Giants swept at Coors to complete 1-4 Bumgarner trip

Apr 23 6:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Rockies, who completed a three-game sweep at Coors Field, concluded the 1-4 trip that always will be remembered for Madison Bumgarner deciding it would be fun to ride a dirt bike. /Jeff Samardzija fell to 0-4 for the second time in his career after allowing seven runs in 5 1/3 innings, and at 6-13 the Giants are off to their worst 19-game start in 34 years. Samardzija was pitching decently through five when an unfortunate deflection on Nolan Arenado's leadoff grounder in the fifth went for a single that started a five-run cavalcade. Not that it mattered, when a Giants lineup that manager Bruce Bochy shuffled in hopes of finding some offense were shut out by lefty Kyle Freeland and two relievers. [...] the Giants play seven of their next 10 games, and 13 of 23, against L.A. With Denard Span injured and the Giants facing the first of four consecutive left-handed starters, Bochy changed the lineup. Belt used an outfielder's glove he borrowed from coach Chad Chop, who got it as a gift from Tim Lincecum. Bochy would not commit to the same lineup against the three Dodgers lefties they will face, because he wants Posey to catch, but he acknowledged he wants to keep Nick Hundley's bat in the lineup and first base is an option. With two outs, Gerardo Parra golfed an attempted back-door slider that leaked over the plate just over the wall in right for a two-run homer and a 3-0 Rockies lead.
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Steve Kerr to miss Game 4, status for rest of playoffs in doubt

Apr 23 6:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Steve Kerr to miss Game 4, status for rest of playoffs in doubt Steve Kerr will miss Game 4 of the first round Monday as he continues to seek a solution to his nagging pain, the Warriors’ head coach told reporters Sunday afternoon. General manager Bob Myers was initially scheduled to speak on Kerr’s behalf, but Kerr ultimately decided to address media at the team hotel in downtown Portland. Though he declined to describe his symptoms, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year said the pain worsened five days ago. [...] it is possible he could miss the rest of the playoffs. Kerr’s lead assistant, Mike Brown, who coached Golden State to a Game 3 win Saturday, will continue to serve as the interim head coach. “As of now, I’m consulting with my doctors,” Kerr said. If I can get some improvement, I’ll get back on the sidelines. Kerr missed the first 43 games last season because of problems stemming from back surgery. Though he is still trying to figure out the cause of his current symptoms, Kerr used Sunday’s availability to advocate against back surgery. Kevin Durant (left calf strain), Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain) and Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) all remain questionable. Everybody obviously is concerned for Steve, but the way that Bob and Steve have communicated with the group, it’s kind of put everybody’s mind at ease, at least for the time being. Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Trail Blazers Warriors lead series 3-0 Trail Blazers 109 Warriors 110, Blazers 81 Warriors 119, Blazers 113 at Oracle Arena, TBA* at Oracle Arena, TBA*...
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Mike Brown to fill in for Steve Kerr at media availability Sunday

Apr 23 3:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
After filling in for Steve Kerr in the Warriors’ Game 3 win over the Trail Blazers, Mike Brown is set to meet with reporters Sunday afternoon at the team hotel. Kerr felt well enough to go over the game plan Saturday afternoon with Brown, but stayed back at the team hotel. Luke Walton, serving as the interim head coach, guided the Warriors to a 39-4 record in that stretch.
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Giants to have Belt (and part of Lincecum) in left field

Apr 23 2:46pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Less than three weeks into the season, the Giants are in scramble mode because of injuries and to try to get some offense out of this lineup. Besides moving Belt to left, Buster Posey is at first base and third baseman Eduardo Nuñez will lead off against Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland, a move the Giants had resisted. [...] manager Bruce Bochy would not say he will stick with his lineup or defensive scheme throughout the week. For one thing, Bochy wants Posey behind the plate in the Dodgers series even as he wants Nick Hundley's bat in the lineup against all those lefties. Another variable is Denard Span, who sprained the right sternoclavicular joint near his collarbone while crashing into the center-field fence as he caught a Charlie Blackmon drive Saturday night. [...] he said he sprained the same joint in 2012 while making a diving catch and lost two weeks. The Giants will not wait that long to decide on the disabled list for Span. [...] Hunter Pence has as bruised knee. The most likely candidate is former Rockie and Red Drew Stubbs, who is not much of a hitter (despite homering in each of the past two games for Sacramento) but plays center. [...] Bochy talked to River Cats manager Dave Brundage told Bochy in a phone call Sunday morning that Stubbs looks real good in center. Mac Williamson and Michael have just started to play at Sacramento while rehabbing leg injuries. The Giants will not bring either up until they are what Bochy termed major-league ready, suggesting right now they are not. The Giants won 5-4 in 11 innings after Belt made a nice running catch in the left-field corner to rob Brandon Drury of extra bases leading off the seventh inning. Span heard Belt talking about it and razzed him, saying, I don't remember that, to be honest. Belt responded with a sharper jab, telling Span, I ran into the fence, but I stayed in the game. When he ran into the wall his mind had a quick flash to Jarrett Parker breaking his collarbone a week earlier while crashing into the wall at AT&T Park. Span was getting his X-rays when he received a text from pitcher Matt Moore apologizing for throwing the pitch that Blackmon drove toward the wall. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Giants shake up lineup hoping to avoid Coors sweep

Apr 23 1:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants shake up lineup hoping to avoid Coors sweep DENVER — Coors Field has a very big left field, and the Giants are going to stick a very big man to play there Sunday. Eduardo Nuñez will lead off against the lefty Kyle Freeland as manager Bruce Bochy tries anything to prevent a sweep. Denard Span is out, as we knew he would be after crashing his shoulder into the right-field wall. Samardzija is prone to the home run, but he’s actually pitched well in two starts at Coors, both last year, allowing four earned runs (and no homers) in 15 innings. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Blues, Rangers win to wrap up first-round series

Apr 23 1:45am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Blues, Rangers win to wrap up first-round series Magnus Paajarvi scored 9:42 into overtime as the St. Louis Blues beat the host Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Saturday to wrap up the teams’ Western Conference first-round series in five games. St. Louis head coach Mike Yeo, fired by the Wild a little more than a year ago, said he took no special pleasure in beating Minnesota. Mats Zuccarello scored twice in the second period as host New York beat Montreal in Game 6 to advance to the East semis. “He’s a competitive little bugger,” New York head coach Alain Vigneault said of Zuccarello.
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Warriors hold off Blazers to take 3-0 series lead

