Thursday, September 18, 2014

Rodriguez gets 1st MEL soccer win since return to league

VACAVILLE — Misael Caballero scored two goals and goalkeeper Jonathan Soto turned away a penalty kick as the Rodriguez High boys soccer team earned its first Monticello Empire League victory since returning to the league in 2012 by downing Wood 3-1, Wednesday. “We tied Napa last week so we have four points,” Mustangs coach Dale […]

Prep girls tennis preview: McDaniel looks to repeat, Mustangs to surprise

FAIRFIELD — Vanden High’s Kiwi McDaniel is looking to repeat as Solano County Athletic Conference girls tennis singles champion, but three-time Monticello Empire League winner is facing an uphill battle. Rodriguez has already knocked off the Indians and is in search of its first MEL crown. Here’s a look at each of the city teams: […]

Giants snap tie in 9th, beat Arizona to narrow gap in West to 2

PHOENIX — Someone had been to the costume shop, and Matt Duffy was about to put on faux leather boots, chaps and a pink cowboy hat to complete his travel ensemble. The annual ritual of making rookies wear unflattering outfits on one of the last road trips of the season was underway in the Giants’ clubhouse, but […]

49ers’ Kaepernick fined for inappropriate language

SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick said Wednesday he has been fined more than $11,000 by the NFL and he will appeal the penalty for what an official called “inappropriate language” by the 49ers quarterback following a fourth-quarter interception in Sunday’s 28-20 loss to the Bears. Kaepernick reiterated that he did nothing wrong when he and Chicago defensive end […]

Kazmir, sloppy Athletics lose 6-3 to Rangers

OAKLAND — Scott Kazmir allowed a two-run homer to Jake Smolinski, and shortstop Jed Lowrie made an error that led to a pair of unearned runs as the Oakland Athletics lost 6-3 to the last-place Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. After strengthening their AL wild-card lead by beating Seattle in the final two games of a weekend series, the […]

Armijo volleyball team falls to Vintage

FAIRFIELD — The Armijo High volleyball team dropped a 25-8, 25-18, 25-17 decision to Vintage in the Monticello Empire League opener for both teams at E. Gary Vaughn Gymnasium, Tuesday. Nicole Reyes had four kills and seven digs for the Indians (1-4, 0-1 MEL), while Brandi Martin had three kills, three digs and two blocks. […]

Peavy, Posey help Giants gain ground in NL West

PHOENIX — Jake Peavy had another strong outing, Buster Posey homered and the San Francisco Giantsgained a game in the NL West race with a 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. The victory, combined with the Dodgers’ 10-4 loss at Colorado, left the Giants three games behind first-place Los Angeles with 11 to play. San […]

Prep volleyball preview: Big goals for city teams

FAIRFIELD — City high school volleyball teams have goals big and small for the 2014, but they’re aimed at the same target: winning. Rodriguez and Vanden reached the quarterfinals in their respective Sac-Joaquin Section divisions in 2013. They both want to go farther and also contend for their league championships. Fairfield is looking to be […]

Raiders games are like live reruns

  “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” (“the more things change, the more they stay the same”)—French writer Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr “Meet the new boss…same as the old boss.”—British rockers The Who “Déjà vu.”—Matrix savior Neo “Please God, not again! I can’t take it!”—Fairfield Raider fanalist Tony Wade at the Raiders/Texans game Sunday […]

The Week Ahead: Vikings hosts Benicia in key SCAC soccer match

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High boys soccer team won the first league championship in program history a year ago and faces its first tough test in repeating that feat on Monday. The Vikings host perennial power Benicia in a key Solano County Athletic Conference game. It’s all part of a busy week. Monday In other […]

Jay Cutler rallies Bears past 49ers in fourth

SANTA CLARA — Down big, Jay Cutler kept his poise on the road while Colin Kaepernick struggled in prime time. Cutler passed for three fourth-quarter touchdowns after much of Chicago’s starting defense went down, and the Bears beat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20 Sunday night to spoil their Levi’s Stadium debut. “We just kept plugging, we knew […]

Raiders embarrassed after 30-14 loss to Texans

OAKLAND — Two long drives right down the field to open the game. Four turnovers, including a bizarre, two-fumble play destined to end up on a bloopers reel. The home opener for the Oakland Raiders had an all-too-familiar feel to the frustrated fans who have waited 11 seasons for a winning team. Derek Carr threw a pair […]

Homers from Moss, Fuld lead A’s past Seattle 4-0

SEATTLE — Jon Lester could not find his command. There was no one pitch he could lean on or one side of the plate he could hit with any consistency. And still the Oakland lefty managed to throw six shutout innings on Sunday and help the Athletics extend their lead in the AL wild-card race. “These games sometimes mean […]

Giants lose 4-2 to Dodgers, fall 3 back in NL West

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has seen his team surge to baseball’s best record, endure a summer-long skid and rally back into playoff contention, so he refuses to count his club out now. But three games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers with 13 to play, the Giants will have to pull off another surprising run […]

Solano volleyball preview: Falcons look to repeat as BVC champs

ROCKVILLE — Like an oldies radio station, the Solano Community College volleyball team is in the middle of playing the classics. Before defending their 2013 Bay Valley Conference title, the Falcons will take part in five preseason tournaments. The “classics” will be played in Oakland, Sacramento and Pleasant Hill as well as two in town, […]

