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The big match-up: Will Germany make history as first European World Cup victors on American soil?

The 2014 World Cup has come down to a final match between two soccer powerhouses-Germany and Argentina.

July 12, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


Don't let the mussels take over

For several years now there's been a mandatory inspection for boats entering our local lakes for quagga-zebra mussels. Most of us I'm sure think of the inspection as a hassle but it's necessary to help prevent these species from taking over our lakes.

July 03, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


This is your year USA fans

Here's a cool stat: In this year's World Cup more goals have been scored in the group stages than at any other World Cup with 32 teams competing. The tournament has seen 136 goals already, which tops the tallies of 130 and 126 in 2002 and 1998, respectively.

June 27, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


Patience is a virtue with top water lures

Summer time is top water fishing time for bass. Catching bass on a top water lure is one of the most exciting experiences in fishing. As exciting as it is, it also can be very difficult hooking up with a fish once it strikes. A common mistake anglers make when fishing with top water lures is setting the hook too early. Experienced anglers will tell you to wait until you feel the fish, but that's easier said than done. It took me several years and many hours on the water until I finally was able to wait on my ...

June 27, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Summer is finally here

Summer vacation has officially started for my family, this week we've been spending the first part of it camping at Lake Pardee. Actually, I'm typing this report from the picnic table of my campsite. Currently, we're the only family camping mid-week, making it even more enjoyable. The fishing has been good; the early morning kokanee bite is great, I've even been able to catch a few during the middle of the day.

June 06, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Lake Pardee cow superstition tested and failed

Last week while reading the fishing report from Lake Pardee, I read that some of the regulars believed that if the cows were lying down in the morning, fishing was going to be tough; if they were standing, the bite was supposed to be good. So, on my way up to the lake I looked for the first cow nearest the lake and, to my joy, it was standing.

May 16, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


After two decades, it's time for a new ride

I'm in an unfamiliar place right now, for the first time in nearly 20 years, I'm boat less.

May 02, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


How ‘bout that Stanley Cup, eh?

It is that time of the year, for many Americans and local San Jose Sharks supporters, to get behind their favorite hockey squad as the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing.

April 18, 2014 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns


Chasing a legacy at State

Wrestling is arguably the oldest sport in history, but what won't be argued is that it is one of the toughest and most demanding. A one-on-one contest that requires peak physical conditioning and lasting mental fortitude, wrestling is a test of true grit. Young athletes develop dedication for the sport through years of practice, but that's not the only quality that can be cultivated in a wrestling room. Dedication, perseverance, and self-determination-these qualities are also shaped by the sport and often influence more than just the athletic aspect of a person's character.

March 04, 2014 | Frankie Tovar | Sports Columns


Spring storms bring great fishing

Don't let this current storm fool you, if anything it's going to improve the fishing.

February 28, 2014 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


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


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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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