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Tim Lincecum take the field for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees in a minor league baseball game against the Tacoma Rainiers in Tacoma, Wash. Lincecum, 7-4 last season with San Francisco, underwent season-ending hip surgery last September and was released by the Giants. He was signed by the Los Angeles Angels two weeks ago. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)

Lincecum to make 2016 Bay Area debut in Oakland

Former Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum returned to the mound Thursday night for…

Tim Lincecum take the field for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees in a minor league baseball game against the Tacoma Rainiers in Tacoma, Wash. Lincecum, 7-4 last season with San Francisco, underwent season-ending hip surgery last September and was released by the Giants. He was signed by the Los Angeles Angels two weeks ago. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks on Thursday about officiating and the league's attempts to increase transparency in advance of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

It isn’t the Hunger Games, it’s the NBA

Warriors fans have latched onto a certain chant this postseason: “Ref, you…

NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks on Thursday about officiating and the league's attempts to increase transparency in advance of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Livingston paces Dubs in drubbing of Cavs

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors didn’t win 73 regular season games…

Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) shoots against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Thursday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Klay Thompson has been one of the best players in this postseason. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Klay Thompson poised to be the key to Dubs repeat

OAKLAND — On paper, the NBA Finals matchup is the same as…

Klay Thompson has been one of the best players in this postseason. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
LeBron James and others had jokes on Wednesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Players, coaches keep it loose day before Finals

The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers met with the media…

LeBron James and others had jokes on Wednesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
LeBron James and Stephen Curry headline a repeat of last year's finals. (Tony Dejak/AP)

NBA Finals tale of the tape: Warriors vs. Cavs part 2

After completing the best regular season in history, the Golden State Warriors…

LeBron James and Stephen Curry headline a repeat of last year's finals. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Kevin Durant will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Warriors will have an opportunity to match any offer Harrison Barnes accepts. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Upcoming free agent bonanza portends NBA dark days

Nearly every NBA team has been eliminated, so most fans are turning…

Kevin Durant will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Warriors will have an opportunity to match any offer Harrison Barnes accepts. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams will reportedly open a weed-friendly gym in The City. (Suzanne Plunkett/AP)

Smoke pot, get yoked: 3 sets, 10 reps each

Lifting weights and smoking weed — two favorite pastimes of people who…

Former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams will reportedly open a weed-friendly gym in The City. (Suzanne Plunkett/AP)
Anchored by a resurgent Andrew Bogut, the Golden State Warriors' defense was much improved in Game 5 on Thursday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Golden State’s quest for title No. 5 survives Game 5

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors extended their season at least one…

Anchored by a resurgent Andrew Bogut, the Golden State Warriors' defense was much improved in Game 5 on Thursday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Draymond Green was named to the First Team All Defensive team on Wednesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Green’s All-Defensive nod likely is little consolation

It’s been a rough week for the Warriors’ do-everything forward Draymond Green.…

Draymond Green was named to the First Team All Defensive team on Wednesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Stephen Curry and the Warriors have to win on Thursday to avoid being crowned too early as the best team of all time. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Warriors must take care of business at home to avoid historic letdown

OAKLAND — The Warriors’ dream season has taken a nightmarish turn in…

Stephen Curry and the Warriors have to win on Thursday to avoid being crowned too early as the best team of all time. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Jed York put his money where his mouth is by donating $75,000 to stop North Carolina's transphobic bathroom law.  (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Jed York makes statement, deserves recognition

The San Francisco 49ers did something commendable on Tuesday when CEO Jed…

Jed York put his money where his mouth is by donating $75,000 to stop North Carolina's transphobic bathroom law.  (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Sonny Gray has struggled this season and on Sunday, the Oakland Athletics placed him on the 15-day disabled list. (Mike Carlson/AP)

Sonny hits the shelf

It’s been a nightmarish 2016 campaign for the Oakland Athletics’ Sonny Gray…

Sonny Gray has struggled this season and on Sunday, the Oakland Athletics placed him on the 15-day disabled list. (Mike Carlson/AP)
Andre Iguodala drew the difficult task of guarding Kevin Durant and still finished the game with three steals. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

An ode to the only Iggy worth acknowledging

Stephen Curry has a knack for making his teammates unsung heroes. And…

Andre Iguodala drew the difficult task of guarding Kevin Durant and still finished the game with three steals. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
The Golden State Warriors effectively contained Kevin Durant in the second half by sending multiple defenders at him. The former MVP finished the contest with eight turnovers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Dominating after halftime keys Champs’ equalizer

OAKLAND — Win the third quarter, win the game. That’s been the…

The Golden State Warriors effectively contained Kevin Durant in the second half by sending multiple defenders at him. The former MVP finished the contest with eight turnovers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Free agent Dashon Goldson said he reached out to the Oakland Raiders about possibly joining the Silver and Black in the upcoming NFL season. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Everyone wants to rep the East Bay

Former San Francisco 49er Dashon Goldson says he’d like to return to…

Free agent Dashon Goldson said he reached out to the Oakland Raiders about possibly joining the Silver and Black in the upcoming NFL season. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Chip Kelly had some fun with the press on Tuesday after OTAs. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Chip Kelly knows where the ocean is

If not indulging the media makes a great football coach, the San…

Chip Kelly had some fun with the press on Tuesday after OTAs. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
The Thunder dominated the second half of Game 1 by forcing turnovers and disrupting the Warriors’ offense. The Dubs said Tuesday that the problem is execution, not design. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Warriors determined to return to their signature style in Game 2

Since Steve Kerr took over two seasons ago, the Golden State Warriors…

The Thunder dominated the second half of Game 1 by forcing turnovers and disrupting the Warriors’ offense. The Dubs said Tuesday that the problem is execution, not design. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Draymond Green took the torch as the best power forward in the league this season. (Darren Abate/AP)

As TD mulls retirement, best PF title is Draymond’s

Change is, paradoxically, one of the few constants in the human experience,…

Draymond Green took the torch as the best power forward in the league this season. (Darren Abate/AP)
Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder enter the Western Conference Finals red hot. (Alonzo Adams/AP)

Thunder rolling into the Bay Area

After getting blown out and buried by the media following Game 1,…

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder enter the Western Conference Finals red hot. (Alonzo Adams/AP)