Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rose’s shot lifts Bulls over Warriors 113-111 in overtime

OAKLAND — Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Chicago Bulls ended Golden State’s franchise-record 19-game home winning streak with a thrilling 113-111 victory over the Warriors on Tuesday night. Rose dribbled to his left and created space to get the shot off over Klay Thompson, skipping around […]

Local Report: Armijo boys roll past Napa 69-41

FAIRFIELD — Jordan Allen poured in 17 points and Armijo High boys basketball team jumped to a 23-7 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 69-41 Monticello Empire League victory over Napa, Tuesday. Victor Caldwell added 12 points and D’Mario Johnson 10 for the Indians (7-9, 3-1 MEL). Napa won the JV game […]

Falcon boys drop 69-61 SCAC loss to Bethel

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield High boys basketball team’s struggles continued as the Falcons fell 69-61 to Bethel at Ronald D. Thompson Gymnasium, Tuesday. The Solano County Athletic Conference loss makes Fairfield 1-3 in the league, while dropping to .500 (10-10) on the season. “We’re just trying to figure it out,” Falcons coach Eddie Wilson said. […]

SCC baseball team opens season with 4-1 win over West Valley

ROCKVILLE — It came down to pitching and which team made the most mistakes and West Valley flinched. Solano Community College pitchers Dylan Dumapay and Dustin Labit combined to scatter eight hits over eight innings and SCC took advantage of some errors late to open its 2015 baseball campaign with a 4-1 win over West […]

SCC baseball preview: Young Falcons look to soar in 2015

ROCKVILLE — With only a few returners this season, the Solano Community College baseball team and coach Scott Stover are going to rely on some freshman to help the team along this season. Shortstop Alvaro Rubalcaba is the only returning regular starter for the Falcons, with a couple other sophomores stepping into this season’s starting […]

Lynch at Media Day: ‘I’m here so I don’t get fined’

PHOENIX — Marshawn Lynch smiled politely, waved at the crowd and answered every question the same. “I’m here so I don’t get fined,” the Seattle Seahawks’ star running back constantly repeated for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day on Tuesday. It’s not clear if his plan will work. About 200 reporters crowded […]

Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them. On the women’s side, second-seeded Maria Sharapova, who beat Eugenie Bouchard on Tuesday, and Ekaterina Makarova are still around and will play an all-Russian semifinal. Nadal’s lack of match […]

Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

PHOENIX — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players and coaches are window dressing, and it’s really more about who’s asking the questions. There was Barrel […]

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

PHOENIX — Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of players from both sides Tuesday, but Kraft’s protesting how his franchise is being portrayed seemed to provide […]

Manfred knows he’ll get hit as commish _ his name is on ball

NEW YORK — Rob Manfred knows he’ll get pounded now that he’s baseball commissioner — his name is printed in blue script on the sweet spot between the seams of every big league ball. “Probably good if I get hit hard,” he said, smiling and laughing. “A little more offense. We don’t have to deal […]

Snow forces NBA to postpone Knicks, Nets games against Kings, Blazers

NEW YORK — The NBA has postponed home games for both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets because of a snowstorm expected to batter the area. The Knicks were to have hosted the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at the same time the Nets were scheduled to face the Portland Trail Blazers. Sacramento will instead return to Madison […]

NASCAR to leave championship format unchanged in 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR won’t change its new championship format, which chairman Brian France said Monday is “overwhelmingly popular” with fans. The Chase was revamped last year into an elimination-style system that created a winner-take-all final race among four drivers. Kevin Harvick won the season finale at Homestead in November to claim his first Sprint Cup title. […]

Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

EL SEGUNDO — Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Bryant’s surgery Monday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans. The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott […]

Tim Brown hopes 6th time is charm in Hall of Fame vote

ALAMEDA — After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed get that coveted Pro Football Hall of Fame call the past two years, Tim Brown hopes it’s finally time for his number to be called. Brown is a finalist for a sixth straight year since first becoming eligible in 2010 and only has one […]

Raiders sign Charles Woodson for 2015 season

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL. The team announced the contract by releasing a picture on Twitter of Woodson signing the deal next to Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown. Woodson was […]

