The crowd at Oracle Arena helped push the Warriors into the NBA playoffs, but will the energy be as high if the team moves to The City?
Despite their struggles over the years, the Warriors are one of only seven teams that has averaged more than 18,000 fans a game for eight straight years. As legislation for a waterfront arena at piers 30-32 navigates its way through city and state government, fans attending Game 6 of the Warriors series with the Denver Nuggets expressed mixed feeling about the prospects of a cross-bay move. Read More
Are you up for a game of word association with a Bay Area sports theme?
Bill Walsh? Genius.
Cal football? The Play (Chicago Cubs also works here).
Barry Zito? Redemption.
Tim Lincecum? F*** Yeah!
You could go a few different ways with this one, depending on your age. Older fans will probably think about Rick Barry and the 1975 championship season, others might flash to the team’s iconic The City logo. For me, the Warriors are synonymous with points, points and more points. Read More
OAKLAND — Are the Warriors actually a better team without their first All-Star since 1997 on the floor?
The team is 3-0 since David Lee tore his right hip flexor and the question is being asked on sports radio, in the press room and over cocktails throughout the Bay Area. Read More
British royalty, Fortune 500 CEOs and professional athletes catch their zzz’s in luxury beds manufactured by San Francisco’s McRoskey Mattress Co. — and now so do residents of a South of Market low-income housing complex. Read More
Mark Jackson knows a thing or two about playoff basketball. He played in 131 postseason games during his 17-year pro career and sat courtside for the NBA Finals five times as a lead analyst on the national broadcasts.
But as the Warriors square off with the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs, Jackson is getting his first taste from the coach’s chair and he said it’s a rewarding experience. Read More
At this stage of the game, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke appears to have a good handle on this whole NFL Draft thing.
In the last few rodeos, he’s snagged quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the No. 36 pick (2011), NaVorro Bowman with the No. 91 pick (2010) and he scored by gambling on Aldon Smith with the No. 7 pick two years ago. Read More
A sweeping “bill of rights” for the homeless has cleared its first hurdle, and if it survives the rest of the state Legislature it could wipe out The City’s controversial sit-lie ordinance.
Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s legislation navigated the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, passing in a 7-2 vote. The bill would allow homeless people in California to sit, sleep and panhandle on public property without facing penalties from law enforcement, negating the sit-lie ordinance approved by San Francisco voters in 2010. Read More
In the wake of last week’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings, local law enforcement is on high alert for suspicious behavior — and it’s getting help from the public.
The San Francisco Police Department is taking every precaution to protect city streets from potential terrorist threats, and its best tool might be the eyes and ears of the people it’s watching over. Read More
No one ever claimed sports are fair. You can condition yourself incessantly, micromanage your diet and spend hours in the film room, but when the injury bug bites, none of it matters. Read More
STANFORD — In a fast-moving NFL, the big-play tight end is becoming a trump card in the deck of offensive coordinators around the league. They’re too quick for linebackers to cover and too big for defensive backs to handle. They can act as a fourth receiver against traditional 4-3 defenses or serve as run blockers when coaches bring in the nickel.
“The tight end is that mismatch position,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “If you don’t have [a versatile tight end], you miss it — you have to coach around it. But if you have one, defenses have to account for him.” Read More
With Social Security disability benefits as his only source of monthly income, Bill Shomer decided that he needed to live without a phone. The San Francisco resident could barely pay for food and public transportation, so something had to go.
“It got to the point where I was eating only two meals a day,” Shomer said. “I’ve been giving everything up; the phone was the last thing I was holding on to.” Read More
Doug Wilson’s mailbox should be overflowing with apology letters right now. As the Sharks struggled through a miserable scoring drought last month, many among the teal-clad faithful insisted that he blow up the team’s core nucleus.
But the team didn’t need to part ways with Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau or Dan Boyle to surge up the Western Conference standings. The missing piece was already on the bench; he just had to switch spots. Read More
DALY CITY — With a culture and an identity established in the locker room, the San Francisco Bulls are looking to make a leap up the standings in their second year.
The Bulls’ inaugural season reached a conclusion on Saturday when the Alaska Aces eliminated them from the Kelly Cup playoffs with a 4-1 series win. But coach Pat Curcio said he is proud of the way his team finished the season. Read More
Drew Mickel heard the blast while he was sipping on an Anchor Steam in the bar at the Westin Copley Place Boston hotel. He had just completed his 16th straight Boston Marathon and was celebrating with his Olympic Club friends roughly 350 feet away from the finish line.
“You could feel it,” said Mickel, a Piedmont resident. “It rocked the glass and you knew something had happened.”
Within minutes, spectators were racing past the windows, news reports were flashing on TV and word quickly spread that a bomb had exploded at the finish line. Read More
As Tim Lincecum fought through the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, his name started trending on Twitter. The tweets were predictable: Where’s the Cy Young award winner? What’s with the haircut? Send him to the bullpen! Read More