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Barretto to face Huang in NorCal Boys Sectional final

Jun 15, 2015

   Paul Barretto ended Mayson Xue's impressive run in the NorCal Boys' 18 & 16 Sectional Championships.   Barretto also avenged his brother's loss.    Seeded fifth from Tiburon, Barretto defeated the unseeded Xue, from...

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No. 2 Miller, No. 5 Hu upset in NorCal Girls Sectionals

Jun 14, 2015
No. 2 Miller, No. 5 Hu upset in NorCal Girls Sectionals

No. 2 seed Alaina Miller, who has a two-handedforehand, lost to Katya Tabachnik at Arden Hillsin Sacramento. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman   No. 2 seed and defending champion Alaina Miller and No. 5 seed Sarah Hu were ousted Saturday in the 18-an...

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Rankings mover of the week: Kristie Ahn (up)

Jun 13, 2015
Rankings mover of the week: Kristie Ahn (up)

Kristie Ahn, shown in the Redding Challenger last September,won the recent $25,000 Changwon (South Korea) Challenger.Photo by Paul Bauman   Former Stanford star Kristie Ahn soared 127 places to No. 338 in the world this week after winning the...

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NorCal Tennis Czar
TV schedule, calendar

Jun 13, 2015

TV SCHEDULE(All broadcasts on Tennis Channel; all times in California)    Today   s'Hertogenbosch (women/men), semifinals, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. (delay).   Stuttgart (men), semifinals, 3-7 p.m. (delay).   s'Hertogenbo...

NorCal Tennis Czar
French Open awards: Stan, worst commercial, etc.

Jun 12, 2015
French Open awards: Stan, worst commercial, etc.

Stan Wawrinka stunned Novak Djokovic in the
final. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman
   Reflections on the French Open while wondering whatever happened to Nathalie Tauziat:
   Biggest upsets -- Yes, Stan "The Man" Wawrinka already had won a Grand Slam title. And yes, he had beaten Novak "It's No"...

Elk Grove Sports Corner
EG Reck Soccer Boasts More Than 800 Players In First Season

It's a familiar battle amongst all youth sports. The kids and coaches (and parents) that really take the sport seriously and play very competitively and tirelessly versus the kids and coaches (and parents) that just want to play for the fun of it.


Then the board members of these youth sports groups try to balance...

Elk Grove Sports Corner
Madrigal Drafted By Indians

Madrigal Drafted By Indians

Elk Grove shortstop Nick Madrigal was selected this week by the Cleveland Indians in the 17th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. He was the 514th player selected overall.Madrigal, a four-year starter for the Herd, batted .450 with 31 stolen base...

Game to 100
Journalism and self-help book on collision course

Jun 10, 2015

Here’s yet another thing I don’t get: Why would people with seemingly good professional credentials promote themselves as life coaches and then publicly write things so nonsensical or utterly simplistic that they undermine their own credibility? I mean, why not … Continue reading

Marty Mac's World
Warriors face nut-cutting time

Jun 10, 2015

It's difficult to fathom the Cleveland Cavs doing what we've seen them do in the past week.It's even more difficult to comprehend how the Golden State Warriors have performed. They had the NBA's best regular-season record and believed to have an incred...

NorCal Tennis Czar
Results of all 2015 French Open finals

Results of all 2015 French Open finals

Stan WawrinkaSerena Williams   Men's singles -- Stan Wawrinka (8), Switzerland, def. Novak Djokovic (1), Serbia, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.   Women's singles -- Serena Williams (1), United States, def. Lucie Safarova (13), Czech Republic, ...

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