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Lil Arnerich, Oakland Oaks player who became East Bay civic leader, dies at 89

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 03:56:25 UT

Anthony “Lil” Arnerich, an infielder with the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League and a longtime civic leader in the East Bay, died on Friday at his home in Alameda. He was 89. Arnerich grew up in West Oakland, the son of Croatian parents who moved to America from Yugoslavia in 1914. He gained his nickname as the youngest of six brothers, but he grew into a tough, scrappy ballplayer who became a three-time All-City shortstop for Oakland Tech High School. After spending two years at St. Mary’s College, he signed with the Oaks, a franchise that competed in the original Pacific Coast League, for decades recognized as a level only slightly below the major leagues.

Giants game day: Focus on the bench

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 19:08:26 UT

GLENDALE, Az. - Giants executive Brian Sabean was grumbling about the spring-training schedule the other day, saying it’s “way too early” to start playing games in the last week of February. Many are in agreement — traditonally, there was no action until March — and the chilly Arizona weather hasn’t been so inviting for players trying to get loose. As a result, you’re lucky to see two or three star players at any game this early. The Dodgers will start Yasiel Puig against the Giants in Glendale on Saturday, and that’s a plus, but Brandon Belt is the only Giant to make the trip. This isn’t such a bad thing for fans interested in roster depth.

Giants game day: Spring is here

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:10:34 UT

Center field figures to a major issue for the Giants this year, and there’s an interesting juxtaposition of talent in Friday’s exhibition opener. Starting for the Giants: Steven Duggar For Milwaukee: Lorenzo Cain. The Giants had considerable interest in Cain as the free-agent market sorted itself out. He was the perfect choice in many ways: two-way player, experienced, viewed among the elite, and fits into the club’s over-30-veteran mode.

Warriors-Spurs: not the same, but still compelling

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:50:00 UT

The pregame mood wasn’t quite the same, not when you remember the classic Warriors-San Antonio battles of the past. The Warriors haven’t been overwhelmingly dominant, but they still held a half-game lead over Houston for the NBA’s best record entering Saturday night’s game. And they were 71/2 games ahead of the Spurs, who haven’t received much mention among the league’s most prepared teams for the postseason. Still, it’s the Spurs. It’s Gregg Popovich against Steve Kerr. It’s the confluence of two time-tested, cohesive offensive systems, all about precise ball movement and the spirit of unselfishness.

Warriors relax as the Cavaliers go nuts

Fri, 9 Feb 2018 01:33:35 UT

It always seems to come down to the Warriors and Cleveland when people look ahead to the NBA playoffs, and there was a striking contrast between the general managers on Thursday as the trading deadline came and went. Bob Myers, having done nothing at all, confidently changed into some basketball attire and played a little 3-on-3 at the Warriors’ practice facility. Koby Altman, who runs the Cavaliers, unloaded players like a club bouncer tossing intruders into the street. Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Dwayne Wade, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, Derrick Rose — they’re all gone, with the arrival of Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr.

Klay, Draymond: All-Star justice is served

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 01:27:02 UT

Making the NBA All-Star team can be the purest form of validation for the league’s top players. That certainly applied to the Warriors on Tuesday when the reserves were announced for each conference. The addition of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to the Western Conference roster, joining starters Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, gave Golden State four representatives — exactly how it should be. Green has often said he’s not having his best season. His shoulder ailment has been an issue, his shot hasn’t always been there, and he doesn’t feel he’s playing the same brand of defense he unleashed last year.

Weather changes push back Mavericks surf contest

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 01:12:24 UT

Surfing contests rely on the combination of waves and weather, and the Mavericks event is getting only partial cooperation. With contrary conditions in the forecast, the Mavericks Challenge has been called off for Tuesday, with no specific plans for the immediate future. Throughout the past week, there was excitement over a west-northwest swell that would bring the largest Mavericks surf of the season. That is now a matter of conjecture, and the once-promising weather forecasts have changed. “We are specifically concerned about the south-southwest winds that are projected to come in on Tuesday morning,” said World Surf League Commissioner Mike Parsons.

Mavericks surf event targeted for Monday

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:31:12 UT

Organizers of the Mavericks big-wave surf contest have alerted all competitors to the possibility of running the event as soon as Monday. A significant swell is expected to hit the Northern California coast, and the World Surf League is due to make an announcement Friday morning after checking the latest surf and weather forecasts. “It’s looking really solid,” said Brian Overfelt, who owns the Old Princeton Landing, long a hangout for Mavericks surfers, and serves as the contest’s event manager for community interests. “They’re leaving it open, in case Tuesday looks better or the swell diminishes. But they’re telling everybody to be ready to go on Monday..