Apr 23 1:45am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors hold off Blazers to take 3-0 series lead In March, when he was laboring through one of the most extended shooting slumps of his career, Stephen Curry took solace in a remedy that has yet to fail him: keep shooting. For perhaps the best shooter in NBA history, clanged jumpers figure to only persist for so long. In Game 3 of the first round Saturday, after struggling from the field for three-plus quarters, Curry reinforced the importance of not losing faith in himself. Within 24 seconds in the final minute, the two-time reigning NBA MVP hit two jumpers — a three-pointer and a nine-footer — to seal the Warriors’ 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers. Golden now enters Game 4 on Monday with a 3-0 series lead. With Kevin Durant watching from the bench in street clothes, Curry and Klay Thompson shot a combined 18-for-46 from the field. After Thompson powered Golden State’s game-changing third quarter, Curry hit the two most important shots he took. More than any other club, the Warriors are adept at washing away an ugly half with an inspired third quarter. Thompson jolted out of his malaise with four made three-pointers in that frame. The long-range barrage freed up driving lanes, paving the way for a 21-3 run that gave Golden State its first lead late in the third since the opening minute. In Game 2 on Wednesday, with Durant, Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes sidelined, the Warriors showcased their depth as their cruised to a 29-point blowout. Over the next three days, Golden State coaches seized any opportunity to remind players of their recent Game 3 issues. The Warriors entered Saturday 2-7 in Game 3s the past three seasons. With head coach Steve Kerr battling an illness at the team hotel, Mike Brown was forced into the interim role. Jusuf Nurkic, the Blazers’ starting center who had been sidelined since March 30 with a leg injury, was cleared to return minutes before tip-off. Three nights after they held Portland to 81 points on 33.3 percent shooting, the Warriors deviated from their relentless, switch-heavy blueprint. The Blazers attacked the glass, feasted on open looks and built a 16-point lead midway through the second quarter. A Golden State team that led the league with 30.4 assists per game in the regular season stood around and watched instead of making the extra pass. [...] to become the first unanimous MVP in NBA...
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Giants (worst in NL) lose another player, ballgame

Apr 22 11:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants also need to get away from Rockies leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon. Blackmon hit the inside-the-park homer Friday night that led to a mild Hunter Pence knee injury and the long drive in the second inning Saturday that ended in Span's glove as he crashed into the center-field wall. Moore has not found a way to pitch at Coors Field, where he has allowed 16 runs in 11 2/3 innings over three starts. Joe Panik hit his first homer of the season in a two-RBI day, and kudos to just-recalled Chris Stratton for pitching three shutout innings to save the bullpen. The Giants have not even started their second homestand and already they have lost Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith and Jarrett Parker long-term, Buster Posey missed nearly a week with a concussion and manager Bruce Bochy needed a heart procedure. An errant pitch in extended spring training injured his thumb and he will be lost for eight weeks. The Rockies were up 3-0 in the second inning and had a runner on with two outs when Blackmon sent a drive to straightaway center. Conor Gillaspie batted for Span in the next inning and remained to play third base. Eduardo Nuñez moved to right field, where he had played 28 1/3 career innings.
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How long will Mike Brown serve as Warriors interim head coach?

Apr 22 10:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
How long will Mike Brown serve as Warriors’ interim head coach? In July, after Luke Walton left to become the Lakers’ head coach, the Warriors made a curious hire: Many wondered why Steve Kerr would replace an offensive-minded assistant with Brown, a defensive guru, when Golden State already had Ron Adams — arguably the NBA’s top defensive assistant — on staff. More than a detail-oriented coach adept at crafting rotations and practice plans, Brown is a worthy insurance option should Kerr miss extended time. In 2009, after guiding the Cavaliers to 66 regular-season wins, he was named NBA Coach of the Year. Though a team spokesman said Kerr isn’t sure if his current symptoms are related to that back surgery, Kerr was in bad enough shape Saturday to miss shoot-around and, ultimately, a playoff game. Thanks to a hire that surprised many last summer, it is also better positioned than its counterparts to overcome the absence of a reigning NBA Coach of the Year. After missing Game 3, the statuses of Durant (left calf strain), Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain) and Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) remain up in the air for Game 4 on Monday.
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Giants, with Pence already out, lose Span to injury

Apr 22 9:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants, with Pence already out, lose Span to injury DENVER — The Giants’ almost unbelievable run of injuries claimed center fielder Denard Span in Saturday night’s game against the Rockies at Coors Field. Span left the game after slamming his right shoulder into the center-field wall as he caught a Charlie Blackmon drive to end the second inning. Span walked gingerly off the field and was met at the warning track by a trainer. The Giants are trailing 3-0 in the third inning.
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Portlands Jusuf Nurkic to start vs. Warriors in Game 3

Apr 22 9:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will start in Game 3 Saturday against the Warriors, Portland has announced. The news comes as somewhat of a surprise, given that Nurkic was listed as doubtful on the pregame injury report. The Bosnian big man, who has been sidelined since March 30 with a leg injury, offers the Blazers a much-needed boost inside.
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Raiders GM outlines teams draft strategy

Apr 22 9:12pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raiders GM outlines team’s draft strategy The way the Raiders’ brass tells it, the team officials and coaches might as all wear “Best Player Available” buttons when the NFL draft starts Thursday. Never mind that Oakland was 26th in the NFL in defense last year and added only one defensive player in free agency, as opposed to four on offense. C’mon ... it has to be “Best Defensive Player Available” when Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is on the clock with the 24th overall pick. Richard ran for 491 yards and caught 29 passes for 194 more in his rookie season. The Raiders need a similar jolt on defense and have big needs at defensive line, linebacker and in the secondary, as defensive end Khalil Mack and linebacker Bruce Irvin were the only consistent playmakers last season. McKenzie and Del Rio said they have been having a ball the past few months, talking to scouts, watching videoand coming up with projections for players who can help the team build off a 12-4, playoff season. The Raiders added two likely starters and two backups to a sixth-ranked offense during the free agency. Oakland could lure running back Marshawn Lynch out of retirement to replace Latavius Murray, or look to add another back in the draft, to go with Richard and DeAndre Washington. On defense, Oakland added linebacker Jelani Jenkins, who over the past three seasons started 34 games for the Dolphins. Whether they’re in this draft or postdraft or trade, somebody gets released, we’re going to do everything we can to upgrade our team; every position, including linebacker. The Raiders need more push up the middle, especially after releasing Dan Williams. Besides Justin Ellis and undrafted surprise Darius Latham, Oakland has only ends who can play inside in Mario Edwards, Denico Autry and Jihad Ward. Reggie McKenzie doesn’t believe in using high picks on inside linebackers, going for the late value-pick or older plug-in in free agency in his tenure. The Raiders need a slot cornerback, with the departure of 2013 first-round pick DJ Hayden, and those aren’t big shoes to fill.
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Steve Kerr to miss Game 3; Mike Brown to fill in

Apr 22 8:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will miss Game 3 Saturday night against the Trail Blazers with an illness, Golden State has announced. The 2008-09 NBA Coach of the Year with Cleveland, he led Golden State after Kerr was ejected in the third quarter of the Warriors’ Feb. 4 overtime loss to the Kings. Luke Walton, serving as the interim head coach, guided the Warriors to a 39-4 record in that stretch. The showing helped him get hired as the Lakers’ head coach this past offseason.
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49ers draft preview: many needs and many underwhelming options

Apr 22 7:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Though most NFL teams have done strategic shopping, the 49ers are buying in bulk this offseason. [...] general manager John Lynch has made it clear he’s willing to deal the No. 2 overall pick to add to the 10-selection stash. [...] the 49ers’ host of needs, coupled with the fact that there’s no consensus second-best player after Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, means their No. 2 pick could be a safety (LSU’s Jamal Adams or Ohio State’s Malik Hooker). Or a defensive lineman (Stanford’s Solomon Thomas or Alabama’s Jonathan Allen). Or a cornerback (Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore) or a running back (LSU’s Leonard Fournette) or an inside linebacker (Alabama’s Reuben Foster) ... Shanahan and Lynch have been working in tandem to overhaul the roster, and their first-year status has added another layer of mystery as to how their initial draft will unfold. Two prime examples are players who have been dogged by injuries: center Daniel Kilgore, a 2011 fifth-round pick who signed a three-year contract extension in 2014, and running back Carlos Hyde, a 2014 second-round pick. [...] both Shanahan and Lynch have offered measured praise of Hyde, which has helped fuel speculation they are seriously considering Fournette with their first pick. When asked on a conference call about the Jaguars possibly targeting Fournette at No. 4, NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout, mentioned the 49ers as a logical suitor. [...] it’s possible the 49ers have fallen for one of the quarterbacks, despite what many are viewing as an underwhelming class, and won’t risk missing a franchise savior. Or they might want to upgrade the secondary in their new 4-3 defense in an attempt to mirror Seattle’s formidable back end. Or they might like the idea of adding yet another first-round pick to a defensive line to create a potentially dominant unit. No one knows what the first-time head coach and GM have in mind as they continue to collect players in massive quantities. New defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has said his 4-3 defense needs an elite pass-rusher at the “Leo” spot.
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Giants do not foresee surgery for Bumgarner

