Have the Giants regained their spot as the No. 1 team in the Bay Area and Northern California? You might think so if you go to a Giants game at AT&T Park. But then, you’d change your mind if you went to a 49ers game at Candlestick. Read More
Melky Cabrera’s offensive production seemed impossible to replace as news broke in August that he had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. With 159 hits, 84 runs and a .907 OPS sucked out of the order, the Giants looked incapable of keeping pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who held a one-game lead in the National League West.
Of course, Bruce Bochy’s club, which returns to town tonight for the exhibition Bay Bridge Series, went on to win the World Series thanks to the timely contributions of several unexpected heroes. Read More
Tiger Woods won for the third time this season Monday when he captured the Arnold Palmer Invitational trophy, his eighth time winning the event. The victory led every news organization to ask the most obvious and overstated question: Is he back?
The topic is dredged up every time Tiger makes a birdie putt or even sniffs the top of a PGA Tour leaderboard.
Tiger himself has repeatedly stated the standard he holds himself to is winning major championships. Anything less is failure. Read More
For a moment, the pessimists’ worst nightmare appeared to be coming to life.
Stephen Curry slapped the court at Oracle Arena on Saturday after rolling his twice-surgically-repaired right ankle, and the gesture seemed like a perfect illustration of the frustration Warriors fans were experiencing across the Bay Area.
Huge week in local sports. So let’s go speed round, super-sized ... Read More
As general manager Reggie McKenzie tries to resurrect the Raiders, he faces a double challenge, from the fans who believed the Al Davis legend and the local media who don’t seem to understand the situation. Read More
Jason Kidd, Kevin Johnson, Alfred Grigsby ... Allen Crabbe? Read More
As significant player movement began at the start of NFL free agency, the good news is that the 49ers have general manager Trent Baalke, who knows what’s happening around the league, and an owner in Jed York who knows the importance of having that kind of man in charge.
Baalke’s expertise was evident when he was able to snatch wide receiver Anquan Boldin in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens, giving up only a sixth-round draft pick, because he knew the Ravens had serious salary cap issues. Read More
Late-inning heroics from Adam Jones, Brandon Philips and Steve Cishek saved Team USA and the World Baseball Classic’s hopes of gaining relevance on Sunday.
With a 9-4 win over Canada at Chase Field in Arizona, the Americans advanced to the second round, averting, at least for now, the nightmare scenario of a third straight championship game without the host country.
If the WBC is really going to grab our attention and grow, it needs the drama of a final game between the U.S. and Japan — or the Dominican Republic, or Cuba — at AT&T Park on March 19. Read More
The sports world’s biggest crapshoot, the NCAA Tournament, starts this month, so we can expect the usual media outpouring about brackets.
I use the word crapshoot both literally and symbolically. The NCAA Tournament first became big because its counterpart, the NIT, was caught up in a point-shaving scandal and it has since thrived on gambling, both professional and amateur. And, as a way to determine the best team in the country, it is hopelessly flawed. Read More