Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Raiders name rookie Derek Carr as starting QB

ALAMEDA — Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the starter for the foreseeable future ahead of Matt Schaub, who struggled in the preseason and has been […]

Armijo beats Vanden 2-0 to claim All-City boys soccer title

FAIRFIELD — The Indians have reclaimed to crown as kings of the city. The Armijo High boys soccer team shut out Vanden 2-0 to win the All-City Soccer Tournament at Brownlee Field, Monday. Christian Diaz led the attack for the Indians, recording the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute, then assisted on the second, […]

Source: 49ers OL Boone agrees to new 2-yr deal

SAN FRANCISCO — Holdout right guard Alex Boone has agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that replaces the two years remaining on his previous deal, a person with direct knowledge of the contract said Sunday. Boone, represented by the agency of Schwartz & Feinsod, is expected to join the 49ers as soon as […]

49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

SAN JOSE — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said. Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald’s arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to […]

Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

HAMPTON, Ga. — Kasey Kahne’s “downer” year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most. Kahne charged past Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Kahne’s first win of […]

Wozniacki outlasts Sharapova, in US Open quarters

NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon. Maria Sharapova, usually the one wearing down opponents in the third set, sure couldn’t keep up on a steamy Sunday at the U.S. Open. Wozniacki won 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in […]

Falcons looking to be defensive

FAIRFIELD — Don’t blame the Fairfield High football team if it looks at the 2014 season as payback time. En route to giving up a school-record 414 points in 2013, the Falcons surrendered more than 40 points seven times, more than 50 twice and more than 60 once. That translated to an overall 2-8 record […]

The Week Ahead: Get set for volleyball foundation games

FAIRFIELD — The first full week of the 2014-15 prep school year is here and with it Sac-Joaquin Section volleyball foundation games. The games don’t count on season records with gate receipts going to help fund the A. Dale Lacky Scholarship and Women in Sports Conference. It’s all part of a busy week that also […]

Baseball notebook: Elder sizzling down stretch for Otters

The Evansville Otters are in a torrid race for the independent Front League’s East Division title, and Chris Elder is a big reason why. The former Armijo High and Solano Community College standout batted .467 (7 for 15) over the past week to lift the Otters into a first-place tie with the Southern Illinois Miners […]

Peavy takes no-hitter into 8th of Giants’ 3-1 win

SAN FRANCISCO — Jake Peavy took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with a one-hitter over 7 2-3 innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Saturday night. The right-hander got the first out of the eighth on a nice backhand grab by third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Mark Reynolds […]

Angels use 8 pitchers to beat A’s 2-0, extend lead

ANAHEIM — The Los Angeles Angels used eight pitchers — a franchise record for a nine-inning game — in a 2-0 victory over Oakland on Saturday night that increased their AL West lead over the Athletics to four games. The deficit is the largest for the A’s this season. They led the division by four […]

Gordon says Stewart could run strong in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. — Jeff Gordon is expecting Tony Stewart to be a contender in his return to the track. Kevin Harvick will be on the pole but Stewart, who will start 12th, will be in the spotlight in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart is competing for the […]

Armijo opens its football season with 26-7 win at San Rafael

SAN RAFAEL — This was exactly how the Armijo High football team wanted to start its season. The Indians put up 19 points in the first half and added another score in the second half as they opened the season with a 26-7 win over San Rafael at Miller Field, Friday. It was the first […]

Prep football preview: Vacaville still team to beat in MEL

VACAVILLE — The 2014 prep football season is upon us and one thing is already clear: Vacaville High is still the team to beat. The Bulldogs won their fifth consecutive Monticello Empire League championship last season and are in line to make it six. Vacaville has been so dominant in league play under coach Mike […]

No. 11 Stanford set to open season vs. UC Davis

STANFORD — David Shaw was an assistant on the Baltimore Ravens in the fall of 2005 when he heard about the most unlikely upset: UC Davis 20, Stanford 17. “I just remember I had a pit in my stomach as an alum,” Shaw said. The Cardinal have come so far since that stunning loss to a lower-tier California […]

After eventful offseason, Northwestern meets Cal Bears in opener

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern hopes the headlines will finally focus on victories. The Wildcats enter the season hoping to capture attention for their play rather than their leading role in the college unionization debate, and it starts with Saturday’s opener against California. “I think everybody that’s associated with college football is always excited this week,” […]

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won’t be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers’ game […]

Vallejo Symphony launches new season Sept. 21

FAIRFIELD — The Vallejo Symphony opens its 83rd season Sept. 21. The season-opener is billed as a “classical roller coaster ride,” featuring music from Disney’s “Fantasia” to Saint-Sanes’s Cello Concerto No. 1. That’s just the first half of the show. Symphony members will perform Ravel’s “Pavanne for a Dead Princess” and Gershwin’s “An American in […]

New role for symphony conductor begins next year

FAIRFIELD — Maestro David Ramadanoff will assume a new role with the Vallejo Symphony, as the symphony’s first conductor emeritus as of the 2015-16 season. The 2014-15 season will be his final one as music director. Ramadanoff will continue as music director/conductor of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley and the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in […]

Dare Devil Chaos Coaster set for Six Flags debut in 2015

FAIRFIELD — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will welcome a new member to the family next year, the Dare Devil Chaos Coaster. It’s a single-looping coaster, where riders sit back-to-back and face-to-face and travel backward and forward, stopping upside down at 70 feet in the air and reverse direction. “This is a great new addition to […]

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Vallejo festival will celebrate Wilderness Act anniversary

FAIRFIELD — Steve Dunsky knew “Visions of the Wild” consisted of moving pieces, he just didn’t know how many – until an earthquake struck the area Sunday. “Visions of the Wild” is a three-day festival that kicks off Wednesday in downtown Vallejo to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed into law by President […]

Week in preview Aug. 29-Sept. 4

Fairfield 6 p.m. Friday The Levites Solano Town Center mall dining court, 1350 Travis Blvd. www.facebook.com/SolanoTownCenter. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday Used Blues Band Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road. 428-6997. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Suspects of Soul Sticky Rice Chinese Bar & Bistro, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Jazz Concert with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Prep football preview: Indians positive heading into 2014 season

FAIRFIELD — Not counting a few campaigns as essentially a club team in the early 1900s, the Armijo High football team is about to kickoff its 80th season. It does so with some heavy baggage. The Indians haven’t made the playoffs since 1937, they’ve lost 33 straight Monticello Empire League games and are coming off […]

Serena Williams beats American teen at US Open

NEW YORK — Serena Williams began her bid for a third consecutive U.S. Open title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American teen Taylor Townsend on Tuesday night. The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams made only eight unforced errors and needed less than an hour to get past Townsend, an 18-year-old who is ranked 103rd and […]