Apr 22 7:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants do not foresee surgery for Bumgarner DENVER - Manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday he has not heard any indication from the medical staff that Madison Bumgarner will need surgery to repair the sprained AC join in his left shoulder. [...] Bochy cautioned the team will not know for sure until team doctors evaluate Bumgarner in San Francisco on Monday. Bochy also revealed that Bumgarner felt well enough to come to Coors Field on Friday to see head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner. Bumgarner hurt his shoulder and bruised some ribs in a dirt-bike crash during Thursday's off day. General manager Bobby Evans understands Bumgarner was with his wife and a friend who is not a teammate. Anytime you're in an accident on a motor bike, a dirt bike, and you're not more seriously injured, you have to feel lucky. Bochy has his own reference point. Shortstop Brandon Crawford will miss the final two games of the home series against the Dodgers on Wednesday and Thursday, plus an additional game, as he attends services for his sister-in-law. The family could not conduct services until an autopsy on Mrs. Pippin was completed. The services as Wednesday and Thursday, but Crawford must miss three days under baseball's bereavement-leave policy. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Sibling rivalry: On Friday night, Giants prospect Jonah Arenado (game-winning hit) had a better game for Class A San Jose than brother Nolan (0-for-4) did for the Rockies.
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Giants unlikely to punish Bumgarner by voiding contract

Apr 22 5:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
DENVER - I am amazed by how quickly fans and some in the press jumped to the contract issue upon learning that Madison Bumgarner got hurt in a dirt-bike crash. [...] the guy is still lying in his hotel room probably unable to turn over in bed without pain because of his rib and shoulder injuries. Section 5 (b) of the last Uniform Player Contract to be published, as an addendum to the 2012-16 Collective Bargaining Agreement, is entitled Other Sports and reads: The Player and the Club recognize and agree that the Player's participation in certain other sports may impair or destroy his ability and skill as a baseball player. [...] the Player agrees that he will not engage in professional boxing or wrestling; and that, except with the written consent of the Club, he will not engage in skiing, auto racing, motorcycle racing, sky diving, or in any game or exhibition of football, soccer, professional league basketball, ice hockey or other sport involving a substantial risk of personal injury. If the Giants were to try to void Bumgarner's contract - again, I doubt they will - his representative could argue that the pitcher was not in a game or exhibition, but just messing around. The Giants conceivably could have added a clause to his contract expressly forbidding Bumgarner from riding a dirt bike, even in his own driveway, but I have not heard that. The Giants did not try take money from Jeff Kent after he broke his wrist in a motorcycle accident that he still will not admit happened (although he missed only five days of the regular season). [...] notwithstanding the Angry Fan who wants to see even more flesh taken from Bumgarner, I think most of the faithful would not look kindly on punishing Bumgarner after all the did to get those three shiny trophies with all the flags on them. [...] Bumgarner might have cost himself future millions, depending on the severity of his injury. Before Bumgarner got hurt the only two reasonable outcomes after this season were the Giants exercising the option or options, or negotiating a very rich long-term extension.
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Portlands Jusuf Nurkic still doubtful for Game 3

Apr 22 4:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Portland center Jusuf Nurkic remains doubtful for Game 3 of the first round Saturday night against the Warriors, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts told reporters at the team’s shoot-around. Nurkic, who is trying to return from a leg injury that has sidelined him since March 30, would provide Portland a much-needed boost. With the Bosnian big man out, the Blazers dug a 2-0 hole in the series as JaVale McGee and others had their way inside. Kevin Durant (left calf), Matt Barnes (right foot) and point guard Shaun Livingston (index finger) are all questionable for Game 3.
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Warriors Steve Kerr misses shoot-around, questionable for Game 3

Apr 22 3:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Head coach Steve Kerr missed Golden State’s shoot-around Saturday morning because he was “under the weather,” a team spokesman said. Brown has extensive head-coaching experience with the Cavaliers (2005-10, 2013-14) and Lakers (2011-12). The 2008-09 NBA Coach of the Year with Cleveland, he led Golden State after Kerr was ejected in the third quarter of the Warriors’ Feb. 4 overtime loss to the Kings. Luke Walton, serving as the interim head coach, guided the Warriors to a 39-4 record in that stretch. The showing helped him get hired as the Lakers’ head coach this past offseason.
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Farmhouse Kitchen Best Thai Restaurant in SF

Apr 22 2:16pm Cyn Eats – A Food and Travel Blog
Another day. Another discovery. Except I’m a dollar short and a day late to this one. Farmhouse Kitchen has been around for two years. TWO YEARS, AND IM JUST DISCOVERING THIS NOW?! …. basically, they’ve become my favorite Thai place in town. Spicy? YES PLZ. Just how i like it. They’ve really nailed it down- […]...
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Game 3 preview: Kevin Durants status unclear vs. Blazers

Apr 22 8:45am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (207-39 with Warriors and overall); Terry Stotts, 5th season with Blazers (223-187 with Blazers and 338-355 overall) On air: TV on ESPN, NBC Sports Bay Area; Radio on 95.7 The Game Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (24.0 ppg, 5.0 apg), SG Klay Thompson (15.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg), SF Patrick McCaw (4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg), PF Draymond Green (12.5 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 9.5 apg), C Zaza Pachulia (7.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg) Blazers: PG Damian Lillard (23.0 ppg, 1.5 apg), SG C.J. McCollum (26.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg), SF Evan Turner (8.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg), PF Maurice Harkless (13.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg), C Noah Vonleh (2.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg) Warriors injury report: SF Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain), SF Kevin Durant (left calf strain) and PG Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain) are questionable. Blazers injury report: C Jusuf Nurkic (right leg) is doubtful. Though he participated fully in practice and had no problems in a post-workout shooting session Saturday with Stephen Curry, Durant is listed as questionable on the team injury report. A 2-0 series lead gives Golden State the luxury of being cautious with the eight-time All-Star, and head coach Steve Kerr said he will only play Durant if he is 100 percent healthy. Center Jusuf Nurkic, who is trying to return from a leg injury that has sidelined him since March 30, is listed as doubtful for Game 3. If the Bosnian big man doesn’t play, the Blazers figure to again have trouble limiting the Warriors around the rim. Center JaVale McGee followed a memorable 10-minute cameo in Game 1 by becoming the first player in NBA playoffs history to record 15 points and four blocks in fewer than 13 minutes. Hardly offensive dynamos at this stage of their careers, Zaza Pachulia and David West chipped in 10 and eight points, respectively, in that Game 2 rout. In Game 1, the Blazers rode a combined 68 points from Lillard and McCollum to stay within striking distance through three quarters. On the night, Portland mustered 81 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the field (20.6 percent from three-point range). If Nurkic doesn’t play Saturday, the top candidates to fill the role of No. 3 scoring option are Maurice Harkless, Evan Turner, Allen Crabbe and Al-Farouq Aminu.
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Want to run into the Warriors? Here's where they hang out off the court

