Report: 49ers host Tampa Bay pass-rusher Smith

Mar 25 12:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The 49ers, who have just one player on their roster with more than 14 career sacks, hosted Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith on Friday, the NFL Network reported. Smith, 27, is a restricted free agent who had 13.5 sacks from 2014-15 before sustaining a torn ACL in last year’s season opener. Tampa Bay tendered him with an original-round offer. Since Smith entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2012, the 49ers wouldn’t surrender a draft pick to the Buccaneers if they signed him. The Buccaneers can match any offer Smith receives from the 49ers. In 2015, in 12 games, Smith had seven sacks, which is more than all but one member of the 49ers - outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks - has had in a single season. Before carving out a role as a situational pass-rusher in Tampa Bay, Smith didn’t have a sack in stints with the Dolphins, Jets, Bills and the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2012-13.
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Warriors showcase ball movement in 114-100 win over Kings

Mar 25 1:46am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Thirty seconds into the Warriors’ 114-100 win Friday night over the Kings at Oracle Arena, Klay Thompson faced a two-on-one situation in transition. Instead of driving to the rim, a decision no coach could have faulted, he bounce passed to a trailing Patrick McCaw. After dribbling into the key, the two-time reigning NBA MVP found Draymond Green at the top of the arc. With Thompson laboring through an off shooting night, Curry (27 points) and Green (season-high 23) shouldered much of the offensive load. Before Steve Kerr became head coach in 2014, the Warriors subsisted on dribble penetration. In the waning seconds of the second quarter, Curry corralled the defensive rebound, took two dribbles and, without looking down court, heaved a long-distance pass to Matt Barnes for the layup. Less than four weeks after Durant sustained a left knee injury in their Feb. 28 loss at Washington, the Warriors are looking like the selfless, pass-happy club that cruised through the season’s first few months.
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Giants reliever Will Smith eyes April 2018 return

Mar 24 10:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants reliever Will Smith eyes April 2018 return The doctors threw all kinds of rehab alternatives at the left-hander, but his decision was easy because he knew he would also lose the 2018 season if conservative treatment did not work and in three months he needed Tommy John surgery anyway. Jeff Samardzija was coming off two horrible starts (72/3 innings, 11 earned runs, 17 hits). In Friday’s 6-5 victory, he held Colorado to two singles in four shutout innings. “The good thing about Buster is, he knows what he’s talking about and he doesn’t mind saying what he’s thinking,” Samardzija said. The Giants released reliever David Hernandez at his request. Manager Bruce Bochy plans to use the final games to experiment with lineups. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Brandon Belt continued his uncanny ownership of Salt River Fields with a three-run homer. Belt’s homer came in a five-run third against Rockies starter Jon Gray. Kelby Tomlinson started the rally with a triple, Jeff Samardzija hit an RBI double and Brandon Crawford singled home fellow WBC champion Buster Posey. ... Third-base coach Phil Nevin watched his son, Tyler, get an infield hit and score in the ninth for Colorado. … Samardzija, explaining his RBI double and a sacrifice attempt that the Rockies turned into a double play.
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Who will Warriors face in first round of playoffs?

Mar 24 10:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Late at night after games, as he waits for the adrenaline to wear off, Steve Kerr watches NBA League Pass. Thanks to its current five-game winning streak, Golden State enters Friday night’s game against the Kings with a two-game lead over San Antonio for the Western Conference’s top seed. The question is, if the Warriors maintain that No. 1 spot through their final 11 regular-season games, which team they’ll face in the opening round of the playoffs. Denver, which has won five of its past seven games, is nursing a one-game lead over the Trail Blazers. Through 16 games with the Blazers, the Bosnian big man is averaging 14.3 points and 8.0 rebounds. The Warriors are 4-0 against the Blazers and 2-1 against the Nuggets, though Kerr’s team has yet to face Portland with Nurkic. Kerr drove down to San Jose with his wife, son and assistant coach Bruce Fraser for Arizona’s 73-71 loss Thursday to Xavier in the Sweet 16.
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Giants reliever Smith eyes April 2018 return

Mar 24 8:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants reliever Smith eyes April 2018 return The doctors threw all kinds of rehab alternatives at the left-hander, but his decision was easy because he also knew he would lose 2018 if conservative treatment did not work and in three months he needed Tommy John anyway. Jeff Samardzija was coming off two horrible starts (7 2/3 innings, 11 earned runs, 17 hits). In Friday's 6-5 victory, he held Colorado to two singles in four shutout innings. The good thing about Buster is, he knows what he's talking about and he doesn't mind saying what he's thinking, Samardzija said. The Giants released reliever David Hernandez at his request. Manager Bruce Bochy plans to use the final games to experiment with lineups. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Brandon Belt continued his uncanny ownership of Salt River Fields with a three-run homer. Belt's homer came in a five-run third against Rockies starter Jon Gray. Kelby Tomlinson started the rally with a triple, Jeff Samardzija hit an RBI double and Brandon Crawford singled home fellow WBC champion Buster Posey. . . . Giants third-base coach Phil Nevin watched his son, Tyler, hit an infield hit and score in the ninth for Colorado. … Jeff Samardzija, explaining his RBI double and a sacrifice attempt that the Rockies turned into a double play.
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Giants Buster Posey on the WBC: Id do it again

Mar 24 7:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Buster Posey passed Johnny Cueto in a clubhouse hallway Friday morning, smiled, pumped his fist and dropped a USA! Posey, Crawford and Mark Melancon returned from the World Baseball Classic on Friday and went straight to work two days after the U.S. team beat Puerto Rico to celebrate its first title. Both had hits in a five-run third inning. Posey brought something different back to the Giants: a sense of national pride and a greater appreciation for a tournament that many players dismiss. [...] Posey is eyeing the 2021 WBC after telling everyone before this year’s tournament that this was going to be a one-and-done. The competitor in Posey made it tough to sit out Wednesday night’s championship game against Puerto Rico, but he knew from the get-go that manager Jim Leyland would alternate catchers. [...] Posey said Lucroy was the one player he was glad to get to know better. Posey hit two home runs in the WBC but was the Giants’ second-best player. Crawford was touted as an MVP candidate before Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman won the award. “He was in the training room a little while ago and I asked him if he was tired from pitching two-thirds of an inning,” Crawford said. Even Crawford sensed Posey went into the WBC with lower expectations about the excitement and fun of participating, but that changed quickly.
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NHL draws ire on playoff format

Mar 24 7:45pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
NHL draws ire on playoff format The NHL’s playoff format, instituted in 2013 to enhance division rivalries, is drawing a lot of criticism this spring. Winnik is unhappy with a system that pits the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds in each division against each other in the first round while the division winners play the Nos. 1 and 2 wild cards from the same conference regardless of which division they come from. Winnik, who played 21 games with the Sharks at the end of 2012, is predictably upset because his Metropolitan-leading Capitals are at risk of having a much tougher first-round opponent if they slip into second or third in the division than whoever wins the Atlantic Division — a team that will have far fewer points than any of the top three finishers in the Metro. [...] it’s received renewed scrutiny because it’s likely that four teams from the Metropolitan Division will crest the 100-point plateau —- the fourth-place Rangers need six more points to get there. The Metro situation is likely a one-season anomaly, and the league may be looking at other playoff options anyway since a 31st team (Las Vegas) joins the league next season — and a 32nd is almost certain within five years. [...] of who plays who and how many points were earned by each during the season, the Stanley Cup playoffs have never been better or more unpredictable. [...] fellow forward Auston Matthews became the third rookie in Leafs’ history to collect at least 60 points in his first season by chipping in two assists Thursday. With three goals and 13 points recently, Leon Draisaitl, 21, is the first Oiler to post six straight multi-point games since Mark Messier did so in 1990 (eight goals, 11 assists). Briefly: Since the start of February, the Blackhawks have a league-leading 18 wins (in 22 games) and 37 points. … Oilers captain and league-leading scorer Connor McDavid is riding a six-game points streak and needs 13 over his last eight games to crack the century mark.
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The 10 Bay Area restaurants with a perfect 4 stars

Mar 24 6:36pm Food & Dining
Single Thread brings the number of 4-star Chronicle restaurants to 10.
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Warriors game day: Can Golden State dominate new-look Kings?

