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Super Bowl 48: A house divided

The big game is one day away, Super Bowl 48 between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Football fans have been waiting months for the second of February to arrive, and while a majority of locals are still upset with Seattle's defeat of San Francisco in the NFC Championship game, the Super Bowl and all the food and fun that accompany it is sure to smooth over any ruffled feathers.

January 31, 2014 | BY FRANKIE TOVAR AND EDDIE RUIZ Turlock Journal | Sports Columns


Santa forgot my fishing license

Christmas is over and this is the first time in a long time that I didn't receive my annual fishing license as a gift.

December 30, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


2013: Sports Year in Review

Kaepernick becomes part of 49er history

December 27, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


What I will remember of The Stick

A new dawn of time in San Francisco for the loyal red and gold is underway-what many 49er fans call the Niner Faithful. Monday's 34-24 victory against the Atlanta Falcons marked the 36th Monday Night Football game that Candlestick Park has hosted since opening in 1971, the most of any stadium in NFL history. This was the official regular season home finale game for the 49ers at the historic stadium.

December 26, 2013 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


Tackle box spring cleaning

I've learned over the years that a person could drive themselves crazy worrying about every little detail when it came to fishing.

December 06, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Don't let your boat sit too long

It puzzles me sometimes how something can break without even being used. Because of a busy schedule, I was unable to get my boat out for a few months. When I had last used it, everything was working perfectly. Upon starting my boat, everything seemed to be working great, until I looked at my fuel gauge. It was stuck on empty, I tapped on it, and looked for loose wires, but nothing seemed to work. Knowing that I had enough fuel for the day, I wasn't going to let a fuel gauge stop me from fishing; it did make ...

November 29, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Time for a bait change

I've always tried to keep things simple when it came to my fishing tackle. I have a couple favorite colors and a couple favorite baits that I've convinced myself that if they aren't working, the fish aren't biting. Over these past few years though, I've really begun to question my decision to stick to a handful of colors and techniques.

November 12, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The draw of year-round fishing

The first time I took my wife out fishing on the Delta she asked "are there always this many bugs around?" I knew then that it was going to be a short trip and that the Delta was off the list when planning to take her fishing.

October 26, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Patterson tribute race to end track season

The 2013 local racing season will come to a close on Nov. 2 with the 30th Annual "Tribute to Gary Patterson" event at the Stockton Dirt Track, located at the San Joaquin County fairgrounds. The program will feature championship night for the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series, a special open 360 Winged Sprint Car event and a large fireworks show.

October 18, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Delta bearings easy with GPS

Navigating the Delta can be a little intimidating for someone who's not familiar with where they are going. I can remember my first couple of years fishing the Delta. I made sure to never stray too far from the launch ramp, but always wondered where all the other boats were heading out towards.

October 15, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Trip down striper memory lane

With the stripers beginning to make their way through the Delta, once again I'm reminded of my first time ever fishing for them.

October 04, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


49ers should worry, but not freak out

When the NFL schedule was released earlier this year, the San Francisco 49ers weren't expecting to enter Week 4 against the St. Louis Rams with a 1-2 record, but that's exactly where the defending NFC Champions find themselves.

September 24, 2013 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


Miller takes first win at Stockton 99

Turlock's Wes Miller cruised to his first victory of the season in the 17-car Modified feature at Stockton's 99 Speedway last Saturday.

September 06, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Voss avoids wrecks to win at Stockton 99

Jeremy Voss of Upper Lakes, Calif. was able to successfully navigate his way through a series of wrecks to take the checkered flag in the caution-filled 125-lap SPEARS Southwest Tour Series event presented by 51Fifty Energy Drink at Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night.

August 20, 2013 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns


Fall fishing coming soon

It's already getting darker earlier in the day and getting cooler at night, meaning to me that fall weather is closer than most people may think it is. Fall fishing is just as good or better than spring fishing. Just about all the species of fish become active while trying to prepare themselves for the winter.

August 16, 2013 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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