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Warriors get their rings; it never gets old

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:09:58 UT

Steve Kerr recalled one of his many ring ceremonies and telling then-Commissioner David Stern, “We’ve got to stop meeting like this.” He was kidding, of course. Ring ceremonies, after all, never get old. Kerr won five rings as a player with the Bulls and Spurs and now has two as the Warriors’ head coach. He received his latest in Tuesday night’s raucous pregame ceremony at Oracle Arena, which was attended by the current commissioner, Adam Silver. No, Kerr doesn’t want to stop meeting like this. “It’s always fun to go through it,” he said.



Rockets’ Paul, Harden show they can work together

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:05:50 UT

It didn’t take long to determine the Rockets’ playmaker. Newcomer Chris Paul dribbled the ball upcourt on Houston’s first possession. And the next. And the next. The first five times the Rockets had the ball Tuesday night in the season opener against the Warriors at Oracle Arena, Paul was the point guard. On the sixth, Paul deferred to James Harden, who brought the basketball up. It was the first regular-season game in which the two superstar point guards played in the same backcourt, the result of an offseason trade to help the Rockets try to catch up with the Warriors, and the first impression of this dynamic duo wasn’t exactly extraordinary.



Ex-Warrior Festus Ezeli returns for ceremony

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 UT

Former Warriors center Festus Ezeli has dreams of playing again in the NBA, but it won’t happen anytime soon. “I started walking about three weeks ago, and it’s almost like a got a brand new knee,” said Ezeli, who was in Oakland on Tuesday night to participate in the Warriors’ pregame ring ceremony. “My first time shooting was this past weekend, and it felt good.” Ezeli underwent left knee surgery in March and hasn’t played since signing a two-year, $15.2 million contract with Portland on July 8, 2016. Ezeli got a nice cheer from fans when introduced before the game.



Cardinal Newman High School bands together in wake of fire

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 18:46:29 UT

Most of the campus is burned down. The air quality is extremely hazardous. Ash falls from the sky. Only certain officials are permitted on the premises. Despite the danger zone, two senior athletes from Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa, Deric Younce and Tyler Botteri, felt obligated to find their way onto the grounds. “We had to see it,” Younce said. “I’m here all day from 7 in the morning. This is like our home away from home. This is like our house burned down.” “So many hours on this campus,” Botteri said. “It’s devastating.



Cardinal Newman chaplain delivers homily, hope

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:19:32 UT

Father Moses Brown lost his office and classroom along with all his Bibles and rosaries in the firestorm that ravaged Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa. The school chaplain’s prized possession was a Bible belonging to his late mother, who received it from her grandfather, a Protestant minister. “He stamped her name in gold in it. I don’t know how often she read it. But I know she had it. There was a lock of her hair in it. She wrote my birth in it. Other events like that. I’ll never see that Bible again,” Brown said during his homily at a community Mass at St. Rose Church in downtown Santa Rosa on Thursday night.



Klay Thompson on fires: ‘Thoughts and prayers are with all the families’

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:25:52 UT

Klay Thompson answered questions about the Warriors’ trip to China, his new shoe deal and preparing for the season, but he wouldn’t end his Tuesday session with reporters until insisting to speak of the deadly fires in the North Bay. “It’s terrible,” Thompson said. “It puts life in perspective on what’s important. I know there have been some deaths, and it’s just really tragic.” Thompson vowed that the team would help in some way “when things calm down. But it sucks, and our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected because that’s no fun. That’s just a terrible situation.



Warriors return from China, try to get groove back

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:55:04 UT

The Warriors were back home, back at their Oakland practice facility and back focusing on basketball. But not back in rhythm. “No. We’re all completely out of it,” head coach Steve Kerr said when asked if he or his players felt fresh entering Tuesday’s practice, the first since the jet-lagged Warriors arrived from their weeklong trip to China. After squeezing in just two practices during a busy schedule overseas, Kerr had planned a scrimmage to see his players in game form — three days before the preseason finale and a week before the season opener. But in the morning, assistant coach Ron Adams walked into Kerr’s office.



An emotional Klay Thompson on North Bay fires: ‘just a terrible situation’

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 21:16:30 UT

Klay Thompson answered questions about the Warriors’ trip to China, his new shoe deal and preparing for the season, but he wouldn’t end his Tuesday session with reporters at the team’s practice facility until insisting to speak of the deadly fires in the North Bay. “It’s terrible,” Thompson said. “It puts life in perspective on what’s important. I know there have been some deaths, and it’s just really tragic. Us players will do something about it when things calm down. But it sucks, and our thoughts and prayers with all the families affected because that’s no fun. That’s just a terrible situation.” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “It’s just devastating what’s happening.




