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San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Thursday. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

In praise of Johnny Cueto, who confuses, confounds and delivers

I heard his name just as I was leaving the parking lot,…

The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
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Special to The Examiner

Giants vs. Dodgers: What you need to know before this week’s huge series

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner That grinding noise you’ll hear…

  • Jul 23, 2021
Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. looks towards the Giants dugout after hitting a home run against the A’s on June 26th. The team is on a record-setting pace for home runs this season. (Christopher Victorio/ Special to The Examiner)

‘Powder River!’ Giants record-setting home run pace provides a blast from the past

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner Nod in approval, Barry Bonds.…

  • Jul 16, 2021
Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) looks back to the bench during 3rd inning at Oracle Park on April 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California.

Can Buster Posey still make it to the Hall of Fame?

This season’s resurgence rekindles debate about his Cooperstown credentials

  • Jun 25, 2021
Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) looks back to the bench during 3rd inning at Oracle Park on April 27, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) high-five fans on his way back to the team locker room after defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-8 at Levi’s Stadium last Sunday in Santa Clara. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Why isn’t 49ers-Ravens in a better time slot?

Niners and Ravens are darlings of the NFL, but not enough to flex them to a late afternoon game

  • Dec 1, 2019
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) high-five fans on his way back to the team locker room after defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-8 at Levi’s Stadium last Sunday in Santa Clara. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
ESPN’s Karl Ravevch on set during the 2013 All-Star Home Run Derby at Citi Field in Queens, New York on July 15, 2013. (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)

On Sports Media: Ravech chimes in on Kapler, Giants future

ESPN’s Karl Ravech gives his take on hire of Gabe Kapler as Giants manager and the Winter Meetings

  • Nov 24, 2019
ESPN’s Karl Ravevch on set during the 2013 All-Star Home Run Derby at Citi Field in Queens, New York on July 15, 2013. (Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images)
San Francisco 49ers quaterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) gets set to throw the football before Seattle Seahawks defenseive tackle Quinton Jefferson (99) can get to him in the 1st quarter at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 11, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Is Garoppolo tipping his reads? Plus, Kittle and Staley out

Heading into a Sunday match-up with Arizona, 49ers deal with tipping reads and two personnel losses

San Francisco 49ers quaterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) gets set to throw the football before Seattle Seahawks defenseive tackle Quinton Jefferson (99) can get to him in the 1st quarter at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 11, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Headstrong will be running on NBC Sports California through the month of November. (Courtesy / NBC)

On Sports Media: HeadStrong is a must-see sports documentary

Mental health documentary debuts Friday night on NBC Sports Bay Area

  • Nov 8, 2019
Headstrong will be running on NBC Sports California through the month of November. (Courtesy / NBC)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (left) lines-up next to hitting coach Hensley Meulens (second from left) and Ron Wotus (center) at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Chris Russo talks Bochy managing, 49ers

Chris Russo made waves during an interview with Bruce Bochy where he said he’d like to manage again

  • Nov 3, 2019
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (left) lines-up next to hitting coach Hensley Meulens (second from left) and Ron Wotus (center) at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Warriors to start three rookies against Charlotte

Warriors to start three rookies against Charlotte

Golden State sitting D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green due to injury

Warriors to start three rookies against Charlotte
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr trying to get the defense set-up against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter at Chase Center on Oct. 24, 2019 in San Francisco. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: The Warriors are fine

While mediocrity is a culture shock for some veterans and fans, this group is just fine

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr trying to get the defense set-up against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first quarter at Chase Center on Oct. 24, 2019 in San Francisco. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) before playing the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on October 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Niners becoming ratings hit

San Francisco 49ers could see multiple games flexed into primetime if winning continues

  • Oct 27, 2019
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) before playing the Cleveland Browns at Levi’s Stadium on October 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
TNT analyst Reggie Miller and play-by-play man Kevin Harlan call a game. (Courtesy / TNT)

On Sports Media: Warriors opening night is a national affair

TNT’s Reggie Miller talks about this season’s Golden State team and their new home

  • Oct 20, 2019
TNT analyst Reggie Miller and play-by-play man Kevin Harlan call a game. (Courtesy / TNT)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) at the end of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: 49ers undefeated start is for real

The picture-perfect offseason machinations have produced a team whose 5-0 start is unassailable

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) at the end of the game against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 13, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler before the Phillies played the Miami Marlins on Sept. 27, 2019. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

On Sports Media: Who’s predicting the next Giants manager?

National media handicaps who will be the next San Francisco Giants skipper

  • Oct 13, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler before the Phillies played the Miami Marlins on Sept. 27, 2019. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)
San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi addresses the media in hist post-season press conference at Oracle Park on Oct. 1, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)

Kolsky: Giants back are in the business of selling hope

After a better-than-expected start to rebuild, San Francisco has a path forward

San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi addresses the media in hist post-season press conference at Oracle Park on Oct. 1, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew, including Bay Area native Matt Vasgersian (front), Stanford grad Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez. (Courtesy / ESPN)

For Vasgersian the A’s wild card game is a homecoming

Bay Area native Matt Vasgersian will be on the call for an AL wild card game involving the A’s

  • Sep 29, 2019
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew, including Bay Area native Matt Vasgersian (front), Stanford grad Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez. (Courtesy / ESPN)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy waves his cap in salute to fans at the start of his final season before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the opening home game of the 2019 season at Oracle Park on Friday, April 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Giants aren’t going to the playoffs, but Bruce Bochy might

On Sports Media: Networks hoping retiring Bruce Bochy will lend voice to MLB playoffs

  • Sep 22, 2019
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy waves his cap in salute to fans at the start of his final season before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the opening home game of the 2019 season at Oracle Park on Friday, April 5, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks (16) reacts as Oakland Athletics short stop Marcus Semien (10) fields a ground ball hit by New York Yankees short stop Didi Gregorius (18) and the put out to Matt Olson (28) at first base as the A’s defeat the Yankees 6-4 at the Oakland Coliseum on August 21, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special for S.F. Examiner)

Tale of Two Bay Area’s: A’s, Rays could be headed for a showdown

Networks want a piece of showdown between two small-market, big-success teams

  • Sep 15, 2019
Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks (16) reacts as Oakland Athletics short stop Marcus Semien (10) fields a ground ball hit by New York Yankees short stop Didi Gregorius (18) and the put out to Matt Olson (28) at first base as the A’s defeat the Yankees 6-4 at the Oakland Coliseum on August 21, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special for S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) intercepts a pass from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the third quarter on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)

Kolsky: Little wins can add up to a big payoff for 49ers

Playoffs?! There’s a straight line there from 49ers’ Week 1 win

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (23) intercepts a pass from Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the third quarter on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Monica Herndon/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)