Mar 16 10:44am San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Raiders RB Latavius Murray signs with Vikings The Raiders officially need a feature running back. Murray, 27, a 2013 sixth-round pick, had 2,350 total yards, 74 receptions and 18 touchdowns in his final two seasons with the Raiders. Two weeks ago, at the NFL combine, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was asked if either running back was ready to assume a leading role. [...] of what they do in free agency, the Raiders to figure to address the position in the draft.
Mar 16 7:37am Food & Dining
Frances, which opened in 2009, is still on top.
Mar 16 1:44am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Brad Marchand scored his league-leading 36th goal of the season, David Backes returned after getting hurt to score the game-winner, and the Boston Bruins defeated host Calgary 5-2 on Wednesday night to end the Flames’ 10-game winning streak. Marchand is tied with Chicago’s Patrick Kane and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid for the top spot in the NHL with 76 points. Backes got tied up with Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and was taken into the corner boards 12 minutes into the game. [...] he returned seven minutes into the second period, and on his second shift back he broke a 2-2 tie. Rickard Rakell scored his 30th of the season, Ryan Getzlaf added a shorthanded goal and host Anaheim beat St. Louis, which plays in San Jose on Thursday. Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux and Dale Weise also scored for the Flyers, who closed within five points of the idle New York Islanders for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. J.T. Compher scored his first NHL goal and Calvin Pickard stopped 27 shots for host Colorado. Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov, third on the team with 22 goals, could miss the rest of the regular season with a lower-body injury suffered Tuesday, coach Joel Quenneville said.
Mar 16 1:44am San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Rebuilding teams and nearly 31-year-old running backs don’t seem like an ideal match, but the 49ers might think differently. Davis, a 2015 fourth-round pick, has averaged 2.0 yards on 54 career carries. A 2008 fifth-round pick, Hightower (6-foot, 220 pounds) has 4,185 career total yards and his 32 rushing touchdowns rank 19th among active players. The 49ers will presumably at least one of their 10 draft picks on a running back in what is considered a strong year for the position.
Mar 15 11:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Morse, who was invited to spring training by team officials at Hunter Pence’s wedding, is making a serious run at the Opening Day roster. Morse’s latest hits were an RBI double in the sixth inning and tie-breaking single in the eighth in Wednesday’s 7-4 win over the Angels. Afterward, Morse spoke highly of the Giants’ talent and team chemistry, which he said reminded him of the championship season of 2014, to which he mightily contributed. Morse, whose carefree attitude seems to be a benefit, has gotten more productive by the week and remains in the running for a bench role. Matt Cain, competing for the final rotation spot, will bring a 9.58 ERA to the mound when making his fifth appearance Friday. Ty Blach, who’s in competition with Cain, pitched in relief Wednesday and gave up hits to his first five batters before retiring the final six men he faced. In an interview with KNBR radio, Evans said Cain’s status is “hard to classify” and added, His overall command is better, his curveball is better. Bruce Bochy made a couple of intriguing lineup moves, batting pitcher Madison Bumgarner eighth and moving Eduardo Nuñez into the 2 hole. The Giants faced lefty Tyler Skaggs, and Bochy inserted his usual second hitter, Joe Panik (who swings left-handed), to the seventh spot and said it’s something he’ll further consider. ... Mac Williamson, competing for the left-field job, doubled in four at-bats. ... Steven Okert threw another scoreless inning and maintained his 0.00 ERA through five outings.
Mar 15 10:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants’ aces were in separate places for different showcases. While Madison Bumgarner was pitching six scoreless innings in front of a packed crowd at Scottsdale Stadium on Wednesday, Johnny Cueto quietly threw 32/3 shutout innings in front of a few dozen folks at the Giants’ minor-league complex. “Really, all it comes down to is getting your arm in shape to throw 100-plus pitches and making sure everything’s starting to get sharp,” Bumgarner said after shutting down an Angels lineup featuring Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. The plan for Bumgarner, in his fifth start, was to throw five innings or 80 pitches, but he was so efficient that the Giants ended his stint after 70. Cueto’s path is slower after he arrived late to spring training because of his father’s health issues. Wednesday’s was just his second outing, and he faced a group of Arizona Triple-A players at the Jim Davenport Field in Indian School Park, 2 miles from Scottsdale Stadium. “The first inning, I was opening up too much,” Cueto said. From the second inning on, I felt my pitches coming to life a lot better. Because he hasn’t built up his workload, Cueto isn’t pitching for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic’s second round, saying, I’m sorry.
Mar 15 8:37pm Food & Dining
This year's St. Patrick's Day revelers are especially lucky — the Irish-themed holiday falls on a Friday.
Mar 15 7:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Zuttah has been the Ravens’ starting center for the past three seasons and will presumably compete for first-string status with Kilgore, 29, who has missed 23 games since 2014 because of a broken ankle and torn hamstring. Last year, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, was a major reason Atlanta signed Pro Bowl center Alex Mack. The Ravens were planning to release Zuttah, and his $3.5 million base salary in each of the next two seasons reportedly was a factor in their decision. A 2008 third-round pick of the Buccaneers, Zuttah was traded to the Ravens in 2014 for a fifth-round pick.
