Sports & Entertainment

Year in Review: Sports & Entertainment

Central Valley sports and entertainment isn’t a news category where much changes from year to year. But 2014 proved to be an outlier, and perhaps the year’s biggest stories involved the Valley’s entertainment landscape.

American Pickers TV show to visit Visalia

Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe of American Pickers.Antique collectors in Visalia will get their chance in the spotlight when American Pickers visits the city in February looking for people with stories and items to fit the TV show.

Foothills golf course to stay open

After nearly closing due to recessionary pressures, Sierra Meadows Golf and Country Club in Awhahnee announced it would stay open after an agreement by members to increase fees.

Arthur to retire from Fresno Film Commission

Ray ArthurRay Arthur, head of the Fresno Film Commission for the last eight years, announced he'll be retiring on Dec. 31.

Fresno Fuego season tickets on sale Jan. 9

Season tickets go on sale beginning Jan. 9 for the Fresno Fuego's seven home games at Chukchansi Park in 2015.

Local Internet TV producers bank on cord cutters

Chuck Leonard is a host on Central Valley Talk, which features local content produced at a Tower District studio and streamed over the Internet.Across the country, television viewers are increasingly cutting the cord with cable and satellite companies in favor of Internet television.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo begins holiday light nights

The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is hosting several Zoo Lights events this holiday season. The family event will be held every weekend this month and feature holiday lights, music, live entertainment and snacks. 

California Indian casinos embroiled in turmoil

(AP) — When it comes to controlling California's flashy Las Vegas-style casinos, the stakes are enormous for tribes who own the gambling operations that collectively generate billions of dollars a year to sustain Native Americans up and down the state.

Fresno to welcome women's soccer team

Fresno business owner Alexander Ott is bringing women's soccer to the area next May when the Fresno Freeze begins its inaugural season.

Fresno Grand Opera joining forces with Modesto company

Matthew BuckmanRon Eichman is resigning his position as general director of the Fresno Grand Opera after 16 years, making way for a deeper partnership with Modesto's Townsend Opera.