Tuesday, March 3, 2015

NASCAR falls flat in follow-up to Daytona 500

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin’s motorhome. Qualifying was a debacle for the second week in a row, rain delayed the start of Sunday’s […]

Mayweather and Pacquiao to meet only once before fight week

The fight is so big, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. won’t be spending much time promoting it. The two boxers will get together March 11 in Los Angeles for the only press conference before the week of the fight, organizers said Monday. They won’t meet again until the final press conference at the MGM […]

Michael Schumacher’s son to drive in Formula 4

FRANKFURT, Germany — Michael Schumacher’s 15-year-old son Mick has outgrown kart racing and is moving up to Formula 4, a series for young talents. The young Schumacher has signed a contract with Van Amersfoort Racing to drive in the Formula 4. “We have watched his skills in test driving and are looking forward to a […]

UConn still No. 1 in women’s basketball poll

UConn stays No. 1 in The Associated Press poll for another week after two more routs. The Huskies blew out Tulane and Memphis by an average of 55 points. They visit South Florida on Monday night to close out the regular season. Notre Dame, South Carolina, Maryland and Tennessee round out the first five. The […]

Kurt Busch to follow guidelines toward NASCAR reinstatement

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kurt Busch has agreed to follow NASCAR’s recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement. The 2004 champion was indefinitely suspended Feb. 20 after a Delaware judge said he believed Busch likely committed an act of domestic violence against a former girlfriend and there was a “substantial likelihood” of him doing it […]

Harrington wins the Honda Classic in a playoff

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Whether he was piling up majors or playing so poorly that he lost his PGA Tour card, Padraig Harrington never wavered from one goal in golf. Just get him anywhere near the lead with nine holes to play, and he would happily take his chances. His caddie, Ronan Flood, reminded […]

Catholic school apologizes for racial taunting of hoops foes

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A Catholic high school in southern New Jersey whose fans taunted a mostly black basketball team by dressing up as a monkey and a banana has apologized. The Press of Atlantic City reported Father Perry Cherubini, president of Holy Spirit High School, offered “heartfelt apologies” to Atlantic City High School in […]

Curt Schilling fires back after offensive Twitter posts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is firing back at cyberbullies who posted offensive comments about his daughter on Twitter. Schilling congratulated his daughter on Twitter last week after she was accepted into Salve Regina University, where she’ll play softball next year. Multiple people posted vulgar and sexually explicit comments about […]

Wild week leads to changes across AP Top 25 poll

The stability of The Associated Press Top 25 these past several weeks blew up during a tumultuous week of big victories and upsets. Kentucky, Division I’s only undefeated team, remained entrenched at No. 1 after two routs. The Wildcats (29-0) were a unanimous choice for the fifth straight week after receiving all 65 first-place votes […]

New Browns QB McCown barely knows Manziel

CLEVELAND — Josh McCown barely knows Johnny Manziel. While the newest Browns quarterback isn’t walking into Cleveland’s quarterbacking quandary with any guarantees, he recognizes his obligation to help Manziel the way he would any teammate. “It is easy,” McCown said Monday of taking on a mentoring role as well as competing for the starting position. […]

Jordan, other NBA owners join Forbes’ billionaire list

NEW YORK — Michael Jordan and some other NBA owners have reached new heights, landing on Forbes world list of billionaires. Forbes released its list on Monday and noted that Jordan’s net worth is estimated at $1 billion, thanks to his well-timed investment in the Charlotte Hornets. Steve Ballmer, who recently purchased the Los Angeles […]

NFL salary cap increases $10 million to top $143 million

NEW YORK — The NFL’s salary cap is going up $10 million to $143.28 million for the 2015 season. All 32 teams and the players’ union were notified Monday of the increase, the second straight season the cap went up by at least $10 million. Adding in benefits, the league says the projected player costs […]

A’s switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland

MESA, Ariz. — Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years featuring space for either hand. Venditte is a rare switch-pitcher. He hopes that versatility will make him a perfect fit […]

Sharks trade Desjardins to Blackhawks for Smith

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks have traded forward Andrew Desjardins to the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Ben Smith in a swap of fourth-line players. The Sharks also get a 2017 conditional pick. The deal was made Monday, just hours before the NHL trade deadline. Desjardins had five goals and three assists in 58 […]

Lillard, Aldridge lead Blazers past Kings for 3rd in a row

SACRAMENTO — Damian Lillard has a knack for playing well in the fourth quarter and demonstrated it again Sunday in helping the Portland Trail Blazers hold off the Sacramento Kings. Lillard scored nine of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Kings […]

The Week Ahead: Vanden girls, boys hoops teams look for SJS titles

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden High girls and boys basketball teams continue their quests to win Sac-Joaquin Section championships when they play Division III semifinal games at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento Tuesday. The top-seeded Vanden girls basketball team (26-3) takes on No. 4 Patterson (26-3), winner of 17 straight, at 4 p.m. Immediately following, the […]

