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
After opening the season with 30 straight victories, the City College of San Francisco men’s basketball team will face its biggest test when it goes for win No. 31 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
If the Rams are going to advance to next weekend’s California Community College Athletic Association Final Four in Sacramento, they’ll need to win their rematch with Santa Rosa — the state’s best shooting team — at home Saturday. Read More
The Pac-12 Conference women’s basketball season appears to be headed for a photo finish and the winner of the horse race will be in a good position land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Read More
Talk to Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau or Dan Boyle and they will tell you that bringing home an Olympic gold medal in hockey is almost on par with winning the Stanley Cup. International competition is even more meaningful in soccer as the world stops spinning for 32 days as 32 nations compete for the sport’s ultimate prize.
But does anyone care that Team USA is taking the field Friday for its first game in the World Baseball Classic, our national pastime’s version of the World Cup? Read More
BERKELEY — As the final seconds ticked off the clock at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 19, the Cal and Stanford men’s basketball teams appeared to be headed in opposite directions. The Cardinal snagged a crucial win and seemed poised for a turnaround, while the Bears continued to sink, dropping their seventh game in 11 outings.
But Cal’s season took a 180-degree turn soon after the 69-59 loss and when the teams take the floor at Haas Pavilion for tonight’s rematch, the Bears will be playing for a chance to win a Pac-12 Conference title. Read More
With the trade deadline looming, the San Francisco Bulls are looking to wheel and deal to add size and blue line depth to the roster for the last 13 games of the season.
The Bulls acquired scoring punch with the addition of Yanni Gourde, Tristan King and Bryan Cameron, but the team is lacking physicality in the wake of Kris Belan’s call up to the AHL last week.
Coach and president Pat Curcio said he expects to make a move before the deadline at noon on Thursday to address the issue. Read More
Shove or no shove, this season could prove to be Mike Montgomery’s finest piece of work in his 30-plus years of coaching.
On the court, the Cal men’s basketball team would probably get blown out by his 1998 Final Four squad from Stanford, and would likely get beaten by the Bears clan that won the Pac-10 Conference title in 2010, too. Read More
With the exception of the final three plays of the Super Bowl, the 49ers seem to score a touchdown with every decision they make these days.
As first reported by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, followed by many other outlets, the Niners have sewn up a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs that will send Alex Smith packing when the new league year starts March 12. In return, the 49ers will receive a second-round pick (No. 34 overall) in this year’s draft and a conditional midround pick next year.
Two words: great deal. Read More
BERKELEY — Justin Cobbs is regaining confidence in his jump shot and it earned him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors this week.
With the help of Cobbs’ buzzer beater on Thursday and his 18 points on Saturday, the Cal men’s basketball team knocked off Oregon and Oregon State on the road last week to move within striking distance of a Pac-12 conference title.
After winning seven of their last eight, the Bears (18-9, 10-5) are now trailing first-place Arizona (11-4) and Oregon (11-4) by a single game and Cobbs’ turnaround is a key part of the team’s recent success. Read More
STANFORD — Stanford is referred to as “Tight End U” these days because of the steady stream of NFL picks the football team has churned out at that position in recent years. But when the Cardinal set out to defend their Rose Bowl championship in the fall, they’ll be featuring a pair of fresh faces in their double-tight end set.
Spring practices got under way at Dan Elliott Field on Monday, kicking off auditions for the roles previously performed by Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo. Read More
San Francisco Bulls fans might not recognize their team when the squad returns to action at the Cow Palace on March 6.
The Bulls added finesse to the roster with the arrival of forward Yanni Gourde from the AHL Worcester Sharks, but the team is losing toughness with the call-up of Kris Belan to the Manchester Monarchs.
“We’ll be really skilled and probably less physical,” coach and president Pat Curcio said. Read More
Alex Smith stepped into football’s biggest shoes when the 49ers selected him with the NFL’s No. 1 overall pick in 2005. In a town that expects godliness from its quarterbacks, he was never Joe Montana, Steve Young or even Colin Kaepernick. But throughout his eight years with the club, he embodied the purest ideals of team sports. Read More
After a promising 7-0 start, anxiety is resuming in San Jose and talk of a major Shark Tank shake-up is swirling around town.
The Sharks are 1-4-3 in their last eight contests and they’re averaging an anemic 1.25 goals per game over that span. Panic is setting in once again and the answer, if you listen to the critics, is to blow up the nucleus and send one of the team’s big-name players — Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle or Patrick Marleau — packing. Read More
BERKELEY — Coach Mike Montgomery insists that the hoopla surrounding his shove of forward Allen Crabbe isn’t distracting his team as it prepares to meet No. 23 Oregon in Eugene on Thursday.
With four wins in five games, the Bears (16-9, 8-5) are not only contending for an NCAA Tournament berth, a win over Oregon (21-5, 10-3) would put them within a game of first place in the Pac-12 Conference.
And while the drama on the sideline is overshadowing the Bears’ turnaround on the court, Montgomery said Tuesday the team is growing because of the experience. Read More
Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour is throwing a big, fat air ball by not disciplining coach Mike Montgomery for shoving Allen Crabbe during Sunday’s basketball game against USC.
UC Berkeley is recognized around the world for being a progressive, forward-thinking institution, but Barbour’s inaction on this matter suggests that the athletic department is stuck in the past.
As inappropriate as Montgomery’s behavior was, it’s the university’s response — or lack thereof — in the aftermath that really leaves you scratching your head. Read More