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Party, dance band Nunchuck Taylor opens Creekwalk concerts

VACAVILLE — Forget “Free Bird.” Same for “Stairway to Heaven.” They aren’t on the Nunchuck Taylor playlist. After all, this Sacramento-based, five-piece band is all about having fun and getting people up on their feet to dance. Dancing, as defined by the band’s tunes. “It is unlikely you’ll hear ‘Mambo No, 5′ or the ‘Macarena,’ […]

New book, Vacaville stop for award-winning Fairfield filmmaker

FAIRFIELD — Kristina Yee, a 2006 Armijo High School graduate who won the student equivalent of an Oscar in 2013, is tackling new projects. A book, based on her film, “Miss Todd,” will be released Monday. The story and film are about E. Lillian Todd, history’s first female aeronautical engineer. Yee will talk about this […]

The Rats are back, offer comedy for a cause

SUISUN CITY — The Harbor Theatre will be invaded by The Rats on Saturday. The Rats are original members of the area’s premiere improv troupe, The Rats in the Alley. The group was a staple at the now-defunct Uncle Bong’s Pizza next to the Suisun City train station. Then, the comedy and pizza disappeared. Solano County […]

Week in preview May 28 to June 4, 2015

Fairfield 7:30 p.m. Friday Open mic Gordon’s Music and Sound, 810 Texas St. 422-0313. 5 p.m. Saturday Backyard Barbecue with Terry Sheets Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St. 427-6927. 6:30 p.m. Saturday Robert Hollywood Jenkins Sticky Rice Chinese Bistro & Bar, 5030 Business Center Drive, Suite 100. 863-7500. 3 p.m. Thursday Farmers Market Corner of Jefferson […]

BottleRock uncorks Plant, No Doubt, Imagine Dragons for 3rd installment

After a rebuilding year in 2014, the BottleRock Napa Valley festival returns this weekend for its third installment. Founding organizers hosted an ambitious but financially perilous first edition in 2013 that resulted in more than $9 million in debt. A new set of organizers, Latitude 38 Entertainment, swooped in late in 2013 to help resolve some […]

College Notebook: Houston has no problem running fast for Arizona

Bryce Houston of the Arizona men’s track and field team has qualified for this week’s NCAA West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas, in two events – one by a mile, the other by a fraction of an inch. The Rodriguez High graduate is part of the Wildcats’ 4×400-meter relay team, which turned in its best time […]

Seven Vikings set sail to new four-year adventure

FAIRFIELD — Seven Vikings will be embarking on their next voyage. Yvette Arca, Kayla Blair, Josey Breeden, Meaghan Herout, Jansen Smith, Toni Taylor and Tony Terri III all signed letters of intent to their respective schools at Vanden High, Wednesday, with coaches, family and friends all in attendance to witness the unforgettable moment. For girls […]

Warriors eliminate Rockets, end 40-year NBA Finals drought

OAKLAND — After a generation of wishing and waiting, the Golden State Warriors have finally arrived on basketball’s biggest stage again. Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds, Harrison Barnes added 24 points and the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years with a 104-90 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. […]

US, Swiss target top soccer officials in corruption probe

ZURICH — The U.S. government launched an attack on what it called deep-seated and brazen corruption in soccer’s global governing body Wednesday, pulling FIFA executives out of a luxury Swiss hotel to face racketeering charges and raiding regional offices in Miami. Swiss officials also invaded FIFA headquarters, seizing records and computers to investigate whether the […]

Vogelsong, Giants complete sweep with 3-1 win over Brewers

MILWAUKEE — Solid starting pitching and timely hitting have helped the San Francisco Giants get over a slow start in April to edge back toward the top of the NL West standings. No starter has benefited more from the surge than Ryan Vogelsong. The veteran right-hander escaped a couple of tough jams to allow one run […]

Green Valley’s Jeff Wilson qualifies for U.S. Senior Open

FAIRFIELD — When it comes to qualifying for the U.S. Senior Open, Jeff Wilson is batting 1.000. The 52-year-old Green Valley resident made it 3 for 3 by tying two others for the top spot – and the three available berths – in qualifying at Green Valley Country Club, Tuesday. Wilson did so by rallying […]

Jesse Chavez hangs with David Price, but A’s fall to Tigers

OAKLAND — David Price feels for Jesse Chavez from afar. At least from the opposite clubhouse on a night when the pitchers put on quite a show. Chavez hung tough with Price all game but had nothing to show for it, and the Oakland Athletics had their season-best three-game winning streak snapped by a 1-0 […]

Bumgarner notches another win, Giants beat Brewers 6-3

MILWAUKEE — When first asked, Madison Bumgarner was unsure what the key to his recent success has been. But like his sixth inning, he quickly figured it out. Bumgarner won another game in May and three San Francisco Giants homered in a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. Bumgarner (6-2) gave up […]

