Steve Kerr returns to Warriors practice

May 13 5:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
When the doors opened to media Saturday afternoon at Golden State’s practice facility, Steve Kerr was stretching as he watched Stephen Curry shoot. Kerr, who underwent a spinal cord leak procedure on his back May 5 at Duke University, helped coach a Warriors practice Saturday for the first time since stepping away from the bench before Game 3 of the first round to seek an answer to his chronic pain. [...] with Game 1 of the Western Conference finals looming Sunday against the Spurs, Golden State still has no timetable for Kerr’s return to the bench. Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will play in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals Sunday against the Warriors, San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters Saturday. Leonard missed Game 6 of the conference semifinals against Houston with a sprained left ankle. Leonard is leading the Spurs this postseason in scoring (27.8 points per game), assists (4.7) and steals (1.7).
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These 49ers rookie free agents could make the team

May 13 5:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The 49ers have flooded their roster with rookies. Not only did they augment the team with an eight-member draft class, but they also signed 19 rookie free agents, and that number might increase. The team released a few veterans like running backs DuJuan Harris and Mike Davis to make room for more rookie free agents. Kyle Shanahan believes players who try out can make the team. That was his experience with speedy receiver Taylor Gabriel when Shanahan was in Atlanta, that’s why Shanahan invited 54 players to the rookie minicamp last week. There were so many players, some of them had to dress in the visitors’ locker room at Levi’s.
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No Blue Bottle for Lower Haight following neighborhood opposition

May 13 5:37pm Food & Dining
Blue Bottle's bid to move into the former Bean There space at 201 Steiner St. has been halted by the Planning Commission.
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Giants 17-inning game: the day after

May 13 3:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Both guys laughed about it before Saturday's game, particularly Samardzija, who did not know he winged the future of the franchise until he was shown the video. All I remember was I was going into the pile and an arm drilling me in the mouth. Arroyo was not in Saturday's lineup, but not because of Samardzija's (accidental) shot. Manager Bruce Bochy wanted to rest Arroyo on Friday night but changed his mind, probably because Hunter Pence had to sit with a tight left hamstring. Pence was not in Saturday's lineup either but believes he should be back by Sunday's game against the Reds or Monday's opener against the Dodgers. Posey was the obvious star of the marathon win, but the seven relievers deserve equal billing. In order, Derek Law, Steven Okert, Hunter Strickland, Josh Osich, George Kontos, Bryan Morris and winner Cory Gearrin combined for nine shutout innings after Johnny Cueto's eight-inning start. With Brandon Crawford's return and Reyes Moronta's demotion, the Giants shrank their bullpen to seven for the first time this year just a day before Bochy needed nine innings from the crew. Bochy said the Giants were prepared to corral another pitcher from Triple-A Sacramento after Saturday's game if the bullpen was overtaxed again. The likeliest option for a starter to relieve Saturday is Ty Blach, who has pitched out of the bullpen and was to throw his between-starts 'pen anyway. The only reliever who was off-limits Saturday was Morris, who had his Giants coming-out party with his work in innings 13 through 15. A lot of Giants fans were asking, Who? when they saw Morris on the mound. The 30-year-old right-hander had some good seasons with the Pirates and Marlins. The Giants were able to snag him on a minor-league contract because he missed most of last season with a back injury. Morris then took a comebacker in spring training that fractured his foot. Both of the players who came off the disabled list Thursday, Crawford and Span, played the entire 18 innings. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Gaylord Perry pitched 10 shutout innings in relief.
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Buster Posey at the plate: Did minor adjustment propel a power surge?

May 13 1:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Buster Posey at the plate: Did minor adjustment propel a power surge? Hitters constantly tweak their stances, swings and approaches, and that goes for .300 hitters. A recent adjustment by Buster Posey has helped him elevate some pitches and advance his power stroke. The Giants’ catcher usually has a noticeable leg kick before he turns on a pitch, but not so much lately. “It works, so why not?” said batting coach Hensley Meulens, who noted that Posey sometimes will limit the leg kick against pitchers with a repertoire that can be hard to pick up such as the Mets’ Jacob deGrom. Posey has simplified his approach, and swinging without the higher leg kick is how he said he shortens it up and keeps it even more simple. Posey has six homers on the season and ranks third in the league with a .358 batting average. Hunter Pence, the only Giant to appear in the first 37 games (he started 33 of them, 11 straight through Thursday), was out of Friday’s lineup. Justin Ruggiano started in right field. Pence pinch hit in the 15th inning and grounded out. The Giants are thinking Madison Bumgarner will begin playing catch in late May and could be pitching for them in early August. Closer Mark Melancon will play catch Saturday for the first time since going on the disabled list with a pronator strain. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Eduardo Nuñez, the latest Giant to take over left field, has started at four positions this season: 17 games at third base, nine at shortstop, eight in left and one in right.
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Whew! Giants play 17 innings, Poseys homer beats Reds

May 13 4:47am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants play 17 innings, Posey’s homer beats Reds At 43 minutes past midnight on Saturday morning, the Giants pulled out a 3-2 victory over the Reds when Buster Posey homered with one out in the 17th inning. Cueto threw eight innings of two-run, five-hit, 119-pitch ball, and seven relievers combined for nine scoreless innings. The Giants played their infield in, and shortstop Brandon Crawford fielded Jose Peraza’s grounder and threw out Scott Schebler. In the 16th, the Reds loaded the bases against Cory Gearrin, who struck out Billy Hamilton to end the inning. Brandon Belt made the final out in the eighth inning trying to stretch a double into a triple, and Denard Span was nailed at second after hitting an RBI single in the fifth inning, apparently thinking Justin Ruggiano would score from second on the play. The Giants opened nicely with Span homering over the brick wall in right field, the first time this season the Giants homered to start a first inning. Since coming off the disabled list, Span has two homers in two days. The Reds answered in the second inning when Gennett hit a triple - the same Gennett whose triple decided Monday’s opener - to score Schebler. [...] the Giants tried a new tactic in the fifth inning and employed the basic element of Little Ball: the bunt. The bunting clinic ended when Span singled sharply to right field, scoring Nuñez with the tying run. A day after manager Bruce Bochy said Nuñez will get most of the duty in left field, the infielder by trade made a play as if he’s a career outfielder. Adam Duvall hit a popup in foul territory toward the Giants’ bullpen, and Nuñez sprinted to the scene and caught the ball as he ran over a mound, his momentum knocking him to the dirt with both his arms in the air. [...] baseman Joe Panik made several splendid stops, and Crawford started an unconventional 6-4-3 double play by going a long way to catch Adam Duvall’s first-inning popup.
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Predators win West finals opener 3-2 on Neal goal in OT