Apr 22 7:45am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Hoping to catch a glimpse of Klay Thompson and the gang?...
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Giants bad day ends in Cuetos first defeat

Apr 22 1:45am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
DENVER — If a ballclub must continue an unrivaled month of misery by losing a cornerstone player to a dirt-bike injury, it might as well end the day by dropping a ballgame thanks largely to an inside-the-park home run that was lost in the lights by a fielder who injured his knee on the play. On a rainy, 42-degree night that served as a perfect backdrop of gloom after the Madison Bumgarner injury news, the Giants finally solved Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood and scored three runs in the second inning, only to see Cueto give up six in the fourth inning on two swings. Trevor Story hit a grand slam and Charlie Blackmon the inside-the-park homer, a two-out line drive with a man aboard that Pence could not pick out of the lights from the moment it was hit. The Rockies became the first National League team since the 1950 Giants to hit a grand slam and an inside-the-parker in the same inning. Story’s high-arcing drive into the right-field seats also was the first grand slam Cueto has allowed after 110 solo homers, 39 with a man aboard and 14 three-run homers. Manager Bruce Bochy asked pinch-hitter Gorkys Hernandez to sacrifice, hoping Denard Span could single home two runs or at worst deliver the tying run with a productive out. The Giants fell to 1-6 in one-run games, a good-news, bad-news deal because they are giving themselves a chance. At a league-worst 6-11, the Giants must be running out of patience with role players who cannot perform their assigned tasks. Hernandez is hitting .065 and the Giants have an alternative at Triple-A in Drew Stubbs, who can play center and hit a three-run homer for Sacramento on Friday night.
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49ers not on MNF for first time since 2006

Apr 21 11:42pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The 49ers are no longer a marquee team. If last year’s 2-14 eyesore didn’t hammer the point home, this year’s schedule serves as another reminder: For the first time since 2006, the 49ers won’t play a game on “Monday Night Football.” [...] the 49ers are one of six teams that won’t play a prime-time game on a Sunday or Monday. The other not ready-for-prime-timers: the Bills, Browns, Jaguars, Jets and Rams - a quintet that sported a 20-60 combined record last year. The 49ers won’t play on Sunday night for the second straight year after making eight appearances from 2012-15. In 2006, the last time the 49ers didn’t appear on MNF, they were coming off a 4-12 season and had a star-starved roster that included not-yet-established running back Frank Gore and quarterback Alex Smith. Here are the 49ers’ MNF results from 2007-2016: Rams, 28-0, W Vikings, 20-3, W 10-13-14: at Rams, 31-17, W...
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Sharks looking to survive in Game 6

Apr 21 9:45pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
The Sharks’ coach pays no attention to the regular-season’s condensed schedule or the fact that so many of his key players participated in the World Cup of Hockey before preseason. The bottom line is it’s a razor-thin edge and we’ve been on the wrong side of it a couple of these games. If the Sharks are to mount any sort of run like last year’s journey to the Stanley Cup Finals, it has to start Saturday night in a do-or-die Game 6 against an Edmonton Oilers’ team up 3-2 in the best-of-seven Western Conference showdown. San Jose had a 3-1 lead in the second period of Game 5 and was still in position to make Saturday a potential series-clincher as it held a 3-2 lead for most of the third period. [...] Oscar Klefbom’s screened shot from the point at 17:14 tied it, and the Oilers dominated sudden death before David Desharnais finally ended it with his first series goal at 18:15. [...] Sharks goalie Martin Jones did everything he could, including making a sensational pad save to deny Oilers captain Connor McDavid earlier in OT. The Sharks expected pushback from the Oilers, who absorbed an embarrassing 7-0 loss in Game 4 at San Jose on Tuesday. “You’re left with the taste of the overtime, but the 60-minute game, we came out and weathered the storm, found a way to get the lead, and found a way to play with the lead right down until two minutes left,” he said. In spite of the Oilers’ 48-30 advantage in shots on goal, San Jose limited Edmonton’s ability to get to prime scoring spots during regulation as most of the Oilers’ efforts were from along the boards or the point. “Playoffs are about a guy making a big play, your best players being your best players, timely goals, staying healthy, all those things,” DeBoer said. Oilers lead series 3-2 Sharks 3, Oilers 2 (OT) Oilers 2, Sharks 0 Oilers 1, Sharks 0 Sharks 7, Oilers 0 Oilers 4, Sharks 3 (OT)...
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Warriors Draymond Green heating up from 3

Apr 21 8:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Draymond Green’s blueprint for infuriating opponents extends beyond dominant defense and a steady flow of trash talk. Hardly a long-range marksman, the Warriors’ All-Star power forward relishes the reactions his made three-pointers incite. Over the first two games of the Warriors’ first-round series with Portland, he is a combined 4-for-7 from deep. More than once, after hitting a three-pointer, Green has seen Trail Blazers players share bewildered glances with head coach Terry Stotts. “I talk a lot after I make a three,” said Green, whose 30.8-percent clip beyond the arc in the regular season was his worst since he was a rookie in 2012-13. Forced to spend plenty of time together in the training room, Durant (left calf), Shaun Livingston (right index finger) and Matt Barnes (right foot) have helped each other deal with being sidelined during the playoffs.
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Raiders McKenzie sees draft as deadline for signing Lynch

Apr 21 8:12pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Retired running back Marshawn Lynch is still negotiating with Oakland, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said Friday that he would prefer to get the deal done by the time the draft begins Thursday. Lynch, an Oakland native, visited McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio two weeks ago, and should a contract be worked out, a trade with Seattle for his rights is expected to be a formality. “I think every indication I got is he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders,” Del Rio said Friday at a predraft news conference. Free-agent running backs Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and LeGarrette Blount remain on the market. Lynch would have to file for reinstatement from the NFL once a contract is finalized, and that could happen after the Raiders trade for his rights. McKenzie echoed Derek Carr’s statements, saying “I feel good” about getting the quarterback’s contract extension done before training camp. Smith, who hasn’t played since November 2015 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, has had a hard time staying out of the news. On March 9, he was detained at a San Francisco police station for public intoxication, and he gave a regrettable slurred television interview when his handlers didn’t pick him up.
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Have Sharks passed their sell-by date?

