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Atherton's CiCi Bellis, 15, stuns tennis world at U.S. Open

Atherton teenager CiCi Bellis stepped onto the tennis world's big stage and pulled a big upset Tuesday. 
Giants' Madison Bumgarner shuts out Rockies
Madison Bumgarner allows just one hit in 3-0 win over Colorado Rockies, and Buster Posey hits two home runs. 

Local sports digest: San Jose State bringing back water polo
Spartans will field first team next fall after 34-year absence; San Jose Giants defeat Lake Elsinore 

NFL: Patriots, Bucs make a deal
New England sent six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay on Tuesday for tight end Tim Wright and a draft choice. 

Sports digest: USC investigates Shaw's story about injury
USC coach Steve Sarkisian said the school is investigating defensive back Josh Shaw's story that he injured both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning.  

U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats American teen
Serena Williams began her bid for a third consecutive U.S. Open title with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American teen Taylor Townsend on Tuesday night.  

A's lose 4-2 to Astros
Chris Carter's three-run homer in the eighth inning leads the Houston Astros past the Oakland A's 

U.S. Open: Roger Federer wins as Michael Jordan watches
Federer delighted Jordan with a back-to-the-net, between-the-legs shot during a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 76th-ranked Marinko Matosevic of Australia. 

Cal football: Quarterback Jared Goff in control
Cal teammates say sophomore quarterback Jared Goff is much more in command as opener with Northwestern approaches. 

Stanford football fans snapping up season tickets
Cardinal usually struggles to sell tickets in even-numbered years because schedule is unattractive, with USC being the only marquee opponent, but this year season-ticket sales are nearing 32,000. 

A's manager Bob Melvin being discreet with pitching plans
Oakland A's lefty Drew Pomeranz will start against Houston Astros on Wednesday; Melvin not saying if Pomeranz will remain in rotation following that start 

Raiders' Brice Butler battles for roster spot
Oakland Raiders' Brice Butler making himself part of discussion for roster spot at wide receiver  

Raiders claim former Cal kicker Tavecchio
ALAMEDA _ The Raiders claimed former Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio on waivers from the Detroit Lions on Tuesday and released Kevin Goessling. 

Stanford's Ty Montgomery expected to start opener
Stanford All-American Ty Montgomery is cleared by doctors after recovering from shoulder surgery.
 

College football preview: Pac-12 Conference
Oregon and UCLA are favored to play in the conference championship game at Levi's Stadium, but Pac-12 is a deep conference and several teams including Stanford could spring a surprise 

College football preview: Mountain West Conference
Fresno State and Utah State appear to be the best team; San Jose State picked fourth in West Division 

College football preview: Will Pac-12 be shut out of final four?
First College Football Playoff projections show SEC with two teams in finals and Pac-12 having to settle for the Fiesta and Cotton bowls. 

College football preview: USC at Stanford a must-see matchup
LSU-Wisconsin on Saturday kick off a ton of must-see college games this fall 

College football preview: Coaches on the hot seat
Cal's coach Sonny Dykes enters 2014 season on the hottest seat in the Pac-12, but even he might not be in as much danger as Michigan's Brady Hoke. 

College football preview: 2014 Heisman Trophy candidates
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is Pac-12's top Heisman candidate, but history suggests that he's a longshot 

Sarkisian: USC investigating player's heroic story
Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian says the school is investigating defensive back Josh Shaw's story that he sprained both of his ankles jumping off a balcony to save his nephew from drowning.  

Oakland Raiders' DJ Hayden will miss first five games
Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden missed the final eight games of his rookie season with a groin injury. 

Explaining the College Football Playoff: the unabridged edition
The new College Football Playoff begins this season; Rose and Fiesta Bowls will be two of the semifinal rotation bowls leading to the national title game. 

Wilner: New NCAA football playoff a recipe for controversy
NCAA's four-team playoff is an improvement over the BCS, but eight teams would be a much fairer way to determine a national champion.
 

U.S. Open: Atherton teen Bellis, 15, stuns Cibulkova
American teen CiCi Bellis became the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996 -- almost three years before she was born -- when she stunned Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova 

Lane Kiffin will have space to find rhythm as Alabama's play-caller
Former USC and Raiders coach Lane Kiffin will debut as Alabama's offensive coordinator and play-caller when the Crimson Tide plays West Virginia on Saturday in Atlanta 

CBS Sports Network to launch all-women sports show
CBS Sports Network will air a weekly, hour-long all-women sports show starting next month on the cable channel 

U.S. Open: What to watch on Tuesday, including Serena vs. the teen
NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Townsend doesn't get to ease her way into her first U.S. Open. Nothing bigger than this: center court, prime time, Serena Williams. 

49ers rip out Levi's Stadium field again, larger overhaul coming
For the second time in less than a week, the 49ers have begun ripping out the Levi's Stadium turf as part of a larger overhaul that the team hopes will solve its playing field woes. 

 
 
 
 
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Signs of Indian walking sticks in Bay Area

Reader spots an unusual bug, which turns out to be a pest more common in Southern California.