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Todd McLellan left the Sharks for the Edmonton Oilers, who come to San Jose for a first-round matchup in the NHL Playoffs. (Courtesy Aaron Sholl/Flickr)

Series aside, McLellan has gotten best of Sharks already

Give Balls the Stanley Cup playoffs. You can have the rest. The…

Todd McLellan left the Sharks for the Edmonton Oilers, who come to San Jose for a first-round matchup in the NHL Playoffs. (Courtesy Aaron Sholl/Flickr)
Kevin Durant, right, returned Saturday and looked fine. So, there's no reason for him or Stephen Curry, left, to be overextended in the final games of the regular season. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Durant, Warriors take big step but need to tread lightly

In his first game in 39 days on Saturday night, Kevin Durant…

Kevin Durant, right, returned Saturday and looked fine. So, there's no reason for him or Stephen Curry, left, to be overextended in the final games of the regular season. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Khris Davis is playing well enough to be traded by the Oakland Athletics by midseason. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Never too early to start Athletics trade speculation

OK, girls and boys, let’s play that popular spring game called Who…

Khris Davis is playing well enough to be traded by the Oakland Athletics by midseason. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The issue of resting stars has caused headaches for the NBA after Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr rested four major players a couple weeks ago. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Tired of NBA fatigue? Let’s put it to rest

NBA commissioner Adam Silver asked team owners for possible solutions to the…

The issue of resting stars has caused headaches for the NBA after Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr rested four major players a couple weeks ago. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kansas Jayhawks guard Lagerald Vick (2) fouls Michigan State Spartans guard Alvin Ellis III (3) as Kansas Jayhawks forward Landen Lucas (33) defends in the second half during a second round NCAA men's basketball tournament game on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Jayhawks beat Michigan State 90-70. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/TNS)

March Badness: Starless NCAAs no longer must-see event

Quick — name 10 jaw-droppin’, gotta-see players in the NCAA Basketball Tournament…

Kansas Jayhawks guard Lagerald Vick (2) fouls Michigan State Spartans guard Alvin Ellis III (3) as Kansas Jayhawks forward Landen Lucas (33) defends in the second half during a second round NCAA men's basketball tournament game on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The Jayhawks beat Michigan State 90-70. (Shane Keyser/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Cal men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin on Wednesday announced his resignation and will reportedly sign a $21 million deal with University of Missouri. (Courtesy Cal Athletics)

Cal hoops doomed to irrelevancy again with Cuonzo Martin’s departure

Hard to believe that is was less two years ago when we…

Cal men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin on Wednesday announced his resignation and will reportedly sign a $21 million deal with University of Missouri. (Courtesy Cal Athletics)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr watches his team host the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on February 23, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rest assured, Stevie Wiseacre has lost it again

The Warriors knew life without Kevin Durant would be different if not…

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr watches his team host the LA Clippers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on February 23, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Pierre Garcon earned himself a major payday by signing with the 49ers. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

Free agency isn’t cheap for 49ers

If Balls were Julio Jones, he would be on the phone with…

Pierre Garcon earned himself a major payday by signing with the 49ers. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)
49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. (Jacob Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

How can Santa Clara blow it again? Let me count the ways

Santa Clara is in a good place right now. It has lots…

49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. (Jacob Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
The Warriors weren’t careful with the basketball on Thursday. Combine that with a poor shooting night, and Draymond Green and the Dubs were dealt their first consecutive regular-season losses since April of 2015. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Life without Kevin Durant off to a rough start for Warriors

CHICAGO — Uh-oh. The Warriors have lost two games in a row, an…

The Warriors weren’t careful with the basketball on Thursday. Combine that with a poor shooting night, and Draymond Green and the Dubs were dealt their first consecutive regular-season losses since April of 2015. (Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
It was simpler times last week when the biggest injury Kevin Durant was dealing with was a bruised pinky finger.

Here’s the plan for Warriors to finish strong without Kevin Durant

A lot of haters are thrilled that Kevin Durant has a sprained…

It was simpler times last week when the biggest injury Kevin Durant was dealing with was a bruised pinky finger.
San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span (2) connects with a pitch for a triple against the Chicago Cubs during Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on October 10, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

MLB players need to get up to speed — and fast

Baseball is slower than an NFL investigation. Seamheads know it. Commissioner Rob…

San Francisco Giants center fielder Denard Span (2) connects with a pitch for a triple against the Chicago Cubs during Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on October 10, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
DeMarcus Cousins has a new home. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Cousins give-away is a big flop for Divac, Kings

Hey, look, the West just took a 444-398 lead in the NBA…

DeMarcus Cousins has a new home. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Madison Bumgarner and the Giants’ front office have yet to discuss a contract extension. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Spring training has sprung, Giants have never looked better

Everything you need to know about Giants in spring training but didn’t…

Madison Bumgarner and the Giants’ front office have yet to discuss a contract extension. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Sharks defenseman Brent Burns currently No. 3 in the NHL scoring race. (Courtesy San Jose Sharks)

In mixed-up world of sports, NHL is breath of fresh air

Suffer from Super Bowl hangover, Bubba? Bored out of your gourd by…

Sharks defenseman Brent Burns currently No. 3 in the NHL scoring race. (Courtesy San Jose Sharks)
(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Franchise QB should be at top of 49ers’ to-do list

Santa Clara will formally introduce its new Kyle Shanahan-John Lynch tag team…

(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kyle Shanahan’s decision not to run the ball at the end of the game undoubtedly cost the Atlanta Falcons a victory in Super Bowl LI. But can Shanahan shake it off now that he’s on his way to the 49ers? (Anthony Behar/Sipa USA/TNS)

After Shanahan’s super gaffe, will choke be on Santa Clara?

Know the best part about Super Bowl LI? It’s that the crummiest,…

Kyle Shanahan’s decision not to run the ball at the end of the game undoubtedly cost the Atlanta Falcons a victory in Super Bowl LI. But can Shanahan shake it off now that he’s on his way to the 49ers? (Anthony Behar/Sipa USA/TNS)
There might be better players in the league, but none more valuable to their team than Brent Burns for the San Jose Sharks. (Gina Ferazzi/Los angeles Times/TNS)

Sharks in good spot, but need to smell blood

The NHL season doesn’t begin until after the All-Star break — yeah,…

There might be better players in the league, but none more valuable to their team than Brent Burns for the San Jose Sharks. (Gina Ferazzi/Los angeles Times/TNS)
Paraag Marathe, the 49ers’ chief strategy officer, and CEO Jed York could be on the hook for six years, after reportedly offering lengthy contracts to John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan. (Courtesy 49ers)

Marathe-York comedy gets funnier by the day

Great move to hire John Lynch, if Balls says so itself. If…

Paraag Marathe, the 49ers’ chief strategy officer, and CEO Jed York could be on the hook for six years, after reportedly offering lengthy contracts to John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan. (Courtesy 49ers)
Steve Kerr wasn’t happy with the outcome of the players’ vote for the NBA All-Star Game, ignoring that the game has been disappointing for years. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Here’s a vote for NBA All-Star Game as must-not-see TV

Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a bit peeved that so many players…

Steve Kerr wasn’t happy with the outcome of the players’ vote for the NBA All-Star Game, ignoring that the game has been disappointing for years. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)