Mar 22 10:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
DALLAS — Classes seemed painstakingly long to Seth and Stephen Curry on days the Charlotte Hornets had home games because after that final bell rang, the two elementary school students knew what awaited: rides to Charlotte Coliseum with their father, Hornets sharpshooter Dell Curry. In 14 games since the All-Star break, Seth Curry is averaging 16.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists. A year later, after the family moved to Toronto and Dell began to play for the Raptors, 9-year-old Seth and 11-year-old Stephen slid into a game-night routine: spend the first half watching their dad from the stands at Air Canada Centre and the second half playing one-on-one on the arena’s practice court. Because a hamstring injury suffered the summer before his senior season cost him scholarship offers from bigger programs, Seth signed with Liberty, a small Christian school in the Big South Conference. Instead of taking a medical redshirt to undergo surgery on the stress fracture in his right shin, Seth wore a walking boot at every practice his senior season. In one of his first practices, while being closely guarded by point guard Kiwi Gardner, Seth stopped at the top of the arc, dribbled between his legs and hit a fade-away three-pointer without breaking eye contact with his defender. Last summer, after averaging 6.8 points in 44 games with the Kings, he signed a two-year, $5.9 million deal with Dallas. Since cracking the starting lineup in mid-January, he has flashed the scoop shot of his brother and the catch-and-shoot ability of his dad. After four 20-point outings in his first three NBA campaigns combined, Seth has 10 such performances with the Mavericks.
Mar 22 8:46pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Forward Kevon Looney has been assigned to the Warriors’ Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz, Golden State announced Wednesday. Looney, who will be available for Santa Cruz’s game Thursday against the Austin Spurs, has averaged 13.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in three D-League games this season. With Looney in the D-League and Kevin Durant still sidelined by a left knee injury, the Warriors’ options at small forward are Patrick McCaw, Andre Iguodala and James Michael McAdoo.
Mar 22 7:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
After a spring without much health news, the Giants' injury wagon suddenly got crowded with the season opener less than two weeks away. When reliever Will Smith flew to San Francisco to have his sprained elbow ligament seen by a team doctor, third baseman Eduardo Nuñez went with him. Nuñez was checked as well and got a cortisone shot in his right shoulder, which has bothered him all spring. Manager Bruce Bochy said Nuñez will be off until Saturday, while Smith has another plane ride planned. Most signs point toward Matt Cain beginning the season as the No. 5 starter and pitching against the Padres on April 7, although Bochy still will not tip his hand. Cain has had a terrible spring and had a terrible first inning against Milwaukee, allowing three first-inning runs on four extremely loud hits. [...] he redeemed himself over his final four innings, holding Milwaukee to a Jesus Aguilar solo homer. Cain said he made better pitches and got ahead in the count more over the final four innings, but he also mixed speeds better to keep the hitters off-balance, which he has not done well overall. Bochy said the Giants did not prevent the U.S. team from catching Buster Posey on successive days in the World Baseball Classic.
Mar 22 5:14pm Gay & Lesbian
BERLIN — Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany. The decision also clears the way for compensation for those still alive who were convicted under the so-called Paragraph 175 outlawing sexual relations between men. The bill approved Wednesday by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet of conservatives and center-left Social Democrats still requires parliamentary approval. The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany “welcomes the fact that, after long decades of ignorance, legal consequences are being drawn from the serious mass human rights violations that were committed against homosexual people by the democratic state,” spokesman Helmut Metzner said.
Mar 22 4:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The fact that former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark played nine seasons in the NFL and has been diagnosed with ALS could raise eyebrows in the medical community. [...] unlike many of the ex-football players who share his diagnosis, Clark’s age does not hint at the possibility his condition is connected to head trauma. “In terms of (Clark’s) age, around 60 to 70 is a textbook age where you would expect to make a diagnosis,” said Dr. Dr. Ilan Danan, a sports neurologist at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. [...] the number of former NFL players who have been diagnosed at a relatively young age has strengthened the belief there could be a cause-and-effect relationship. Raiders running back Steve Smith, 52, was diagnosed in 2002; linebacker O.J. Brigance, 47, was diagnosed in 2007 and safety Orlando Thomas, who died at 42 in 2014, announced he had ALS in 2007. [...] that’s when I think it causes more of a stir, not just among athletes or the NFL, but certainly the general public and the media.
Mar 22 2:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Barry Bonds sat in the Giants dugout at Scottsdale Stadium on Wednesday and was so relaxed it was hard to picture the contentious news conferences he held in the same spot 10 years ago, in front of 10 times more reporters and cameras. At 52, he is a coach, a teacher and an ambassador, and he likes it that way. Bonds' main responsibility with the Giants under an agreement announced Tuesday besides representing them in the community, will be teaching prospects how to hit. Bonds returns to the Giants one season after he was the Miami Marlins' hitting coach, a job he enjoyed but was not a great fit. Remember, I can't read and I really didn't get good grades in school. Bonds can best help the Giants by imparting his vast storehouse of knowledge to kids rising through their system. Bonds said he learned the ins and outs of coaching and, just as important, convinced himself that teaching would be a great way to continue his post-playing life. Bonds called his new arrangement with the Giants the right thing to do, following the path of his godfather, Willie Mays, his father, Bobby Bonds, and other great San Francisco players who still have a place at AT&T Park. All I ever wanted to do was make my godfather and father proud of me, and I had that opportunity, he said. Bonds will spend some time with the big-league club during the season but made a point of saying he will stand behind hitting coach Hensley Meulens. The Giants stood behind Meulens when Bonds wanted to be a hitting coach, one of many reasons a formal agreement with the club was delayed. Bonds always has projected indifference or hostility toward anything that did not involve hitting a baseball. [...] he admitted he would have been a little hurt had the Giants not wanted to bring him back to the fold. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Mar 22 1:37pm Food & Dining
Bill Niman, the Bolinas rancher and former owner of Niman Ranch, has sold his meat company BN Ranch to the meal kit company Blue Apron. In a press release, Blue Apron said that Niman will “help the company further develop its animal welfare and husbandry standards for beef, pork and poultry, and expand its network of farmers, ranchers and suppliers.” Niman co-founded the meat company that would eventually be called Niman Ranch in Bolinas in 1977, which grew to become a major supplier of sustainable beef and pork to grocery stores and restaurants.
