseball and the players’ union to open talks about the way that sport should deal with such episodes. Even though their collective bargaining agreement lasts through 2016, representatives of MLB and the MLBPA were scheduled to meet […]

Goodell: ‘Same mistakes can never be repeated’

NEW YORK — More defiant than contrite, Roger Goodell announced no sweeping changes in his first public statements in more than a week of turmoil surrounding the NFL’s handling of players accused of crimes. The commissioner was definitive about one thing: He has not considered resigning. Goodell was short on specifics Friday as he discussed how he would […]

This date in sports history for Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Sept. 20 1913 — Amateur Francis Ouimet beats Britain’s Harry Vardon and Ted Ray in an 18-hole playoff to win the U.S. Open. 1924 — Grover Cleveland Alexander wins his 300th game as the Chicago Cubs defeat the New York Giants 7-3 in 12 innings. 1939 — Joe Louis knocks out Bob Pastor in the […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 20-21, 2014

Saturday’s TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, qualifying for Singapore Grand Prix, CNBC, 6 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for SYLVANIA 300, at Loudon, N.H., FS1, 6 a.m. •NASCAR, Truck Series, pole qualifying for UNOH 175, at Loudon, N.H., FS1, 7 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, “Happy Hour Series,” final practice for SYLVANIA 300, at Loudon, […]

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