Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vanden’s Orme strikes out 16, tosses no-hitter

AMERICAN CANYON — Standout freshman pitcher Dari Orme dominated in the circle for the Vanden High softball team, striking out 16 en route to a no-hitter, defeating American Canyon, 12-2 in Solano County Athletic Conference play, Tuesday. The Vikings (12-5, 5-1 SCAC) made four errors overall, and allowed the two runs in the bottom of the […]

Randle sets record, leads Stanford past ODU in NIT semis

NEW YORK — Chasson Randle came into the NIT semifinals 11 points away from setting Stanford’s all-time scoring record. The Cardinal needed much more than that from their senior star after blowing a 21-point first-half lead. Randle played through foul trouble to score 24 points Tuesday and carry Stanford past Old Dominion 67-60 with some big […]

Prep boys golf preview: All 4 city teams are young

FAIRFIELD — One thing can be said about this year’s prep boys golf teams: They are young. Only a handful of players on city teams this spring are seniors, making the future pretty bright for the four local schools. Here’s a look at this season’s prep boys golf teams: Rodriguez The Mustangs and coach Rodney […]

Short-handed Miami rallies to beat Temple 60-57 in NIT semis

NEW YORK — Sheldon McClellan scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, and short-handed Miami rallied to beat Temple 60-57 on Tuesday to reach the NIT championship game. Already without point guard Angel Rodriguez, the Hurricanes lost center Tonye Jekiri to injury early on and trailed by 11 late in the first […]

49ers re-sign Fairfield High graduate Desmond Bishop to 1-year deal

SANTA CLARA — The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed linebacker Desmond Bishop, a Fairfield High graduate, to a one-year contract. The team announced the deal Tuesday. Bishop joined the Niners last December and played two games. He had two tackles on special teams and one on defense. San Francisco had been seeking help at linebacker […]

Four No. 1 seeds in the women’s Final Four

The women’s Final Four will have a familiar feel to it with three of last year’s teams back in the national semifinals. UConn, Notre Dame and Maryland all return to the Final Four while South Carolina is making its first appearance. It’s the third time in the history of the Final Four that all four […]

UConn reaches 8th straight Final Four with win over Dayton

ALBANY, N.Y. — Getting to the Final Four never gets old for Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the national semifinals for an eighth straight season. “I love going to the Final Four. I don’t care how many […]

Grizzlies beat Kings 97-83 to end three-game skid

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mike Conley scored 18 points, Jeff Green added 16 and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped their three-game losing streak with a 97-83 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. The Grizzlies moved back into the second spot in the Western Conference playoff race by a half-game over the Houston Rockets, who lost […]

Cauley-Stein, Kaminsky, Okafor among Wooden Award finalists

LOS ANGELES — Willie Cauley-Stein of Kentucky, Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin and Jahlil Okafor of Duke are among the 10 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top college basketball player. The trio, who are all participating in this week’s Final Four, along with Jerian Grant of Notre Dame and D’Angelo Russell […]

Hendricks’ shutout streak ends, Cubs top Giants

MESA, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks gave up his first runs against big league batter this spring after extending his scoreless streak to 12 innings in an 8-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday. Hendricks, who went 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA as a rookie, didn’t allow a run in his […]

Lawrie hits 2 homers as A’s rout Rockies 11-2

MESA, Ariz. — Brett Lawrie had a pair of home runs and four RBIs, Drew Pomeranz pitched six scoreless innings and the Oakland Athletics routed the Colorado Rockies 11-2 Monday. Lawrie hit a solo homer in the sixth off Ryan Arrowood for a 6-0 lead and capped a five-run sixth with a three-run homer against […]

Montoya has swagger back, but also shows softer side

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There was a time when the edge to Juan Pablo Montoya was evident everywhere he went. His arrogance was on display as he walked through the paddock, his confidence in a race car clear with every fearless move he made. But when the success stopped, the great JPM was no longer […]

A year later than expected, Michigan St back in Final Four

DETROIT — Michigan State’s run to the Final Four came one season later than expected, and that’s part of the reason coach Tom Izzo is enjoying it so much. “Last year we were picked by the president and everyone else, and we didn’t get out of the Elite Eight,” Izzo said Monday. “It doesn’t matter […]

Connecticut governor: move ’16 Final Four unless law changes

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s governor and UConn’s athletic director are calling on the NCAA to consider moving next year’s Women’s Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana’s new religious-objections law. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other critics contend the law would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based […]

Raiders re-sign free agent defensive lineman C.J. Wilson

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agent defensive lineman C.J. Wilson. The team announced the deal Monday. Wilson joined Oakland last offseason and became a part of the team’s defensive line rotation. He started seven games and recorded 22 solo tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble. Wilson spent his first four seasons […]

