Shaq Thompson, a Grant High School graduate, is heading to Super Bowl 50 as a member of the Carolina Panthers. Growing up in tough times, Thompson says sports provided an opportunity for success. “I was a kid who put all of his marbles into sports, hoping and praying that it all worked, and school, and it’s worked.”
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Former UC Davis kicker Rolf Benirschke had a successful run with the San Diego Chargers. The La Jolla High graduate is hoping the team won’t relocate to Los Angeles after the 2016-17 season. “Nobody is dying,” Benirschke says, offering perspective, “but you’re talking about taking the heart out of a community.”
The opening of the NFL Experience in San Francisco comes in typical NFL fashion – a loud, colorful and sponsor-laden ceremony including 49ers running back Roger Craig who, donning white gloves, receives the shiny, silver Lombardi Trophy from the back of the delivery van.
The Kings rally in the fourth quarter but can’t catch the Memphis Grizzlies, who win 121-117. The Kings score 40 points in the final period, but its not enough as they end their trip 0-3 and lose their fourth consecutive game.
The Portland Trail Blazers weren’t supposed to be competitive this season. They lost four starters from last year’s playoff team, including All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge. However, at 22-26, the Blazers are eighth in the Western Conference entering Saturday and would be a playoff team if the postseason started today.
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The UC Davis men’s success at home and against rival Cal Poly continues with a huge defensive performance to defeat the Mustangs 66-52 in a Big West Conference game in front of an announced crowd of 1,637.
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