Curry scores 37, leads Warriors from 26 down to beat Celtics

BOSTON — When you’re sitting on the NBA’s best record like the Golden State Warriors, you don’t have to stress over every single game. Because you usually win, anyway. Stephen Curry scored 37 points on Sunday night, and the Warriors erased a 26-point deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 106-101. Golden State won for the […]

Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

HAMPTON, Ga. — The season just started. The calendar hasn’t even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title. Quickly establishing he’s one of the drivers to beat — boy, does that sound familiar — Johnson pulled away after the final restart […]

Giants reliever Strickland insists he’s tranquil on mound

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland is a big, strong country boy from Georgia with a triple-digit fastball. Despite how things looked in Game 2 of the World Series when got in a verbal skirmish that escalated against Kansas City, he insists he’s under control. “Some of the things I’ve done, people […]

Vikings girls looking for first section title

FAIRFIELD — Winning league championships hasn’t been a problem for the Vanden High girls basketball team, the Vikings having captured 15 straight, the last 11 under current coach Allison Johnson. That success hasn’t translated into Sac-Joaquin Section crowns, however, though Vanden has come close – painfully close – in recent years, losing two of the […]

Local Report: Vaca’s Aquino wins Masters wrestling title

STOCKTON — Vacaville High wrestler Jordan Aquino took home the 106-pound  title during the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Wrestling Championships at Stockton Arena, Saturday. Aquino went 3-0 Friday to reach the semifinals, then disposed of Oakmont’s Josh Vega 8-1 in the semifinals and pulled out a 4-2 decision over Benicia’s Christian Ramos in the finals. Any […]

Phegley hopes his style will catch on in Oakland

MESA, Ariz. — It appears as though 2015 is shaping up to be quite a year for Josh Phegley. His wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to the couple’s first child any day now. And Phegley figures to get a decent amount of playing time at catcher as the season moves forward for the Oakland A’s. […]

A year after meeting Tiger, Indian golfer on the rise

The best golfer in India played before an enormous gallery with the kind of buzz that is rare for his country. Anirban Lahiri wound up the winner, a day he won’t forget. Except that he wasn’t the star that day. Tiger Woods was in town. Lahiri and Shiv Kapur, who played college golf at Purdue, […]

Jeff Gordon takes a final spin at track that meant so much

HAMPTON, Ga. — Jeff Gordon admired his latest retirement gift — a miniature race car for his two young children — and thanked the folks at Atlanta Motor Speedway for not going with the obvious choice. “I really appreciate it not being a rocking chair,” Gordon quipped. There’s enough time for that. On Sunday, Gordon will relish one final spin around […]

SCC women’s basketball out of playoffs after 74-47 loss

STOCKTON — It was close at the half but turnovers hurt the Solano Community College women’s basketball team and now the season is over. Down 10 points at the half, the Falcons turned the ball over 11 times and San Joaquin Delta took advantage, defeating SCC 74-47 in the CCCAA NorCal Regionals, Friday. “In the second half, […]

Vaca advances three wrestlers into semis at Masters

STOCKTON — Vacaville High advanced three wrestlers to the semifinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Championships at Stockton Arena, Friday, but the remaining area wrestlers still going have dropped to the consolation brackets. Jordan Aquino (106 pounds), Lawrence Saenz (120) and Mike McCauley (heavyweight) each went 3-0, nearly all in dominant fashion. Aquino rolled with a […]

Vanden boys blast Vista del Lago 77-47, roll into SJS D-III semifinals

FAIRFIELD — It may not have rained outside Friday, but it was raining inside Jim Boyd Gym. The second-seeded Vanden High boys basketball team opened three of the four quarters with a 3-pointer en route to blowing out Vista del Lago 77-47 in the quarterfinals of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III playoffs. The win propels […]

Spurs snap 4-game skid, beat short-handed Kings 107-96

SACRAMENTO — Tony Parker scored 19 points, Kawhi Leonard had 17 points and seven rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 107-96 victory over the short-handed Sacramento Kings on Friday night. The Spurs avoided their first five-game skid since late in the 2010-11 season with an efficient and aggressive […]

Thompson scores 25 points, Warriors rout Raptors 113-89

TORONTO — The Golden State Warriors bounced back from a loss in Cleveland to pound the Toronto Raptors. Klay Thompson scored 25 points, Stephen Curry had 22 and the Warriors never trailed in an emphatic 113-89 victory Friday night. “It was very satisfying to come out and play the way we did on a back-to-back, […]

Casey McGehee’s move to Giants a homecoming of sorts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee (Brewers), Pittsburgh (Pirates), New York (Yankees), Japan (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles) and Miami (Marlins). Now he is […]