Friday, December 26, 2014

Suns outlast Kings 115-106 for 5th straight win

SACRAMENTO — Isaiah Thomas heard a sound he had never heard before in Sacramento during one of his hot-shooting spurts in the fourth quarter: silence, then a few light boos. It was just the kind of welcome he had hoped for in his return. Thomas keyed the decisive run against his former team, and the […]

Anthony Davis, Roman meet over tweet

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis is fairly outspoken. Still, he had little to say about his tweet that challenged his offensive coordinator’s choices this year. Davis and Greg Roman met Friday at the coach’s request. “No issue, no emotion,” Davis said. “I respect him as a man.” Davis, who missed nine games for […]

Cleveland reaches 50 years of sports futility

CLEVELAND — For this golden anniversary, there won’t be any gifts exchanged or champagne-sipping celebrations. There’s no reason to party or toast these 50 years, a half-century of sports suffering and failure best forgotten. This Saturday will mark the 50th anniversary of Cleveland’s last pro sports championship when the Browns beat the heavily favored Baltimore […]

Games to Remember from 2014

They kept us on the edge of our seats and brought us to our feet. They sent us into joyful celebration or left us in anguished disbelief. When we look back at 2014, these are some of the games — not to mention stock car races, tennis finals and golf rounds — we’ll remember the […]

Rear ends, reunions define 2014 in music

As we move farther from the monoculture of back in the day, it’s difficult to pin down an entire year of music to a single narrative. The year 2014 wasn’t the year punk exploded or that grunge broke into the mainstream. It’s hard to imagine we’ll ever distill an entire year down in that way […]

Word of Mouth ready to ring in 2015 at Dimitri’s

SUISUN CITY — Word of Mouth hopes to get people talking after their New Year’s Eve gig at Dimitri’s. The six-piece band came together earlier this year when brothers Steve Landaker Jr. and Guillermo Landaker wanted to form a band with their father, Steve Landaker Sr. Dad plays the guitar. Steve Landaker Jr. handles the […]

Week in Preview Dec. 26, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2015

Fairfield 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday Bev Orlando Memorial Creche Exhibit Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 2700 Dover Ave. 422-7767. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday “Into the Woods” Fairfield Center for Creative Arts, 1035 Texas St. Benicia 8 p.m. Friday Ken Cooper First Street Cafe, 440 […]

Solano’s 2014 art scene: A year in review

FAIRFIELD — The arts continued to play a vital role in Solano County in 2014. Fairfield and Benicia both hosted inaugural film festivals. The three-day event in Benicia featured about 10 flicks, including “The Invisible War,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013. The story centered on rape in the military. John Beck, […]

Get your blues on – for a musical cause

VACAVILLE — The Used Blues Band and Vinyl Ride are teaming up for Rockin’ Blue Year’s Eve on Dec. 31. Proceeds benefit the West Coast Blues Society’s Blues in the Schools Program. The program brings accomplished musicians and their instruments to local schools, teaching students through discussions, musical performances and interactive activities such as songwriting. […]

Domestic violence at forefront of NFL in 2014

The video of the hit to the face, the pictures of the lash marks on a young boy’s body and all the rest of the unseemly evidence rolled out over days and weeks in a steady, stomach-churning stream. With virtually every revelation about domestic abuse committed by Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players, the […]

2014 DR All-Region Football Team: Wildcats run wild

FAIRFIELD — Eye-popping stats are a good way to be recognized and that applies to those receiving top honors for the 2014 Daily Republic All-Region football team. Will C. Wood High had a quarterback-receiver combo rewrite the school’s record book, while Vanden had a player average 1 1/2 sacks per game. Here’s a look at this […]

Rodriguez’s Rankin named 2014 DR Coach of the Year

FAIRFIELD — It was the best season in school history, and head coach Nate Rankin was behind the wheel the whole way. He led the Rodriguez High boys basketball team to a school record 27 wins – against just four losses – and has been named the 2014 Daily Republic Coach of the Year. Rankin […]

Lakers stun Warriors 115-105 without Kobe

LOS ANGELES — Carlos Boozer scored 18 points in his new role off the bench, and the Los Angeles Lakers shocked the league-leading Golden State Warriors 115-105 on Tuesday night without Kobe Bryant. The NBA’s No. 3 career scorer sat out for the first time this season to rest his tired legs, a decision made by coach […]

Peavy and Giants finalize $24 million, 2-year contract

SAN FRANCISCO — Jake Peavy had no problem being patient as the San Francisco Giants pursued re-signing Pablo Sandoval and went after Jon Lester. Peavy knew where he wanted to be. Anyway, he needed a bit of downtime to recharge and discuss his options with family after the thrill of winning another championship and to get a feel […]

