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Don Wright/ap file photoGiants LHP Madison Bumgarner is rarely ever content

Giants, A’s face different challenges in second half

The A’s and Giants ended the run-up to today’s All-Star Game with…

Don Wright/ap file photoGiants LHP Madison Bumgarner is rarely ever content
AP Photo/Jeff ChiuOakland Athletics left fielder Brandon Moss (37) cannot catch a double hit by Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland

Big trade positions A’s for deep postseason run

It was quite a holiday weekend for the A's. First, owner Lew…

AP Photo/Jeff ChiuOakland Athletics left fielder Brandon Moss (37) cannot catch a double hit by Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland
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Sandy Barbour was a mistake from the beginning for Cal

The firing (quaintly called a reassigning) of Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour…

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AP File Photo/Reinhold MatayOakland A's General Manager Billy Beane has needed to tweak his "Moneyball" success formula

General manager Billy Beane has the Oakland A’s firing on all cylinders

The A's have the best record in baseball and they've done it…

AP File Photo/Reinhold MatayOakland A's General Manager Billy Beane has needed to tweak his "Moneyball" success formula
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

Giants, A’s still the class of Major League Baseball

The road to another Bay Bridge World Series has hit some serious…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Eric Gay/2005 AP file photoRashad McCants' claim of academic wrongdoing at North Carolina is just one of many issues facing the NCAA right now.

Flawed NCAA in need of a major overhaul

The NCAA is under fire from a number of directions, and it's…

Eric Gay/2005 AP file photoRashad McCants' claim of academic wrongdoing at North Carolina is just one of many issues facing the NCAA right now.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

It’s early, but an A’s-Giants World Series is a real possibility

Is it too early to talk of another Bay Bridge World Series?…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

NFL’s disregard for player safety is nothing new

The NFL’s callous disregard for its players’ well-being, now being documented in…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Tony Avelar/2014 AP file photo49ers’ guard Mike Iupati is a free agent this summer and could possible leave San Francisco despite the Niners need for offensive lineman.

Pablo Sandoval's surge presents dilemma for Giants

Now that he's started hitting again, Pablo Sandoval presents the Giants with…

Tony Avelar/2014 AP file photo49ers’ guard Mike Iupati is a free agent this summer and could possible leave San Francisco despite the Niners need for offensive lineman.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

49ers GM Baalke a master at putting together a winning team

General manager Trent Baalke continues to explore all methods of improving the…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

49ers, Raiders face different needs in NFL Draft

This week's NFL Draft will be important to both the 49ers and…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has to go

Suddenly, the excitement of playoff basketball has become almost an afterthought as…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
AP Photo/David ZalubowskiSan Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval warms up before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Monday

Young Bay Area stars Kaepernick, Sandoval still need to prove their worth

Two young stars, Pablo Sandoval and Colin Kaepernick, are seeking new contracts.…

AP Photo/David ZalubowskiSan Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval warms up before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Monday
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

Off-field issues a troubling sign for 49ers

Are the 49ers an NFL team or a halfway house? The episodes…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

Giants showing they can hit, but will it be enough?

As the Giants prepare for today’s home opener, fans are left to…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

Giants’ starting staff a big question mark as 2014 opens

Only the hopelessly optimistic fans can see the Giants as serious postseason…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

Giants should wait on giving Sandoval a long-term extension

In the Giants’ press box late last season, as Pablo Sandoval stumbled…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

Many are too quick to judge Raiders’ offseason

The sports media did an amazing 180 on the Raiders last week,…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

A’s owner Wolff standing in the way of new stadium

Say this for San Jose mayor Chuck Reed: He doesn’t give up…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.
Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.

York needs to find way for Harbaugh and Baalke to coexist with 49ers

When I read stories that claim Jim Harbaugh’s act is “wearing thin”…

Jeff Chiu/APGiants left-hander Madison Bumgarner is a big reason the Giants have the best record in baseball.