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Weight Loss Motivation Earns Fresno Man The Star Treatment

Rio Vista Middle School Principal, Joe Bracamonte, found golf to be his motivation to lose weight and is now reaping more than just better health.

Fresno State Talks About Three-Peat Predictions

While the USC, Utah, Nebraska trifecta to open the season is pretty daunting; none of that technically matters in Fresno State's chase for a conference three–peat. KMPH Sports Director, Ralph Wood, talked to Head Coach Tim DeRuyter and a pair of Bulldogs about that subject at the Mountain West Football Media Preview in Las Vegas. More>>

Fresno State Picked To Win Mountain West's West Division

The Fresno State Bulldogs football team was picked to win the Mountain West "West" Division for the second year in a row. More>>

New California Law Puts Limits On Football Practices

When high school football teams in California hit the practice field next season, they won't be able to practice tackling as often. That goes for all other school and youth teams as well. California now has a new law that limits tackling practices to only two a week. More>>

10-Year-Old Blind Clovis Athlete Continues to Inspire

10-year-old Heaven Vallejos started running for her school cross country team less than a year ago, but she's already finished her second triathlon. Sunday at Clovis North high school, Heaven swam 250 meters, biked four miles and ran one mile in the 3rd annual iCAN Tri Youth Triathlon, drawing more and more fans and admirers with each step she takes. More>>

Central Football Coach Justin Garza Looking for Bone Marrow Donor

Twice, 38-year-old Central football coach Justin Garza thought he was well on the road to full recovery from a cancer fighting his immune system, including after a stem cell transplant in 2012. Now, in his ongoing fight against Hodgkin's Lymphoma, the Valley native's looking for help from the community as he searches for a bone marrow donor. When you get a sense of Garza's character, the already overwhelming support is pretty easy to understand.Already, the following schools and times have be... More>>

Slowest Sports Day of the Year Leads to Media Home Run Derby

The day after baseball's All-Star game is pretty unanimously regarded as the slowest sports day of the year. Which led to some members of the Fresno media participating in a home run derby, put on by new Clovis East baseball coach Pat Waer.One participant (pictured) would like it known they haven't taken batting practice in six years. More>>

Valley Teen Ready For The Big Stage In Motocross

Thirteen-year-old Brandon Hernandez of Visalia is getting ready to travel to the world's greatest motocross vacation. More>>

Guardian Caps Aim to Protect Football Players' Heads

The connection between football and concussions has everyone involved in the sport concerned about protecting the brain. One tool that could help - called a "Guardian Cap" - is now getting a tryout at schools of all levels nationwide, including Mt. Whitney high school in Visalia. The caps are soft shells of padded foam rubber that slides over the regular helmet, and is attached by four snaps in the front and a velcro strap in the back.At Mt. Whitney, they ordered 180 for use in practice for t... More>>

World Cup Creates New Soccer Fans

The success of the US team at the World Cup in Brazil has created a many new fans of the sport here at home.

Mic'd Up: Grizzlies' Pitcher Mitch Lively

Ever wonder what baseball players are saying on the field? We put a mic on Grizzlies' pitcher Mitch Lively. More>>

Duke Transfer Brandon Connette Talks About Fresno State

Nobody really stood out at quarterback during spring practice, so the door may be wide open for Duke transfer Brandon Connette to win the starting job during Fresno State's fall camp. More>>

Quincy Pondexter And NBA Pals In Fresno

Former San Joaquin Memorial and NBA basketball star, Quincy Pondexter, brought Xavier Henry of the Lakers and Ray McCallum of the Kings to Fresno for his youth basketball camp More>>

Special Athletes Competing This Weekend At U.C. Davis

More than 700 athletes will compete in the Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games this weekend at U.C. Davis. More>>

City Hangs 51 on County, Plus All-Star Coaches Mic'd Up

In the 60th Annual City/County All-Star Football game, the City team scored early on interceptions returned for touchdowns, and kept rolling on their way to a 51-23 win. The 51 points tied their own record for most in the rivalry game, done twice before by the City team in 1996 and 2008.PLUS - KMPH put a microphone on City coach Matt Johnson (Edison HS) and County coach Bill Magnusson (Firebaugh HS) for the first half of the game. More>>

60th Annual City/County All-Star Football Game Preview

Friday night at Lamonica Stadium, the City and County all-star football teams will get together for the 60th time. As is often the case, the County team feels like they have something to prove, especially the star running back from Mendota, Edgar Segura. More>>

Father's Day Sports Special

For Father's Day, we asked several Fresno Grizzlies players and Fresno State football coaches - what's the most important thing you learned from your father? More>>

Going Gaga for Pickleball

There's no shortage of athletes from the Central Valley playing professionally somewhere - but it's possible the sport that's provided the most national championships to the region recently is pickleball.

