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Fresno State Football Kicks Off Saturday

KMPH Fox 26 is your station for Saturday's Fresno State football season opener. At 2:30 p.m. we will air our own one-hour special, Bulldogs versus Trojans, the clash in the coliseum. More>>

Quarterback Controversy at Fresno State?

Bulldog football kicks off this weekend with a Las Vegas Bowl rematch, taking on the USC Trojans Saturday in Los Angeles. But they still do not know who is starting at every position, and as KMPH FOX 26 sports reporter Nick King discovered, that includes the most important position of all. More>>

Sean Alston Still Helping The Bulldogs

Sean Alston should be starting at cornerback for Fresno State Saturday in the coliseum. Instead, the 22–year–old spent fall camp helping teach the Bulldogs secondary, as a student assistant. More>>

Central Coach Justin Garza Talks Mental Game, Grit

While Central high school football coach Justin Garza battles Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he's still coaching the Grizzlies, too. Recently, Garza spoke to his team about mental toughness and grit - character traits he would understand better than most - and KMPH FOX 26 had a camera in the room for the talk.Garza's best chance to beat Hodgkin's now is finding a bone marrow match. You can have your cheek swabbed (no blood drawn) to see if you're a potential match for Garza or someone else, at the follo... More>>

FCC Football Wall of Fame Inducts Six New Players

Six new players were added to the Wall of Fame at Fresno City College over the weekend.Former quarterback

USC Enjoying Stability Under Coach Sarkisian

The Trojans are enjoying some stability in their program for the first time in a while, as Steve Sarkisian, a former assistant under Pete Carroll, has taken over as head coach. More>>

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge By Porterville High Football Coaching Staff

We had another ALS Ice Bucket Challenge met on Tuesday. This time it was the Porterville High School football coaching staff throwing down the gauntlet for the big freeze. More>>

Looking At Fresno State's Defensive Line

Fresno State is getting eight starters back on defense this season but only one of them is on the defensive line. But as KMPH Fox 26 sports reporter Nick King explains, he's a big one.

USC Enjoying Stability Following Tumultuous Season

Fresno State's opponent opening night is USC, who is getting back to normal after a roller coaster season in 2013. More>>

Looking At Fresno State's Offensive Line

The Fresno State football team turned its full attention to preparing for USC for the first time at fall camp Monday and KMPH Fox 26 sports reporter, Nick King, turned to the Bulldogs' position group that gets the least attention… the offensive line.

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>>

Jose Canseco Hits Home Runs In Fresno

A notorious former Oakland A's "Bash Brother" was in Fresno Tuesday as part of a home run tour.Jose Canseco competed against six locals in a home run derby of sorts at Chukchansi Park. More>>

Fresno State Quarterbacks Play Well In First Scrimmage

The race to replace Derek Carr is looking pretty tight after Fresno State's first scrimmage of the season. 2013 backup Brian Burrell took the first snaps of the game, and finished 12/18 for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Duke transfer Brandon Connette also took plenty of snaps with the first team offense, and finished 15/20 through the air, for 196 yards and two scores, while also adding a rushing touchdown.The leading receiver on the night was junior Dillon Root, who accounted for six recepti... More>>

Fresno State Inexperienced, But Deep At Wide Receiver

After losing Davante Adams and Isaiah Burse to the NFL, there's an argument to be made wide receiver is the second biggest hole to fill for Fresno State, after quarterback. But the Bulldogs do have a 1,000 yard receiver returning in Josh Harper, and another eight guys who the coaches are calling "really, really talented." More>>

Bulldogs Talk Sleep, Nutrition As Camp Intensifies

Wednesday morning marked the fifth day of Fall Camp for the Fresno State football team, and also the first in full pads. When you combine the ever intensifying practice schedule with meetings, film, and lifting weights, there's not a ton of time for sleep. We talked to a few coaches and players about what it's like trying to stay fresh this time of year. More>>

Fresno State Bulldog Fan Appreciation Day Saturday

The Fresno State Bulldog Fan Appreciation Day is this Saturday at Bulldog Stadium. There will be a 30 minute autograph signing at 10:45 a.m. and then an open to the public scrimmage 7-9:00 p.m.


Hanford 12-Year-Old's Headed to Cal Ripken World Series

After winning state and regional tournaments, a Hanford youth baseball team will compete in the Cal Ripken league's World Series - a first for the community. The group of 12-year-old's representing the Pacific Southwest will begin competition in Aberdeen, Maryland this Saturday, August 9th. The kids wearing shirts that say "DO IT BIG," are one of just 18 teams worldwide (10 U.S., 8 International) to qualify for the tournament.To help the team and families afford the trip, you can donate by se... More>>

SF Giants Angel Pagan In Fresno

San Francisco Giants center fielder, Angel Pagan, is getting a couple of rehab starts with the Fresno Grizzlies this week. More>>

Bulldogs Add Shoulder Pads To Practice

Day three of camp for the Fresno State football team had the Bulldogs adding shoulder pads for the first time. The first two days they were in helmets, jerseys and shorts… or as Head Coach Tim DeRuyter likes to say, they were in their PJ's. More>>

Sign The 'Get Well' Card For Paul George

A giant Get Well card is at the Bulldog Shop in Fresno for former Bulldog basketball star, Paul George, who now plays for the Indiana Pacers. George broke his leg in a scrimmage over the weekend. More>>

Fresno State Coaches Talk About Football Training Camp

The 2014 Fresno State football training camp gets under way on Saturday and the coaches talked about what they're expecting. More>>

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>>

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>>

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>>

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