Tuesday, July 29, 2014

McGloin buried on Raiders depth chart again

NAPA — Not a lot has changed in the year since Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent. He’s still buried on Oakland’s depth chart, still spending most of his time in practice waiting for the occasional rep or two with the offense. The only difference might be in McGloin’s expectations. […]

Giants lose in Peavy’s debut, swept by Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants pinned their hopes on Jake Peavy to provide new life to a beat-up rotation and a lineup searching for a lift. It was a disappointing debut for the right-hander a day after being traded by the Boston Red Sox, and he dropped his 10th straight decision in a 4-3 defeat […]

Lawrence Okoye preparing for the NFL

SANTA CLARA — Lawrence Okoye speaks as if he is hoping to win a contest for the Oxford University debate team. That very well may be next on his list of things to accomplish. The rugby player turned track and field athlete turned football player has been accepted to the prestigious English educational institution, where […]

Feeling hot but hopeful at Raiders training camp

The only thing that tempered the scorching temperatures at the Raiders training camp last Friday was the soul-cooling feeling of hope that appears this same time each year. While Raider fans having hope after spending years in NFL purgatory is a punchline to fans of other teams, we have genuine reasons to be at least cautiously optimistic. First, […]

It’s ‘Jeff Gordon Day’ at Indy for record 5th time

INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated […]

Kershaw throws 2-hitter as Dodgers beat Giants 5-0

SAN FRANCISCO — Clayton Kershaw pitched a two-hitter to win his ninth straight decision, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and an RBI and Juan Uribe had two hits and two RBIs to help the Dodgers move into first […]

Courtney, Brittany Force No. 1 qualifiers at NHRA Sonoma Nationals

SONOMA — Some things changed, some things stayed the same. The final rounds of qualifying for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway are in the books and two top spots in two classes stayed the same while two drivers drove their way to the top. The story of the John Force Racing team remained […]

Raiders have high hopes for rookie Khalil Mack

NAPA — Khalil Mack is entering the NFL with much more fanfare than he began his college career. The former two-star recruit who got his only scholarship offer from Buffalo coming out of high school, worked his way into a first-round pick this spring and is being compared to some of the best pass-rushing linebackers […]

49ers RB Kendall Hunter out with torn ACL

SANTA CLARA — Training camp is not even a week old and already the San Francisco 49ers’ depth at running back is about to be tested. The 49ers said Saturday that reliable backup Kendall Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Friday’s practice, ending his season before it began. Hunter started […]

Giants acquire righty Jake Peavy from Red Sox

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers. The 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner will start Sunday night’s series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants held a […]

Martin wins Stage 20; Nibali set to win Tour, with 2 Frenchmen on podium

PERIGUEUX, France — Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday. Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks to winning the last mountain stage on […]

Puig, Dodgers go triple-crazy, beat Giants 8-1

SAN FRANCISCO — Yasiel Puig was excited for his first start of the season in center field because it gave him more room to run and show off his unbelievable athleticism. Instead, Puig’s performance will be remembered for what he did with his bat and on the bases. Puig tied a franchise record with three […]

Forces strong during NHRA qualifying at Sonoma Raceway

SONOMA — The Forces were strong at Sonoma Raceway, Friday. Led by two provisional No. 1 qualifying spots and another No. 3, the John Force Racing team showed it would be the one to contend with this weekend during the NHRA Sonoma Nationals. First up was Courtney Force, who raced to the fastest time in […]

Fairfield Expos bats come alive in 13-2 win

FAIRFIELD — This time around, the Fairfield Expos American Legion baseball team was on the right side of the 10-run rule. After losing 14-4 the night before, the Expos, with the help of a six-run bottom of the second inning, defeated the Lodi Legion 13-2, ending the game in the seventh inning to advance in the […]

Raiders brimming with optimism at start of camp

NAPA — The start of training camp is a time for optimism all around the NFL — even for a team that has gone 11 straight seasons without a winning season. That was no different for the Oakland Raiders, who held their first training camp practice on Friday with the goal of ending the longest run […]