May 13 2:45am San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
James Neal scored 9:24 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators kicked off their first appearance in the Western Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the host Anaheim Ducks on Friday night. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators, who continued their surge through the Stanley Cup playoffs with a strong start and a gritty overtime effort after Hampus Lindholm’s first playoff goal in two years tied it for the Ducks at 7:21 of the third period. Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored in regulation for Nashville, which improved to 9-2 in the postseason. The Ducks got just one shot on goal in the first 13 minutes of Game 1, but Silfverberg put it into Rinne’s far top corner for his eighth goal in 12 games this spring, matching his goal total in 48 games over his previous six trips to the postseason. Watson then put the Predators ahead early in the second period with his first playoff goal, banking his shot in off Anaheim defenseman Sami Vatanen. The agreement comes three days after Dallas acquired his rights from the Kings for a fourth-round pick in next month’s NHL draft.
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Zaza Pachulia trolls Klay Thompson with fake SF Chronicle

May 13 12:46am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
After Warriors practice Friday, Pachulia interrupted Thompson’s media availability to hand him a framed San Francisco Chronicle with the headline, “Hell freezes over; Pachulia outscores Thompson.” To the right of the fake newspaper article was the box score from Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, which showed Pachulia with seven points and Thompson with six. Early Sunday morning, hours after boasting of the feat during his postgame presser, Pachulia posted a selfie to Instagram with Thompson. Golden State vice president of communications Raymond Ridder had the “Hell freezes over” newspaper made for Pachulia to keep. After finishing his group interview, he pointed to the newspaper on the table in front of him and deadpanned, “I’m going to burn that thing.” Warriors acting head coach Mike Brown counts Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich among his closest friends.
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Buster Poseys batting adjustment goes a long way

May 12 11:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Buster Posey’s batting adjustment goes a long way Hitters constantly tweak their stances, swings and approaches, and that goes for .300 hitters. A recent adjustment by Buster Posey has helped him elevate some pitches and advance his power stroke. The Giants’ catcher usually has a noticeable leg kick before he turns on a pitch, but not so much lately. “It works, so why not?” said batting coach Hensley Meulens, who noted Posey sometimes will limit the leg kick against pitchers with a repertoire that can be hard to pick up such as the Mets’ Jacob deGrom’s. Posey has simplified his approach, and swinging without the higher leg kick is how he said he shortens it up and keeps it even more simple. Posey entered Friday’s game with five homers and ranked fifth in the league with a .364 batting average. Hunter Pence, the only Giant to appear in the first 36 games (he started 33 of them, 11 straight through Thursday), was out of Friday’s lineup. Justin Ruggiano played right field. Manager Bruce Bochy said Pence has been a little nicked up … The Giants are thinking Madison Bumgarner will begin playing catch in late May and could be pitching for them in early August. Closer Mark Melancon will play catch Saturday for the first time since going on the DL with a pronator strain. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Eduardo Nuñez, the latest Giant to take over left field, has started at four positions this season: 17 games at third base, nine at shortstop, eight in left and one in right.
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Zaza Pachulia trolls Klay Thompson with fake San Francisco Chronicle

May 12 8:47pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
After Warriors practice Friday, Pachulia interrupted Thompson’s media availability to hand him a framed San Francisco Chronicle with the headline, “Hell freezes over; Pachulia outscores Thompson.” To the right of the fake newspaper article was the box score from Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals, which showed Pachulia with seven points and Thompson with six. Early Sunday morning, hours after boasting of the feat during his postgame presser, Pachulia posted a selfie to Instagram with Thompson. Golden State vice president of communications Raymond Ridder had the “Hell freezes over” newspaper made for Pachulia to keep. After finishing his group interview, he pointed to the newspaper on the table in front of him and deadpanned, “I’m going to burn that thing.”...
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Sharks re-sign Melker Karlsson, Joonas Donskoi

May 12 7:46pm San Jose Sharks RSS Feed
Donskoi scored six goals and had 11 assists in 61 games this season. Teams know we’re a good hockey team and they’ll have to be ready to play. After 10 consecutive seasons of unrelenting mediocrity, and no playoff appearances, the Oilers established themselves this season as one of the NHL’s top-tier franchises, tying for seventh overall in the regular season and taking the Anaheim Ducks to seven games in the Western Conference semifinals. The aftermath of the Washington Capitals’ all-too-familiar early playoff exit has an unfamiliar feeling this time. No longer could players fall back on learning from the latest loss, in seven games in the second round to the Pittsburgh Penguins, because some if not many of them won’t be back next season. With forwards T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams and defenseman Karl Alzner among the unrestricted free agents and several players set to eat up bigger chunks of the salary cap, changes are coming to Washington after back-to-back Presidents’ Trophies and a decade of playoff failures. Led by Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the Capitals have made nine playoff appearances in the past 10 seasons and haven’t made it past the second round once. How much needs to be different is a matter of opinion, chiefly that of majority owner Ted Leonsis and general manager Brian MacLellan. Because of the impending salary-cap crunch and new contracts needed for center Evgeny Kuznetsov, wing Andre Burakovsky and defensemen Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt, MacLellan made it no secret before the 2015-16 season he saw this as a two-year window.
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Watch: Steph and Ayesha Curry jam at Tenderloin jazz club

May 12 5:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
San Francisco's golden couple Steph and Ayesha Curry had a night on the town Thursday, culminating in a jam session at the Black Cat jazz cafe.
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Giants fail to build on New York win, fall to Reds again

May 12 1:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Nobody had the heart to remind him his Giants actually were outscored 31-5, or that in this seemingly lost season, they can drop a ballgame in any style the opponent wants to play. The leadoff hitter made an immediate impact with a four hits, including a double and a solo homer off Bronson Arroyo, his first of the year, and singles off Drew Storen and Iglesias. Slumping Brandon Belt also hit a solo homer for the other run that Arroyo allowed in six innings. [...] he flied out after Span’s ninth-inning single to end the game with pinch-runner Gorkys Hernandez standing at third. The Giants’ offense continued to flounder with runners in scoring position and wasted too many chances. Coming to the plate hitless in 18 at-bats and 3-for-31, Belt sent Arroyo’s first pitch over the wall in center and onto the screen over the kale garden. Span gave the Giants a good chance to add to the lead when he hit a one-out double in the third in his second at-bat back, but he was stranded, allowing the Reds to tie it 1-1 in the fourth. Cozart hit his drive toward Triples Alley, but Hunter Pence got close enough to the ball to force Hamilton to delay his charge around the bases and stop at third. Blach again held the line, even after Duvall’s single put two aboard with one out, getting Eugenio Suarez to hit into a double play that ended the inning 2-2.
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Denard Span, Brandon Crawford return to Giants