Mar 24 5:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Can Golden State dominate new-look Kings? Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (24.9 ppg, 6.3 apg), SG Klay Thompson (22.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg), SF Patrick McCaw (3.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg), PF Draymond Green (10.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.2 apg), C Zaza Pachulia (6.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg) Warriors injury report: SF Kevin Durant (grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) is out. Kings injury report: SF Rudy Gay (torn left Achilles) and SG Malachi Richardson (right hamstring partial tear) are out. Last month, the Kings re-started their rebuild by trading Cousins and Omri Casspi to New Orleans for guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, and first- and second-round draft picks in June. Sacramento released Matt Barnes, now with Golden State, to clear necessary roster space for the move to work. Since trading Cousins, the Kings have gone 3-11 and dropped out of contention for the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed. Barnes, who was signed for added wing depth with Kevin Durant out, has the unique opportunity to play a team he was on just last month. Never one to shy away from confrontation, Barnes added fuel to the matchup by saying after practice Thursday that he wants to beat the Kings by 50. [...] with Durant still recovering from a left knee injury, Barnes has emerged as a valuable role player for Golden State. Can the Warriors maintain their stingy defense? Golden State has won five consecutive games by an average of 19.6 points, including four in a row in which Stephen Curry has watched the entire fourth quarter from the bench. Improved defense has helped the Warriors move past their most trying stretch in years. During its current winning streak, Golden State is allowing only 92.5 points per 100 possessions — easily the top mark in the league.
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Warriors recall Kevon Looney from Santa Cruz

Mar 24 4:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Forward Kevon Looney has been recalled from the Warriors’ Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz, Golden State announced. In Santa Cruz’s 106-103 win Thursday over the Austin Spurs, he had 10 points, eight rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the bench. With Kevin Durant still sidelined by a left knee injury, the Warriors’ options at small forward are Patrick McCaw, Andre Iguodala, James Michael McAdoo and Looney.
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Giants reliever Will Smith to undergo Tommy John surgery

Mar 24 2:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants reliever Will Smith to undergo Tommy John surgery Rehab options were discussed, but Smith said he did not want to risk missing both the 2017 and 2018 seasons if the rehab failed and he needed the surgery this summer anyway. Giants reliever Will Smith is leaning toward Tommy John surgery after both orthopedists he saw, Dr. Ken Akizuki in San Francisco and Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, recommended it, manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday night. If the 27-year-old left-hander has the surgery to rebuild his ulnar-collateral ligament, he will miss all of the 2017 season and likely some of the 2018 season. “They could rehab it, but if that doesn’t work, then he’s going to be behind a couple of months,” said Bochy, who hopes to decide by the end of camp Tuesday who will replace Smith as an eighth-inning reliever. Blach’s starting experience could be valuable because he can pitch multiple innings and retire lefties and righties, as Smith was adept at doing. Moore said he hopes to provide guidance to his teammate should he decide to have the operation. The Giants crossed one of the infield hopefuls off the list Thursday, releasing Gordon Beckham at his request after team officials told him he would not make the Opening Day roster. The club officially did not have to decide Beckham’s fate until Tuesday, but as the Giants often do with experienced players in camp with minor-league invites, they acceded to Beckham’s request to give him more time to find a big-league job before Opening Day. Beckham was a long shot to make the team from the start, then went 7-for-36 ( .194) in the Cactus League. Fellow nonroster invite Aaron Hill is a favorite to win the open backup infield job, with Kelby Tomlinson, Jimmy Rollins and Jae-gyun Hwang also in the running. The Giants have many such decisions left about players including Hill, Rollins, Chris Marrero, Michael Morse, Tim Federowicz and relievers David Hernandez and Michael Roth. [...] baseman Eduardo Nuñez revealed that he had two cortisone shots in his inflamed throwing shoulder, one in the rotator cuff and the other in the back of the joint, and said he asked for an MRI exam after the pain would not subside. Nuñez might be able to be a designated hitter by the weekend but cannot say when he can return to the infield, imperiling his status for Opening Day. Missing the opener is the last...
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Giants Posey on the WBC: Id do it again

Mar 24 1:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Buster Posey passed Johnny Cueto in a clubhouse hallway Friday morning, smiled, pumped his fist and dropped a USA! Posey, Crawford and Mark Melancon returned from the World Baseball Classic on Friday and went straight to work two days after the U.S. team enjoyed a Champagne celebration after winning the title. Posey brought something different back to the Giants, a sense of national pride and a greater appreciation for a tournament that many players dismiss. [...] Posey is eyeing the 2021 WBC after telling everyone before this year's tournament that this was going to be a one-and-done. The competitor in Posey made it tough to sit out Wednesday night's championship game against Puerto Rico, but he knew from the get-go that manager Jim Leyland would alternate catchers. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Favorite dishes from Ippuku, Alba Ray's, Rooh, Ciccio and more

Mar 24 8:37am Food & Dining
Michael Bauer had a diverse week of dining, with trips to Oakland, Berkeley, Half Moon Bay and Yountville.
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Christian McCaffrey, Solomon Thomas perform on Stanford pro day

Mar 24 1:43am San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
On Thursday, midway through Stanford’s pro day, running back Christian McCaffrey soared near the sideline to snag an errant pass, a nifty bit of athleticism that drew applause. [...] McCaffrey’s former college teammate, defensive end Solomon Thomas, worked out for NFL scouts and drew nary a cheer during the two-hour session. On Thursday, Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, whose team has the No. 3 pick, and Carolina head coach Ron Rivera (No. 8) were on hand to get an up-close look at the lineman, who had 11.5 sacks and 25.5 tackles for loss in his final two seasons. The 49ers have used their first pick in the past two drafts on defensive linemen, grabbing Arik Armstead in 2015 and DeForest Buckner last year. Is Thomas, who won the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12’s best defensive lineman last year, the best player at No. 2? [...] his height and relatively modest arm length (33 inches) raise concerns about his ability to wreak havoc outside. At Stanford, he won the Paul Hornung Award, given to college football’s most versatile player, and set the FBS season record for all-purpose yards (3,864). On Thursday, he caught punts and kickoffs, and focused on showing scouts his pass-catching ability while running routes from both the slot and outside. On Thursday, Shanahan caught up with McCaffrey’s dad, Ed, a wide receiver who played for Shanahan’s father, Mike, for the final 10 seasons of his 13-year NFL career. In 1994, Ed McCaffrey was a wide receiver on the 49ers’ last Super Bowl champion team and Mike Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. During that time, Kyle, a wide receiver at Duke and Texas, learned from watching and being tutored by McCaffrey and fellow Pro Bowl wideout Rod Smith.
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Giants reliever Will Smith leaning toward Tommy John surgery