Mar 15 6:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The tricky winds at Levi’s Stadium can give placekickers ulcers, but Robbie Gould has a stomach of steel. The new 49ers kicker’s strength comes from spending 11 seasons employed in Chicago fairly well-known nickname: In 2005, Gould, in his sixth NFL game, was part of a 17-9 win over the 49ers at Soldier Field that featured gale-force gusts. (Defensive tackle) Anthony Adams still gives me a lot of grief for it. The 49ers’ Joe Nedney made 3 of 4 field-goal attempts (“Probably the best kicking performance I’ve ever seen,” Gould said), and Gould made 1 of 2 tries, missing a 39-yarder. [...] his impressive resume explains why the 49ers could seamlessly transition from his predecessor, Phil Dawson, who signed with the Cardinals on Friday, the same day Gould was signed by the 49ers. Both were undrafted and spent part of their first NFL season with the Patriots, where they learned from Adam Vinatieri. Dawson, who signed with the 49ers in 2013 after 14 seasons in Cleveland, was the 2015 team MVP and made 86.1 percent (99 of 115) of his attempts during his tenure. Gould arrives ranked seventh in NFL history in field-goal percentage (85.9) — four spots ahead of Dawson (84.5). The 49ers were interested in re-signing Dawson, but he wanted a contract in keeping with the $3.1 million he earned last year. A few months later, Gould, who once enjoyed career stability, is ready for a new beginning. [...] the 49ers’ latest old-guy kicker said reconnecting with the team’s new general manager, John Lynch, 45, has made him laugh about his longevity.
Mar 15 5:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The Warriors do not exactly project the image of a grinding, get-your-hands-dirty team. Not with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson raining majestic three-point shots. [...] Golden State survived Tuesday night’s scare against Philadelphia by cranking up its defense in the fourth quarter. Head coach Steve Kerr was encouraged by the way his team scraped out a 106-104 victory, because he knows the offense isn’t the same without injured forward Kevin Durant. The 76ers scored 90 points in the first three quarters, but then Green cranked up the intensity - and Philadelphia managed only 14 points in the fourth quarter. “I thought Draymond picking up (T.J.) McConnell full court a couple times early in the fourth quarter set a different tone,” Kerr said.
Mar 15 2:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants GM Bobby Evans on Matt Cain’s status: ‘hard to classify’ Matt Cain has struggled in spring training, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed in the front office, which seems patient for now. “Yeah, it’s been hard to classify,” general manager Bobby Evans said Wednesday on KNBR radio. The challenge of course for us is not to make any quick judgements because you’vs still got a lot of baseball left down here. Cain, who has a 9.58 ERA in four outings, is due to make $20 million in the final year of his contract. “He’s been an important part of the franchise, not because of the money but because of what he accomplished and how he’s handled himself throughout his career,” Evans said. Cain is in competition with Ty Blach for the final rotation spot. Is the bullpen a possibility? If we come to a conclusion, or he comes to a conclusion, that the starter opportunity’s not there, then that discussion of the bullpen can certainly become part of our process with him and his with us.
Mar 15 2:37pm Food & Dining
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Mar 15 7:36am Food & Dining
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Mar 15 3:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
With 8.5 seconds left and the Warriors nursing a three-point lead, T.J. McConnell overshot his target on an inbounds pass. With the injured Kevin Durant watching from the locker room, Curry (29 points), Klay Thompson (28) and Green (20) accounted for nearly three-fourths of the Warriors’ offense. Green had three of his four steals and three of his six blocks in the final 12 minutes as Philadelphia piled up six turnovers and mustered only 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Back in Oakland from their most grueling road stretch of the season, the Warriors looked for silver linings. After a four-game lead over the Spurs for the Western Conference’s top seed gave way to a tie in just two weeks, Golden State was forced to re-examine everything from offensive sets to substitution patterns to its general mind-set. Midway through the second quarter, on an inbounds pass, Curry looked to his left and locked eyes with his intended target. The 6-foot-2 point guard corralled the ball, darted downcourt and finished off a give-and-go layup to give his team the lead. In the fourth quarter, the Warriors parlayed stingy defense into wide-open looks as they surged to a 19-2 run. Curry broke out of an extended shooting slump to hit three of his five three-point shots in the final period.
Mar 15 1:45am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
[...] goalie Martin Jones made 22 saves as the Sharks enjoyed quite the disparity of shots on goal — 41-23 — which included a season-high 20 for one period in the first. In lengthening their lead in the Pacific Division to nine points over idle Calgary and Anaheim with a seventh win in nine games, the Sharks also snapped an 11-game winless streak against the pesky Sabres, who had won in their previous five visits to SAP Center. Pavelski scored his second of the game at 5:28 of the third period to give the hosts a two-goal lead. The hosts took a 2-1 lead with 49.8 seconds left, and as fate would have it the goal didn’t even come off the stick of a Sharks’ skater. Buffalo escaped the opening period with a 1-0 lead despite getting outshot 20-9, a figure that represented a season-high in shots for one period by the hosts. Defenseman and one-time Shark Josh Georges punched a drive toward the net that ricocheted off a skate to Matt Moulson, who fed a wide-open Eichel for a 10-foot one-time past a sprawled Jones. The Sharks thought they had tied the game at 10:47 when rookie forward Marcus Sorensen swooped into deposit a rebound past Lehner, but the Buffalo goalie was interfered with by Burns moments earlier.
Mar 15 1:10am Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Cordarelle Patterson calls joining Raiders ‘blessing from skies’ The free-agent receiver signee was remembering his 95-yard kickoff touchdown return for the Vikings in Oakland in 2015. When I scored that touchdown, they were giving me a lot of crap … Man, since I joined the team, it seemed like 30 seconds and my phone was blowing up on Twitter and Instagram with all the Raiders’ fans, ‘Glad to have you,’ ‘Welcome to the black side.’ The Raiders gave Patterson, 26, a two-year deal that pays him $5.25 million in the first year and can be voided in the second if he hits certain statistics. Though he can carve out a bigger role for himself, he will at the very least be used a lot on reverses and screen passes. All-Pro kick returner, and the Raiders haven’t had a touchdown on a kick return since 2011 (Jacoby Ford). Patterson has five touchdowns on returns and has averaged 30.4 yards per kickoff return, second only to Hall of Famer Gale Sayers (30.6 yards) since 1941.
