Monday, April 20 through Sunday, April 26, 2020
Issue No. 325
In House!
The 2019 Fall/Winter edition of the Ultimate Sports Guide , a San Francisco Bay Area sports reference publication published twice a year for avid Bay Area and Northern California sports fans, is in the house. The Ultimate Sports Guide is distributed free of charge or may be ordered via subscription. Each seasonal edition provides professional and collegiate team coverage through commentary, photo essays and player profiles. To order, visit www.ultimatesportsguide.net or send $5 to: Ultimate Sports Guide ,
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Christian McCaffrey Becomes Highest Paid
Running Back in NFL History
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Former Stanford Cardinal standout Christian McCaffrey (5) of the Carolina Panthers, seen here applying a straight-arm to Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Miles Taylor in the 2016 Rose Bowl Game, became the highest paid running back in NFL history on April 13 when he signed a four-year $64M contract extension for an average of $16M per year. That sum eclipses the previous record for running backs of $90M for six years by Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys. In 2019, Christian McCaffrey became the third player in NFL history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season, joining Roger Craig and Marshall Faulk. 2016 Rose Bowl score:
Stanford 45, Iowa 16. Caption and photo by Kenny Karst.
WNBA Draft's first pick, Sabrina Ionescu 
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The WNBA Draft was held in unique fashion last Friday, as the nation's social distancing initiative forced the league to televise their team selections virtually. The New York Liberty selected University of Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu with the number one overall pick. Ionescu, a product of Miramonte High School in Orinda, was the consensus number one pick after becoming the first collegiate player, man or woman, to record 2000 points, 1000 rebounds, and 1000 assists in a career. "I'm just excited to get out there and start working and get to know my team, get to know the coaching staff, and really just get to work," Ionescu said in an ESPN interview during the draft. Photo above, Feb 21, 2020; Berkeley, CA; Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) reacts after scoring a basket to record a triple double, extending her NCAA record for most triple doubles in a career, during the third quarter against the California Golden Bears at Haas Pavilion. Score: Ducks 93, Bears 61. Caption and photo
Who Am I?
Against the Tennessee Titans in Week 14 of the 2019 season, I caught a pass from quarterback David Carr in the second quarter and raced down the sideline to score my first NFL touchdown. (Answer below.)
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Test Your Sports Knowledge!
The photos below involve local sports teams and different scenarios are provided. You guess which is correct. (Answers below.)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa...
San Francisco 49ers demolish Carolina Panthers, 51-13,
Oct. 27, 2019. Photo by Rich Yee.

a. intercepted Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen for his first career interception and added a 46-yard return
b. fumbled as he reached the end zone, turning the ball back to the Panthers
c. has tight end aspirations
d. is being considered for halfback-option plays because of his shifty speed
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green...
Golden State Warriors notch victory over Chicago Bulls, 104-90, Nov. 27, 2019. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

a. has post-game dinner reservations he's worried about keeping
b. disagrees with referee Kevin Scott during the second quarter
c. believes his second flagrant foul is unjustified
d. would like to finish the game using his own ball
San Francisco Giants outfielder Jaylin Davis...
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, San Francisco Giants 4, Sept. 9, 2019.
Photo by Rich Yee.

a. flew past Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Jose Osuna (36) for a safe call
b. was called out at first base no less than three times
c. used his speed to steal every base, including home
d. is tagged out as Osuna came off the bag to catch the throw
Oakland A's third baseman Matt Chapman...
Oakland A's thrash Texas Rangers, 8-0, Sept. 20, 2019. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

a. circled the bases twice for inside-the-park home runs
b. has perfected stealing home against the Texas Rangers in every other game
c. recorded his 26 th steal of the year, matching his uniform number
d. slid in ahead of the tag by Texas Rangers relief pitcher Taylor Guerrieri to score another run in the eighth inning
Answers
San Francisco 49ers -- a

At the end of the third quarter of the 49ers vs. Panthers game at Levi's Stadium, defensive end Nick Bosa intercepted a pass thrown by Carolina quarterback Kyle Allen for his first career interception and returned the ball 46 yards, just short of the end zone. Bosa is the first 49ers player to have three sacks and an interception in the same game. Score: 49ers 51, Panthers 13. To view a game album, visit our Facebook Page . Photo by Rich Yee.

Golden State Warriors -- b

Draymond Green returned to action after missing three straight games (right heel soreness). He had a season-high three steals, added seven points, five rebounds, a game-high eight assists and two blocks. Green was assessed three personal fouls and no technicals. Score: Warriors 104, Bulls 90. To view an annotated game album, visit our Facebook Page. Photo by Darren Yamashita .

San Francisco Giants -- a

San Francisco Giants outfielder Jaylin Davis had four plate appearances against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 9, 2019 at Oracle Park. Twice Davis grounded out, then reached first base on a single (pictured). He was also hit by a pitch and erased when caught stealing. Pittsburgh caught the Giants in the ninth inning with four runs for a 6-4 win. To view a game album, visit our Facebook Page . Photo by Rich Yee.

Oakland A's -- d

Oakland A's third baseman Matt Chapman had five plate appearances against the Texas Rangers on Sept. 20, 2019. Chapman went 1-for-3, with two walks and two runs scored. In the eighth inning Chapman walked and moved to third on a Matt Olson single, scoring on a wild pitch by reliever Taylor Guerrieri. Score: A's 8, Rangers 0. To view an annotated game album, visit our Facebook Page . Photo by Darren Yamashita.

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Rico Gafford!
Raiders wide receiver Rico Gafford (No. 10) caught a 49-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Carr for his first career reception on Dec. 8, 2019 against the Tennessee Titans at the Oakland Coliseum. (Titans 42, Raiders 21.) Gafford finished the season with two catches for 66 yards and one touchdown in four games. Gafford initially signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2018 but was released, later signing on to the Raiders practice squad in Sept. of 2019. First drafted as a defensive back, he was converted to wide receiver by the Raiders because of his speed. To view an annotated game photo album, visit our  Facebook Page . Concept and photo by Darren Yamashita .
Sports Prep Star -- Alexa Edwards
St. Francis-Sacramento -- Volleyball -- Senior
On Friday, April 17, St. Francis High announced that Alexa Edwards had been named the winner of the prestigious Clarke Coover Scholarship Award. The award is the top honor within the Sac-Joaquin Section’s scholarship program and is annually bestowed to the section’s top male and female student-athletes. Edwards is the first St. Francis athlete to win the $1,500 scholarship, which she will use as she continues her career at University of the Pacific in the fall. She finished her four-year Troubadours career as the program’s career leaders in kills and digs. She was a three-time Delta League MVP and first-team All-State as a senior. SportStars Magazine also recently named her one of the  Top 10 girls volleyball players from the publication’s first 10 years .
Photo credit: Ike Dodson. Reprinted courtesy Sportstars Magazine .

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