Mar 24 1:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants reliever Will Smith leaning toward Tommy John surgery Giants reliever Will Smith is leaning toward Tommy John surgery after both orthopedists he saw, Dr. Ken Akizuki in San Francisco and Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, recommended it, manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday night. “They could rehab it, but if that doesn’t work, then he’s going to be behind a couple of months,” said Bochy, who hopes to decide by the end of camp Tuesday who will replace Smith as an eighth-inning reliever. Blach’s starting experience could be valuable because he can pitch multiple innings and retire lefties and righties, as Smith was adept at doing. Moore said he hopes to provide guidance to his teammate should he decide to have the operation. The Giants crossed one of the infield hopefuls off the list Thursday, releasing Gordon Beckham at his request after team officials told him he would not make the Opening Day roster. The club officially did not have to decide Beckham’s fate until Tuesday, but as the Giants often do with experienced players in camp with minor-league invites, they acceded to Beckham’s request to give him more time to find a big-league job before Opening Day. Beckham was a long shot to make the team from the start, then went 7-for-36 ( .194) in the Cactus League. Fellow nonroster invite Aaron Hill is a favorite to win the open backup infield job, with Kelby Tomlinson, Jimmy Rollins and Jae-gyun Hwang also in the running. [...] baseman Eduardo Nuñez revealed that he had two cortisone shots in his inflamed throwing shoulder, one in the rotator cuff and the other in the back of the joint, and said he asked for an MRI exam after the pain would not subside. Nuñez might be able to be a designated hitter by the weekend but cannot say when he can return to the infield, imperiling his status for Opening Day. Missing the opener is the last thing Nuñez wants after a hamstring strain cost him the final week and most of the playoffs last season. Jose Alguacil hopes to return to the first-base coaching box before the Giants break camp and said he will not need to wear any protection around his nose and eye socket, which were broken by a foul ball March 4. Hunter Strickland lasted two-thirds of an inning and allowed three runs before he got an out, although leadoff hitter Mitch Haniger reached on a two-hopper off Jae-gyun...
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Warriors Shaun Livingston hopes to snap out of shooting slump

Mar 23 10:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors’ Shaun Livingston hopes to snap out of shooting slump A throw-back point guard, he bypasses open three-pointers to hoist mid-range jumpers and post up smaller defenders. [...] even that blueprint, which is why he is on pace to finish his third-straight season shooting at least 50 percent from the field, doesn’t make Livingston immune from the occasional slump. Unlike the previous two seasons, when he was a co-leader of the second unit with Andre Iguodala, Livingston has had to adjust to head coach Steve Kerr’s staggered rotation. Though his scoring and assists dipped as expected, Livingston was shooting a career-best 56.8 percent from the field when Durant sustained a left knee injury Feb. 28 in Washington.
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Durant continues to make strides in rehab from knee injury

Mar 23 9:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Durant continues to make strides in rehab from knee injury After Warriors practice Thursday, Kevin Durant was seen hoisting jump shots and hammering home a dunk. The team is still optimistic that Durant, who sustained a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) and tibial bone bruise in a Feb. 28 loss at Washington, will return by the end of the regular season.
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Warriors Matt Barnes eager to dominate Kings

Mar 23 8:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Three weeks into his second stint with the Warriors, Matt Barnes has already established himself as one of the team’s more candid players. Barnes, who graduated from Del Campo High School in the Sacramento suburb of Fair Oaks, signed a two-year deal with his hometown Kings in July. The Kings waived him Feb. 20 to create the necessary roster room to complete their DeMarcus Cousins trade with New Orleans. “It was frustrating because being back home and really taking pride in trying to put that team back on the map, and then just in a day’s time you’re no longer a part of the organization,” Barnes told the Sacramento Bee. With Kevin Durant sidelined by a left knee injury, Barnes has provided much-needed wing depth for Golden State.
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Giants release backup infield candidate

Mar 23 7:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants crossed one of the infield hopefuls off the list Wednesday, releasing Gordon Beckham at his request after team officials told him he would not make the Opening Day roster. The club officially did not have to decide Beckham's fate until Tuesday, but as they often do with experienced players in camp with minor-league invites, the Giants acceded to Beckham's request to give him more time to find a big-league job before Opening Day. Beckham was a longshot to make the team from the start then hit .194 in 36 Cactus League at-bats. Fellow nonroster invite Aaron Hill is a favorite to win the open backup infield job, with Kelby Tomlinson, Jimmy Rollins and Jae-gyun Hwang also in the running. Manager Bruce Bochy liked Beckham's clubhouse presence and sense of humor and said he wished the Giants could have found a spot for him. [...] baseman Eduardo Nuñez revealed that he had two cortisone shots in his inflamed throwing shoulder, one in the rotator cuff and the other in the back of the joint, and said he asked for an MRI after the pain would not subside. Missing the opener is the last thing Nuñez wants after a hamstring strain cost him the final week and most of the playoffs last season. Jose Alguacil hopes to return to the first-base coaching box before the Giants break camp and said he will not need to wear any protection around his nose and eyes, which were broken by a foul ball on March 4. …...
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Matt Barnes getting acclimated to Warriors

Mar 23 7:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
When he found his Warriors teammates and coaches gathered at the upscale restaurant in Manhattan, Barnes asked point guard Shaun Livingston if this was a regular occurrence. Golden State is the rare place where teammates are more friends than co-workers. Since averaging 2.5 points and shooting 25 percent (3-for-12) in his first four games, Barnes has averaged 7.7 points on 17-for-39 (43.6 percent) shooting in his past seven. Though far from the scorer that Kevin Durant is, Barnes is figuring out how to complement Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green with Durant sidelined by a left knee injury. “It took him maybe three or four games to figure out what we’re trying to accomplish on offense, but he’s a quick study,” head coach Steve Kerr said. A second-round pick by the Grizzlies in 2002, Barnes has used a workmanlike playing style to survive in the league so long. Forbes named Barnes, who has started 48 career playoff games, the most underpaid player in the NBA four years ago. Of the nine teams on his resume, three — the Clippers, Kings and Warriors — have signed Barnes twice. Three weeks ago, when Golden State signed him in the wake of Durant’s injury, Barnes pored over video of recent Warriors games to pinpoint where Curry, Thompson and others preferred the ball. Last week, in a 117-92 win over the Bucks, Barnes finished with seven points, nine rebounds, three assists, one turnover and a plus-22 in 24 minutes. Much has changed since he played major minutes for Golden State’s 2006-07 “We Believe” team that was the first No. 8 seed in NBA history to outlast a No. 1 seed in a seven-game set. [...] the championship favorite, the Warriors dine at five-star restaurants and bring family members on the road.
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Kyle Shanahan explains absence from 49ers QB tour

