SF Giants get goofy, modelesque for 2017 Photo Day

Feb 21 1:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
If you've been looking longingly out the window, willing away the rain and thinking of spring, we've got some good news: Baseball's on its way back.
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Why is John Lynch doing this? Inside new 49ers GMs crash course

Feb 21 11:44am San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Former NFL safety John Lynch recently detonated his idyllic life as though it was a wide receiver crossing the middle. Lynch, 45, in a suit and tie after his introductory news conference, was asked, as he leaned against a counter in the media room at Levi’s Stadium, why he’d swapped serenity for stress. Before joining the 49ers, the 15-year NFL veteran spent eight years as a well-respected Fox broadcaster, and his work-half-the-year gig let him stay close to family as well as football. Lynch was smiling, too, but then the grin faded and his eyes pooled with tears. The answer involves the craving for competition that fuels countless athletes and often can’t be satisfied after the final whistle. At the end of a telecast, the nine-time Pro Bowl player and four-time Hall of Fame finalist often fist-bumped his play-by-play partner and then … nothing. During his playing career,...
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Trocheck scores in waning seconds to lift Panthers over Blues

Feb 21 12:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip — their first perfect trip of five or more games in history. Making his NHL debut, Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play and stopped six of seven shots. The NHL suspended Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba for two games for an illegal check to the head of Senators forward Mark Stone. Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov, a 21-year-old rookie with 10 assists in 56 games this season, fractured his ankle during practice Monday and will miss the rest of the season, according to a report on NHL.com. ...
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A look at Warriors All-Star break to-do list

Feb 20 8:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
With the weekend festivities in New Orleans done, Golden State has time before Thursday’s game against the Clippers to cross items off its to-do list. With Pachulia (strained right rotator cuff) and West (fractured left thumb) sidelined the past eight and 14 games, respectively, Golden State has gotten solid production from a committee of big men JaVale McGee, James Michael McAdoo, Kevon Looney and Damian Jones. Pachulia was thriving in the starting lineup before he got injured, and West’s skill set — a knack for spacing, rebounding and passing — is well-suited for the second unit. Golden State might be willing to part with one of its pending free agents not named Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant for a 2017 draft pick. A good example is Patrick McCaw, a second-round pick who is proving as a rookie that he could be a long-term asset for the Warriors. Since a sensational s...
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Giants Johnny Cueto in jeopardy of missing WBC

Feb 20 7:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Bochy hoped to reach Cueto by phone Monday afternoon to gauge his physical and emotional well-being as he works out at the Giants’ academy in the Dominican and takes care of his seriously ill father, Domingo. Cueto has thrown bullpen sessions and batting practice, which many other Giants did for the first time Monday. For Cueto to pitch in the first round of the classic, he would need to be prepared to throw 60 pitches in a game. Cueto has discussed his planned appearance in the WBC recently with Giants representatives in the Dominican Republic and with Moises Alou, the general manager of the Dominican team. Alou spoke by phone Monday morning with his father, Felipe, who is a Giants special assistant. Felipe Alou said his son conveyed an urgency for Cueto to reach a decision about his participation in the WBC, at least for the first round, so Moises Alou can name and prepare...
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Same-sex marriage found to cut teen suicide risk

Feb 20 7:14pm Gay & Lesbian
CHICAGO — Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal, and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found. Suicidal behavior is much more common among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids and adults; about 29 percent of these teens in the study reported attempting suicide, compared with just 6 percent of straight teens. Laws that have the greatest impact on gay adults may make gay kids feel “more hopeful for the future,” said lead author Julia Raifman, a researcher at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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Giants Cueto in jeopardy of missing World Baseball Classic

Feb 20 2:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Johnny Cueto's participation in the World Baseball Classic is in jeopardy, at least for the first round, because of his extended absence from spring training, and a decision could come in the next day or two. Cueto also has been in touch with Moises Alou, the general manager of the Dominican WBC club, according to Moises father, Giants special assistant Felipe Alou. [...] that is not the same as preparing to pitch in an international competition that begins March 9, under the supervision of Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti. The Giants' main concern is Cueto's readiness to pitch in the season-opening series against the Diamondbacks. Pitchers need to be prepared to throw 65 pitches in a game, the limit for the first round under tournament rules.
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Warriors Draymond Green helps spark Anthony Davis big night

Feb 20 2:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
NEW ORLEANS — In the West locker room before tip-off Sunday night, Anthony Davis reminded his teammates that he wanted to win his first All-Star MVP award in front of his home crowd. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr called him “Seth,” referencing Curry’s brother who regularly wears headbands playing for Dallas. The most important development Sunday for the Warriors came after the All-Star Game, when multiple reports surfaced about a blockbuster trade involving the Kings and Pelicans. The deal, which reportedly has Sacramento sending DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans for guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway and 2017 first- and second-round picks, could affect Golden State’s first-round matchup in the playoffs. Currently 1½ games behind Denver for the Western Conference’s eighth seed, the Kings would figure to drop out of the playoff picture. Pairing Cousi...
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John Gibson, Ducks shut out Kings