Mar 22 7:36am Food & Dining
What's in a toast? That which we call bread by any other name would not taste so sweet.
Mar 22 1:46am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
A baseball season, even in spring training, leaves no time to mourn injuries. Reliever Will Smith could be destined for Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, and Michael Morse might have lost his chance to make the team out of spring training because of a hamstring injury. Management took a few moments to absorb the news, then continued the daily business of evaluating players on the field, forced to view the potential 25-man roster from a new angle. The left-handed setup man was diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament and a strained elbow muscle. If the injury is not that severe, Smith could try rest and rehabilitation. “The player has to make the call,” said manager Bruce Bochy, who already has replacements in mind. Blach was to fight Matt Cain for the fifth rotation spot, but the lefty could be more valuable in the bullpen. Far from sounding forlorn at the thought of relieving, Blach flashed an I’ll-do-whatever-they-want smile and expressed confidence that he could succeed out of the bullpen, as he did at the end of 2016 in the regular season and playoffs. Morse strained his left hamstring a few innings earlier while running out a flyball. On Tuesday, Morse walked through the clubhouse with the hamstring wrapped. [...] there is a third option: rehabbing his injury and going to Triple-A Sacramento to get at-bats. “He was playing really good ball, seeing the ball well, doing what he needed to do to make the club,” Bochy said. Morse’s good friend Hunter Pence also wants to see Morse get healthy, saying, He’d be a big help with the bat and in the clubhouse. The Giants also could go with a utility player such as Aaron Hill, a career-long infielder who looked like a natural when Bochy stuck him in left field Monday. Catcher Nick Hundley hit his first two homers of the spring, accounting for four of the Giants’ five runs. Madison Bumgarner pitched two shutout innings, then completed an 85-pitch day in the bullpen, by design. Bumgarner’s final spring start will be Monday against the Reds, giving him an extra day’s rest before the April 2 opener at Arizona.
Mar 22 1:46am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart before the second intermission to help the Wild stop a five-game skid and pull out a 3-2 victory over San Jose on Tuesday night. David Schlemko and Patrick Marleau had goals that gave each team two scores in a 63-second span, a record for the fastest four-goal stretch in Wild history, but the Sharks got no more on the way to a season-high fourth straight loss. Matt Dumba scored on a power play in the first period to give Minnesota a recently rare early lead. Anaheim, Edmonton and Calgary have surged into contention for the Pacific Division title, shrinking the Sharks’ lead to four points over the Ducks and Oilers and five over the Flames. Schlemko’s wrist shot from the blue line with 2:03 left in the second period tied it. Coyle followed Zach Parise’s second assist with a one-timer for a 3-1 lead before Marleau brought the Sharks closer with his wraparound.
Mar 21 11:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants hire Barry Bonds as special assistant The Giants on Tuesday made a long-anticipated announcement that they have hired baseball’s all-time home run leader as a special assistant to Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer. During the season, he will serve as a team ambassador, alongside other Giants greats of the past, then roll up his sleeves and travel to the minors to teach prospects how to hit. [...] as part of the agreement between Bonds and the club, he finally will be added to the Wall of Fame on the King Street side of AT&T Park in a ceremony this season, with the date to be determined. The Giants also plan to retire Bonds’ No. 25, regardless of whether he is elected to the Hall of Fame, the club’s historical threshold for that honor. The Giants also were reluctant to hand him an role while he faced federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges. Bonds then wanted to be a major-league hitting coach, which the Giants declined to offer because they had one in Hensley Meulens. [...] Bonds became the Marlins’ hitting coach last season. Bonds will attend team functions such as the Play Ball Lunch and take part in ballpark ceremonies.
Mar 21 11:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
DALLAS — Midway through the second quarter Tuesday night, Stephen Curry stopped at the top of the three-point arc and hit Draymond Green with a bounce pass. The Warriors’ All-Star power forward, seeing a clear driving lane in front of him, knifed through the key for a vicious tomahawk dunk. Because the Mavericks were so careful to guard the perimeter, they surrendered an easy bucket to Green. Harrison Barnes, a former Warriors role player who has excelled as Dallas’ go-to scorer this season, grew vexed against Draymond Green and mustered just five points on 2-for-10 shooting. Ultimately, the Mavericks couldn’t overcome the 28-7, first-half run they surrendered to the Warriors. The Warriors broke from conventional philosophy to become a title contender. While other teams relied on the traditional philosophy that feasting in the paint is the best recipe for success, Golden State focused on long-range exploits. A season after sinking a league-record 286 threes, Curry became the first player to hit 400 in a season (402). The Warriors, who finished shooting 41.6 percent beyond the arc, became the sixth team in NBA history to convert at least 40 percent of its three-point shots. Even in the wake of several torrid showings, it entered Tuesday ranked third in the league with a three-point clip of 38.2. Over their past three games, the Warriors are 40-for-86 (46.5 percent) from three-point range. Thompson and Curry, whose extended shooting slumps contributed immensely to their team’s recent 2-5 rut, have combined to go 30-for-54 (55.6 percent) in their past three outings. In their first six games without Durant, the Warriors averaged 98.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting (31.7 percent from three-point range). With Durant perhaps not returning until the playoffs, the Warriors can only hope that his absence helped them regain the type of three-point mastery that is sustainable. Golden State is the title favorite even when it lags behind its lofty standards beyond the arc. When torrid three-point shooting regularly frees up clear driving lanes as clear as that one Green feasted on, the Warriors are nearly unstoppable. With three weeks left in the season, the Warriors are in good position to own the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs for the third straight season:...