Mar 23 7:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Head coach Kyle Shanahan is the 49ers’ quarterback guru, so why isn’t on the road this week studying the top quarterback prospects? On Thursday, Shanahan said he anticipates getting up close and personal with some quarterbacks before a draft in which the 49ers have the No. 2 overall pick. “We haven’t mapped them all out yet, but I’m sure I’ll do a few private workouts (with quarterbacks), whether it’s me or our quarterbacks coach (Rich Scangarello),” Shanahan said at Stanford’s pro day. … “It’s been better for me to stay in the office with the film and getting our whole coaching staff ready,” Shanahan said. The 49ers will use at least one of their 10 draft picks on a quarterback.
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Blue Apron buys Bill Nimans BN Ranch as meal-kit business grows

Mar 23 7:36pm Food & Dining
Bill Niman, a sustainable food pioneer and former owner of Niman Ranch, has sold his grass-fed beef and turkey company, BN Ranch, to meal-kit startup Blue Apron, which is already using his meat in its home-delivered dinners. Based in New York and founded in 2012, Blue Apron is considered the leader in the $1.5 billion meal kit industry — consisting of companies that speed up dinner preparation by delivering boxes of portioned raw ingredients with recipes to customers’ homes. Blue Apron has served BN Ranch’s grass-fed beef and free-range turkey for two years, and over half of the beef served in its estimated 8 million monthly meals comes from BN Ranch, in dishes like chipotle-glazed meatloaf and seared steaks with potatoes. The goal with this acquisition is to scale up its supply and transition all of its beef, turkey, chicken and pork to BN Ranch standards — and to begin labeling it as BN Ranch meat. [...] that food companies on every level, from fast food to fine dining, feel a need to tout their sustainability standards, perhaps the pressure is on for food technology firms to make an even broader statement about the environmental impact of their products. Niman and his wife, Nicolette Hahn Niman, started BN Ranch in 2007, 40 years after he co-founded the influential meat company that would eventually be called Niman Ranch, which grew to become a major supplier of sustainable beef and pork to grocery stores and restaurants. BN Ranch currently works with about 20 farms and ranchers in California and New Zealand to produce seasonal grass-fed beef and free-range turkey, and Niman said it will continue to offer those products to wholesale Bay Area customers, including several stores and restaurants. Blue Apron already gets ingredients directly from 150 farms and ranches, but Wadiak said bringing the company — and Niman — on board was the only way to make larger-scale changes like getting involved with breeding programs, raising calves on farms and finishing them on grass. The company already claims to not serve animals raised in confinement or treated with hormones or sub-theraputic antibiotics. “If you harvest animals when they’re in high season — just like nectarines and asparagus — they’re plentiful and they’re cheaper,” said Niman, who will retain the title of president and founder of BN Ranch within Blue Apron. Niman is...
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Edamame recall in 33 states, including California, over listeria fears

Mar 23 4:36pm Food & Dining
Edamame is being voluntarily recalled due to concerns over listeria.
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Eatsa sued for not letting blind customers order food from kiosks

Mar 23 3:36pm Food & Dining
A federal lawsuit seeking class-action status has been filed against San Francisco fast-food chain Eatsa. The lawsuit was filed against Eatsa’s parent company, Keenwawa Inc., in New York on Thursday by Disability Rights Advocates, a national nonprofit legal center. The plaintiffs are the American Council of the Blind and Michael Godino, a legally blind New York resident who alleges that he visited one of the restaurant’s New York locations and was unable to use the self-service kiosks or independently collect his food from the cubbies. According to the complaint, “Eatsa has ignored the needs of thousands of potential blind customers” because the ordering systems that “Eatsa utilizes rely on exclusively visual displays and do not provide any form of audio output or tactile input, Eatsa’s design is entirely inaccessible to blind customers.”...
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The best Hunter Pence signs (and sign tweets) of all time

Mar 23 7:44am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
With Opening Day just around the corner, the Giants are facing a number of tough questions.
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Seth Curry, Stephens brother, enjoys breakout season with Dallas

Mar 22 10:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
DALLAS — Classes seemed painstakingly long to Seth and Stephen Curry on days the Charlotte Hornets had home games because after that final bell rang, the two elementary school students knew what awaited: rides to Charlotte Coliseum with their father, Hornets sharpshooter Dell Curry. In 14 games since the All-Star break, Seth Curry is averaging 16.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists. A year later, after the family moved to Toronto and Dell began to play for the Raptors, 9-year-old Seth and 11-year-old Stephen slid into a game-night routine: spend the first half watching their dad from the stands at Air Canada Centre and the second half playing one-on-one on the arena’s practice court. Because a hamstring injury suffered the summer before his senior season cost him scholarship offers from bigger programs, Seth signed with Liberty, a small Christian school in the Big South Conference. Instead of taking a medical redshirt to undergo surgery on the stress fracture in his right shin, Seth wore a walking boot at every practice his senior season. In one of his first practices, while being closely guarded by point guard Kiwi Gardner, Seth stopped at the top of the arc, dribbled between his legs and hit a fade-away three-pointer without breaking eye contact with his defender. Last summer, after averaging 6.8 points in 44 games with the Kings, he signed a two-year, $5.9 million deal with Dallas. Since cracking the starting lineup in mid-January, he has flashed the scoop shot of his brother and the catch-and-shoot ability of his dad. After four 20-point outings in his first three NBA campaigns combined, Seth has 10 such performances with the Mavericks.
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Warriors send Kevon Looney to D-League

Mar 22 8:46pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Forward Kevon Looney has been assigned to the Warriors’ Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz, Golden State announced Wednesday. Looney, who will be available for Santa Cruz’s game Thursday against the Austin Spurs, has averaged 13.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in three D-League games this season. With Looney in the D-League and Kevin Durant still sidelined by a left knee injury, the Warriors’ options at small forward are Patrick McCaw, Andre Iguodala and James Michael McAdoo.
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Giants Nuez joins growing injury list

Mar 22 7:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
After a spring without much health news, the Giants' injury wagon suddenly got crowded with the season opener less than two weeks away. When reliever Will Smith flew to San Francisco to have his sprained elbow ligament seen by a team doctor, third baseman Eduardo Nuñez went with him. Nuñez was checked as well and got a cortisone shot in his right shoulder, which has bothered him all spring. Manager Bruce Bochy said Nuñez will be off until Saturday, while Smith has another plane ride planned. Most signs point toward Matt Cain beginning the season as the No. 5 starter and pitching against the Padres on April 7, although Bochy still will not tip his hand. Cain has had a terrible spring and had a terrible first inning against Milwaukee, allowing three first-inning runs on four extremely loud hits. [...] he redeemed himself over his final four innings, holding Milwaukee to a Jesus Aguilar solo homer. Cain said he made better pitches and got ahead in the count more over the final four innings, but he also mixed speeds better to keep the hitters off-balance, which he has not done well overall. Bochy said the Giants did not prevent the U.S. team from catching Buster Posey on successive days in the World Baseball Classic.
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German Cabinet OKs plan to annul homosexuality convictions

Mar 22 5:14pm Gay & Lesbian
BERLIN — Germany’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill that would annul the convictions of thousands of gay men under a law criminalizing homosexuality that was applied zealously in post-World War II West Germany. The decision also clears the way for compensation for those still alive who were convicted under the so-called Paragraph 175 outlawing sexual relations between men. The bill approved Wednesday by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet of conservatives and center-left Social Democrats still requires parliamentary approval. The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany “welcomes the fact that, after long decades of ignorance, legal consequences are being drawn from the serious mass human rights violations that were committed against homosexual people by the democratic state,” spokesman Helmut Metzner said.
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Dwight Clark at textbook age to receive ALS diagnosis

