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Pacifica’s season end in Joe D World Series semifinals
The Pacifica Gamecocks made a serious run at a second straight Joe DiMaggio League World Series championship. In the end though, playing through the losers’ bracket proved too taxing on their pitching staff. Pacifica bowed out of the tournament Monday at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, losing t...
By Terry Bernal, Daily Journal Staff FULL STORY
Cal Nuggets advance to knockout round
The Cal Nuggets 18U softball squad advanced out of pool play and into the knockout round at the Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national championship in Huntington Beach. The Nuggets went 2-1 to finish in second place in Group 3, finishing behind Firecrackers Rico and ahead of Arizona Hotshots and Birmi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Boldin signs with Lions: Veteran was mainstay of 49ers receiver corps for past three seasons
DETROIT — Anquan Boldin is joining the Detroit Lions, according to messages on the free-agent receiver’s Twitter account Tuesday. “This coming season, I am excited to announce that I have chosen to play for the (at)Lions and reunite with Coach Caldwell for another run,” Boldin tweeted. Bol...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Nearly a third of Russian athletes banned from Rio
MOSCOW — At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country’s doping scandal. International federations in canoeing, sailing and modern pentathlon ruled out eight on Tuesday, including an Olympic ...
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Marlins 2B Gordon set to return from PED suspension
MIAMI — Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon will be eligible for reinstatement from his 80-game suspension on Thursday prior to Miami’s game against St. Louis. Gordon, last year’s National League batting champ, was suspended for violating the league’s performance enhancing drug policy. He wi...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Blue Jays acquire OF Melvin Upton Jr. from San Diego
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the San Diego Padres. The Blue Jays also received cash from San Diego. In return, the Padres get minor league right-hander Hansel Rodriguez. Upton is batting .256 with 16 home runs, 45 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. The 12...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Awards stolen from Roger Maris Museum
FARGO, N.D. — Authorities say an ornate prize belt that has been awarded to some of the America’s top professional athletes has been stolen from a museum in North Dakota. Fargo Deputy Chief Joe Anderson says a burglar broke into the Roger Maris Museum in a Fargo mall early Tuesday and smashed ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Amare Stoudemire retires from NBA
NEW YORK — Amare Stoudemire’s greatest NBA success was in Phoenix, where as Steve Nash’s pick-and-roll partner he was one of the NBA’s most fearsome finishers. But he chose to leave the league as a member of the Knicks, the franchise that was mired in a lengthy playoff drought before he sig...
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U.S. women finish exhibitions at Garden
NEW YORK — The U.S. women’s basketball team continues its pre-Olympic tour with a three-city exhibition series that wraps up Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Americans will face France on Wednesday at the University of Delaware, play Canada on Friday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and host Aus...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Kimbo Slice’s son to make pro MMA debut with Bellator
LOS ANGELES — Baby Slice is ready to fight. Kevin Ferguson Jr., the oldest son of late fighting star Kimbo Slice, will make his professional mixed martial arts debut next month for the Bellator promotion. Ferguson had his first amateur MMA fight in March, stopping his opponent in 83 seconds. Les...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Woman shares her sexual assault story with Baylor players
WACO, Texas — A woman who said she was raped by two Oregon State football players and two other men in 1998 shared her story with the Baylor football team Monday. Brenda Tracy’s talk with the Bears came two months after a 13-page report said Baylor failed to properly handle accusations of sexua...
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NFL’s first female ref reflects on rookie year
IRVING, Texas — Sarah Thomas was never hit by the pressure of being the first woman to be a full-time NFL game official until after her first season on the job. It wasn’t until this past offseason that Thomas pondered what really happened after accomplishing her goal, which was to work full-ti...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Falcons release return specialist Devin Hester before camp
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons have released star return specialist Devin Hester before the opening of training camp. Hester is a three-time All-Pro who set an NFL record with 20 career returns for touchdowns. A turf toe injury knocked out most of his season in 2015. He had 269 total ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Packers’ McCarthy: No long-term concern with WR Jordy Nelson
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says there is no long-term concern with Jordy Nelson after the receiver was placed on the physically unable to perform list to start training camp. Nelson is coming back from a torn ACL in his right knee. The injury occurred in August 2015 a...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Decade after retirement, Smith gets into Pride of Jaguars
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Retired NFL receiver Jimmy Smith, whose life has been defined as much by drug addiction as football production, will be the next member of Jacksonville’s ring of honor. The team announced Tuesday that Smith will be inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars during halftime of i...
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Olympic boxers to fight without headgear, worry about cuts
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Although Antonio Vargas still thinks about the cut that nearly ended his Olympic dream, his unprotected head will be clear when he steps into the ring in Rio de Janeiro. Vargas grew up sparring and competing in protective headgear, so he had never been cut in a fight bef...
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Olympic shooters thrust into gun-control debate
Kim Rhode sees the news on television or social media. Another mass shooting, in Aurora, San Bernardino, Newtown, Orlando, Dallas, Baton Rouge. For the two-time Olympic gold medalist shotgun shooter, what comes next has become routine. “I just wait for my phone to ring,” Rhode said. “I know...
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Federer out of Olympics
Roger Federer is sitting out the rest of this season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and U.S. Open, to protect his surgically repaired left knee. Federer wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that he needs “more extensive rehabilitation following my knee surgery earlier this year.” “The ...
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Aussie’s finally move into the Olympic village
RIO DE JANEIRO — Two days after describing the housing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics as “dangerous,” Australian athletes and staff started moving into the massive athletes’ village compound on Tuesday. Australia team spokesman Mike Tancred said up to 60 delegation members — evenly split ...
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Olympics present problems for Ryder Cup
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. — The Olympics has thrown another wrinkle into the golf schedule, this one affecting the American team for the Ryder Cup. The PGA Championship typically is the final event to earn one of the eight automatic qualifying spots, and then Davis Love III would have four captain’s pi...
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US: Fighting in Syrian city yields trove of IS intelligence
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is exploiting an enormous amount of digital information about the Islamic St..
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