Mar 21 9:12pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Marshawn Lynch’s agent minimizes rumors of back joining Raiders The agent for the retired running back said Tuesday that he doesn’t know how it started and hasn’t talked to his client about it. Lynch retired after the 2015 season, and had been busy guest starring on television shows, doing commercials, owning Beast Mode apparel stores in Oakland and Seattle and doing charity week. The Raiders are his mom’s favorite team, so the national reports of interest on his side make sense, but the ones saying the Raiders are pursuing him or almost traded for him last year sound fishy. In a June interview on “60 Minutes,” Lynch was asked about coming out of retirement and specifically playing for his hometown Raiders. [...] the Raiders had Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in for a visit Monday, according to a league source. Mixon, who played at Freedom-Oakley, is regarded by some as the best running back in the upcoming draft. Mixon was suspended for his freshman season, ordered to get counseling, and forced to serve 100 hours of community service. The Raiders also reportedly met with Mixon — who was not invited to the NFL combine because of the incident — at his Pro Day at Oklahoma this month. Former Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff’s daughter, Tracey, was murdered by her boyfriend.
Mar 21 8:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants reliever Smith might need major surgery; Morse hurts leg A baseball season, even in spring training, leaves no time to mourn injuries. Reliever Will Smith could be destined for Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and fan favorite Michael Morse all but lost his chance to make the team out of spring training with a hamstring injury. Management took a few moments to absorb the news then continued the daily business of evaluating players on the field, now forced to view the potential 25-man roster from a new angle. The left-handed setup man was diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar-collateral ligament and a strained elbow muscle, and flew to San Francisco on Tuesday to meet with team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki. If the injury is not that severe, Smith could try rest and rehabilitation. The player has to make the call, said manager Bruce Bochy, who already has replacements in mind. Blach was to fight Matt Cain for the fifth rotation spot, but he could be more valuable in the bullpen. Far from sounding forlorn at the thought of relieving, Blach flashed an I'll do whatever they want smile and expressed confidence he could succeed out of the bullpen, as he did briefly at the end of 2016 in the regular season and playoffs. Morse strained his left hamstring a few innings earlier while running out a flyball. [...] there is a third option: rehabbing his injury and going to Triple-A Sacramento to get at-bats. Morse's good friend Hunter Pence also wants to see Morse get healthy, saying, He'd be a big help with the bat and in the clubhouse. The Giants also could go with a utility player such as Aaron Hill, a career-long infielder who looked like a natural when Bochy stuck him in left field Monday.
Mar 21 8:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
DALLAS — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is supportive of a recent NBA memo that warned of “significant penalties” for teams that don’t provide adequate notice to the league, their opponent and media when planning to rest marquee players. The move was made to give players a sufficient break at the end of an eight-city, 13-day stretch that included two cross-country trips. On Monday, two days after the Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in a loss to the Clippers, NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to team owners that called the practice of resting star players “an extremely significant issue” that will be a prime topic of discussion at the next NBA board of governors meeting April 6 in New York. The hope is that teams will be aware of how such rest-related decisions affect “fans and business partners” and “the perception of our game.” “This is not a right-or-wrong issue,” said Kerr, whose team has won four consecutive games since he rested Curry, Thompson, Green and Iguodala against the Spurs. Though he admitted it’s unlikely, Kerr said that he “wouldn’t be opposed” to trimming the NBA’s 82-game regular season. “I think even just going down to 75 games, I think that would make a dramatic difference in the schedule,” Kerr said.
Mar 21 7:46pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Photo: Associated Press Image 1of/16 CaptionClose Image 1 of 16 San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Photo: Associated Press Image 2 of 16 San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) stands on the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 37-18. (AP Photo/John...
Mar 21 7:37pm Food & Dining
Berkeley-based Fieldwork Brewing Co. releases one-off beers all the time. Its latest? The Meadows, described by the brewery as a Vermont Farmhouse Ale. That description has ticked off the state of Vermont.
Mar 21 3:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Other nominees for 2017 Sports Team of the Year include the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Dolphins and Toronto FC. The winner will be announced at the 10th annual Sports Business Awards, held May 24 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. “We are extremely honored to be recognized again by the SportsBusiness Journal for the work our organization has done over the past year,” Warriors President and CEO Rick Welts said in a news release. Within the past year, Golden State won an NBA-record 73 regular-season games and reached its second straight NBA finals.
Mar 21 3:37pm Food & Dining
The Tenderloin's new Japanese beer and beef-centric eatery, Hitachino Beer & Wagyu, may still be in the soft opening phase for its dining room, but the bar is now officially open to the public.
Mar 21 2:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Donald Trump might have other concerns than what he reads online about Colin Kaepernick. Nevertheless, he brought up Kaepernick during a rally recently in Kentucky. During the campaign, Trump criticized Kaepernick for failing to stand for the national anthem. In the video above, you can see what Trump said about the 49ers free agent quarterback. Kaepernick opted out of his deal earlier this month and is still a free agent. Other quarterbacks such as Mike Glennon (Bears), Brian Hoyer (49ers), and Matt Barkley (49ers) have signed despite having worse careers statistically than Kaepernick. Kaepernick has also experienced success in the playoffs and been in a Super Bowl, while those other...
Mar 21 2:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors at Mavericks American Airlines Center, Dallas Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (195-38 with Warriors and overall); Rick Carlisle, 9th season with Mavericks (410-299 with Mavericks and 691-510 overall) On air: TV on CSN Bay Area; Radio on 95.7 The Game Warriors (56-14); Mavericks (30-39) Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (25.0 ppg, 6.3 apg), SG Klay Thompson (22.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg), SF Patrick McCaw (3.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg), PF Draymond Green (10.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 7.2 apg), C Zaza Pachulia (6.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg) Mavericks: PG Yogi Ferrell (9.7 ppg, 3.7 apg), SG Seth Curry (12.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg), SF Wesley Matthews (14.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg), PF Harrison Barnes (19.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg), C Dirk Nowitzki (14.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) Warriors injury report: SF Kevin Durant (grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) and SF Andre Iguodala (left hip strain) are out. Mavericks injury report: With Kevin Durant already sidelined by a left knee injury, Matt Barnes, Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney and James Michael McAdoo should receive more playing time in Iguodala’s absence. Iguodala is often tasked with locking down the opponent’s best scorer, and he likely would have matched up Tuesday with former teammate Harrison Barnes, Dallas’ leading scorer. Who will provide a scoring punch off the bench? Having Iguodala, who is averaging 11 points on 59 percent shooting in March, become more aggressive in recent weeks has only helped Golden State weather Durant’s absence. With it unclear how much time Iguodala will miss, which reserves can help ease the offensive load of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? In 13 games since the All-Star break, Seth is averaging 16.8 points on 52 percent shooting.