Rams notify St. Louis they’ll go year-to-year on dome lease

ST. LOUIS — The Rams took a step toward lame-duck status in St. Louis and a possible move back to the West Coast, notifying the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission on Monday that they intend to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for their use of the Edward Jones Dome. The CVC, which operates the […]

Hard Rock (again) dips toe into Atlantic City casino market

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Florida’s Seminole Indians are renewing their torturous debate about entering Atlantic City’s gambling market. The tribe, which owns the Hard Rock brand, has long played the role of Hamlet, wrestling for years with the question of whether to be (or not to be) in the city. The New Jersey Casino Control […]

Gamecocks still No. 1; Chattanooga joins women’s hoops poll

Jim Foster has become the first coach to lead four schools into The Associated Press women’s poll, with Chattanooga entering the rankings at No. 25 on Monday. Foster guided Saint Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Ohio State to the rankings before coming to Chattanooga in 2013. It’s the Mocs first appearance in the poll since 1984 when […]

Scott Dixon shines in masterful final drive in Rolex win

Scott Dixon’s teammates spent the final three hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona raving about his talent while watching him seal a victory in one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world. The three-time IndyCar champion would take none of the credit. Dixon, who carried the heaviest load for Chip Ganassi Racing’s […]

LeBron, Cavs climb in standings, back in title conversation

CLEVELAND — LeBron James sat in his corner cubicle with a towel wrapped around his waist and a look of satisfaction on his face that had been missing for weeks. His body, recovered from a two-week break, has refreshed the way he hoped. So has his team after two trades improving Cleveland at both ends […]

Capitals among East contenders; West race too tight to call

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Ovechkin’s familiar gap-toothed grin has returned with the Washington Capitals in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Hardly anyone’s smiling in the West, where the standings are far more convoluted heading into the post-All-Star break of the NHL schedule, which opens with 11 games Tuesday. “It’s hard,” St. Louis […]

Playoff not interested in moving semis of New Year’s Eve

The College Football Playoff says there is no interest in ESPN’s suggestion to move next season’s semifinals from New Year’s Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2. The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff officials about switching the dates for the 2016 semifinals. College Football Playoff executive director Bill […]

Fireworks help celebrate Venus Williams’ Australian Open run

MELBOURNE, Australia — Fireworks lit up the sky above Rod Laver Arena the moment Venus Williams completed her fourth-round win at the Australian Open on Monday night. It’s been that kind of tournament so far for the 34-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam winner. Williams advanced to her first quarterfinal in a major since Wimbledon in 2010 […]

US women to host New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea

CHICAGO — The U.S. will host exhibition games against New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico and South Korea to prepare for the Women’s World Cup. The Americans said Monday that will play New Zealand on April 4 in St. Louis. They meet Ireland on May 10 at San Jose, California; face Mexico on May 17 at Carson, […]

NBA D-League All-Star events set for Feb. 15 in Brooklyn

NEW YORK — The NBA Development League All-Star game will be held Feb. 15 in Brooklyn, with 3-point and slam dunk contests also scheduled. The game will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, a few hours before the NBA’s All-Star game takes place at Madison Square Garden. Before its 20 All-Stars take the court, […]

AP Source: Los Angeles Kings release Mike Richards

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings released Mike Richards on Monday, finally shaking up their relationship with the veteran center who has lost his scoring touch. A person familiar with the move informed The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the Kings had not announced the decision. If the Kings can’t […]

Hope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster

Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year’s Women’s World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counseling. The 33-year-old was suspended for 30 days last Wednesday for what the U.S. Soccer Federation called “an […]

The Week Ahead: Plenty of action close to home

FAIRFIELD — Home, sweet home could easily be the theme for the week ahead. The Solano Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams both have two home games, three of the four city high school wrestling teams have home matches, the city boys and girls basketball teams have crosstown rivalry games and the week ends […]

Serena Williams to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams avenged her heaviest Grand Slam defeat with a comeback 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals. The top-ranked Williams was pushed all the way by No. 24-seeded Muguruza, who matched her in the heavy-hitting rallies, and who conceded only four games to her in […]

Watt gets 2 turnovers, dances in friendly Pro Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback and there were no bone-jarring hits in the gentle, friendly version of football played at the Pro Bowl Sunday. Even in a game dominated by offense, J.J. Watt was the star. The Texans defensive end intercepted pass, recovered a fumble and led the […]