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The power of never giving up

It was a stunning realization to see the U.S. team finalize an epic comeback against Brazil to win its quarterfinal match in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany last weekend. The win told many stories, and not just about the fact that the Americans are now just one win from the championship game.

July 12, 2011 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Say it ain’t so, NBA

Life without the NBA is an inconceivable thought.

July 01, 2011 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Don’t fish blind

Recently, while camping with my family at Lake Pardee, my son and I decided to take a walk. We ended up near the boat ramp where there were a lot of people fishing. They had just released a truck load of trout into the lake earlier that morning, so there were people catching fish all around us.

June 28, 2011 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Will Jimmer save the Kings?

Like most Central Valley residents, I grew up a Sacramento Kings fan.

June 24, 2011 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


It isn’t over until it’s over

I did not see the majority of the Dallas Mavericks' late-game comeback against the Miami Heat on Thursday night in the second game of the NBA Finals. Like most spectators, I thought the Mavs were done after being down by 15 points with 7:15 minutes left, so I went away from the TV for a few minutes.

June 03, 2011 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


No one can escape the Madness

This is a column.

March 25, 2011 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Once it’s gone, it’s gone

While updating my phone it crashed and I lost all of my information. Initially, I didn't think it was such a big deal. I couldn't have been more wrong as I ended up spending most of the day trying to recover all of my lost information. It's really quite scary how much information can be lost in a matter of seconds. On my boat I have a depth finder that has close to 10 years of fishing information stored on it. If by chance I was to lose that information, I don't know what I would ...

December 23, 2010 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Letting go of precious memories

When I was a kid, I used to dig through the family couch for loose change. It's kind of silly now, but that was the fastest way to land cash for me at the time. All that money I came across went straight to the local baseball card store.

July 16, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A not so fond farewell

Just imagine the dark orange color that comes from a burning basketball jersey, one lit up by brokenhearted sports fans. LeBron James can't.

July 13, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Whatever happened to roughing it?

A close relative of mine mentioned to me that he was going camping for two days at one of the local lakes. As he began to go through his packing list, he couldn't help to add a few things here and there. Before he knew it, his truck was completely full. He couldn't believe how much stuff he needed for just a few days of camping.

July 13, 2010 | BY JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


The importance of Brock Lesnar

About a year ago around this time, I wrote about the importance of Brock Lesnar, the UFC heavyweight champion that had the mouth to go along with his pit bull physique. He was a different kind of MMA fighter.

July 06, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


We’re all crazed fans

I've been thinking about this whole NBA free agency thingy. You know, the one that boasts the greatest free agency class in NBA history. There's the possibility of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh coming together to build a superstar team, and load of other big-time hoop stars that can alter any team into a good one.

July 02, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


The perfect family getaway

This past weekend I received a hot tip on a camping location located slightly above Sonora. Being that it was going to be almost 20 degrees cooler up there than in the Manteca, I was open to the idea of spending the day someplace cooler.

July 02, 2010 | BY JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Sharing the World Cup experience with strangers

Inside a downtown Modesto bar, while the customers were indulging in the FIFA World Cup, there was a problem. A major one.

June 29, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


June 23, a day to remember

For me, June 23 commenced shortly after 6 a.m.

June 26, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


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Giants' 2014 may end better than it started

The San Francisco Giants have won two of the previous four World Series with Bruce Bochy at the helm. This year, they are chasing history to hopefully make it three of five - but the season has been rocky leading up to the final two months of baseball.

July 29, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


Keep on fishing with proper life jackets

Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat. A lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items on their boats. When it comes to life jackets though, a lot of times they couldn't tell you what sizes they have and some of them even keep them stowed away under a seat compartment somewhere.

July 25, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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