Giants Christian Arroyo hits first homer in memorable win

Apr 27 3:44am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Christian Arroyo's first big-league homer was not exactly forgotten, but it was sort of pushed to the background when Michael Morse hit his unreal game-tying homer against the Dodgers in the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s 4-3 win. The Dodgers had done the Giants a huge favor by removing lefty Alex Wood after six innings of one-hit ball. Manager Dave Roberts decided to yank him after six innings and 78 pitches. Buster Posey, who admitted it was weird facing Romo on Monday night, lined a single to center to bring up Arroyo, who was 1-for-10 in two-plus games. Romo tried to throw one of his patented off-the-plate sliders, but it caught too much plate and Arroyo drove it into the left-field seats to trim the Dodgers lead to 3-2 and get the Giants into the game with one electrifying jolt. The thrills of the Arroyo and Morse homers aside, the Giants earned an important win. If they can do that, and make hay against the last-place Padres over the weekend, the Giants can start to think about leveling their season. The baseball during the three-game series has been good. [...] they went 15 up, 15 down before Drew Stubbs singled for his first Giants hit to lead off the sixth. Brandon Belt has had some big hits and is getting on base at a good clip, but he's hitting .237 and struck out 23 times in 76 at-bats. Buster Posey has a great average at .370, but he has only three extra-base hits. Players cannot try too hard to do the work for five when others go down with injury, but they do need to have consistently good at-bats and produce if the team is to weather the storm. Stripling decided to take advantage of that by throwing fastballs that were way too high, hoping Pence would chase. Pence did, and he kept fouling them off, to the delight of the Giants in the dugout and the fans. Incidentally, 2017 fan whipping boy Gorkys Hernandez started the rally with a single, stole second and, in a crucial play, beat Adrian Gonzalez's throw to third on a Nick Hundley sacrifice attempt. Hernandez also made a fantastic sliding catch on a Corey Seager foul ball into the left-field corner in the seventh, just after Stubbs motored into the left-center gap and made a diving catch to rob Kiké Hernandez. Okert, Hunter Strickland, Mark Melancon and winner Derek Law held the Dodgers to two singles in four innings.
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Giants Michael Morse repeats history in 10-inning win over L.A.

Apr 27 2:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Morse, the once and brand-new Giant who began his comeback after more than a year out of major-league baseball, pinch-hit with one out in the eighth and homered off Pedro Baez to tie the game 3-3. Pence had the dugout howling over how many two-strike fastballs over his head he hacked at before lifting a ball deep enough to left to score Gorkys Hernandez, whose single started the ally. Pence perfectly summarized the improbability and importance of the homer his bromance partner hit to tie a game the Giants had trailed 3-0 - Morse's first big-league hit since 2015. That was quite an energy jolt right there, Pence said, just the emotion and history and excitement of having him back. Speaking of cool moments, Christian Arroyo - remember him? - brought the Giants out of an athletic coma when he followed a Buster Posey single in the seventh inning with his first big-league homer. Arroyo sent a Sergio Romo slider into the left-field seats to trim the Dodgers' lead to 3-2. Arroyo's homer, in his 11th big-league at-bat, breathed oxygen into the clubhouse after Alex Wood did not allow a hit until the sixth, a Drew Stubbs single. After Steven Okert and Hunter Strickland combined for two of what would be four shutout innings from the bullpen, Bochy sent Morse to the plate in an obvious spot, with one out and nobody on against Baez. To see the kid hit his first home run, and me coming up to pinch-hit and doing that, it almost felt like the magic we had in '14, Morse said.
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Ayesha Curry criticizes Trumps planned kids food programs cuts

Apr 27 12:44am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Two months after her husband received national attention for anti-President Trump comments, Ayesha Curry took issue this week with the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts. “For the budget cuts to affect a program like No Kid Hungry, where all these kids are able to go to school, learn better because they were hungry … that that could potentially be taken away, is so hurtful,” Curry said. Curry, an ambassador for No Kid Hungry, a national nonprofit that works toward ending child hunger in the U.S., called it “devastating” that White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney recently asserted that there is no evidence that after-school programs that feed children improve their academic performance. A blog post on the No Kid Hungry website disputes Mulvaney’s claim, saying that 1 in 6 U.S. children don’t get the food they need, which hurts their development in “profound ways.” Honoring “We Believe:” The Warriors have invited every member of their 2006-07 “We Believe” team to one of Golden State’s Western Conference semifinal games to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their first-round upset of Dallas, the first time in NBA history a No. 8 seed outlasted a No. 1 seed in a seven-game set.
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Warriors Bob Myers on Steve Kerr: Clearly, we want him back

Apr 26 10:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors’ Bob Myers on Steve Kerr: ‘Clearly, we want him back’ Sunday afternoon, at the Warriors’ team hotel in downtown Portland, Ore., a couple dozen media members waited outside a ballroom for general manager Bob Myers to update head coach Steve Kerr’s status. [...] a surprising thing happened: Visibly under the weather, he announced that he would take an indefinite hiatus from in-game coaching to find answers to his chronic pain. Myers, who has become a close friend of Kerr’s over the past three years, held back tears as he stood behind the media scrum. During a 24-minute interview Wednesday afternoon on 95.7 The Game, Myers provided the most extensive update yet on Kerr’s condition. Here is an edited transcript of the Q&A: On what Mike Brown has done as interim head coach: Mike’s seen a lot of the NBA as a coach. A lot of people, just doing the media. Just if I said, ‘You’re our head coach,’ the media requirements might buckle some people if you haven’t been through it. Not that any media is trying to hurt anybody, but right now, practice today, there’s 20-25 people. On whether Kerr initially hurt his back jumping off the bench in Game 5 of the 2015 NBA Finals: [...] he was in some physical pain, and that’s what prompted the initial surgery in late July of 2015. The larger picture, which I think is what people want to know, is he’s suffering right now — clearly, if you watched his interview (Sunday). … First of all, I was going to speak on his behalf. [...] he sort of drummed up the courage and the ability to kind of do it himself. If you’re anybody that has any empathy at all, or any ability to read body language, you can see it. [...] I know we will. [...] with the elevated symptoms, the optimistic view is that maybe what’s causing his symptoms has elevated and exacerbated to the point where it’s more visible. The strength and courage he’s shown, I’m not sure many people would have had the level of fortitude that he’s displayed — externally, to the media, to our team. In Portland, he met with his staff, watched film, then he was in the arena and I was in the room, so I know. For you to throw yourself back in the fire, it has to be, ‘I’ve had a good three days. There’s a perception that the playoffs caused this, and that’s not accurate. The beauty of Steve and why our team...
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Raiders reach deals with Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks

Apr 26 10:13pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
In a nice going-away present for Raiders fans, Marshawn Lynch has agreed to terms on a contract that will bring the running back out of retirement to play for his hometown team. The Raiders, who will move to Las Vegas in 2020, acquired Lynch’s rights by agreeing to trade late-round picks with Seattle in 2018, and Lynch passed a physical at the Raiders’ facility Wednesday morning. Lynch replaces Latavius Murray, who signed with the Vikings, and will join Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington at running back. Lynch, a five-time Pro Bowler, has not played since a Jan. 17, 2016, playoff loss to Carolina in which he gained only 20 yards on six carries. [...] he still has 66 more broken tackles than the next closest running back in the NFL over the past four seasons. Lynch’s new teammates are very excited about the news, with linebacker and former Seattle teammate Bruce Irvin tweeting, “Woke up feeling like it was Christmas.” “Marshawn is one of the best running backs I’ve played against in my short career,” Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack said last week. In nine NFL seasons, Lynch has rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns. [...] in 2015, he was limited to seven regular-season games and 417 yards and the postseason loss to the Panthers, largely because of an abdominal injury that required surgery. Lynch visited the Raiders on April 5, and the only team he wanted to play for again was his mom’s favorite team. The Raiders will give the Seahawks a fifth-round pick in 2018 in exchange for a sixth-round pick. After attending Oakland Technical High School, Lynch played three seasons at Cal and ran for 1,000 yards in both 2005 and 2006, being named the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2006.
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Giants bring Morse back to strengthen bench, lighten mood

