The fact that the A’s have won eight of their past nine games and the Giants have lost their past two games, both in a rather uninspiring fashion, is bad enough for the team from San Francisco entering the Bay Bridge Series.
Throw in the fact that the Giants haven’t won in Oakland since 2009, and the club has a reason to be concerned, still four games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West, even after the A’s completed a three-game sweep of those Dodgers on Thursday. Read More
Our All-City teams are not always scientific.
Sometimes, you have to go with your gut.
In the past, our Player of the Year candidates in baseball have been those who have had standout seasons at the plate and on the mound. The dual-threat players that impact every game.
This time around, it’s a pitcher, but the exception is truly exceptional.
All you have to do is ask one question: Who was the best baseball player in The City this season? The answer is Collin Monsour. Read More
A single decision this week significantly changed Stephen Domingo’s travel plans for the summer.
With two players still to be cut to finalize the USA Basketball men’s under-17 team headed to the world championships, he could have been sent home from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., but instead he’s heading to the international terminal. Read More
Barry Zito’s impressive start to the season is quickly fading in the Giants’ rear-view mirror.
The 34-year-old left-hander had his worst start of the season on Tuesday, allowing a season-high eight earned runs in just 3¹⁄³ innings of the Giants’ 12-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on the road.
Since lowering his ERA to 2.98 after 8¹⁄³ shutout innings against the Cubs on June 3, Zito has seen it balloon to 4.35 after his past three starts, where he has allowed 17 runs in 14¹⁄³ innings. Read More
Michael Allen may have finished tied for 56th overall at 14-over par on his home course in the U.S. Open, but he led the field in on-course handshakes and fist bumps.
Still an Olympic Club member after joining when he was a teenager, the 53-year-old San Mateo native didn't have the largest galleries of the weekend, but likely had the biggest following that knew him personally. Read More
What some have called the toughest starting stretch of holes in US Open history played a huge part in both of the top local qualifiers' opening rounds – one survived and the other was eaten up.
Michael Allen, an Olympic Club member, San Mateo native and also the oldest player in The Open at 53, buoyed a 1-over round of 71 by parring the first five holes, before bogeying the sixth, which played as the third-toughest hole in the first round. Read More
There’s something about San Francisco’s Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon that brings out the best in Andy Potts.Potts won his record-setting fifth title in the 32-year-old race on Sunday with a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 17 seconds, beating out three athletes ranked by the International Triathlon Union’s World Triathlon Series in the process. Read More
As a member of the Olympic Club since 1967 and with two years on the PGA Tour (in 1975 and 1977), John Abendroth has played the Lake Course thousands of times and may know the course as well as anyone else. He also holds the course record, a 9-under-par 62, which he recorded in 1985, and is the host of “Hooked on Golf,” which airs on KNBR (680 AM) every Saturday at 7 a.m. Read More
James Hahn didn’t even want to sleep Sunday night, or Monday morning, more accurately.
He feared shut-eye might make him lose his mojo.
After winning his first Nationwide Tour event at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C., on Sunday, Hahn boarded a 7:45 p.m. flight and made a stop in Atlanta before pulling into San Francisco International Airport at 12:30 a.m. Monday. Read More
SAN JOSE — The Leland High School baseball team upset top-seeded Willow Glen in the quarterfinal round of the Central Coast Section Division II playoffs, but may have run into the division’s best team, despite seed, in the semifinals Thursday at Municipal Stadium.
Fifth-seeded St. Ignatius scored six runs in the first inning, three runs in the second and closed the game out in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI double from Nick Johnson that sealed the 10-0 mercy-rule win over the eighth-seeded Chargers. Read More
St. Ignatius junior Stephen Domingo ended the drama of a nearly three-year recruiting process on Monday, verbally committing to Georgetown a full year before his scheduled graduation from high school.
Domingo, a 6-foot-7 wing and three-year varsity player, led the Wildcats in scoring (13.3 points per game) and rebounding (five per game) in his junior season. Read More
Balboa High School junior Ben Olson isn’t in the conversation of most-accomplished Academic Athletic Association golfers yet, but he’s only a year away.
With an even-par 68 on Monday at Lincoln Park Golf Course, Olsen won the AAA individual tournament for the second consecutive season, opening the door for an opportunity to become the third golfer in AAA history to win three straight titles. Read More
SANTA CLARA — The St. Ignatius baseball team played like a it had a 44-year-old gorilla on its back against Serra in the West Catholic Athletic League championship game on Thursday at Santa Clara University’s Stephen Schott Stadium.
The Wildcats, who have not won a WCAL tournament title since the league began play in 1968, committed eight errors in the game and allowed six unearned runs in a 7-2 loss.
The win gives Serra (18-12) its 16th WCAL title, the most of any school in the league. Read More
The Lowell High School girls’ soccer team has been put on probation for four years by the San Francisco Section.
The sanction was originally reported by the Twitter feed of The Lowell, the school’s newspaper, and has been confirmed by Lowell athletic director Rob Ray and S.F. Section commissioner Don Collins.
According to multiple sources involved, the disciplinary action stems from the moments after the Cardinals’ 8-0 win over Washington in the Academic Athletic Association championship game on Saturday at Boxer Stadium. Read More
A six-run second inning gave the Lowell High School softball team an early lead over rival Washington in the S.F. Section-Academic Athletic Association championship game on Tuesday in front of a standing-room-only crowd at San Francisco State University.
But when the Eagles got back in the game, Lowell junior first baseman Majenta Strongheart provided some much-needed breathing room that proved to be the difference in the Cardinals’ 8-7 win to clinch their second consecutive AAA title. Read More