May 12 12:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Denard Span, Brandon Crawford return to Giants Center fielder Denard Span was supposed to play three rehab games for Class A San Jose, but hey, after he broke up a Rancho Cucamonga no-hitter with a sixth-inning hit Wednesday night, what else did he have to prove? “Even though I wasn’t going to play nine innings, at least I could help us get a hit here,” Span said, smiling. Span felt no ill effects from the April 22 shoulder injury that landed him on the disabled list. The Giants activated him before Thursday night’s game against the Reds along with shortstop Brandon Crawford (groin strain). Span returned to his customary leadoff spot and Crawford batted fourth with catcher Buster Posey getting a planned night off. Neither Span nor Crawford was hitting before their injuries, but the Giants missed their defense, particularly Crawford’s, and understand they need all of their regulars — those coming off the DL and those who built the 12-23 record — to elevate their games for the club to start winning. Bochy was not reluctant to put Span back at leadoff after Joe Panik went 3-for-20 in five games atop the order. Bochy said he hoped the team would get a psychological boost from seeing Span and Crawford play. The two feel better now that they can help try to make 12-23 a distant memory. “The hardest thing about not being able to play was not being able to grind with these guys,” Span said. Hopefully, I can bring some energy and help get this team on track. The Giants cleared roster space by optioning pitcher Reyes Moronta back to Double-A Richmond, Va., and placing Conor Gillaspie on the disabled list with back spasms that Bochy said had worsened. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Saturday is the annual Junior Giants glove drive.
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Warriors to face Spurs in Western Conference finals

May 11 11:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Warriors to face Spurs in Western Conference finals With their MVP candidate sidelined by a left ankle injury, the Spurs steamrolled the Rockets, 114-75, Thursday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. San Antonio will face the Warriors in Game 1 of the conference finals Sunday at Oracle Arena. Outside of a potential Golden State-Cleveland rematch in the NBA Finals, it is perhaps the most anticipated playoff matchup this season. The Spurs are the only team that has consistently given the Warriors trouble in the Steve Kerr era, but they haven’t faced Golden State in the postseason since they won the 2013 Western Conference semifinals in six games. San Antonio finished the regular season 61-21, the second-best record in the league behind the Warriors. San Antonio’s 107-85 rout of the Warriors on March 11, of course, came when Kevin Durant (knee injury) was out, and four other core players — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala — were resting the last game of an eight-city, 13-day road gantlet. The two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Leonard is averaging 27.8 points on 52.4 percent shooting during the playoffs. The Warriors, who only trailed once in their four games against Utah in the Western Conference semifinals, will have had five days before tip-off Sunday.
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Lynch, Shanahan: 49ers havent been shopping NaVorro Bowman

May 11 7:48pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The 49ers’ new regime says it doesn’t want one of the most decorated defensive players in franchise history to be history. On Thursday morning, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan issued a joint statement disputing a report that the 49ers have been looking to trade inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Bowman, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and Patrick Willis are the only 49ers who have been named first-team All-Pro in at least four seasons with the team. Lynch and Shanahan were responding to statements made by former NFL executive Michael Lombardi on “The Ringer NFL Show” podcast. Bowman, who will turn 29 on May 28, has missed 28 of 48 games the past three seasons because of a multi-ligament tear in his left knee in 2014 and a torn left Achilles tendon in October. Shanahan has raved about Bowman’s recovery and he’s expected to be medically cleared for training camp, but he’s scheduled to count $9.59 million against the salary cap this season after signing a four-year contract extension in August. Last month, they traded a fourth-round pick to move up to No. 31 overall to draft Alabama’s Reuben Foster, whom they were prepared to select at No. 3. Smith, 27, spent his first three NFL seasons with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who was a low-level defensive assistant with the Seahawks from 2011-13. Saleh runs a 4-3 defense and Bowman has spent his seven-year career in a 3-4 scheme. On Tuesday, Lynch, speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio, acknowledged that some outsiders have questioned whether Bowman is a “system fit” in Saleh’s defense.
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Thousands of baby salmon die in hatchery mishap

May 11 7:38pm Food & Dining
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the pump failure probably happened in the early morning hours Wednesday, causing the oxygen level in the tanks at Thermolito hatchery to drop. When hatchery staff arrived at 6:30 a.m. they noticed dead fish and others struggling in the water. The salmon that died had already survived the process of being relocated from the main Oroville hatchery in February, when overflow from the Oroville Dam filled water in the hatchery with dangerous levels of silt. “It won’t have a devastating effect on the population in three years when they come back,” he said, referring to the time it takes for salmon to travel to the Pacific Ocean and reach adulthood before returning to their spawning grounds.
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Giants expected to activate Span and Crawford on Thursday

May 11 6:48pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants already said they planned to activate shortstop Brandon Crawford (groin strain) from the 10-day disabled list after playing in two rehab games for Double-A Richmond, Va. [...] it sounds like center fielder Denard Span (sternoclavicular sprain) could be activated after two rehab games at Class A San Jose. Span had two hits for the little Giants on Wednesday night, though after rehabbing Dodgers starter Rich Hill pitched five shutout innings for Rancho Cucamonga. The Giants have sent reliever Reyes Moronta back to Richmond after a one-day stint in the majors. Crawford has not played in the majors since he injured the groin in an April 25 home game against the Dodgers, the night before he started what was to be a three-day bereavement leave. Span injured his shoulder area while crashing into the wall at Coors Field as he caught a Charlie Blackmon drive April 22. Ty Blach faces Bronson Arroyo in Thursday’s series opener, as the Giants again try to win consecutive games for the second time in 2017. Blach allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in three innings in his last start Saturday during the Giants’ lost weekend in Cincinnati. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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PEETS COFFEE SUMMER FRIDAY PROMO- BOGO 5/19-825

May 11 6:11pm Cyn Eats – A Food and Travel Blog
Who’s down for an afternoon pick-me-up?? …. for FREE…. Hands?? This Friday only (5/12), Peet’s Coffee is throwing a SIP FREE event- offering a complimentary coffee or espresso beverage of any size at participating locations from 1pm to 3pm. They are kicking off their summer line-up inspired by SF’s notorious fog and weather. Some new […]...
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Giants expecting to activate Span and Crawford on Thursday

May 11 5:48pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants already said they planned to activate shortstop Brandon Crawford (groin strain) from the 10-day disabled list after playing in two rehab games for Double-A Richmond, Va. Span had two hits for the little Giants on Wednesday night, though after rehabbing Dodgers starter Rich Hill pitched five shutout innings for Rancho Cucamonga. Crawford has not played in the majors since he injured the groin in an April 25 home game against the Dodgers, the night before he started what was to be a three-day bereavement leave. Span injured his shoulder area while crashing into the wall at Coors Field as he caught a Charlie Blackmon drive April 22. Ty Blach faces Bronson Arroyo in Thursday’s series opener, as the Giants again try to win consecutive games for the second time in 2017.
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Lynch, Shanahan: 49ers havent been shopping Bowman

