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Former San Francisco 49er wide receiver Dwight Clark passed away at 61 on Monday. (Courtesy: San Francisco 49ers)

Art Spander: Dwight Clark changed the course of 49ers history

The talk was all about the failures and the disappointments -- the…

Former San Francisco 49er wide receiver Dwight Clark passed away at 61 on Monday. (Courtesy: San Francisco 49ers)
Brooks Koepka reacts on the 18th hole after winning the U.S. Open Championship on Sunday at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wis. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/TNS)

Brooks Koepka claims first major title with US Open win

ERIN, WIS. — It wasn’t the Olympic Club or Pebble Beach, sites…

Brooks Koepka reacts on the 18th hole after winning the U.S. Open Championship on Sunday at Erin Hills in Hartford, Wis. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/TNS)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Sweet redemption: Warriors become first Bay Area team to win title at home since 1974

OAKLAND — Now inevitability was about to become reality. Fewer  than four…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrates a basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr calls out plays during Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Return of Kerr, Klay’s shooting are welcome sights for Warriors

OAKLAND — One of them hadn’t been seen. The other hadn’t been…

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr calls out plays during Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on June 4, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Durant dominates as Warriors take 1-0 lead in Finals

OAKLAND — This was scripted out last summer, the Warriors adding a…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) lays the ball into the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in January. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Forget the naysayers, the Warriors and Cavs deserve this

OAKLAND — It’s all yours, America: Warriors-Cavaliers III, The Trilogy, the inevitability.…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) lays the ball into the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in January. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich railed against Zaza Pachulia from the San Antonio Spurs’ hotel in San Francisco on Monday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Is it Dirty Zaza or Unlucky Kawhi? Depends on who you support

OAKLAND — The issue deals with laundry, more specifically uniforms, such as…

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich railed against Zaza Pachulia from the San Antonio Spurs’ hotel in San Francisco on Monday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Jeff Samardzija, seen here April 11, earned his first win of the season on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

After finally winning three straight, maybe the Giants are on to something

AT&T PARK — Maybe. That’s the only appropriate word. Maybe the Giants…

Jeff Samardzija, seen here April 11, earned his first win of the season on Sunday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a basket during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Defense wins championships — and the Warriors look like champions

OAKLAND — Steve Kerr wasn’t in the building. His back pain, the…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a basket during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 2, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The 49ers traded back from No. 2 to No. 3 to select Stanford’s Solomon Thomas, a defensive lineman. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)

New 49ers GM spends first draft dealing picks, fortifying defense

SANTA CLARA — This is how you start, how the 49ers start,…

The 49ers traded back from No. 2 to No. 3 to select Stanford’s Solomon Thomas, a defensive lineman. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/TNS)
Russell Baze, Bill Cartwright, Carmen Policy, Kerry Walsh Jennings and Matt Williams take the stage with their respective plaques for their Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame induction. (Courtesy Golden Gate Fields)

Meet the newest class of inductees to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame

Someone asked Russell Baze, who won more races as a jockey than…

Russell Baze, Bill Cartwright, Carmen Policy, Kerry Walsh Jennings and Matt Williams take the stage with their respective plaques for their Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame induction. (Courtesy Golden Gate Fields)
JaVale McGee was a differencemaker in Game 2. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

JaVale’s journey brings him to Golden State, benefitting both parties

OAKLAND — The pregame questions carried a sense of worry and a…

JaVale McGee was a differencemaker in Game 2. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on April 14, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bumgarner winless in three starts

Buster’s on the disabled list, if only momentarily. Mad Bum is on…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on April 14, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
(Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Opening Day reminder of last season’s woes

PHOENIX — Somewhere beyond the usual platitudes and justifications, the expected words…

(Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) high five after dunked during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. Warriors win 106 to 94. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Andre Iguodala settling into familiar role for Warriors: Being important and impactful however he can

He’s the man who goes unnoticed until you can’t stop watching him,…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) high five after dunked during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Oakland, Calif. Warriors win 106 to 94. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
In all likelihood, Derek Carr will lead the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory. The unknown is where the team will be playing when that time comes. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Stars without home vs. home devoid of stars

This is pro football at the moment in the Bay Area: The…

In all likelihood, Derek Carr will lead the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory. The unknown is where the team will be playing when that time comes. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on September 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Questions for Giants as they drop eight

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Eight in a row for the Giants, the wrong…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on September 14, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A’s starter Kendall Graveman, left, threw one scoreless inning against the Giants on Monday, while Jeff Samardzija allowed a first inning home run in San Francisco’s 5-4 loss to Oakland. (All: Stan Olszewski/2016 S.F. Examiner)

Graveman tops Samardzija in Bay Bridge Series warmup

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Exhibition games are baseball in reverse. “You get the…

A’s starter Kendall Graveman, left, threw one scoreless inning against the Giants on Monday, while Jeff Samardzija allowed a first inning home run in San Francisco’s 5-4 loss to Oakland. (All: Stan Olszewski/2016 S.F. Examiner)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he enjoys a chance to see his players shake off the off season and return to play at spring training.  (2016 Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Baseball’s time in the sun

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – A manager’s dream. “I’m enjoying seeing those guys,” said…

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he enjoys a chance to see his players shake off the off season and return to play at spring training.  (2016 Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Pebble Beach deserves a champion like Jordan Spieth. (Christina Lauren/Flickr)

Spieth, Pebble deserve each other in best way

PEBBLE BEACH — It’s a party, a picnic, a weather forecast, a…

Pebble Beach deserves a champion like Jordan Spieth. (Christina Lauren/Flickr)