Feb 20 1:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Anaheim’s Josh Manson scored his second goal of the season, John Gibson stopped 24 shots for his 10th career shutout and the Ducks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 in Anaheim on Sunday night. The Ducks have won two of three games against the Kings this season, with Gibson recording shutouts in both Anaheim victories. The Ducks moved into a second-place tie with Edmonton in the Pacific Division, five points behind the Sharks. Los Angeles trails Calgary by two points for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Stone’s exit came after a hit to the head by Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba, and NHL.com reported that Trouba will have a meeting with the league’s player safety department Monday. Mats Zuccarello scored at 8:37 of the third to snap a 1-1 tie and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for host New York, which has won seven of eight overall and five in a row at home. Ma...
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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook play highlights All-Star Game

Feb 20 12:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook play highlights All-Star Game NEW ORLEANS — Midway through the first quarter Sunday night, as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook returned to the bench during a timeout, their Western Conference teammates mobbed them in a jubilant huddle. DeAndre Jordan and DeMarcus Cousins clapped, Stephen Curry tossed his water, and Durant and Westbrook chuckled. In that moment, the two All-Stars put aside their much-discussed silent feud. On a night the acrobatic dunks trumped any semblance of defense, one of the season’s more dramatic story lines was quelled — for 48 minutes, at least. “I guess that's kind of the beauty of the game,” Warriors and West head coach Steve Kerr said. Pelicans center Anthony Davis broke Wilt Chamberlain’s All Star game scoring record with 52 points to earn MVP honors in front of his home crowd. Westbrook, who came off the...
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Sharks fall to Bruins in overtime

Feb 19 11:43pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Brad Marchand scored a breakaway goal 2:36 into overtime as the Boston Bruins beat the Sharks 2-1 Sunday night at SAP Center. Roughing penalties to San Jose’s Brenden Dillon and Boston’s Riley Nask at 17:05 helped to open the ice, and the hosts pounced with Patrick Marleau scoring his 21st goal of the season just 32 seconds later. Brent Burns delayed at the top of the right circle, and when the defenseman finally wristed a drive toward the net Boston defenseman Torey Krug stepped out and to deflect it right to an unmarked Marleau at the bottom of the left circle. Marleau punched home his ninth goal in 13 games, and moved into a tie for 43rd place with Joe Mullen on the league’s all-time list with his 502nd career goal. The Bruins scored the only goal of the opening period, taking advantage of San Jose’s poor net-front coverage just past the midway point of the session. Bost...
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Lesbians, gays, bisexuals more likely to be imprisoned, assaulted

Feb 19 11:16pm Gay & Lesbian
The possible reasons for the high rate of imprisonment include stress resulting from rejection by their families, use of illegal drugs, and stigma that makes it harder for lesbians, gays and bisexuals to gain social acceptance, said the report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Citing government data from 2011-12, the most recent figures available, the institute said self-described lesbian or bisexual women, who totaled 3.4 percent of the adult U.S. population, accounted for 33.3 percent of the women in state and federal prisons and 26.4 percent of the women in local jails. In other findings, the report said lesbians and gay men were more likely than other inmates to be placed in solitary confinement, and that lesbians in prison and gay men in both prisons and jails, were more likely than others to be suffering from mental health problems. Lesbians and gays were also mo...
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Announcer introduces Kevin Durant as 'OKC's own' in cringe-worthy moment

Feb 19 8:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Things got very uncomfortable at Saturday night's All-Star 3-Point Contest when an announcer mistakenly introduced Kevin Durant as OKC's own. ...
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Giants Bruce Bochy says DL rule change could affect bullpen usage

Feb 19 7:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Bruce Bochy says DL rule change could affect bullpen usage Manager Bruce Bochy and his coaches met with league officials Saturday to discuss rules changes for 2017, one of which will affect how clubs manage their rosters. The league and the players’ association agreed to shrink the minimum time a player can be on the disabled list from 15 days to 10, with teams able to backdate DL trips for up to three days. With the new rule changes, teams could be more inclined to place the injured pitchers on the DL, which could lead to less strain on the healthy ones. [...] they cannot ask until the eighth, which should make managers more reluctant to risk their lone discretionary challenge in the early innings. Because of the already-compressed spring training schedule because of the World Baseball Classic, Bochy said he might use younger pitchers and position players in the earl...
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Wild top Predators and last seasons victory total