Mar 21 1:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants fear ligament damage in reliever Smith’s elbow Giants reliever Will Smith is flying to San Francisco to see team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki after an MRI on his pitching elbow revealed bad news, an issue with his ulnar-collatreral ligament. Smith was to be one of the Giants' top setup man. Smith missed the first three weeks of Cactus League games with inflammation in his pitching elbow. On Monday, he was pitching in his second game after rehabbing the injury when he departed with two outs and a 3-2 count on the White Sox's Dan Hayes.
Mar 21 1:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors’ Andre Iguodala to miss Mavericks game with hip strain DALLAS — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Mavericks with a strained left hip, Golden State has announced. With Kevin Durant already sidelined by a left knee injury, Matt Barnes, Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney and James Michael McAdoo could shoulder heavier loads in Iguodala’s absence.
Mar 21 12:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants hire Bonds as special assistant The club Tuesday made a long-anticipated announcement that it has hired baseball's all-time home run leader as a special assistant to Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer, 10 years after his final season as a player. In the same statement, Baer said, We are delighted to welcome Barry back home to the Giants. The likelihood increased after Bonds was let go as Miami Marlins hitting coach after one season, 2016. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Mar 21 2:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
San Jose shut out in Dallas, skid reaches 3 DALLAS — Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves to record his 36th career shutout Monday night. [...] one of the toughest shots he faced came before the game. “He was ready to go today, just because I hit him up high in warm-ups,” Dallas teammate Patrick Sharp said. Lehtonen thought Sharp’s shot helped him get in the right frame of mind before his 1-0 win over the Sharks. “Chances are there,” head coach Peter DeBoer said, so we’ve just got to bear down and we’ve got to get one dirty or ugly around the net. The Sharks outshot the Stars 30-20, including 12-6 in the third period. Dallas (29-33-10) is barely alive in the playoff race with 10 games remaining. Curtis McKenzie got his fifth on a tip-in from the slot that beat Sharks goalie Aaron Dell. Dallas missed two tries at the empty net.
Mar 21 1:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league’s board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games “an extremely significant issue for our league” and pressing owners to be more involved in the decision-making process. Silver also told the owners that the matter will be discussed at league meetings next month after nationally televised games on back-to-back Saturday nights were diluted by decisions to rest star players. “Decisions of this kind ... can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation and damage the perception of our game,” Silver wrote in the memo, which was obtained by the Associated Press. The rest issue has been an even hotter-than-usual talking point of late with teams like the Warriors and Cavaliers — the last two NBA champions — electing to rest starters in recent nationally televised games. Fans have complained on some occasions that they have paid a premium price to see stars play, then arrived at arenas only to find that those players are getting the game off. The Clippers remained a game behind Utah in the race for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading host Boston to a victory over Washington in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 19 points and host Orlando overcame a 17-point second-half deficit before winning in overtime.
Mar 21 12:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Cueto might have missed all that early pitchers’ fielding practice, but he momentarily saved a run when he jogged to the perfect spot to back up third and caught an overthrow on the triple. In three spring games (including a minor-league outing), Cueto has thrown 102/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. A changeup slipped out of his hand in his final inning Monday and deflected off Avisail Garcia, who was awarded first base. Jeff Samardzija revealed he was “real close” to joining the U.S. squad for the final round of the World Baseball Classic, but he and the Giants decided against it because his pitching schedule would not align with the tournament’s. Samardzija allowed the six runs in four-plus innings, including consecutive homers by Hernan Perez and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the fourth inning. Over his past two games, against the Rangers and Brewers, Samardzija has allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 17 hits in 72/3 innings. Samardzija said he liked his outing against the Brewers, on a 96-degree day, until his rough final inning. Aaron Hill, an infielder playing the outfield for the first time since college, boosted his chances of winning a bench job when he started in left field and heaved a strong throw home on a sacrifice fly. Outfield candidate Justin Ruggiano, who had four hits all spring, hit two singles, but was thrown out on the bases each time. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Prospect Ryder Jones hit a three-run, eighth-inning homer against major-league pitcher Tommy Kahnle to give the Giants a come-from-behind win. Hunter Strickland pitched a shutout inning, his fifth straight scoreless outing after he allowed runs in his first three games. A shocking revelation from caffeine aficionado Hunter Pence, who said he cut back on the advice of a sleep specialist hired by the team.
Mar 21 12:43am San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
[...] one neurologist insisted ALS has become more recognized in the past five years as “part of the picture” surrounding chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease found in dozens of former NFL players. Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Center for Cognitive Health and the NFL Neurological Care Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said cases of ALS patients with a history of head trauma “began to sort of pile up” in recent years. Another neurologist, Dr. Dale Lange of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, disputed any definitive cause-and-effect but added that “repeated head trauma absolutely puts you at increased risk of neurogenerative disease, including dementia and ALS.” A study released in 2005 found that Italian professional soccer players got the disease at a rate nearly six times greater than the general population. The study did not identify a specific cause, but it raised the question of whether players repeatedly heading the ball might make them more susceptible. [...] Dr. Santosh Kesari, chairman of Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, remained cautious about drawing a straight line between the head trauma of football and ALS. CTE has attracted more attention in recent years, but Clark became the latest in a string of former NFL players to receive an ALS diagnosis. Steve Gleason, a former New Orleans safety, has waged a high-profile fight with ALS since he announced he had the disease in 2011. Other former NFL players who have been afflicted with ALS include former Raiders running back Steve Smith, 52, who was diagnosed in 2002; ex-linebacker O.J. Brigance, 47; and former safety Orlando Thomas, who died at 42 in 2014. Asked about the Clark news, Gandy said, The NFL history, with any sort of brain degeneration, raises the question of whether it’s associated with repetitive trauma. Sayers is regarded as one of the greatest players in NFL history. The “Kansas Comet” played his entire career with the Bears, piling up 4,956 yards rushing in his 68-game career and was voted to four Pro Bowls.
