Colin Kaepernick's status as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers has been questioned since his breakout performance against the Chicago Bears in Week 11, but after four NFL starts opposition to the second year player has started to soften.
Turlock's own Tommy Mendonca is coming back to California. The former Turlock High and Fresno State standout was acquired by the Oakland Athletics via the Triple-A phase of the Rule-5 draft on Thursday, ending a three year stint where he played 297 minor league games for the Texas Rangers.
The Turlock Express hosted the Sacramento Surge on Saturday in the fourth match of the 2012 Professional Arena Soccer League season. With a dominating first half scoring effort, the Express (2-2) notched their second win with an 8-5 victory over the Surge (0-4).
Turlock native Colin Kaepernick had a momentous coming out performance against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
The life of a backup quarterback in the NFL can be tough. A backup has to go through the daily grind of practice, film review, team meetings, and travel, but rarely gets the chance to enjoy the perk of playing time. If a backup is called upon the situation typically isn't ideal. Poor team performances and losses are one reason a backup quarterback might get the opportunity to play, but more times than not injury to the starter is the reason behind a backup's appearance in a game -and nobody ever wants that.
Denair-native mixed martial artist Jeff Hougland will fight in China today, as part of the UFC's first ever event to occur in the Far East country.
A crowd of Central Valley fans stood 30 feet away from the cage inside Santa Rosa's Grace Pavilion Saturday, waiting for the sixth fight of the night between Lewis Gonzalez and Bobby Stack. The group of friends and family, roughly 25 in all, made a habit of attending Gonzalez' fights but this one was different, Cage Combat's Lightweight title was on the line and Gonzalez was expected to claim it. The Lethal Legion waited to watch what they considered to be the first big step in a promising career.
If you're from Turlock and you haven't heard of Colin Kaepernick you must be living under a rock. In only his second year in the NFL, San Francisco's backup quarterback and Pitman High's greatest athletic export has jumped onto the national media's radar, confirming what a lot of locals have known for some time - Kap can play.
It's Wednesday, three days before the biggest fight of his career and Lewis Gonzalez is outside in the sun, running through the streets of his neighborhood bundled in layers of clothing. He is sweating and he's tired but he can't stop, he has pounds to shed and a champion to challenge. After going 6-0 at 170 and 160 pounds, Gonzalez is moving down to 155 pounds to face Cage Combat's Lightweight title holder Bobby Stack. It's the Turlocker's first title fight; the fight he hopes will help launch his professional career.
Mixed Martial Arts is all about control. In order to defeat an opponent you must first control them, either physically or psychologically.
Turlock's Jeremiah Metcalf made his K-1 debut on Saturday when he faced Jamaica's Markhaile Wedderburn at 186 pounds in the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Metcalf, a seasoned mixed martial artist, made the most of his opportunity, dispatching Wedderburn 2:12 into the first round via knockout.
A little over two years ago Ashley Olsen made Pitman High history as being the first female graduate to lock a college scholarship in golf. Olsen just added to her Pride golf legacy as being the school's first professional golfer.
It's safe to say that more than a few of Turlock's television sets were tuned in to Friday's preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings. It's an even safer assumption to say that most who were watching were doing so to catch Turlock native Colin Kaepernick line up under center.
Turlock's sole professional sports team, the Turlock Express, surprised the Professional Arena Soccer League last season, finishing third in the Western Division and earning a playoff berth in their first year of existence.
On Sept. 8, the world renowned kickboxing organization K-1 returns to American soil with K-1 Rising 2012. Fifteen fighters from around the world will meet in Los Angeles to help the legendary organization mount a resurgence, including Turlock's own Jeremiah Metcalf in his K-1 debut.
The Oakland Raiders have suffered another 4-12 season in 2013, which was good for last place in the AFC West.
Why fix it if it isn't broken?
The Los Angeles Raiders. Sure, it's better than the San Antonio Raiders, but it still doesn't sound quite right.
Life is good for Colin Kaepernick.
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