Wrestling, once in one’s blood, is never completely cleansed. Katherine Fulp-Allen, the 121-pound Redwood City native who next weekend will attempt to pin her ticket to the 2012 London Olympics, can attest to that. Her connection to the art of clinching and grappling is stronger than most others. Katherine and her older sister, Sara, after all, inherited the archaic combat sport as children from their nondomineering father Lee Allen — a U.S. 1956 and 1960 Olympic wrestler and 1980 coach. Read More
ALAMEDA — Reggie McKenzie, Oakland’s first general manager since the long reign of polarizing owner Al Davis, said much on the January afternoon that saw his swearing in as the Raiders’ top executive. But of McKenzie’s then New Year proclamation, what is perhaps best remembered is what the man said of his draft selections. Read More
Schireson, 41, enrolled at UC Berkeley at age 14. And it was there that the current president of 10gen, a Bay Area-based software company that develops large databases, began his tech career. The database he develops is called MongoDB.
What’s the essential difference between MongoDB and previous databases? Read More
There was a time, albeit a long time ago, when Chris Mullin couldn’t run nor jump.
Or at least, not very well.
“I probably should’ve picked another sport,” Mullin, now 48, confessed of his childhood playing days.He didn’t. Basketball, bluntly put, was something Mullin really loved to do.
And now, only after a 16-year playing career in the NBA, 13 of which he spent as a member of the Warriors, the boy from Brooklyn can finally stop running — and jumping. Read More
It’s easy to be repulsed by prize fighting. The sight of two combatants spilling each other’s blood on a square mat of canvas is enough to turn most observers away. One such observer was once Ana Julaton.“I never grew up wanting to be a boxer,” said Julaton, a Daly City native of Filipino extraction. “I thought it was too violent. But I just didn’t understand it.” Read More
OAKLAND — As a boy on a Brooklyn neighborhood basketball court, Chris Mullin never gave much thought to anything other than the inflated rubber ball in his hand.
But as two rundown hoops were torn down Thursday at Oakland’s Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center as part of groundbreaking ceremony with dozens of children on hand, the retired longtime Warrior and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer couldn’t help but to be reminded of his past. Read More
It didn’t take long for Pat Curcio, a 10-year veteran of the professional hockey ranks, to be branded
The local outlandish radio duo of Lamont and Tonelli designated him that moniker after Curcio phoned the KSAN (107.7 FM) radio station and broke the news that he had just formed the San Francisco Bulls pro hockey team, the newest member of the ECHL, the premier AA league in North America. Read More
As is sometimes the case in sports, what’s ahead is more important than what just happened.
For Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball, it really can’t be any simpler than that.
If there is any lesson worth learning from recent history, it’s that the winner of the conference tournament, which tips off today in Los Angeles, is the only sure bet to be celebrating on Selection Sunday. And, at the moment, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious favorite to seize that assured bid. Read More
STANFORD — Cal coach Mike Montgomery, who for 18 seasons skippered the Stanford men’s basketball team, knew exactly what made the rival Cardinal a dangerous foe.
It was Stanford’s depth.
But Stanford’s bench, despite outscoring Cal 27-4, alone didn’t propel the underdog Cardinal to a 75-70 win Sunday at Maples Pavilion, spoiling Cal’s bid for a shared Pac-12 Conference title and a No. 1 seeding for the this week’s conference tourney.
Rough play had just as much to do with it. Read More
Today’s tipoff at Maples Pavilion may be the final regular-season game of Pac-12 Conference play, but with the conference tourney looming, both teams — Cal and Stanford — have much to play for.
For Cal, whose 70-57 loss against Colorado last weekend ended a six-game winning streak, it’s simple — win and create as much momentum as possible heading into the postseason.
But whatever may be on the line today, Bears coach Mike Montgomery argues that the point is moot. Read More
Tony Rossmann was only a college sophomore when, at Fenway Park, he witnessed one of the most memorable moments in American sporting history.But watching Ted Williams knock a homer in the final at-bat of his big league career was more than a great moment. It was a lesson in life. Read More
Marvin Jones plays, and lives, by a simple motto that goes something along the lines of “catch whatever is thrown your way.”
That’s precisely what Jones, Cal’s No. 2 wide receiver, did at last month’s Senior Bowl in scoring the game’s first touchdown. The Mobile, Ala.-hosted contest was one he wasn’t even supposed to be in. But Jones, a late roster addition, made the most of it.
And if the 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver hopes to realize his dream of entering the NFL ranks, he’ll again need to make the most of his opportunity this week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Read More
To be a bartender in a room with no corners means to not mind being the center of attention. And in the Orbit Room Cafe, lone bartender Paul Wakefield is just that.
Originally from the Arizona Victorian mining town of Bisbee, Wakefield made his way out to the coast when he was 21. He began bartending soon after. And now in his fifth year at the Orbit Room, Wakefield has witnessed the major renovations over the last two years. Read More
It was not that long ago that the 2012 season for A’s baseball seemed to be one destined for mediocrity. That perception changed Monday with the acquisition of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.The A’s secured the highly coveted but untested Cuban defector Monday with a reported four-year, $36 million deal. The A’s bested the Miami Marlins, who were favored to add Cespedes to their A-list acquisitions of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell. Read More
It might sound like a strange transition, but for a man who shifted gears for a living — literally — it couldn’t have been smoother. East Bay native and former trucker and insurance agent David Cruz went from pulling in $4,000 to $6,000 a week to serving drinks at the Starlight Room, San Francisco’s famous rooftop nightclub — and he loves it. Read More