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Karam working with psychologist following Wilson’s death

  SONOMA — The hardest part of the week for Sage Karam is at night, when he’s alone with his thoughts and tries to process Justin Wilson’s death. The 20-year-old IndyCar driver said Friday he has received counseling this week from a psychologist to deal with the emotions he’s felt since his single-car crash at […]

Beatles tribute band ready to rock historic winery

FAIRFIELD — Rick Whedbee didn’t have the best start to his foray in the world of Beatles music. He and three other fifth-grade classmates were lip-synching to “I Want To Hold Your Hand” at a parent-teacher association function in Oklahoma City. Whedbee, wearing a wig, borrowed his older brother’s mandolin because it looked most like […]

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Funk-y time on tap in Vacaville

VACAVILLE — War is coming to Vacaville – to headline Saturday’s Funk Fest. The band was formed more than 45 years ago and has recorded 31 gold, platinum and multiplatinum sales honors. Songs such as “Low Rider,” “Spill the Wine” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends” are classics. The audience at Funk Fest will hear these tunes […]

Week in Preview: Aug. 28 to Sept. 3, 2015

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday Open mic Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Nina Causey Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 3 p.m. Thursday Farmers Market Corner of Jefferson and Texas streets. 422-0313. 6 p.m. Thursday Syria T. Berry Mankas Steakhouse, 2522 Mankas Corner Road. 425-3207. […]

A quaint rite: Harvesting broadcast’s fall crop of new shows

NEW YORK — If there’s a dominant trend in TV today, it’s this: There’s too much TV, even too much good TV, for any viewer to absorb, much less support. Even so, as the five major broadcast networks usher in their new fall 2015 offerings against the scores of rival broadcast, cable and streaming video […]

Uncle, nephew share love of filmmaking

BENICIA — Having your film chosen for screening at a film festival is a pretty big score for most people.

John Beck and his nephew Billy Cruz are pleased to be part of the second annual Benicia Film Festival.

What’s most exciting to the pair is the fact that both their films will be shown at the 95-year-old Majestic Theatre on First Street.

The theater is rarely used. And, when it is, it’s for …

Old friends Bethea, Manning reunite at 49ers-Denver practice

  ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Antoine Bethea faced Peyton Manning in practice when they were teammates for five seasons, so it was no surprise he intercepted the veteran during Wednesday’s joint session between San Francisco and Denver. Even so, Bethea’s pick of Manning sparked a small celebration among his 49ers teammates. The interception was one of […]

Grand jury indicts former 49er Ray McDonald on rape charge

  SAN FRANCISCO — A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on one count of rape of an intoxicated person. The announcement came Wednesday, with the indictment stemming from an incident Dec. 15 at McDonald’s home. Current 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks also has been charged by the […]

Bassitt, A’s bullpen knocked around in 8-2 loss to Mariners

  SEATTLE — Billy Burns accomplished what only two others had done, greeting Seattle ace Felix Hernandez with a home run leading off the game. On the first pitch, no less. That was about all the Oakland Athletics could do against Hernandez on Wednesday. Hernandez threw eight strong innings, allowing just three hits, Nelson Cruz […]

Armijo looking toward a positive football future

FAIRFIELD — To be perfectly technical, the Armijo Indians have never appeared in the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs. In fact, the last time an Armijo team made the postseason, World War II had not yet happened. That fact might not change this season, but that isn’t the exact focus of first-year head coach David Castillo. […]

Solano looks to compete in wide-open conference volleyball race

ROCKVILLE — Maintaining a strong program at the junior college level is very difficult. With a flood of players coming into and out of school each year, the turnover in talent and chemistry is remarkable. Yet it’s a challenge the Solano Community College volleyball team has met for years. The Falcons have been one of the […]

Homers doom Giants in loss to Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO — Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Montero and Starlin Castro all hit home runs in support of another solid outing from Jake Arrieta, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5 Tuesday night for their sixth straight win. Schwarber’s towering, three-run homer in the third set the tone for the Cubs, who have […]

A new coach means new system and mindset for 2015 Rodriguez football

FAIRFIELD — With a new leader at the reigns, the Mustangs look for their first winning season since 2010. Rodriguez High’s Week 0 game against Northgate of Walnut Creek is rapidly approaching, and new coach Greg Sutter has plenty of things on his plate. For instance, implementing a brand new offense and defense to the […]

Mariners rally for win over A’s

SEATTLE  — Austin Jackson’s bases-loaded, two-run single in the fifth inning capped Seattle’s comeback from a five-run deficit and led the Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Down 5-0 entering the fourth inning, Nelson Cruz sparked Seattle’s comeback with his major league-leading 38th home run, a solo shot off Jesse […]

