With the River Cats needing a victory Monday against Reno in the final game of the regular season to advance to the Pacific Coast League playoffs against the Las Vegas 51s after losing to the Aces 7-3 Sunday at Raley Field, Scarsone approaches his occupation with a similar minimalist efficiency.

Kasey Kahne's "downer" year received an important boost when he overcame his struggles with restarts with a big power move when he needed it the most.

Needing only a double to hit for the cycle in the seventh inning on Sunday, Pablo Sandoval worked a full count against Brewers reliever Alfredo Figaro – and took a pitch in the dirt for ball four. The show of restraint was less than exciting, but in the spirit of the weekend for the Giants’ offense, it kept the line moving.

Mike Jacobs hit his fourth homer of the series and Roger Kieschnick added a two-run shot to lead the Aces to a 7-3 victory over the River Cats on Sunday evening at Raley Field.

Caroline Wozniacki trusts her stamina so much that she plans to return to New York in two months to run a marathon.

A sport traditionally played in rural Indian villages is heading to arenas in Sacramento and Stockton this month when the World Kabaddi League holds its first U.S. matches.

Defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic abuse Sunday morning in San Jose, bringing more scrutiny to a 49ers team that spent the offseason tangled in legal matters.

The missing pieces to the 49ers’ offensive line are beginning to reappear. Alex Boone is expected to end his months-long contract holdout Monday after he and the team compromised on the remaining years of the right guard’s deal.

On paper, it was hardly a legacy fight, the type of matchup UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw had anticipated for days, weeks, months. He wanted a rematch with No.1 challenger Renan Barao so badly, right here in his back yard, that during his recent honeymoon in Mexico, he slipped out of bed in the wee hours and resumed training on a treadmill.

They figured it would be simple, that they would just beat up on Turkey like they did Finland a night earlier.

While they were stumbling through June and July, the Giants kept thanking their torrid start to the season for keeping them in contention, and repeating that they still had time enough to turn things around. Now, as the calendar flips to September, we may be seeing why.

The Kings reportedly have reached an agreement to trade veteran guard Jason Terry to the Houston Rockets. In the deal, reported first Sunday by Yahoo Sports, the Rockets would send a package of players with non-guaranteed contracts, including small forward Alonzo Gee, to the Kings, who would waive the players to gain salary gap space.

As T.J. Dillashaw walked out to the Octagon on Saturday night at Sleep Train Arena for his bantamweight title defense at UFC 177, his T-shirt read “Just One More” in bright green letters.

Sacramento State has eagerly awaited its opener since watching what could have been a magical season ruined by several close losses last year. The Hornets showed their enthusiasm by scoring the most points in a season opener in 12 years, rolling to a 49-13 victory over Incarnate Word at Benson Stadium on Saturday.

A storied powerhouse program in the Sac-Joaquin Section for decades, the Miners crashed to 0-10 last season, but all was grand again Friday when Nevada Union stunned Bee No. 14 Placer 41-20 in renewing a rivalry after an 18-year hiatus.

Russell Henley doesn't get into contention as much as he'd like, though he is tough to beat when he's anywhere near the lead.

Déjà vu? Again? The Raiders hope not. After consecutive 4-12 seasons, approximately $60 million available this offseason to upgrade talent and solidify the quarterback position, the party line is to acknowledge the NFL preseason for what it is – the biggest ripoff in professional sports – and profess to wearing blinders until the Sept. 7 opener at the New York Jets.

While the Los Angeles Angels buzzed around their clubhouse preparing for their fantasy football draft, the Oakland Athletics had their own doors locked for a grim team meeting.

Elk Grove High School senior Nick Madrigal can play in the majors now, according to former big-league shortstop David Eckstein. That’s a bold statement about someone who is 17 years old and just 5-foot-7 and 145 pounds. Eckstein understands what it takes to make misconception about size in baseball disappear. Eckstein, just 5-6, was the 2006 World Series MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Republic FC extended its USL Pro unbeaten streak to nine matches Saturday night with a 0-0 draw against host Wilmington (N.C.) Hammerheads FC, the team reported.

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