May 11 5:48pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
The 49ers’ new regime says it doesn’t want one of the most decorated defensive players in franchise history to be history. On Thursday morning, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan issued a joint statement refuting a report that the 49ers have been looking to trade inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Bowman, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and Patrick Willis are the only 49ers who have been named a first-team All-Pro in at least four seasons with the team. Lynch and Shanahan were responding to statements made by former NFL executive Michael Lombardi on “The Ringer NFL Show” podcast. Bowman, who will turn 29 on May 28, has missed 28 of 48 games the past three season because of a multi-ligament tear in his left knee in 2014 and a torn left Achilles tendon in October. Shanahan has raved about his recovery and he’s expected to be medically cleared for training camp, but he’s scheduled to count $9.59 million against the salary cap this season after signing a four-year contract extension in August. Last month, they traded a fourth-round pick to move up to No. 31 overall to draft Alabama’s Reuben Foster, whom they were prepared to select at No. 3. Smith, 27, spent his first three seasons in the NFL with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who was a low-level defensive assistant with the Seahawks from 2011-13. Saleh runs a 4-3 defense and Bowman has spent his seven-year career in a 3-4 scheme. On Tuesday, Lynch, speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio, acknowledged some outsiders have questioned whether Bowman was a “system fit” in Saleh’s defense.
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'Avocado hand' is sending people to the ER because people don't know how to cut their fruit

May 11 5:38pm Food & Dining
Here's another story to add to the negative avocado coverage.
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Giants expecting to active Span and Crawford on Thursday

May 11 4:47pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants already said they planned to activate shortstop Brandon Crawford (groin strain) from the 10-day disabled list after playing in two rehab games for Double-A Richmond, Va. Span had two hits for the little Giants on Wednesday night, though after rehabbing Dodgers starter Rich Hill pitched five shutout innings for Rancho Cucamonga. Crawford has not played in the majors since he injured the groin in an April 25 home game against the Dodgers, the night before he started what was to be a three-day bereavement leave. Span injured his shoulder area while crashing into the wall at Coors Field as he caught a Charlie Blackmon drive April 22. Ty Blach faces Bronson Arroyo in Thursday’s series opener, as the Giants again try to win consecutive games for the second time in 2017.
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Warriors giving away free car flags on Thursday

May 11 3:46pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The Warriors are giving away free decorative car flags today as part of a playoff promo.
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Lynch, Shanahan: 49ers havent tried to trade Bowman

May 11 1:43pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Niners general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan issued a joint statement this morning in which they said a report that they have been trying to trade inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman has no basis. Lynch and Shanahan were responding to statements made by former NFL executive Michael Lombardi on “The Ringer NFL Show” podcast. During last month’s NFL draft, Lombardi reported the 49ers were trying to trade tight end Vance McDonald. Bowman, who will turn 29 on May 28, is four-time first-team All-Pro, who sustained a torn Achilles in October, but has been a full participant in offseason practices. In August, he signed a four-year, $42 million extension with $22 million guaranteed. The 49ers drafted Alabama inside linebacker Rueben Foster with the No. 31 pick after signing inside linebacker Malcolm Smith to a five-year, $26.5 million contract with $11.5 million guaranteed in March. Smith, 27, spent his first three seasons in the NFL with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, who was a low-level defensive assistant with the Seahawks from 2011-13. Saleh runs a 4-3 defense and Bowman has spent his seven-year career in a 3-4 scheme. On Tuesday, Lynch, appearing on Sirius XM NFL Radio, acknowledged some outsiders have questioned whether Bowman was a “system fit” in Saleh’s defense.
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Melissa Reitz crafts a 3-star menu at Locanda

May 11 8:37am Food & Dining
Anthony Strong left Locanda last year and chef Melissa Reitz carries on the 3-star tradition...
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Beyond SF and St. Helena: Upscale restaurants in the Bay Area's suburbs

May 11 7:37am Food & Dining
Mark the next special occasion with a trip to one of these restaurants.
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Draymond Green not letting outbursts overshadow performance

May 10 10:45pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Late in the first half of the Warriors’ Game 3 win Saturday over Utah, after getting subbed out for David West, Draymond Green was assessed his first technical of the postseason for jawing with official Bennie Adams from the bench. “I deserved it,” Green said after practice Wednesday. Less than a year after getting suspended for Game 5 of the NBA finals for one too many on-court transgressions, he is trying to limit his run-ins with referees without sacrificing his signature bravado. Unlike last postseason, when his antics overshadowed his performance, Green is keeping the focus — for the most part, at least — on his dominant play. In the Warriors’ Game 4 win Monday over the Jazz, Green recorded his third career playoff triple-double with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Though Utah averaged 105 points per 100 plays with Green on the bench in the four-game series, it only scored 95 points per 100 with him on the floor. According to NBA.com, the Jazz shot just 3-for-10 from close range in Game 4 with Green nearby. “He has carte blanche,” acting head coach Mike Brown said of Green’s role in Golden State’s switch-heavy defensive scheme. Steve (Kerr) has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard. A brash, emotional leader, Green is at his best when playing the villain. On a team featuring reserved All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, Green provides a necessary spark. Coaches realize that, to maximize his greatness, they must be careful not to rein in his physicality. “Steve didn’t hold him back, and I don’t want to, either,” said Brown, who has led Golden State to six straight wins since taking over for the ailing Kerr before Game 3 of the first round. Few can fault officials for being wary of Green. In the NBA finals against Cleveland, after hitting LeBron James in the groin, Green was left to watch Game 5 from the nearby Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Many considered his absence the turning point as the Warriors went onto blow a 3-1 series lead. Though plenty of his technicals this past regular season were earned, Green at times seemed the victim of his own reputation. Within a week’s span in late December, Green got technicals for hanging on the rim after a dunk and angrily storming to the bench. [...] as he tries to redeem las...
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Brandon Crawford to return Thursday at AT&T Park

May 10 9:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
NEW YORK — Brandon Crawford, who watched his replacement at shortstop win Wednesday’s game, will return to the lineup in Thursday’s homestand opener. Crawford collected four hits in a two-game rehab assignment at Double-A Richmond, and the training staff declared him good to go. At times, at least for the short term, Crawford might feel tightness in the groin area. [...] stuff I can play through, he said. If I waited for it to be completely gone, it’d probably be a couple of weeks without doing anything. Arroyo has started seven of his 16 games at shortstop and seems destined for permanency at third base. Roster moves: Crawford will be reinstated from the disabled list Thursday, taking reliever Reyes Moronta’s roster spot. Moronta was called up from Richmond for the day so the Giants wouldn’t play a man short in the wake of Mark Melancon going on the disabled list with a forearm strain. Moronta didn’t appear in Wednesday’s game and afterward was optioned back to Richmond. Buster Posey homered in three straight games for the third time in his career, first time since 2013. ... Since Brandon Belt drew four walks and singled May 3 in Los Angeles, he’s 0-for-18 with nine strikeouts. Manager Bruce Bochy said the pitcher was “chirping the last four, five innings.” John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer.
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Raiderettes get payouts from $1.25 million settlement