Feb 19 2:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Jason Zucker scored two goals and added an assist to lead the host Wild past the Nashville Predators 5-2 on Saturday night. Minnesota linemates Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu each had a goal and an assist, and Eric Staal scored into an empty net as the Wild surpassed last season’s total with their 39th victory. Since forming a line on Nov. 25, Zucker, Koivu and Granlund have combined for 110 points and have a plus-84 rating. Antoine Roussel had his first career hat trick, and Jamie Benn scored 3:47 into overtime as host Dallas rallied. Tampa Bay dominated the extra period until Benn passed to Cody Eakin, took a return drop pass and sent a shot past Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Cam Talbot made 38 saves for visiting Edmonton’s third straight win, and NHL points leader Connor McDavid scored an empty-netter for his 20th goal. Talbot, the NHL’s busiest goalie in games...
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Pacers Robinson soars in final of slam-dunk contest

Feb 19 12:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Pacers’ Robinson soars in final of slam-dunk contest NEW ORLEANS — Glenn Robinson III is the NBA’s new dunk king, with an assist to Indiana teammate Paul George, the Pacers’ mascot and a Pacers cheerleader. Cook, the former Duke standout playing for the Canton Charge, led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-for-6 from three-point range. Chris Webber, who began and ended his career with the Warriors, and Rollie Massimino, who coached Villanova to the 1985 NCAA championship, are among the 14 finalists for this year’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction class. Others include NBA referee Hugh Evans, Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo, two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, five-time All-Star Sidney Moncrief, Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, Kansas coach Bill Self and two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Previous finalists returning to the bal...
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San Jose Sharks beat Arizona Coyotes 4-1

Feb 19 12:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
The Sharks were facing a team that had been playing well in an arena buzzing with energy following a pregame ceremony. Brent Burns scored two goals, Aaron Dell had a career-high 36 saves and the Sharks beat the Arizona Coyotes for the first time this season, 4-1 on Saturday night. The Sharks bounced back from an overtime loss in their previous game by scoring two goals in the first period and another early in the second to quiet a crowd energized by a ceremony honoring the first Coyotes team in the desert. Dell was sharp in his 11th start of the season, and the Pacific Division-leading Sharks were good in front of him to avoid a five-game season sweep by the last-place Coyotes. The NHL’s third-leading scorer, he had a goal in the first period and his 27th of the season in the third.
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Klay Thompson eliminated in first round of 3-point contest

Feb 18 11:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
A prohibitive favorite to repeat as All-Star weekend’s three-point contest champion, the Warriors shooting guard had fallen one point shy of reaching the final round. Thompson made only two of his five shots on the last “money ball” rack, leaving him to watch Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Houston’s Eric Gordon and Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving move forward. Perhaps the best three-point shooter in NBA history not named Curry, Thompson arrived Saturday night at Smoothie King Center with 11-10 odds of winning, per Bovada Sportsbook. [...] Thompson has learned a basic reality in his five-plus NBA seasons: After hitting four of his first five shots, including the two-point “money ball,” Thompson didn’t net more than three in each of his next four racks. Eager to recapture last year’s brilliance, when he netted a record-tying 27 points in the final round to best Curry for his...
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Durant-Westbrook rift continues to overshadow All-Star weekend

Feb 18 8:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
NEW ORLEANS — In the bowels of the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, between West All-Star practice and media availability, Kevin Durant saw Russell Westbrook dapping 76ers guard Nik Stauskas. During a weekend meant to celebrate the world’s best basketball players, many NBA fans are more concerned with whether the two All-Stars reconcile — or at the very least, talk. In the seven months since Durant informed his longtime Thunder running mate in a text message that he was signing with Golden State, their fractured bond has sparked plenty of TMZ-worthy speculation. More than being only the eighth team in NBA history with four All-Stars in the same game, Golden State also has its coaching staff patrolling the sideline. Because he had already revealed that he plans to play all four of the Warriors’ All-Stars together at some point, Kerr has spent much of the weekend repeatedly...
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Draymond Green says Earth may be flat

Feb 18 7:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
During his media scrum Saturday, Warriors forward Draymond Green didn’t dismiss the idea that scientific evidence proving the Earth is round is all part of a big conspiracy. Weber, D-League: A day after Golden State assigned him to its NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz, guard Briante Weber had four points, two assists and two steals in 15 minutes of the West’s 105-100 loss to the East in the D-League All-Star Game. Weber, who signed his second 10-day contract with the Warriors on Feb. 14, averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.3 steals in 31 games this season for the D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce. Two former Golden State players, Tim Hardaway and Chris Webber, are among the finalists for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2017 class. A five-time All-Star, Hardaway played his first six NBA seasons (1989-96) with the Warriors, averagi...
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Giants outfield candidate Ruggiano recalls ex-teammate Fernandez

