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"Year-old basketball event coming to ESPN"
by John Ourand

"A splendid idea"
by Glenn Dickey
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A handy list of games involving San Francisco Bay Area teams and
their dates and times and a Memorable Sports Moment or SportsPulse
Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22
Issue No. 59

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Monday, March 16
Golden State Warriors v. L.A. Lakers, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings v. Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ Cincinnati Reds, 1:05

     p.m., Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear

Oakland A's @ L.A. Dodgers, 1:05 p.m.,  

     Camelback Ranch, Phoenix

Tuesday, March 17 
San Jose Sharks @ Winnipeg Jets, 5 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Arizona Diamondbacks,

     1:05 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium

Oakland A's v. San Diego Padres, 1:05 p.m.,

     Hohokam Stadium, Mesa

Wednesday, March 18 
Golden State Warriors v. Atlanta Hawks,
     7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings v. L.A. Clippers, 7 p.m.

Oakland A's @ Seattle Mariners, 1:05 p.m.,

     Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria

Thursday, March 19 

San Jose Sharks @ Toronto Maple Leafs,

     4:30 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ Milwaukee Brewers,

     1:05 p.m., Maryvale, Phoenix

Friday, March 20 

Golden State Warriors v. New Orleans Pelicans,
     7:30 p.m.

Sacramento Kings v. Charlotte Hornets, 7 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. Cincinnati Reds,

     6:05 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium

Oakland A's @ Colorado Rockies (split squad),

     1:10 p.m., Salt River Fields, Scottsdale

Oakland A's v. L.A. Dodgers (split squad),

     1:05 p.m., Hohokam Stadium, Mesa

Saturday. March 21 

Golden State Warriors v. Utah Jazz, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose Sharks @ Montreal Canadians, 4 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ L.A. Angels, 1:10 p.m.,


Oakland A's v. Cincinnati Reds, 1:05 p.m.,

     Hohokam Stadium, Mesa


Sunday, March 22 
Sacramento Kings v. Washington Wizards,

     3 p.m.

San Francisco Giants v. L.A. Angels

     (split squad), 1:05 p.m., Scottsdale Stadium

San Francisco Giants @ Kansas City Royals

     (split squad), 1:05 p.m., Surprise Stadium

Oakland A's @ Cincinnati Reds, 1:05 p.m.,

     Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear

San Jose Earthquakes v. Chicago Fire, 4 p.m.



(BB): Basketball
(M): Men
(W): Women



Cal BB (M): KGO 810 AM
Cal BB (W): Pac-12 Network
Cal football: KGO 810 AM
Fresno Grizzlies: KYNO 1430  AM
Fresno State football: 940 AM ESPN Radio
Golden State Warriors: KNBR 680 AM
Oakland A's: 95.7 FM The Game
Oakland Raiders: 95.7 FM The Game
Sacramento Kings: KHTK 1140 AM
Sacramento River Cats: Talk 650 AM KSTE 
San Francisco 49ers: KNBR 680/1050 AM, KGO
     810 AM, KSAN 107.7 FM
San Francisco Giants: KNBR 680 AM
San Jose Earthquakes: 1590 KLIV  AM,
      1370 KZSF AM (Spanish)
San Jose Giants: MiLB Gameday Audio
San Jose SaberCats: KNBR 1050 AM
San Jose Sharks, KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose,
       102.1 FM San Francisco
San Jose State football: KLIV 1590 AM
Stanford BB (M): KNBR 1050 AM, TBS (TV)
Stanford BB (W): KZSU 90.1 FM
Stanford football: KNBR 1050 AM
Stockton Ports: KWSX 1280 AM
UC Davis football: KTHK 1140 AM

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Spring training postcard - 2015


Spring training postcard  - 2015 John Gumas
Among the highlights of the Ultimate Sports Guide's Baseball edition are postcards mailed to our office from San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's spring training fans, which in turn become two-page spreads.
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Spring Training - Giants Community Fund - 2015
Board members of the San Francisco Giants Community Fund enjoy a field visit at Scottsdale Stadium. To the delight of everyone, Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford came over and signed baseballs
for the kids. Photo: Sue Petersen.


Brandon Crawford - 2014

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford steps into the batter's box against Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke last July at AT&T Park. Opening Day is just three weeks away on April 6, when Crawford and the Giants will take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in Arizona. Photo by Kenny Karst.


Zbrist tags out Elfren at second - Spring Training 2015

Oakland A's infielder Ben Zobrist tags out Los Angeles Angels first baseman Efren Navarro on a close play at second. Oakland would win the spring training contest 8-7. Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Vogt in clubhouse spring training 2015

Oakland A's catcher Stephen Vogt holds court. The A's host the Texas Rangers on April 6 to open the season. Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Charles Woodson - 2015

The Raiders honored defensive back Charles Woodson as the recipient of the 13th Commitment to Excellence Award. The annual event, held this year at the Oakland Hilton on March 14, recognizes a current Raiders player who best exemplifies the Pride and Poise of the Oakland Raiders. The recipient is chosen by his fellow teammates. Net proceeds were donated to a charity of Mr. Woodson's choice. Photo by Ed Jay.


Stanford sand volleyball - 3-2015
The Stanford women's sand volleyball team wrapped up play at the NorCal Invitational recently as three pairs reached the semifinals at Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium. To view a photo album of the meet, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us.
Photo by Rich Yee Photography.


Stanford baseball 3-2015
Stanford split a four-game series with the Texas Longhorns and entered the 12-day break for final exams with a 9-8 record. To view a photo album of a game over the weekend, visit our Facebook Page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee Photography.