Apr 26 9:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Michael Morse grabbed a bat from the rack at AT&T Park and had to laugh at how he got there Wednesday: an all-but retired player making a gentleman's agreement with general manager Bobby Evans at Hunter Pence's wedding to come to spring training on a minor-league deal, to see if he had anything left, with the promise he could leave anytime if he felt he was done. When Denard Span's recovery from a sprain near his right shoulder took a turn for the worse, the Giants placed him on the 10-day disabled list and purchased Morse's contract from Triple-A Sacramento, where he had been rehabbing a spring-training hamstring injury. Morse helped get them there with his tying homer in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. Morse was 5-for-20 combined at Class A San Jose and Sacramento, but understand that his promotion, and maybe that of 21-year-old Christian Arroyo, were done partly to inject life into a clubhouse deadened by losing and injuries. The Giants have hit a league-low 13 homers and own the second-lowest slugging percentage at .354. If Morse can pop one now and again, even at age 35, that would mean more than the clubhouse chuckles he can bring. Morse was on the verge of making the team in spring training when he injured his hamstring, and said he just wants to pick up where he left off in Scottsdale. Span's trip to the DL is retroactive to Sunday, so he is eligible to return May 3, the last of three games in Los Angeles. The Giants also promoted infielder Kelby Tomlinson to replace Brandon Crawford, who was placed on the three-day bereavement list but likely will be longer after straining his right groin running the bases Tuesday night. The Giants could not get Crawford an MRI before he left for his sister-in-law's funeral services in Southern California, but the staff gave the shortstop instructions and medication for the trip. If the Giants place him on the 10-day DL when he returns, the three days on the bereavement list will count against the 10. To clear a 40-man spot for Morse the Giants moved Jarrett Parker (broken collarbone) to the 60-day disabled list. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that Ty Blach, coming off his 75-pitch start Tuesday, will take his next rotation turn Sunday against the Padres.
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Eye toward Kerr as Warriors prepare for next round

Apr 26 8:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
At times during the regular season, Kevin Durant glanced at the Warriors’ bench to see head coach Steve Kerr, grimace on his face, staring at the floor. Durant initially assumed Kerr was frustrated with a defensive lapse or rushed shot. [...] even as he takes an indefinite hiatus from the sideline to seek a solution to his chronic pain, Kerr is peppering his players with a singular reminder: [...] the question of when Kerr will return to in-game coaching hangs over Golden State as it prepares to face the winner of a Jazz-Clippers series that Utah leads 3-2. Kerr missed practice Wednesday, and according to a report by NBC Sports Bay Area, he is consulting with specialists at Stanford Medical Center. In the Warriors’ Game 2 win over Portland in the first round, Kerr was in such a haze that he broke NBA rules by removing his suit jacket. On Monday, two days after he watched Game 3 from the team hotel, Kerr attended morning shoot-around and watched Game 4 from the visiting locker room. “Just being here a year, and having the veterans that we have and the staff that we have, and the communication that we’ve had from jump street has made it, in my opinion, a seamless transition,” said Brown, who guided Golden State to wins over the Trail Blazers in games 3 and Game 4. More than overseeing practices and substitution patterns, Brown is tasked with helping players handle the emotional toll of Kerr’s absence. While pursuing the franchise’s second NBA title in three years, those close to him are wracked with what-ifs about Kerr’s health.
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49ers stay mum about No. 2 pick in draft

Apr 26 8:45pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
49ers stay mum about No. 2 pick in draft Joined-at-the-hip general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan are rookies in their respective roles, which raises a few questions entering the first day of their first draft together Thursday night. In February, Lynch said he had control of the draft, but he wanted a true “partnership” and all decisions, draft or otherwise, would be “subject to approval of the other guy.” [...] Lynch, Shanahan and the rest of the 49ers’ draft team have seemingly done an effective job of keeping their traps shuts about their plans with the No. 2 pick. On Monday, Lynch said it was “fair” to say they’d winnowed their list to two or three players they’d select, but those prospects remain a mystery. In the run-up to the draft, there have been reports that the 49ers covet LSU running back Leonard Fournette, LSU safety Jamal Adams, Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky and Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson. NFL Network reported Monday that the 49ers were “strongly considering” taking a quarterback with the pick. Lynch said the sources cited in a variety of pre-draft reports haven’t been among the “few people” that are privy to the 49ers’ draft board. Lynch has made it clear this offseason that the 49ers are “open for business” when it comes to trading the No. 2 pick. Lynch maintained that the 49ers are quite content to stand pat and grab an elite player. [...] otherwise we’re going to pick a player at (No. 2) that we feel is a cornerstone for this franchise for years to come. Lynch may be a first-time GM, but the former Fox analyst is already adept at not giving away draft intelligence. Asked later if it was a “necessity” to select a QB with one of his 10 picks, Lynch, who counts two quarterbacks on the roster, answered, “I would not say that.” Given the lack of hard evidence, it’s possible Lynch, who attended Stanford and spent 15 seasons as an NFL safety, has leaned toward grabbing Thomas or Adams. If there was a disagreement with the first draft pick of their union, it’s presumably been resolved by their undisclosed tiebreaker. ESPN and NFL Network will carry the draft all three days: First round, 5 p.m. [...] rounds, 4 p.m. (ESPN2 replaces ESPN at 5 p.m.) First round...
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Defense beckons for Raiders in draft

Apr 26 8:13pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock usually has a pretty good handle on where the quarterbacks are headed in the NFL draft. Oakland has the 24th pick in Thursday night’s first-round — right in front of the throwing-challenged Houston Texans — and may have the opportunity to trade down for additional picks. The Raiders have so many defensive needs — remember, they have Khalil Mack and still finished last in the NFL in sacks last year — and they could use an additional player in the first three or four rounds. Clemson’s DeShaun Foster and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes both have issues — and big fans as well — and there is a chance that Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer and Cal’s Davis Webb could sneak into the first round. Assuming the addition of another offensive player (Marshawn Lynch) on Wednesday only further underlined the need for a defensive starter in the first round, here’s a look at positions in need of an upgrade: Alabama’s Reuben Foster will slide due to a diluted drug test, after he was already sent home from the NFL combine for arguing with a hospital worker. NFL Films producer Greg Cosell said he not only sees alot of former 49er Patrick Willis in Foster’s game, but that Foster is a “more naturally athletic mover than Willis.” Cornerback: USC’s Adoree’ Jackson is small but can cover and would step in immediately as a starting slot cornerback.
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This California ice cream shop is selling black soft serve

Apr 26 7:37pm Food & Dining
A Los Angeles ice cream shop called Little Damage has attracted the attention of the internet thanks to its odd-looking black soft serve flavors and cones.
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Giants promote Michael Morse, seek fewer cell flashes

Apr 26 6:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Hey, atmosphere, if I wanted to live in bloody Seattle I would have moved to bloody Seattle. [...] the big news Wednesday night is that former Giant Michael Morse is back with the Giants, who purchased his contract to replace Denard Span, who is going on the 10-day disabled list with an SC join sprain. Morse, of course, was a hero of the 2014 World Series title team with his tying homer in Game 5 of the NLCS against St. Louis, which the Giants won in the next inning on Travis Ishikawa’s walkoff homer. Morse did not play for most of 2016 and got an invite at Hunter Pence’s wedding to take a crack at playing again this year. [...] it's drawn the attention of the league, which has let the Giants know it's not completely kosher. A major-league source told me that the umpires have been in contact with the league, which has contacted stadium officials to express its concern that an infielder could get hurt by losing a ball in those flashlights. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner complained about one light that was shining in his eyes Monday night. [...] it wants the team to work with ushers in the sections between the bases behind the plate to get those lights turned off for safety reasons. For one thing, officials understand that fans being fans, that'll only make them keep the lights on longer, at the expense of their cellphone batteries.
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49ers Bowman not limited after torn Achilles

