No. 18 Michigan, Providence win in Tip-Off tournament semis

Michigan coach John Beilein was concerned his Wolverines might suffer a letdown against George Washington after a blowout victory over No. 8 Villanova on the road. There was still a tinge of worry during the first half of Saturday’s semifinal of the Air Force Reserve Tip-Off tournament when GW (0-4) cut an 18-point Wolverine lead …

Why the Kings and Grizzlies embraced each other after a hard-fought game: 'All

Dave Joerger hugged J.B. Bickerstaff. Marvin Bagley III hugged Jaren Jackson Jr. Zach Randolph hugged everybody. The Memphis roots run deep for several members of the Kings’ organization, so the love and mutual respect the two sides share were clearly apparent after Sacramento suffered a 112-104 loss to the Grizzlies on Friday night at FedExForum. …

Member of Sac State faculty among two killed in plane crash near Redding

A plane crashed and killed two people shortly after taking off from the Redding Municipal Airport on Thursday night. The Cessna 182 “collided with terrain due to unknown circumstances,” according to a Federal Aviation Administration report. One of the two people killed in the crash was Sacramento State nursing faculty Clay Abajian, according to social …

Ski season underway at Tahoe resorts, where wildfire smoke is nowhere to be found

Ski and snowboard season officially begins this weekend at several major Tahoe resorts. Heavenly, Northstar and Squaw Valley all open their slopes Friday, and Kirkwood will open Sunday. A few other ski resorts, including Sierra-at-Tahoe, have yet to announce their official opening day. Last year, that resort opened in early December. Vail resorts — Heavenly, …

How bad was Thursday's air quality? Region's second-worst day recorded under

Thursday marked the second-worst day for air quality in the Sacramento region recorded since 2003, according to Spare the Air, the region’s database for air quality measurements. The Air Quality Index for particulate matter (PM2.5) measured an aggregate of 314 for the 24-hour period, based on readings from Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo-Solano air …

Why the 49ers will again have a game moved 4 hours earlier than previously

Richard Sherman’s return to play the Seattle Seahawks won’t come on the NFL’s largest television stage after all. The 49ers, for the second time this season, had a prime-time NBC game flexed from Sunday evening to the afternoon. This time its the Week 13 game, when they travel to play the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. …

Schools limit outdoor time or shut as smoke blankets Sacramento area

Schools in the Sacramento area are announcing closures or other measures to reduce exposure as wildfire smoke continues to create poor air quality throughout much of Northern California. Air Quality Index readings in the “unhealthy” (150 or higher) or “hazardous” (200 or higher) range prompted a number of K-12 districts and a few private schools …

Folsom Cordova School District to close schools, offices due to air quality

All Folsom Cordova Unified School District schools and offices will be closed Thursday due to “persistent unhealthy air quality conditions,” the district said in a news release Wednesday night. No bus service will be provided Thursday because of the closure. “This is an unprecedented situation and not a decision we take lightly. Our top priority …

After student backlash, UC Davis reverses decision and closes campus due to

UC Davis reversed Tuesday night’s decision to resume classes Wednesday following outrage expressed by thousands of students and faculty as wildfire smoke continues to create unhealthy air conditions in the region. The campus will now be closed for the day with the exception of health care facilities, including UC Davis hospitals, care clinics and the …