It was a busy day for girls tennis in Kern County, with four Central Section quarterfinal playoff matches playing in town on Wednesday and 11 teams competing in all.
LOS ANGELES — Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 25 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers tipped off the Luke Walton era on a high note, beating the Houston Rockets 120-114 Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams at Staples Center.
Video highlights from four Central Section girls tennis quarterfinals played in town today between Garces-Liberty in Division I, Fresno-Edison-Bakersfield Christian and Reedley-Bakersfield in D-II and West-Porterville in D-III.
The home stretch is here, with just two games left — in some cases one — for each team in the Central Section, and the section's playoff seedings meeting looming a week from Saturday in Porterville.
Frontier senior Madison Swaney and the Garces doubles team of Anastasia and Alexsia Drulias drew the top seeds in the Central Section South Area tournament Friday and Saturday at Garces.
Bakersfield College’s women’s soccer team beat Antelope Valley 2-0 on Tuesday night at Memorial Stadium behind goals from Iris Pineda and Odalys Espinoza.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James led his pack of teammates toward the banner this city has waited 52 years to see. Then he laid his newly minted ring finger on the wine-colored banner before it was raised to the sky.
Video highlights from Liberty's 3-1 win over Centennial in Southwest Yosemite League volleyball action. Patriots clinched the second consecutive league title with the win.
Garces won the South Area team title as Stockdale senior Lexi Keene won the individual title for the third time in four years.
After a relatively steady period in the Central Section rankings — with a flip-flop of Clovis and Fresno-Central at Nos. 1 and 2 the only major change — over the past month or so, Week 9 brought the Valley a major shake-up.
By virtue of having just one loss to another Central Section opponent this season, Liberty is the new top-ranked volleyball team in this week’s BVarsity Top 15.
Garces girls golf coach Joan Reedy knew her team had a chance to win the Central Section South Area team title with one group left to come into the clubhouse.
The Cleveland Browns claimed quarterback Joe Callahan on Monday after starting quarterback Cody Kessler left Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a concussion.
DENVER — Quarterback Trevor Siemian threw for a touchdown and guided four other scoring drives, and the Broncos’ defense shut down Brock Osweiler in his return to Denver in a 27-9 win over the Houston Texans on Monday night.
LOS ANGELES — Despite the heartbreaking defeat to the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame significant obstacles to get there. Going forward, though, questions confront the front office.
Funny Car driver Jason Rupert slayed the demons that kept him from victory lane at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, and Tony Bartone remained the top dog in Top Fuel as the 25th annual NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion wound up on Sunday.
TALLADEGA, Ala. — Joey Logano repeated as winner of the Hellmann’s 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, joining Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick as Chase for the Sprint Cup second-round race winners to advance to the third round, Round of Eight, of the Chase.
For the past three years, Jason Rupert has been the baddest Funny Car driver on the IHRA circuit which culminated with his third straight championship this season.
Liberty’s unbeaten run in the Southwest Yosemite League is alive and well, thanks in large part to a running back who wasn’t with the team last year and was too injured to play much last month.
Head coach Cary Mills has said all season that he has weapons all over the field for his South football team, but when it comes to crunch time, he goes to his senior leader, Aries Harris.
The Ridgeview team that showed up at East High on Friday performed nothing like the one that blasted its previous two opponents by a combined score of 98-10 and was averaging 411 yards per game this season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers made the decision to save ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 6 instead of asking him to throw again on short rest in Game 5, and now they need him to save their season.
Editor’s note: For most of the past two decades, Steve Merlo has been the outdoors columnist for The Bakersfield Californian. Merlo, 68, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Tuesday. In that space, Merlo’s column has occupied for hundreds of Fridays, Californian assistant sports editor Mike Gri…
LOS ANGELES — Addison Russell homered for the second night in a row, and Javier Baez added three RBIs as the Chicago Cubs blew past the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Tehachapi volleyball team paid tribute to breast cancer survivors at its Dig for Life game Thursday night, and also honored a team mom whose fight for survival ended last week.
South High won a share of the 2013 South Yosemite League title and hasn’t lost a game in the Southeast Yosemite League since the school was moved there in 2014.