Apr 26 6:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
All-Pro inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who tore his Achilles on Oct. 2, was a full participant at today’s lively minicamp practice. In 2013, then 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree returned to game action 194 days after tearing his Achilles in an offseason practice. Bowman, who will turn 29 on May 28, was sidelined in 2014 by a horrific injury to his left knee, and his torn Achilles was on the same leg. Without Bowman for the final 12 games last year, the 49ers allowed the sixth-most rushing yards since 1990.
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49ers Reid, Harold will stand during anthem in 2017

Apr 26 4:45pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Niners safety Eric Reid and outside linebacker Eli Harold will stand during the national anthem this season after they joined ex-teammate Colin Kaepernick in kneeling in 2016. Reid and Harold joined Kaepernick shortly after the quarterback sparked a national conversation with his protest in August. [...] we just want to move forward and partner with people that are trying to make a change. … Kaepernick, of course, remains a free agent and Reid believes his anthem stance explains his current unemployment. People want to shy away from him because of media PR reasons.
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Marshawn Lynch is peak Bay Area in tweet about return to Oakland

Apr 26 3:09pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch wrote about trade with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, and it did not disappoint.
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Hunter Pence got a cameo on the new Bill Nye Netflix show

Apr 26 11:44am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Few people look more like a real-life mad scientist than Hunter Pence, so it's only natural that he made a guest appearance on 'Bill Nye Saves the World.'...
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Raiders, Seahawks agree to Lynch trade

Apr 26 11:14am Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
In a nice going-away present for Oakland fans, Marshawn Lynch has agreed to terms with the Raiders on a contract and the running back will join the team once he passes a physical today, league sources said. Lynch is expected at the Raiders facility today once he returns from a trip to Haiti, where the Cal product was helping former Seahawks teammates Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett build schools and houses. Lynch, a five-time Pro Bowler, has not played since a Jan. 17, 2016, playoff loss to Carolina in which he gained only 20 yards on six carries. In nine NFL seasons, Lynch rushed for 9,112 yards and 74 touchdowns. [...] in 2015, he was limited to seven regular-season games and 417 yards and the postseason loss to the Panthers, largely because of an abdominal injury that required surgery.
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Bay Brews: Laughing Monk turns 1, Almanac announces a 'Dank Dinner,' and more in local beer

Apr 26 7:37am Food & Dining
Here's what's happening in the local beer scene this week.
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Giants lose; Christian Arroyo gets 1st MLB hit off Clayton Kershaw

Apr 26 2:45am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The baseball that Christian Arroyo sent into left field for his first big-league hit surely will be placed in a display box, with a brass plate noting the date, inning, where the ball went and the pitcher who threw it. Arroyo's family was in the stands to see his first-inning hit against one of the greatest ever to take the mound. Brandon Crawford strained his right groin as he rounded first on an eighth-inning single into the left-field corner that sent Buster Posey to third with two outs. Crawford left the game with no idea when he will return before Kenley Jansen struck out pinch-hitter Brandon Belt to end the Giants' final threat. The runs scored in the fourth after Blach ran his career-opening shutout streak against the Dodgers to 14 innings. Adrian Gonzalez hit a grounder to Buster Posey at first base to start the decisive play. Turner scored what proved to be the game's final run on what would have been a “great double play,” in Bochy’s words. Arroyo batted second in place of Belt, who sat with a career 3-for-51 against Kershaw, In his first at-bat, Arroyo attacked a first-pitch fastball and grounded it sharply through the hole. Blach did get a scouting report before he blasted a double to left-center to start the inning, his third career hit in five at-bats against Kershaw.
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Giants Eduardo Nuez confesses to not hustling

Apr 26 12:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Eduardo Nuñez confesses to not hustling Eduardo Nuñez, now a super-utility player with Christian Arroyo’s arrival, said Tuesday that he was wrong for not running out some groundballs, one of which might have cost the Giants a chance to beat the Rockies. Nuñez also said he is still somewhat uncomfortable playing left field, but he expects that feeling to improve and he was happy to step aside for Arroyo. In the April 13 opener of a four-game home series against the Rockies, who were leading 2-0, Nuñez led off the fifth inning with a one-hopper to third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was playing in. When Nuñez finally sped up, Arenado made a wide throw that first baseman Mark Reynolds had to dive to catch. An “out” call was sustained by replay, the Giants went down 1-2-3 and lost the game 2-1. Asked if the coaching staff talked to him about it, he said, They don’t have to. Asked about moving from third base to left field, Nuñez said, Whatever the team needs is the bottom line. The more playing time I have, the more confidence I’ll feel. Brandon Crawford will begin an absence Wednesday so he can join his wife, Jalynne, for the viewing and funeral for her sister Jennifer in Southern California. The Giants could have Crawford back for Friday’s game against San Diego if they don’t formally place him on leave, which must last three games. [...] they would not be allowed to replace him on the roster for Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games, and manager Bruce Bochy said the club needs another player because it already is short with Denard Span hurt. Domenic Mazza, who was born in Walnut Creek and attended Clayton Valley High in Concord, threw an 85-pitch perfect game for the Giants’ low Class A Augusta, Ga., team in a 9-0 win at Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday. Mazza was the Giants’ 22nd-round pick in 2015. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. At 21 years, 329 days, Christian Arroyo was the youngest Giants player to debut since Hector Sanchez (21 years, 240 days) in 2011.
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JaVale McGee emerges as Warriors X-factor inside

Apr 26 12:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The sight of Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic lumbering up the court on a fractured right leg during Saturday’s first-round Game 3 made Warriors center JaVale McGee uneasy. In the Warriors’ series sweep of the Trail Blazers, with Portland’s frontcourt thinned by injuries, McGee went from solid role player to low-post bully. A big man long known for his bloopers delivered a personal highlight reel of alley-oop dunks and rundown blocks. In 49 first-round minutes, McGee scored 39 points on 18-for-23 shooting and blocked nine shots. “To his credit, he’s an athletic big man who can finish around the basket,” Portland head coach Terry Stotts said. On a roster filled with shooters, McGee’s ability to run the floor and catch lobs is an asset. McGee, who won Golden State’s final roster spot in the preseason, finished the regular season with the NBA’s No. 1 per-minute plus-minus. [...] the Warriors’ coaching staff realized that McGee was most effective in short bursts. To limit the stress on his legs, McGee started a vegan diet, worked out daily on his own and lost 15 pounds. In November, after a road rout of the Pacers, he commandeered the team plane’s intercom system and, feigning a female flight attendant’s voice, instructed teammates on how to exit the aircraft in case of an emergency. Three months later, to get back at Green for constantly posting pictures of napping players to social media, McGee gave blankets to the entire team that featured an enormous picture of Green’s sleeping face. Golden State, which has nine other pending free agents, might not have enough money left after re-signing Curry and Durant to bring back McGee, but he isn’t concerned.
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Giants Nuez: No excuses for not running out grounders

Apr 25 10:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Nuñez: ‘No excuses’ for not running out grounders Eduardo Nuñez, now a super-utility player with Christian Arroyo's arrival, said Tuesday that he was wrong for not running out some groundballs, one of which might have cost the Giants a chance to beat the Rockies. Nuñez also said he is still somewhat uncomfortable playing left field, but he expects that feeling to improve and he was happy to step aside for Arroyo. In the April 13 opener of a four-game home series against the Rockies, who were leading 2-0, Nuñez led off the fifth inning with a one-hopper to third baseman Nolan Arenado, who was playing in. When Nuñez finally sped up, Arenado made a wide throw that first baseman Mark Reynolds had to dive to catch. In both cases he thought he was going to be thrown out easily and wanted to save his legs. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Giants confirm Bumgarner does not need surgery

