Friday, October 31, 2014

49ers LB Willis to be game time decision

SANTA CLARA — Patrick Willis will be a game-time decision Sunday when the San Francisco 49ershost the St. Louis Rams. The playmaking linebacker missed the 49ers’ loss in Denver two weeks ago with a big toe injury. Willis, third on the team with 49 tackles, said he still feels pain but is getting better every day. “It’s […]

Raiders may be without starting CB Carlos Rogers

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders are expected to be without cornerback Carlos Rogers for Sunday’s game against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. Rogers has started 55 consecutive regular-season games since 2010 but has been bothered by a sore knee this season. He has not practiced this week and is doubtful on the team’s injury report. It’s […]

Dad finds passion creating set pieces for son’s shows

FAIRFIELD — The wooden chair looks fit for royalty, albeit with several metal studs. It’s what happens when one sits in the chair that distinguishes it from castle decor. With the pull of a lever, a “metal blade” rises up, right between the legs. Pity the young man who sits in the torture chair, seeking […]

Week in preview Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2014

Fairfield 8 and 11:59 p.m. Friday, 11:59 p.m. Saturday “The Rocky Horror Show” Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday “Little Shop of Horrors” Solano College Theatre, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. 7:30 p.m. Friday Gordon’s Music and Sound Concert Series: Halloween Thrash Bash with Jesus […]

Real estate agent pens, produces movie

FAIRFIELD — A new movie and a new movie genre will debut Saturday in Fairfield. “Predatory Lender,” a film written by Jim Meyer, a local real estate agent, is having its red carpet premiere. Billed as a thriller, the plot centers on a real estate agent who makes his clients a killing. He also happens to be a killer. […]

Jorge Garcia makes the most of ‘Hawaii Five-O’

LOS ANGELES — Since playing the lucky-unlucky lottery winner Hurley on “Lost,” Jorge Garcia’s career has moved along nicely from “Alcatraz” to “Hawaii Five-O” and upcoming big-screen movies. It’s logical that he might indulge himself in, say, a fast car or pricey wristwatch. But to think that is to badly misjudge the man and, if you […]

Armijo sweeps all 4 divisions at MEL cross country championships

VACAVILLE — No one could remember – even longtime coaches – whether any school had ever swept all four divisions at the Monticello Empire League Cross Country Championships. It doesn’t matter now. All they have to do is remember 2014. The Armijo High cross country teams ran to all four titles at Lagoon Valley Park, […]

Giants ace Bumgarner wins World Series MVP

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner was limbering up at Kauffman Stadium this week, getting loose with his San Francisco teammates near the dugout, when Tim Hudson and Michael Morse sneaked up from behind and playfully ruffled the pitcher’s long, scraggly locks. That was way too hairy for Bumgarner. He quickly spun and playfully sparred with his pals. […]

Panthers outduel Vikings to win SCAC boys cross country crown

BENICIA — The Vanden and Benicia high boys cross country teams were neck and neck during the Solano County Athletic Conference center meet season, and at the SCAC finals, it was no different. Both teams wound up with 31 points, but the Panthers got the tie-breaker with a better sixth-place finish to claim the crown […]

Royals’ dream season falls short in World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon saw the ball skipping past Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco and all the way to the wall, and the Royals’ homegrown star put his head down and churned toward third base. For just a moment, thousands of fans thought he might try to score — one last dash for home, and […]

Bumgarner, Giants beat KC 3-2 in Series Game 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series for their third championship in five seasons. With both starters chased early, this became a matchup of bullpens. And no one stood […]

Selig’s imprint seen in Game 7 of World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For his final game as baseball commissioner, Bud Selig was able to see the low-budget Kansas City Royals compete with the high-spending San Francisco Giants for the title. Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night featured a pair of wild-card teams that had already played during the regular season. In a […]

Bulldogs fall, Wildcats, Vikings rise in SJS wins list

FAIRFIELD — The Vacaville High football team’s 26-14 loss to Napa, which snapped the Bulldogs’ 28-game Monticello Empire League win streak, was reflected in the second edition of the Sac-Joaquin Section wins list, which was released on Tuesday. The final wins list will be used to seed the upcoming playoffs. Tuesday’s list showed Vacaville (6 […]

College notebook: Forte returns, but career day not enough for EWU

After missing the last four games because of a shoulder injury, Quincy Forte had the game of his life for the Eastern Washington University football team, Saturday. But it wasn’t enough. The Vacaville High graduate, who also attended Fairfield High, ran for a career-high 219 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown, but the second-ranked […]

Niemi has 31 saves as Sharks top Avalanche, 3-2

DENVER — Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski scored in the shootout to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Tuesday night. Antti Niemi stopped 31 shots and both Avalanche players in the shootout to give the Sharks the win. Semyon Varlamov had a season-high 49 saves and Alex Tanguay and Gabriel Landeskog scored in regulation for […]