Feb 18 7:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Sitting on his sofa in Texas on Sept. 25, recovering from left shoulder surgery, Ruggiano saw a TV report that Fernandez and two friends were killed in a boat crash off the coast of Miami Beach. Ruggiano is competing for a Giants backup outfield job and has a decent shot because he has played more than 1,400 big-league innings in center field. “He had a ton of passion in his game, just in his overall presence in the locker room,” Ruggiano said. Ruggiano could not attend the funeral because of the shoulder operation but got the details from former teammate Greg Dobbs. Ruggiano had the labrum and rotator cuff repaired in his non-throwing shoulder, but said he is fully ready to vie to become Gregor Blanco’s replacement. General manager Bobby Evans said Domingo Cueto does not appear to have a terminal illness, and the goal is getting the elder Cueto strong enough to travel to Ar...
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Sabres snap Blues 6-game winning streak with 3-2 win

Feb 18 7:43pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Sabres snap Blues’ 6-game winning streak with 3-2 win Lehner stopped 16 shots in the third period and 37 overall, and the Sabres snapped the St. Louis Blues’ six-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Saturday in Buffalo. Evander Kane and Nicholas Baptiste each had a goal and an assist in Buffalo’s third straight win, matching a season best accomplished three times. Ryan O’Reilly also scored during a two-man advantage with 32 seconds left in the second period. Henrik Zetterberg scored a tie-breaking goal on host Detroit’s fifth shootout attempt and then Petr Mrazek stopped Alex Ovechkin. Mrazek made 34 saves, including two on a power play with 6-plus minutes left in regulation and one early in overtime. The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Viktor Loov from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Sergey Kalinin. Both will report to their new teams’ Amer...
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Durant, Westbrook rift continues to overshadow All-Star weekend

Feb 18 6:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
NEW ORLEANS — In the bowels of the Smoothie King Center on Saturday, between West All-Star practice and media availability, Kevin Durant saw Russell Westbrook dapping 76ers guard Nik Stauskas. During a weekend meant to celebrate the world’s best basketball players, many NBA fans are more concerned with whether the two All-Stars reconcile — or at the very least, talk. In the seven months since Durant informed his longtime Thunder running mate in a text message that he was signing with Golden State, their fractured bond has sparked plenty of TMZ-worthy speculation. More than being only the eighth team in NBA history with four All-Stars in the same game, Golden State also has its coaching staff patrolling the sideline. Because he had already revealed that he plans to play all four of the Warriors’ All-Stars together at some point, Kerr has spent much of the weekend repeatedly...
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Giants outfield candidate reflects on onetime teammate Jose Fernandez

Feb 18 4:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Sitting on his sofa in Texas last Sept. 25, recovering from left-shoulder surgery, Ruggiano saw a TV report that Fernandez and two friends were killed in a boat crash off the coast of Miami Beach. Ruggiano is competing for a Giants backup outfield job and has a decent shot because he has played more than 1,400 big-league innings in center field. Ruggiano could not attend the funeral because of the shoulder operation but got the details from former teammate Greg Dobbs. Ruggiano had the labrum and rotator cuff repaired in his non-throwing shoulder, but said he is fully ready to vie to become Gregor Blanco's replacement. General manager Bobby Evans said Domingo Cueto does not appear to have a terminal illness, and the goal is getting the elder Cueto strong enough to travel to Arizona with Johnny, who can take care of him while he trains. Rain also could ruin plans for the pitchers to...
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Report: Free-agent DT Mitchell will visit 49ers

Feb 18 12:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Mitchell, 29, who was released by the Dolphins this week in a salary cap move, has visits scheduled with the 49ers, Seahawks, Falcons and Broncos, the NFL Network reported. Last year, Mitchell sustained a calf injury, but the Dolphins activated from injured reserve to play in their final nine games. Niners defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina was a defensive assistant with the Texans when Mitchell played for Houston in 2013. In 2016, the 49ers’ 32nd-ranked defense set an NFL record by allowing 100-yard rushers in seven straight games and surrendered the sixth-most rushing yards (2,654) since 1990.
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Blue Jackets beat Penguins in OT

Feb 18 1:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Jaromir Jagr scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and James Reimer made 35 saves as visiting Florida won its third in a row. Colton Sceviour had a goal, Aaron Ekblad scored on a power play and Derek MacKenzie added an empty-net goal, giving the Panthers six wins in their past seven games. Andrew Cogliano scored a shorthanded goal and James Gibson stopped 27 shots for Anaheim, which remained four points behind the first-place Sharks in the Pacific Division. Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen returned to the lineup after missing five games with a lower-body injury. Mikko Rantanen scored at 4:23 of overtime as Colorado ended an 11-game road losing streak by snapping its overall five-game skid. “I thought tonight’s game was our most complete game of the road trip,” said Colorado coach Jared Bednar after his team ended its five-game trek with its first road win since Dec. 23.
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Green wont try to get Livingston, Iguodala to take less money

