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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


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


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