Jim Landis, World Series outfielder who grew up in Richmond, dies at 83

Sun, 8 Oct 2017 03:23:28 UT

Jim Landis, who grew up in Richmond and played center field for the 1959 Chicago White Sox World Series team, died Saturday morning in Napa after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was 83. Mr. Landis played 11 seasons in the big leagues, the first eight in Chicago, and was a two-time All-Star and spectacular runner and defender who won five straight Gold Glove Awards. Mr. Landis didn’t suffer in his final days and watched playoff baseball games with family and friends, according to his wife, Sandy Landis. The couple celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary Friday.



Raiders’ Jack Del Rio happy to see infield dirt go at Coliseum

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 02:30:30 UT

Once the A’s played their final home game last week, the conversion began. The only stadium still used for both Major League Baseball and the NFL, the Coliseum has turned into a football-only facility, and it’ll remain so the rest of 2017. “I’m so happy about that. I’m not happy the A’s didn’t make the playoffs, I’m happy to be able to play on grass,” Raiders cornerback David Amerson said. “Especially for a defensive back.” The Raiders will begin an unusual stretch of three straight home games beginning Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. The following two weeks, the Raiders will host the Chargers and Chiefs in intra-division games.



Raiders QB Derek Carr listed as questionable for Sunday

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 23:15:34 UT

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr participated in Friday’s practice and was listed as questionable for Sunday. “We have time before we tee it up,” coach Jack Del Rio said in reference to all five Raiders listed as questionable. “They’ll remain a question mark until we make the final decision.” Carr must be making quick progress from his transverse process fracture in his back. Monday, Del Rio said the quarterback would miss two to six weeks, meaning he’d be unavailable Sunday. Thursday, tackle Donald Penn said Carr was “ahead of schedule.” Friday, Carr was seen throwing passes toward the end of practice and wasn’t being ruled out for Sunday.




A’s Matt Chapman follows path of Rockies’ Nolan Arenado

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 14:38:22 UT

Nolan Arenado will make his first playoff appearance Wednesday night when the Rockies play the National League wild-card game in Arizona. “He definitely deserves this,” A’s rookie Matt Chapman said. “I know how competitive he is. He’s a winner. He works his butt off, man. The desire and passion are there. For him to be able to play in the playoffs, it’s a dream come true for him.” Chapman knows better than most. He and Arenado knew each other as kids. Opposed each other in a Little League championship game. Were teammates in high school. Shortstops then. Third basemen now. It’s Arenado’s fifth big-league season and the first in which the Rockies produced a winning record.



Giants won’t lose 100! — they beat Padres, Cain is next

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 06:38:35 UT

Matt Cain will make his last big-league start Saturday and admitted to being a tad nervy. “You have nerves for the last start as you do for the first one,” he said on the eve of his finale. “You do.” The pressure’s off in one regard. Cain won’t be pitching with a 100-loss season on the line. The Giants walloped the Padres 8-0 Friday night, leaving them with 97 losses and two games to play. Their great escape avoided a repeat of the brutal 1985 season, still the only one in franchise history ending with triple-digit losses. It’s no reason to hold a parade or spray Champagne, but it beats the alternative.



‘Willie Mays World Series MVP’: MLB renames award, honors Say Hey Kid

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 05:33:42 UT

In 1954, the year Willie Mays made his epic Game 1 catch at the Polo Grounds in New York, the most replayed highlight in World Series history, there was no World Series most valuable player award. The first World Series MVP was awarded in 1955 to the Dodgers’ Johnny Podres. Now, the award will be named after the great Mays, starting this season — the Willie Mays World Series most valuable player award. “I think that’s a great honor,” Mays said in a phone interview. “It’s an ongoing thing. You never know who’s going to win the World Series or the World Series MVP. Every year, it’s somebody different. This is a wonderful honor.



Giants’ Nick Hundley wins Willie Mac Award: ‘pretty overwhelming’

Sat, 30 Sep 2017 05:22:22 UT

Nick Hundley is considered a good teammate and clubhouse leader, and there can’t be enough of those on a team having a horrible season. Friday night, Hundley received the Willie Mac Award as the most inspirational Giant in front of many past winners including Jack Clark, the first recipient, in 1980. “We have a new person in the family this year,” Hall of Famer Willie McCovey told the AT&T Park crowd. “His name is Nick Hundley.” Among other former winners in attendance: Dave Dravecky, Ellis Burks, Larry Herndon, Ryan Vogelsong and Mike Krukow, who was at the microphone. Plus, retiring Matt Cain, who received big cheers a night before making his final start.