Apr 25 9:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner will not require surgery on his separated left shoulder and will begin rehab work in four to five days, manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday. Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said the medical staff continues to get other opinions and expects to divulge a firm diagnosis Wednesday. On Friday, a day after Bumgarner crashed his dirt bike near Denver, the Giants said the left-hander bruised some ribs and incurred a Grade 1 or 2 sprain of the AC joint in his pitching shoulder. Bochy said diagnostic tests on Cain's right hamstring came back clean, and the right-hander is expected to take his next scheduled turn against the Padres on Saturday. Cain left Monday night's 2-1 victory with hamstring tightness after pitching six shutout innings.
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Plenty of options for Raiders with 24th pick in draft

Apr 25 9:12pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
[...] general managers and scouts write players’ names on the team’s draft board, so obviously their favorites are going to be ranked higher than players who might have produced more or had a better pro day. The Raiders could use a really good inside linebacker, but they could look at their board and decide to wait rather than take one with the 24th overall pick Thursday night. If the draft went solely on measurements, Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell would be a top-10 pick. McDowell did not fare well at interviews at the NFL combine, according to personnel executives, and some questioned if he really liked football. McDowell is quite the piece of clay with which to work, one who already has the skill to beat one-on-one blocks and get inside pressure on the quarterback in the NFL. “I think he might be the most talented interior defensive lineman,” ESPN analyst Todd McShay said. Washington’s Kevin King, meanwhile, could be the man at 24 if Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie goes for a cornerback. King might be too big to play slot anymore, but there is a corner on the first-round board who scouts think can be plugged in right away against receivers lined up inside. [...] he has hands for the ball too as he also started one game at receiver for the Trojans, the first time a player started both ways at USC since the 1960s.
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The Chronicles mock 1st round of NFL draft

Apr 25 8:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The Chronicle’s mock 1st round of NFL draft The first round of the NFL draft featured a few surprises Thursday night: Only two quarterbacks were among the 32 selections, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey crashed the top 10 and the 49ers set the tone by making a running back one of the first two picks for the first time since 2006 … The draft is in the future, but the faux story lines above emerged from a mock draft conducted by The Chronicle’s Eric Branch and Vic Tafur. If so, the Browns and McCaffrey will be thrilled, and two bypassed quarterbacks — Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes and Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer — will be disappointed. [...] few mock drafts are framed by their authors after the first round is finished. Tafur made the odd-numbered picks and the Raiders’ selection at No. 24; Branch did the even-numbered picks, beginning with the 49ers’ selection at No. 2, and the Giants’ selection at No. 23. Elite athlete and playmaker for a team in desperate need of one. 49ers: RB Leonard Fournette, LSU The 49ers get a potential generational talent — very few bulldozers with Ferrari engines ever come off assembly lines — and their wretched (and oh-so-boring) offense suddenly has an area that could dominate. Fournette and Carlos Hyde will run behind fullback Kyle Juszczyk and an offensive line general manager John Lynch has identified as one of the few inherited bright spots. Fournette will take plenty of pressure off the yet-to-be-determined QB of the future. [...] Fournette could help keep the defense off the field, welcome news after a season with Chip Kelly. Titans: WR Mike Williams, Clemson L.A. doesn’t need a corner and can’t pass up play-making safety coming off shoulder, hernia surgeries. Panthers: RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford With Fournette gone, Carolina grabs a triple-threat to pair with its dual-threat QB. Bengals: CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State The surprising slide ends for draft’s top cornerback with mad ball skills. Good things don’t happen to the Bills (read: 17 straight playoff-less seasons), but the potential No. 2 pick dropping to them qualifies. Former cornerback who was an undersized defensive end; stock rose at Senior Bowl because of closing speed. Browns: QB Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina Cleveland gets its man without surrendering any of its 237 draft picks. Off-field i...
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JaVale McGee emerges as Warriors X-factor in playoffs

Apr 25 7:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
During Game 3 of the first-round Saturday, the sight of Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic lumbering up the court on a fractured right leg made Warriors center JaVale McGee uneasy. In the Warriors’ series sweep of the Trail Blazers, with Portland’s frontcourt decimated by injuries, McGee went from solid role player to low-post bully. A big man long known for his bloopers delivered a personal highlight reel of alley-oop dunks and rundown blocks. “To his credit, he’s an athletic big man who can finish around the basket,” Portland head coach Terry Stotts said. On a roster filled with shooters, McGee’s ability to run the floor and catch lobs is an asset. McGee, who won Golden State’s final roster spot in the preseason, finished the regular season with the NBA’s No. 1 per-minute plus-minus. “He expends a lot of energy with how hard he plays,” Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown said. With doctors unable to provide a diagnosis, McGee wore a knee pad and tried different game-day shoes. To limit the stress on his legs, McGee started a vegan diet, worked out daily on his own and lost 15 pounds. In November, after a road rout of the Pacers, he commandeered the team plane’s intercom system and, feigning a stewardess’ voice, instructed teammates on how to exit the aircraft in case of an emergency. Three months later, to get back at Green for constantly posting pictures of napping players to social media, McGee gave blankets to the entire team that feature an enormous picture of Green’s sleeping face. Golden State, which has nine other pending free agents, might not have enough money left after re-signing Curry and Durant to bring him back.
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Giants advance Christian Arroyo in lineup against Kershaw

Apr 25 7:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants advance Christian Arroyo in lineup against Kershaw The Giants' last two victories have been 2-1 games, and you figure if they want to win this one they will have to do it by a similar score. [...] we are going to find out if Blach really has what it takes to be a starter in the majors. Go back to last year, when Blach shut the Dodgers out for three innings of mopup relief in his second big-league game on Sept. 25 then blanked them again for eight innings to beat Kershaw for his first big-league win a week later. [...] Blach takes an 11-inning shutout streak against the Dodgers into this one. Melancon observation: I do watch some Giants games on TV on my nights off. On Monday night, I noticed that closer Mark Melancon hit Buster Posey's target. Even the wild pitch that Melancon threw was supposed to be a curveball buried in the dirt. Buster Posey blocked it, but Justin Turner made a fantastic heads-up running play by taking second base anyway. Combine that with his command, a great curveball and ability to cut or sink his fastball, and you can see why he has been successful even without a prototypical closer's velocity. Nuñez is seeing 3.20 pitches per plate appearance. Nuñez showed what patience can do in the eighth inning Monday night when he took an eight-pitch walk from Sergio Romo. In the sixth inning he lined Hyun-jin Ryu's second pitch to left. If he stops pressing and becomes less jumpy, I think you'll see more production from Nuñez. [...] Buster Posey will play at first base and Nick Hundley will catch. The pitcher each has faced most in his career is Kershaw. The news is they have called up their top prospect, outfielder Cody Bellinger, a left-handed hitter who was batting .343 with five homers and a 1.055 OPS at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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49ers will induct Tom Rathman into teams Hall of Fame

Apr 25 6:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Tom Rathman is gone, but the longtime 49ers fullback and running backs coach won’t be forgotten: Rathman, 54, a 49ers assistant since 2009, left in February after head coach Kyle Shanahan brought running backs coach Bobby Turner with him from Atlanta. Rathman has spent 22 seasons with the 49ers, winning two Super Bowls from 1986-93 as a player. Shanahan, who was a ballboy during Rathman’s final two seasons with the 49ers, unsuccessfully tried to get him to stay on the staff in another capacity.
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Giants fans light up for rallies