Apr 21 7:45pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
In the first period of Thursday’s game, the Sharks’ age and experience looked like a bonus. Edmonton’s young guns were flying around the ice, fueled by the manic energy of their home crowd. [...] the Sharks calmly and methodically neutralized all that excitement and took a 2-1 lead in the first and eventually a 3-1 lead in the second period. [...] late in the game, young Edmonton had energy and freshness and the Sharks simply couldn’t match the Oilers. The entire overtime period, which ended with David Desharnais’ winning goal, looked like a seventeen-minute Oilers power play. Despite winning a couple of games, the Sharks could never quite find their footing in that series, against a younger, more talented team. [...] aside from Tuesday night’s ridiculous 7-0 victory at SAP Center, which really didn’t tell us much, the Sharks have looked off balance in this series as well. [...] goalie Martin Jones was phenomenal in overtime, stopping the first 13 shots he faced. The NHL’s regular-season points leader doesn’t have an even-strength point in the series. [...] McDavid has been phenomenal, flying around the ice and making some crushing hits, like his open-ice connection with Marcus Sorensen. The negative for the Sharks is that the Oilers are finding ways to beat them without McDavid scoring. [...] the talented 20-year-old must look to Sharks fans like a ticking device on the ice, ready to explode with offense at any moment. Former Sharks and current Oiler coach Todd McLellan thinks his young team learned a big lesson in the past two games. There’s no momentum from one playoff hockey game to the next; the action and impetus is free-flowing.
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Ron Siegel to open Madcap in Marin

Apr 21 7:37pm Food & Dining
After decades in the restaurant industry, mostly working his way through the world of fine dining, Ron Siegel is finally flying solo. The veteran told Inside Scoop he plans to open a dinner-service only restaurant in San Anselmo called Madcap (198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.) in the former Lincoln Park Wine Bar space.
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Portlands Jusuf Nurkic doubtful for Game 3 vs. Warriors

Apr 21 6:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Portland center Jusuf Nurkic is doubtful for Game 3 of the first round Saturday against the Warriors, Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts told reporters. Nurkic, who is trying to return from a leg injury that has sidelined him since March 30, would provide Portland a much-needed boost. In 20 games with the Blazers this season, Nurkic averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. Kevin Durant (left calf), Matt Barnes (right foot) and point guard Shaun Livingston (index finger) are all questionable for Game 3.
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Possible deadline emerges for Raiders, Lynch

Apr 21 6:14pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Retired running back Marshawn Lynch is still negotiating with Oakland, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said Friday that he would prefer to get the deal done with by Thursday’s NFL Draft. Lynch, an Oakland native, visited McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio two weeks ago, and once a contract is worked out, a trade with Seattle for his rights is expected to be a formality. “I think every indication I got is he was excited to play for the Oakland Raiders,” Del Rio said Friday at a pre-draft press conference. Accomplished veteran free agent running backs Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and LeGarrette Blount are also still on the market. Lynch would have to file for reinstatement from the NFL once a contract is finalized, and that could happen after the Raiders trade for his rights. McKenzie echoed Derek Carr’s statements, saying “I feel good” about getting the quarterback’s contract extension done before training camp. On March 9, he was detained at a San Francisco police station for public intoxication, and gave a regrettable slurred television interview when his handlers didn’t pick him up.
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Giants Bumgarner hurt in dirt bike accident

Apr 21 5:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Bumgarner hurt in dirt bike accident DENVER — Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner is on the disabled list after sustaining injuries to his ribs and pitching shoulder in a dirt bike accident Thursday, the team just announced. Bumgarner was hurt in Denver, on an off day for the Giants, and has bruised ribs and a Grade 1 or 2 strain of the AC joint in his left shoulder. The two likeliest options are left-hander Ty Blach joining the rotation with the Giants recalling another player from Triple-A, or leaving Blach in the bullpen and calling up starter Tyler Beede, who pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed no earned runs against Salt Lake City on Wednesday, the same night Bumgarner pitched.
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Heat to greet the 49ers in the early season

Apr 21 5:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
This year’s 49ers’ schedule provides the team a fighting chance, particularly in the early part of the season. The NFL announced their league wide schedule on Thursday. Last year, the 49ers played the Rams on Monday night, then they traversed the country to play Carolina, the reigning NFC champs at the time, for an early Sunday game. That two-game stanza set up a completely non competitive situation for the 49ers under new coach Chip Kelly. Understandably, the 49ers were drubbed in Carolina 48-27 and they also got waxed in Seattle the next week, 37-18. That sent the team on a franchise record 13-game losing streak. Obviously, the 49ers would have...
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Warriors Kevin Durant questionable for Game 3

Apr 21 3:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Because it is up 2-0 on the Trail Blazers, Golden State has the luxury of being cautious with Durant. Durant sustained the calf injury late in the third quarter of the Warriors’ Game 1 victory Sunday. Though he stayed in the game to polish off a 32-point, 11-rebound performance, the four-time NBA scoring champion was in enough pain to miss Tuesday’s practice and Wednesday morning’s shoot-around. In addition to Durant, forward Matt Barnes (right foot) and point guard Shaun Livingston (index finger) are questionable for Game 3.
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Atelier Crenn debuts a dessert menu with a Mayan theme

Apr 21 7:37am Food & Dining
Juan Contreras channels his heritage and creates a dessert menu that looks to the Mayan culture.
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Sharks cant hold lead, fall to Oilers in overtime

Apr 21 3:44am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
EDMONTON, Alberta — David Desharnais scored late in the first overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the Sharks on Thursday night, pushing San Jose to the brink of elimination in the NHL playoffs. Desharnais, in the slot, one-timed a Leon Draisaitl cross-ice pass past Sharks goaltender Martin Jones to cap an overtime session dominated by Edmonton. The Oilers lead the Western Conference quarterfinal series 3-2. The Oilers — looking for a bounce-back game after a 7-0 beat-down by the Sharks in Game 4 — dominated the first 10 minutes, energized by the deafening roar of the orange-and-blue-clad fans at Rogers Place. Edmonton took a 1-0 lead at 5:28 of the first period when Maroon, standing at the edge of the crease, corralled a rebound off Matt Benning’s shot and swept the puck past Jones. Taking advantage of a bad Oilers line change, Joe Thornton and Marleau broke in over the blue line on a two-on-one. Thornton’s wrist shot leaked through Oilers goalie Cam Talbot and dribbled to the goal line, where Marleau stuffed it in. A wrist shot by Schlemko from the blue line fluttered through a crowd in the crease and over Talbot’s right shoulder. The Oilers cut their deficit to 3-2 on the power play with less than two minutes left in the second period, with Brent Burns in the penalty box for delay of game. Draisaitl backhanded the puck through a clutch of bodies in the slot to Letestu for a one-timer under the crossbar. The Sharks smothered the Oilers attack for most of the third period until Klefbom blasted a shot from the blue line to tie the game with less than three minutes to go.
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Raiders to play 5 prime-time games, Niners 1

Apr 21 1:13am Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raiders to play 5 prime-time games, Niners 1 The Raiders, coming off a 12-4 season, are a hot commodity, so much so that they were selected for a franchise-record five prime-time games when the NFL schedule was announced Thursday. Oakland has three Sunday night games, including one at home against the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 17. The Raiders also host a Thursday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 19. The other three nationally televised games are Sept. 24 at Washington, Nov. 5 at Miami and a Monday night game in Philadelphia on Christmas. The 49ers will not play on Sunday night or Monday night in Kyle Shanahan’s first year as head coach. San Francisco’s only prime-time appearance is Thursday, Sept. 21, against former Cal quarterback Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara. The 49ers open at home against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 10. The Raiders start on the road against the Titans, as Oakland tries to win in Nashville for the third season in a row. Oakland plays its home opener the following week against the Jets. The Raiders volunteered to travel to Mexico City for a second straight season and will play Super Bowl champ New England there Nov. 19. Vic Tafur is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: vtafur@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @VicTafur Raiders schedule Opponent N.Y. Jets L.A. Chargers N.Y. Giants @L.A. Chargers 49ers schedule Opponent L.A. Rams N.Y. Giants @L.A. Rams...
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Predators complete 4-game sweep of Blackhawks

Apr 20 11:44pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Roman Josi scored twice and Pekka Rinne had 30 saves as the host Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep of the Western Conference’s top seed. Colton Sissons also scored and Viktor Arvidsson added an empty-net goal as Nashville completed the franchise’s first playoff sweep. The Sabres, who missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season after posting a 33-37-12 record, fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma. ... The NHL announced that Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski and Jets wing Patrik Laine are the top three in voting for the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year).
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Matt Cain and the Giants: Whats left in the tank?