Mar 15 12:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
After several seasons on the NBA’s fringes, the younger of the Curry brothers has emerged as a reliable starter for the Mavericks. In nine games since the All-Star break, Seth Curry is averaging 18.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 34 minutes. Since cracking the starting lineup in mid-January, Seth has helped the Mavericks join the competition for the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed. Dallas owner Mark Cuban, who affectionately calls Seth “Swaggy Swag,” said recently that he wants the combo guard to stay with the Mavericks “forever.” Two weeks after suffering a left knee injury in Washington, Kevin Durant was seen walking around — albeit gingerly — after practice Tuesday while hoisting some set shots.
Mar 14 10:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Jarrett Parker is putting up nice numbers in his bid to win the Giants’ left-field job, at least in a platoon role. “He’s shortened things up, he’s got better plate discipline, he’s laying off some tough pitches,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Parker has McCovey Cove power, but his high strikeout rates have been a concern - 35 percent of his minor-league at-bats and 37 percent in the majors. In spring training, it’s 19 percent. Parker homered and singled in his first two at-bats Tuesday, giving him five straight hits over two games. “I think it’s repetition and practice and understanding the situation a little better,” said Parker when asked about laying off pitches he might have swung through in the past. Parker: 10-for-31, three homers, two doubles. Williamson: 10-for-30, two homers, two doubles. Parker leads in RBIs 10-2 and walks 7-2 and also walked and singled in three trips in the March 8 game against Puerto Rico, which doesn’t count in Cactus League stats. Williamson has options, meaning he could be optioned to Triple-A Sacramento without needing to clear waivers. Parker said he has learned about plate discipline by watching the approaches of Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Hunter Pence. Albert Suarez, who could wind up as the long reliever, got his first start and surrendered two runs on six hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. Suarez started 12 games for the Giants last year and appeared in relief 10 times, sporting a 4.29 ERA. The Giants had five extra-base hits in the first inning: Kyle Crick was optioned Monday, but he returned to big-league camp for a day to pitch 21/3 innings. Parker on Michael Morse’s recent homer that cleared the batter’s eye in center field at Scottsdale Stadium, which is 430 feet from the plate and 30 feet high.
Mar 14 10:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Stephen Curry impressed by brother’s breakout season with Dallas While researching stats recently for his job as the Hornets’ color commentator, Dell Curry stumbled upon a graphic of his two sons’ three-point shooting percentages. After several seasons on the NBA’s fringes, the younger of the Curry brothers has emerged as a reliable starter for the Mavericks. In nine games since the All-Star break, Seth Curry is averaging 18.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 34.0 minutes. Since cracking the starting lineup in mid-January, Seth has helped the Mavericks join the competition for the Western Conference’s No. 8 seed. Dallas owner Mark Cuban, who affectionately calls Seth “Swaggy Swag,” said recently that he wants the combo guard to stay with the Mavericks “forever.”...
Mar 14 9:37pm Food & Dining
After five years of business on the corner of Masonic and Geary, the Corner Store is shutting down. ...
Mar 14 8:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Boston left-hander David Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list because of a sore elbow. The AL East champions had hoped for a formidable rotation headed by Price, Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and Chris Sale, acquired in December from the White Sox. Manager Bud Black said Murphy broke his arm Saturday in a game against the Cubs when he was hit by Anthony Rizzo’s bat while throwing to second on a steal attempt. ... Seiichi Uchikawa broke a 5-5 tie on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Yamada made it 8-5 with a two-run shot to center field at Tokyo Dome. Yamada also hit a leadoff homer in the first inning.
Mar 14 7:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images Image 1of/10 CaptionClose Image 1 of 10 9. Aldrick Robinson, wide receiver: The lightly used receiver has been with Shanahan twice, once in Washington and last year in Atlanta. He can get deep and looks like he’s on the upswing. 9. Aldrick Robinson, wide receiver: The lightly used receiver has been with Shanahan twice, once in Washington and last year in Atlanta. He can get deep and looks like he’s on the upswing. Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images Image 2 of 10 8. Matt Barkley, quarterback: In a perfect world, Barkley fills the third quarterback role, or doesn’t make the team.
Mar 14 5:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The tricky winds at Levi’s Stadium can give placekickers ulcers, but Robbie Gould has a stomach of steel. The new 49ers kicker’s strength comes from spending 11 seasons employed in Chicago fairly well-known nickname: In 2005, Gould, in his sixth NFL game, was part of a 17-9 win over the 49ers at Soldier Field that featured gale-force gusts. (Defensive tackle) Anthony Adams still gives me a lot of grief for it. The 49ers’ Joe Nedney made 3 of 4 field-goal attempts (Probably the best kicking performance I’ve ever seen, Gould said) and Gould made 1 of 2 tries, missing a 39-yarder. [...] his impressive resume explains why the 49ers could seamlessly transition from his predecessor, Phil Dawson, who signed with the Cardinals on Friday, the same day Gould was signed by the 49ers. Both were undrafted and spent part of their first NFL season with the Patriots, where they learned from Adam Vinatieri. Dawson, who signed with the 49ers in 2013 after spending 14 seasons in Cleveland, was the 2015 team MVP and made 86.1 percent (99 of 115) of his attempts during his tenure. Gould arrives ranked seventh in NFL history in field-goal percentage (85.9) - four spots ahead of Dawson (84.5). The 49ers were interested in re-signing Dawson, but he wanted a contract in keeping with the $3.1 million he earned last year.