Arif - HOF - 2-2015
The 15th annual Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place recently at the Waterfront Hotel in Oakland, honoring an array of distinguished athletes. Among the honored guests pictured above: Olympian and presenter Dick Fosbury (left); coach Jethro McIntyre, winner of the Outstanding Coaching Award (second from left); Ricki Stevenson, mistress of ceremonies (second from right); and Arif Khatib, Hall of Fame founder and president (right). To view a photo album of the ceremony, visit our Facebook page and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Rich Yee Photography.



"They should move back first base a step to

eliminate all those close plays."

~John Lowenstein

MLB outfielder


Andy Dolich - TBT - check
A team of Notre Dame alumni celebrated victory at The Basketball Tournament last year. This year's final will be on ESPN. Photo: Matt Thoman.

The Basketball Tournament
Year-old basketball event coming to ESPN 

John Ourand    

Courtesy: Sports Business Journal 


This summer, ESPN will carry The Basketball Tournament -- a single-elimination tournament of 96 teams that carries a $1 million winner-take-all prize and lists sports industry veterans Tony Ponturo, Andy Dolich and Len DeLuca among its advisers.

ESPN will carry the 1-year-old event's semifinals (Aug. 1) and finals (Aug. 2) from New York. ESPNU will carry many of the games from the rounds of eight and 16; and ESPN3 will stream all of the games from the round of 16.


The one-year revenue-sharing deal will see TBT sell the title sponsorship around the event; TBT and ESPN will combine to sell presenting and in-game sponsorships. ESPN holds options to keep the tournament in 2016.

"This property came in through some folks that we know very well over the years," said Burke Magnus, ESPN's senior vice president of programming acquisition.

ESPN got to know the event last year, when it streamed some of the tournament's games via its ESPN3 service. Magnus said ESPN executives were impressed by the level of play, which included ex-NBA players and ex-college players mixed in with regular Joes.

"From a storytelling perspective, when there's high stakes, there's bigger interest -- like the World Series of Poker," Magnus said. "It's a big money game with people that you've heard of. At the same time, there's this everyman appeal to it as well."

Last year's tournament was won by a group of Notre Dame alums. Cornell's 2010 team that made the Sweet 16 entered the tournament last year, as did a team with former first-round NBA pick Hakim Warrick.

"It was like a 'Field of Dreams' moment where all these different teams were reuniting," said TBT founder Jonathan Mugar. "It was really special to see." 


Andy Dolich - TBT - 2014
Confetti rains down on the winning Notre Dame alumni basketball team at the conclusion of the 2014 championship game. Photo: Matt Thoman.


This year's opening rounds begin July 10-12 at regional sites in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and play will continue July 17-19 in Chicago and Philadelphia. The round of 16 will take place in Chicago starting July 24, with the winners going on to New York. The tournament is still finalizing deals with gyms to house the various games.

The games will fit nicely with ESPN's schedule, filling its summer schedule with live programming, Magnus said.

"We get hundreds upon hundreds of pitches a year from things all over the spectrum in terms of their viability and their approach," Magnus said. "This stood out last year. We trusted the people that were involved in it and they delivered in the first year. There's a path to great growth here in terms of how it applies to potentially other sports. We're excited about it."


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Memorable Sports Moment 
Bill Walsh - b & w
Bill Walsh on shoulders

Glenn Dickey

A splendid idea


Glenn Dickey  


As sports columnist for 34 years for the San Francisco Chronicle, I always made a point of individual visits with a new coach or manager for Bay Area teams. So, when Bill Walsh was named football coach for Stanford in 1977, I arranged to have lunch with him after his news conference.  

Walsh had been running the offense for Paul Brown's Bengals and already had a reputation for being an offensive genius, but I had never met him. Shortly after we started talking I thought, "Wow, this guy is really ahead of the curve!" From that point until his death in 2005, I never stopped listening and learning.


Walsh always wanted smart players so he selected Guy Benjamin as his quarterback; previous coach Jack Christiansen had not used Benjamin because Guy made no secret of the fact that he thought Christiansen was not smart. Walsh also saved the career of James Lofton, whom Christiansen had benched because he competed in track rather than come out for spring football drills. Lofton was eventually voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and credited Walsh for saving his career.


In his two years there, Walsh got Stanford into two bowl games, and I pushed for him to be hired as the 49ers coach. He inhterited a team that had been ravaged by Joe Thomas, but in his third year the 49ers won the Super Bowl and started a dynasty.


Because of my early support, Walsh gave me extra access. After the regular news conference, we would go up to his office and talk. Often, he'd tell me something and say, "I don't want my name attached to this." So, I'd use it under my name and look smarter than I was.


Even after he stopped coaching, I learned from him. When we were working on a book about his career with Benjamin, he and Guy would talk about how Walsh's teams would work against more predictable defenses. That was especially true of the Dallas Cowboys because their head coach Tom Landry had a very rigid defensive scheme. The Cowboys beat the 49ers badly in Walsh's second year, before he had the players he needed, but when he got the right players in 1981, he never again lost to Landry's Cowboys. They beat the Cowboys twice in the 1981 season, the second time in the NFC Conference game.


Walsh retired from the 49ers in 1988, but he remained active in other roles, with the 49ers and with Stanford. We kept talking and I kept learning.


That lunch was one of the best ideas I ever had.  


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Odds to win the 2014-15 NBA championship

Cleveland Cavaliers     2/1

Golden State Warriors   5/1

Oklahoma City Thunder   15/2

Atlanta Hawks     10/1

San Antonio Spurs 11/1

Memphis Grizzlies 12/1

Chicago Bulls     15/1

Los Angeles Clippers    20/1

Dallas Mavericks  25/1

Houston Rockets   30/1



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