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Hoops, Heroes and Villains
By Pete Elman
Dwight Clark, the former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver who played the starring role in "The Catch," the most famous play in 49ers' history, announced Sunday he has ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). ALS, which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a terminal condition that affects control of muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe. Wrote Clark: "While I'm still trying to wrap my head around the challenge I will face with this disease over the coming years, the only thing I know is that I'm going to fight like hell and live every day to the fullest." Photo by Ed Jay.
March Madness continues!
Tournament favorites have fallen as Villanova and Duke stepped aside in their pursuit of joining the Final Four. Of the Sweet 16 teams remaining, three are from the Pac-12 and Arizona (2) represents the highest seed. Both Oregon and UCLA are seeded 3 and Madness resumes on Thursday, with the National Championship decided in Phoenix on April 3.
Golden State Warriors vs. Orlando Magic
Orlando Magic guard D.J. Augustin looks for help as Andre Iguodala (9), JaVale McGee (1), Shaun Livingston (34) and Stephen Curry (30) close in.
Photo by Rich Yee.
Stephen Curry sprints around
D.J. Augustin and lit up the Magic for 25 points along with nine assists, as the
built a lead of 114-78 with seven minutes to play. Final score: 122-92.
Photo by Rich Yee.
His evening's work done, two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry (center) enjoys some bench time during the fourth quarter, along with Warriors' assistant coach Jarron Collins,
Odds to Win the
2016-17 NBA Championship
(As of Mar. 20, 2017)
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Cleveland Cavaliers 2/1
Memphis Grizzlies 100/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 1250/1
San Francisco Giants
|Outfielder Michael Morse
|Infielder Aaron Hill
|Infielder Jae-gyun Hwang
San Francisco Giants Update:
With Opening Day only a couple weeks away, manager Bruce Bochy is starting to feel the heat regarding the roster decisions he'll have to make in the near future. These decisions are especially intriguing for a pair of non-roster invitees, Michael Morse and Aaron Hill. This past weekend, Bochy expressed his interest in Morse making the roster potentially in a backup role for left field. The majority of Morse's playing time has been at first base, but he saw his first start in left field on Friday against the Rockies. Bochy also mentioned Minor League exhibitions as a possibility for Morse to get more reps in left field. Hill, meanwhile, finds himself packed in an infield competition that includes Jimmy Rollins, Gordon Beckham, Jae-gyun Hwang and Kelby Tomlinson. Hill has shown his potential as a utility man, playing second, third, and outfield so far this spring. However, he will also turn 35 this week, which could be a significant downside when compared to the younger Hwang and Tomlinson. The Giants had a 3-4 week, bringing their overall record to 9-14
. (Photos courtesy San Francisco Giants.)
|Infielder Chad Pinder
Infielder Matt Olson
|Infielder Franklin Barreto
Pitcher Sean Doolittle
Oakland Athletics Update:
The Athletics started slimming their roster in Arizona as they prepare to settle on a 25-man squad for Opening Day. On Friday prospects Chad Pinder, Matt Olson, and Franklin Barreto were assigned to Triple-A in Nashville, as Oakland's starters take more reps in the final stretch before Opening Day. Despite the return to Triple-A, Barreto impressed manager Bob Melvin, hitting .481 with a home run in sixteen games. Barreto is considered the A's top prospect and could see time with the Major League club at some point during the season. In other news for the week, Sean Doolittle made his first game appearance of the spring against the Rockies on Tuesday. The reliever suffered from arm and shoulder injuries over the past couple of seasons, causing him to take it slower at the start of this year. After a flawless 6-0 record in the week prior, the A's cooled off with a 2-5 record. The Athletics have a week and a half left in Arizona before coming back to the Bay for three final preseason games against the San Francisco Giants.
(Photos courtesy Oakland Athletics.)
-- Addison Weil
Oakland A's Spring Training
The Oakland Athletics
vs. the Cleveland Indians, March 4, Hohokam Stadium, Mesa, AZ.
Latin prospects on the fast track: (left to right) Raul Alcantara, Franklin Barreto, Yairo Munoz and Simon Castro look to the future
Oakland A's Around Town
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|Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets
Five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber (center) applauds his former team from courtside during the Sacramento Kings vs. Denver Nuggets game on Saturday night, March 11 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. To Webber's immediate left is King's team owner Vivek Ranadive. The Kings would lose to the Nuggets, 105-92. To view a full photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee.
San Francisco FlameThrowers
|Cal Bears vs. Stanford Cardinal
The California Golden Bears shut out the Stanford Cardinal, 120-0, in their match for the Scrum Axe on Wednesday night, March 15, at Witter Rugby Field on the UC Berkeley campus.
scrumhalf Ken Kurihara (9) opens the scoring with a dive across the goal line for a try during the Bears' match against the Cardinal. Photo by Darren Yamashita.
Cal Bears George Salter (8) breaks loose for a big gain into Stanford territory.