Mar 14 4:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Stephen Curry on shooting slump: ‘I’m just missing shots’ Stephen Curry tries not to think about shooting slumps. “Obviously I’d like to shoot better, make shots, make more shots,” said Curry, who is 18-for-76 (23.7 percent) beyond the arc over his past seven games. During an eight-minute media availability after shoot-around Tuesday, Curry was peppered with questions about his, um, cold streak. Here is an edited transcript of the conversation: How do you feel coming out of this travel-heavy stretch? Just want to get back to this home routine — the practice, game schedule. Is this upcoming home stretch the longest home stretch you can remember? The atmosphere that we’ll have at home, the routine like we talked about, it’ll help us kind of get in the right frame of mind. Curry: I’m just missing shots. Shots that I normally take and make aren’t falling, and I’m going to keep shooting them until they do. Will playing a team that ranks in the bottom third of the league in total defense give you a shot to get back on track shooting? Nah, numbers of teams we’re playing against don’t mean anything to us. The focus for us is really how we’re going to execute and the energy we’re going to play with. Has your routine been the same or have you been getting up extra shots? What about a check-up to make sure your shot is grooved in? Do you check video or do you just feel it’s OK? Do you feel like your looks have been different without Kevin Durant on the floor? Do you examine that stuff when you go through a period like this and cut back? There’s a high demand on my time, and you try to protect it at all costs. [...] my first job is to play basketball. How about the month your brother is having right now? Has that been fun to monitor? Does your brother ever give you a hard time about having a better night than you? Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Mar 14 4:37pm Food & Dining
The two-week-old $20 million Chinese food emporium is now open throughout the day.
Mar 14 9:44am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Can Golden State limit Philadelphia’s Saric? Warriors: PG Stephen Curry (24.9 ppg, 6.3 apg), SG Klay Thompson (21.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg), SF Patrick McCaw (3.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg), PF Draymond Green (10.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 7.1 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. 76ers injury report: PG Jerryd Bayless (left wrist surgery), C Joel Embiid (left knee injury), SF Ben Simmons (acute fracture, right foot) and C Tiago Splitter (right calf strain) are out. Can Stephen Curry break out of his three-point shooting slump? Dating back to the Warriors’ Feb. 27 game in Philadelphia, Curry is shooting 18-for-76 (23.7 percent) beyond the arc. Last month, when he went 0-for-11 from deep against the 76ers, Curry tied the NBA record shared by Utah’s Trey Burke and Boston’s Antoine Walker for three-point misses sans a make. In the two weeks since Kevin Durant suffered a left knee injury, the Warriors’ four-game lead over the Spurs for the Western Conference’s top seed has given way to a tie. Golden State has dropped five of its past seven games, including its first three-game skid since November 2013. [...] fresh off an eight-city, 13-day gantlet, the Warriors hope a return home will remedy their ills. The trade of Ersan Ilyasova and the season-ending injury of Joel Embiid have forced Saric to shoulder a much heavier load. Since the All-Star break, he is averaging 19.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 33.6 minutes. Embiid, the clear front-runner for Rookie of the Year before his injury, is backing Saric to win the award. Because their roster is so depleted, the 76ers are relying on the Croatian big man to win games.
Mar 14 7:45am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Today is Stephen Curry's 29th birthday and in honor of him, we've collected some of our favorite fun facts about the Warriors ace.
Mar 14 7:37am Food & Dining
We've found San Francisco's cleanest restaurants and businesses of 2017 (so far): The businesses that scored a perfect 100 on their recent health inspections.
Mar 14 2:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Flames outlast Penguins for 10th consecutive win Kris Versteeg scored the shootout winner Monday as the host Calgary Flames beat Pittsburgh 4-3 to tie their franchise record with a 10th straight victory. Calgary’s first shooter, Versteeg moved in slowly and made a nifty deke before zipping a shot high on goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Calgary goalie Brian Elliott stopped Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel to clinch the win. Malkin, Crosby and Conor Sheary scored for the Penguins, who earned a point to move into a tie with the Capitals atop the Metropolitan Division. Jaccob Slavin had a hat trick and Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk each scored twice as Carolina ended New York’s 11-game home points streak. “We were just bad all over the ice, goaltenders included,” New York interim head coach Doug Weight said. Cam Atkinson scored twice to help visiting Columbus move to a point out of the lead in the Metropolitan Division while setting franchise records for wins (44) and points (94). “It’s great for the people and (the media) to talk about,” Columbus head coach John Tortorella said. Brad Marchand had a hat trick in the third period, including the winning goal with less than eight minutes to go, as visiting Boston won its third in a row. Jake Allen made 38 saves as visiting St. Louis won its fifth in a row to strengthen its hold on the Western Conference’s second wild-card berth. Mike Smith made 22 saves to set a franchise record with his 22nd shutout as host Arizona beat Colorado.
Mar 14 2:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Venezuela, which thought it was eliminated with a loss late Sunday, took advantage of its new life Monday in Guadalajara, Mexico, with a three-run ninth inning to beat Italy 4-3 and advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Miguel Cabrera blasted a shot over center field to tie it 2-2 and moments later, Rougned Odor smacked a ball that hit the top of the fence and was ruled an RBI single on replay review to put Venezuela ahead. Mexico, Italy and Venezuela all finished 1-2 in the first round of pool play behind Puerto Rico, which went 3-0 to win Pool D. Mexico was eliminated on a tiebreaker — runs allowed per inning played. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello of Boston threw five scoreless innings in an intrasquad game, five days after being struck on the pitching hand by a batted ball.
