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Joe Nathan will be returning to the San Francisco Giants on a minor league contract. (Courtesy Topps)

Giants bring back Joe Nathan on minor league contract

Optimistically seeking bullpen help down the stretch, the Giants signed 41-year-old reliever…

Joe Nathan will be returning to the San Francisco Giants on a minor league contract. (Courtesy Topps)
Buster Posey. (Emma Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Giants’ second-half pains compound with loss to Pirates

AT&T PARK — For the first time in over three months the…

Buster Posey. (Emma Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Andre Ward had success throwing both the left and the right on Saturday night against Alexander Brand at Oracle Arena. (Tom Hogan - Roc Nation Sports/Hoganphotos)

Andre Ward dominant in championship tuneup fight

OAKLAND — Andre Ward embodied a handful of different fighters on Saturday…

Andre Ward had success throwing both the left and the right on Saturday night against Alexander Brand at Oracle Arena. (Tom Hogan - Roc Nation Sports/Hoganphotos)
Andre Ward, the undefeated pride of Oakland, will fight Alexander Brand, of Colombia, on Saturday at Oracle Arena. (Courtesy Tom Hogan/Hogan-Photos/Rock Nation Sports)

Andre Ward set for tuneup at Oracle Arena

Following a nearly two-year break from fighting, former super middleweight champion Andre…

Andre Ward, the undefeated pride of Oakland, will fight Alexander Brand, of Colombia, on Saturday at Oracle Arena. (Courtesy Tom Hogan/Hogan-Photos/Rock Nation Sports)
AC Milan's M'baye Niang (11) celebrates with teammates Andrea Bertolacci, left, and Giacomo Bonaventura, right, after scoring a goal against Bayern Munich during their match Wednesday in Chicago. (Paul Beaty/AP)

AC Milan, Liverpool game at Levi’s Stadium gives local fans a taste for international soccer

The Bay Area’s summer of soccer will cap off with European flair…

AC Milan's M'baye Niang (11) celebrates with teammates Andrea Bertolacci, left, and Giacomo Bonaventura, right, after scoring a goal against Bayern Munich during their match Wednesday in Chicago. (Paul Beaty/AP)
Johanna Konta holds the winner’s plate after defeating Venus Williams, left, in the final in the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Johanna Konta wins her first WTA title by taking down Venus Williams

STANFORD — Johanna Konta seems to have Venus Williams’ number: She beat…

Johanna Konta holds the winner’s plate after defeating Venus Williams, left, in the final in the Bank of the West Classic on Sunday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Venus Williams returns to Alison Riske during their semifinal match in the Bank of the West Classic on Saturday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Venus Williams advances to finals at Bank of the West Classic

STANFORD — Flashes of a vintage Venus Williams delighted fans at the…

Venus Williams returns to Alison Riske during their semifinal match in the Bank of the West Classic on Saturday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Sonny Gray lasted just five innings, surrendering nine hits and seven earned runs against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Ben Margot/AP)

Gray struggles with command again as A’s drop series opener to Rays

OAKLAND — Sonny Gray’s struggle-filled 2016 campaign persisted Thursday night at The…

Sonny Gray lasted just five innings, surrendering nine hits and seven earned runs against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Ben Margot/AP)
Venus Williams returns a shot in the 1995 Bank of the West Classic. She was 15-years old at the time.  (Sam Morris/AP)

Venus Williams advances to quarterfinals at Bank of the West Classic

STANFORD — It wasn’t the quick second round victory Venus Williams would have liked,…

Venus Williams returns a shot in the 1995 Bank of the West Classic. She was 15-years old at the time.  (Sam Morris/AP)
Venus Williams returns to the Bay Area for the Bank of the West Classic this week. (Tim Ireland/AP file photo)

Venus Williams seeks 50th career title at Bank of the West Classic

Fresh off her first Wimbledon semifinal appearance in seven years, a resurgent…

Venus Williams returns to the Bay Area for the Bank of the West Classic this week. (Tim Ireland/AP file photo)
Brittany Lang lifts her trophy after winning the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at CordeValle on Sunday in San Martin. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

USGA struggles with penalty notification again

SAN MARTIN — Brittany Lang captured her first major championship on Sunday…

Brittany Lang lifts her trophy after winning the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at CordeValle on Sunday in San Martin. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Mirim Lee walks off the eight green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at CordeValle on Thursday. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Mirim Lee ties U.S. Women’s Open record for single-round score

SAN MARTIN — Mirim Lee of South Korea tied the lowest round…

Mirim Lee walks off the eight green during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament at CordeValle on Thursday. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Brooke Henderson will be a notable participant in this year's U.S. Women's Open in San Martin. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Budding rivalry takes center stage at U.S. Women’s Open

The U.S. Women’s Open returns to California this weekend for the first…

Brooke Henderson will be a notable participant in this year's U.S. Women's Open in San Martin. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
The Inferno softball team, along with their husky mascot Miles, celebrates a win in the SFGSL end of season tournament on Sunday. (Teddy Luther/Special to S.F. Examiner)

One of first gay sports leagues in nation offers competition, inclusion

The San Francisco Gay Softball League held its annual end of season…

The Inferno softball team, along with their husky mascot Miles, celebrates a win in the SFGSL end of season tournament on Sunday. (Teddy Luther/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Seagulls shortstop Ismael Orozco connects on a sixth inning single in Tuesday’s loss to the South Bay Storm at Fairmont Park in Pacifica. (Teddy Luther/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Seagulls tap local talent pool

PACIFICA — The San Francisco Seagulls have started their summer collegiate baseball…

San Francisco Seagulls shortstop Ismael Orozco connects on a sixth inning single in Tuesday’s loss to the South Bay Storm at Fairmont Park in Pacifica. (Teddy Luther/Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco Seals summer collegiate baseball begins 30th season

ALAMEDA — With the College World Series next weekend and the Major…

Lafayette native Brandon Harkins hugs his mom after sinking a birdie putt to secure a spot in the 2016 U.S. Open. (Teddy Luther/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Six golfers qualify for their first major championship

DALY CITY — It took more than the allotted 36 holes at…

Lafayette native Brandon Harkins hugs his mom after sinking a birdie putt to secure a spot in the 2016 U.S. Open. (Teddy Luther/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Maverick McNealy, of Stanford, will be contending for his second berth to the U.S. Open today during “golf’s longest day.”. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP file photo)

‘Golf’s longest day’ comes to Daly City

One of the most exciting traditions in American golf is returning to…

Maverick McNealy, of Stanford, will be contending for his second berth to the U.S. Open today during “golf’s longest day.”. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP file photo)