Mar 21 12:17am Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raiders sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense The club made its first defensive free-agent signing Monday, after it had added four offensive players the past couple of weeks. Oakland signed former Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, formally announced the signing of backup quarterback EJ Manuel and announced that it has brought back long snapper Jon Condo. Jenkins, 25, started seven games last season and missed seven with groin, knee and hand injuries. Manuel was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2013. [...] he is reunited with former Buffalo quarterback coach and new Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing. The Seahawks still own his rights, and it’s unlikely the Raiders would trade a draft pick for him.
Mar 20 11:46pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
OKLAHOMA CITY — Moments after the final buzzer sounded Monday night, Kevin Durant stood in front of the Warriors’ bench and dapped his less-heralded teammates as they filtered off the court. [...] as he turned to walk toward the visiting locker room, the former face of the Thunder franchise smiled as he saw dozens of Golden State fans waiting nearby. In Golden State’s Feb. 11 rout of the Thunder, the player once considered this city’s adopted son endured a steady chorus of boos and “cupcake” chants. On Monday, with Durant sidelined by a left knee injury, a capacity Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd kept the focus on basketball. For the first time since sustaining an MCL sprain and bone bruise Feb. 28 in Washington, Durant had traveled with the Warriors. Unlike the previous nine games, in which he watched from his living-room couch or a training table, the eight-time NBA All-Star opted to sit on the bench. Wearing a black suit coat, white T-shirt and black pants, Durant erupted to his feet midway through the first quarter when Curry hammered home his first dunk of the season on a breakaway. Teammates intervened, and after a lengthy review, Curry, Green, Westbrook and Christon were assessed technical fouls.
Mar 20 10:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
If you’re of a certain age, the news hit you like a punch in the stomach Sunday night: There are about 6,000 cases of the brutal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosed each year, and the average age at diagnosis is 55. [...] for much of the Bay Area and the wider NFL audience, Clark will be forever young and healthy, the dashingly handsome football player who became famous and beloved because of one singular moment in time. On January 10, 1982, Clark rose high in the sky in the back of the Candlestick end zone, over Dallas defensive back Everson Walls, corralled a pass from a scrambling Joe Montana with his fingertips, and grabbed it for the touchdown. With that touchdown (and two key defensive plays moments later), the 49ers were headed to their first-ever Super Bowl. The touchdown changed everything for the young man from a small town in North Carolina, who played at Clemson and was noticed by Bill Walsh when he came to scout someone else. [...] he became one of the most important players in team history, played nine seasons for the 49ers, was a favorite of owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and remains beloved by fans. Clark then went public with his diagnosis later Sunday, posting on DeBartolo’s website, debartoloholdings.com. [...] I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safe, especially as it relates to head trauma. Clark became famous through the game of football, but now he is publicly wondering if the game of football has led to this terrible disease.
Mar 20 8:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Cueto might have missed all that early pitcher fielding practice, but he momentarily saved a run when he jogged to the perfect spot to back up third and caught an overthrow on the triple. Last year, the Giants brought Cueto into games slowly because of a heavy workload with the Royals a year before Had the Dominican Republic advanced in the World Baseball Classic, Cueto would have unleashed those pitches on Japan in Tuesday night's semifinal game. In three Cactus League games he has thrown 10 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. A changeup slipped out of his hand in his final inning Monday and deflected off Avisail Garcia, who was awarded first base. Jeff Samardzija revealed he was real close to joining the U.S. squad for the final round of the World Baseball Classic, but he and the Giants decided against it because his pitching schedule would not align with the tournament's. Samardzija allowed the six runs in four-plus innings, including consecutive homers by Hernan Perez and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the fourth inning. Over his past two games, against the Rangers and Brewers, Samardzija has allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 17 hits in 7 2/3 innings. Samardzija said he liked his outing against the Brewers, on a 96-degree day, until his rough final inning. Aaron Hill, an infielder playing the outfield for the first time since college, boosted his chances of winning a bench job when he started in left field and heaved a strong throw home on a sacrifice fly. Outfield candidate Justin Ruggiano, who had just four hits all spring, finally had a good day at the plate with two singles, but was thrown out in the bases each time. Prospect Ryder Jones hit a three-run, eighth-inning homer against major-league pitcher Tommy Kahnle to give the Giants a come-from-behind win. Hunter Strickland pitched a shutout inning, his fifth straight scoreless outing after he allowed runs in his first three games. A shocking revelation from caffeine aficionado Hunter Pence, who said he cut back after the team met with a sleep specialist.
Mar 20 8:36pm Food & Dining
The tiny West Oakland food co-op is preparing to sign a lease for the former 99-Cent store next door.
Mar 20 8:13pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raider sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense The club made its first defensive free-agent signing Monday, after it had added four offensive players the past couple of weeks. Oakland signed former Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, formally announced the signing of backup quarterback EJ Manuel and announced that it has brought back long snapper Jon Condo. Jenkins, 25, started seven games last season and missed seven with groin, knee and hand injuries. Manuel was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2013. [...] he is reunited with former Buffalo quarterback coach and new Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing. The Seahawks still own his rights, and it’s unlikely the Raiders would trade a draft pick for him.
Mar 20 7:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Draymond Green pranks JaVale McGee with customized toilet paper Green, Andre Iguodala and Ian Clark recently posted photos to SnapChat of toilet paper with JaVale McGee’s likeness on it in the bathroom at Golden State’s practice facility. More than redemption, the toilet-paper prank was a way to lighten the mood as Golden State prepares for a nationally televised game Monday night against the Thunder.
Mar 20 7:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants reliever Smith reinjures pitching elbow, headed for MRI Through five weeks of spring training, the Giants had been extremely lucky with their health. Nobody got hurt badly enough to threaten his place on the Opening Day roster. Even with good news from the MRI, Smith’s chances of starting the season on the active roster are slim. The Giants have left-handed alternatives. The Giants acquired the 27-year-old reliever from the Brewers last Aug. 1 for pitcher Phil Bickford and catcher Andrew Susac. After a shaky start in San Francisco, Smith became huge down the stretch. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Mar 20 6:36pm Food & Dining
On Thursday (March 23), the Bay Area ice cream outfit is opening a shop in the Mission spanning two storefronts, 904 and 908 Valencia Street at 20th St. And to welcome folks into the new location, Smitten is going to host a Pay What You'd Like event to benefit La Cocina. ...
