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  • US Open SF gets back on their feet The 49ers climbed all over Cincinatti beating the Bengals 41-17 on the road Sunday to even the record at 1-1. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Fifa World Cup Prep Football McClymonds showed they are still a force after beating a good Campolindo team 41-21 improving to 3-0. De La Salle blows out Folsom on the road. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • NCAA Football College football Cal is back in the top 25 (23rd) after holding off North Texas St 23-17 at home Sat. The Bears (3-0) head off to face Mississippi Saturday with a target on their backs.. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • 2019 US Open Oakland embracing it's Roots The Oaskland Roots might have lost 4-2 to Liga MX (Mexican) side FC Juarez 4-2 but the fans that soldout the game once again loved every minute of it. Photo by Camden Heisner/1st String Magazine
  • World Cup A Bay Area legend All he did was bring championships to one of the most beloved teams in sports and he did it with style winning 3 World Series in a five year span. SF Giants skipper Bruce Bocthy is calling it a career after the 2019 MLB season ends. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

 

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Indy Cars return to beautiful Monterey

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Next week will end a month full of racing down at the historic WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway.

The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey goes down Sept. 20-22.

This will be the first time the Indy Car series has been in Monterey in years and fans will be treated to a season ending battle for the championship.

Three drivers still have a shot at the points title with one race left in the season.

Josef Newgarden is sitting in the drivers seat with 593pts 41 ahead of Alexander Rossi who is a point ahead of 3rd place Simon Pagenaud.

You get 50 points for a win so, as you can see, Newgarden will have to drive to win the series championships and not so much the race itself. More click here

 

 

The SaveMart 350

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Martin Truex Jr held off Kyle Busch the last 20 or so laps of the 2019 SaveMart 350 at a sun splashed Sonoma Raceway.

It was Martin's second win in a row in Sonoma and his 4th of the 2019 season. Truex Jr. led a race high 59-laps of the SaveMart 350.

It is the 50th anniversary of Sonoma Raceway formerly known as Sears Point Raceway back in the day.

To help honor the track The Carousel, a long sweeping turn that can make or break a lap, was put back into the rotation. Martin handled it just fine.

Stage 1 of the 3 staged race went to William Byron who led every lap of the first stage and was second in laps led (21). Denny Hamlin was the best man in the second stage before Truex Jr took control of the 50 lap stage 3.

Kyle Busch did make a run at the checkered flag. Busch slapped on some fresh tires and dropped 7-seconds off a 8-second lead but Kyle could not catch Truex Jr in the end.

Ryan Blaney was 3rd and in perhaps the best drive of the day, Matt DiBenedetto finished a career high 4th.

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The Bay Area will be ground zero for vintage racing the next month as Sonoma Raceway and WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway open up their track to some of the prettiest cars that ever graced the roadway.

May 3-5 the Trans-Am Speed Fest heads down to beautiful Monterey and the Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway.

Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, Corvettes and Vipers will share the track with vintage muscle cars all supped up and in race trim.

The red of Ferrari follows the parade of muscle cars around Laguna Seca when the Ferrari Racing Days and Corse Clienti F1 takes it's turn racing thru the famous Corkscrew.

Highlighting the weekend will be F1 cars from Ferrari's stable that will come thru Monterey and run a few laps around the world famous circuit.

That goes down May 10-12 making it a busy start to the 2019 racing season

 

 

St. Mary's takes control of their own destiny

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Who knew that St. Mary's would sweep thru the WCC Tourney and soundly defeat the n #1 team in the nation, Gonzaga.

The Zags have been a thorn in the side of St. Mary's for a long time now.

The Gaels were also trying to erase the memory of the 94-46 thrashing the Zags handed St. Mary's the first time the two teams played this year.

St, Mary's was better the second time around at home in both teams regular season league finals losing 69-55.

In the WCC Final the Gaels turned a 27-24 halftime lead into a 60-47 win and the ticket to the Big Dance that comes with it. Head coach Randy Bennett coached one of the best games in his life against the Zags.

St. Mary's never let Gonzaga go on a run that every thought was coming in the WCC final. The Gaels lost to defending champs Villanova 61-57 in the first round. It was a tough out for as team that got better as the year went on.

High school sports impacted by the California wild fires

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

All across northern and southern California high school sports have been put on hold because of the devastating wildfires burning out of control in large parts of the state.

There are over 1,000 people missing and that number is sure to go up as the fires continue to burn.

The smoke from the "Camp Fire" in Butte county has descended over most of the San Francisco Bay Area causing very un healthy air.

It's so bad that most prep sporting events have been cancelled the past two weeks. Cross Country got it's section meets axed and runners moved onto state based on times they ran during the season.

Next weeks state meet in Fresno is a go at the moment. Hopefully the kids can run and it comes at a time when they can postpone it for a week if they have to.

The football state championships have been moved back. Schools are trying to move playoff games to areas the smoke has not caused havoc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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