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Did Conor McGregor just crack?

Admittedly, it’s tough to keep your emotions bottled up. Everything came pouring out in Wednesday’s pre-match press conference for UFC 202 and became the latest bizarre incident in the tale of Conor McGregor vs. Stockton’s Nate Diaz. And McGregor’s bottle and can-tossing tantrum may be a sign that the talkative Irishman is not as confident [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: No. 10

My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County and the Mother Lode, is in its second edition. The inspiration and much of the wording describing these rankings is thanks to my good friend and former colleague T.J. Holmes of the Redding Record Searchlight. These rankings are based [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 11-14

A slender-but-fearless bruiser, who’s also a quarterback. A precocious, friendly and fiery wide receiver wearing a new uniform. A flying missile of a defender, entering his third year of varsity play. A tall, menacing defensive lineman who’s bound to play for Nevada. That quartet makes up Nos. 11-14 on my latest prep football returner rankings. [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 15-20

So, there’s this: Nos. 15-20 on my Top 50 Football Returner Rankings Countdown have some clout. There are two potential All-Area first-team defensive linemen, one of whom has verbally committed to Nevada. There’s a potential breakout wide receiver who was visited by Hawaii this offseason. There’s a linebacker and tackles machine who is the heart [...]

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Football Camp Tour, Day 1: Sierra, Edison and St. Mary’s

For a comprehensive story from my visits to Sierra, Edison and St. Mary’s football, as practices opened across the Sac-Joaquin Section on Monday, click here. However, here are some random thoughts from each camp from Day 1. My following practice visits, I’ll do more extensive blogs since I won’t have the same accompanying stories. SIERRA [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 27-32

This is serious territory. As we enter the middle of my Top 50 Football Returners Countdown, we reach players who more and more likely will be on The Record’s All-Area lists as the season ends in December. So enjoy, with these representatives from St. Mary’s, Tokay, Calaveras and Lincoln. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 33-38

We’re getting into batches of the serious difference-makers. They may be unheralded, but they can play some pigskin. My Top 50 Football Returners Countdown returns, with picks from Stagg, Escalon, Ripon, Manteca, McNair and Tracy. Dig in. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best returners in The Record’s coverage area: San Joaquin County [...]

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The verdict is in

Some of the true movers and shakers in the wine industry and other well-intended folks converged Monday morning at Viaggio Winery in Lodi. They tasted and evaluated dozens of wines, talked about them, learned about each other and went home with writer’s cramp after judging the Bottle Shock Open, a competition for amateur home winemakers [...]

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Top 50 Football Returners Countdown: Nos. 39-44

My top football returner rankings continue, with six guys who are set to improve immensely in 2016. Whether it be more experienced rosters, or a better schematic circumstance to succeed, the names on this list may not be familiar now, but they should be by November. My Top 50 Football Players Countdown, weighing the best [...]

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Trio of former Tigers raking in minors

Brett Sullivan, Gio Brusa and Tyler Sullivan had excellent collegiate baseball careers at Pacific. Especially offensively. Of course, baseball requires production across the lineup and roster, so the Sullivan brothers and Brusa playing well never was enough to push Pacific to its first NCAA playoff appearance. But the three are doing their thing in Minor [...]

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