Feb 18 1:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Green won’t try to get Livingston, Iguodala to take less money When his Warriors teammates are taking plays off, the All-Star power forward seldom hesitates to get them back on task. With much of the roster pending free agents, Golden State is staring down a summer rife with difficult decisions. Would Green, a shrewd negotiator in his own right, try to convince the likes of Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala to take less than their market value to re-sign with the Warriors? “I don’t feel the need to go tell Shaun and Andre: ‘Yo, go take less money, money isn’t everything,’” Green said during his media scrum Friday at All-Star weekend. The front office might be left with limited funds to round out its roster. Green, a strong candidate for the CBA’s new designated player exception when his deal ends in 2020, is willing to prioritize winning over money. Briante Web...
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KNBR Conversation with ex-49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman

Feb 18 1:43am San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
KNBR Conversation with ex-49ers running backs coach Tom Rathman An edited transcript of an interview with Tom Rathman, former running back and running backs coach for both the 49ers and Raiders: Why will you not be a part of the 49ers staff going forward? Teams that are successful, you’re not having coaching changes. He was going to bring Bobby in to coach running backs. [...] that’s great, you know what I’m saying? [...] I just decided to take a step back and let these guys go. Can you talk about what you guys discussed? Just sitting down talking to Kyle, I don’t think there was going to be a role that was going to be very comfortable. [...] that’s what I say, let those guys develop their relationships, let them mentor those kids, let them develop those relationships without me being in back. Is there any way you can point us to what direction you’re looking rig...
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How far can Joe Thornton climb?

Feb 18 12:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
How far can Joe Thornton climb? Joe Thornton is on the verge of another jumbo accomplishment, and it just might come Sunday against his original team. The Sharks’ top center is three assists from becoming the 13th player in NHL history to reach 1,000. San Jose plays at Arizona on Saturday before Boston makes its only visit of the regular season on Sunday. The Bruins drafted Thornton first overall in 1997 — one pick before the Sharks selected Patrick Marleau — and dealt him to San Jose in November 2005. Surprisingly, the last-place Coyotes have held Thornton scoreless in the teams’ first four meetings. Thornton had a goal in San Jose’s 6-3 loss at Boston on Feb. 9. In his career, Thornton has 60 assists and 81 points in 80 games against the Arizona franchise, seven assists and 12 points in 14 games against Boston. Despite being 37 and in the last year of his contract...
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Green wont try to convince Livingston, Iguodala to take less money

Feb 17 9:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Green won’t try to convince Livingston, Iguodala to take less money When his Warriors teammates are taking plays off, the All-Star power forward seldom hesitates to get them back on task. With two-thirds of the roster pending free agents, Golden State is staring down a summer rife with difficult decisions. Would Green, a shrewd negotiator in his own right, try to convince the likes of Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala to take less than their market value to re-sign with the Warriors? “I don’t feel the need to go tell Shaun and Andre: ‘Yo, go take less money, money isn’t everything,’” Green said during his media scrum Friday at All-Star weekend. The front office might be left with limited funds to round out its roster. Green, a strong candidate for the CBA’s new designated player exception when his current deal ends in 2020, is willing to prioritize winning over m...
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Russell Westbrook discusses fashion, not Kevin Durant

Feb 17 8:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook has long appreciated high-end fashion. The Thunder guard wears head-scratching outfits to games, doodles designs in his free time and makes a point to track New York Fashion Week annually. During his eight-minute media availability at All-Star weekend, he responded to almost every question about his former Oklahoma City teammate, Warriors forward Kevin Durant, by turning the topic to fashion. Less than a week after both admitted that they didn’t know how they’d handle being teammates again for a weekend, Durant and Westbrook sidestepped the chatter for the most part. Do everything I’m supposed to do, play the game and have some fun. When asked about Westbrook minutes later during his media scrum, Durant told reporters he wouldn’t address the topic any more. “The only thing I want is for our players to enjoy the weekend,” Kerr said when...
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Giants sign former Jays, Dbacks infielder Aaron Hill

Feb 17 7:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants sign former Jays, D’backs infielder Aaron Hill A few minutes into the Giants’ first full-squad workout Friday, shortstop Brandon Crawford was fielding grounders and flipping them to four different second basemen: Yeah, the Aaron Hill who used to play for the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks and joined an ever-expanding roster of infield bench candidates after signing a minor-league deal and passing a physical late Thursday. The Giants appear to be running a home for wayward over-30 journeymen, with Hill, 34, joining Rollins (38) and Gordon Beckham (30) in competition with Tomlinson (26) and Jae-gyun Hwang (29) — not to mention 34-year-old Michael Morse in the outfield. Gillaspie’s clutch play down the stretch last year, including the homer that won the National League wild card game, factors into his security. Like the other veteran camp invitees, Hill can opt out of his d...
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Russell Westbrook interested in discussing fashion, not Kevin Durant

