The subplot of the Stanford football team’s last two bouts with Oregon centered on Andrew Luck’s pursuit of the Heisman Trophy. Luck will be watching this year’s game on a flat-screen TV as the Indianapolis Colts rookie prepares for a game in New England, but the quarterback position could still play a pivotal role. Read More
The difference between Stanford and Oregon football over the past two seasons has been “a second half,” according to Cardinal linebacker Chase Thomas. The Ducks kept Andrew Luck out of the BCS Championship Game in 2010 and again in 2011. Both times, Chip Kelly’s team poured it on in the second half, winning the last two quarters by a combined score of 59-14. Read More
San Francisco Bulls coach Pat Curcio is expecting his team to play with more discipline when they face the Ontario Reign for the third time in eight days tonight in Southern California.
The Bulls racked up 43 penalty minutes in a 7-0 loss to the Reign at the Cow Palace on Saturday.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re not taking nine penalties in one hockey game,” Curcio said. “They have so much skill up front, if we’re not playing at least five-on-five, we’re not going to have a chance.” Read More
The best part of the 49ers’ 24-24 tie with the St. Louis Rams on Sunday was Dashon Goldson’s bewilderment at how the game ended.
“It’s a competitive sport, man — you’ve got winners and losers. You’ve gotta choose one. I never heard of tying in football — I really didn’t,” Goldson said. Read More
The expansion San Francisco Bulls netted a big goal this week when they signed San Jose Sharks veteran Ryane Clowe to an ECHL contract. Throwing an NHL name up on the marquee can’t be bad for business.
But if cooler heads prevail, Clowe will be skating with the Sharks before anyone figures out who the Elmira Jackals, the Wheeling Nailers and the Kalamazoo Wings are. Read More
Coach Mike Montgomery’s Cal men’s basketball team lost 263 games of NCAA experience when Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp graduated last spring. But with a strong nucleus returning, his squad should weather the losses and make another run at the Big Dance this year.
Despite Gutierrez and Kamp’s departure, Cal’s roster is loaded with experience featuring five players who have started at least 10 games in their college careers. Read More
Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe officially signed a contract with the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls on Tuesday, becoming the second NHL player to ink a deal with the club this week.
Both Clowe and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Theo Peckham (who signed Monday) are traveling with the club to Southern California for tonight’s showdown with the Ontario Reign. But Clowe will not see ice time until Friday at the earliest when the Bulls return to the Cow Place to take on the Stockton Thunder. Read More
Stanford won a school-record seven games last March en route to an NIT championship. The Cardinal is aiming to repeat the feat this year, but in the NCAA Tournament.
Stanford is suffering through the school’s longest NCAA Tournament drought since Mike Montgomery took over the program prior to the 1986-87 season. But with one of the strongest backcourts in the Pac-12 Conference, the Cardinal is poised to make a triumphant return to March Madness. Read More
It felt like déjà vu at the Warriors’ home opener against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. The Warriors tipped off the 2012-13 season brimming with optimism and center Andrew Bogut showed why when he stuffed Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol in the lane early in the first quarter.
But sixth man Brandon Rush tore his ACL three minutes later and by the time Bogut — who sat out the second and third quarters to rest his ankle — returned to the floor in the fourth, the Warriors trailed by 11 points and the hope at Oracle Arena had evaporated. Read More
Can you picture Tim Lincecum winding up on the mound at AT&T Park with his stringy hair pouring out of the back of another team’s hat?
The Giants are facing a tough decision with Lincecum’s contract set to expire in 2013. Brian Sabean recently committed a $112.5 million extension to Matt Cain and by the end of next season, he will be finished paying off the $126 million owed to Barry Zito. How eager is he to throw down another $100 million on a big-name arm? Read More
Ryane Clowe participated in his first official hockey practice since last year’s NHL playoffs at the Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center on Tuesday morning. But he didn’t skate with his usual squad, the Sharks.Instead, he worked out with the club’s ECHL affiliate, the San Francisco Bulls. Read More
If the stars line up in Oakland this year, the Warriors might just fulfill coach Mark Jackson’s promise from last season and make the NBA playoffs. The potential is ripe, as usual, but Jackson isn’t guaranteeing anything this year.
But as the 2012-13 season tips off in Phoenix tonight, Jackson is adamant about at least one thing: Klay Thompson’s rookie season wasn’t a fluke.
“He’s a big-time player,” Jackson said. Read More
The expansion San Francisco Bulls slid into last place in the ECHL’s Pacific Division last weekend after dropping three straight games to the Alaska Aces.
After opening the season with six points in five games, the Bulls (2-4-0-2) were outmatched on their trip up to Anchorage, losing by scores of 4-1, 5-2 and 3-2.
Coach Pat Curcio said the road bumps reflect a young team with 13 rookies who are still getting acquainted with one another on the ice. Read More
Pablo Sandoval is the World Series MVP and Marco Scutaro delivered another clutch October hit, driving in the series-deciding run in the 10th inning of Game 4. But make no mistake, the Giants won the 2012 World Series the same way they won it two years ago: on the strength of their pitching. Read More
Madison Bumgarner tweaked his mechanics and nearly replicated his dazzling performance from the 2010 World Series on Thursday, throwing seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park.
The 23-year-old lefty surrendered two hits while fanning eight Tigers batters as the Giants grabbed a commanding 2-0 lead in the World Series. The two hits were the fewest a Giants starter has ever allowed in a World Series game.“What a job he did,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “He had great poise out there.” Read More