Monday, March 2, 2015

Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez nearing 1st spring game

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez feels fine after his first week of workouts, and will leave the decision of when he makes his spring training debut to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. The Yankees begin exhibition play Tuesday against Philadelphia at the Phillies’ camp. “I’ll talk to Joe first,” Rodriguez said Sunday. “If I’m […]

Fast and furious: Rousey looks to future after 14-second win

LOS ANGELES — Ronda Rousey won a fight in 16 seconds last summer, falling a second short of the quickest victory in UFC history. At the time, the bantamweight champion figured the speed with which she pummeled Alexis Davis was a fluke. “It’s something everybody on my team was teasing me about, but I wasn’t […]

NY, SF town house prices through the roof

Let’s suppose you’re retired, you’ve accumulated a few extra dollars trading penny stocks (yeah, sure) and you love Broadway shows, Fifth Avenue shopping – that would be Cartier, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue – and you want to live in New York. By “New York,” I mean Manhattan. The other four boroughs are referred to by […]

Parker Road restaurant does brisk business

FAIRFIELD — The Sgt. Pepper’s Bar and Saloon might sound familiar because of a certain band with that certain album from the 1960s, but the owner of Sgt. Pepper’s Bar and Saloon in Fairfield wants everyone to know the bar name has nothing to do with that album. “It has nothing to do with the […]

As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises

HUNTINGTON BEACH — At a taco shop in Southern California, milkshakes are served in mason jars and a chalkboard menu lists “The 1%er” made with lobster meat. The logo is a pink skull and instead of buzzers, customers are given license plates so servers can identify them when bringing out orders. Nowhere is it evident […]

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LeBron scores 42, Cavs beat Warriors for 18th win in last 20

CLEVELAND — LeBron James says he isn’t about personal statements. He made one anyway Thursday night. James scored a season-high 42 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 110-99 for their 18th victory in 20 games. James added 11 rebounds, outplaying fellow MVP candidate Stephen Curry and leading Cleveland past the team with the […]

Spring College Notebook: Spini tearing it up for ECU Tigers

The East Central University baseball won big and small in a three-game sweep of Northwestern Oklahoma and Nick Spini had a big hand in all three victories. In batting .700 (7 for 10) for the week, the former Armijo High and Solano Community College standout went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs and […]

A’s begin baseball’s mandatory domestic violence training

MESA, Ariz. — Reliever Dan Otero spoke up, as did many others, with a question on the topic of domestic violence that has been at the forefront of professional sports following the NFL’s recent troubles. The Oakland Athletics started Thursday morning in a makeshift clubhouse classroom, among the first major league clubs to undergo mandatory […]

Earthquakes set to open new MLS stadium

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Earthquakes finally have a place to call home. After spending nearly two decades playing in college stadiums in the Bay Area, the Earthquakes are set to open the 18,000-seat, soccer-specific Avaya Stadium on Saturday for an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Galaxy. With the technologically advanced stadium, team […]

A quick look at the investors on “Shark Tank”

A look at the six investors who appear on the reality TV show “Shark Tank”: BARBARA CORCORAN Founder of New York real estate brokerage The Corcoran Group, which she sold for $66 million in 2001. Owns Barbara Corcoran Inc., the company that sets up her media and TV appearances including “Shark Tank.” MARK CUBAN Owner […]

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Small talk: No thanks! Companies reject “Shark Tank” deals, still thrive

Joyce M. Rosenberg NEW YORK — With the cameras rolling, Daniel and Stephanie Rensing accepted an offer from a “Shark Tank” investor. But after they had time to think about it, they changed their minds. Annual revenue for their company, The Smart Baker, is close to $1 million, up from $130,000 before their March 2012 […]

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Fruits and vegetables get a star-studded marketing push

NEW YORK — What if cauliflower got the same type of marketing firepower as candy bars and potato chips? A campaign being launched Thursday plans to put that premise to the test by enlisting celebrities including actress Jessica Alba and NBA star Stephen Curry to shill for fruits and vegetables. The campaign was announced by […]

10 fresh ideas for using slow cooker pulled chicken and pork

Lots of people love their slow cookers. Just as many folks don’t. We tend to be in the latter group. Not because we don’t appreciate the dump-and-go convenience. And we certainly enjoy being greeted at the end of the day by delicious smells before we’ve even taken off our coats. Our objections come down to […]