May 10 8:12pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
The Raiderettes had reason to cheer Wednesday, as the proceeds from a $1.25 million legal settlement were distributed to nearly 100 women who worked as cheerleaders for the Raiders A lawsuit, the first filed on behalf of cheerleaders in the NFL, claimed the Raiders failed to pay their cheerleading squad minimum wage for the hours they worked, failed to pay overtime, and failed to reimburse them for thousands of dollars of incurred expenses from 2010 to ’14. “Our clients have now been paid the equivalent of minimum wage for all of the hours they worked and have been reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses,” attorney Sharon Vinick said in a statement from Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, the attorneys for the class members. “I never dreamed that my decision to find a lawyer and file a lawsuit would lead to the kind of sweeping changes we have seen for the women of the NFL,” Lacy T. said in the statement from her lawyers.
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Rare celebration: Arroyo, Giants beat Mets

May 10 7:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Arroyo, Giants beat Mets Christian Arroyo stood in the middle of the Citi Field diamond and wildly celebrated his bases-loaded double that brought life back to a team in a freefall. The Giants beat the Mets 6-5 in Wednesday’s matinee, and Arroyo let it all out. The Giants were two outs from losing 3-2, getting swept in a second straight series, finishing 2-7 on the trip and going home with their daubers down. [...] the Mets botched what could have been a game-ending double play. [...] Hunter Pence singled home the tying run. Remember Matt Duffy’s walk-off single that beat the Marlins on May 10, 2015 — Mother’s Day? Arroyo hit Familia’s 95-mph fastball to the gap in left-center, and Eduardo Nunez, Pence and Posey scored. There was some concern about Posey, who was stinging from fouling a pitch off his foot in the inning. After Arroyo’s ninth-inning hit gave the Giants a 6-3 lead, they nearly coughed it up in the home half. Flores was stranded when Derek Law, filling in for injured closer Mark Melancon, who went on the disabled list Tuesday, retired Kevin Plawecki to end the game. Posey homered in his first at-bat, his third homer in three days, and scored the Giants’ second run on Ruggiano’s sacrifice fly. Matt Cain gave up three runs (two earned) in five innings, and George Kontos, Steven Okert and Bryan Morris blanked the Mets until Arroyo came to the rescue.
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Warriors Draymond Green rails against click-bait headlines

May 10 7:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
After Warriors practice Wednesday, Draymond Green took issue with how media covered his recent comments about the Cavaliers’ postseason dominance. First off, people always want to take a piece of a statement and then say, ‘Ah man, Draymond said the Cavs aren’t playing anybody.’ Watching ESPN is like watching a controversial reality TV show. Before Golden State’s Game 4 win Monday over the Jazz, Green was asked what he thought about Cleveland’s 8-0 start to the playoffs. Numerous media outlets seized on the word “boring,” putting it into headlines and sharing it on social media. [...] I am a basketball fan, and I know what I want to watch as a basketball fan. Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
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D-League coach Casey Hill parts ways with Warriors

May 10 6:46pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Casey Hill, the head coach of the Warriors’ Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz the past four years, has parted ways with Golden State to pursue other opportunities. After two seasons as a Santa Cruz Warriors assistant coach, Hill took the head job in August 2013. The son of former NBA head coach Bob Hill, he is interested in becoming an NBA assistant. To be able to leverage that into another opportunity with another NBA team would be, in my opinion, a success for my career.
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Rare celebration: Giants beat Mets

May 10 5:47pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
The Giants were on the verge of extending their losing streak to six games and finishing an ugly trip at 2-7, but an unlikely four-run rally in the ninth inning ignited the majors’ worst team to a 6-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday afternoon. Derek Law, filling in for injured closer Mark Melancon, who went on the disabled list Tuesday, gave up two runs in the bottom of the ninth before retiring Kevin Plawecki to end the game. Rookie Christian Arroyo’s three-run triple highlighted the winning rally that began with Jeurys Familia’s seemingly innocent one-out walk to Joe Panik. Eduardo Nunez hit a ball that could have turned into a game-ending double play, but third baseman Wilmer Flores failed to make a clean play and threw wide at second. Buster Posey walked to load the bases, and Hunter Pence singled to tie the game at 3-3. The Mets added an unearned run after Posey’s fielding error at first base. Bruce Bochy used four relievers - George Kontos, Steven Okert, Bryan Morris and Law - who combined for four scoreless innings.
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The 49ers and domestic violence: What is their stance?

May 10 4:46pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
In April, 49ers starting cornerback Tramaine Brock was released via a 12-word statement just hours after the team learned he’d been arrested for felony domestic violence. Amid a public outcry, the 49ers, citing “due process,” allowed starting defensive tackle Ray McDonald to play after he was arrested for felony domestic violence involving his pregnant fiancée. [...] York’s family is also involved. In January, the NFL Network reported York’s mom, owner Denise DeBartolo York, interviewed head-coach candidate Tom Cable for an hour on the phone and Cable’s history of domestic violence allegations presumably inspired the lengthy conversation. [...] Jed York has said he was involved in the 49ers’ conversations about Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, one of the most controversial prospects in the draft. Mixon, viewed as one of the draft’s best running backs, was selected by the Bengals the next day with the No. 48 pick. Prior to the draft, Lynch, whose 10-man draft class didn’t include a player with a history of domestic violence, declined to say if Mixon was on the team’s draft board.
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Raiderettes get $1.25 mil in settlement

May 10 3:16pm Oakland Raiders RSS Feed
The lawsuit, the first filed on behalf of cheerleaders in the NFL, claimed the Raiders failed to pay their cheerleading squad minimum wage for the hours they worked, failed to pay overtime, and failed to reimburse thousands of dollars of incurred expenses from 2010-14. “Our clients have now been paid the equivalent of minimum wage for all of the hours they worked and have been reimbursed for their out-of-pocket expenses,” attorney Sharon Vinick said in a statement from Levy Vinick Burrell Hyams LLP, the attorneys for the class members. The class action suit was brought by Raiderettes Lacy T. and Sarah G., whose identities are protected. “I never dreamed that my decision to find a lawyer and file a lawsuit would lead to the kind of sweeping changes we have seen for the women of the NFL,” Lacy T. said in the statement from her lawyers.
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Giants Brandon Crawford due to play in homestand opener

May 10 2:46pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Brandon Crawford due to play in homestand opener NEW YORK — The Giants expect to play their Gold Glove shortstop Thursday when they return home after a forgettable three-city trip. Brandon Crawford collected four hits in a two-game rehab assignment at Double-A Richmond and rejoined the club at Citi Field, but the Giants decided not to activate him for Wednesday’s series finale against the Mets. New reliever: A day after placing closer Mark Melancon on the disabled list with a pronator strain, the Giants replaced him on the roster with reliever Reyes Moronta. At Richmond, the right-hander had a 3.18 ERA and 0.971 WHIP with 17 strikeouts and four walks in 11 1/3 innings. With the Mets starting a lefty — Tommy Milone, former Oakland A — first baseman Brandon Belt was rested. Since getting a hit and drawing three walks last Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, Belt is 0-for-17 with nine strikeouts.
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Ippuku team to open Ichi Soba in West Oakland's former Fusebox

