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Marty James

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Just three games remain in the 2017-18 regular season for the Pacific Union College men’s basketball team, which dropped a 91-66 nonconference decision Monday to host UC Santa Cruz.Noel Briones led the Pioneers (9-12 overall, 6-5 California Pacific Conference) with 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Rae Hubbard had 13 points and Devon Pinnock had 11 points, seven assists, three rebounds and three steals for Pacific Union, which trailed 47-27 at halftime.

Other team leaders were Jayson Marquez (eight points, two assists), Brandon Franklin (seven points, three rebounds, four assists), Jeremiah Blandin (six points, five rebounds, two blocks), and Leandre Powell (four points).

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The PGA Tour Champions’ 2018 season continues with this week’s Boca Raton Championship. The event, won last year by Vintage High School graduate and former Napa resident Scott McCarron, begins on Friday and goes through Sunday at the Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton, Florida.

It’s the first full-field event of the season.

Last year, McCarron eagled the 18th hole with a six-foot putt in the final round to win by one shot.

McCarron had four wins last year and went on to finish third in the final Charles Schwab Cup standings.

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The Sonoma Stompers, who play in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, announced Tuesday that Takashi Miyoshi, the league’s Manager of the Year in 2016 and 2017, is joining the Elizabethton Twins for this year’s season.

Elizabethton is the Minnesota Twins’ rookie-ball affiliate in Tennessee in the Appalachian League. Miyoshi will join the coaching staff.

Miyoshi lead the Stompers to a 52-26 record last season.

“I’m officially with the Minnesota Twins organization now, but I will always have a special place in my heart for the Stompers. I wish them the best of luck and will always be rooting for the Stompers wherever I am,” Miyoshi said in a press release.

The Napa Silverados is a new team that will play its first season in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs starting this year.

The independent league, based in Northern California, was founded in 2013 and also includes the Vallejo Admirals, San Rafael Pacifics, Pittsburg Diamonds and Martinez Clippers.

Each team plays an 80-game schedule, with the season running from early June through the end of August. Forty of those games are home games. Weekday games start at 6 p.m. Saturday’s games begin at 5 p.m. and Sunday games at 1 p.m.

Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is not affiliated with major league teams. Players are paid monthly.

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Email Napa Valley Register Executive Sports Editor Marty James at mjames@napanews.com, follow him on Twitter at @marty_nvr, or call 256-2223.

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Executive Sports Editor

Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the