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Hunter Strickland exits the game after failing to complete the top of the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in April of 2017. He gave up three runs in the ninth to lose it for Andrew Suarez on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gorcey: Some unwritten rules should be stricken from the record

Like most baseball fans (and former catchers), I used to love the…

Hunter Strickland exits the game after failing to complete the top of the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in April of 2017. He gave up three runs in the ninth to lose it for Andrew Suarez on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Longtime A's general manager Billy Beane was instrumental in building the team that was an annual playoff contender in the early 2000s. He could be on the outs after 2019.

Bonta Hill: It’s time for the Oakland A’s to embrace change

In some cases, organizational change is a good thing. The Golden State Warriors…

Longtime A's general manager Billy Beane was instrumental in building the team that was an annual playoff contender in the early 2000s. He could be on the outs after 2019.
Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) lays the ball up against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 27. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Golden State Warriors NBA Draft Preview: Who do the Warriors pick at No. 28?

For the first time since selecting Harrison Barnes in 2012, the Golden…

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) lays the ball up against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 27. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Giants should deal Madison Bumgarner or restructure his deal before it’s too late

To say things are getting weird down at 24 Willie Mays Plaza…

Madison Bumgarner, seen here in 2017, got the walk-off single on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden discusses the team's June minicamp. (Bonta Hill / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: New Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is already in midseason form

ALAMEDA -- When Jon Gruden was roaming the Oakland Raiders sideline from…

Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden discusses the team's June minicamp. (Bonta Hill / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy — his second in two years — after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)

Golden State Warriors Championship Special: Offseason moves and Kevin Durant

After a third title in four years, the Golden State Warriors will…

Kevin Durant holds the NBA Finals MVP trophy — his second in two years — after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 8, 2018, at Quicken Loans Arena. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)
LeBron James addresses the media after Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Where will LeBron James go, and what’s the impact on the Golden State Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors are champions, and the party in Oakland is…

LeBron James addresses the media after Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Klay Thompson takes a selfie video of himself during a press conference following the Golden State Warriors' Game 4 win in the 2018 NBA Finals. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)

For the 2018 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, it’s time to get greedy

Before he lounged in a golden bathtub of half-drunk bottles of Moet…

Klay Thompson takes a selfie video of himself during a press conference following the Golden State Warriors' Game 4 win in the 2018 NBA Finals. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Golden State Warriors are anything but dull

Shortly after Kevin Durant all but single-handedly ended the Cleveland Cavaliers’ season…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) hits a foul ball against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 21, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford will be key to any San Francisco Giants playoff push

South Beach has gotten the best of the Bay Area over the…

San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) hits a foul ball against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, on August 21, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto celebrates after inducing a double play against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2018. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Bonta Hill: San Francisco Giants have taken injuries in stride, are positioned well in NL West race

'Special' isn’t necessarily the right word to describe the 2018 San Francisco…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto celebrates after inducing a double play against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium on April 22, 2018. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Joey Bart, seen here in March, 2018, was picked second overall by the San Francisco Giants in the Major League Draft. (Courtesy: GT Athletics/Danny Karnik)

Kolsky: Rebuilding, the Giants way

The 2018 San Francisco Giants, to this point, have been at once…

Joey Bart, seen here in March, 2018, was picked second overall by the San Francisco Giants in the Major League Draft. (Courtesy: GT Athletics/Danny Karnik)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Steph Curry comes up short in the Finals? Not a chance

There’s this notion that Stephen Curry has come up small on the…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) handles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) shoots a three pointer over Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NBA Finals: Draymond Green powers Golden State Warriors down the stretch

OAKLAND -- With 5:06 left in regulation and the Golden State Warriors…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) shoots a three pointer over Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) during Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 31, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. He scored a game-high 38 against the Utah Jazz in Golden State's 2018019 road opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kolsky: Don’t blame Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant just wants to hoop. He’s said it repeatedly, and I…

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 22, 2018. He scored a game-high 38 against the Utah Jazz in Golden State's 2018019 road opener. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James defends Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant in the third quarter Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers lost to the Warriors 118-108.  (Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)

Bonta Hill’s four keys to the NBA Finals for the Golden State Warriors

Here we go again. The tetralogy between the Golden State Warriors and…

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James defends Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant in the third quarter Monday, Jan. 15, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers lost to the Warriors 118-108.  (Leah Klafczynski/Akron Beacon Journal/TNS)
Too often late in games, Steph Curry and the other Warriors all-stars take turns attempting to play hero, and it’s suicide for the offense as a whole. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Was everyone wrong about the Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors are an unbeatable basketball team. This might be…

Too often late in games, Steph Curry and the other Warriors all-stars take turns attempting to play hero, and it’s suicide for the offense as a whole. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Could Andre Iguodala’s absence cost the Golden State Warriors an NBA championship?

The Golden State Warriors were In the midst of pummeling the Houston…

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) drives to the basket against the Houston Rockets during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a foul called on Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bonta Hill: Love him or hate him, you know you love Draymond Green

If Draymond Green is not playing for your favorite team, odds are…

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates a foul called on Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) during Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on May 20, 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)