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Sacramento County Sports Digest

Sports Complex Unveiled as Part of California Forever


A rendering for a Solano Sports Complex development with facilities for baseball, basketball, football, swimming, tennis, volleyball, pickleball and other sports was released as part of the California Forever project in east Solano County.

Is Disc Golf Course Proposed for Rio Linda


A new disc golf course is proposed for an area area southwest of the Cherry Island golf course in Rio Linda.

Decision Looming: What to Know About the Oakland Athletics Possibly Moving to Sacramento


Things are moving quickly for the Oakland Athletics as they decide where to call home before eventually playing in a newly built stadium slated for a 2028 opening in Las Vegas.

Golden 1 Center Major Economic Driver in Region


According to the Greater Economic Council and Downtown Sacramento Partnership, Golden 1 Center brings in hundreds of millions of dollars annually in economic benefits to the Sacramento region.

Why Adopting Sports Gambling in California Has to Involve Tribes


When and if California legalizes sports gambling, the policy should honor the laws established in partnership with tribes decades ago, says Assemblyman James Ramos.

Sac Sports Hall Welcomes a Magnificent Seven


The class of 2024, enshrined at its ninth annual induction ceremony, includes Matt Barnes, James Donaldson, Leon Lee, Jamie Whitmore, Nick Johnson and, from the Special Olympics, Robert Bodas.

Sac Sports Hall to Welcome Five Inductees


NBA stars Matt Barnes and James Donaldson, baseball players Leon Lee and Nick Johnson, and Team USA paracyclist Jamie Whitmore will be inducted on Feb. 4 at Thunder Valley Casino.

New Pickleball Equipment Takes a Swing at the Sport’s Noise Problem


The “pop, pop, pop” that’s become synonymous with Pickleball may soon be a racket of the past. That’s the goal promised by a new generation of equipment developed to lessen the overall acoustic burden of the sport.

Newsom Blocks Proposed Ban on Youth Tackle Football


Proposed California legislation that would ban tackle football for kids under 12 had gained momentum until Gov. Gavin Newsom made it clear he’d veto the bill.

Parents’ Rights Groups Mobilize as California Advances a Ban on Youth Tackle Football


The Assembly has until the end of January to decide the fate of the youth tackle football bill, which would prevent kids under 12 from playing the sport to protect them from brain trauma.

What Causes Innocent-Looking Snow Slopes to Collapse? A Physicist and Skier Explains


An avalanche swept up skiers at Lake Tahoe’s largest ski resort on Jan. 10 as a 150-foot-wide sheet of snow slid down a mountain slope.

Second Avalanche Hits Tahoe Slopes Near Where a Skier Died One Day Earlier


An avalanche was reported Jan. 11 at a resort near Lake Tahoe, one day after a major avalanche roared down an adjoining mountain, trapping several people and killing a 66-year-old man.

FBI and San Diego County DA Investigate Stadium Labor Arrangements


A recent investigation by Voice of San Diego revealed that nonprofits that provide staff at local stadiums could be raising money without doing charity work, while also paying labor below minimum wage and under the table. Now, multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating.

Oakland A’s Are Relocating to Las Vegas


Three years after the NFL's Raiders abandoned Oakland for Las Vegas, MLB's Oakland A's announced they're moving there too. The owners of the teams unanimously approved the MLB team’s move.

Owners of San Jose Giants Acquire Fresno Grizzlies


The Fresno Grizzlies announced their sale to Diamond Baseball Holdings, a major operator of minor league clubs in the U.S., including the San Jose Giants.

Want a Piece of the Warriors? 10 Percent Ownership Stake Reportedly Up for Sale


The $700 million price tag sets a $7 billion mark that would make the Warriors one of the world’s most valuable sports teams.

Sacramento Republic Sign 13-Year-Old From Woodland


The Sacramento Republic FC has signed Da’vian Kimbrough from Woodland, making him the youngest athlete in American professional team sports.

Parks and Rec Waits for Impact of Field Reservation System


At its July 26 meeting, the Galt Parks and Recreation Commission discussed how to prioritize youth sports groups. Parks and Recreation Director Armando Solis said his department has developed a way for sports groups to reserve fields online.

Rio Linda High School Sports to Open Aug. 11


The community is ready and eager for the ribbon cutting and dedication on the long-awaited Rio Linda High School Baseball and Softball complex.

Steph Curry Wins American Century Championship


Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry won the American Century Championship with a knuckle-biting last putt.

Should Student-Athletes Get a Slice of School Sports Revenue? California Bill Sparks Backlash.


A proposal to set up degree completion funds for California student athletes has met with stiff opposition from universities and the NCAA. College athletes could earn a share of the revenue they generate under the bill — as much as $25,000 for each year that they played their sport. But the bill’s author has delayed it until 2024 after opponents charged the fund would draw money away from less lucrative sports like gymnastics and swimming.

Sacramento Kings Reveal New ‘Statement’ Uniform


Days after a social media post from the Sacramento Kings star player De'Aaron Fox about “a purple shortage” in the new uniforms, the Kings unveiled the team's “statement” jersey. The statement? Purple.

The Murrays Have Basketball in Their Blood


The Sacramento Kings were one pick away from drafting Keegan Murray’s identical twin brother in the 2023 NBA Draft. If it wasn’t for fate and the Portland Trail Blazers, the Murray twins could’ve been teammates again.

Major League Baseball Seeks to Increase African American Participation


In recent years, MLB officials have faced a significant lack of African American representation within the sport. The 2022 World Series marked the first time since 1950 that no U.S.-born Black players appeared in MLB’s showcase championship.

Sacramento Kings Uniforms Unveiled for 2023-24 Season


The Sacramento Kings unveiled new uniforms for the 2023-2024 season and they feature a lot less purple. The uniforms are back to using black as the primary color, with purple as an accent.

Locals Keeping Alive Black Cowboy History, Lifestyle


Gregory Bradley Sr. founded Loyalty Riderz in 2019 with his wife Phyllis Bradley and three other couples. The group meets monthly and sponsors rodeos and riders in events in the Bay Area and Southern California.

Yolo’s Anthony ‘Fluffy’ Hernandez Fights His Way Into the UFC


A member of the El Dorado Hills’ MMAGOLD team, the local standout has a big fight on the horizon May 20.

Elk Grove Prospect Awaits NFL Draft


Kahlef Hailassie, who played high school ball at Cosumnes Oaks, is poised to hear his name called in the upcoming NFL draft after a stellar college career as a defensive back at Western Kentucky.

Kings’ Broadcast Team Is Among the Most Diverse in the NBA


In a field historically dominated by white men, the Sacramento Kings television team is composed entirely of people of color and women—one of few NBA markets to demonstrate this diversity at the announcers’ table.

Sacramento City Council Approves Naming of Tyre Nichols Skate Park


The North Natomas skate park honors Tyre Nichols, who grew up in Sacramento. The 29-year-old Black man was severely injured during a Jan. 7 confrontation with police and died of his injuries Jan. 10.

Vice Mayor Speaks Out on Youth Tackle Football Ban


Citrus Heights Vice Mayor Bret Daniels is hoping to gain enough support to oppose a youth tackle football ban.

Iconic Local Sports Retailer Closes Shop


For 45 years, The Sports Shop served the entire southern half of Sacramento County as the only sporting goods shop. Online retailers have reportedly made it too difficult to continue.

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