The San Antonio Spurs opened the Western Conference finals resembling the past champions who’ve been there so many times before.
The Memphis Grizzlies looked like the first-timers still trying to adapt to their first conference finals appearance.Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and the Spurs struck first by beating Memphis 105-83 on Sunday. Read More
When Logan Couture limped off the ice in the middle of a tied game San Jose desperately needed to win, it looked as if he was taking the Sharks’ playoffs hopes with him.
Instead Couture managed to make it back out on the ice to give his team an emotional spark and topped that by scoring the overtime game-winner that got the Sharks back into their second-round series against Los Angeles with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 on Saturday night. Read More
Another year, another Triple Crown hopeful unable to come through.
After Oxbow upset Kentucky Derby winner Orb in Saturday’s Preakness to extend racing’s Triple Crown drought to 36 years, the next best alternative for the Belmont Stakes is a rematch.
And, it appears one is in the making. Both trainers are giving every indication their classic-winning colts will run in the Belmont on June 8. Read More
SANTA ROSA — Always close to the front but never first at the end, Tejay van Garderen would often wear himself out wondering if he could swap the white jersey that goes to the best young rider for the yellow one that goes to the winner.
Eight days through all of California’s climates erased those doubts.
Van Garderen guided the BMC Racing Team with a command that suggests he could be American cycling’s next big star, winning the Tour of California on Sunday for his first professional stage race title. Read More
An up-and-coming runner from Ethiopia conquered his first Bay to Breakers and Olympian Ryan Hall placed as high as any American since 1986.Tolossa Gedefa Fufi, 23, won the men’s field in the 102nd Bay to Breakers presented by Craigslist on Sunday, finishing the 12-kilometer race through the heart of The City in 35 minutes 1 second. Hall finished in second place 39 seconds later. Like Gedefa Fufi, Hall was competing in his first-ever Bay to Breakers and his runner-up finish was the highest placement by an American since Ed Eyestone won the race 27 years ago. Read More
Diane Nukuri-Johnson would like to run Bay to Breakers in a costume someday, maybe even a wedding dress. But on Sunday, she kept it simple en route to finishing first among women runners. Wearing the traditional red-and-black runner’s attire, Nukuri-Johnson won her first Bay to Breakers, presented by Craigslist, by zipping through the 12-kilometer course in 40:12, topping her second-place finish in last year’s race. Read More
As Briana Stewart tore up the track at James Logan High School in Union City, scholarship offers poured into her mailbox. The star hurdler received letters from top Division I programs, including Oregon, LSU and Kansas.
But on decision day, she chose a school that had never participated in an NCAA track meet: Division II Academy of Art University.
“I wanted a career that I’d actually be interested in for the rest of my life,” said Stewart, who fell in love with the school’s fashion merchandising program. Read More
If there is a bright spot in the Warriors’ playoff series loss to the San Antonio Spurs, it was the emergence of Harrison Barnes as a legitimate go-to guy.
With David Lee and Stephen Curry hobbled by injuries, the Warriors leaned on Barnes for offense throughout the series and he delivered until he left Game 6 with a headache.
“He certainly has elevated his game,” coach Mark Jackson said. “I think the sky is the limit for him.” Read More
The Warriors’ surprising season came to an end Thursday night, as they fell to the San Antonio Spurs 94-82 at Oracle Arena, losing their Western Conference semifinal series 4-2.
Golden State’s offense disappeared during the previous two games of the series, and Game 6 was no different. The Warriors shot 38.8 percent as a team and turned the ball over 12 times. Stephen Curry was the only real highlight, scoring 22 points on 10-of-25 shooting, including 2-of-7 from behind the arc. Read More
Captain Dustin Brown tied it with 1:43 left and Trevor Lewis scored the tiebreaking power-play goal 22 seconds later, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a stunning 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night and a 2-0 series lead. Read More