San Diego Padres' Tony Gwynn Dead At 54

The San Diego Padres organization confirmed on Monday that Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn, has died at age 54.Just days ago, Gwynn was given a one–year contract extension as baseball coach at San Diego State.Gwynn had been on medical leave since late March, recovering from cancer treatment.During his Major League Baseball career, he had more than 3,100 hits in 20 seasons with the Padres. More>>

Jordan Luplow Picked in 3rd Round by Pittsburgh Pirates

Fresno State junior outfielder Jordan Luplow has a decision to make - stay or go. The former Buchanan high school star was picked in the 3rd round of the MLB Draft Friday, 100th overall, by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Should he forego his final year of eligibility as a Bulldog, Luplow can expect to sign with the Buccos for about $525,000.As of Friday afternoon, Luplow's only response was "we'll see," and said he plans to discuss the situation with his parents and grandparents before making a deci... More>>

Sanger's Ortiz Picked in 1st Round of MLB Draft, Honors Great-Grandfather

The Texas Rangers selected Luis Ortiz, Jr. with the 30th pick in Thursday's Major League Baseball draft, fulfilling a longtime dream for the Sanger pitcher. Ortiz was committed to play at Fresno State, but will instead go straight to the pros, as he prepares to sign for somewhere between $1.79 and $2 million. Moments after hearing his name announced on TV, an emotional Ortiz was thinking of his great-grandfather, Santiago Esquivel. More>>

Quincy Pondexter Plays Pickup in Fresno, Injured Foot Nearly 100%

In early December, Memphis Grizzlies guard Quincy Pondexter underwent an MRI for a stress fracture in his right foot, forcing him to miss the rest of the NBA season. Wednesday night at Buchanan high school though, the Fresno native was playing pickup basketball and said his foot is "almost close to 100%." The former San Joaquin Memorial high star also said he's learned a lot about himself during the time on the couch, and will come back better than ever for his 5th year in the NBA. More>>

How Grizzlies' Leading Hitter Duvall Finds Motivation

In his first season in Fresno, Grizzlies infielder Adam Duvall is leading all of AA and AAA players in home runs and RBI. The 25-year-old says when he got to the minor leagues, he had to find ways to motivate himself during a long season where he's playing almost every day. For him, that came through reading books about the psychological aspect of sports, like Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence, and listening to motivational speakers like Eric Thomas aka ET the Hip Hop Preacher. More>>

Valley Teacher Dominant On The Race Track

Audra Sasselli is a 5th grade teacher in Selma by day, but she's also race car driver with over 300 wins. More>>

Raiders Take Derek Carr With 2nd-Round Pick

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports WriterALAMEDA, Calif. (AP)-- The Oakland Raiders have drafted Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr with the 36th overall pick in the NFL draft.The Raiders took Carr with the fourth pick in the second round on Friday night despite having traded for Matt Schaub in March and anointing him the starter.Carr is the younger brother of former No. 1 overall pick David Carr. Derek Carr was one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football last season, throwing for 5,08... More>>

Derek Carr Keeping The Faith After Missing Round One

Derek Carr, the record breaking Fresno State quarterback, was not picked in the first round of the NFL Draft. “I would like to have gone higher, but I’ve been through so much in my life that I’m not going to let something like football bring me down,” said Derek.

Orosi High School Stadium Dedication Planned

Orosi High School is planning a special dedication for two men, described as the pillars of Cardinal's athletic program. More>>

Volunteers Make Challenger Baseball League A Huge Success

The past few Sunday's, dozens of boys and girls with physical and mental challenges have been able to play baseball, as part of a real team, for the first time. More>>

Derek Carr Ready To Begin NFL Career

This week, former Fresno State quarterback and Bakersfield native Derek Carr will begin his NFL career. More>>

Bulldogs 1st Place Softball Team Led by Dynamic Brenna Moss

With six conference games left on the schedule, the Fresno State softball team is tied for first in the Mountain West and if you see the Bulldogs play, chances are, you'll remember one name above the rest... Brenna Moss. More>>

First of its Kind Archery Class for Visually Impaired Clovis Kids

In nearly 30 years of existence, "Break the Barriers" in Fresno has been home to many unlikely athletic feats. But the latest is truly the first of its kind. A group of kids from Clovis who can't even see the target are learning archery. More>>

Fresno Fencer Inspired By Star Wars

Inspiration to try something new can come from just about anywhere, or anything.

Fresno Native Living in MLB Fan Cave

In 2011, Major League Baseball first introduced the "Fan Cave" - where a handful of superfans spend an entire season watching games together in New York City.