Apr 20 8:46pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
DENVER — Here is a simple premise: A 33-year-old healthy pitcher who can throw a 90-mph fastball and mix in at least two secondary pitches can succeed as a major-league starter if he also has good command. What if they bring him back in 2018 even though 2017 is the final season of a six-year, $127.5 million contract that turned into a boondoggle because of his arm health. Manager Bruce Bochy said last week he and pitching coach Dave Righetti have mapped the rotation through the end of the first half, and Bochy has dropped hints that Ty Blach could be moved in, perhaps so the Giants could throw three left-handed pitchers at an L.A. team that flails against them. The Giants’ willingness Tuesday to designate catcher Tim Federowicz and keep optionable lefty Steven Okert in the bullpen is a sign they might transition Blach to the rotation. [...] Blach and Tyler Beede seem poised to join this rotation, if not now, certainly by 2018, rendering Cain superfluous. If Cain’s starts against the Rockies and Royals prove to be more of who he is 2017, the idea of his return in 2018 is not so farfetched, although it would have been after he was 4-8 with a 5.64 ERA during a supposedly healthy 2016. Tim Lincecum’s final contract, at two years, $35 million exemplified this line of thinking, although the rotation was far more barren when that deal happened (and the end result should be more of a cautionary tale than a precedent). “I think he was outstanding, really very good,” acting manager Ron Wotus said. Cain four-hit the Royals over seven innings by doing what he consistently had failed to accomplish since his return from two elbow issues, the ability to mix his pitches and move them around the plate to keep hitters off gearing up for the kill. In spring training, Cain admitted that in 2016, when he supposedly was healthy, his arm still was not right. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Introducing Toke Back Mountain, Black Hammer Brewing's CBD-infused IPA

Apr 20 8:37pm Food & Dining
Weed beer: It was bound to happen sooner or later. SoMa's Black Hammer Brewing today releases a new brew, Toke Back Mountain, which it believes is the first cannabis beer commercially released in California. The IPA is brewed with some familiar ingredients -- Amarillo, Centennial, Mosaic and Simcoe hops -- and some less-familiar ones: hemp-derived cannabidiol and essence of Red Hindu Kush, and indica-dominant cannabis strain.
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Warriors Patrick McCaw shows aggressiveness in fill-in start

Apr 20 5:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Over the past seven months, as he became the rare second-round draft pick to contribute in his first NBA season, McCaw made good on his new moniker. In the second quarter, after teammates encouraged him during a timeout to be more aggressive, he hit a three-pointer from the top of the arc and drove for a layup. McCaw finished with nine points, five rebounds, no turnovers and a plus-27 in 34 minutes, a stat line reminiscent of his mentor, Sixth Man of the Year candidate Andre Iguodala. Though McCaw can’t be expected to replicate the eight-time All-Star’s production, he is a more capable fill-in starter than when he spelled Durant in the first unit during the regular season. Added McCaw: For my first (start in the playoffs), it was exciting — just knocking down a few shots, making the right play, playing good defense. The son of a high school basketball coach, McCaw, 21, has an uncanny grasp of the sport’s nuances. Two months ago, after Durant sustained a left knee injury at Washington, McCaw — a combo guard — plugged the hole at starting small forward. Instead of making significant strides in an expanded role, McCaw simply ate up minutes for the most part during those five-plus weeks Durant missed. McCaw’s averages in 20 regular-season starts — 6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 23.4 minutes — were adequate given that he started alongside at least three All-Stars, but coaches wanted more.
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Raiders exercise option on Mack

Apr 20 4:10pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
In the easiest decision that general manager Reggie McKenzie has made, the Raiders exercised their option for the fifth year of defensive end Khalil Mack’s contract in 2018. McKenzie is first focused on new deals for quarterback Derek Carr and guard Gabe Jackson, who unlike Mack were not first-round picks and are entering the last year of their contracts. The Raiders have $28 million in salary-cap space and plan to resume talks with Carr after next week’s NFL Draft.
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Steph Curry deleted all social media apps for the playoffs, so who's sending the 'Lock In' tweet?

Apr 20 2:46pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Stephen Curry is on a social media cleanse.
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West Oakland's Fusebox to close April 23

Apr 20 12:37pm Food & Dining
Fusebox, the Korean Fusion spot tucked away in West Oakland, will close its doors for good on Sunday, April 23. The restaurant's co-owner Ellen Change announced the news yesterday via email.
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Le Colonial, an exotic retreat, where France meets Viet Nam

Apr 20 7:36am Food & Dining
Le Colonial, which has been open 19 years, is again worth a visit ...
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Blazers shoot blanks in lopsided loss

Apr 20 3:45am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Blazers shoot blanks in lopsided loss On a night when Kevin Durant didn’t suit up, and when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson played like mere mortals, the Portland Trail Blazers had a terrific chance to climb back into this first-round playoff series. [...] the Blazers barely resembled the dynamic, gritty crew that hung with Golden State for three quarters in Game 1. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 75 points Sunday, scoring on a dazzling array of jumpers and graceful forays into the lane. [...] in one telling fourth-quarter sequence, nobody wearing a Portland jersey bothered to resist as Andre Iguodala soared to the rim for an uncontested dunk. The Blazers find faint hope only in the impending venue change, and the potential return of center Jusuf Nurkic (whose status remains uncertain). Blazers players no doubt remember how they threatened the Warriors in last year’s Western Conference semifinals. After losing the first two games in Oakland, the Blazers rolled to victory in Game 3 and pushed the Warriors to overtime in Game 4 (before Curry scored 17 points in OT). Cal alum Allen Crabbe had one three-point shot blocked by Curry — not exactly his specialty — and missed the rim entirely on another attempt.
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Supporting cast powers Warriors to Game 2 rout of Portland

Apr 20 1:45am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Supporting cast powers Warriors to Game 2 rout of Portland In that moment, with the Warriors well on their way to a 110-81 rout of Portland in Game 2 of the first round, yellow-clad fans were making sure a player long known for his bloopers knew he was appreciated. With Kevin Durant sidelined by a strained left calf, McGee had helped underscore that Golden State’s success hinges on more than its All-Stars. The 7-footer needed only seven shots and 13 minutes to finish with 15 points, four blocks and five rebounds. Like in the regular season, when it parlayed relentless, switch-heavy defense into a 13-game winning streak with Durant out, Golden State shut down driving lanes and nagged shooters. The Trail Blazers finished 33.3 percent from the field, including 7-for-34 from three-point range. Rookie Patrick McCaw, who logged just 23 seconds in Game 1, chipped in nine points and five rebounds while making the fill-in start for Durant. By the time the Warriors entered the fourth quarter up 83-58, empty seats dotted the lower bowl. The Blazers, who were again without center Jusif Nurkic (right leg), now face the daunting task of digging out of a 2-0 series hole against the NBA’s top overall seed. In the season before Kerr was hired in May 2014, Golden State’s second unit was a glaring issue. Over Kerr’s first two seasons at the helm, with Andre Iguodala and Livingston leading the way, the bench became a source of pride for fans. The “Strength in Numbers” catchphrase adorned T-Shirts, billboards and posters. On July 4, when Durant signed with the Warriors, the narrative shifted: Instead of focusing on the “Splash Brothers” and their dynamic bench, the chatter revolved around the “Big Four” of Durant, Curry, Thompson and Green. Roughly 90 minutes before tip-off Wednesday, after he announced that Durant, Livingston and Barnes had been ruled out for Game 2, Kerr conceded that we’ll be pretty thin. Yet there McGee was, wowing a capacity Oracle Arena crowd with a personal highlight reel of dunks and blocks. Late in the first quarter, McGee hammered home a reverse alley-oop off a high-arcing lob from Green. Midway through the third, McGee came from behind to block a Lillard layup attempt out of bounds. Long anchored to the worst of labels, McGee has carved out his niche as an instant-energy big man for Golden State. On Wednesday,...
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Giants not planning to promote Christian Arroyo soon