Peavy, Belt, Giants fall apart; KC forces Game 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jake Peavy and the San Francisco Giants hoped Game 6 of the World Series would result in a parade. It did, all right — a parade of Kansas City runs. In the worst outing of his standout career, Peavy watched the Royals march around the bases on their way to an early blowout, routing […]

Royals rout Giants 10-0 to force Game 7 in Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The raucous roar at Kauffman Stadium swelled with every batter in the second inning and then got louder the rest of the night. As bouncers rolled by infielders and bloops dropped in front of outfielders, it became clear this World Series was headed to a climactic Game 7 — just like […]

Vanden’s McDaniel back in SCAC tennis singles final

VACAVILLE — Once again, the Vanden High girls tennis team will be represented in the Solano County Athletic Conference singles final as Kiwi McDaniel advanced in the championship, Tuesday, not dropping a set. As the No. 2 seed, McDaniel will try to defend her SCAC title against Benicia’s Lily Hayward at In-Shape in Vacaville, Wednesday at 9 […]

Redskins end Cowboys’ 6-game streak, 20-17 in OT

ARLINGTON, Texas — Colt McCoy directed Washington to Kai Forbath’s 40-yard field goal in overtime and Dallas was unable to answer after Tony Romo returned from an apparent injury, sending the Redskins to a 20-17 victory on Monday night that snapped the Cowboys’ six-game winning streak. McCoy, the former Texas star playing at the home […]

Shared Belief is 9-5 favorite for Breeders’ Cup Classic

ARCADIA — Shared Belief was made the early 9-5 favorite on Monday in a field of 14 for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, a race featuring a strong contingent of seven 3-year-olds taking on older foes. Shared Belief is 7-0 in his career, with all of his races coming in California. Shared Belief’s most […]

Dorsey returns to 49ers practice, Lattimore next

SANTA CLARA — Running back Marcus Lattimore is ready to return to the practice field at last, ready to forget the devastating knee injuries, surgeries and countless hours of rehab. 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that Lattimore would be on the field beginning Wednesday, starting the team’s 21-day window to determine whether to activate […]

Athletics hire Mike Aldrete as bench coach

OAKLAND — The Athletics have hired former Oakland and San Francisco first baseman and outfielder Mike Aldrete as bench coach on manager Bob Melvin’s staff. Aldrete fills a vacancy left when Chip Hale became Arizona’s manager earlier this month. Aldrete joins Melvin’s staff for the third time in his 13-year coaching career after spending the […]

New problems, same results each week for Raiders

ALAMEDA — Every week there’s a new problem and the same result for the Oakland Raiders. One week it could be run defense or an inability to get off the field on third down. Another it could be penalties or lack of a running game. The most recent games it was three costly turnovers that […]

Cardinals stunned by Taveras’ death

Mike Matheny needed some time to figure out what to say. Like the rest of the St. Louis Cardinals, the manager was leveled by the sudden death of Oscar Taveras. The Cardinals are grieving the loss of an active player for the third time in 12 years after the 22-year-old Taveras died Sunday in a […]

Pac-12 passes reforms for athletes

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pac-12 passed sweeping changes for athletes in all of the conference’s sports Monday, guaranteeing four-year scholarships, improving health care benefits and liberalizing transfer rules. The changes announced by the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors include many of the same proposals outlined in a letter to university leaders in the five major football […]

Sharks F John Scott suspended 2 games

SAN JOSE — San Jose Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended two games for his role in a fight with Anaheim’s Tim Jackman. The NHL announced the suspension on Monday. The altercation came late in the third period Sunday night in San Jose’s 4-1 win over the Ducks. Scott came off the bench on […]

Giants, Royals ready for wild World Series finish

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey was annoyed. Playfully so. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title.

No way, Buster.

Because in this postseason full of stars and surprises, who knows? Heck, Bumgarner might still have more work to do.

Baseball took its final break Monday before the Giants and Royals settle things. Holding a 3-2 edge, San Francisco will try to claim its third championship in five years Tuesday night when the wild-card matchup resumes at Kauffman Stadium.

No runners from Ebola-stricken nations in marathon

NEW YORK — New York City Marathon organizers say they had no runners signed up for Sunday’s race from the three West African countries stricken by Ebola. New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said Monday that only a “handful” of entrants, mostly from overseas, had reached out with concerns after a doctor who had […]

LeBron back home, Spurs back on top as NBA returns

LeBron James returned to Cleveland, Kevin Love joined him and suddenly the Cavaliers had the makings of the latest superteam. The San Antonio Spurs are already one. No big changes were necessary for the Spurs, who simply kept the gang together. They brought back nearly every piece from the team that annihilated James and the […]

Royals turn to Ventura in World Series Game 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals turn to a 23-year-old rookie to save their season, but not just any 23-year-old rookie: the hardest-throwing starting pitcher in the major leagues. Yordano Ventura gets the ball Tuesday night with the Royals trailing 3-2 in the World Series, the same position they were in when they sent Charlie […]