Clovis News: Sports

Tour of California missing out on a Valley ride

Enter the Warzone, back with a vengeance.

-- The only negative to hosting an event like the Tour of California is when the race goes elsewhere the following year, it's easy for feelings to get hurt.

So Visalia should be proud. And Clovis has good company in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, cities the tour has bypassed in recent years.

Nothing against the stages they chose. But one between Clovis and Visalia up and down the foothills and valleys of Fresno and Tulare counties would've been better.

-- Don't blame Yosemite National Park for closing its doors to the tour, based partially on environmental reasons.

From the number of "pit stops" by racers and caravan we saw during our ride in a team car, those concerns have a wee bit of merit.

-- No shock that Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable avoided prosecution for his former assistant's broken jaw.

Here's the lesson, kids: Whenever charged with assault, make sure all the eyewitnesses work for you.

-- Take heart, Raiders fans, today's game against the New York Jets is supposed to be on KGPE (Channel 47.1).

Who even knew 200 Raiders fans knew how to e-mail?

-- Hard to foresee a scenario where the Powers That Be let Boise State play for the national title.

The Broncos would have a better argument if their biggest win (in many eyes their only big win) didn't happen before Labor Day.

-- Why does the WAC get so little respect nationally? Check out this week's FBS statistics for rushing defense: San Jose State (119th out of 120 teams), Utah State (113), Hawaii (109), Louisiana Tech (107) and New Mexico State (105).

More than half the conference ... piled into the bottom sixth of the country.

-- Those numbers also illustrate why Fresno State -- No. 3 in the nation in rushing offense -- should mop up at least five WAC wins.

-- If Fresno State men's basketball coach Steve Cleveland is serious about bringing back all the fans who've lost interest in the program, he should open up a few practices and scrimmages.

-- Based on recent comments by Brian Sabean and Buster Posey's slow start in the Arizona Fall League, the catching prospect may need more minor-league "seasoning." The Fresno Grizzlies will gladly pass the paprika.

-- For no particular reason: Paris Gaines.

-- FYI: The Fresno Pacific men's basketball team plays its season opener Friday night against Holy Names.

If the Sunbirds lose, fans are asked to refrain from using any Unholy Names.

-- For some all-out bike racing, minus the egos and soigneurs, head over to Woodward Park today for the Homegrown Cyclocross Series.

We know Lance Armstrong is pretty fast on dirt, but we'd like to see him deal with barricades, a sandy hill run-up and the dreaded mud pit. The suffering begins at 10 a.m.