May 10 2:37pm Food & Dining
Ippuku owners Christian Gerdemann and Paul Discoe to open a soba restaurant in the former Fuse Box space in West Oakland. ...
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Non-Warriors fans are complaining about how boring the Warriors are

May 10 7:44am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
The NBA playoffs are boring. Seven signs that the Cavs and Dubs are bored. ...
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Giants sad story worsens: Melancon on DL

May 10 2:49am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
On Tuesday, they placed closer Mark Melancon, who signed a four-year, $62 million contract in December, on the 10-day disabled list with a forearm injury that they called a mild pronator strain. On a day the Giants lost their most important reliever and another game — 6-1 to the Mets — general manager Bobby Evans said he remains relatively confident in a turnaround. Evans based his belief on expectations that the Giants’ core players would return to their usual production levels and that winning more home games and playing .500 on the road would become a pattern. Melancon, 32, is eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, and manager Bruce Bochy suggested that’s possible. [...] for an ailment Melancon said he first felt in spring training, the Giants might decide to exercise caution and shelve him longer. Melancon felt it a little more during the Giants’ stay in Cincinnati and had an MRI exam that showed inflammation. “In my six years here,” reliever George Kontos said, whenever somebody goes down, somebody else or the group collectively stepped up and picked that person up. Melancon’s last game was last Wednesday in Los Angeles. [...] the Giants have lost five in a row, and their 11-23 record is the worst in the majors. Evans seemed optimistic in an interview Tuesday, saying, “Our focus right now is to look toward improving this club and try to get us back to the position where we’re competing in our division, which we’re not right now.” The Giants considered acquiring Melancon at last year’s deadline but went with the status quo, and their faulty bullpen burned them in the end.
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Ho-hum: Giants show little, lose big

May 9 10:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Ho-hum: Little drama. The Giants collected all of two hits Tuesday night, and Jeff Samardzija coughed up four first-inning runs. Baseball’s worst team continues to worsen. The Giants’ dropped their fifth straight game 6-1 to the Mets and showed no signs of bouncing back. The Giants’ only highlight was Buster Posey’s second home run in two days and fourth of the season. Neil Walker, whose walk-off single won Monday’s series opener, hit a two-run triple in the first inning, assisted by left fielder Eduardo Nunez, who misplayed the ball. Jose Reyes and Rene Rivera added RBI singles. T.J. Rivera doubled home a run in the second, and Michael Conforto homered in the seventh. The win went to former Giants prospect Zack Wheeler, who lasted four innings. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. Email: jshea@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @JohnSheaHey Reds Reds Before Hunter Strickland gave up consecutive hits Monday, including Neil Walker’s walk-off single, opponents were hitting .179 (7-for-39) against the reliever.
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Thomas takes issue with Greens criticism of Olynyk

May 9 10:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas isn’t sure why, of all NBA players, Warriors forward Draymond Green has been especially critical of Boston center Kelly Olynyk’s playing style. “I don’t know how he can call anybody dirty,” Thomas told reporters Tuesday, responding to Green’s recent comments on the Dray Day podcast. Green’s penchant for kicking opponents below the belt has earned him a reputation as one of the league’s dirtiest players. In December, Fox Sports named him the second dirtiest player in NBA history. On his podcast, Green repeatedly called Olynyk “dirty” and claimed that Olynyk intentionally tried to injure Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love during an incident in the 2015 playoffs in which Love dislocated his shoulder. “Kelly Olynyk is a dirty player, man,” Green said on the podcast. … During Washington’s Game 3 win over Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals, Oubre shoved Olynyk to the floor for what he thought was a dirty screen.
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Bobby Evans: Giants arent sellers yet

May 9 9:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
NEW YORK — The Giants will continue to focus on getting better and are not looking forward to selling players before the July 31 trade deadline, general manager Bobby Evans said Tuesday. In a Q&A with beat reporters, Evans discussed his troubled team, which owns the worst record in the majors and has flaws in several areas. Evans said he’s hoping for improvements from the core players and more wins at home. On whether management is expecting players to bounce back or looking for outside help: There are limitations as to what you can do to improve the club in May. Again, the confidence that we have in the club is built around the core part of our lineup and the core part of our rotation. [...] when the norm of our core guys who helped us win two or three championships starts to level out, it’ll certainly lessen some of the difficulties we’ve had and give us a chance to right the ship. The fight right now is to win tonight and try to get back to .500. When I look at it, we’ve got to play 500 on the road and win more games at home. For myself and my staff and front office, we want to look ahead as much as we can, but we’ve also got to set some goals as we watch this next month or two to understand how we can right the ship. The performance of the club always dictates how we handle the trade deadline. Again, we want to find a way to get back to a position where we’re competing more than we are right now. Again, our hope is the performance will elevate and put us back in the position that gives us a more realistic look at what we’re capable of. On whether there were roster miscalculations: On the standpoint of left field, we wanted to give (Jarrett) Parker and (Mac) Williamson a chance to take that job. Parker got hurt 30-some plate appearances into the season. On whether the Giants will sell at the trade deadline: We are going to be strategic. On whether the coaching staff is being evaluated: We’re very fortunate we’ve got a coaching staff that’s led us to three championships. Again, our attention right now is not on anything other than to right the ship and getting back to playing better baseball. On the fans’ frustrations: Fans have a right to be upset.
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Warriors Steve Kerr trying to help without imposing orders

May 9 8:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
SALT LAKE CITY — During the Warriors’ Monday evening bus ride to Vivint Smart Home Arena, Mike Brown reviewed the plan for Game 4 over the phone with Steve Kerr. Kerr, who is out indefinitely with chronic pain stemming from back surgery nearly two years ago, stressed the importance of Golden State protecting the ball and staying focused defensively. Kerr’s mark on the franchise extends beyond the selfless, family-oriented environment he has established. Since stepping away from the bench before Game 3 of the first round April 22, his insights and support have helped fuel the Warriors to four-game sweeps in the first two rounds. [...] as he serves more as consultant than coach, Kerr navigates a tricky role: shepherding his team from afar without infringing on the responsibilities of the people who are there. For more than a week, Kerr has missed team meetings, shootarounds and practices to try to find an answer to the debilitating head and neck pain that has plagued him since he first underwent back surgery in July 2015. Several times, he watched each of the six games he missed, jotting down notes as he stopped and started the video. At times, Kerr offers advice on how to manage the rotation or approach certain defenses. Before Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, he suggested that Golden State attack Utah center and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert one-on-one. The Warriors repeatedly isolated Kevin Durant at the top of the key, spread three other players away from the action and sent whomever Gobert was guarding — Zaza Pachulia, Andre Iguodala or JaVale McGee — up to set a screen. Kerr noticed while reviewing video of that Game 3 win that, after an up-tempo first quarter, Golden State had given into Utah’s more methodical style.
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Peet's giving away free drinks of any size on Friday