Mar 22 4:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The fact that former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark played nine seasons in the NFL and has been diagnosed with ALS could raise eyebrows in the medical community. [...] unlike many of the ex-football players who share his diagnosis, Clark’s age does not hint at the possibility his condition is connected to head trauma. “In terms of (Clark’s) age, around 60 to 70 is a textbook age where you would expect to make a diagnosis,” said Dr. Dr. Ilan Danan, a sports neurologist at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. [...] the number of former NFL players who have been diagnosed at a relatively young age has strengthened the belief there could be a cause-and-effect relationship. Raiders running back Steve Smith, 52, was diagnosed in 2002; linebacker O.J. Brigance, 47, was diagnosed in 2007 and safety Orlando Thomas, who died at 42 in 2014, announced he had ALS in 2007. [...] that’s when I think it causes more of a stir, not just among athletes or the NFL, but certainly the general public and the media.
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Barry Bonds: Timing is just right to rejoin Giants

Mar 22 2:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Barry Bonds sat in the Giants dugout at Scottsdale Stadium on Wednesday and was so relaxed it was hard to picture the contentious news conferences he held in the same spot 10 years ago, in front of 10 times more reporters and cameras. At 52, he is a coach, a teacher and an ambassador, and he likes it that way. Bonds' main responsibility with the Giants under an agreement announced Tuesday besides representing them in the community, will be teaching prospects how to hit. Bonds returns to the Giants one season after he was the Miami Marlins' hitting coach, a job he enjoyed but was not a great fit. Remember, I can't read and I really didn't get good grades in school. Bonds can best help the Giants by imparting his vast storehouse of knowledge to kids rising through their system. Bonds said he learned the ins and outs of coaching and, just as important, convinced himself that teaching would be a great way to continue his post-playing life. Bonds called his new arrangement with the Giants the right thing to do, following the path of his godfather, Willie Mays, his father, Bobby Bonds, and other great San Francisco players who still have a place at AT&T Park. All I ever wanted to do was make my godfather and father proud of me, and I had that opportunity, he said. Bonds will spend some time with the big-league club during the season but made a point of saying he will stand behind hitting coach Hensley Meulens. The Giants stood behind Meulens when Bonds wanted to be a hitting coach, one of many reasons a formal agreement with the club was delayed. Bonds always has projected indifference or hostility toward anything that did not involve hitting a baseball. [...] he admitted he would have been a little hurt had the Giants not wanted to bring him back to the fold. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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Bill Niman sells BN Ranch to Blue Apron

Mar 22 1:37pm Food & Dining
Bill Niman, the Bolinas rancher and former owner of Niman Ranch, has sold his meat company BN Ranch to the meal kit company Blue Apron. In a press release, Blue Apron said that Niman will “help the company further develop its animal welfare and husbandry standards for beef, pork and poultry, and expand its network of farmers, ranchers and suppliers.” Niman co-founded the meat company that would eventually be called Niman Ranch in Bolinas in 1977, which grew to become a major supplier of sustainable beef and pork to grocery stores and restaurants.
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Toast doesn't cost $4 in SF anymore ... in some spots, it's way more expensive

Mar 22 7:36am Food & Dining
What's in a toast? That which we call bread by any other name would not taste so sweet.
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Giants Will Smith out indefinitely; Morse has hamstring injury

Mar 22 1:46am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
A baseball season, even in spring training, leaves no time to mourn injuries. Reliever Will Smith could be destined for Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow, and Michael Morse might have lost his chance to make the team out of spring training because of a hamstring injury. Management took a few moments to absorb the news, then continued the daily business of evaluating players on the field, forced to view the potential 25-man roster from a new angle. The left-handed setup man was diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament and a strained elbow muscle. If the injury is not that severe, Smith could try rest and rehabilitation. “The player has to make the call,” said manager Bruce Bochy, who already has replacements in mind. Blach was to fight Matt Cain for the fifth rotation spot, but the lefty could be more valuable in the bullpen. Far from sounding forlorn at the thought of relieving, Blach flashed an I’ll-do-whatever-they-want smile and expressed confidence that he could succeed out of the bullpen, as he did at the end of 2016 in the regular season and playoffs. Morse strained his left hamstring a few innings earlier while running out a flyball. On Tuesday, Morse walked through the clubhouse with the hamstring wrapped. [...] there is a third option: rehabbing his injury and going to Triple-A Sacramento to get at-bats. “He was playing really good ball, seeing the ball well, doing what he needed to do to make the club,” Bochy said. Morse’s good friend Hunter Pence also wants to see Morse get healthy, saying, He’d be a big help with the bat and in the clubhouse. The Giants also could go with a utility player such as Aaron Hill, a career-long infielder who looked like a natural when Bochy stuck him in left field Monday. Catcher Nick Hundley hit his first two homers of the spring, accounting for four of the Giants’ five runs. Madison Bumgarner pitched two shutout innings, then completed an 85-pitch day in the bullpen, by design. Bumgarner’s final spring start will be Monday against the Reds, giving him an extra day’s rest before the April 2 opener at Arizona.
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Goals 15 seconds apart help Wild beat Sharks

Mar 22 1:46am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Martin Hanzal and Charlie Coyle scored 15 seconds apart before the second intermission to help the Wild stop a five-game skid and pull out a 3-2 victory over San Jose on Tuesday night. David Schlemko and Patrick Marleau had goals that gave each team two scores in a 63-second span, a record for the fastest four-goal stretch in Wild history, but the Sharks got no more on the way to a season-high fourth straight loss. Matt Dumba scored on a power play in the first period to give Minnesota a recently rare early lead. Anaheim, Edmonton and Calgary have surged into contention for the Pacific Division title, shrinking the Sharks’ lead to four points over the Ducks and Oilers and five over the Flames. Schlemko’s wrist shot from the blue line with 2:03 left in the second period tied it. Coyle followed Zach Parise’s second assist with a one-timer for a 3-1 lead before Marleau brought the Sharks closer with his wraparound.
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Giants hire Barry Bonds as special assistant

Mar 21 11:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants hire Barry Bonds as special assistant The Giants on Tuesday made a long-anticipated announcement that they have hired baseball’s all-time home run leader as a special assistant to Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer. During the season, he will serve as a team ambassador, alongside other Giants greats of the past, then roll up his sleeves and travel to the minors to teach prospects how to hit. [...] as part of the agreement between Bonds and the club, he finally will be added to the Wall of Fame on the King Street side of AT&T Park in a ceremony this season, with the date to be determined. The Giants also plan to retire Bonds’ No. 25, regardless of whether he is elected to the Hall of Fame, the club’s historical threshold for that honor. The Giants also were reluctant to hand him an role while he faced federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges. Bonds then wanted to be a major-league hitting coach, which the Giants declined to offer because they had one in Hensley Meulens. [...] Bonds became the Marlins’ hitting coach last season. Bonds will attend team functions such as the Play Ball Lunch and take part in ballpark ceremonies.
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Warriors continue to cruise with rout of Dallas