Mar 14 1:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Buster Posey’s absence means more work for Giants’ backups Life without Buster Posey continues for the Giants’ pitchers. Meantime, backup catcher Nick Hundley is getting extra work with the pitching staff, probably a good thing for the newcomer who signed a one-year deal in January. The right-hander worked his pitch count to 76 but gave up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks in 32/3 innings against the Rangers. The big hit was Carlos Gomez’s grand slam in the second inning. In an earlier at-bat, Samardzija struck out Gomez on a 3-2 slider, one of his four strikeouts. Even if the U.S. advances to the final game, March 21 in Los Angeles, the Giants will have another week of exhibitions in Arizona and three against the A’s in the Bay Area. The Giants cut 12 players, optioning infielder Miguel Gomez and pitchers Kyle Crick, Ian Gardeck, Chase Johnson, Reyes Moronta and Daniel Slania. Michael Morse exited after two plate appearances because his wife was in a minor automobile accident. Reliever Will Smith, who is overcoming elbow inflammation, threw to hitters Monday and will make his Cactus League debut as early as Friday. Bochy on a screen that was placed in front of the coaches during the game, permitting them to sit in their usual spot outside the dugout. Surprise Stadium is where coach Jose Alguacil sustained multiple injuries when hit in the face by a foul ball March 4.
Mar 14 12:11am Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raiders sign former Vikings WR Patterson Patterson, who turns 26 Friday, is second to Gale Sayers in NFL history with a kickoff-return average of 30.4 yards. Latavius Murray, who ran for 788 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Raiders last season, met with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. Murray has run for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns in three seasons with the Raiders, including 1,066 yards and six touchdowns during the 2015 campaign.
Mar 13 9:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
After thinking they had been eliminated with an 11-9 loss to Mexico early Monday, Venezuela players were informed in the clubhouse that they still could advance, thanks to a tiebreaker. The original tweet was deleted, and Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel said his players were surprised to hear the good news. Didi Gregorius drove in five runs to lead the Netherlands over Israel 12-2 and hand the tournament rookies their first loss of the WBC. The Rockies signed Desmond to a $70 million, five-year contract in the offseason to add another potent bat. Detroit starter Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball for 42/3 innings, striking out four as the Tigers and Nationals played to a 10-inning, 3-3 tie. ... Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run homer and Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Piscotty added RBI doubles in the Cardinals’ 6-3 defeat of Houston. ... Mark Trumbo and Hyun Soo Kim each hit RBI singles for Baltimore in a 6-4 victory over Philadelphia. ... The Mets beat the Marlins 6-4 as starter Noah Syndergaard worked into the fourth inning, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out four, and Tim Tebow collected his first hit in a major-league game.
Mar 13 8:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
During a career spent largely on professional basketball’s fringes, Ian Clark has learned the value of staying ready. [...] with the Warriors in need of bench scoring, the reserve guard is reminding his skeptics that he is an NBA-caliber shooter. In three of his past four games, Clark has scored in double digits. In addition to being the highest-scoring game by a Golden State bench player since Jordan Crawford’s 41-point outburst in April 2014, it was the third-most points scored by an NBA reserve this season, behind 40-point and 38-point outings from Lou Williams. In search of more scoring with Kevin Durant sidelined by a left knee injury, head coach Steve Kerr plans to give Clark some extended run when Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala return to the lineup in Tuesday’s game against Philadelphia. With Leandro Barbosa now with Phoenix, Clark opened this season as the backup shooting guard. “I pride myself just on being ready whenever I’m called upon,” said Clark, who is shooting 42.1 percent from three-point range this season. Durant suffered a sprained MCL and tibial bone bruise in the Warriors’ Feb. 28 loss to Washington.
Mar 13 7:13pm Gay & Lesbian
ATLANTA — In a setback for gay rights advocates hoping for an expansion of workplace discrimination protections, a federal appeals court in Atlanta has ruled that employers aren’t prohibited from discriminating against employees because of sexual orientation. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled 2-1 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination based on a variety of factors, doesn’t protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. The case was one of two that Lambda Legal had pending before federal appeals courts — along with an Indiana case at the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago — that the LGBT rights group had hoped would mark a significant step forward for gay rights. An 11th Circuit decision from 2011 said discrimination against a transgender employee because of gender nonconformity amounted to sex discrimination and was not allowed, and Evans’ attorneys argued it should also protect gays and lesbians who claimed discrimination based on their sexual orientation.
Mar 13 6:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Joe Panik getting his offensive groove back The ball was hit high in the Arizona sky, and no fewer than three Giants defensders drifted behind second base and were in range of making a catch. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins called for it. After his bummer of a finish in 2016, Panik is in good spirits and in a nice groove. Panik hit .215 his final 57 regular-season games but broke out in the Division Series with a .600 average. Panik is making good contact in spring training with eight hits - and several line-drive outs -- and one strikeout in 23 at-bats (heading into Monday night’s game against the Royals) and seems determined to play like it’s 2014 or 2015. Panik’s injury was one of the many reasons the Giants, a majors-best 57-33 at the All-Star break, weren’t the same in the second half (30-42). The three-time All-Star shortstop and 2007 MVP with the Phillies is playing some games at second and eventually will get a look at third. Panik, who was raised in New York a Yankees fan, recalled seeing Rollins when attending a game in Philadelphia with a couple of buddies his senior year in high school. “I don’t want to make him feel old, but it’s pretty cool because I watched him growing up,” Panik said. Turning double plays is far different as a second baseman, from positioning to footwork to arm angles to avoiding the runner. Panik has been a valuable resource for Rollins, along with infielders Aaron Hill and Gordon Beckham. [...] he’s on the road to returning to form offensively, which hasn’t gone unnoticed among teammates, including the fellow who beaned him last summer.