Feb 17 7:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook has long appreciated high-end fashion. The Thunder guard wears head-scratching outfits to games, doodles designs in his free time and makes a point to track New York Fashion Week annually. During his eight-minute media availability at All-Star weekend, he responded to almost every question about his former Oklahoma City teammate, Warriors forward Kevin Durant, by turning the topic to fashion. Less than a week after both admitted that they didn’t know how they’d handle being teammates again for a weekend, Durant and Westbrook sidestepped the chatter for the most part. When asked about Westbrook minutes later during his media scrum, Durant told reporters he wouldn’t address the topic any more. “The only thing I want is for our players to enjoy the weekend,” Kerr said when asked whether he’ll help broker a conversation between Durant and W...
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Thornton nearing 1,000-assist milestone

Feb 17 7:43pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Thornton nearing 1,000-assist milestone Joe Thornton is on the verge of another jumbo accomplishment, and it just might come Sunday against his original team. The Sharks’ top center is three assists from becoming the 13th player in NHL history to reach 1,000. San Jose plays at Arizona on Saturday before Boston makes its only visit of the regular season on Sunday. The Bruins drafted Thornton first overall in 1997 — one pick before the Sharks selected Patrick Marleau — and dealt him to San Jose in November 2005. Surprisingly, the last-place Coyotes have held Thornton scoreless in the teams’ first four meetings. Thornton had a goal in San Jose’s 6-3 loss at Boston on Feb. 9. In his career, Thornton has 60 assists and 81 points in 80 games against the Arizona franchise, seven assists and 12 points in 14 games against Boston. Despite being 37 and in the last year of his...
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Kid coordinators: 49ers staff features youthful leaders

Feb 17 7:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The 49ers’ rookie head coach will be joined by a rookie defensive coordinator and first-time special-teams coordinator. The 49ers announced the hiring of nine assistants and the group includes defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, 38, and special-teams coordinator Richard Hightower, 36. Saleh has spent the past three seasons as the Jaguars linebackers coach. The 49ers have retained defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, who coached with Shanahan in Cleveland in 2014, and former outside linebackers coach Jason Tarver, who is now a senior defensive assistant.
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9 things you didn't know about Lagunitas Brewing Company

Feb 17 7:36pm Food & Dining
Lagunitas Brewing Company has been around for almost 15 years, making them something of a modern veteran of the Northern California brewing industry.
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Giants Denard Span marries Olympian after adorable proposal

Feb 17 4:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants' 32-year-old center fielder got married for the first time in January, four weeks after proposing to Anne Schleper, a hockey player who won a silver medal with the United States in the 2014 Olympics. The couple was vacationing at a five-star hotel in Miami Beach and left for a nice dinner. When Span hung up he acted indignant, saying it was the hotel and their room had flooded. Span and Schleper returned to the hotel, got new keys and opened the door to a suite that was decorated with rose petals, Champagne -- the whole nine yards. Span arrived at spring training Thursday to start his second season with the Giants and took part in Friday's first full-squad workout. On Wednesday, Schleper announced her retirement from hockey with posts on her Facebook and Twitter pages.
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Inside the French Laundrys new $10 million kitchen

Feb 17 4:37pm Food & Dining
Fast-forward about 1,460 days and the Yountville fine-dining destination is nearing the end of a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion, anchored by a new state-of-the-art kitchen. The project’s price tag has surpassed $10 million, and the overall scope of the work encompasses a 2,120-square-foot annex, 9,000 square feet of landscape design and a rebuilt wine cellar capable of housing 16,000 selections. [...] Saturday, Feb. 18, will be the restaurant’s first dinner service, with a $310 tasting menu, since the kitchen was completed. The joint effort led to aesthetics that showcase a sleek, stylish yet minimalist concept. The kitchen not only has more natural light and better acoustics for communication among team members, but it’s also lined with windows so guests can see the inner workings of the French Laundry operation. Everything from the spacing of work stations t...
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Babysitter to boss: Gary Kubiak on 49ers Kyle Shanahan

Feb 17 3:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
[...] fortunately for Kubiak, who later hired Shanahan as his offensive coordinator, the kid grew up to be a better play-caller than babysitter. Kyle’s dad, Mike Shanahan, was the Broncos offensive coordinator from 1984-87 when Kubiak was Denver’s backup quarterback. Through it all, Kubiak, 55, saw plenty of Kyle, a former wide receiver at Duke and Texas who was a ball boy, attended coaches meetings, caught passes from Denver’s quarterbacks and radiated a passion for football. In 2006, Kubiak’s first year as Houston’s head coach, he hired Kyle, then 26, as his wide receivers coach. In 2008, Kubiak promoted him to offensive coordinator, making him the youngest in the NFL. Kubiak acknowledged Texans owner Bob McNair had reservations about giving a 28-year-old such a title. “I know Mr. McNair, he was concerned -- ‘He’s very young’ and those type of things,” said K...
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Giants Denard Span: center fielder, actor, romantic

