Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gordon says Stewart could run strong in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. — Jeff Gordon is expecting Tony Stewart to be a contender in his return to the track. Kevin Harvick will be on the pole but Stewart, who will start 12th, will be in the spotlight in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Stewart is competing for the […]

Armijo opens its football season with 26-7 win at San Rafael

SAN RAFAEL — This was exactly how the Armijo High football team wanted to start its season. The Indians put up 19 points in the first half and added another score in the second half as they opened the season with a 26-7 win over San Rafael at Miller Field, Friday. It was the first […]

Prep football preview: Vacaville still team to beat in MEL

VACAVILLE — The 2014 prep football season is upon us and one thing is already clear: Vacaville High is still the team to beat. The Bulldogs won their fifth consecutive Monticello Empire League championship last season and are in line to make it six. Vacaville has been so dominant in league play under coach Mike […]

No. 11 Stanford set to open season vs. UC Davis

STANFORD — David Shaw was an assistant on the Baltimore Ravens in the fall of 2005 when he heard about the most unlikely upset: UC Davis 20, Stanford 17. “I just remember I had a pit in my stomach as an alum,” Shaw said. The Cardinal have come so far since that stunning loss to a lower-tier California […]

After eventful offseason, Northwestern meets Cal Bears in opener

EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern hopes the headlines will finally focus on victories. The Wildcats enter the season hoping to capture attention for their play rather than their leading role in the college unionization debate, and it starts with Saturday’s opener against California. “I think everybody that’s associated with college football is always excited this week,” […]

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won’t be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers’ game […]

Vallejo Symphony launches new season Sept. 21

FAIRFIELD — The Vallejo Symphony opens its 83rd season Sept. 21. The season-opener is billed as a “classical roller coaster ride,” featuring music from Disney’s “Fantasia” to Saint-Sanes’s Cello Concerto No. 1. That’s just the first half of the show. Symphony members will perform Ravel’s “Pavanne for a Dead Princess” and Gershwin’s “An American in […]

New role for symphony conductor begins next year

FAIRFIELD — Maestro David Ramadanoff will assume a new role with the Vallejo Symphony, as the symphony’s first conductor emeritus as of the 2015-16 season. The 2014-15 season will be his final one as music director. Ramadanoff will continue as music director/conductor of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Berkeley and the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in […]

Dare Devil Chaos Coaster set for Six Flags debut in 2015

FAIRFIELD — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will welcome a new member to the family next year, the Dare Devil Chaos Coaster. It’s a single-looping coaster, where riders sit back-to-back and face-to-face and travel backward and forward, stopping upside down at 70 feet in the air and reverse direction. “This is a great new addition to […]

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Vallejo festival will celebrate Wilderness Act anniversary

FAIRFIELD — Steve Dunsky knew “Visions of the Wild” consisted of moving pieces, he just didn’t know how many – until an earthquake struck the area Sunday. “Visions of the Wild” is a three-day festival that kicks off Wednesday in downtown Vallejo to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, signed into law by President […]

Week in preview Aug. 29-Sept. 4

Fairfield 6 p.m. Friday The Levites Solano Town Center mall dining court, 1350 Travis Blvd. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday Used Blues Band Winterhawk Winery, 4537 Abernathy Road. 428-6997. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Suspects of Soul Sticky Rice Chinese Bar & Bistro, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Jazz Concert with […]

Posey hits game-ending 2-run homer for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey hit a game-ending two-run homer for his third clout in two nights, sending the San Francisco Giants past the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Wednesday night for Bruce Bochy’s 1,600th managerial victory. Posey sent an 0-1 pitch from Juan Nicasio (5-6) just inside the left-field foul pole for his 18th homer […]

Fuld’s homer in 9th lifts A’s over Astros 5-4

HOUSTON — The Oakland Athletics have rallied to win game after game this season after trailing late. So it was no surprise that they did it again on Wednesday night thanks to Sam Fuld’s tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning that gave Oakland a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros. It was their major league-leading 12th […]

Maria Sharapova comes through in 3 sets at US Open

NEW YORK — A year ago at this time, Maria Sharapova was sitting out the U.S. Open, getting checked by doctors and having tests on the surgically repaired right shoulder that has troubled her off and on. On Wednesday, Sharapova found herself down by a set and facing a break point early in the second at Flushing Meadows, bothered […]

Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr to start vs. Seahawks

OAKLAND — Oakland Raiders fans will get a close look at their past and future at quarterback in Thursday night’s exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks. Rookie Derek Carr will start and get ample playing time in place of injured Matt Schaub for the Raiders, while last season’s opening game starter in Oakland, Terrelle Pryor, should get significant […]

Prep football preview: Indians positive heading into 2014 season

FAIRFIELD — Not counting a few campaigns as essentially a club team in the early 1900s, the Armijo High football team is about to kickoff its 80th season. It does so with some heavy baggage. The Indians haven’t made the playoffs since 1937, they’ve lost 33 straight Monticello Empire League games and are coming off […]

Serena Williams beats American teen at US Open

NEW YORK — Serena Williams began her bid for a third consecutive U.S. Open title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American teen Taylor Townsend on Tuesday night. The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams made only eight unforced errors and needed less than an hour to get past Townsend, an 18-year-old who is ranked 103rd and […]

Carter’s HR in 8th leads Astros over A’s 4-2

HOUSTON — Chris Carter hit his 32nd homer, a three-run drive in the eighth inning that lifted the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Tuesday night. Oakland starter Jason Hammel had retired 10 straight batters when he was replaced by Luke Gregerson (3-3) for the eighth inning. Robbie Grossman reached on an error […]

US teen Bellis, 15, stuns Cibulkova at US Open

NEW YORK — While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside. Like many a teen, CiCi has strict rules for Dad in public — even if […]

Raiders CB DJ Hayden to start season on PUP list

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will miss at least the first six weeks of the season after being placed on the physically unable to perform list Tuesday with a stress fracture in his right foot. The move is the latest setback to Hayden since being drafted 12th overall in 2013 with general manager Reggie McKenzie’s first first-round […]

49ers prepare for possible Aldon Smith suspension

SANTA CLARA — Linebacker Aldon Smith still has no indication from the NFL about a possible suspension for his off-field legal issues. Everybody around the San Francisco 49ers is bracing for the news. Smith said Tuesday he would hope to hear something soon, and a decision by the end of the week seems likely regarding the star […]

A’s lose more than a game

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics dealt with a double dose of injuries even before Sunday night’s game against Los Angeles. Derek Norris was the only catcher available, with Stephen Vogt limited to emergency duty and backup John Jaso headed to the seven-day concussion disabled list. An MRI on closer Sean Doolittle showed a strained right intercostal, and […]

The Week Ahead: Ready or not, sports year’s set to start

FAIRFIELD — Are you ready for some football? How about cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball and water polo? City prep teams and those from Solano Community College begin the 2014-15 school year with fall sports starting competition on Friday. Here’s a look at an abbreviated first week: Friday The city football season kicks off […]

Giants’ pen suffers setback in 14-6 loss to Nats

WASHINGTON — Ryan Vogelsong wanted to stay in Sunday’s game. Perhaps he had a premonition. A beleaguered bullpen gave up 11 runs in the final 2 2-3 innings as the San Francisco Giants fell 14-6 to the Washington Nationals on Sunday. “I felt like I was getting stronger,” said Vogelsong, who allowed three runs on four hits […]

49ers beat Chargers for first Levi’s Stadium win

SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick went down once, then again and another time. Pressured from every direction by San Diego’s defense, the quarterback had limited good looks before turning the game over to backup Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers’ offense still looks shaky two weeks from the regular season, and it did just enough for the team’s […]

Dixon gets dramatic Sonoma IndyCar win; Power 10th

SONOMA — Will Power thought the world was ending when an earthquake shook him out of bed. A few hours later at Sonoma Raceway, the sleep-deprived driver plummeted from the pole to 20th place before fighting back for a finish that actually increased his IndyCar points lead. Scott Dixon barely noticed the quake, and he calmly racked up […]

College notebook: 2014-15 sports year set to begin

The 2014-15  college sports year begins in the next week or so and central Solano County will be very well represented. Several athletes have been busy over the summer, but none were busier than Katelyn Rowland of the defending national champion UCLA women’s soccer team. The Vacaville Christian graduate was the starting goalie for the […]

Logano edges Keselowski for first win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Joey Logano is looking more and more like a Sprint Cup title contender. Logano surged past Matt Kenseth with 44 laps to go and won for the first time in his career at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, foiling the 2003 series champion’s gambling attempt to secure a spot in NASCAR’s […]