May 9 8:36pm Food & Dining
Coffee-free beverages have been making headlines lately (see: Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino), but Peet's Coffee is doing things a bit differently. Instead of serving coffee-free drinks, Peets' is handing out free coffee.
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Giants place Mark Melancon on disabled list

May 9 7:45pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
NEW YORK — The Giants will be without their biggest offseason investment for an unspecified amount of time. Moments before Tuesday night’s game at Citi Field, the Giants placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with what the team called a mild right pronator strain. In the wake of last season’s bullpen struggles, which were amplified in the Division Series, the Giants signed Melancon to a four-year, $62 million contract in December.
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All drinks free at Peet's on Friday

May 9 7:37pm Food & Dining
Coffee-free beverages have been making headlines lately (see: Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino), but Peet's Coffee is doing things a bit differently. Instead of serving coffee-free drinks, Peets' is handing out free coffee.
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Remembering Sleepy Floyds game of a lifetime

May 9 4:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Long before “Curry Flurry” became part of the Warriors’ lexicon and Klay Thompson became known for occasional bursts of unstoppable offense, there was Sleepy Floyd. Thirty years ago Wednesday, Floyd turned in one of the most remarkable games in NBA history, a record-setting, career-high 51-point outburst in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the “Showtime” Lakers at the Coliseum. The 129-121 victory was the only one in the best-of-seven series for the Warriors, but far more memorable is the play of the former first-round pick out of Georgetown in the second half. At one point, announcer Greg Papa was moved to declare “Sleepy Floyd is Superman!” as Golden State’s guard bedeviled the Lakers on his way to still-standing NBA postseason records for points (29) and field goals (12) in a quarter and points in a half (39). [...] there had been scant evidence in the first three games against the Hall of Fame-rich Lakers that Floyd was on the verge of playoff history. After scoring at least 21 points in the last three games of the first-round series against the Jazz, Floyd had struggled against the Lakers, scoring 19, 11 and 14 points, respectively, in Games 1 through 3. Cooper in particular had been quite vocal, his back-and-forth trash talking with Floyd had nearly brought the two to blows several times in the first three games, which the Lakers won by an average of more than 16 points. A driving basket, a three-point play and a fast-break dunk got the lead down to seven points 96 seconds into the quarter. A Lakers’ timeout temporarily stemmed the tide, but Floyd started rolling again and three more driving layups had the lead down to 106-103. “He’s changed so much since I knew him, from a shooting guard to a point guard,” Worthy said that day. Floyd missed only one of his 13 shots in the fourth quarter and finished the game 18-of-26 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. The Lakers wrapped up the series two days later with a 118-106 win at the Forum in Inglewood and went on to win the fourth of their five NBA titles in the 80s. Sleepy Floyd’s outburst remains one of the most astonishing games in NBA playoff history: [...] highest playoff game for Warriors since move to West Coast (Rick Barry, 55 in 1967)...
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There's a good reason Steph Curry is growing a beard right now

May 9 3:44pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Those who took their eyes off the ball may have noticed something peculiar on Curry's face – a budding beard.
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Five impressions from the 49ers rookie minicamp

May 9 2:44pm San Francisco 49ers RSS Feed
Photo: Michael Macor / The Chronicle Image 1of/5 CaptionClose Image 1 of 5 1. WR Trent Taylor, La. Tech, 5th round: Taylor is listed at 5-8, 180 pounds, and those are exaggerations. Taylor would be lucky to crest 5-6, and he doesn't look much over 170. However, he looked slippery on the field with third-round choice Ahkello Witherspoon struggling to keep up with him. less 1. WR Trent Taylor, La. Tech, 5th round: Taylor is listed at 5-8, 180 pounds, and those are exaggerations. Taylor would be lucky to crest 5-6, and he doesn't look much over 170. However, he looked slippery on ... more Photo: Michael Macor / The...
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Police hunting for suspect in hate-crime attack at SF BART station

May 9 10:13am Gay & Lesbian
Police are investigating a hate crime after a suspect dressed in a security uniform allegedly attacked a man at a BART station in San Francisco on Monday night and called him anti-gay slurs, officials said. The victim, whose name was not released, was standing on the train platform when the man walked up to him, shouted homophobic slurs at him and punched him in the face, police said. The suspect was described as 5-feet-8, 135 pounds and was wearing a black security uniform with a silver badge on the right side.
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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on speaking terms

May 9 8:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Shortly after Durant’s Warriors completed their sweep Monday night of the Jazz in the Western Conference semifinals, Kendrick Perkins — a Thunder teammate of Durant and Westbrook from 2011 to 2015 — revealed on TNT’s “Area 21” that Durant spoke with Westbrook on the phone April 9, when Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s single-season record for triple-doubles. “I was trying to figure out a way to…make them talk again, because I felt like the outside world was putting a beef there that really wasn’t too serious, you know what I mean?” Perkins said. [...] the night that Russ actually broke the (triple-double) record, I had (text messaged) KD the next day, (and) he was talking about something, and he sent me a text and was like, ‘Hey man, me and Russ had a nice conversation yesterday.’… “I wouldn’t be surprised — if KD makes a little run, I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes back to Oklahoma,” Perkins said. Because in my opinion, I don't think Russ is going anywhere. Before that supposed conversation last month, Durant and Westbrook — running mates with the Thunder for eight seasons — hadn’t spoken away from a basketball court since Durant informed Westbrook through a text message of his decision to sign with Golden State.
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The 22 restaurants removed from the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100

May 9 7:36am Food & Dining
The restaurants removed from the Top 100 list include a number of places that have closed over the past year.
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Draymond Greens triple-double only part of his contribution

May 9 2:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
SALT LAKE CITY — Draymond Green spoke by telephone to Steve Kerr between Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference semifinals and Kerr had a specific message for him. “He told me that in the first quarter of Game 3, we pushed the pace and then we stopped,” Green said after Golden State’s 121-95 victory completed a sweep of the series. [...] for all the other things Green does on the floor — he recorded a triple-double Monday night — pace-pusher is one of the most important. Going into the series with the Jazz, the difference in the two teams’ preferred tempo and rhythm was expected to be a difference maker. When Utah made a run and we kind of dropped our shoulders a little bit and were slow to bring the ball up the floor, Draymond’s pace was unbelievable. The team relied on Green to help it bolt to an early lead, helping take the crowd out of the game and demoralizing the Jazz at times. In the first quarter, after playing nine minutes, Green had six rebounds, four assists and seven points, clearly on the way to a triple-double, the first for him in the 2017 playoffs. “I try not to pay attention,” Green said. Green finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
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Giants hit 2 homers in New York but lose again

