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Prep football preview capsules: Week 0

Armijo (0-0) vs. San Rafael (0-0) When: Today, 7:30 p.m. Where: Brownlee Field, Armijo 2014 records: Armijo 3-7, San Rafael 3-7 Series: Armijo leads 1-0 Last meeting: 2014, Armijo won 26-7 Of note: The Indians won their first season opener since 2007 a year ago and are looking to make it two straight season openers […]

Former NFLer Jonathan Martin working on memoir

  NEW YORK — Jonathan Martin, the former NFL tackle who abruptly left the Miami Dolphins and has since said he attempted suicide, is working on a memoir. Atria Books editor Todd Hunter told The Associated Press on Thursday that the publisher has agreed to terms with Martin for “The Courage To Walk Away,” co-written […]

Barcelona gets favorable draw in Champions League groups

  MONACO — Barcelona got a favorable start to its title defense, Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s wish to go home was granted and Benfica was given the longest trip in Champions League history on Thursday. The group-stage draw also means Bayern Munich play Arsenal for the third time in four seasons and sent Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho […]

Taking down Bolt is not easy, but a cameraman gives it a try

  BEIJING — Only when the running stopped and the picture-taking began did Usain Bolt finally meet his match. Bolt blew past Justin Gatlin and everyone else Thursday night in the 200 meters to win his 10th career gold medal at the world championships. What finally upended the 6-foot-5 Jamaican was a multitasking cameraman riding […]

US OPEN 2015: Serena Williams eyes 1st Grand Slam since 1988

  Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis’ first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. “Well,” she began when that question was posed, “I’m always one of my biggest competitors. I can always […]

Spieth stumbles out of the blocks at Barclays

  EDISON, N.J. — The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months. In his first tournament as No. 1 in the world, Spieth had a pair of three-putt bogeys, hit a tee shot in the water, shot 40 on his back nine and wound up […]

Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka ‘Chocolate Thunder’ has died

  Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers’ locker room to come meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force. The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something very unique about Dawkins’ game. “A […]

Brittany Lang leads LPGA Tour event in Alabama

PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Brittany Lang birdied five of the first seven holes in windy conditions and shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Added to the U.S. Solheim Cup team Monday as one of Juli Inkster’s two captain’s picks, Lang had a two-stroke lead over […]

Oriol Servia to drive Justin Wilson’s No. 25 Honda in finale

SONOMA — Justin Wilson’s race car will be back on track for the IndyCar season finale. Andretti Autosport announced Thursday that series veteran Oriol Servia will drive Wilson’s No. 25 Honda at Sonoma Raceway this weekend. Wilson died Monday, a day after a piece of debris from another car struck him in the head at […]

Alex Morgan hopes last injury was the last

  PORTLAND, Ore. — Alex Morgan hopes she’s emerging from her last injury layoff for a while. Morgan has returned from a minor procedure on her right knee and expects to play in the Portland Thorns’ final home game of the season. The game Sunday at Providence Park against the Washington Spirit is already a […]

Arbitrator rules against Bonds in collusion case

NEW YORK — An arbitrator has ruled against Barry Bonds in a collusion case stemming from his final season in the majors. Major League Baseball was informed this week that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz had ruled in its favor. CBSSports.com first reported the decision. Bonds had sought compensation after no teams would take him following his […]

Texas, Mexico get 2nd chances in LLWS title games

  SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The title round at the Little League World Series is flush with second chances. Pearland, Texas, hit a pair of homers in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night for a 9-7 victory over Bonita, California, and a berth in the U.S. championship game against what amounts to the […]

Cal hires Andre Carter as student assistant coach

BERKELEY — Former California and NFL star Andre Carter has returned to the Golden Bears’ football program as a student assistant coach. Head coach Sonny Dykes said Thursday that Carter will assist with the team’s defensive line. Carter enrolled as an undergraduate at Cal earlier this year to pursue his bachelor’s degree in American studies. […]

Programs run into pitfalls with fining college players

  Take away game tickets for missing class. Hold back a bowl gift for being late. Maybe even dock a player his $15 per diem for skipping study hall. For years, college football coaches have been coming up with creative ways within NCAA rules to punish players for relatively minor missteps — sometimes hitting them […]

Japan scales back Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium plans

TOKYO — Japan’s government has approved a plan to reduce the seating and slash the construction cost of the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after public opposition to the initial design. The cabinet approved the revised plan Friday, which would cap the price tag at 155 billion yen ($1.3 billion), down from the […]

