Maple bats are shattering lives, and baseball needs to do something

Hearing the crack of Nate McLouth's bat, Pittsburgh Pirates hitting coach Don Long turned his head slightly to follow the ball at Dodger Stadium on April 15....(more)

Road to Beijing: Lawson has long had a golden goal

Kara Lawson's reputation is all basketball. Whether on the court or on TV, the Monarchs guard lives and breathes her sport, as quick with the dead-on observation as she is with a rainbow jumper....(more)

BOSTON -- Jason Bay hit his first home run with Boston, Kevin Youkilis added a pair of two-run homers and the Red Sox cruised to a 12-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night....(more)

Sharp Zito gets best of San Diego's Peavy

SAN DIEGO - For one night, it was vintage Barry Zito....(more)

Rogowski delivers in pinch for River Cats

In the top of the 11th inning, Matt Murton saved it, and two innings later Casey Rogowski won it....(more)

Marty Mac's World: Artest deal doesn't add up

Ron-Ron is gone-gone, and exactly why no one knows....(more)

NBA Beat: Artest might be just what Rockets need to rise

There is already something conflicting about the Houston Rockets. This is a team that rolled up 22 consecutive victories last season, but managed a 24-20 record just before going on the second-greatest winning streak in league history and finished 11-11 as part of the traditional first-round playoff loss. Ron Artest can't splinter them....(more)

Leading Off: College camps open, and Sacramento yawns

With more donor money, better facilities and membership in the WAC, Sac State football probably could become quite a draw for fans in the area....(more)

Walker gives Kiffin concern

NAPA - Raiders coach Lane Kiffin is worried about Javon Walker....(more)

49ers' preseason cockiness is missing this summer

SANTA CLARA - A year ago in training camp, the 49ers were bubbling with braggadocio and itching for a fight....(more)

Area baseball report: Who's hot

* Jermaine Dye, outfielder, White Sox: Dye has been doing it all at the plate. The Cosumnes River product has hit safely in 12 of his past 14 games, and is batting .415 over that stretch. He has four home runs and eight RBIs in his past seven games....(more)

Events today

* Horse racing: Simulcast at Cal Expo, South America, TBA; Fort Erie, 10:05 a.m.; Woodbine, 10:10 a.m.; Monmouth, 10:25 a.m.; Saratoga, 10:35 a.m.; Arlington, 11 a.m.; Northlands, noon; Santa Rosa, 12:45 p.m.; Hastings, 1:25 p.m.; Del Mar, 2 p.m.; Los Alamitos, 6:30 p.m....(more)