Apr 20 1:45am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Royals manager Ned Yost, asked Tuesday why Whit Merrifield was promoted from Triple-A Omaha, said, “He’s hitting .412.” Christian Arroyo, the Giants’ top prospect, is hitting .479 (23-for-48) at Triple-A Sacramento after going 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs in the River Cats’ 7-4 loss to Salt Lake City on Wednesday night. [...] the club is not ready to bring him to the big leagues. General manager Bobby Evans said Wednesday that the organization has noticed Arroyo’s hot start, but two weeks in Triple-A is not enough get him to San Francisco. The Giants have a full infield and do not plan to have Arroyo play left field. The only infielder Arroyo conceivably could displace, assuming all stay healthy, is third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, who becomes a free agent after the season. “We want him to push himself up here rather than us pulling him up here, and have him make the decision for us,” Evans said of Arroyo. Evans said the Giants are evaluating left field daily with Jarrett Parker out long term, and the GM acknowledged that Chris Marrero as an everyday player is not the likely answer. The Giants did not start Marrero against a lefty, playing Aaron Hill in left field. Mac Williamson (quadriceps strain) has joined Michael Morse (hamstring strain) at Class A San Jose for a rehab assignment. Evans said Hwang’s promotion will depend more on his hitting than left-field acumen, but the club wants him to get more accustomed to the American game. Another option is Brandon Belt, who played just 12 innings in left last year. The staff wanted to leave him at first base both to let him concentrate on hitting without worrying about playing a less natural position and to take advantage of his defense at first. Acting manager Ron Wotus said Buster Posey might play some first base in Colorado, which would force Belt into left field if the Giants wanted to keep his bat in the lineup. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Unsigned outfielder Angel Pagan told a newspaper in Puerto Rico that he will sit out the rest of the season to be with his family.
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Giants lose with limp bats, Madison Bumgarner mental gaffe

Apr 20 12:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants lose with limp bats, Madison Bumgarner mental gaffe KANSAS CITY — Brian Sabean, the former general manager and now executive vice president, has a saying he has had to trot out too often when the Giants fall into a huge hitting slump and fans start clamoring for new players: Minus Jarrett Parker, these hitters who will have to engineer their turnaround and end a slump, which continued in Wednesday night’s 2-0 loss to the Royals and is beginning to get a tad uncomfortable. Top prospect Christian Arroyo might wear a Giants uniform in 2017, but not soon. Yes, the Giants should do something to try to close the black hole in left field, where four players have combined for three hits in 16 games. Ultimately, however, the team’s fate rests on the faith that Span is more than a .205 hitter, that Belt will rise above .220, that the Giants will rediscover the home run. [...] he has “gotten” three. Jason Vargas and two relievers pitched a four-hitter, Vargas now boasting an 0.44 ERA over three starts. Asked if that suggests a lack of readiness, acting manager Ron Wotus said, These guys, believe me, they’re hitting in the cage 10 minutes before they go out there. Bumgarner allowed his first run in his last 19 innings against Kansas City after Paulo Orlando’s leadoff single and delayed steal in the fifth inning. “I’m sure he wishes he had that one back,” said Wotus, who returns to bench coach with Bruce Bochy’s expected return Friday in Colorado.
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Warriors Kevin Durant to miss Game 2 vs. Blazers

Apr 19 10:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
In addition to Durant, the Warriors announced Wednesday that they will sit point guard Shaun Livingston (right index finger) and forward Matt Barnes (right ankle). Over the past couple days, Kerr has conferred with his assistant coaches about possible tweaks to the rotation. McCaw, who averaged 4.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in the regular season, has started 20 games — most of which came when Durant missed 19 games with a left knee injury. With the eight-time All Star watching from the bench, Golden State rebounded from its first three-game skid since November 2013 with a 13-game winning streak. Anchored by an aggressive, switch-heavy defense, the Warriors held off the Spurs for the No. 1 overall seed. Durant appeared to sustain the calf injury late in the third quarter of the Warriors’ Game 1 victory Sunday. Though he stayed in the game to polish off a 32-point, 11-rebound performance, the four-time NBA scoring champion was in enough pain to miss Tuesday’s practice and Wednesday morning’s shoot-around. [...] Durant’s latest injury is a frustrating setback for a player who was just beginning to return to his dominant ways. After averaging 20.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in Golden State’s final three regular-season games, he recorded 32 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday’s Game 1 victory.
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With Durant out, Curry will have to step up

Apr 19 9:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
With the Warriors Kevin Durant out for Game 2 of the playoffs, one would expect the team’s original MVP, Steph Curry, to step into the void and carry the scoring load against Portland. Curry caught fire and looked like the world-beating point guard he had become during back-to-back MVP seasons. Alongside Curry, the Warriors will need fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson to return to form after a tough performance in Game 1. Durant is hobbled, and head coach Steve Kerr smartly chose not to risk further injury against a Trail Blazers team that is also less than full strength. Curry looked solid in Game 1, scoring 29 points in 35 minutes, getting to the line four times and dishing out four assists.
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Giants not planning to promote top prospect Arroyo soon

Apr 19 8:46pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants not planning to promote top prospect Arroyo soon KANSAS CITY - Royals manager Ned Yost, asked Tuesday why Whit Merrifield was promoted from Triple-A Omaha, said, He's hitting .412. Christian Arroyo, the Giants' top prospect, is hitting .442 at Triple-A, with three doubles and two home runs in 43 at-bats, but the club is not ready to bring him to the big-leagues. General manager Bobby Evans said Wednesday the organization has noticed Arroyo’s hot start, but two weeks in Triple-A is not enough get him to the San Francisco. The Giants have a full infield and do not plan to have Arroyo play left field. The only infielder Arroyo conceivably could displace, assuming all stay healthy, is third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, who becomes a free agent after the season and is not necessarily in the team's long-term plans. The Giants hoped to have Arroyo pay a full season at Triple-A, but Evans said his performance could force them to accelerate the timetable. Evans said the Giants are evaluating left field daily with Jarrett Parker out long term, but he acknowledged that Chris Marrero as an everyday player is not the likely answer. Do we increase his role and playing time? The Giants did not start Marrero against a left-hander, playing Aaron Hill in left field instead. Mac Williamson (quadriceps strain) has joined Michael Morse (hamstring strain) at Class A San Jose for a rehab assignment. Evans said Hwang’s promotion will depend more on his hitting than left-field acument, but the club wants him to get more accustomed to the American game. The staff wanted to leave him at first base both to let him concentrate on hitting without worrying about playing a less natural position and to take advantage of his defense at first. Acting manager Ron Wotus said Posey might play some first base in Colorado, which would force Belt into left field if the Giants wanted to keep his bat in the lineup. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Unsigned outfielder Angel Pagan told a newspaper in Puerto Rico that he will sit out the rest of the season to be with his family.
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Warriors Draymond Green leads NBA in lag rate, per report