May 9 2:43am San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants hit 2 homers in New York but lose again The Giants became the worst team in baseball Monday by falling 4-3 to the Mets to drop to 11-22. “Those games in Cincinnati, they weren’t good,” said Posey, referring to the Reds’ three-game bullying in which they outscored the Giants 31-5. The Giants actually were in Monday’s game all nine innings, until Neil Walker’s walk-off single, which is more than could be said about the Cincinnati games. The final inning began when Josh Osich walked Michael Conforto. Osich retired the next two batters, but Hunter Strickland gave up Wilmer Flores’ infield single and Walker’s game-ender down the line in right. Starting with home runs by Hunter Pence and Posey off Jacob deGrom, an encouraging sign for a team that’s last in the majors in homers. When asked before the game about the team bus breaking down in Cincinnati on the way to the airport Sunday night, Pence, like only he can, sounded optimistic. The sun shone on Pence in the first inning after Brandon Belt drew a one-out walk. Pence drilled deGrom’s full-count fastball over the wall in right-center field, and Posey’s homer broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth. Moore, coming off a stinker in Los Angeles (nine runs in 31/3 innings), lasted into the sixth inning. Moore wasn’t totally pleased with his performance, which began with a four-pitch walk and a 36-pitch first inning. [...] the Giants collected just five hits and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. When the team bus broke down, players had to wait for the Giants’ staff bus to arrive so they could pile in it and complete their journey.
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As walk off again, on Lowrie HR

May 9 1:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
Fans came to see the Oakland baseball club try for a third-straight walk-off win Monday night. Nolasco had the A’s guessing wrong most of the night, as he struck out 10 batters in seven innings, allowing the two home runs and three other hits. Graveman, making his third start since coming back from a strained right shoulder, got comfortable after the first inning. Yunel Escobar opened the game with an infield singles literally off of Graveman, and then two batters later, Luis Valbuena used his best golf swing to drive a sinker past the centerfield fence. Graveman doesn’t see red when he faces the Angels - especially when they’re without the injured Mike Trout (hamstring) - and didn’t look like the guy who was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA since coming off the disabled list. Though Healy did tease fans a little with a fly ball to the warning track in left field in the bottom of the ninth inning. Davis, tied for second in the American League with 10 homers, is now 11-for-65 in his last 19 games.
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Warriors-Jazz playoff series, by the numbers (part two)

May 9 12:43am Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
3 Career playoff triple-doubles for Draymond Green (17 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists Monday) 22-0 Warriors’ record (regular and postseason) when Green has a triple-double 60 Seconds it took Klay Thompson to make more field goals in Game 4 (two) than he made in all of Game 3 (one). Thompson finished with 21 points. 88 Points from the Warriors’ Game 4 starters; Utah’s starters scored 62 23-1 Warriors’ record in their past 24 games; 15-1 to end the regular season, 8-0 in the playoffs...
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Warriors ride big 1st quarter, sweep Jazz

May 8 11:43pm Golden State Warriors RSS Feed
In that moment, with a 24-point, first-half lead down to seven, Curry was struggling to handle perhaps the biggest wave of in-game adversity Golden State has faced yet this postseason. Out of that timeout, after a Warriors staffer put the seat cushion back in place, Golden State created distance with a 13-6 run. Figure out how to consistently build off dynamic starts. Because if the Warriors had played entire games against the Jazz like they did the first quarters, they would’ve swept in even more commanding fashion. In the visitor’s locker room before tip-off Monday, acting head coach Mike Brown stressed the importance to his players of opening inspired. No team in NBA playoff history has overcome a 3-0 series deficit. Unlike inferior teams, which might have used such an early debacle as an excuse to effectively start their offseason, Utah attacked the paint, shut down driving lanes and rode an inspired stretch from reserve guard Dante Exum.
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Giants Brandon Crawford to play once more for Richmond

May 8 11:43pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
Giants’ Brandon Crawford to play once more for Richmond NEW YORK - Brandon Crawford’s rehab assignment will last at least another day. The Giants’ shortstop played six innings for Double-A Richmond on Monday and went 1-for-3 with a double, after which manager Bruce Bochy said Crawford will play again Tuesday, this time seven innings. Initially, Crawford, who has a groin strain and hasn’t played a big-league game since April 25, was hoping to return to the Giants after one rehab game. Arroyo, who played short Monday, will stick in the majors when Crawford comes back. [...] base, in other words. Span status: Center fielder Denard Span will begin a rehab assignment with Class A San Jose on Tuesday. Out since April 22 with a sternoclavicular sprain, Span could be facing a quick minor-league assignment. Without Span, Bochy has tried different players at leadoff and said he considered hitting Brandon Belt first Monday. Panik, a native New Yorker, went 2-for-4 and is a career .387 hitter in 31 Citi Field at-bats. ...Hunter Pence had one extra-base hit in 89 at-bats before homering in the first inning. ... Terry Collins soon will pass Davey Johnson for most Mets games managed. John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s national baseball writer. The Giants’ run margin in the three-game Cincinnati series was negative-26, the first time they were outscored that badly in a series since 1922, second time since 1894.
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Giants hit two homers in New York but lose again

May 8 10:46pm San Francisco Giants RSS Feed
When the Giants’ bus broke down in Cincinnati on the way to the airport on Sunday, Pence didn’t complain, lay blame or wonder why the Giants were being victimized by Murphy’s Law. The perennially upbeat right fielder took the glass-half-full approach and moved on with his life, delighted to be a big-leaguer and eager to help the Giants out of the doldrums. In Pence’s first at-bat Monday, he hit a two-run homer, and Buster Posey also homered. The last-place Giants were feeling good about finally winning a game, but reality ultimately hit when Neil Walker lined a walkoff single against Hunter Strickland for a 4-3 Mets victory. Osich retired the next two batters, but Hunter Strickland gave up Wilmer Flores’ infield single and Walker’s game-ender down the line in right. “Comedy relief,” said Pence, reacting to the absurdity of a transportation malfunction that followed three miserable games in Cincinnati. The players’ bus broke down on the way from Great American Ball Park to the airport, and players had to wait for the Giants’ staff bus to show up so they could pile in and complete their journey. The sun shone on Pence in the first inning after Brandon Belt drew a one-out walk. Pence drilled Jacob deGrom’s full-count fastball over the left-field wall for his third homer of the season. Gillaspie exited in a double switch and didn’t get a chance in the ninth to face Jeuryls Familia, against whom he hit a three-run homer in October. The only suspense came from pinch-hitter Michael Morse, who hit a high, towering shot that was caught just before the warning track.
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