Feb 17 3:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants' 32-year-old center fielder got married for the first time in January, four weeks after proposing to Anne Schleper, a hockey player who won a silver medal with the United States in the 2014 Olympics. The couple was vacationing at a five-star hotel in Miami Beach and left for a nice dinner. When Span hung up he acted indignant, saying it was the hotel and their room had flooded. Span and Schleper returned to the hotel, got new keys and opened the door to a suite that was decorated with rose petals, Champagne -- the whole nine yards. Span arrived at spring training Thursday to start his second season with the Giants and took part in Friday's first full-squad workout. On Wednesday, Schleper announced her retirement from hockey with posts on her Facebook and Twitter pages.
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Steph Curry and Draymond Green meet, groove with dancing Warriors mom

Feb 17 3:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
An energetic Warriors fan named Robin Schreiber, who became a local internet sensation when she was caught dancing on the Warriors dance cam back in November, has finally met one of the team's greatest.
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Rancho Gordo to close Ferry Building shop

Feb 17 1:43pm Inside Scoop
Say goodbye to Rancho Gordo. Photo: The Chronicle   Beloved heirloom bean purveyor Rancho Gordo is closing its Ferry Building shop on March 27. Owner Steve Sando opened the retail shop about four years ago, as an extension of his Napa headquarters. But as his business has thrived in the online marketplace and through wholesale accounts (both restaurants and other retail outlets), it became time to rethink Rancho Gordo’s San Francisco shop and its associated finances. “In the end it’s a six-dollar product, so there might be a way to do it, but it would mean doing more prepared food,” says Sando, who plans to expand his Wine Country shop/showroom as downtown Napa continues to grow. Sando says that a Rancho Gordo outpost at the Ferry Building initially validated the brand and served as a great advertising tool, but at this point, Rancho Gord...
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Giants sign former Diamondbacks infielder Hill

Feb 17 11:44am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants sign former Diamondbacks infielder Hill The Giants, again taking advantage of a late-developing free-agent market to add depth, signed former Toronto and Arizona infielder Aaron Hill to a minor-league deal Friday. Last year he split time with the Brewers and Red Sox, hitting .262 with 10 homers and a .714 OPS in 429 plate appearances.
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Warriors Briante Weber to participate in D-League All-Star Game

Feb 17 10:44am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors’ Briante Weber to participate in D-League All-Star Game NEW ORLEANS — The Warriors have assigned guard Briante Weber to their NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the team announced Friday morning. Before joining the Warriors, he averaged 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 3.3 steals in 31 games for the D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce.
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Haven in Oakland’s Jack London Square to temporarily close

Feb 16 8:43pm Inside Scoop
Haven in Oakland. Photo: John Storey/The Chronicle 2012 Related Links Daniel Patterson's Minnesota Street Project restaurant will be the city's second Alta Daniel Patterson’s Jack London Square restaurant, Haven, will close temporarily at the end of this month. Beginning Sunday, February 26, the restaurant will shutter for an unspecified construction project. There is no current timeline for a potential reopening. During the interval, chef Matt Brimer, who took over from former chef Charlie Parker in 2015, will temporarily join the kitchen at Patterson’s Mid-Market restaurant, Alta, as chef Anthony Lee works on Alta’s new outpost located in the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Diners who h...
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Warriors 4 All-Stars guard against burnout in New Orleans

Feb 16 8:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The Warriors’ power forward shuttled between promotional events, photo shoots, media availabilities, after-parties, skills competitions — anything he could squeeze into his itinerary. Only the eighth team in NBA history with four All-Stars on the same roster, Golden State enters the festivities this weekend in New Orleans guarding against burnout. The hope is that the three-day event won’t drain the Warriors’ best players as they ready for the stretch run. Golden State head coach Steve Kerr, set to lead the Western Conference team for the second time in three years, is letting Green, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant handle their own All-Star weekend schedules. To help ease them back into the regular-season grind, Kerr will give the Warriors two days off after Sunday’s All-Star Game. Unlike most teams, which send their players on commercial flights to All-Sta...
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Haven in Oakland’s Jack London Square to temporarily close

Feb 16 8:36pm Food & Dining
Haven in Oakland. Photo: John Storey/The Chronicle 2012 Related Links Daniel Patterson's Minnesota Street Project restaurant will be the city's second Alta Daniel Patterson’s Jack London Square restaurant, Haven, will close temporarily at the end of this month. Beginning Sunday, February 26, the restaurant will shutter for an unspecified construction project. There is no current timeline for a potential reopening. During the interval, chef Matt Brimer, who took over from former chef Charlie Parker in 2015, will temporarily join the kitchen at Patterson’s Mid-Market restaurant, Alta, as chef Anthony Lee works on Alta’s new outpost located in the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. Diners who have reservations for after the...
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Giants hope to flip over Korean power hitter Hwang