Analysts question costs in Los Angeles 2024 Olympics bid

LOS ANGELES — City analysts warned that construction costs for athlete housing in Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympic bid may be significantly underestimated. The cost of acquiring land and building an Olympic Village for athletes near downtown Los Angeles “may significantly exceed” the projected $1 billion cost, according to a preliminary report released Thursday from the […]

Raiders LB Sio Moore fighting for spot on team

  ALAMEDA — Despite being one of Oakland’s best defensive players his first two years in the NFL, Sio Moore is just fighting for a spot on the team this season. After missing the offseason program while recovering from hip surgery and more than two weeks of training camp with an undisclosed injury, Moore has […]

Ditch rice; go with a new grain for better stuffed peppers

Usually, there are two big problems with stuffed peppers: the peppers and the stuffing. Bland, bland, bland. The dish is a great idea. Stuff something delicious into something healthy and equally delicious. Except stuffed peppers never seem to turn out that way. But what if there was a way to make this dish actually taste […]

Cookbook teaches single guys to get dinner (and maybe dates)

BOSTON — Single and looking? If you’re a guy who’s willing to do some cooking, Avi Shemtov has you covered. Admittedly, Shemtov’s initial attempt to feed dudes on the prowl read a bit too much like the strange love child of Rachael Ray and a Craigslist Casual Encounters ad. Which is to say, “30-Minute Meals That […]

Transform flavorless peaches with a few minutes on the grill

If you are anything like me, you look forward to summer peaches all year. But unless you live near an orchard and can get them when they are at their best, even “fresh” summer peaches can be under-ripe. That’s mostly because the fruit is picked before it is ready in order to make it easier […]

Biz Buzz: Fairfield hotel to host Impact Solano session

FAIRFIELD — Impact Solano, which will include economic and water outlooks, is set from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield. Micah Weinberg of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute will provide an economic outlook and Wade Crowfoot, deputy cabinet secretary for Gov. Jerry Brown, will speak about water. A […]

‘Compton’ stays straight, again leads box office with $26.8M

NEW YORK — “Straight Outta Compton” easily maintained its box-office lead with an estimated $26.8 million in ticket sales over a sleepy late summer weekend at North American multiplexes, according to studio estimates Sunday. Universal’s N.W.A biopic, a much buzzed-about hit, dominated over the late August releases that often characterize Hollywood’s dog days of summer. It […]

Biz Buzz: Il Fiorello offers pizza-making class

SUISUN VALLEY — Il Fiorello Olive Oil Company will offer a new cooking class on pizza cooking in September. There are no rules to pizza-making other than use what you like, according to an Il Fiorello press release. Chef Marvin Martin will guide the class in creating the perfect pizza, according to the release. Participants will have […]

Biz Buzz: Tractor Supply Co. to provide grants to animal shelters

FAIRFIELD — Raise your hand, or paw, if your favorite animal rescue in the Fairfield area needs some help. Tractor Supply Co. is looking to “rescue” 10 deserving animal shelters, according to a company press release. As part of Tractor Supply’s annual Pet Appreciation Week, Sept. 16-20, the company is awarding a total of $25,000 in […]

Biz Buzz: Solano group works with Garamendi to boost small businesses

FAIRIFELD — The Solano Economic Development Corporation will work with Rep. John Garamendi to host the Small Business Boost Conference on Wednesday in neighboring Yolo County. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University of California, Davis Conference Center at 550 Alumni Lane. The conference is aimed at helping small businesses in […]

Biz Buzz: Solano Mortgage welcomes team member

VACAVILLE — Angelica Tuck joined the Solano Mortgage team of Dawn Palestini and Kashala Link as their production coordinator in Vacaville. Tuck brings seven years of experience in the real estate industry to the team, according to a press release to announce her selection for the position. The Vacaville native has a strong understanding of the community and […]

Root cause of market sell-off hard to determine

If you follow the market, you’ve seen the headlines: “Global stocks fall further on China worries,” “Oil falls below $40 a barrel,” “Longest losing streak in 29 years,” “Down 60% from high just last year.” This is how it usually goes; first the actual news, then the “reasons why” and then, of course, more predictions. […]

Conceptual plan process benefits applicant, city

Whether you are a seasoned property developer or a first-timer, it’s always helpful to have early input from the city of Fairfield prior to formally submitting a project for approval. Given that the city has a free conceptual review process which provides written comments on proposed development plans, there’s no reason not to seek the […]

Some NFL coaches speak out to curb training camp fights

  SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera offered this edict to his players before the start of this week’s joint practices with the Miami Dolphins: You fight, you’re out. “We told our guys if you get thrown off the field, I’m going to treat you like you got thrown out of a game,” […]

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