Monday, April 27 through Sunday, May 3, 2020
Issue No. 326
Gems
Over the last year we reviewed thousands of sports photos to bring you the finest work from some of the Bay Area's top sports photographers. Starting with this issue and each week during the Coronavirus-induced sports lull, we will bring you
one of our favorites.
May 8, 2019; Oakland, CA; Oakland Athletics fans watch Game 7 of the second round of the NHL Playoffs featuring the San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche from their seats before the game between the Oakland Athletics and the Cincinnati Reds at Oakland Coliseum. Score: A's best Reds in extras, 5-4. To view an annotated photo album, visit our Facebook Page.
San Francisco 49ers Left Tackle Joe Staley Retires
San Francisco 49ers veteran offensive left tackle Joe Staley (74) announced his retirement on Saturday, Apr. 25 after 13 seasons in the NFL. Seen here defending a blitz by the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 20, 2015 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Staley cited a variety of injuries and a deteriorating neck condition as reasons for the decision. Caption and photo by Kenny Karst.
Michael Jordan's The Last Dance
Rotten Tomatoes: "A compelling and comprehensive portrait of one of basketball's great teams, The Last Dance 's blend of archival footage and candid interviews confirms there's nobody quite like Mike or the team he led to victory." (Rotten Tomatoes is an American review-aggregation for film and television.) Four episodes have aired to date, with six episodes remaining. (The next two will air on Sunday, May 3; two more on Sunday, May 10; and the last two on Sunday, May 17.) The Last Dance is shown on ESPN for US viewers and Netflix for those outside the US. Photo above taken at the 8th Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Club, San Francisco, in 2009 by Ed Jay.
The BEST Bay Area sports photos from
Michael Zagaris, Ed Jay, Rich Yee, Darren Yamashita,
Ron Sellers, Alex Ho, Rob Edwards, Kenneth Wong,
Timothy Reynolds and Larry Rosa  

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Golden Gate Fields
Out of respect to the Covid-19 virus epidemic, Golden Gate Fields will remain closed for the immediate future.
Who Am I?
In the 113th edition of The Big Game, I ran 16 yards for a go-ahead touchdown
with 1:16 to go in the fourth quarter to help the California Golden Bears take The Axe from the Stanford Cardinal. (Answer below.)
Test Your Sports Knowledge!
The photos below involve local sports teams and different scenarios are provided. You guess which is correct. (Answers are below.)
Stanford Cardinal Forward Jaiden Delaire ...
Stanford takes down Cal in their Battle of the Bay,
68-52, on Jan. 2 at Maples Pavilion. Photo by Rich Yee.

a. scored eight points and added a 3-pointer just before halftime to extend the Cardinal lead to 32-21
b. waits for his number to appear in the NBA Draft
c. had his number retired at the end of the game
San Jose State Freshman Quarterback Nick Nash...
San Jose State Spartans send visiting Northern Colorado Bears down to defeat, 35-18, Aug. 29, 2019.
Photo by Alex Ho.

a. returned several kickoffs during the game
b. rushed for 49 yards in San José State’s first drive of the second quarter
c. had never practiced his Heisman pose using an opponent before
d. credits Madden NFL with his football success
Saint Mary's Gaels Miles McCormick...
Saint Mary's Gaels win on final play to defeat Brigham Young University Cougars, 25-24, on Sat., Feb. 15, 2020. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

a. exalts after hearing his girl friend has accepted his marriage proposal
b. beams after scoring a try during the first half against the Brigham Young Cougars at Saint Mary's Stadium
c. looks over at the stands to find his family
d. wonders if the Pac-12 Conference cameras have caught his warm smile
Answers
Stanford Cardinal -- a

Stanford beat California, 68-52, in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams on Thursday evening, Jan. 2, 2020. Daejon Davis scored a season-high 20 points and sophomore forward Jaiden Delaire added a 3-pointer with four seconds left before halftime, putting the Cardinal ahead 32-21. Delarie finished with eight points and tied a career high with two steals . To view a game album, visit our Facebook Page. Photo by Rich Yee.

San Jose State -- b

San Jose State quarterback Nick Nash (16) is a dual threat from the quarterback position and had the team's longest run of the season, 49 yards in the season-opening victory over Northern Colorado, 35-18, on Aug. 29, 2019. To view an annotated game album, visit our Facebook Page . Photo by Alex Ho.

Saint Mary's Gaels -- b

The Saint Mary's Gaels defeated the Brigham Young University Cougars, 25-24, on the last play of the game at Saint Mary's Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 15. Miles McCormick, pictured, is congratulated by scrum half Tom Brusati (right) after scoring a try during the first half. To view an annotated album, visit our Facebook Page. Photo by Darren Yamashita.

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Who Am I? Cal Quarterback Chase Garbers!
Late in the game Cal quarterback Chase Garbers started a winning scoring drive which was capped off by his own 16-yard touchdown run. The last score brought Cal a memorable 24-20 victory over Stanford in their first Big Game win since 2009. Garbers finished 20-for-30 for 285 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, to go along with a game-high 72 rushing yards in his crowning moment as a Cal quarterback. To view an annotated game photo album, visit our  Facebook Page . Concept and photo by Darren Yamashita .
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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or call (510) 845-2035. Cover photo: Rich Yee .  

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