Reports focusing on the latest sports news and trends along California's Central Coast.

Greg Perry, KCBX Net

The Amgen Tour of California riders began Stage 4 at the Pismo Pier Wednesday morning, rode south along Highway 1 into Santa Barbara County and looped back north through Arroyo Grande, the Edna Valley and San Luis Obispo before finishing in Avila Beach.

Stage 5 starts in Santa Barbara on Thursday morning and could very well be a wet ride for the participants with a front scheduled to push through right around race time.

Courtney Winters, City of Pismo Beach

Organizers from the Amgen Tour of California are planning to work with residents of Avila Beach, who will host the end of Stage 4 this coming May.

Stage 4 starts in Pismo Beach and ends in Avila Beach, two neighboring communities about six miles apart. But, the race will tack on an addition 100 miles to the route, taking riders into northern Santa Barbara County and through Arroyo Grande on the return trip.


A teenager from Santa Maria High School has earned a chance to compete to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Carlos Balderas is 17-years-old, 5 foot 8, and has a record of 127 wins and about nine losses, according to the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District. He recently won a key fight at the World Championships Team Trial in Tennessee by defeating a National Golden Gloves Champion in the lightweight final round bout.

Courtney Winters, City of Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach, Avila Beach and Santa Barbara are three of the host cities chosen to represent the state during the Amgen Tour of California next May.

The host cities were announced Monday for what will mark the tenth year of America's largest cycling race.

Stage 5 has participants starting in Santa Barbara and riding to Santa Clarita. Both cities have hosted the event six times.

Stage 4 will take the riders from Pismo Beach to Avila Beach—a rather short distance for a stage that's not a designated time trial.

Against Football

Sep 12, 2014

Broadcast date: 9/8/14

Author and former football fan Steve Almond speaks out against American’s favorite pastime. It’s not just the issue of brain damage to players that is disturbing; Almond says, it’s also the deep-seated passion for violence that pervades our society.

Against Football

Sep 5, 2014

Broadcast date: 9/8/14

Almond argues that by watching, cheering, and participating in football culture, we are all complicit in the damage it wreaks even as it “legitimizes and even fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism and homophobia."

In his book Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, Almond looks at the impact, literally life-and-death issues, that cannot be ignored in any discussion about the sport.

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

This weekend's SLO Triathlon is being celebrated for one very noteworthy participant, a 20-year-old man with severe cerebral palsy. Thanks to a team effort, 20-year-old Joseph Cornelius of Los Osos was able to take part in the event's swimming competition.

Cornelius' father John has often included Josephy in foot races, despite his son's inability to walk or talk. But, the challenge of having him participate in a swimming event presented a greater challenge. That's where a team of Cal Poly engineering students came to the rescue.

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The Cal Poly Mustangs fell to the Pepperdine Waves 10-6 on Sunday night at Baggett Stadium in San Luis Obispo, ending the team's hopes of advancing in the NCAA Division I tournament.

The Mustangs tied up the game in the eighth inning at 6-6, after trailing 5-0 earlier in the game. But, in the ninth inning, Pepperdine broke the tie and won the gam. The Waves now advance to the Super Regionals for the first time since implementation of the 64-team field in 1999.

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The Cal Poly Mustangs were victorious against Sacramento State at Baggett Stadium, home of the university's first ever NCAA regional playoff game Friday.

Cal Poly scored runs early and maintained the lead throughout the game with a 2-4 final score.

Tickets for the match-up sold out Thursday morning within just a couple of hours, according to Cal Poly Tickets.

Cal Poly plays Pepperdine at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and that game is sold out too.

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 The Cal Poly baseball team is celebrating its first-ever championship in the Big West Conference. The title comes after a weekend sweep over Cal State Northridge in Southern California. 

The Mustangs finished the season with six straight victories, increasing the team's standings nationally to as high as No. 4 with the ESPN-USA Today poll. The team now moves into the post-season with the Division I regionals set for next week.

This will be the third time the team has made it this far, all three within the last five years, and all under Coach Larry Lee.

Courtney Winters, City of Pismo Beach

The temperature was hovering near 90 degrees as the Amgen Tour of California's Stage 5 kicked off along the Pismo Beach pier Thursday morning, well above normal for mid-May along the Central Coast.

Suzen Brasil with the City of Pismo Beach estimates some 5000 people showed up to cheer the riders at the pier and on connecting streets.

The route first took riders to Arroyo Grande for a sprint down Branch Street, then to a sizzling Santa Ynez Valley, up and over the San Marcos pass on Highway 154, with a finish finally in Santa Barbara around 4:00 p.m.

Twitter feed @AmgenTourofCali

Riders in the Amgen Tour of California, the largest professional bicycle race in the United States, encountered temperatures well above normal for the Central Coast during Wednesday's Stage 4 along Highway 1.

Heat records were broken throughout San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday, with many inland locations hovering at or near 100 degrees. Along the coast, where the riders spent most of their time, temperatures were a bit more moderate with 80s and 90s.

Twitter feed @AmgenTourofCali

The Amgen Tour of California hits the Central Coast Wednesday in the midst of a spring heat wave. Temperatures along much of the Stage 4 and Stage 5 routes could peak in the mid 90s.

Tuesday, participants rode the most difficult stage of the race which started in San Jose and then climbed two of the Bay Area's tallest mountains, Hamilton and Diablo. Australia's Rohan Dennis won the stage.

Wednesday morning, riders will start the day in Monterey, follow the coastline south through Big Sur and finish up in Cambria.

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The Cal Poly baseball team is having a record-breaking season this year, and with this weekend's sweep of Cal State Fullerton, the Mustangs now sit higher in the national rankings than any time in school history.

Just about every NCAA Division I poll released Monday ranks the Mustangs as the second best team in the nation, but one—the Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll—puts Cal Poly at the very top.

The Mustangs play again on Tuesday, welcoming San Jose State to the newly expanded Baggett Stadium for a 6:00 p.m. game.

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The Cal Poly baseball team is moving into uncharted Division I territory after this weekend's sweep at the University of Hawaii, marking its second 4-0 week of the season. The Mustangs also had a 6-0 week in mid-March.

Several top polls—including Baseball America, Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association—name the Mustangs as the third best college baseball team in the nation.