2 Alabama players arrested in separate weekend cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It was a tough weekend for Alabama football with two Crimson Tide players arrested in separate cases over the weekend Defensive back Geno Smith and defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor are facing legal trouble again. Alabama coach Nick Saban is expected to address the media Monday evening after practice. Smith was arrested on […]

Falcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise

NEW YORK — The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league’s Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team’s use of fake noise at home games. In statement released Monday, the league announced that the Falcons have been fined $350,000 […]

Racial quotas controversy re-emerges in South African sport

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Did South Africa’s cricket team drop a white player and replace him with an injured black player for a World Cup semifinal match to make its lineup more racially acceptable? The question has revived an uncomfortable conversation over race and change in South African sport, where the two most successful […]

NFL suspends Browns GM for texting, team holds onto picks

CLEVELAND — The NFL sent a tough message to Browns general manager Ray Farmer for texting. However, the league didn’t delete any of Cleveland’s precious draft picks. Farmer has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 regular season for sending text messages to the sideline during games last season. The […]

Kaminsky, Okafor lead 2014-15 AP All-America team

Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor are as different as stories can be in college basketball. The two, however, have a lot in common — both are in the Final Four and both were the top selections on The Associated Press’ 2014-15 All-America team. Kaminsky, the 7-foot senior from Wisconsin, was a unanimous choice Monday. Okafor, […]

Ex-NASCAR driver gets jail after 3-state high-speed chase

SALT LAKE CITY — A former NASCAR driver who authorities say led police on a 150-mph chase through three states has been sentenced to 90 days in a Utah jail. Court records show Timothy Tyler Andrew Walker was sentenced Monday in St. George after pleading guilty to five charges stemming from the January 2013 chase […]

Nebraska, winner in 14 of last 15, at front of Big Ten surge

Nebraska’s three-game sweep of Texas this past weekend is the latest sign of Big Ten baseball’s increasing credibility at the national level. The Cornhuskers (21-7) have won 14 of their last 15 for their best stretch since 2008, and they were as high as No. 18 in the polls Monday. Illinois (19-6-1), as high as […]

McGraw appreciates Notre Dame women’s run more than ever

OKLAHOMA CITY — It would be easy to forgive Muffet McGraw if she started taking Final Four appearances for granted. After all, the Notre Dame women’s coach has become a regular of sorts on college basketball’s biggest stage — reaching her fifth straight Final Four with a 77-68 win over No. 2 seed Baylor on […]

Gonzaga’s great season ends in Elite Eight but more ahead

SPOKANE, Wash. — The question all season was whether this was the greatest team in the history of Gonzaga basketball. The answer after the Bulldogs finally broke through to the Elite Eight again but fell short of the Final Four again has to remain: Maybe. This season’s edition (35-3) won more games than any team […]

StubHub files lawsuit against Ticketmaster

NEW YORK — StubHub is suing Ticketmaster and the Golden State Warriors, alleging it unfairly required fans looking to resell tickets to use Ticketmaster’s resale exchange. The online ticket marketplace and division of San Jose, California-based eBay Inc. alleges that the organizations prevent fans from deciding how they want to resell tickets and artificially drive […]

Judge again rules Joe Paterno can’t sue for contract breach

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania judge has ruled again that the family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno can’t sue the NCAA and the university for breach of contract for their actions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Judge John Leete ruled Monday that an amended lawsuit filed by […]

Free agent linebacker Lance Briggs visiting with 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco 49ers were hosting free agent linebacker Lance Briggs at team headquarters Monday. Briggs’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the visit. The Niners are in need of linebackers following the surprising retirements this offseason of five-time All-Pro Patrick Willis and then Chris Borland following his standout rookie season. The 34-year-old Briggs […]

Fiancee says she discarded box at Aaron Hernandez’s request

FALL RIVER, Mass. — The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified in his murder trial Monday that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after the slaying but never looked inside before she dumped it in a random trash bin. But Shayanna Jenkins also said for […]

The Week Ahead: Spring break makes mess of schedules

FAIRFIELD — It only happens in the spring, a fortnight where some teams don’t play at all, some play sporadically and still others play right on through. It’s all because of different spring breaks in the various school districts and how the various sports decide to deal with them. It’s all part of week that’s interesting […]

Duke back in Final Four after 66-52 win over Gonzaga

HOUSTON — A special group of freshmen is taking Duke and Coach K back to the NCAA Final Four. The Blue Devils and their trio of freshmen starters are going to their 16th Final Four after a 66-52 win Sunday in the South Regional over Gonzaga. Justise Winslow, the freshman playing home in Houston, had 16 points, […]