Mar 21 11:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
DALLAS — Midway through the second quarter Tuesday night, Stephen Curry stopped at the top of the three-point arc and hit Draymond Green with a bounce pass. The Warriors’ All-Star power forward, seeing a clear driving lane in front of him, knifed through the key for a vicious tomahawk dunk. Because the Mavericks were so careful to guard the perimeter, they surrendered an easy bucket to Green. Harrison Barnes, a former Warriors role player who has excelled as Dallas’ go-to scorer this season, grew vexed against Draymond Green and mustered just five points on 2-for-10 shooting. Ultimately, the Mavericks couldn’t overcome the 28-7, first-half run they surrendered to the Warriors. The Warriors broke from conventional philosophy to become a title contender. While other teams relied on the traditional philosophy that feasting in the paint is the best recipe for success, Golden State focused on long-range exploits. A season after sinking a league-record 286 threes, Curry became the first player to hit 400 in a season (402). The Warriors, who finished shooting 41.6 percent beyond the arc, became the sixth team in NBA history to convert at least 40 percent of its three-point shots. Even in the wake of several torrid showings, it entered Tuesday ranked third in the league with a three-point clip of 38.2. Over their past three games, the Warriors are 40-for-86 (46.5 percent) from three-point range. Thompson and Curry, whose extended shooting slumps contributed immensely to their team’s recent 2-5 rut, have combined to go 30-for-54 (55.6 percent) in their past three outings. In their first six games without Durant, the Warriors averaged 98.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting (31.7 percent from three-point range). With Durant perhaps not returning until the playoffs, the Warriors can only hope that his absence helped them regain the type of three-point mastery that is sustainable. Golden State is the title favorite even when it lags behind its lofty standards beyond the arc. When torrid three-point shooting regularly frees up clear driving lanes as clear as that one Green feasted on, the Warriors are nearly unstoppable. With three weeks left in the season, the Warriors are in good position to own the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs for the third straight season:...
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Marshawn Lynchs agent minimizes rumors of back joining Raiders

Mar 21 9:12pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Marshawn Lynch’s agent minimizes rumors of back joining Raiders The agent for the retired running back said Tuesday that he doesn’t know how it started and hasn’t talked to his client about it. Lynch retired after the 2015 season, and had been busy guest starring on television shows, doing commercials, owning Beast Mode apparel stores in Oakland and Seattle and doing charity week. The Raiders are his mom’s favorite team, so the national reports of interest on his side make sense, but the ones saying the Raiders are pursuing him or almost traded for him last year sound fishy. In a June interview on “60 Minutes,” Lynch was asked about coming out of retirement and specifically playing for his hometown Raiders. [...] the Raiders had Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon in for a visit Monday, according to a league source. Mixon, who played at Freedom-Oakley, is regarded by some as the best running back in the upcoming draft. Mixon was suspended for his freshman season, ordered to get counseling, and forced to serve 100 hours of community service. The Raiders also reportedly met with Mixon — who was not invited to the NFL combine because of the incident — at his Pro Day at Oklahoma this month. Former Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff’s daughter, Tracey, was murdered by her boyfriend.
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Giants reliever Smith might need major surgery; Morse hurts leg

Mar 21 8:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants reliever Smith might need major surgery; Morse hurts leg A baseball season, even in spring training, leaves no time to mourn injuries. Reliever Will Smith could be destined for Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow and fan favorite Michael Morse all but lost his chance to make the team out of spring training with a hamstring injury. Management took a few moments to absorb the news then continued the daily business of evaluating players on the field, now forced to view the potential 25-man roster from a new angle. The left-handed setup man was diagnosed with a sprain of the ulnar-collateral ligament and a strained elbow muscle, and flew to San Francisco on Tuesday to meet with team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki. If the injury is not that severe, Smith could try rest and rehabilitation. The player has to make the call, said manager Bruce Bochy, who already has replacements in mind. Blach was to fight Matt Cain for the fifth rotation spot, but he could be more valuable in the bullpen. Far from sounding forlorn at the thought of relieving, Blach flashed an I'll do whatever they want smile and expressed confidence he could succeed out of the bullpen, as he did briefly at the end of 2016 in the regular season and playoffs. Morse strained his left hamstring a few innings earlier while running out a flyball. [...] there is a third option: rehabbing his injury and going to Triple-A Sacramento to get at-bats. Morse's good friend Hunter Pence also wants to see Morse get healthy, saying, He'd be a big help with the bat and in the clubhouse. The Giants also could go with a utility player such as Aaron Hill, a career-long infielder who looked like a natural when Bochy stuck him in left field Monday.
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Warriors Steve Kerr calls NBAs rest-related memo smart

Mar 21 8:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
DALLAS — Warriors head coach Steve Kerr is supportive of a recent NBA memo that warned of “significant penalties” for teams that don’t provide adequate notice to the league, their opponent and media when planning to rest marquee players. The move was made to give players a sufficient break at the end of an eight-city, 13-day stretch that included two cross-country trips. On Monday, two days after the Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in a loss to the Clippers, NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to team owners that called the practice of resting star players “an extremely significant issue” that will be a prime topic of discussion at the next NBA board of governors meeting April 6 in New York. The hope is that teams will be aware of how such rest-related decisions affect “fans and business partners” and “the perception of our game.” “This is not a right-or-wrong issue,” said Kerr, whose team has won four consecutive games since he rested Curry, Thompson, Green and Iguodala against the Spurs. Though he admitted it’s unlikely, Kerr said that he “wouldn’t be opposed” to trimming the NBA’s 82-game regular season. “I think even just going down to 75 games, I think that would make a dramatic difference in the schedule,” Kerr said.
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Colin Kaepernick donates $50K to Meals on Wheels after Trump criticism

Mar 21 7:46pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Photo: Associated Press Image 1of/16 CaptionClose Image 1 of 16 San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Photo: Associated Press Image 2 of 16 San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) stands on the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 37-18. (AP Photo/John...
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Fieldwork's Vermont Farmhouse Ale sparks feud with state of Vermont

Mar 21 7:37pm Food & Dining
Berkeley-based Fieldwork Brewing Co. releases one-off beers all the time. Its latest? The Meadows, described by the brewery as a Vermont Farmhouse Ale. That description has ticked off the state of Vermont.
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Warriors nominated for Sports Team of the Year award

Mar 21 3:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Other nominees for 2017 Sports Team of the Year include the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Dolphins and Toronto FC. The winner will be announced at the 10th annual Sports Business Awards, held May 24 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. “We are extremely honored to be recognized again by the SportsBusiness Journal for the work our organization has done over the past year,” Warriors President and CEO Rick Welts said in a news release. Within the past year, Golden State won an NBA-record 73 regular-season games and reached its second straight NBA finals.
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Hitachino Beer & Wagyu's bar is officially open to the public

Mar 21 3:37pm Food & Dining
The Tenderloin's new Japanese beer and beef-centric eatery, Hitachino Beer & Wagyu, may still be in the soft opening phase for its dining room, but the bar is now officially open to the public.
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Donald Trump chides Colin Kaepernick again at rally

Mar 21 2:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Donald Trump might have other concerns than what he reads online about Colin Kaepernick. Nevertheless, he brought up Kaepernick during a rally recently in Kentucky. During the campaign, Trump criticized Kaepernick for failing to stand for the national anthem. In the video above, you can see what Trump said about the 49ers free agent quarterback. Kaepernick opted out of his deal earlier this month and is still a free agent. Other quarterbacks such as Mike Glennon (Bears), Brian Hoyer (49ers), and Matt Barkley (49ers) have signed despite having worse careers statistically than Kaepernick. Kaepernick has also experienced success in the playoffs and been in a Super Bowl, while those other...
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Warriors game day: How will Stephen Curry fare against brother?

