Saturday, April 19, 2014

A’s come out swinging to beat Astros 11-3

OAKLAND — Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics went deep four times to back Sonny Gray’s strong pitching Friday night in an 11-3 rout of the Houston Astros. Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp each added a two-run shot for Oakland. Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo homer in the second inning to follow up […]

Ross, Padres beat Cain and Giants 2-1

SAN DIEGO — Tyson Ross held the San Francisco Giants to four hits and struck out nine in eight scoreless innings, and the San Diego Padres won 2-1 Friday night to hand Matt Cain his third straight loss. Ross (2-2) beat Cain five days after topping AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and the […]

Big innings lift Mustangs over Indians

FAIRFIELD — Big hits and big innings have been few and far between for the Rodriguez High softball team this season. The Mustangs had plenty of both on Friday – scoring three or more runs in three different innings with Melissa Eisen ripping a three-run double – in rolling to a 12-4 Monticello Empire League […]

Warriors to start O’Neal for Bogut vs. Clippers

OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says Jermaine O’Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Jackson said Friday that he wants O’Neal to start because it’s easier for the 35-year-old veteran to stay loose. He […]

Hertl has impressive playoff debut for Sharks

SAN JOSE — Tomas Hertl made an impressive playoff debut for the San Jose Sharks with a goal and an assist against the same Los Angeles Kings team that almost ended his season. With 52 seconds left in the first period Thursday night, Hertl scored his first career playoff goal, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead […]

Warriors and Clippers take dislike to playoffs

LOS ANGELES — As much as the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors don’t like each other, they’re a lot alike in some ways. There’s an All-Star point guard on each side, they’re both young and athletic, and each franchise is trying to distance itself from an inglorious past that cast them as afterthoughts for […]

‘Same Time, Next Year’ opens in Benicia

FAIRFIELD — The Benicia Old Town Theatre Group celebrates its 50th anniversary with actress, director and author Hester Schell at the helm of “Same Time, Next Year.” Schell came home with five awards, including best of show for “Singulariteen,” from the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Theater Festival. Three years ago, she released the book, “Casting […]

‘We Got Next’ Comedy Tour stops at Dimitri’s

SUISUN CITY — Four comics, each with their own take on life, are set to fill Suisun City with laughter Thursday. The “We Got Next” Comedy Tour will reunite the quartet after member Ricco “Da Great” Alston’s surgery for a brain aneurysm the day after Christmas. He only played one show with the group before […]

Week in preview April 18-24, 2014

Fairfield 2 p.m. Saturday Feral Moon Band Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road. 428-6997. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Delbert Bump Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday National Jelly Bean Day One Jelly Belly Lane. 428-2838. 6 p.m. Thursday Syria T Berry Mankas Steakhouse, 2522 Mankas Corner Road. 425-3207. […]

Aw, geez, ‘Fargo’ is on TV with Billy Bob Thornton

NEW YORK — After failed attempts and broken dreams, by golly, someone went and put “Fargo” on series TV. The 10-episode season, which premiered at 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX, mesmerizes. As a furtherance of the 1996 crime classic by Joel and Ethan Coen that starred Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi, the […]

Angels beat A’s 5-4 on Iannetta’s HR in 12th

ANAHEIM — Chris Iannetta homered with two outs in the 12th inning against Drew Pomeranz, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Angels on Wednesday night. Pomeranz (1-1) retired David Freese on a grounder to second base and Raul Ibanez on a foul pop to the catcher before Iannetta drove the […]

Vacaville’s Peralta to wrestle at San Francisco State

VACAVILLE — All of Gionn Peralta’s work on the mat has paid off. The Vacaville High senior signed a letter of intent to join the wrestling team at San Francisco State University, according to a press release from the school, Wednesday. Peralta won’t be completely alone. Gators head coach Lars Jensen is the brother of […]

Crawford’s 41 points leads Warriors over Nuggets

DENVER — Fresh legs beat fatigue. Jordan Crawford scored a career-high 41 points and Harrison Barnes added 30 as a squad of Golden State backups beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 116-112 Wednesday night. “The guys did what they had to do to get the win, which is not easy on a night where some people […]

MEL, SCAC tangle in hoops all-star games

FAIRFIELD — Former foes join forces when the boys and girls basketball all-stars from the Monticello Empire League and Solano County Athletic Conference square off, Thursday. The annual MEL-SCAC all-star games are at Fairfield High’s Ronald D. Thompson Gymnasium, the girls playing at 6 p.m., the boys at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the game benefit […]