Coach DeRuyter Signs Extension At Fresno State Through 2018

It took a while, but Tim DeRuyter officially has a new contract extension to continue as head football coach at Fresno State through the 2018 season. More>>

Fresno State Women's Tennis Team Has Unique International Flavor

There is no Division 1 women's sport with more international players than tennis. Seven of Fresno State's eight are from outside the United States. But one of those players is still pretty unique, seeing as she grew up playing in Egypt, a country you might never associate with tennis. More>>

Grizzlies' Gary Brown Upbeat About 2014 Season

Former San Francisco Giants first round pick Gary Brown struggled in Fresno in 2013. While hitting 13 homeruns, the outfielder batted just .231 and was caught stealing 11 times. Expected to be the Giants leadoff man of the future, the now 25-year-old Brown sounded like there might be less weight on his shoulders this season, speaking at Grizzlies media day Sunday. More>>

Raegan Pebley Introduced As TCU Coach

After two seasons at Fresno State that saw a 46-20 record and two Mountain West tournament titles, Raegan Pebley is off to the Big 12. The now former Bulldog women's basketball coach was introduced as the new TCU women's coach Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas. More>>

Fresno State Women's Basketball Coach Leaving

Fresno State women's head basketball coach Raegan Pebley is leaving to take the head coaching job at Texas Christian University. More>>

Bulldogs Give Away 12 Point Lead in CBI Game 1 Loss

In game one of the best of three CBI championship series, Fresno State led visiting Siena by as many as 12 points in the second half, but ultimately lost 61-57. The Bulldogs were doomed by allowing 17 offensive rebounds to the Saints, nine second half turnovers and a handful of missed free throws late. More>>

Fresno State Wrestling: Is It Coming Back?

Fresno State President Joseph Castro is taking a hard look at bringing wrestling back to Fresno State.


Bulldogs Softball Shuts Out Aggies in Conference Home Opener

The Fresno State softball team put up six runs to back a three hit shutout by Jill Compton, topping Utah State 6-0 in their conference home opener. Brenna Moss led the way offensively with three hits for the Bulldogs, now 2-2 in Mountain West play. More>>

Fresno State Advances to CBI Championship

Playing in the semifinals of a postseason tournament for the third time in school history, the Fresno State men held Old Dominion at bay long enough to pick up a 71-64 win at home. Marvelle Harris led in scoring with 20, and the Bulldogs also got 13 from Tyler Johnson, 14 from Cezar Guerrero and 15 from freshman Paul Watson. The 'Dogs will now play Siena in a best of three championship series, beginning Monday, 3/31 at the Save Mart Center. More>>

Tyler Johnson A Model For Growth

As the Fresno State men prepare to host Old Dominion in the CBI semifinals, Rodney Terry talks a lot about the opportunity playing this far into March provides the Bulldogs. It's a young team that's come a long way from the way they played in December, and continues to grow game by game. It's funny then, that the best model for growth on this team is actually a senior, Tyler Johnson. More>>

Diamond 'Dogs Drop Third Straight

The Diamond 'Dogs had a one run lead on 15th ranked UC Santa Barbara in the 9th inning, but ultimately lost their third straight contest, 5-4 in 10 innings. More>>

'Dogs Advance to CBI Semis, Earn At Least One More Home Game

The Fresno State men went on an 11-0 run in the second half to break open a two point game in a CBI quarterfinals matchup at the Save Mart Center. The Bulldogs' 16 point win against Princeton earns them a spot in the semifinals, where they'll host Old Dominion out of Conference USA. The 'Dogs were led by senior Tyler Johnson in Monday night's win, scoring 23 points on 10-17 shooting from the field. More>>

Fresno Dad Pushing Disabled Son in Boston Marathon

On April 21st, the country's eyes will turn to Massachusetts, for the Boston Marathon, one year after the bombing that killed three people and injured more than two hundred. "Boston Strong" is what they'll say - and few race participants will exemplify that better than a pair of Fresnans, Jim and Colby Wagoner. More>>

Hail Cesar! Guerrero Leads 'Dogs Past UTEP

Fresno State advanced in the College Basketball Invitational Wednesday night with a 61-56 opening round win at UTEP.Cesar Guerrero had 19 points, ten rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs.Fresno State More>>

Luplow Homers, 'Dogs End Skid

The Fresno State baseball team snapped a three game losing streak Tuesday with a 6-0 win over California.Jordan Luplow hit his team-leading fourth homer of the season for the Bulldogs.Kevin Viers had three More>>

Leaving Las Vegas, Bulldogs Bounced

The Fresno State men's basketball team was eliminated from the Mountain West Tournament Thursday night with a 93-77 quarterfinal loss to #20 New Mexico.Allen Huddleston scored 18 points for the Bulldogs, More>>

Senior Moment. Veteran Players Bail Out Bulldogs

Seniors Tyler Johnson and Allen Huddleston helped rally Fresno State to a 61-59 win over Air Force at the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas.Fresno State trailed by 15 points with 5:50 to play.Johnson More>>

Hot Start To MWC Tournament For Bulldogs

The reigning champion Fresno State women's basketball team opened the Mountain West Tournament Tuesday with an 80-65 win over UNLV.Bree Farley led five Bulldogs in double figures with 17 points. More>>

It's On! Bulldogs' QB Competition Starts At Spring Practice

Fresno State opened spring football practice Monday. Three players are competing to replace record breaking quarterback Derek Carr. Redshirt freshman Zack Greenlee, sophomore Myles Carr and junior Brian More>>

Roosevelt Loses Football Coach

Roosevelt High School needs a new head football coach. KMPH Fox 26 Sports has confirmed Casey Quinn is leaving to take over as the new head coach at Cesar Chavez High School. Quinn was hired by Roosevelt More>>

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