Mar 21 2:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors at Mavericks American Airlines Center, Dallas Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (195-38 with Warriors and overall); Rick Carlisle, 9th season with Mavericks (410-299 with Mavericks and 691-510 overall) On air: TV on CSN Bay Area; Radio on 95.7 The Game Warriors (56-14); Mavericks (30-39) Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (25.0 ppg, 6.3 apg), SG Klay Thompson (22.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg), SF Patrick McCaw (3.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg), PF Draymond Green (10.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 7.2 apg), C Zaza Pachulia (6.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg) Mavericks: PG Yogi Ferrell (9.7 ppg, 3.7 apg), SG Seth Curry (12.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg), SF Wesley Matthews (14.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg), PF Harrison Barnes (19.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg), C Dirk Nowitzki (14.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg) Warriors injury report: SF Kevin Durant (grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) and SF Andre Iguodala (left hip strain) are out. Mavericks injury report: With Kevin Durant already sidelined by a left knee injury, Matt Barnes, Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney and James Michael McAdoo should receive more playing time in Iguodala’s absence. Iguodala is often tasked with locking down the opponent’s best scorer, and he likely would have matched up Tuesday with former teammate Harrison Barnes, Dallas’ leading scorer. Who will provide a scoring punch off the bench? Having Iguodala, who is averaging 11 points on 59 percent shooting in March, become more aggressive in recent weeks has only helped Golden State weather Durant’s absence. With it unclear how much time Iguodala will miss, which reserves can help ease the offensive load of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson? In 13 games since the All-Star break, Seth is averaging 16.8 points on 52 percent shooting.
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Giants fear ligament damage in reliever Smiths elbow

Mar 21 1:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants fear ligament damage in reliever Smith’s elbow Giants reliever Will Smith is flying to San Francisco to see team orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki after an MRI on his pitching elbow revealed bad news, an issue with his ulnar-collatreral ligament. Smith was to be one of the Giants' top setup man. Smith missed the first three weeks of Cactus League games with inflammation in his pitching elbow. On Monday, he was pitching in his second game after rehabbing the injury when he departed with two outs and a 3-2 count on the White Sox's Dan Hayes.
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Warriors Andre Iguodala to miss Mavericks game with hip strain

Mar 21 1:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors’ Andre Iguodala to miss Mavericks game with hip strain DALLAS — Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will miss Tuesday night’s game against the Mavericks with a strained left hip, Golden State has announced. With Kevin Durant already sidelined by a left knee injury, Matt Barnes, Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney and James Michael McAdoo could shoulder heavier loads in Iguodala’s absence.
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Giants hire Bonds as special assistant

Mar 21 12:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants hire Bonds as special assistant The club Tuesday made a long-anticipated announcement that it has hired baseball's all-time home run leader as a special assistant to Chief Executive Officer Larry Baer, 10 years after his final season as a player. In the same statement, Baer said, We are delighted to welcome Barry back home to the Giants. The likelihood increased after Bonds was let go as Miami Marlins hitting coach after one season, 2016. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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San Jose shut out in Dallas, skid reaches 3

Mar 21 2:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
San Jose shut out in Dallas, skid reaches 3 DALLAS — Kari Lehtonen made 30 saves to record his 36th career shutout Monday night. [...] one of the toughest shots he faced came before the game. “He was ready to go today, just because I hit him up high in warm-ups,” Dallas teammate Patrick Sharp said. Lehtonen thought Sharp’s shot helped him get in the right frame of mind before his 1-0 win over the Sharks. “Chances are there,” head coach Peter DeBoer said, so we’ve just got to bear down and we’ve got to get one dirty or ugly around the net. The Sharks outshot the Stars 30-20, including 12-6 in the third period. Dallas (29-33-10) is barely alive in the playoff race with 10 games remaining. Curtis McKenzie got his fifth on a tip-in from the slot that beat Sharks goalie Aaron Dell. Dallas missed two tries at the empty net.
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses issue of resting starters

Mar 21 1:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league’s board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games “an extremely significant issue for our league” and pressing owners to be more involved in the decision-making process. Silver also told the owners that the matter will be discussed at league meetings next month after nationally televised games on back-to-back Saturday nights were diluted by decisions to rest star players. “Decisions of this kind ... can affect fans and business partners, impact our reputation and damage the perception of our game,” Silver wrote in the memo, which was obtained by the Associated Press. The rest issue has been an even hotter-than-usual talking point of late with teams like the Warriors and Cavaliers — the last two NBA champions — electing to rest starters in recent nationally televised games. Fans have complained on some occasions that they have paid a premium price to see stars play, then arrived at arenas only to find that those players are getting the game off. The Clippers remained a game behind Utah in the race for the fourth seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading host Boston to a victory over Washington in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Evan Fournier scored 19 points and host Orlando overcame a 17-point second-half deficit before winning in overtime.
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Giants Johnny Cueto again shows he doesnt need 6 weeks in spring

Mar 21 12:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Cueto might have missed all that early pitchers’ fielding practice, but he momentarily saved a run when he jogged to the perfect spot to back up third and caught an overthrow on the triple. In three spring games (including a minor-league outing), Cueto has thrown 102/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. A changeup slipped out of his hand in his final inning Monday and deflected off Avisail Garcia, who was awarded first base. Jeff Samardzija revealed he was “real close” to joining the U.S. squad for the final round of the World Baseball Classic, but he and the Giants decided against it because his pitching schedule would not align with the tournament’s. Samardzija allowed the six runs in four-plus innings, including consecutive homers by Hernan Perez and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the fourth inning. Over his past two games, against the Rangers and Brewers, Samardzija has allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 17 hits in 72/3 innings. Samardzija said he liked his outing against the Brewers, on a 96-degree day, until his rough final inning. Aaron Hill, an infielder playing the outfield for the first time since college, boosted his chances of winning a bench job when he started in left field and heaved a strong throw home on a sacrifice fly. Outfield candidate Justin Ruggiano, who had four hits all spring, hit two singles, but was thrown out on the bases each time. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Prospect Ryder Jones hit a three-run, eighth-inning homer against major-league pitcher Tommy Kahnle to give the Giants a come-from-behind win. Hunter Strickland pitched a shutout inning, his fifth straight scoreless outing after he allowed runs in his first three games. A shocking revelation from caffeine aficionado Hunter Pence, who said he cut back on the advice of a sleep specialist hired by the team.
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Suspected link between ALS and head trauma suffered in football