Mar 20 4:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
If you’re of a certain age, the news hit like a punch in the stomach Sunday night. There are about 6,000 cases of the brutal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosed each year, and the average age at diagnosis is 55. [...] for much of the Bay Area and the wider NFL audience, Clark will be forever young and healthy, the dashingly handsome football player who became wildly famous and beloved because of one singular moment in time. On January 10, 1982, Clark rose high in the sky in the back of the Candlestick end zone, over Dallas defender Everson Walls, and with his fingertips corralled a pass from a scrambling Joe Montana, and held on for the touchdown. With that touchdown (and some late game defensive heroics) the 49ers were headed to their first ever Super Bowl. The touchdown changed everything for the young man from a small town in North Carolina, who played at Clemson and was noticed by Bill Walsh when he came to scout someone else, who was drafted in the tenth round and who was worried every day of training camp that he might be cut. [...] thanks to the “Catch” he became one of the most important players in team history, played nine seasons for the 49ers, was a favorite of Eddie DeBartolo Jr. and remains beloved by football fans. Clark then went public with his diagnosis later on Sunday, posting on DeBartolo’s website, debartoloholdings.com. [...] I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safe, especially as it relates to head trauma. Clark became famous and seemingly charmed through the game of football, but now he is publicly wondering if the game of football has led to this terrible disease.
Mar 20 4:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors to play 2 preseason games in China The Warriors will play two preseason games against Minnesota in China next season as part of the NBA’s 2017 Global Games, the league announced Monday. The exhibition games, the plans for which The Chronicle reported in January, will be held in Shenzhen and Shanghai in October and will feature two teams with ties to China. Minnesota has the NBA’s first Chinese minority owner in Jiang Lizhang, the founder of Chinese marketing company Minnesota Lynx “I have visited China every year since 2013, and the fans there are incredibly supportive of me, the Warriors and the NBA,” Curry said. Golden State will play the Timberwolves on Oct. 5 in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Universiade Center before facing them again in Shanghai at the Mercedes-Benz Arena on Oct. 8. Golden State (55-14) currently owns a two-game lead over San Antonio for the Western Conference’s top seed, while Minnesota (28-41) is five games back of Denver for the eighth seed.
Mar 20 2:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
OKLAHOMA CITY — Speaking to reporters after Warriors shoot-around Monday, Steve Kerr disputed a recent ESPN report claiming that Golden State was “furious and bewildered” about Thunder leadership’s handling of Kevin Durant’s first return here Feb. 11. The ESPN report, posted Sunday night, indicated that the Warriors believed that someone from Thunder ownership or management “should have addressed the media on Durant’s behalf to help ease the tension upon his return.” Though Oklahoma City’s in-game operations staff didn’t acknowledge Durant’s return, general manager Sam Presti told ESPN in the lead-up to the game, “We are very appreciative of Kevin's contributions during the first eight years of the Thunder.” After shoot-around Monday, Warriors guard Stephen Curry seemed amused by the report, which didn’t name or quote anyone from the Golden State organization. Before addressing reporters, he joked to Warriors vice president of communications Raymond Ridder that “sources say I’m furious and don’t want to talk to media.” “Certain stories that don’t need to see the light of day, don’t need to have any life breathed into them somehow are the most popular,” Curry told reporters. To me, it’s kind of comical what can be put in the spotlight during an 82-game year, when at the end of the day, we’re all just trying to win games and enjoy what we do for a living.
Mar 20 2:45pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Pierre Garcon may be bringing more than just his cleats to the 49ers.
Mar 20 1:36pm Food & Dining
With the French Laundry moving to a ticket system, you might actually be able to get a reservation.
Mar 20 12:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
How will Thunder fans greet injured Durant? Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (194-38 with Warriors and overall); Billy Donovan, 2nd season with Thunder (95-56 with Thunder and overall) On air: TV on TNT; Radio on 95.7 The Game Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (25.0 ppg, 6.3 apg), SG Klay Thompson (22.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg), SF Patrick McCaw (3.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg), PF Draymond Green (10.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.2 apg), C Zaza Pachulia (6.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg) Warriors injury report: SF Kevin Durant (grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) is out. How will fans respond to Kevin Durant? After staying home for the Warriors’ previous five road games since he began his rehab, Durant has accompanied the team to Oklahoma City. Will he sit on the bench or watch from the visiting locker room? The question is whether Thunder fans will greet him again with boos and “cupcake” chants. Game planning for Oklahoma City always begins with Westbrook, whose historic season has put him in a two-horse race with Houston’s James Harden for NBA MVP. Westbrook has joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average 30-plus points, 10-plus rebounds and 10-plus assists through the first 60-plus games of a season. In last month’s loss to Golden State, Westbrook had 47 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. [...] he was so intent on making something, anything, happen that he also piled up 11 turnovers. Pachulia was sidelined for these two teams’ previous meeting with a strained right rotator cuff, so Monday marks his first time facing Westbrook since that incident.
Mar 20 7:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
If the San Francisco Giants win the pennant in 2017, they'll do it with a cheaper roster than they had last year.
Mar 20 7:36am Food & Dining
Tastee Steam Kitchen builds on the hot pot craze.