Apr 19 7:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
On a team filled with reserved personalities, the All-Star forward’s fiery demeanor has been a driving force behind Golden State’s three-season run of at least 67 wins. The story’s author, Chris Herring, pored over data from SportVU — a system of six cameras that measures the movements of all players on the court during games — and plenty of video to determine that Green leads the league in “lag rate,” a stat invented to measure how often someone crosses half-court more than three seconds after the ball. According to Herring’s analysis, Green’s has a lag rate of 20 percent — only one percentage point more than Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and John Wall. The Warriors tend to hold off opponents until Green, who finished the regular season in a three-way tie for second in the NBA with 15 technical fouls, crosses half-court.
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Sharks look to continue offensive momentum in Game 5

Apr 19 7:43pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
The Sharks evened their series against Edmonton with a 7-0 win in Tuesday’s Game 4 in San Jose, but they’ll have to win another road match to have a shot at advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. After San Jose broke through for seven goals at home, the questions are now about what’s wrong with the Oilers’ offense heading into Thursday’s Game 5 in Edmonton. The high-flying Oilers have been held to five goals through four games with only two coming at even strength. NHL scoring leader Connor McDavid has no points at even strength and no points at all the past two games when he was matched up almost exclusively with San Jose’s shutdown defensive pair of Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun. Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Patrick Maroon have been held to a combined single assist after totaling 94 goals and 213 points in the regular season. [...] the Sharks are looking to prove that Tuesday’s scoring outburst wasn’t an aberration after dropping consecutive shutouts to the Oilers in Games 2 and 3. In Game 4, Joe Pavelski scored two goals, the first of which set a franchise record for fastest goal at the outset of a playoff game — 15 seconds. Couture, still rounding into form after a two-week injury layoff, added two goals despite taking a stick to his already tender mouth in the first period. The Sharks are inviting fans to a Game 5 viewing party at the Silver Creek Sportsplex in south San Jose. Entertainment includes Sharks mascot S.J. Sharkie, the Pepsi Tank Patrol, and raffles and trivia contests for prizes. Sharks’ public address announcer Danny Miller will be hosting the festivities.
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Santa Rosa dubbed 'microbrew capital of the U.S.'

Apr 19 6:36pm Food & Dining
While many other U.S. metropolitans might be known as larger beer meccas than the greater San Francisco Bay Area, there's one area of the craft beer landscape where one of our cities apparently thrives: microbreweries.
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Might Giants bring Matt Cain back in 2018? Plus lineups

Apr 19 4:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Might Giants bring Matt Cain back in 2018? KANSAS CITY — Here is a simple premise: A 33-year-old healthy pitcher who can throw a 90-mph fastball and mix in at least two secondary pitches can succeed as a major-league starter if he also has good command of those pitches. Which leads to this admittedly premature and provocative question: What if this really isn't Cain's final year with the Giants? Manager Bruce B0chy said last week he and pitching coach Dave Righetti have mapped the rotation through the end of the first half, and Bochy has dropped hints that Ty Blach could be moved in, perhaps so the Giants could throw three left-handed pitchers at an L.A. team that flails against them. The Giants' willingness to designate catcher Tim Federowicz and keep optionable lefty Steven Okert in the bullpen this week is a sign they might transition Blach to the rotation. [...] Blach and Tyler Beede seem poised to join this rotation, if not now, certainly by 2018. How would Blach do in the rotation long term? If Cain's starts against the Rockies and Royals prove to be more of who he is 2017, the idea of his return in 2018 is not so farfetched. [...] would he return under the $21 million team option the Giants have? The Giants could decline the option and try to re-sign Cain at a lower price. Given his dedication to an organization that paid him handsomely for four unproductive years, he might feel an obligation. [...] the Giants like what they have seen, particularly against the Royals. Cain four-hit the Royals over seven innings by doing what he consistently had failed to accomplish since his return from two elbow issues, the ability to mix his pitches and move them around the plate to keep hitters off balance. In spring training, Cain admitted his arm still was not right in 2016. [...] Nick Hundley will catch Madison Bumgarner is his return to the Kauffman Stadium mound. Aaron Hill not only gets the start in left against a lefty pitcher, he leads off. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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This clear coffee won't stain your teeth

Apr 19 4:36pm Food & Dining
Introducing clear coffee. That's right—it's coffee, but without the signature brown color that wreaks havoc on your teeth and clothes. Introduced by CLR CFF, it's a transparent, caffeinated drink with a taste that's like a potent cold brew.
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Warriors Kevin Durant still questionable for Game 2

Apr 19 2:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors forward Kevin Durant is still questionable for Game 2 of the first round Wednesday against Portland with a left calf strain after not participating in shoot-around. Additionally, Shaun Livingston (right index finger) and Matt Barnes (right ankle) missed shoot-around and remain questionable. The official designation of “questionable” suggests that a player has a 50 percent chance of playing, though the fact that Durant, Livingston and Barnes haven’t participated in a team workout since Sunday’s Game 1 win over the Trail Blazers doesn’t help their chances.
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Game 2 preview: Will Warriors Kevin Durant play vs. Blazers?

Apr 19 9:44am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Will Warriors’ Kevin Durant play vs. Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (207-39 with Warriors and overall); Terry Stotts, 5th season with Blazers (223-187 with Blazers and 338-355 overall) On air: TV on TNT, NBC Sports Bay Area; Radio on 95.7 The Game Warriors (67-15, 1-0); Blazers (41-41, 0-1) Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (29.0 ppg, 4.0 apg), SG Klay Thompson (15.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg), SF Kevin Durant (32.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg), PF Draymond Green (19.0 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 9.0 apg), C Zaza Pachulia (4.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg) Blazers: PG Damian Lillard (34.0 ppg, 3.0 apg), SG C.J. McCollum (41.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg), SF Evan Turner (12.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg), PF Maurice Harkless (11.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg), C Noah Vonleh (2.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg) Warriors injury report: SF Matt Barnes (right ankle sprain), SF Kevin Durant (left calf strain) and PG Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain) are questionable. Blazers injury report: C Jusuf Nurkic (right leg), PF Ed Davis (left shoulder) and C Festus Ezeli (left knee) are out. The eight-time All-Star’s official designation of “questionable” suggests that he has a 50 percent chance of playing in Game 2. After re-evaluating him during shoot-around Wednesday, the Warriors’ training staff will determine whether he should be available. Ensuring he is healthy for the rest of the playoffs is far more important than Wednesday’s result. With Jusuf Nurkic ruled out again, a supporting cast that includes Allen Crabbe, Evan Turner, Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu will need to shoulder a heavier load Wednesday for the Blazers to have a shot at stealing the victory. In addition to going 6-for-16 from the field and 1-for-6 from three-point range, Thompson struggled against Lillard and McCollum. [...] with Durant’s status in flux, the Warriors surely hope Thompson returns to form Wednesday.
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