Feb 16 5:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants hope to flip over Korean power hitter Hwang A fun YouTube video shows third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang hitting a 2015 homer for his Korean ballclub, the Lotte Giants. If he tries it in the majors, his ribs will suffer next time he bats. Fortunately for Hwang, whom the Giants scouted extensively before signing him to a minor-league contract last month, plenty of Americans playing in the Korean Baseball Organization let him know that such displays are not OK in the States. [...] 2015 I was very expressive, Hwang said. Knowing that he wanted to play in the majors in 2017, Hwang dialed them back. While those do not usually translate well in the majors, Bochy said after watching video, You can see with your eyes he has a great swing, a swing that will work well here. Bochy acknowledged the team might have to discuss Cueto's planned participation in the World Baseball Classic...
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Michael Morse on comeback bid: Its the Giants or bust

Feb 16 4:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Day after glorious sun-splashed day last summer, Michael Morse filled his social-media pages with photos of him and his family boating in Florida. Morse might have been on that boat Thursday, instead of taking a physical at Scottsdale Stadium, if not for a chat with Giants general manager Bobby Evans at Hunter Pence's wedding in November. Sometime between the I dos and the Pences cutting the cake, Morse had a handshake agreement with Evans to come to spring training and try to win a job as a backup outfielder for the team he helped lead to a World Series title in 2014. [...] the Giants are the only team for which he is interested in playing. Since his last day as a Giant in 2014, Morse has signed with the Marlins, been a Dodger for one day before being redirected to Pittsburgh in a three-way deal, and dabbled in television and radio. Spending time on a boat with his family seem...
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Where to find Big Chicken IPA in the Bay Area

Feb 16 4:44pm Inside Scoop
HenHouse Brewing Co. in Petaluma releases its Big Chicken IPA tomorrow. Photo: Collin McDonnell Friday, Feb. 17, marks the fifth annual release of HenHouse Brewing Co.‘s Big Chicken IPA, the extra-hoppy double IPA that gets kegged at the brewery, delivered to local bars and tapped for customers’ enjoyment all in one day. Related Links Food Guide to 2017 S.F. Beer Week events across the Bay Area The Ultimate NorCal Brewery Map HenHouse's oyster stout is a pearl of an idea The higher the hop content of a beer, the shorter its shelf life. Petaluma’s HenHouse has made Big Chicken a l...
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Former Giant Michael Morse starts comeback bid feeling awesome

Feb 16 3:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Michael Morse, saying he feels “awesome” after nearly a year off from baseball, arrived at camp Thursday and said he wants to play for the Giants in 2017 or nobody at all. Morse, who hit the tying homer in Game 5 of the 2014 National League Championship Series, said his surprising minor-league deal with the Giants stemmed from a conversation with general manager Bobby Evans at Hunter Pence’s wedding in December. Morse also revealed he talked about returning to the Giants last summer, when he was home in Florida, but was asked to go to Triple-A. The Giants had just signed former Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia, and Morse did not want to go to Sacramento to compete for a job.
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Bay Area restaurants joining the #DayWithoutImmigrants protest [Updating]

Feb 16 11:44am Inside Scoop
Photo: Cosecha Cafe Today (Feb. 16) is a #DayWithoutImmigrants, a protest aimed at President Trump’s policies surrounding immigration, walls and “extreme vetting.” As the Washington Post put it, the strike “aims to show the president the effect immigrants have in the country on a daily basis.” In the restaurant world, the protest has gained momentum in recent days as big-name chefs like Jose Andres in DC and Rick Bayless in Chicago have joined the cause. Here in the Bay Area, a number of local restaurants are making a statement, too. Below is a preliminary list of Bay Area participants; it will be updated throughout the day. Email the tipline (insidescoopsf@sfgate.com) for additions, and we’ll add it to the list. Ananda Fuara, S.F. Bar Cesar, Oakland Blue Barn, S.F. Caffe Trieste, S.F. Cosecha Cafe, Oakland Dona Tomas, Oakland Fu...
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Panthers beat Sharks 6-5 in overtime

Feb 16 2:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Florida forward Jonathan Huberdeau scored 1:38 into overtime to give the Panthers a 6-5 win over the Sharks at SAP Center on a Wednesday night when ageless Jaromir Jagr put an exclamation point on his 45th birthday with career point No. 1,900. “They made us pay when we opened up a little bit,” said Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who forced OT with two late third-period goals. Pavelski scored at 16:39 to cut San Jose’s deficit to one when a backhander went off the stick of Florida defenseman Michael Matheson and past goalie Roberto Luongo. Luongo was forced to leave after he appeared to suffer a lower-body injury on the play and was replaced by former Shark James Reimer. The sellout crowd recognized Jagr’s primary assist on Aleksander Barkov’s second goal of the night at 12:41 to give the Panthers a two-goal edge. Bjugstad scored his fourth goal of the season and second of...
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