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Losing sleep for soccer? Not a big deal

It's not natural to wake up around the same time as the sun to watch sports, even for the most diehard fans. To me, sports seem to be more of an after-work affair, an opportunity to share a good time with family and friends either in the living room or at a sports bar, or something like that.

June 18, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Some of the best sports moments of this past spring season

During the spring, there are seven sports that encompass the lives of many of the area high school students. That means plenty of stories, late-game heroics and heartbreak moments happen during this time. So what I'm about to do won't be easy. Actually, it'll be extremely tough.

June 08, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Mendonca’s return creates local buzz

Tommy Mendonca will be back in town. Well, sort of.

April 16, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


It’s just not fair

What if Gordon Hayward's shot went in?

April 06, 2010 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A look back at local prep sports

Sometimes I like to repeat myself, and I'm going to do just that here: High school sports are the purest form of sports. It really captures what sports are all about -- the passion, the endless hours of practice, the small-town glory. And sometimes the athletes get to showcase their hard work in front of thousands of people or just a few dozen, mostly parents and peers. The effort is all the same.

December 29, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Fantasy football rookie goes for the touchdown

Since I was little, I remember Sundays being the designated football day. I would get out my cheese head, my Green Bay Packer blanket and put on my favorite Bret Favre jersey that was way too big for me. It was bonding time with my family and, of course, I was the dedicated cheerleader for the Packers. Whenever my dad cheered, I did too.

December 04, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Sports Columns


My first hockey experience

There were plenty of justifiable reasons why we should have left the HP Pavilion in our rearview mirror and go on about our night.

December 01, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A few degrees makes all the difference

I have a 75 gallon fish tank at home where I have about six tropical fish. When I purchased my fish I tried to get them in pairs. Coincidentally, two of my pairs ended up spawning several times over the summer. Once the cooler weather hit, I noticed several changes occur in the tank. The first change I noticed was the once radiant colors of my fish went pale and their movement became very sluggish. Rarely did any of them feed off the surface of the tank anymore and several even chose to skip meals. All spawning activity also came ...

November 28, 2009 | Jarod Ballardo Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


When coaches behave badly

I've written about my former coaches before and the impact they made on my life. For the most part, they've been good memories. And even the bad ones, which included them yelling in my face, were beneficial because I know it was for my own good.

November 20, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A much needed ‘fore!’

I was standing about 50 yards from the tee of the second hole and imagining, just for a second, what it'd feel like to get smacked by a speeding golf ball. It wasn't a wish. It was just a thought.

November 06, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


Junior high reunion spurs introspection

This was my eighth-grade boys basketball tryout: Our coach, a slender man with a monotone voice, instructed us to make five straight free throws. He didn't care who took the shot, but every time a ball refused to go in, we'd run sprints up and down the court.

October 31, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A lesson in lingo

Recently I was asked to explain the differences between a reaction bait and a rip bait. I realized then, that for those just getting into the sport or who've been out of it for a while can easily be confused with the ever changing fisherman's language.

October 09, 2009 | Jarod Ballardo Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Honoring the great MJ

It's time to honor Michael Jordan. The greatest basketball player ever will be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. Even Jordan himself couldn't tarnish his own legacy as an old man with bad knees in a game that had evolved since he last laced one of his popular Air Jordans.

September 08, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


The best inspiration comes from strangers

I had just pounded out the opening mile of my first 5K run when a serious dilemma popped in front of my face. Maybe the thought also crossed the minds of the other runners. Well, probably except for those superhumans - also known as the Cal State Stanislaus runners - who do this kind of stuff as warm-up.

August 25, 2009 | Chhun Sun | Sports Columns


A remarkable week in sports

A guilty pleasure of mine is watching VH1's "Best Week Ever." It's an addicting show that offers commentary from no-name comedians and minor celebrities on the week's biggest pop culture news.

August 21, 2009 | 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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