Mar 21 12:43am San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
[...] one neurologist insisted ALS has become more recognized in the past five years as “part of the picture” surrounding chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease found in dozens of former NFL players. Dr. Sam Gandy, director of the Center for Cognitive Health and the NFL Neurological Care Program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, said cases of ALS patients with a history of head trauma “began to sort of pile up” in recent years. Another neurologist, Dr. Dale Lange of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, disputed any definitive cause-and-effect but added that “repeated head trauma absolutely puts you at increased risk of neurogenerative disease, including dementia and ALS.” A study released in 2005 found that Italian professional soccer players got the disease at a rate nearly six times greater than the general population. The study did not identify a specific cause, but it raised the question of whether players repeatedly heading the ball might make them more susceptible. [...] Dr. Santosh Kesari, chairman of Neurosciences and Neurotherapeutics at the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, remained cautious about drawing a straight line between the head trauma of football and ALS. CTE has attracted more attention in recent years, but Clark became the latest in a string of former NFL players to receive an ALS diagnosis. Steve Gleason, a former New Orleans safety, has waged a high-profile fight with ALS since he announced he had the disease in 2011. Other former NFL players who have been afflicted with ALS include former Raiders running back Steve Smith, 52, who was diagnosed in 2002; ex-linebacker O.J. Brigance, 47; and former safety Orlando Thomas, who died at 42 in 2014. Asked about the Clark news, Gandy said, The NFL history, with any sort of brain degeneration, raises the question of whether it’s associated with repetitive trauma. Sayers is regarded as one of the greatest players in NFL history. The “Kansas Comet” played his entire career with the Bears, piling up 4,956 yards rushing in his 68-game career and was voted to four Pro Bowls.
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Raiders sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense

Mar 21 12:17am Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raiders sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense The club made its first defensive free-agent signing Monday, after it had added four offensive players the past couple of weeks. Oakland signed former Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, formally announced the signing of backup quarterback EJ Manuel and announced that it has brought back long snapper Jon Condo. Jenkins, 25, started seven games last season and missed seven with groin, knee and hand injuries. Manuel was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2013. [...] he is reunited with former Buffalo quarterback coach and new Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing. The Seahawks still own his rights, and it’s unlikely the Raiders would trade a draft pick for him.
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Splash Brothers power Warriors to rout of Thunder

Mar 20 11:46pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
OKLAHOMA CITY — Moments after the final buzzer sounded Monday night, Kevin Durant stood in front of the Warriors’ bench and dapped his less-heralded teammates as they filtered off the court. [...] as he turned to walk toward the visiting locker room, the former face of the Thunder franchise smiled as he saw dozens of Golden State fans waiting nearby. In Golden State’s Feb. 11 rout of the Thunder, the player once considered this city’s adopted son endured a steady chorus of boos and “cupcake” chants. On Monday, with Durant sidelined by a left knee injury, a capacity Chesapeake Energy Arena crowd kept the focus on basketball. For the first time since sustaining an MCL sprain and bone bruise Feb. 28 in Washington, Durant had traveled with the Warriors. Unlike the previous nine games, in which he watched from his living-room couch or a training table, the eight-time NBA All-Star opted to sit on the bench. Wearing a black suit coat, white T-shirt and black pants, Durant erupted to his feet midway through the first quarter when Curry hammered home his first dunk of the season on a breakaway. Teammates intervened, and after a lengthy review, Curry, Green, Westbrook and Christon were assessed technical fouls.
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Dwight Clark needs fans to keep cheering for him

Mar 20 10:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
If you’re of a certain age, the news hit you like a punch in the stomach Sunday night: There are about 6,000 cases of the brutal disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosed each year, and the average age at diagnosis is 55. [...] for much of the Bay Area and the wider NFL audience, Clark will be forever young and healthy, the dashingly handsome football player who became famous and beloved because of one singular moment in time. On January 10, 1982, Clark rose high in the sky in the back of the Candlestick end zone, over Dallas defensive back Everson Walls, corralled a pass from a scrambling Joe Montana with his fingertips, and grabbed it for the touchdown. With that touchdown (and two key defensive plays moments later), the 49ers were headed to their first-ever Super Bowl. The touchdown changed everything for the young man from a small town in North Carolina, who played at Clemson and was noticed by Bill Walsh when he came to scout someone else. [...] he became one of the most important players in team history, played nine seasons for the 49ers, was a favorite of owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and remains beloved by fans. Clark then went public with his diagnosis later Sunday, posting on DeBartolo’s website, debartoloholdings.com. [...] I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safe, especially as it relates to head trauma. Clark became famous through the game of football, but now he is publicly wondering if the game of football has led to this terrible disease.
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Giants Cueto again shows he does not need six weeks of spring training

Mar 20 8:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Cueto might have missed all that early pitcher fielding practice, but he momentarily saved a run when he jogged to the perfect spot to back up third and caught an overthrow on the triple. Last year, the Giants brought Cueto into games slowly because of a heavy workload with the Royals a year before Had the Dominican Republic advanced in the World Baseball Classic, Cueto would have unleashed those pitches on Japan in Tuesday night's semifinal game. In three Cactus League games he has thrown 10 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with no walks and six strikeouts. A changeup slipped out of his hand in his final inning Monday and deflected off Avisail Garcia, who was awarded first base. Jeff Samardzija revealed he was real close to joining the U.S. squad for the final round of the World Baseball Classic, but he and the Giants decided against it because his pitching schedule would not align with the tournament's. Samardzija allowed the six runs in four-plus innings, including consecutive homers by Hernan Perez and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the fourth inning. Over his past two games, against the Rangers and Brewers, Samardzija has allowed 13 runs (11 earned) on 17 hits in 7 2/3 innings. Samardzija said he liked his outing against the Brewers, on a 96-degree day, until his rough final inning. Aaron Hill, an infielder playing the outfield for the first time since college, boosted his chances of winning a bench job when he started in left field and heaved a strong throw home on a sacrifice fly. Outfield candidate Justin Ruggiano, who had just four hits all spring, finally had a good day at the plate with two singles, but was thrown out in the bases each time. Prospect Ryder Jones hit a three-run, eighth-inning homer against major-league pitcher Tommy Kahnle to give the Giants a come-from-behind win. Hunter Strickland pitched a shutout inning, his fifth straight scoreless outing after he allowed runs in his first three games. A shocking revelation from caffeine aficionado Hunter Pence, who said he cut back after the team met with a sleep specialist.
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Mandela Foods Co-operative set to expand into larger West Oakland space

Mar 20 8:36pm Food & Dining
The tiny West Oakland food co-op is preparing to sign a lease for the former 99-Cent store next door.
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Raider sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense

Mar 20 8:13pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raider sign linebacker Jelani Jenkins in 1st add to defense The club made its first defensive free-agent signing Monday, after it had added four offensive players the past couple of weeks. Oakland signed former Miami linebacker Jelani Jenkins, formally announced the signing of backup quarterback EJ Manuel and announced that it has brought back long snapper Jon Condo. Jenkins, 25, started seven games last season and missed seven with groin, knee and hand injuries. Manuel was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2013. [...] he is reunited with former Buffalo quarterback coach and new Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing. The Seahawks still own his rights, and it’s unlikely the Raiders would trade a draft pick for him.
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Giants reliever Smith reinjures pitching elbow, headed for MRI

Mar 20 7:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants reliever Smith reinjures pitching elbow, headed for MRI Through five weeks of spring training, the Giants had been extremely lucky with their health. Nobody got hurt badly enough to threaten his place on the Opening Day roster. Even with good news from the MRI, Smith’s chances of starting the season on the active roster are slim. The Giants have left-handed alternatives. The Giants acquired the 27-year-old reliever from the Brewers last Aug. 1 for pitcher Phil Bickford and catcher Andrew Susac. After a shaky start in San Francisco, Smith became huge down the stretch. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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