Sharks take goalie questions into rematch vs Kings

SAN JOSE — For more than a decade there have been no questions about who will start in goal for the San Jose Sharks come playoff time. Whether it was Evgeni Nabokov or Antti Niemi, the Sharks have had a clear-cut No. 1 goalie and stuck with him through good and bad. That could change […]

Indians shut out Mustangs

FAIRFIELD — There wasn’t a tie this time around. The last time the Armijo and Rodriguez high girls soccer teams played March 20, the game wound up in a 1-1 tie. This time around, the Indians shut out the Mustangs in a 3-0 Monticello Empire League victory at Ed Hopkins Memorial Stadium, Tuesday. Each goal […]

Cal hires Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin as coach

BERKELEY — A more relaxed fan base, milder weather and a chance to coach at the top-rated public university in the country added up to Cuonzo Martin making the decision to leave Tennessee for California. Cal hired Martin as the 16th men’s basketball coach in school history Tuesday, a decision that stunned Volunteers administrators and players […]

Warriors trying to move on without Andrew Bogut

OAKLAND — Go small or go home. That might as well be the new mantra for the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs. With center Andrew Bogut out for the foreseeable future with a fractured right rib, the Warriors are searching for a way to replace their best interior defender in a rotation that already lacks […]

Sharks’ Torres uncertain for playoff opener

SAN JOSE — Raffi Torres is making progress but it’s still unclear whether he’ll play for the San Jose Sharks in their playoff opener Thursday night against the Los Angeles Kings. Torres missed all but five games during the regular season after undergoing surgery on Sept. 26 to repair a torn ligament in his right […]

The Week Ahead: MEL, SCAC hoops all-stars meet

FAIRFIELD — Nothing says spring like . . . high school basketball. Winter finally makes its farewell when the Monticello Empire League and Solano County Athletic Conference hold their annual girls and boys basketball all-star games. The contests are scheduled for Thursday at Fairfield’s Ronald D. Thompson Gymnasium, the girls playing at 6 p.m., the […]

Curry has 47, but Warriors fall 119-117 to Blazers in overtime

PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, including the go-ahead jumper in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Warriors 119-117 despite a season-high 47 points from Golden State’s Stephen Curry. Aldridge’s jumper with 39.9 seconds to go gave the Blazers a 118-117 lead. Damian Lillard added a free throw for Portland before […]

Giants beat Rockies in 10 innings on Crawford’s HR into Bay

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Crawford’s first splash hit came at a most opportune time. Crawford led off the 10th inning with a game-ending drive into McCovey Cove to give the San Francisco Giants a 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. “It feels good,” he said. “I wanted to hit one in there for […]

Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta

AUGUSTA, Ga. — One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson. All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket. Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his […]

Harvick survives shootout for 1st Darlington win

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kevin Harvick capped his biggest weekend at Darlington Raceway with his first Southern 500 victory Saturday night, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr. two laps from the end of the longest race in the track’s 65-year NASCAR history. Harvick earned his first pole here Friday night and had the most dominant car. But he […]

Giants shut out, waste Cain’s best outing so far

SAN FRANCISCO — A momentary lack of focus turned out to be just enough to wipe out Matt Cain’s best outing of the year and keep the former Giants ace winless in three starts. It’s been that type of season already for the San Francisco right-hander, who had little margin for error on a day […]

Watson, Spieth tied for lead at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga.  — Even without golf’s biggest star, this suddenly is shaping up as a Masters for the ages. Jordan Spieth, playing a brand of big-time golf that belies his 20 years, kept his cool amid the chaos of Saturday at Augusta National. He was too busy trying to handle a lightning-fast golf course to […]

Chase Elliott continues wowing NASCAR

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Chase Elliott isn’t really sure what he has accomplished the last two weeks in becoming the youngest Nationwide driver with multiple victories. Elliott acknowledged he was still in shock over his first series win at Texas Motor Speedway when he doubled up at Darlington Raceway, coming from back in the pack the […]

Sharks beat Avalanche 5-1

SAN JOSE — Marty Havlat scored three goals for the first time in nearly nine years, and the San Jose Sharks prevented Colorado from clinching the Central Division title with a 5-1 victory over the Avalanche on Friday night. Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau also scored, and Alex Stalock made 32 saves for the Sharks, […]