Apr 25 6:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
In the bottom of the seventh inning of a tight game against the Dodgers, Giants fan Marc “G-Man” Roberts put down his glove and reached for his cell phone. From his perch in the right field arcade at AT&T Park, he scanned the upper deck for a signal and then it came. A single flicker became two flickers, causing Roberts to whip out his phone, punch up the flashlight app and hold it high. Instantaneously, fans on all levels did the same and it looked as if fireflies had replaced the customary late inning seagulls. No one knows how it started, but this much is known for sure — in a young season in which nothing else has consistently worked for the Giants, the flashlight rally has gotten the job done whenever it has been called upon. The lights first appeared at Orange Friday, April 14, in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Giants protecting a 4-2 lead over the Colorado Rockies. Two batters had struck out when Brandon Belt came to the plate with a man on base. Mike Muldowny, a splash cam operator for NBC Sports Bay Area, zoomed in across the stadium to flashing lights in the left field upper deck, above the See’s Candy sign. Belt, who had been in a 1-for-19 slump, started fouling off pitches, and with each foul ball, more cell phone flashlights came on. Rusty Phillips, who was working the TV camera by the Giants dugout, saw bulbs flashing in a way that he had not seen since Barry Bonds was going after the home run record. “I’ve only seen that at a rock concert, never a baseball game,” said Jon Miller, who had been doing the TV telecast that Friday. Comments ranged from “beautiful” to “magical,” though one follower with an Orange County handle commented that the flash has been tradition with the Angels for years. When the Giants came to bat in the seventh inning, they were holding a one-run lead and were in need of insurance. For two consecutive games, the rally lights had delivered runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
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Landlord dispute ends Aperto 24-year run in Potrero Hill

Apr 25 6:36pm Food & Dining
Landlord dispute ends Aperto's 24-year run in Potrero Hill...
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Giants seek repeat performance from Blach against Kershaw

Apr 25 4:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants' last two victories have been 2-1 games, and you figure if they want to win this one they will have to do it by a similar score. Go back to last year, when Blach shut the Dodgers out for three innings of mopup relief in his second big-league game on Sept. 25 then blanked them again for eight innings to beat Kershaw for his first big-league win a week later. [...] Blach takes an 11-inning shutout streak against the Dodgers into this one. Melancon observation: I do watch some Giants games on TV on my nights off. Even the wild pitch that Melancon threw was supposed to be a curveball buried in the dirt. Buster Posey blocked it, but Justin Turner made a fantastic heads-up running play by taking second base anyway. Combine that with his command, a great curveball and ability to cut or sink his fastball, and you can see why he has been successful even without a prototypical closer's velocity. Nuñez is seeing 3.20 pitches per plate appearance. Nuñez showed what patience can do in the eighth inning Monday night when he took an eight-pitch walk from Sergio Romo. In the sixth inning he lined Hyun-jin Ryu's second pitch to left. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Christian Arroyo debuts in Giants win over Dodgers

Apr 25 3:45am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The baseball ricocheted off Matt Cain toward Christian Arroyo, the Giants’ hot prospect who nicely barehanded it and threw out Yasmani Grandal at first base. Cain was pulled because of right hamstring tightness just before the seventh, and the Giants’ bullpen preserved Monday night’s 2-1 victory over the Dodgers. Creating extra buzz at the season’s first game between the rivals, Arroyo, 21, was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to make his major-league debut. [...] Arroyo did contribute to the Giants’ first run, his grounder to the right side in the second inning sending Brandon Crawford to third base. Crawford, who had doubled, scored on Joe Panik’s sacrifice fly. Hunter Pence, leading off in Bruce Bochy’s revamped lineup, singled home a run in the seventh. “We’re sitting on the bench, and Arroyo’s going to go hit, and Buster (Posey) looks at me and says, ‘Goodness, he looks really young,” Cain said. Arroyo’s biggest defensive play came in the eighth when he smothered Chris Taylor’s grounder that was heading to left field. Arroyo’s throw to second got a forceout, and Panik nearly turned a double play. The Dodgers scored on the play, but Derek Law struck out Andrew Toles and Posey threw out Taylor trying to steal. On a day Madison Bumgarner explained to reporters his dirt-bike accident that shelved him indefinitely and created a big hole in the rotation, Cain was dynamic on the mound. Cain required just 70 pitches to complete six innings but walked off the field with a trainer before he could throw a pitch in the seventh. Arroyo hit .446 (29-for-65) with seven doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in 16 games for Sacramento.
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Warriors ride 1st-quarter blitz to series sweep of Blazers

Apr 25 1:44am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors ride 1st-quarter blitz to series sweep of Blazers JaVale McGee, straight-faced, locked eyes with Draymond Green underneath the Warriors’ basket. In that moment late in the first quarter Monday night, after McGee soared over Noah Vonleh to hammer home a Green lob, Golden State had already tormented the overmatched Trail Blazers plenty. Even as interim head coach Mike Brown fills in for the ill Steve Kerr, Golden State continues to reinforce why it is the prohibitive favorite to win its second NBA title in three years. Because while most teams would be content to ride Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Green, the Warriors instead showcase their immense depth. All five Golden State starters scored in double figures for the first time this postseason. Golden State set a franchise playoff record for points in a first quarter (45) and tied a franchise playoff record for three-pointers in any quarter (8). A day after announcing he would take an indefinite hiatus from in-game coaching, Kerr watched the shellacking from the visiting locker room. 45 Points, tying the NBA record for a playoff first quarter (2015 Rockets; 1986 Mavericks; 1985 Lakers)...
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Arroyo debuts in Giants 2-1 win over Dodgers

Apr 25 1:44am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Cain was pulled after throwing a warmup pitch just before the seventh, leaving the field with a trainer, but the Giants’ bullpen preserved Monday night’s 2-1 victory over the Dodgers. Creating extra buzz at the season’s first game between the bitter rivals, Arroyo was called up from Triple-A Sacramento to make his major-league debut. [...] Arroyo did contribute to the Giants’ first run, his grounder to the right side in the second inning sending Brandon Crawford to third base. Crawford, who had doubled, scored on Joe Panik’s sacrifice fly. Hunter Pence, leading off in Bruce Bochy’s revamped lineup, singled home a run in the seventh. Arroyo’s biggest defensive play came when he smothered Chris Taylor’s grounder that was heading to left field. The Dodgers scored on the play, but Derek Law struck out Andrew Toles and Taylor was caught stealing. Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for the save, the game ending when catcher Buster Posey caught Justin Turner loafing off second base. On a day Madison Bumgarner explained to reporters his dirt bike accident that shelved him indefinitely and created a big hole in the rotation, Cain was dynamic on the mound. Cain has yielded just two earned runs in three starts, a big boost in a rotation that has struggled mightily. Arroyo hit .446 (29-for-65) with seven doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs in 16 games for Sacramento and Sunday went 4-for-6 with a walkoff hit in the 10th inning.
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Drew Stubbs joins Giants, Chris Marrero let go, Aaron Hill to DL

Apr 25 12:44am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Drew Stubbs joins Giants, Chris Marrero let go, Aaron Hill to DL Oh, and the Giants called up Drew Stubbs, too. On a day in which Madison Bumgarner spoke publicly for the first time since his dirt-bike accident and Christian Arroyo made his major-league debut, the Giants made an under-the-radar move by promoting Stubbs from Triple-A Sacramento. “Good, gifted outfielder who can play anywhere in the outfield,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Stubbs, 32, was released by the Twins in spring training and signed by the Giants on April 6. [...] in his ninth big-league season, Stubbs previously has played for the Reds, Indians, Rockies, Rangers, Braves and Orioles. To make room for Arroyo and Stubbs, the Giants designated outfielder Chris Marreo for assignment and placed Aaron Hill, a career infielder who played outfield this month and strained his forearm playing long toss, on the DL. Marrero led the Giants in spring training home runs and made his first Opening Day roster, but he went 5-for-38 (.132). Arroyo, a shortstop by trade, will play third base until further notice. When Brandon Crawford begins his three-day bereavement leave this week, Eduardo Nuñez will play short, Bochy said. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. After a nightmare stay in Denver in which Madison Bumgarner got in a dirt-bike accident and the Giants got swept by the Rockies, Bruce Bochy quipped, “Probably my worst move all year was going to Colorado.” Dodgers Dodgers Dodgers...
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Warriors monitoring Jazz-Clippers series