Have it your way with a mix and match take on mac and cheese

Do you love macaroni and cheese? Stupid question, right? OK, so let’s try this one: How could you love macaroni and cheese even more? Now we’re talking. Because there are all sorts of simple ways to doctor an already awesome pan of basic mac and cheese to take our love of this dish to a […]

Looking to make a healthy change? Fill up on broccoli

Anyone else suffering the broccoli blues? Truth is, it’s such a versatile vegetable seemingly unbound by season, it becomes a go-to vegetable – particularly in winter – for the American dinner table. Nothing wrong with that. It tastes great, cooks quickly and is great for you. But it can sometimes feel as though it’s on […]

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ stays on top of weekend box office

LOS ANGELES — “Fifty Shades of Grey” didn’t relinquish control of the box office. Universal’s erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned $23.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel earned an additional $68.1 million overseas. […]

Review: No surprise, Neil Patrick Harris brought sparkle to Oscars

Broadway and TV did Hollywood a favor, sharing Neil Patrick Harris for duties hosting the Oscars. Harris not only did himself proud, as expected after numerous triumphs presiding over the Tonys and Emmys. Even better, he stewarded an Oscarcast that made up in charm what it lacked in suspense. First-time host Harris briskly welcomed the […]

List of 87th Academy Award winners

List of winners at Sunday’s 87th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Best picture: “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” Actor: Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything.” Actress: Julianne Moore, “Still Alice.” Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash.” Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood.” Directing: Alejandro G. Inarritu, “Birdman […]

‘Birdman’ takes flight at an Oscars punctuated by politics

LOS ANGELES — The long take of “Birdman” has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past, took Hollywood’s top honor in a ceremony punctuated by passionate pleas for equality. On a stormy night in Hollywood, the 87th annual Academy Awards – which came […]

High collars and demure gowns on the Oscars red carpet

High collars replaced sexy cutouts, and Classic Hollywood in blacks and whites took hold of the Oscars red carpet Sunday night with help from a smoking Saint Laurent worn by Margot Robbie and a heavily pearled look for fashion It girl Lupita Nyong’o. There was a slight show of color. Anna Kendrick was in a […]

Pauls offer different financial rhetoric

Stocks hit record high, with Dow closing above 18,000. And, ahem, gold and silver are down. Apparently, investors are not following the advice of former Rep. Ron Paul, father of likely presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul. Just when I thought I wouldn’t be writing about gold, Ron Paul hits the headlines with comments like this: […]

Hackers’ $1 billion bank theft may still impact consumers

WASHINGTON — The hacker gang that looted as much as $1 billion worldwide from banks was unusual: It stole directly from the banks, instead of ripping off their customers. But this was hardly a bit of Robin Hood banditry that spared innocent account holders. Security experts say consumers still need to keep a close eye on their checking […]

Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to know

NEW YORK — The next phishing email you get could be from your boss. With high-profile security breaches on the rise, from Sony Pictures to Anthem, companies are on the defensive. And they want to make sure their employees are not a hack waiting to happen. Data show phishing emails are more and more common […]

Fairfield plays host to congressman’s advisory committee

One consistent theme in our Economic Notes columns over the years is the importance of a strong industrial sector in a balanced local economy. Industrial and distribution jobs pay on average higher wages than many retail and service jobs and contribute greatly to a “multiplier effect” in the local economy. The city of Fairfield has […]

Sharks beat Stars 5-2 on Desjardins’ 2 goals

DALLAS — Andrew Desjardins scored two second-period goals and the San Jose Sharks held off the Dallas Stars 5-2 Thursday night. Antti Niemi made 37 saves for the Sharks, who had lost two straight. The victory vaulted them into a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference with Calgary, tied for third in the Pacific Division. The […]

Solano softball win 10-3 in second game of doubleheader over DVC

FAIRFIELD — Before the Solano Community College softball team came out for the bottom of the first inning, they collectively cheered “score early” – and that’s exactly what they did. The Falcons scored five runs in the home-half of the first, which vaulted them to a 10-3 victory over Diablo Valley College after producing only […]

York family ties to hockey run deep

SANTA CLARA — Long before he took over the San Francisco 49ers from his parents, the family business for Jed York was hockey as much as football. As a kid growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, York made the 70-mile drive to Pittsburgh with his grandfather, Ed DeBartolo Sr., to watch the family’s other team, the […]