Mar 13 6:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Two days after he rested four of his best players in the Warriors’ nationally televised loss to the Spurs, Steve Kerr proposed a way for the NBA to prevent such an issue from resurfacing. “The next step, in my mind, is for the league to get together with the broadcast partners and say, ‘OK, here’s the games we want on national TV,’” Kerr said after practice Monday. The league’s marquee team, Golden State is playing an NBA-high 28 national TV games this season. Because national TV games must fall on specific days of the week (Thursdays for TNT; Saturdays and Sundays for ESPN and ABC), the league has limited options when making schedules if it wants its premier teams playing on those stages.
Mar 13 5:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors forward Andre Iguodala has been fined $10,000 for “inappropriate comments” made after Golden State’s 103-102 loss Friday night to the Timberwolves, the NBA announced Monday afternoon. The sound bite rippled through social media and left many to speculate that he was taking a shot at Kerr. Iguodala clarified late Friday night to ESPN that the use of “master” was an inside locker-room joke. “I wasn’t the slightest bit offended,” Kerr said of Iguodala’s “master” comment. The only thing I would say is there’s certain humorous things you should say in the sanctity of the locker room and certain humorous things you might want to keep from the media.
Mar 13 3:46pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Four years ago, the 49ers signed a balding 30-something kicker who was among the most accurate in NFL history despite spending more than a decade working at a wind-swept lakefront stadium in a frigid Midwestern city. Phil Dawson, 42, was the 2015 team MVP and made 86.1 percent (99 of 115) of his attempts from 2013-16 before signing with the Cardinals last week. [...] Gould spent his first 11 seasons with the Bears. Despite playing his home games at Soldier Field, on the shores of Lake Michigan, Gould ranks seventh in NFL history in field-goal percentage (85.9) - four spots ahead of Dawson (84.5). In 2005, his rookie season, he was part of a 17-9 home win over the 49ers. (Defensive tackle) Anthony Adams still gives me a lot of grief for it. The 49ers were interested in re-signing Dawson, but he wanted a contract in keeping with the $3.1 million he earned last year. The Cardinals s...
Mar 13 7:37am Food & Dining
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Mar 13 1:43am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Joe Pavelski scored two goals and Aaron Dell continued his backup-goaltending mastery as the Sharks beat the Dallas Stars 5-1 at SAP Center on Sunday night. First period, I thought we started a little slow, which is probably natural in a back-to-back. Dallas waited one more stoppage before making a midgame goalie change for a league-high 12th time as ex-Shark Antti Niemi replaced Kari Lehtonen, who allowed three goals on eight shots. San Jose scored shorthanded at 12:26 on the second as Pavelski stripped Dallas defenseman Esa Lindell at the Sharks’ blue line, and broke in alone to beat Niemi high. The Sharks scored the only goal of the final period when Chris Tierney collected his seventh with a shot from the slot while falling down at 3:04. The Sharks escaped the first period with a 2-1 lead despite getting outshot 15-6 and laboring through a 10:26 stretch without putting any r...
Mar 13 12:46am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Matt Moore pitched four innings Sunday, the latest step toward preparing for his first full season with the Giants. Fans are anticipating a big year from Moore, who turned into a reliable starter — and Dodgers-nemesis — after arriving in the Aug. 1 trade that sent three players, including third baseman Matt Duffy, to the Rays. Game 4 of the NL Division Series, in which manager Bruce Bochy pulled him after eight innings only to watch the bullpen implode. Moore was asked if he has regrets — after five months to think about it — that he didn’t pitch one more inning against the Cubs, who overcame a 5-2 deficit in the ninth to win 6-5. Bochy was trying to keep the lefty fresh for the NLCS, which looked realistic, considering Johnny Cueto would have pitched Game 5 in Chicago. Jake Peavy is in Arizona for a few days, hosting wounded Marines from San Diego and throwing a private...
Mar 12 9:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
SAN ANTONIO — Warriors rookie center Damian Jones has been assigned to Golden State’s Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz. The initial plan when Jones was sent down to Santa Cruz on Feb. 24 was for him to stick around for the rest of the D-League regular season, which would have had him returning to the NBA club April 1 — in time for the Warriors’ final six regular-season games. Jones, 21, recorded four points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of Golden State’s 107-85 loss to the Spurs.
Mar 12 8:47pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Matt Moore pitched four innings Sunday, the latest step toward preparing for his first full season with the Giants. Fans are anticipating a big year out of Moore, who turned into a reliable starter — and Dodger-killer — after arriving in the Aug. 1 trade that sent three players, including popular Matt Duffy, to the Rays. No matter what Moore does from this point, he’ll forever be linked to one of the most hot-topic games in recent Giants history — Game 4 of the Division Series in which manager Bruce Bochy pulled him after eight innings only to watch the bullpen implode. In an interview after his fourth spring training start, Moore was asked if he has regrets — after five months to think about it — that he didn’t pitch one more inning against the Cubs, who overcame a 5-2 deficit in the ninth to win 6-5. Bochy was trying to keep the lefty fresh for the NLCS, which looked...