Warriors try again to close out Rockets, reach NBA Finals

OAKLAND — One play. One fall. One bad break. That’s all it takes to shift a series and derail a dream season. Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors found out how fragile a championship chase can be in their Game 4 loss at Houston when the NBA MVP took a scary spill that nearly […]

Pujols’ RBI single in 9th gives Angels 4-3 win over Padres

ANAHEIM — It’s a no-win situation: pitch to reigning AL MVP Mike Trout with the potential winning run at third base and two out in the ninth inning, or walk him intentionally and try your luck with three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols. That was the predicament San Diego Padres manager Bud Black faced. He had […]

Toews gets 2 to force OT, but Hawks drop Game 5 to Ducks 5-4

ANAHEIM — When Jonathan Toews scored twice in the final seconds to force overtime in Game 5, the Western Conference finals appeared to be bending under the weight of the Chicago Blackhawks’ famed playoff tenacity. They bent, but the Anaheim Ducks didn’t break. And now Chicago will need all of that postseason toughness to avoid […]

Harden helps Rockets stay alive, beat Warriors 128-115

HOUSTON — James Harden was not happy after a poor performance in Houston’s embarrassing loss to Golden State in Game 3. Coach Kevin McHale told him the best thing to do was take that frustration out on the other team. Harden did just that, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points as the Rockets led from […]

Homer happy: Dodgers hit 3 in 8th to beat Braves 6-3

LOS ANGELES — Andre Ethier, Alex Guerrero and Jimmy Rollins each homered in the eighth inning, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Ethier got things started, homering to snap a 2-all tie against Nick Masset (0-1). Ethier’s bases-loaded walk in the first drove in the […]

Montoya earns $2.4 million for Indy 500 win

INDIANAPOLIS — Juan Pablo Montoya was all smiles at the victory banquet Monday night where he celebrated his second Indy 500 win in three tries. Also, tribute was paid to team owner Roger Penske for winning a 16th race at Indy. “You don’t understand,” the Colombian driver said. “When you run for Team Penske, you’re […]

Stamkos, Lightning on verge of spot in Stanley Cup finals

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos knows what it’s like to come close to getting to the Stanley Cup finals and wind up not playing on the NHL’s biggest stage. It happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning four years ago, and the three-time All-Star is determined to not let another opportunity slip away. After a slow […]

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has been set. The collective bargaining agreement calls […]

Gabby Chaves is Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS — Gabby Chaves was selected as the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year on Monday after finishing 16th in the race on Sunday. The 21-year-old Columbian-American raced in his first Indy 500 on Sunday and started in 26th position. He moved up as high at eighth place from the middle of row nine. Chaves […]

Busche, Guarnier win second US road cycling championships

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Matt Busche and Megan Guarnier each won their second road national championship Monday, and earned a spot on the U.S. team for the world championships in Virginia this September. Busche, riding for Trek Factory Racing, held off Joe Dombrowski of Cannondale-Garmin in a dramatic duel through the rain to the finish line. […]

Hahn tosses four-hitter, shuts down Detroit in Oakland win

OAKLAND — Jesse Hahn pitched a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Monday for their first three-game winning streak this season. Hahn (2-4) struck out five and walked one in his stellar 112-pitch performance. The right-hander pitched around three errors, but allowed only one […]

Brewers win challenge on disputed HR trot, fall to Giants

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers won a challenge after Khris Davis was called out for missing the plate on a home run trot, but Hunter Pence and the San Francisco Giants wound up with an 8-4 win Monday. Davis hit a pair of solo homers, including one that led to a bizarre sequence. In the […]

Denver beats Maryland 10-5 for 1st NCAA men’s lacrosse title

PHILADELPHIA — Denver won its first NCAA men’s lacrosse championship, beating Maryland 10-5 on Monday behind five goals from senior Wesley Berg. Berg was chosen as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He ended the season with a team-record 58 goals. The victory gave head coach Bill Tierney his record seventh title. He won six with […]

LeBron, Cavaliers limping their way toward NBA Finals

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James hurts everywhere, the King of Pain. One win from taking the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals, and one step closer to a title he covets more than any other, James leaned against a padded wall on Monday and hardly resembled basketball’s most undeniable force. “I’m feeling all right,” he […]

France’s Alexander Levy among 16 to qualify for US Open

SURREY, England — Alexander Levy of France had rounds of 66-67 to earn one of 11 spots in the U.S. Open from the sectional qualifier Monday in England. One day after Levy slipped out of the top 60 in the world ranking that would have made him exempt for the U.S. Open, the Frenchman made […]

Sacramento 11-year-old earns 3 college degrees

SACRAMENTO — An 11-year-old Northern California boy who last year was lauded by President Barack Obama for becoming one of the youngest in the nation to graduate high school has now earned three community college degrees. The Sacramento Bee reports Sacramento native Tanishq Abraham skipped first grade, completed second grade, and then started taking classes […]

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