New leader in Idiot Parent of the Decade

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 02:34:14 UT

You really have to marvel at the man’s stupidity. I had joined the expansive cast of sportswriters determined never to quote LaVar Ball again, but he created such an NBA firestorm with his latest remarks, they can’t go unnoticed. In case you missed it, Ball is in Lithuania, where he brought two of his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, to play professionally. He’s been tracked by ESPN, and in a recent interview, Ball declared that coach Luke Walton has lost control for the Lakers, for whom Lonzo Ball is the rookie point guard, and that “they don’t want to play for him.” Here’s what can come of this, from a positive standpoint: nothing.

Mavericks surf contest gets the go-ahead

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:28:48 UT

After months of dealing with a complicated permit process, the World Surf League has cleared its final hurdle and will stage the Mavericks big-wave surfing contest within a waiting period running from Jan. 3 through Feb. 28. Once known as the Titans of Mavericks, the event off the coast of Half Moon Bay now will be called the Mavericks Challenge. In purchasing rights to the event from Cartel Co., a Southern California-based company that filed for bankruptcy, the WSL needed approval from the California Coastal Commission after securing all of the other requisite permits.

Bob Wilhelm dies, was last surviving member of Cal’s 1938 Rose Bowl team

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 04:26:36 UT

Bob Wilhelm, who was the last surviving member of Cal’s 1938 Rose Bowl-winning team, has died, family members said Tuesday. He was 100. “Unfortunately, my dad contracted pneumonia shortly after the weekend of his birthday” Nov. 11, said Mr. Wilhelm’s son, Jim. “He has fought through several bouts of it over the past five years. We will miss him a great deal, but we know Mom and he are with us.” Mr. Wilhelm’s wife, Doris, died in 2012. They had been married 72 years. Mr. Wilhelm continued to live in the senior-living apartment they had shared in San Rafael. A native of St. Paul, Minn., Mr.

Now it’s Cal, UCLA chasing the same goal

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:03:39 UT

The Bears were hoping it wouldn’t come to this. A Big Game victory would have secured a bowl-game berth, marking coach Justin Wilcox’s first season as an unqualified success and sending all the bragging rights toward the Berkeley campus. That goal remains within reach, but after a 17-14 loss at Stanford in the Big Game on Saturday, the 5-6 Bears have to get that sixth win at UCLA next Friday night. It doesn’t hurt Cal’s cause that the Bruins’ program is in tatters just now, with no guarantee that coach Jim Mora can hold his job.

Stand-up paddlers endure “crazy” SF conditions

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 00:16:52 UT

In conditions that had spectators shaking their heads in amazement, if not outright fear for the competitors, Denmark’s Casper Steinfath won the Red Bull Heavy Water event for stand-up paddle surfers Friday at Ocean Beach. As Steinfath said afterward, “It didn’t really feel like a race. It was more like survival.” The competitors were greeted by icy waters, a chilly west wind and relentless waves approaching 15-20 feet on the face. The notion of paddling out beyond the breakers on 12-foot, six-inch boards seemed inconceivable, and the riders were asked to do that twice before heading out to sea, negotiating the heavy currents of Land’s End, coming underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and finishing at the St.

Warriors’ defeat more weird than crushing

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:50:58 UT

When you’ve won two championships in three seasons, facing the reality of another long season, perhaps it’s appropriate to take the long view. That appeared to be head coach Steve Kerr’s plan Tuesday night as an apparently certain victory turned to dust in a season-opening 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets. It was one thing to watch Nick Young get 26 minutes of playing time. The Warriors needed to see him in a real game, and he did not disappoint with a sensational, 23-point effort. But Kerr’s thirst for experimentation ran well down the roster, and in that sense, it wasn’t a true heart-breaker. It was just a bit strange to witness.

NBA Eastern Conference Preview

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 03:51:09 UT

ATLANTA Coach: Mike Budenholzer 2016-17: 43-39, fifth in the East, lost to Washington in first round. Outlook: Travis Schlenk left the Warriors to become the Hawks’ GM, right at the start of a rebuilding process. Check the Hawks’ roster three years ago and marvel at the downturn. ... Point guard Dennis Schroder is now the team’s best player, and that’s not good, but Kent Bazemore, a former Warriors swingman, will get plenty of looks at shooting guard. ... John Collins, the intriguing No. 1 draft pick from Wake Forest, backs up power forward Ersan Ilyasova.