Apr 24 11:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
In 1992, after graduating from the University of San Diego with a business degree, Mike Brown organized team-sponsored camps for the Denver Nuggets as an unpaid intern. The Warriors, provided they get past the Trail Blazers in the first round, will face the winner of the Jazz-Clippers series in the Western Conference semifinals. The lone defeat? A 105-99 home loss to the Jazz on April 10, after Golden State had clinched home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. A grind-it-out team, the Jazz have the size and interior defense to give the high-octane Warriors problems. In its four wins overs L.A. in the regular season, Golden State had an average margin of victory of 21.5 points. Golden State, which again sat Matt Barnes (right ankle) and Shaun Livingston (right index finger) on Monday, will have plenty of time to rest achy muscles if it sweeps the Blazers.
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6 inside-linebacker possibilities for Raiders draft

Apr 24 11:12pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
With success on the field comes lower NFL draft picks. “The one thing that’s been more difficult, you have no idea who’s coming down at 24,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said of his team’s draft spot. Raiders fans might scream at memories of another Alabama linebacker — 2010 bust Rolando McClain — but Foster is more explosive. Florida’s Jarrad Davis (6-1, 238): He can run (4.56 40-yard), even after missing the last four games last season with an ankle injury. Davis also can finish tackles, and coaches and scouts love his personality and have him pegged as a future leader. Raiders fans might scream, “Can he cover the tight end?” No, that is not a current strength. “He had an elite workout at his pro day and I think it just helped solidify everything that you see on tape,” ESPN analyst Todd McShay said. Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan is considered the next best inside linebacker, but he plays small despite being 6-2, 240 and is not the name to remember — that’s Alex Anzalone, Davis’ teammate at Florida. If McKenzie decides to get a much-needed defensive lineman or cornerback in the first round, he might look to Anzalone as his next inside linebacker in the second or third round. With his long blonde hair, he stood out at the Senior Bowl, and then showed his physicality and smarts all week at practice, capping off the week with four tackles (one for loss) in the game. “You saw at (Senior Bowl) practice how gifted he is athletically,” an NFC personnel director told NFL.com.
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Giants promote Christian Arroyo: completely caught off guard

Apr 24 10:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Christian Arroyo, the Giants’ top prospect, is a big-leaguer. “She didn’t believe me,” Arroyo said in the Giants’ dugout a few hours before he was to make his major-league debut. [...] (traveling secretary) Brett Alexander called her to get the arrangements her to fly out tomorrow. The struggling Giants added Arroyo, 21, to their roster early Monday and inserted him into the sixth spot in the lineup for the series opener against the Dodgers. The clincher came Sunday when Arroyo, the Giants’ top pick in the 2013 draft, went 4-for-6 with a walkoff hit in the 10th inning. [...] with what he's done down in Sacramento, it certainly opened up a lot of eyes, and we have a need right now, manager Bruce Bochy said. When you struggle a little bit the way the team's been struggling, sometimes you try to shake things up, too. “It finally hit her after a couple of times I said, ‘I promise you, I’m not lying to you,’ ” Arroyo said of the conversation with his mother. What better way to break into the big leagues than against the Dodgers? [...] I know I’m up here to help the team win.
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Heres the Q&A with Giants ace Madison Bumganrer on his accident

Apr 24 9:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Here’s the Q&A with Giants ace Madison Bumganrer on his accident Giants ace Madison Bumgarner spoke about his accident and injury that happened last Thursday in Colorado, for the first time on Monday afternoon. Here is a transcript of his remarks: What happened?: When you ask that question I wish I had some kind of cool story for you, that it was some kind of crazy wreck. [...] it really wasn’t anything spectacular, just super unfortunate. On whether he was racing: I was actually being pretty safe the whole time. Like I said, I wish I had some kind of good story to tell everybody but I don’t....I really wasn’t going that fast. Hopefully it should (get a better indication after Monday night MRI). Everything’s just a little sore. On if he feels confident there’s no structural damage: On surgery: I don’t think so, that’s not my category. On risky activity, and riding dirt bikes in the offseason: I have. Bumgarner added that he wears a helmet every time On if he was trying to blow off steam: On returning to the hotel: Called (trainer Dave Groeschner) from the truck. On the restricted activity in his contract: Yeah, I think there’s quite a bit of stuff in there but that’s probably not the first time I’ve made a stupid decision. Honestly I think it’s pretty much anything non-baseball related in everyday life. [...] I don’t have it front of me, I couldn’t give you an exact description. On if he will face punishment: [...] like I said what I’m putting my focus on now is resting my body and rehabbing and making sure I can get back and help this team. (Shoulder) and the ribs. On wearing a sling: On his relationship with the team: [...] I talked to Bobby and Larry and they honestly couldn’t have been nicer to me or more caring than they were. On telling his teammates: I’ve talked to a lot of guys invididually or a group of a few guys together. On telling the truth rather than making up a story: If you’re going to do stuff like that you’ve got to be honest about it. Don’t want to put those guys in this situation. Like I said, I got to focus all that injury on rehab and getting back on there.
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Warriors Kevin Durant to return for Game 4

Apr 24 9:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors forward Kevin Durant will start in Game 4 Monday night against the Trail Blazers, Golden State has announced. Though Durant is back in the rotation, point guard Shaun Livingston (right index finger) and forward Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) remain out. If Golden State wins Monday, it’ll have at least five days off before facing the winner of the Jazz-Clippers series in the Western Conference semifinals.
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Six inside linebacker possibilities for Raiders draft

Apr 24 9:13pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
With success on the field come lower NFL draft picks. “The one thing that’s been more difficult, you have no idea who’s coming down at 24,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said of his team’s draft spot. Raiders fans may scream at memories of another Crimson Tide linebacker — 2010 bust Rolando McClain — but Foster is more explosive. Florida’s Jarrad Davis (6-1, 238): He can run (4.56 40-yard), even after missing the last four games last season with an ankle injury. Davis can also finish tackles, and coaches and scouts love his personality and have him pegged as a future leader. Raiders fans may scream, “Can he cover the tight end?” No, that is not a current strength. “He had an elite workout at his pro day and I think it just helped solidify everything that you see on tape,” ESPN analyst Todd McShay said. Ohio State’s Raekwon McMillan is considered the next-best inside linebacker, but he plays small despite being 6-2, 240 and is not the name to remember — that’s Alex Anzalone, Davis’ teammate at Florida. If McKenzie decides to get a much-needed defensive lineman or safety in the first round, he may look to Anzalone as his next inside linebacker in the second or third round. With his long blonde hair, he stood out at the Senior Bowl, and then showed his physicality and smarts all week at practice, capping it off with four tackles (one for loss) in the game. “You saw at (Senior Bowl) practice how gifted he is athletically,” an NFC personnel director told NFL.com.
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49ers John Lynch looking to build culture, not choir

