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Kevin Durant, seen here on March 30, 2018, scored 29 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in Houston. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant is the NBA’s most complicated — and charitable — villain

The day after Kevin Durant was named one of the five finalists…

Kevin Durant, seen here on March 30, 2018, scored 29 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals in Houston. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant leaves the floor after being ejected in the first half of the Golden State Warriors' 116-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors officially surrender No. 1 seed on Kevin Durant’s short night

OAKLAND — After missing the previous six games, Kevin Durant’s return to…

Kevin Durant leaves the floor after being ejected in the first half of the Golden State Warriors' 116-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A’s starter Daniel Gossett, seen in March against the Giants, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rotations loom as liabilities for A’s, Giants on eve of season

Seated in the visitor’s dugout at AT&T Park, Oakland A’s manager Bob…

A’s starter Daniel Gossett, seen in March against the Giants, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, seen here in December,  insists he isn’t worried about Draymond Green’s slew of injuries this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Steve Kerr says the Warriors don’t have a Draymond Green problem

OAKLAND — Rare is the employee who can call out of work…

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, seen here in December,  insists he isn’t worried about Draymond Green’s slew of injuries this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Curry's return to the lineup was short-lived. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

MCL sprain spoils Curry’s return, leaves Warriors in purgatory

Oakland — After the Golden State Warriors most meaningless win of the…

Stephen Curry's return to the lineup was short-lived. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Larry Baer, seen here Jan. 19, said Friday it’s a good year — the Giants’ 60th in San Francisco — to honor the luminaries of the franchise. He also said it’s time to restart the franchise’s Even Year magic. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Giants usher in historic 60th season

AT&T PARK — When Larry Baer was growing up in the Outer…

Larry Baer, seen here Jan. 19, said Friday it’s a good year — the Giants’ 60th in San Francisco — to honor the luminaries of the franchise. He also said it’s time to restart the franchise’s Even Year magic. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Frankie Ferrari led the Dons into the CBI finals on Thursday night. (Courtesy Christina Leung/USF Athletics)

What you need to know after the Dons advanced to the CBI championship

WAR MEMORIAL GYM — For the second time in as many games,…

Frankie Ferrari led the Dons into the CBI finals on Thursday night. (Courtesy Christina Leung/USF Athletics)
Brett Anderson is coming back to Oakland after an injury-filled season in 2017. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

A’s take another low-risk flyer, bring back Brett Anderson

A day after agreeing to a one-year contract with Trevor Cahill, the…

Brett Anderson is coming back to Oakland after an injury-filled season in 2017. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)
Jordan Ratinho. (Courtesy Christina Leung/USF Athletics)

What you need to know after USF advances to the semifinals of the CBI

WAR MEMORIAL GYM — Seemingly headed for a resounding win over Utah…

Jordan Ratinho. (Courtesy Christina Leung/USF Athletics)
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) bats against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on Sept. 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Spring training digest: MadBum hits his stride, A’s shuffle pitching staff

Madison Bumgarner was in midseason form — both on the mound and…

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) bats against the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on Sept. 3, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Draymond Green scored a season-high 25 points against the Suns. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

What you need to know after the B-team Warriors coast past the Suns

With the triumvirate of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant once…

Draymond Green scored a season-high 25 points against the Suns. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
OAKLAND — About 30 minutes before the Golden State Warriors announced that Kevin Durant has an incomplete rib cartilage fracture

Durant goes down but Warriors stay cool amid torrent of injuries

OAKLAND — About 30 minutes before the Golden State Warriors announced that…

OAKLAND — About 30 minutes before the Golden State Warriors announced that Kevin Durant has an incomplete rib cartilage fracture
Steve Kerr told Nick Young to be ready before Monday's Western Conference Finals opener at Houston. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

As they go through the motions, Warriors keep big picture in mind

Amid the crush of fans who had spilled onto the court in…

Steve Kerr told Nick Young to be ready before Monday's Western Conference Finals opener at Houston. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Stephen Curry won't be re-evaluated until March 20. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kerr on playing it cool with Curry, why Klay’s fractured thumb could be a ‘positive’

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry won’t see the court until the middle of…

Stephen Curry won't be re-evaluated until March 20. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Quinn Cook shoots during the 2017-18 season. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Quinn Cook, Shaun Livingston ace unenviable assignment for Warriors

OAKLAND — After Quinn Cook fouled out in the closing minutes on…

Quinn Cook shoots during the 2017-18 season. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Evan Longoria, the former Tampa Bay Rays player turned Giants' newest third baseman, is expected to be out a few games due to left ankle/heel tightness.(Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

Spring training digest: Longoria out of the lineup again, while Panik settles into new role

Evan Longoria was out of the lineup for the the second day…

Evan Longoria, the former Tampa Bay Rays player turned Giants' newest third baseman, is expected to be out a few games due to left ankle/heel tightness.(Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)
Stephen Curry's, seen here Feb. 24, absence in Sunday's game against the Houston Rockets was strongly felt. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez / Special to S.F. Examiner)

What you need to know after another loss for the Curry-less Warriors

The undermanned Golden State Warriors wilted down the stretch and fell further…

Stephen Curry's, seen here Feb. 24, absence in Sunday's game against the Houston Rockets was strongly felt. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jordan Bell screams in frustration after injuring his ankle against the Brooklyn Nets last week. (Joel Angel Juarez/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors rookie Jordan Bell reflects on life after college

Jordan Bell was high above the Pacific Ocean when he first began…

Jordan Bell screams in frustration after injuring his ankle against the Brooklyn Nets last week. (Joel Angel Juarez/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant scored 40 points on Friday night. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

What you need to know from the Warriors missed chance to catch the Rockets

For the second time in as many trips to the Moda Center,…

Kevin Durant scored 40 points on Friday night. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant took over after Stephen Curry went down with an injury on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Another ankle injury for Stephen Curry casts shadow over Warriors’ win and future

OAKLAND — Before the Golden State Warriors’ 110-107 win over the San…

Kevin Durant took over after Stephen Curry went down with an injury on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)