IndyCar heads to Sonoma with a heavy heart

INDIANAPOLIS — When Tony Kanaan arrived home following the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, his wife asked him why he continued to race in a series that has such high risk. Justin Wilson had been airlifted out of the track earlier that day after being hit in the head with a piece of debris from […]

Niners, Broncos hope for clean practices

SANTA CLARA— Jim Tomsula won’t tolerate fighting from his San Francisco players when they take the field with the Broncos this week for a pair of joint practices. Denver coach Gary Kubiak wishes everybody would just play football and quit talking about the tussling. Given the skirmishes around the league so far in such two-team […]

Falcons looking for more improvement in 2015

FAIRFIELD — David Fishleigh, who’s entering his third year as Fairfield High football coach, has nothing against sophomores. He’s just happy he doesn’t have to count on largely inexperience players to fill gaps in his roster as he’s had to do his first two seasons with the Falcons. “We will have a roster size of […]

Valencia homers in 7-run 5th, A’s rally past Mariners 11-5

SEATTLE — Danny Valencia homered and Stephen Vogt doubled twice in Oakland’s seven-run fifth inning, and the Athletics climbed out of a big hole against Hisashi Iwakuma for an 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. Josh Reddick also went deep and drove in three runs for the A’s, who rallied after starter Felix Doubront exited early […]

Defending champ Rosol wins Winston-Salem opener

  WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Defending champion Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic opened with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory Monday over Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open. The 6-foot-5 Rosol served 14 aces and took advantage of a break point in the seventh game of the first set to improve […]

FSU running back not guilty of punching woman outside of bar

  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was found not guilty on Monday of punching a woman in the face outside a bar in June after she engaged in a shouting match with him and his teammates. The college immediately lifted his suspension following the verdict. It took the seven-member jury only […]

Winston shows progress in Bucs victory over Bengals

TAMPA, Fla. — It’s only preseason, but Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston is clearly making strides as an NFL quarterback. The first overall pick in this year’s draft scored a 1-yard touchdown run after he was nearly flawless on the first drive of the game, and the Buccaneers beat the Cincinnati Bengals 25-11 on Monday night. […]

Bonita, California beats Cranston, Rhode Island 10-3 at LLWS

  SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Jacob Baptista hit a go-ahead grand slam and Levi Mendez struck out 11 as Bonita, California, advanced at the Little League World Series Monday night, defeating Cranston, Rhode Island, 10-3 in an elimination game. Bonita reached the U.S. Final 4 and plays again Tuesday against Bowling Green, Kentucky, in another […]

Burwash leads Bowling Green, Kentucky, at LLWS

  SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Eli Burwash scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning then earned the save pitching as Bowling Green, Kentucky, avoided elimination Monday at the Little League World Series by beating Taylors, South Carolina, 4-3. Bowling Green will play Tuesday night against the winner of Monday night’s later […]

Ex-soccer player Josh Lambo hopes to make Chargers as kicker

  SAN DIEGO — Josh Lambo’s soccer career ended sooner than he would have liked, so he turned to football. After the performance he had Saturday night for the San Diego Chargers, he might have a chance of making it in the NFL as a rookie. Lambo kicked a game-winning field goal of 47 yards […]

Cotto-Alvarez bout is on after years of tough negotiations

LOS ANGELES — If Miguel Cotto’s fight with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is anywhere near as difficult as the negotiations to get them in the ring together, boxing fans are in for a treat this fall. After months of strenuous posturing and painstaking discussions, Cotto and Alvarez appeared together in Hollywood on Monday to formally announce […]

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson dies of head injury

  IndyCar driver Justin Wilson has died from a head injury suffered when a piece of debris struck him at Pocono Raceway. He was 37. IndyCar made the announcement on Monday night at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Wilson is a British driver who lived outside Denver in Longmont, Colorado. He was hit in the head during […]

NaVorro Bowman’s first game back from injury memorable

  SANTA CLARA — Jim Tomsula has said it over and over again: He reserves the right to back off NaVorro Bowman if he senses the star middle linebacker might need a break. On Sunday night, Tomsula finally let Bowman go — for one quick defensive series, at least. Bowman knew he had five plays […]

Russia fined for snubbing Canada’s anthem at hockey worlds

ZURICH — The Russian Hockey Federation was fined Monday over the national team snubbing Canada’s victory celebrations after the world championship final. The sport’s governing body, IIHF, said the Russian players deliberately left the ice before Canada’s national anthem was played after a signal from captain Ilya Kovalchuk. The Russian federation had claimed its players […]

Sagan wins 3rd Vuelta stage, Chaves remains leader

MALAGA, Spain — After two convulsive days that saw former Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali thrown out and a time trial deemed dangerous, Peter Sagan helped establish a sense of normality to the Spanish Vuelta after winning its third stage on Monday. The Slovak rider for Tinkoff-Saxo won a sprint to the line of […]

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