Mar 12 8:47pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Kyle Juszczyk is listed as a fullback, but he also lined up at running back, tight end and wide receiver during his four seasons with the Ravens. Juszczyk, 25, acknowledges book smarts don’t necessarily translate to football intelligence, but he does think his Ivy League education has helped him handle a jack-of-all-trades role. “I don’t think if a guy gets a perfect score on the ACT, he’s able to know how to run every position on an NFL offense,” Juszczyk said. [...] I think there might be a slight correlation there when it comes down to study habits: being able to get into your playbook, the film, and being disciplined on that end. YOOZ-check the NFL’s highest-paid fullback by signing him to a four-year, $21 million deal, with $10.5 million guaranteed. For perspective, Buffalo’s newly signed Patrick DiMarco, the NFL’s second-highest paid fullback, inked a four-...
Mar 12 7:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
SAN ANTONIO — The Warriors’ postgame sandwich spread remained largely untouched 30 minutes after the final buzzer sounded on their 107-85 loss Saturday night to the Spurs. In that visiting locker room at AT&T Center, rookie guard Patrick McCaw — fresh off an 0-for-12 dud — stared blankly at the floor as assistant coach Willie Green spoke to him in hushed tones. Across the room sat Kevon Looney, who, after a 1-for-8 night that included a missed dunk attempt, thumbed through his iPhone in silence. By resting Curry, Thompson, Green and Iguodala in a nationally televised game against their Western-Conference rival, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sent an emphatic message to the league: No TV ratings or disgruntled fans will trump his duty to prioritize the health of his players. Though geography ensures that the Warriors will always be one of the league’s most traveled clubs,...
Mar 12 1:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Kyle Juszczyk is listed as a fullback, but he also lined up at running back, tight end and wide receiver during his first four seasons with the Ravens. Juszczyk, 25, acknowledges book smarts doesn’t necessarily translate to football intelligence, but he does think his Ivy League education has helped him handle a jack-of-all-trades role. “I don’t think if a guy gets a perfect score on the ACT he’s able to know how to run every position on an NFL offense,” Juszczyk said. YOOZ-check the NFL’s highest-paid fullback by signing him to a four-year, $21 million deal with $10.5 million guaranteed. For perspective, Buffalo’s newly signed Patrick DiMarco, the NFL’s second-highest paid FB, inked a four-year, $8.4 million deal with $3.3 million guaranteed. Juszczyk, a 2013 fourth-round pick of Baltimore, knows something about economics. Niners rookie general manager John Lynch...
Mar 12 1:44am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Brian Elliott made 31 saves for his second consecutive shutout and the Calgary Flames extended their winning streak to nine games with a 3-0 victory over the host Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik scored on the power play in a victory that also gave Calgary points in 11 straight games. Calgary’s climb also dropped the Oilers into the first Western Conference wild-card spot with 79 points. Ondrej Palat scored with 2:23 left to complete host Tampa Bay’s comeback from a two-goal deficit as the Lightning improved to 10-2-3 in their past 15 games. Evander Kane scored a power-play goal with 2:29 remaining to snap a tie and host Buffalo rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat Columbus. Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray did not return after hurting his right hand in the opening minutes of the game Drew Stafford’s dump-in shot deflected off Phila...
Mar 11 11:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Over the winter, the Giants quietly hired former pitcher Bob Tewksbury as their mental performance coach, the team’s first full-time mental performance professional at the big-league level. “Anything that’ll help them play better,” Tewskbury said of his job duties during an interview in the Giants’ dugout at Scottsdale Stadium. Just like a hitting coach or pitching coach, I’m here to help their performance in any way I can. Tewksbury, 56, worked in mental skills for the Red Sox from 2004 to 2016 except for one year he spent working with the players’ union. In addition to holding a master’s in sports psychology and counseling from Boston University, he pitched 13 seasons in the big leagues for six teams and was an All-Star with the Cardinals in 1992. Psychologists were taboo at one time in baseball, a sport in which players were supposed to be mentally tough enough t...
Mar 11 11:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The ball clanked off the back rim and the Spurs’ Kyle Anderson corralled the rebound. Staring down a big opportunity with the team’s five best players out, a cast of spare parts looked overwhelmed in a 107-85 loss to the Spurs at AT&T Center. By the time the Warriors entered intermission down 64-44, any chance of a feel-good storyline on a night head coach Steve Kerr waived the proverbial white flag before tip-off had largely evaporated. Outside of Ian Clark erupting for a career-high 36 points on 15-for-21 shooting, the highest single-game output by a Warriors reserve since Jordan Crawford went for 41 on April 16, 2014, Golden State’s inexperienced reserves underwhelmed. Patrick McCaw, the former second-round pick who has been a revelation much of his rookie season, missed all 12 of his shots. Filling in for the do-everything Green at starting power forward, Looney mustered...
Mar 11 8:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
SAN ANTONIO — During his two-plus seasons working with Andre Iguodala, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has become familiar with the forward’s penchant for cryptic messaging. Ninety minutes before tip-off of Saturday night’s game against the Spurs, when asked about Iguodala’s recent controversial comments, Kerr had a quick retort: “You guys got Andre’d.” The sound bite rippled through social media and left many to speculate that he was taking a shot at Kerr. Iguodala clarified late Friday night to ESPN that the use of “master” was an inside locker-room joke. With both teams’ star players sitting Saturday, many fans might have to study their pregame programs more than usual. Golden State will start Shaun Livingston, Patrick McCaw, Matt Barnes, Kevon Looney and Zaza Pachulia.
Mar 11 8:15pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Raiders sign offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie finally signed a player on day three of free agency, after his club had lost seven players on the market. Newhouse started a playoff game last year at right tackle for the Giants, after losing his job due to a calf injury and playing left guard. The Raiders, meanwhile, will have their first free agent visit Sunday or Monday, rolling out the red carpet at the team facility for speedy receiver-kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson. Alexander, a Cal alum who was a second-team All-Pro last season, capped his 2016 campaign by being named the Pro Bowl’s defensive MVP after his late interception helped seal the AFC’s 20-13 victory. The Lions confirmed their signing of former Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden and also added tight end Darren Fells, who started 14 games for the Cardinals last season a...