Mar 20 2:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
A week ago Sunday, in the wake of perhaps the worst game he has ever played, Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw called his father, Jeff. A longtime high school coach in the St. Louis area, Jeff McCaw offered his critiques before putting things in perspective. [...] daily conversations have helped McCaw navigate a chaotic year in which he has gone from second-round draft pick to fill-in starter for the NBA’s best team. [...] as he tries to capitalize on increased playing time with Kevin Durant injured, the spindly 21-year-old makes a point to relish how far he has come. In 2014, when McCaw enrolled at UNLV, he was the least heralded recruit in a five-man freshman class ranked No. 4 nationally. To emerge as a potential draft-night steal with Golden State, he has impressed coaches with his grasp of basketball’s nuances. McCaw, a 6-foot-7 combo guard who is playing small forward with Durant out, limits turnovers, cuts toward the rim at appropriate times and finds open teammates along the perimeter. At age 5, Patrick was tagging along to practices with Jeff, then an assistant coach at McCluer South-Berkeley High School in Ferguson, Mo. During those after-school sessions working on jump-shooting and dribbling, Patrick came to appreciate his dad’s hands-on coaching style. After a coaching change at CBC, Patrick headed to basketball powerhouse Montrose Christian — a small Baptist school in Rockville, Md., best known for being Durant’s alma mater — for his senior year. Two years later, after leading UNLV in points, assists, steals, three-pointers and minutes as a sophomore, Patrick faced a difficult decision: return to the Rebels and endure a coaching change, or declare for the 2016 NBA draft. Once a highly regarded recruit with scholarship offers from Oregon and Temple, Jeff had experienced firsthand the challenges of pursuing a professional basketball career. With 13 regular-season games left in his rookie season, McCaw has made good on the Warriors’ investment. A role player thrust into a starting lineup with three All-Stars, McCaw is still deciphering when to shoot and when to create for others.
Mar 20 1:46am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan had a goal and two assists each as the host Flames beat the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 on Sunday night. The Flames are one point behind the second-place Ducks and five behind the first-place Sharks. Lukas Sedlak and Brandon Dubinsky scored on penalty shots — the third pair in NHL history to do so in one game — as visiting Columbus clinched its first playoff berth since 2014. Sidney Crosby recorded his 10th career hat trick to lead host Pittsburgh past Florida. Crosby’s natural hat trick came in a 10:45 span of the second and the third periods, pushing his goal total to an NHL-high 40. Jonathan Toews had two goals and Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin scored in a 3:02 span of the third period as host Chicago rallied from a two-goal deficit to post its fifth straight win and clinch a playoff berth. Josh Morrissey one-timed in a goal with 7:17 left for host Winnipeg, which handed Minnesota its fifth straight loss. Carey Price stopped 30 shots as host Montreal completed a sweep of the home-and-home series.
Mar 20 12:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Denard Span eyes better year after an ice-free offseason SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Life is good when baseball players can do baseball things in the offseason. Life is good for Denard Span, who seems to be approaching the 2017 season like it’s 2014. [...] the Giants’ center fielder and leadoff hitter said the offseason was free of rehab for the first time since the offseason leading into the 2014 season. With the Washington Nationals, he hit .302 with a .355 on-base percentage, a league-leading 184 hits, 94 runs and 31 steals. The 2015 season was a step backward as Span underwent three surgeries and was limited to 61 games. The Giants signed him afterward for hree years and $31 million, and he didn’t exactly play to his standards in his debut season in San Francisco. “It wasn’t easy not playing up to my capabilities at times,” Span said. Not being able to do the things I’ve been able to do throughout my career. The year prior, it seemed every time something bothered me, something surgically needed to be done. Psychologically, it was difficult having three surgeries in a nine- or-10-month span. Coming off hip surgery, I didn’t trust my hip. Fast forward to last year, it took me a while to trust that I was strong and OK. For me not to have that, I felt I was behind the eightball. Span, 33, played 143 games last season and stayed off the disabled list, but his numbers were down across the board from 2014, except home runs — he hit a career-high 11. The offseason was a delight, and not just because he got married in January, to Anne Schleper, a hockey player who won a silver medal with the U.S. women’s team in the 2014 Olympics. Span spent time conditioning for baseball, not rehabbing from surgery. “I feel 10 times better coming into camp than I did last year,” Span said. Regaining his stroke at the end of 2016 was a momentum boost heading into the offseason and 2017. “I feel like I’m up to speed with everybody else at this time of year,” Span said. The spring training numbers aren’t good (.161 in 31 at-bats), but more important is being in a groove for Opening Day on April 2. Span opened Saturday’s game with an infield single and scored on Joe Panik’s double, and he later tripled to drive in a run. “The main thing was getting back to my mind-set before I was hurt and remembering the player I was...
Mar 19 9:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Dwight Clark, the wide receiver who played the starring role in “The Catch,” the most famous play in 49ers’ history, announced Sunday night that he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS, which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a terminal neuromuscular condition that affects control of muscles needed move, speak, eat and breathe. The disease has progressed to the point where he also has had weakness in his right hand, lower back, legs and abdominal muscles. [...] I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.
Mar 19 9:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors’ Patrick McCaw leans on father’s advice during rookie season A week ago Sunday, in the wake of perhaps the worst game he has ever played, Warriors rookie Patrick McCaw called his father, Jeff. A longtime high school coach in the St. Louis area, Jeff McCaw offered his critiques before putting things in perspective. [...] daily conversations have helped McCaw navigate a chaotic year in which he has gone from second-round draft pick to fill-in starter for the NBA’s best team. [...] as he tries to capitalize on increased playing time with Kevin Durant injured, the spindly 21-year-old makes a point to relish how far he has come. In 2014, when McCaw enrolled at UNLV, he was the least heralded recruit in a five-man freshman class ranked No. 4 nationally. To emerge as a potential draft-night steal with Golden State, he has impressed coaches with his grasp of basketball’s nuances. McCaw, a 6-foot-7 combo guard who is playing small forward with Durant out, limits turnovers, cuts toward the rim at appropriate times and finds open teammates along the perimeter. At age 5, Patrick was tagging along to practices with Jeff, then an assistant coach at McCluer South-Berkeley High School in Ferguson, Mo. After a coaching change at CBC, Patrick headed to basketball powerhouse Montrose Christian — a small Baptist school in Rockville, Md., best known for being Durant’s alma mater — for his senior year. Two years later, after leading UNLV in points, assists, steals, three-pointers and minutes as a sophomore, Patrick faced a difficult decision: return to the Rebels and endure a coaching change, or declare for the 2016 NBA draft. Once a highly-regarded recruit with scholarship offers from Oregon and Temple, Jeff had experienced firsthand the challenges of pursuing a professional basketball career. With 13 regular-season games left in his rookie season, Patrick has made good on the Warriors’ investment. A role player thrust into a starting lineup with three All-Stars, Patrick is still deciphering when to shoot and when to create for others.