49ers ready to fill big void for injured Bowman

SANTA CLARA — Patrick Willis hollered at pal NaVorro Bowman a few days back to keep him in the mix, even if the star linebacker was a bystander as his teammates endured their Day 1 conditioning tests. Willis is so accustomed to running through drills right alongside Bowman that 49ers training camp seems a bit strange without […]

Big Chuckllz, fellow comics want to keep Fairfield laughing

FAIRFIELD — There are a few reasons Edward Gaines has taken on the stage moniker Big Chuckllz. His nickname is “Chucky.” He stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 446 pounds. His goal is to get lots of laughs on stage. Comics use the term “killing” to describe a successful routine. Gaines, who jokingly says his […]

Holly Stell ready for new adventure, plans Sunday concert

VACAVILLE — Holly Stell grew up in the spotlight. By the time she was a teen, she had sung three times for President George W. Bush and recorded a duet with Andrea Bocelli. She stayed in a Paris apartment while filming a PBS special and was featured on “Oprah” and “Entertainment Tonight.” Next month, Stell […]

Solano actors join forces for new single, ‘Groove Me’

FAIRFIELD — Ruben “Matai” Oriol-Rivera and Bobby Ellison, also known as “Bobby E.,” met as cast members of Solano College Theatre’s “Rent” about five years ago. That friendship recently expanded into the music studio as the pair worked together on Ellison’s new single, “Groove Me.” Oriol-Rivera provided the music and some rap vocals, Ellison did […]

Week in preview July 25-31, 2014

Fairfield 7 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Thursday “The Othello Project” Solano College, on lawn in front of theater, 4000 Suisun Valley Road. 864-7000, ext. 4693. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday “All Night Strut” Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2700 Dover Ave. 580-6514. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday Winterhawk Blues Band Winterhawk Winery, 4537 […]

Big innings fuels 16-1 Expos victory in Area 1 opener

FAIRFIELD — There was a one-rocket pyrotechnic display after the game, but the Fairfield Expos American Legion baseball team set off the real fireworks with a 13-run sixth inning. The monster frame propelled the Expos to a 16-1 victory over West Sacramento to open the Area 1 Tournament at Laurel Creek Park, Wednesday, a game […]

Cespedes hits 2 HRs, A’s hold off Astros 9-7

OAKLAND — Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night. The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth […]

Pence drives in 3, Giants beat Phillies 3-1

PHILADELPHIA — There are no secrets to Hunter Pence’s approach to hitting in crucial situations. His simple strategy worked again. Pence drove in all of San Francisco’s runs with a double in the ninth and Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the Giants to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. […]

Raiders start to arrive for start of camp

NAPA — Shortly after checking in a day before the Oakland Raiders begin training camp, Charles Woodson packed his family into a white SUV for a quick afternoon drive. It was a vastly different picture from 2004 when Woodson scoffed at the idea of showing up early for the preseason workouts. Ten years ago, the veteran […]

Tight end Vernon Davis arrives at 49ers training camp

SANTA CLARA — For anyone figuring Vernon Davis has some catching up to do during training camp, quarterback Colin Kaepernick has no concerns. The star tight end joined the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday after sitting out the offseason program and mandatory minicamp hoping for a new contract. “It feels great!” Davis said in a […]

Giants beat Phillies 9-6 in 14 innings

PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Crawford hit a bases-clearing double to break a 14th-inning stalemate and Tim Lincecum earned his first career save as the San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Tuesday night. Crawford snapped a 2-for-22 skid with his two-out hit off the wall in left-center field and finished with four RBIs. Buster […]

A’s agree to 10-year lease to stay in Oakland

OAKLAND — The Athletics have agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland, the team and city officials announced Tuesday. After reviewing several modifications made by the Oakland City Council last week, team owner Lew Wolff said he agreed to the terms of the lease to keep the team playing at the Oakland Coliseum. […]