(14-2, 5-0 PAC) recorded their sixth shutout of the season with Wednesday's win over the Cardinal (3-4, 0-2 PAC).
Photo by Darren Yamashita.
USF Dons vs. Loyola Marymount Lions
USF players celebrate at home plate after Bate's walk-off grand slam.
USF Dons starting pitcher Daniel Slominski (45) tossed 8-2/3 innings of shutout ball, surrendering only three hits while striking out eight. To view a full photo album, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Darren Yamashita.
|Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championship
The Stoner Brothers, Rick-Scott (above) and Scott-Rick, go on to defeat
Mr. Freeze makes his debut appearance at Hoodslam and tells the crowd to "Chill out."
Mr. Freeze goes up against Johnny "Drinko" Butabi and Ryu in a triple threat match.
No one can stop a home run. No one can understand what it really is,
unless you have felt it in your own hands and body.
As the ball makes its high, long arc beyond the playing field,
the diamond and the stands suddenly belong to one man.
In that brief, brief time, you are free of all demands and complications.
Japan's Babe Ruth
WEEKLY SPORTS CALENDAR
Monday, March 20 through Sunday, March 26
Monday, Mar. 20
Warriors @ Oklahoma City Thunder, 5 p.m.
Giants @ Chicago White Sox, 1:05 p.m.
A's v. Arizona Diamondbacks, 7:05 p.m.
Sharks @ Dallas Stars, 5:30 p.m.
Stanford (W) BB v. Kansas State, 3:30 p.m., NCAA
Tournament, Second Round, Manhattan, Kansas
Tuesday, Mar. 21
State Warriors @ Dallas Mavericks, 5:30 p.m.
Giants v. San Diego Padres, 1:05 p.m.
A's @ Seattle Mariners, 7:10 p.m.
Sharks @ Minnesota Wild, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar. 22
Kings v. Milwaukee Bucks, 7:30 p.m.
Giants @ Milwaukee Brewers, 1:05 p.m.
A's @ Chicago White Sox, 1:05 p.m.
Earthquakes v. Sacramento Republic FC,
San Jose Barracuda @ San Diego Gulls, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Mar. 23
Giants v. Seattle Mariners, 6:05 p.m.
A's v. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:05 p.m.
Friday, Mar. 24
State Warriors v. Sacramento Kings, 7:30 p.m.
Giants @ Colorado Rockies, , 1:10 p.m.
A's v. Chicago White Sox, 1:05 p.m.
Sharks @ Dallas Stars, 5:30 p.m.
Heat @ Texas Stars, 5:30 p.m.
Giants v. San Diego Padres, 3:05 p.m.
A's (split squad) v. Cincinnati Reds, 1:05 p.m.
A's (split squad) @ Los Angeles Dodgers,
Sharks @ Nashville Predators, 5 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda @ Tucson Roadrunners, 7:05 p.m.
Heat @ Texas Stars, 5 p.m.
Deltas v. Indy Eleven, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 26
State Warriors v. Memphis Grizzlies, 5 p.m.
Kings @ L.A. Clippers, 12:30 p.m.
Giants @ Chicago White Sox, 1:05 p.m.
A's @ Milwaukee Brewers, 1:05 p.m.
San Jose Barracuda @ Tucson Roadrunners, 4:05 p.m.
Minor League Team Affiliations
San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks) -- AHL
American Hockey League
Stockton Heat (Calgary Flames) -- AHL
American Hockey League
Minor League Team Affiliations
Nashville Sounds (Oakland A's) -- AAA,
Pacific Coast League
Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants) --
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San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants) -- Class A
Advanced Affiliate, California League
Stockton Ports (Oakland A's) -- Class A
Advanced Affiliate, California League
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Sacramento Kings: KHTK 1140 AM
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Stanford BB (M): KNBR 1050 AM, TBS (TV)
Stanford BB (W): KZSU 90.1 FM
Stanford football: KNBR 1050 AM
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UC Davis football: KTHK 1140 AM
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Hoops, Heroes and Villains
Today should be a national day of mourning for the architect of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, my hero, who passed away Saturday at the age of 90. The last couple of years have been particularly hard on us baby boomers, what with many of the cultural icons of our youth departing for greener pastures. Johnny B. Goode is playing that guitar like a ringin-a-bell at the pearly gates.
And I'd like to also give a shout-out to Greg Popovich -- the greatest coach of this era and possibly the most honest and courageous. He does not bow to anyone. Not to the league who fines him for justifiably resting his star players, not to the networks, who force him to undergo those embarrassing in-game interviews, and not to our president, who Popovich has no problem calling out.
But how about the Warriors? They are vulnerable, no longer the favorite to win it all, or even get out of the West. How quickly things can change. The national media is gloating. "They're done," they say gleefully.
When the team signed Durant there was an indignant roar levied at the Warriors, "You should be ashamed! You couldn't win it fair and square, so you had to load up with this guy. How weak!"
