The Pirates could be forgiven for wanting no part of any break, All-Star or otherwise.Neil Walker went 5-for-5, Andrew McCutchen blasted two more home runs, and A.J. Burnett won his 10th game in Pittsburgh’s 13-2 blowout of San Francisco on Sunday at PNC Park. Read More
Actor Ernest Borgnine, whose bulldog appearance made him a natural for tough-guy roles in films like “The Wild Bunch” but won an Oscar for playing a sensitive loner in “Marty,” died on Sunday at the age of 95, his longtime publicist said.Borgnine, who also starred as a maverick World War Two patrol-boat skipper in the popular 1960s television comedy “McHale’s Navy,” died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he had gone for a medical checkup on Tuesday, spokesman Harry Flynn said. Read More
Roger Federer left the door tantalizingly ajar for local hero Andy Murray in the Wimbledon men’s singles final on Sunday, then slammed it shut to win a record-equaling seventh Wimbledon title and in so doing return to the top of the world rankings.The Swiss great, contesting his eighth final at the All England Club, flirted with danger in the second set after losing the first but just when Murray looked like ending 76 years of plucky British failure Federer gave a stunning reminder of his genius to win 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court. Read More
The California state Senate gave a nod of approval to the state's high-speed rail plan on Friday in a make-or-break vote for funding to start construction on a project whose overall cost has been pegged at $68 billion.The project, expected to take decades to complete, was championed by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who says a bullet train network will boost job creation and provide an alternative to car and plane travel in the country's most populous state. Read More
Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez had back surgery Thursday, putting him out for the rest of this season and perhaps ending his career, multiple media outlets reported.
Sanchez underwent the operation to remove a part of a lower-back disc in a procedure known as a micro discectomy, which was performed by spinal specialist Dr. Robert Watkins and went as planned. Read More
As the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.'s legislative body considers this week whether to allow ministers to perform same-sex marriages, Reverend Jane Spahr will not be present. But in some ways she will be at the center of the proceedings.Spahr, a 69-year-old lesbian evangelist who has defied the church and been rebuked by a church court for performing same-sex weddings in California, has been an outspoken advocate for liberalizing church policy on weddings. Read More
Dara Torres came up agonisingly short in her bid to make the United States swimming team for the London Olympics when she finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle final on Monday, the last day of the national trials.
Former Cal swimmer Jessica Hardy won the event in 24.50 seconds to add the 50 title to her victory in the 100 freestyle earlier in the meet after she failed to qualify in her main event, the 100 breaststroke. Read More
When Tim Lincecum takes the hill today to face rising Washington Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmerman, one pitcher will have a 5.60 ERA and the other a 2.77 ERA. Four months ago, all would assume it would be Lincecum boasting the better ERA. But that won’t be the case.
Lincecum has labored through the worst season of his career, but appears as if he’s possibly turned the corner. Read More
Imperious Spain took its place among the game’s greats in vintage style by thrashing Italy 4-0 to become the first team to win successive European Championship titles on Sunday.
Goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata gave the world champions an easy victory over an Italian team down to 10 men through injury for the last half-hour.
Spain’s emphatic triumph means they have become the first European side to win three major tournaments following their success in Euro 2008 and the World Cup two years ago. Read More
When Shannon Rowbury reached the Summer Games four years ago in Beijing, she turned in the top placing ever by an American woman in the 1,500-meter run by finishing seventh.
After her performance at Sunday’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., she’ll have a chance to top that. The San Francisco resident and Sacred Heart Cathedral product finished second in the 1,500 in a time of four minutes, 5.11 seconds to qualify for a second straight Olympics. Read More
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has unanimously recommended filing formal doping charges against U.S. cycling champ Lance Armstrong, the agency said in a statement on Friday.Armstrong, who has won seven Tour De France cycling titles, insists that he is innocent. The next step in the process is an arbitration hearing. Armstrong has said he will challenge the findings. Read More
The U.S. Justice Department said on Friday it would not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to turn over to Congress documents about a gun-running scandal to Mexico.Holder, who heads the Justice Department, was cited on Thursday for contempt of Congress by the Republican-led House of Representatives. The mostly partisan vote of 255-67 marked the first time a sitting attorney general and presidential cabinet member was cited for contempt by the full House. More than 100 Democrats walked out in protest and refused to vote. Read More
Actress Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from her superstar husband Tom Cruise, ending a six-year marriage that produced one daughter and captivated celebrity watchers worldwide.Holmes filed papers in New York City on Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking sole custody of the couple's six-year-old daughter Suri in a move that came "out of the blue" for the "Mission: Impossible" actor, said one source with knowledge of the situation.The source said Cruise is out of the country filming a movie in Iceland and the filing came as a surprise. Read More
The Supreme Court upheld President Barack Obama’s health care law in an election-year triumph for him and fellow Democrats who championed the most sweeping overhaul since the 1960s of the unwieldy U.S. health care system.
In a 5-4 ruling based on the power of Congress to impose taxes, the nation’s highest court preserved the law’s “individual mandate” requiring that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax. The justices also preserved, with some changes, a provision of the law expanding the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor. Read More
Madison Bumgarner threw a one-hitter in his first career complete game as the Giants posted their fourth consecutive shutout, a 5-0 victory over the Reds on Thursday at AT&T Park, for the first time since moving to San Francisco.
Bumgarner (10-4), who had a no-hitter through five innings, walked one and struck out eight. Cincinnati recorded its lone hit when Ryan Hanigan led off the sixth with a clean single to center field. Read More