Apr 24 8:45pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
In 1996, just-hired Tampa Bay head coach Tony Dungy met with his players and offered the standard prattle about winning a Super Bowl. [...] what he added has stuck with John Lynch, then a Tampa Bay safety, who has invoked Dungy’s words often since being hired as the 49ers’ general manager. The charismatic Stanford alum has been charged with re-establishing the culture of a once-proud franchise that has fallen short of CEO Jed York’s goal of “winning with class” in recent years. In less than three months, Lynch has made his mark, most notably by releasing starting cornerback Tramaine Brock hours after discovering he’d been arrested for felony domestic violence. [...] Lynch will turn to his first draft, which is dotted with the usual prospects who have been red-flagged for character concerns. Two of the top defensive players, Alabama inside linebacker Reuben Foster and Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers, tested positive for diluted urine samples at the combine, which the NFL counts as a positive drug test. [...] two of the top running backs, Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, are first-round talents who could slide because of off-the-field issues. Lynch was asked if the 49ers would be more apt to take chances on character-risk players in future years — after they’ve established a locker room patrolled by established leaders. “What I’ve found is when you have a locker room that is strong, maybe you can bring some people in that have seven of the 10 qualities but three of them aren’t there,” Lynch said. ... During his 15-year NFL career, Lynch won the Bart Starr Award, given to the player who best exemplifies character and leadership. In Tampa Bay, with Dungy, his teammates included running back Warrick Dunn and linebacker Derrick Brooks, who both won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. In retirement, he has been arrested for domestic battery and assault, although both charges were dropped.
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Sharks Joe Thornton played with torn ACL, MCL

Apr 24 8:45pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Sharks’ Joe Thornton played with torn ACL, MCL Before we find out whether he re-signs with the Sharks, Joe Thornton has to find out if he can even play again. The team’s 37-year-old alternate captain was scheduled to undergo surgery for a torn ACL and MCL on his left knee Monday, a revelation divulged by head coach Peter DeBoer and confirmed by general manager Doug Wilson on the day players cleaned out their lockers to leave for an earlier-than-hoped-for summer. Thornton did not reveal the severity of his injury, which occurred April 2 and kept him out of the final three games of the regular season and first two of the Sharks’ six-game, first-round loss to Edmonton in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “Yeah, I want to come back,” said Thornton, who has appeared in all but 12 of a possible 926 regular-season games in the 12 seasons since he was acquired by the Sharks from Boston. Fellow forward Patrick Marleau, the No. 2 player selected behind Thornton in the 1997 NHL draft, has reached the end of his contract, too. After scoring 27 goals (and 47 points) in the regular season, Marleau was the offense-starved San Jose leader with three goals against Edmonton. Thornton and Marleau “are legends,” Sharks defenseman Brent Burns said. In addition to unrestricted free agents Thornton, Marleau and Micheal Haley, younger players Melker Karlsson, Joonas Donskoi, Chris Tierney and Marcus Sorensen and minor-league defenseman Mirco Mueller are restricted free agents. Top defensive defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and goalie Martin Jones have one year left on their deals, and Wilson said doling out extensions for both by training camp is a priority. First and foremost, though, is what the team does with Thornton and Marleau.
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Queen's Louisiana Po'boy Cafe expanding to the Embarcadero

Apr 24 8:37pm Food & Dining
Portola's own Queen's Louisiana Po'boy Cafe is expanding to the Embarcadero this summer, thanks to a pilot opportunity from the Port of San Francisco. The South Louisiana-inspired restaurant is going to take shape on the newly renovated Pier 33 1/2 opposite Bay Street.
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Giants call up Christian Arroyo, Drew Stubbs

Apr 24 7:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants have called up top prospect Christian Arroyo and outfielder Drew Stubbs. The team said Arroyo would get the start at third base for Monday night’s game at AT&T Park against the Dodgers. Regular third baseman Eduardo Nuñez will play left field. More to come.
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In tribute to friend, Joe Montana requests his street be renamed to include Dwight Clark

Apr 24 5:45pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Photo: The Chronicle Image 1of/13 CaptionClose Image 1 of 13 Dwight Clark speaks in front of a mural dedicated to the 49ers at a ceremony in City Hall on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. Dwight Clark speaks in front of a mural dedicated to the 49ers at a ceremony in City Hall on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. Photo: The Chronicle Image 2 of 13 Crowd members applaud at a ceremony honoring 49ers and Giants legends with streets to be named after them in Candlestick Park, on Sunday, April 23, 2017, in San Francisco, Calif. Crowd members applaud at a ceremony honoring 49ers and...
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No proof of persecution of gays, top Russian officials say

Apr 24 5:18pm Gay & Lesbian
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters Monday that Russian officials haven’t seen any information confirming the reports but added that Moscow is concerned about “any human rights violations.” Lavrov was speaking at a joint news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who said she raised human rights at talks with Lavrov earlier in the day and met rights activists to discuss the reports of persecution. Rights activists and Chechnya experts say it is improbable that any gay person will ever come out publicly as a victim of abuse in Chechnya because of the deep-seated homophobia in the North Caucasus and fear of reprisal to their families.
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Steve Kerr attends Warriors morning shoot-around

Apr 24 4:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
A day after announcing that he will step away from in-game coaching indefinitely, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr attended shoot-around Monday morning at Moda Center. When doors opened to reporters, Kerr was chatting with trainer Chelsea Lane on the sideline. Mike Brown, the interim head coach with Kerr out, handled media responsibilities. “Sometimes I hate saying this about the organization, ownership, management, even Steve because it sounds so cliché or I’m making stuff up,” Brown said. Brown, who coached Golden State to a come-from-behind win in Game 3, plans to review the game plan with Kerr before the 7:30 p.m. tip-off Monday.
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John Lynch: 49ers content to draft cornerstone player at No. 2

Apr 24 4:45pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
John Lynch: 49ers content to draft ‘cornerstone’ player at No. 2 General manager John Lynch indicated today the 49ers are still open for business when it comes to trading the No. 2 pick, but added that they are content to stand pat if a deal can’t be consummated. [...] otherwise we’re going to pick a player at (No. 2) that we feel is a cornerstone for this franchise for years to come. [...] we’ll be very passionate about that pick and what that player can do us for us moving forward. [...] assuming the Browns take Texas A&M pass-rusher Myles Garrett at No. 1, there isn’t a consensus second-best player in the draft. “There’s a lot of assumptions being made, but I feel real confident that those are exactly that because nothing has left this building,” Lynch said. Asked if the 49ers would consider a QB at No. 2, Lynch noted the importance of the position and said it would always be an area of intense focus.
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Sharks Thornton played with torn ACL, MCL

Apr 24 4:45pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Hockey players are known for their toughness, but Sharks’ center Joe Thornton may have raised the bar for the rest of the NHL during his team’s first-round playoff series loss. Coach Peter DeBoer said Thornton played against the Edmonton Oilers with torn medial colateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee. Thornton missed the final three games of the regular season and the first two games of San Jose’s first-round series against Edmonton after injuring his knee at Vancouver on April 2.
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Warriors Durant, Livingston and Barnes questionable for Game 4

Apr 24 3:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The Warriors’ Kevin Durant, Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes are still questionable for Game 4 on Monday night, interim head coach Mike Brown said after shoot-around. Durant, who has missed the past two games, was seen after the workout with ice around his strained left calf. Head coach Steve Kerr, who will miss Game 4 as he continues to deal with nagging pain, has said that Golden State will only play Durant if the eight-time All-Star is 100 percent healthy. A 3-0 series lead over the Trail Blazers gives the Warriors the luxury of being especially cautious with Durant, Livingston and Barnes.
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Insult to injury? Ford runs MadBum 'day off' ad, annoying Giants fans

Apr 24 1:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
If you were watching the Giants get steamrolled by the Rockies on TV over the weekend, you might have noticed a certain Ford ad featuring the recently injured Giants' All-Star pitcher.
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Rooh offers an upscale, creative Indian menu

Apr 24 7:37am Food & Dining
Rooh is the third creative Indian restaurant to open in the last few months ...
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Senators, Capitals win in OT to finish series