Gore hopes to stay with 49ers beyond this season

SANTA CLARA — For weeks, Frank Gore has been pondering the reality he could be playing his final game with San Francisco on Sunday. He briefly became quiet Tuesday just talking about it, saying he would like nothing more than to return to the4 9ers next season, his only team as a pro. Especially after the way […]

Mack makes big impact as rookie with Raiders

ALAMEDA — Fifteen years of wasted or traded away first-round draft picks have laid the foundation for a dismal decade for the Oakland Raiders. From busts such as JaMarcus Russell to reaches such as Darrius Heyward-Bey, mistakes on draft day led directly to losses on the field as the Raiders have gone 12 straight years without a winning […]

Thompson, Curry help Warriors whip Kings, 128-108

OAKLAND — Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 12 points and 11 assists, and the Golden State Warriors eased past the Sacramento Kings 128-108 on Monday night. Festus Ezeli scored a career-high 15 points to go with six rebounds in place of injured center Andrew Bogut, helping the Warriors hold a big lead […]

Bengals beat Broncos 37-28 to reach playoffs

CINCINNATI — With everything on the line, the Bengals picked off Peyton Manning — twice, no less — and ran back into the playoffs. Dre Kirkpatrick returned Manning’s third interception for a touchdown in the closing minutes Monday night, completing a fourth-quarter rally that gave Cincinnati a 37-28 victory over the Denver Broncos and a […]

Arians says he’s leaning to starting QB Thomas against 49ers

TEMPE, Ariz. — In the wake of Arizona’s most one-sided loss in Bruce Arians time there, the coach says he’s leaning toward starting rookie quarterback Logan Thomas in the regular-season finale. “We need to find out what he can do for the future and the playoffs, if it were to come to that,” Arians said […]

Temple stuns No. 10 Kansas with 77-52 blowout

PHILADELPHIA — As he tried to recall some of the game’s most pivotal plays, Fran Dunphy called one shot “impossible” and shook his head in disbelief when recalling two others that somehow banked in. Temple’s coach was as surprised as anyone by just how thoroughly his team dominated No. 10 Kansas. Led by 19 points […]

Bonnie Samuelson lifts No. 16 Stanford past UC Davis 71-59

STANFORD — Bonnie Samuelson scored a career-high 30 points and No. 16 Stanford turned back UC Davis 71-59 on Monday to end a two-game losing streak that saw the Cardinal drop out of the top 10 for the first time since Jan. 16, 2009. Samuelson hit 8 of 13 shots, including 6 of 10 3-pointers, […]

Raiders haven’t been good on the road since 2011

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders salvaged a little something from this season by winning their final three home games. Yet they’ve remained one of the NFL’s worst road teams since 2011 and are down to their final shot at rectifying that problem this year. It’s something interim coach Tony Sparano has wrestled with all season. […]

No. 6 Wisconsin beats California 68-56

BERKELEY — Nigel Hayes had 17 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 6 Wisconsin returned from a nine-day break to beat California 68-56 on Monday night. Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky added 14 points apiece in the first game for the Badgers (11-1) since beating Nicholls State 86-43 on Dec. 13. Tyrone Wallace scored 17 […]

Giants second baseman Scutaro has back surgery

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro underwent back surgery that could end his career. Giants general manager Brian Sabean announced during a conference call Monday that Scutaro had the fusion procedure performed by Dr. Michael Wang in Miami on Friday to alleviate the troublesome area at level L-2/L-3 of his spine. […]

Records detail allegations against Ray McDonald

SAN FRANCISCO — A woman alleges former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her after a night of drinking and after she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool, according to court documents unsealed Monday. The woman told authorities she has no memory of the sexual encounter that occurred […]

Dodgers to pay Padres $18M of $32M next year in Kemp trade

NEW YORK — The Los Angeles Dodgers owe the Padres $18 million next year as part of the $32 million they agreed to pay in last week’s trade that sent outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego. Los Angeles will give San Diego six $3 million installments in 2015, payable on the first of each month […]

Harbaugh won’t speculate about what’s next for him

SANTA CLARA — Jim Harbaugh has kept quiet about the speculation surrounding his future for nearly a year. So he has no plans to participate now as he begins what could be his final week coaching the San Francisco 49ers. He wouldn’t say whether 49ers executives had come to him to let him know if […]

Hernandez trial in January to take 6 to 10 weeks

FALL RIVER, Mass. — The murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is expected to take six to 10 weeks, prosecutors said Monday. Hernandez was in Bristol County Superior Court for one of his final hearings before his January trial in the 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an […]

The ins and outs of the playoff races

With five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule’s final week has been removed. Think again. All nine of the teams already qualified for the Super Bowl chase have something to play for on Sunday. Start with the […]

Florida State’s Fisher relieved after Winston ruling

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says there’s a sense of relief after quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of any student code of conduct violations. A two-day hearing was held this month to determine whether the 2013 Heisman winner violated sections of the conduct code— two for sexual misconduct, two for endangerment. Former […]