Mar 11 7:45pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Dump-in shot gives Bruins win over Flyers “Ninety-nine out of 100 it’s not going to go in,” Boston’s Drew Stafford said of his dump-in shot that went into the net with 5.6 seconds left after it tipped off Philadelphia defenseman Brandon Manning’s stick, giving the host Bruins a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Saturday. David Pastrnak had a power-play goal, and Tuukka Rask made 26 saves for Boston, which improved to 10-3 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy, who replaced fired Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Philadelphia may be sliding out of a chance at a playoff berth with its ninth loss in 14 games. Stafford had the puck along the right boards, spun around and just shot a seemingly harmless attempt at the net. The New York Rangers announced that goalie Henrik Lundqvist will be sidelined at least two weeks with a lower-body injury.
Mar 11 7:11pm Gay & Lesbian
BOSTON — Organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade reversed course and said they will allow a group of gay veterans to march in this year’s parade. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced on the parade’s Twitter account late Friday that it had signed an “acceptance letter” that would clear the way for OutVets to participate. “We are honored and humbled by all the outpouring of support that has been displayed for our LGBTQ veterans — who are one of the most unrepresented demographics in our veterans community,” said lawyer said Dee Dee Edmondson. An earlier vote by the council to bar OutVets from marching drew immediate condemnation from high-profile politicians, some of whom said they would not march if the gay veterans were excluded. Bishop said the council offered to allow the group to march if its members did not display the rainbow flag,...
Mar 11 6:18pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
KNBR Conversation with CBS Sports analyst Amy Trask An edited transcript of an interview with Amy Trask, former Raiders executive and current CBS Sports analyst: Are (the Raiders) on the fast track out of here? The team in the last year or so has requested twice that the league grant it the right to relocate. [...] the reason we talk about their relocation so often is because it’s topical so often. Does Oakland have any chance going up against this behemoth of a proposal with $750 million in free money coming from Nevada and $600 million coming from Bank of America? Do you know how this vote might go with the team owners? What I learned over the almost 30 years I spent in the league is, you absolutely do not know what will happen to a vote until you walk into the room for the meeting in which that vote is scheduled. [...] what was always stated to me by the A’s was, If you...
Mar 11 5:44pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Johnny Cueto made his first Cactus League start Saturday at a sold-out Scottsdale Stadium that included someone special in Cueto’s life. The elder Cueto, 71, had a mini-stroke in the Dominican and spent 10 days in a hospital, prompting his son’s late spring training arrival. [...] Johnny received some fatherly advice Friday on the eve of his Cactus League debut. Cueto, who pitched two innings, seems to be leaning against pitching in the later rounds of the World Baseball Classic. Not just because he hasn’t worked his pitch count up, but because of his father’s health. When you go to a tournament like that, you want to make sure not only you have a lot of energy but your arm feels OK and you have all your pitches. Cueto pitched two innings against the Reds. Cueto’s father didn’t arrive until the second inning, so all he saw was his son retire three straight batters.
Mar 11 4:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Which young players will step up vs. Steve Kerr, 3rd season with Warriors (192-37 with Warriors and overall); Gregg Popovich, 21st season with Spurs (1,139-449 with Spurs and overall) On air: TV on ABC; Radio on 95.7 The Game Warriors: PG Shaun Livingston (5.1 ppg, 1.7 apg), SG Patrick McCaw (3.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg), SF Matt Barnes (3.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg), PF Kevon Looney (2.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg), C Zaza Pachulia (6.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg) Spurs: PG Tony Parker (10.4 ppg, 4.7 apg), SG Danny Green (7.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg), SF Kyle Anderson (3.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg), PF Pau Gasol (12.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg), C Dewayne Dedmon (5.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg) Warriors injury report: PG Stephen Curry (rest), PF Draymond Green (rest), SF Andre Iguodala (rest), SG Klay Thompson (rest) and SF Kevin Durant (grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) are out. Spurs injury report: SF Kawhi Leonard (concussion protocol) and PF LaMarcus Aldridge (heart...
Mar 11 3:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Kyle Juszczyk is listed as a fullback, but he’s also lined up at running back, tight end and wide receiver during his four-year NFL career. Juszczyk acknowledges book smarts doesn’t necessarily translate to football intelligence, but he does think his Ivy League education has helped him handle a jack-of-all-trade role. “I don’t think if a guy gets a perfect score on the ACT he’s able to know how to run every position on an NFL offense,” Juszczyk said. On Thursday, the 49ers made Juszczyk the NFL’s highest-paid fullback by signing him to a four-year, $21 million deal with $10.5 million guaranteed. For perspective, Buffalo’s newly signed Patrick DiMarco, the NFL’s second-highest paid FB, inked a four-year, $8.4 million deal with $3.3 million guaranteed. Juszczyk, a 2013 fourth-round pick of the Ravens, knows something about economics, but he laughed when asked if he...
Mar 11 3:17pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie finally signed a free agent on Day 3, after his club had lost seven of their own players on the market. McKenzie grabbed a player he once drafted while with the Packers, offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse. Newhouse started a playoff game last year at right tackle for the Giants, after losing his job due to a calf injury and playing left guard. McKenzie was Gree Bay’s director of player personnel when the Packers drafted the lineman in 2010. Oakland lost starting right tackle Menelik Watson to the Broncos on Friday.