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Dear Giants: Please don’t sign Sandoval

In the fall of 2014, I was all aboard the panda express. No, I'm not talking about the restaurant, and no, I'm not talking about that martial arts practicing bear, either. I'm talking about the 2012 World Series Most Valuable Player, swing at (and somehow hit) every pitch outside of the strike zone, bubblegum-blowing All Star third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who from 2008-2014 served as an integral part of a San Francisco Giants dynasty that won three World Series in the span of five years.

July 14, 2017 | Angelina Martin | Sports Columns

Giants fans, don't cheer a cheater

Barry Bonds will make a dramatic return to 24 Willie Mays Plaza when the Giants add him to their Wall of Fame on Saturday. Thousands of excited fans will see the peerless slugger for the first time since he left the game 10 years ago. I have a request for them: don't cheer a cheater.

July 07, 2017 | BY MATT JOHANSON Special to the Journal | Sports Columns

49ers fans and Turlock should be proud of Kap

Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers gave their fans a long-awaited gift on Christmas Eve: a rousing, comeback win over the Los Angeles Rams to snap their 13-game losing streak. The quarterback's two touchdown passes, his 13-yard-run for a third touchdown and especially his bold and inventive two-point play for the lead reminded us what a special athlete he is.

December 30, 2016 | BY MATT JOHANSON Special to the Journal | Sports Columns

Milburn earns first win of the season in Tri-Holiday Classic at 99 Speedway

Travis Milburn fended off a late race assault by Manteca's Jacob Gomes to take a hard earned victory in the Pacific Challenge Series 100-lap late model feature during Saturday's final leg of the annual Tri-Holiday Classic at Stockton's 99 Speedway.

September 06, 2016 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns

It's called fishing, not catching for a reason

Many assume that I'm always catching fish. Even today, after years of experience, I still have days when I don't catch anything. I've learned that my chances of catching a fish are dramatically reduced or improved by a variety of factors - time of year, time of day, and tide are my top three.

August 05, 2016 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns

My sunrise to sunset fishing days are over

Gone are the days when I used to fish through the summer heat. Call it what you want, I call it being smart. Rarely have my fishing trips gone past noon this summer. On Wednesday for example, I was on the water before 6:30 a.m. and off the water at noon. I was able to catch fish, enjoy the sunset, avoid the traffic, and didn't come home feeling completely drained of energy.

July 29, 2016 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns

Don't waste time trying to outthink a fish

A lot of anglers make fishing too complicated. To me, this explains how someone with limited experience and skill can catch fish on days where others are struggling to get a bite. The longer I've been fishing, the more I'm starting to realize that I've wasted a lot of time trying to outthink a fish. The first mistake I've made was eliminating areas that didn't look good to me. The major flaw in that type of thinking was that everything that I'm looking at above the water line, the fish don't even see ...

July 26, 2016 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns

Portuguese national team captures first Euro title

Portugal are the 2016 UEFA Euro Champions, which essentially entitles them to bragging rights as the best national soccer team in Europe, that's right, best in Europe, let that settle in for a second and remember how many Americans of Portuguese descent have settled here in Turlock or nearby.

July 12, 2016 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns

Final thoughts on the Copa America Centenario

The Copa America Centenario was by no means a disappointment or bad finish - for the U.S. men's national soccer team that is-Mexico had a different ending to their story in this tournament.

June 28, 2016 | Eddie Ruiz | Sports Columns

Don't be afraid to try something different

Some of the old timers will tell you that the best way to teach someone how to swim is to push them right into the water. I definitely don't encourage anyone pushing someone into the water but I do see the benefit of not being afraid to try something different. Some of the best advice that I can give a fellow angler is to not be afraid to try something different. I can remember several times that I've been fishing with someone who was using a bait that I would have never tried, catch a fish while fishing ...

May 20, 2016 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns

Stockton 99 Speedway opens 2016 season

The high-banked, ¼ mile Stockton 99 Speedway raised the curtain on its 68th season of racing with a four division show in front of a crowd estimated at just over 1,000 on Saturday night.

May 17, 2016 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns

Covering the Super Bowl

They call it Super Bowl Sunday but it is more like a month-long endeavor. The entire Bay Area was affected by hosting the big event this year in many ways. The minute the 49ers lost their last game the NFL took over the stadium and began their preparations. The cities of San Francisco, Santa Clara and surrounding areas were all gearing up for the event in early January even though it was a month away. All of this pointed to Super Bowl Sunday. I for one didn't even realize the magnitude and how it is much more than a ...

February 12, 2016 | Hank Vander Veen | Sports Columns

Forever Oakland's Raider

As I stand on the sideline waiting for Charles Woodson to come out of the tunnel for the last time in Oakland I can't help but feel lucky to be witnessing one of the greatest defensive players of all time play his final home game in the NFL. Saddened, I begin to reflect on his accomplishments that most players never experience. As a Raider fan I am feeling selfish wanting one more year, but realize the Raider Nation along with the NFL is lucky to have had the 18 years we did with such a phenomenal player.

December 31, 2015 | BY CANDY PADILLA Turlock Journal | Sports Columns

Be wary when buying a used boat

A friend of mine recently purchased a used boat for the first time. He was so happy to finally have the boat of his dreams that he posted pictures of him and his boat all over the internet. Now that he's had a little time to get to know his boat he's been calling me, explaining to me an issue that he is having with his outboard. From his description of the problem it doesn't seem like anything major, although with an outboard you never know.

August 28, 2015 | BY JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Gomes takes checkered in SRL 125 lap race at Stockton

Tracy's Jeff Bischofberger and Jacob Gomes of Manteca held the front row of the stellar 16-car field lined up to take the green flag for the SRL Spears Southwest Tour 125 lap feature at the Stockton 99 Speedway on Saturday night.

August 25, 2015 | BY DALE BOSOWSKI Motorsports columnist | Sports Columns

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