Apr 24 1:44am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Marcus Johansson stuffed his second goal of the game past Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen at 6:31 of overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals to a series-winning 2-1 victory over the host Maple Leafs on Sunday night in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference first-round matchup. Johansson pulled Washington even at 1-1 with less than eight minutes to go in the third period after Auston Matthews broke a scoreless tie five minutes earlier for Toronto, which missed the playoffs in the previous three seasons. “The loss is tough for sure, but when we got in here and looked at one another, there's a lot of pride that can be taken,” Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said. The top-seeded Capitals will face the Penguins in the East semifinals. Clarke MacArthur grabbed a puck that deflected off Boston goalie Tuukka Rask and beat him on the rebound for the series-winner 6:30 into overtime as visiting Ottawa won Game 6 of its East series to eliminate the Bruins. The Senators, who hadn’t won a postseason series since 2013, will play the Rangers in the second round.
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Giants unsure if Span will need to go on DL

Apr 23 10:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants unsure if Span will need to go on DL DENVER — Center fielder Denard Span was happy Sunday that he could move his arm around and take his own shirt off. Span said he sprained the sternoclavicular joint near his right collarbone when he crashed into the center-field wall Saturday night while catching a Charlie Blackmon drive. Span said when he hit the wall his mind had a “quick flash” to Jarrett Parker’s collarbone fracture, but then I realized I wasn’t in as much pain as he seemed to be. Asked who his backup center fielder was, manager Bruce Bochy said, “I guess it’s (Hunter) Pence.” Bochy said the Giants are not going to wait long to decide whether to place Span on the 10-day disabled list. 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. Mac Williamson and Michael Morse 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.” Brandon Belt played left field, using a glove he borrowed from coach Chad Chop, who got it as a gift from Tim Lincecum. For the final two innings, Belt moved to right, where he previously had one inning of big-league time. … Nick Hundley, who has started just nine of their 17 games, leads the team with seven doubles. Bochy hopes to keep Hundley’s bat in the lineup against the three lefties who will start for the Dodgers, perhaps at first base. The Giants begin their season series against the Dodgers having won both the 2015 and 2016 series 11-8.
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Warriors in great hands with Mike Brown

Apr 23 10:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Steve Kerr watched the Warriors’ Game 3 win Saturday night with his son, Nick, at their hotel suite in downtown Portland. Whenever he told Nick that it was time for a substitution, Steve immediately saw the player in question shuffle to mid-court and check in. The question now is how long Brown will have the interim tag. After Kerr’s symptoms worsened over the past five days, he announced Sunday that he will miss Game 4 on Monday as he tries to find a solution for his discomfort. Though he is taking an indefinite hiatus from in-game coaching, Kerr will stay involved with the team by breaking down video, chatting with players and advising Brown. In the regular season, as the Warriors became the first team in NBA history to win at least 65 games for a third straight year, Kerr endured intense migraines and searing pain behind his eyes. Outside of missing a morning shoot-around March 2 in Chicago with a stomach bug, he attended every practice or game. Kerr has dealt with severe head and neck pain in recent days, according to a source. During his post-practice presser Friday, Kerr repeatedly shifted his body in his chair, rubbed his head and grimaced. On Saturday afternoon, roughly four hours after Kerr was absent for shoot-around, the team announced that he would miss Game 3. “With things getting worse, I just made the decision I couldn’t coach,” said Kerr, who attended Golden State’s voluntary workout Sunday morning. If I can get some improvement, I’ll get back on the sidelines. Knowing that he has a capable fill-in helps ease the sting of stepping away from in-game coaching. Kerr hired Brown in July to replace Luke Walton as his lead assistant, in part because Brown could serve as interim head coach if necessary. During those stops, he coached in 83 playoff games and one NBA Finals. In 2009, after guiding Cleveland to 66 regular-season wins, Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year. Only hours after learning he would step in for Kerr, Brown was tasked with shepherding a Kevin Durant-less Warriors team in front of a raucous Moda Center crowd. The Blazers, desperate for a win, had center Jusuf Nurkic in the lineup for the first time since March 30. The high-octane, attacking lineup sparked the Warriors’ game-changing comeback. To make decisions like that, in a hostile environment, about to lose Game 3, that’s pretty big time.
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Starbucks baristas don't want you ordering this secret menu unicorn drink

Apr 23 9:37pm Food & Dining
Can't get enough of the Unicorn Frappuccino? Then there's another super-sweet secret menu item you may want to try.
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Raiders have done due diligence with Joe Mixon

Apr 23 9:11pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Will they draft a running back if he doesn’t? Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is waiting for a decision from Lynch, as he is not planning to pay the retired running back more than $3 million per year plus incentives, league sources said. McKenzie hasn’t shown a willingness to use early round picks on running backs. Considered by some the best running back in the draft, Mixon may be available when Oakland picks 24th in the second round because he was caught on video punching a woman in 2014. While Raiders owner Mark Davis has made his stance against domestic violence clear, Mixon’s handlers and the league have been careful to call his incident an “assault” as he and his victim were not in a relationship and were arguing when she pushed him. McKenzie visited with Mixon twice in March — at his pro day, as he wasn’t invited to the NFL combine, and again at the Raiders’ facility. The Raiders are tight lipped about pre-draft visits and don’t usually talk about prospects, so they are likely giving fans a chance to wrap their heads around the idea of drafting the player in that video from the restaurant. “When stuff like this happens, whether it’s domestic violence or drunken driving, whatever issue that comes up, we’ll be prepared to answer questions,” McKenzie said. On the field, the 6-foot-1, 226-pound Mixon led Oklahoma to two Big 12 championships and most scouts and analysts agree he would be a top-20 draft pick on the football tape alone. “Without a doubt the best running back in this year’s class,” former Raiders running back and NFL Network analyst Maurice Jones-Drew said. If Mixon is gone by the time they pick in the second round or the Raiders decide to pass on him, there are plenty of other running backs available. There have been an average of seven running backs drafted in the first three rounds the last five years, but scouts think 11 or 12 will go this year. Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine (5-foot-11, 233 pounds), who broke Billy Sims’ school rushing record, Texas’ D’Onta Foreman (6-foot, 233 pounds), who is faster than Perine but injury-prone, and Toledo’s Kareem Hunt (5-11, 216), who was a Senior Bowl standout, are all second- or third-round possibilities. Round 1, 5 p.m. Thursday; Rounds 2-3, 4 p.m. Friday; Rounds 4-7, 9 a.m. Saturday ESPN, NFL Network Raiders picks (round, overall...
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Sharks never really shook late-season slump

Apr 23 8:43pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Unlike recent postseason failures, there really wasn’t a sense of great despair or utter frustration in the Sharks’ locker room at SAP Center on Saturday night. The defending Western Conference champs, beat up and goal-starved, were done in six games of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. In spite of logging the second most travel miles in the league (48,872) and having an already short offseason cut shorter with the participation of seven of the team’s key performers at the late-summer World Cup of Hockey, the Sharks found themselves with a nine-point lead in the Pacific Division as late as March 15. At that point, it seemed likely the Sharks would start a first-round playoff series at home instead of on the road against a higher-seeded team. [...] San Jose was then in the hunt for the West’s No. 1 seed. [...] that all changed when the Sharks lost six straight games in regulation from March 16-25, scoring seven goals in the process. A 5-4 overtime win over the Rangers on March 28 only interrupted the slide, which continued with two more losses immediately afterward. The Sharks did right their course a bit with a 3-1 finish to the regular season. [...] two well-documented injuries to San Jose centers — Logan Couture took a puck to the mouth March 25 and Joe Thornton hurt his left knee April 2 — impacted the start of their playoff series against the Oilers. A few players are sure to extend their season with invitations to the World Championships (May 5-17) while some like Couture, who needs extensive dental work, will remain in San Jose.
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