They became the villains, a target on their back for every team they play, for the refs, and for the suits in New York who continue to worship at the altar of LeBron.
There they were cruising along and then Durant's injury. It's their karma! Steph and Klay started missing wide-open threes -- lots of them. Were they tired? Injured? Psyched-out? Or are they burned out from the hype, the title drive in 2015, and the stress of last year's 73-win campaign, followed by the biggest meltdown in the history of the NBA -- engineered by the NBA. And maybe burned out from being the villains: the traitor (KD), the baby-faced Batman (Steph) and his trusty Robin (Klay), he of the prettiest jump shot since Jerry West--are now the bad guys. Lately the team has been letting the league know they are fed up with the lack of fouls called on Steph and the ridiculous technical fouls on Draymond Green. As another hero of mine, John McEnroe, liked to say, "You can't be serious!"
So combine all that with arguably the best player in the league going down and we're staring at a clock that says it's officially Nervous Time. The recent road trip fiasco showed us three things:
* Number one; the NBA is either brain-dead or has it in for the Warriors.
* Number two; that our deficiencies on -- and maybe off the court -- are in full view. When Andre Iguodala, one of the most intelligent players in the league, goes n-word twice and "I do whatever massa' says"-- even in jest, red flag appears.
* Number three? It's time to suck it up and get tough. This is where Matt Barnes comes in. All season my buddy Tom and I have been clamoring for the W's to get Barnes and we got our wish. Despite his checkered history, this guy is a gamer, a loyal teammate who will fight for whatever team he is on and now, once again, after nine years, he is a Warrior. Hero or villain? Either way, he's ours now. We believe.
|"Now THAT'S how you play defense!" Warriors' NBA All-Defensive Team (twice) guard Andre Iguodala smothers Magic guard D.J. Augustin during Thursday's 122-92 win over Orlando. Photo by Rich Yee.
So how did they respond when they came home after the road trip from hell? They laid an egg against a woeful 76er team until Draymond Green turned into Superman in the fourth quarter with a performance for the ages. He would not let his team lose. Is that what villains do? Is this the same Draymond who, absurdly, has become the de facto villain of the NBA? Or is he the hero who might just have saved the season?
His energy carried over to the Orlando game, a feel-good blowout the team sorely needed. But Milwaukee, a better team, was coming in and playing their best ball of the year under East Bay hero Jason Kidd.
So how did the W's do? After the first nine minutes they found themselves trailing a younger, taller Bucks team, 27-14. Once again it was the absence of rebounding and interior defense -- Nellie ball 4.0, where the big guys become invisible. Without Durant's defense, there is no rim protection and, consequently, no fast break offense. The Bucks front line was chewing up the Warriors. Zaza Pachulia is 6'10" but plays more like 6'5". He cannot jump and frequently misses layups.
And then all hell broke loose. The home team went on a 49-17 run over the last 15 minutes of the first half, locking up on defense and taking a 63-44 lead into the locker room. Fueled by great passing, veteran defense from the ageless Barnes, and an angry Curry, everyone got into the act. Steph -- who hates the word slump -- went off, bombing in a 32-footer and then an off-balance, hand-in-his-face trey right before the half. Poor Matthew Dellavedova, who got lit up by the MVP while his alma mater, Saint Mary's, was beaten by Steve Kerr's alma mater, Arizona.
The second half was more of the same. The Warriors won by 25, holding the Greek freak, Giannis Antetokounmpoo, to just nine points. The numbers tell the story: 60% from the field, 52% from deep, 30 assists to just a dozen turnovers. Klay had an efficient 21 points on 9-16. Javale McGee played well. Steph is finding his mojo: 28 points on 6-8 from downtown, and he sat out the final quarter. And Igoudala? In hindsight, perhaps he was just firing himself up after that Minnesota game, a frustrating loss where the Warriors got "homered" by the refs down the stretch, erasing what would have been the biggest comeback of the season. A road trip like that will fray anyone's nerves. But he was on fire tonight. Lately Andre has given his embattled team an infusion of defensive smarts, ballet-like offense and positive energy. Meanwhile, the Warriors are giving notice to the rest of the NBA that they are still an elite team. When you have three all-stars and a wily vet and a finals MVP, you're never out of it -- and they clearly aren't.
The Spurs lost Saturday to Memphis. Two and a half back. A week ago everyone was saying that home court is overrated. After this week, maybe it's not. Who is the underdog now? More to the point, who are the heroes? Who are the villains? Bring on Westbrook, Harden, Gasol, and the Spurs.
Pete Elman worked as a sportswriter for the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune from 2000 to 2011. In 1991 he came up with the iconic moniker RUN TMC for the Golden State Warriors of the early 1990s. He is a lifetime musician and record producer and currently teaching several classes on popular music through the OLLI program at Cal, Sonoma State and Dominican College. Mr. Elman is also the author of an acclaimed children's picture book with music, entitled Seasons, Rhymes in Time. He is thrilled that Matt Barnes
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