Rodney walks in run in 10th to give A’s 3-2 win

SEATTLE — Jed Lowrie drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 10th inning to force in the tiebreaking run and lift the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. Mariners reliever Fernando Rodney (1-6) came on in the 10th and walked Coco Crisp to open the inning. After Crisp advanced […]

Greinke pitches, hits Dodgers past Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Greinke pitched six scoreless innings and hit his fourth career home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers romped past the San Francisco Giants 17-0 on Saturday night to build on their lead in the NL West. One day after being held to three hits in a 9-0 loss, the Dodgers doubled […]

49ers look for win against Bears in Levi’s opener

SANTA CLARA — If somewhat unknown before as a backup, Colin Kaepernick’s breakout performance against the Chicago Bears two years ago helped make him a star. The San Francisco 49ers turned what had been hyped as an NFC showdown into a rout on the primetime stage at Candlestick Park, and Kaepernick played a huge role. He can […]

Raiders’ Carr to make home debut vs. familiar foe

OAKLAND — Derek Carr has followed the Houston Texans closely since their start as an NFL franchise. Carr’s big brother, David, was the first Texans draft pick back in 2002, and the younger Carr spent much of the first five years of the franchise hanging around the team. He went to the games and practices, […]

Bumgarner wins 5th in row, Giants rout Dodgers 9-0

SAN FRANCISCO  — Madison Bumgarner pitched himself into the San Francisco record book, took a share of the major league lead for wins and, most important to the soft-spoken southpaw, moved his team one step closer in an NL West race that could go down to the wire. Bumgarner struck out eight on the way […]

Late TD lifts Vanden past Rancho Cotate, 33-28

FAIRFIELD — Nothing like a little excitement on an evening of celebration. Jake LaGrand caught a leaping 6-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jadon Brisendine with 36 seconds to play to lift the Vanden High football team to a 33-28 win over Rancho Cotate of Rohnert Park at George A. Gammon Field on a night the […]

Mustangs suffer forgettable 13-8 loss to Titans

HERCULES — The Rodriguez High football team may not remember the Hercules Titans, but they’ll have a hard time forgetting a very winnable game that got away. The Mustangs intercepted four passes – one than Hercules completed to its own receivers – but fumbled seven times, lost three and never got going in a 13-8 nonleague […]

Alhambra offense smothers Armijo in defeat

MARTINEZ — Armijo High had a hard time finding a solution to its Mark Azevedo problem Friday night at Alhambra High’s Knowles Field. The result was a 55-13 loss. The Bulldogs quarterback threw for 356 yards and four touchdowns on 18-for-32 passing. He also chipped in 46 yards rushing on nine carries, with three totes […]

Falcons struggle in shutout loss

WOODLAND — The good news for the Fairfield High football team is that there are eight games left in the regular season. The bad news? Where to begin? Pioneer High came in like a wrecking ball against the Falcons on Friday, rushing for 346 yards in a 38-0 nonleague rout. One Patriot in particular was the lead wrecking […]

Comic strives to rid world of ISIS, a joke at a time

FAIRFIELD — Comic Jeff Applebaum has the pulse on his upcoming show in Vallejo. When asked about the gig, he quickly answered, “It’s a comedy show. We are going to have funny people there.” Applebaum is one of those funny people. Joining him Sept. 19 is a hand-picked supporting cast of fellow comics that includes Joe […]

Con Funk Shun primed for Funk Fest foray

VACAVILLE — Almost four decades later, Michael Cooper recalls the day he knew things were going to go his way musically. He was driving a burnt orange Toyota Celica when his band’s song, “Ffun,” came on the radio. “I was a little starstruck Justin Bieber,” he said. Cooper, and Con Funk Shun, will bring that […]

New venue, host for annual Artys

FAIRFIELD — The 30th annual Artys are a first and last for Solano Community College. The Sunday gala will mark the first time the theater has hosted the awards. It will be the last in the theater as it appears now. The building is set to undergo a major renovation. “It would be neat to hold […]

Week in preview Sept. 12-18, 2014

Fairfield 2 p.m. Saturday Solano County Library Foundation anniversary Wooden Valley Winery, 4756 Suisun Valley Road. 421-9075. 6:30 p.m. Saturday 2nd Planet Sticky Rice Chinese Bar & Bistro, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 6 p.m. Sunday Artys Solano Community College Theatre, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. 7 p.m. Sunday Summer Band camp students […]

Baseball Notebook: Seasons end for most area players

Andrew Aplin struggled down the stretch, but still had a solid third season in the Houston Astros organization, making it all the way to Oklahoma City of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 2014. The Vanden High graduate batted .222 the final week, .207 over his last 10 games to finish with a .260 average […]

Giants blank Diamondbacks 5-0 on combined 2-hitter

SAN FRANCISCO — Four pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout and Gregor Blanco had an RBI double as part of a four-run seventh inning that sent the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night. Hunter Pence drew a leadoff walk from Arizona reliever Oliver Perez (3-4) to jump-start the Giants offense. Blanco […]