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Trip to Costa Rica begins with exploding volcano

May 18, 2015

The two-week adventure trip to Costa Rica began with a bang: Just as our plane had begun its initial descent into the airport at San Jose, the pilot announced that a volcano near the capital had exploded. The airport was … Continue reading

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Stanford women fall in NCAA quarterfinals

May 17, 2015

   The Stanford women's magic ran out.   The 14th-ranked Cardinal lost to No. 7 Georgia 4-1 today in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament in Waco, Texas.   Freshman Kennedy Shaffer provided the clincher, holding o...

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Altamirano, Virginia face battle in NCAA semifinals

May 17, 2015
Altamirano, Virginia face battle in NCAA semifinals

Collin Altamirano of Sacramento and No. 3 Virginiawill face No. 2 Baylor, playing on its home courts,in Monday's NCAA semifinals in Waco, Texas.2014 photo by Paul Bauman   The picnic is over for Sacramento's Collin Altamirano and the Virginia...

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Newman captures USTA Senior doubles title

May 17, 2015

   Judy Newman of Scotts Valley and Lisa Naumu of La Quinta won the 50-and-over doubles title in the USTA National Senior Women's Hard Court Championships.   The third-seeded pair upended top-seeded Eleanor Hammargren and Jennifer L...

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Stanford women upset Cal to reach NCAA quarters

May 16, 2015
Stanford women upset Cal to reach NCAA quarters

Second-ranked Carol Zhao clinched Stanford's victoryover Cal by defeating No. 4 Maegan Manasse 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.2014 photo by Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com   The Stanford women tend to play their best in the NCAA Tournament.   Th...

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Newman to play for USTA Senior doubles title

May 16, 2015

   Judy Newman of Scotts Valley reached today's 50-and-over doubles final in the USTA National Senior Women's Hard Court Championships.   The third-seeded team of Lisa Naumu of La Quinta and Newman topped second-seeded Mary Dailey o...

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Lake Tahoe and Scotts Flat Lake named among California’s top 10 paddle boarding spots

Lake Tahoe and Scotts Flat Lake named among California’s top 10 paddle boarding spots

Lake Tahoe and Scotts Flat Lake near Nevada City are among California’s top 10 paddle boarding spots, according to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) magazine. “California is a waterman or woman’s paradise with paddling opportunities abound,” the magazine writes. “Whether your calling is the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean or one of the Golden State’s...

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Indictment and a steelhead arrive on the same day

May 15, 2015

Writer’s note: In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, I found myself wandering between two worlds: one as a beginning sports editor in the small town of Red Bluff, California, and the other as a draft resister awaiting … Continue reading

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Altamirano, Virginia advance to NCAA quarters

May 15, 2015
Altamirano, Virginia advance to NCAA quarters

Collin Altamirano won the clinchingmatch in Virginia's win over Colum-bia. 2014 photo by Paul Bauman   Northern Californians Collin Altamirano and Mackenzie McDonald scored big singles wins on Thursday at the NCAA Team Championships in Waco, ...

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Houk’s streak ends in USTA Senior Hard Courts

May 15, 2015

   Tracy Houk's streak is over.   The 53-year-old Montara resident fell short of the 50-and-over final at the USTA National Senior Women's Hard Court Championships in La Jolla for the first time since 2010.   Top seed and ...

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