Mar 19 8:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants top prospects Arroyo, Beede sent to minors Infielder Christian Arroyo knows how to make an exit. Told in the morning he would be reassigned to minor-league camp, Arroyo waved goodbye loudly in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-4 loss to the Brewers. Hopefully I left people here with a smile on their face, Arroyo said as he packed for Indian School Park, where he will prepare for his season, mostly likely at Triple-A Sacramento. Both first-round picks will go to Sacramento knowing they could make their big-league debuts in 2017. Both seem on track for 2018, although the vagaries of baseball sometimes upset the best-laid plans. The homer was his fifth hit and only extra-base hit in 18 at-bats. Pence, ever the optimist, said spring training is a gold mine because players have so much down time to work behind the scenes to solve their issues. Bochy acknowledged several hitters are searching and could get extra at-bats in minor-league games. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Mar 19 7:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
General manager John Lynch will lead a group to get an up-close look at the top quarterback draft prospects: Lynch, vice president of player personnel Adam Peters, senior personnel executive Martin Mayhew and quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello will attend pro days at North Carolina (Tuesday) and Notre Dame (Thursday). The 49ers, whose quarterback depth chart consists of Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, will use at least one of their 10 draft picks on a quarterback. Shanahan met with Trubisky, Watson and Kizer at the combine and he’ll visit with them again if they are among the 30 prospects the 49ers invite to their facility for a pre-draft visit. [...] Lynch, who played quarterback until his junior season at Stanford, has said his eight seasons as a Fox analyst gave him further insight into the intangibles required to excel at the position. “That gave me a much better understanding of the DNA of the (quarterbacks) that are successful and maybe some of the shortcomings of the guys that haven’t proven successful in this league” Lynch said at the NFL combine.
Mar 19 2:46pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Melancon to join U.S. team at the WBC The U.S.'s 6-3 victory in San Diego on Saturday night eliminated the Dominican Republic from the World Baseball Classic and sent the Americans to a semifinal game against Japan on Tuesday night. Before Sunday's game at Scottsdale Stadium, Melancon and Cueto each offered unsolicited and revealing comments about the tournament, which will end with Wednesday's championship game. Cueto expressed how much he wanted to play and revealed he was shredded back home and called a traitor on social media for not participating in the first two rounds, even though it was widely known he missed three weeks of spring training while taking care of his sick father in the Dominican. [...] that he knows the coaching staff and teammates, and thrown eight scoreless outings in the Cactus League, he feels more comfortable leaving for a few days and competing for something that counts. Cueto also wanted to pitch for his country but did not play competitively until March 11 because of his dad's illness. [...] Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said Cueto would not have been able to throw the maximum 95 pitches per game in the final round of the tournament. Melancon will not have to throw that many should he relieve in the semifinal and final games. A victory Tuesday would place the United States in the championship game for the first time, against the winner of Monday's semifinal between Puerto Rico and the Netherlands, whose manager is Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens.
Mar 19 2:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Never mind that the visitors played the night before while the hosts were idle, the Ducks came into a sold-out SAP Center on Saturday and dictated play en route to a 2-1 win over the Sharks. Anaheim moved to four points behind the Sharks after completing a 3-0-2 series domination of San Jose. Backup goalie Jonathan Bernier continued his stellar work with injured John Gibson on the sideline. [...] San Jose lost the services of top-line left wing Jannik Hansen just past the midway point of the final period. The trade deadline acquisition went straight to the locker room with 9:45 left in regulation, and medical staff followed behind. Jakob Silfverberg’s breakaway goal at 13:29 accounted for the only scoring in the middle period and stood as the game-winning goal. Silfverberg blocked Paul Martin’s attempted drive just inside the Anaheim blue line, broke free behind the San Jose defense, and scored with a wrist shot past Jones. The Sharks cashed in on a 5-on-3 power play late in the period when Couture wristed his 25th goal past Bernier. Joe Thornton had the setup from behind the net 41 seconds after Anaheim defenseman Cam Fowler gave the hosts a two-man advantage.
Mar 19 1:45am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The two-time reigning NBA MVP crouched low for dramatic effect, watching the swish of the net, before he twirled around in celebration. Golden State’s third straight victory gave them a 2½-game cushion over San Antonio for the Western Conference’s top seed. The Warriors finished a blistering 60 percent from the field, including 12-for-23 from three-point range. In their first six games without Durant, the Warriors averaged 98.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting (31.7 percent from three-point range). With the Warriors back to their movement-heavy, three-point-happy blueprint, much of the crowd leaned forward in their seats as Curry launched a prayer from behind the logo as the halftime buzzer sounded. In that second quarter, it had totaled 36 points on 14-for-17 shooting from the field (5-for-6 from three-point range). By the time Curry netted a three to put Golden State up 76-49 midway through the third quarter, Milwaukee — fresh off Friday’s emotional win over the Lakers — had effectively squandered any hope of a big road victory.
Mar 19 12:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Cueto could be asked to pitch in WBC title game The Giants are watching Saturday night’s World Baseball Classic game between the United States and the Dominican Republic with more than passing interest. Pitching coach Dave Righetti said that should the Dominicans beat the Americans to advance to the final round in Los Angeles, the Giants expect pitcher Johnny Cueto to be asked go, most likely to pitch in a potential championship game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. If the United States wins Saturday’s game to advance, Cueto will stay in Arizona and face the White Sox in a Cactus League game Monday. Closer Mark Melancon and starter Jeff Samaardzija also are on a list of pitchers who could be added to the roster for the final round.
Mar 18 10:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
While watching a skirmish unfold in the Bucks’ 107-103 win Friday night over the Lakers, Draymond Green felt compelled to criticize D’Angelo Russell’s handling of the situation. “There was one particular player that pissed me off bad,” Green said after Warriors shoot-around Saturday. Though Green didn’t explicitly call out Russell, he indicated that the second-year point guard was the source of his frustration by referencing how Russell reacted in that third-quarter incident. Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon delivered a hard foul on the Lakers’ Nick Young, who shoved back. Lakers head coach Luke Walton, who mentored Green while an assistant with Golden State the past two seasons, praised Russell and others after Friday’s game for standing up for Young.