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Kathy Willens/APSean Doolittle has flourished in the closer role for the A’s and has helped stabilize what was initially a weak spot in Oakland.

Closer Sean Doolittle somehow keeps on getting better for A's

The last time the fans in Oakland saw a reliever execute on…

Kathy Willens/APSean Doolittle has flourished in the closer role for the A’s and has helped stabilize what was initially a weak spot in Oakland.
Eric Risberg/AP file photoTim Lincecum's second no-hitter put him in elite company

No place for no-hitter hate against Lincecum

Baseball being a game that celebrates its top offensive performers for succeeding…

Eric Risberg/AP file photoTim Lincecum's second no-hitter put him in elite company
Themba Hadebe/AP file photoClint Dempsey

Admit it: The World Cup is spectacular

A couple of weeks ago, just before the World Cup started, there…

Themba Hadebe/AP file photoClint Dempsey
Tony Avelar/2013 ap file photoSan Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis skipped out on minicamp.

Vernon Davis’ holdout from 49ers minicamp a selfish act

Last time I had the temerity to suggest someone associated with the…

Tony Avelar/2013 ap file photoSan Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis skipped out on minicamp.
Ben Margot/APGiants right-hander Matt Cain has just one victory this season

Matt Cain's lack of wins troubling for Giants

Anyone else sick of sabermetricians downplaying the importance of certain stats? Like…

Ben Margot/APGiants right-hander Matt Cain has just one victory this season
Mark J. Terrill/AP file photoYoenis Cespedes’ cannon of an arm was on full display last week in Anaheim

Yoenis Cespedes continues to dazzle with his laser-like arm

Self-deprecation done well is a pretty quick route to respect, and the…

Mark J. Terrill/AP file photoYoenis Cespedes’ cannon of an arm was on full display last week in Anaheim
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Hard not to fall in love with the World Cup

Like it or not, the World Cup is here, and if you’re…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick smiles as he answers question during an NFL football press conference on Wednesday

Monster Kaepernick contract worth the risk for 49ers

The details of such deals are always a challenge to confirm, but…

AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick smiles as he answers question during an NFL football press conference on Wednesday
Ben Margot/AP file photoJosh Donaldson of the A’s was at the top of the All-Star Game balloting at third base after the first update was released last week.

A's Josh Donaldson should be on his way to All-Star Game

The past 10 American League All-Star teams have lined up during the…

Ben Margot/AP file photoJosh Donaldson of the A’s was at the top of the All-Star Game balloting at third base after the first update was released last week.
David Zalubowski/AP file photoSince he took over as the Giants’ manager in 2007

Bruce Bochy belongs in orange and black

Is there any manager better suited for his team, his franchise and…

David Zalubowski/AP file photoSince he took over as the Giants’ manager in 2007
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Aldon Smith Situation a mess for all involved

It's such a disjointed mess, with so many odd twists, turns and…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Tony Gutierrez/ap file photoReliever Sean Doolittle has moved into the closer role for the A’s.

Doolittle proving A’s right yet again

When the A's bestowed upon Sean Doolittle the longest guarantee they'd given…

Tony Gutierrez/ap file photoReliever Sean Doolittle has moved into the closer role for the A’s.
Ben Margot/apSan Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford

Pence well worth Giants’ investment

The question as to whether a pro ballplayer is "worth" his new…

Ben Margot/apSan Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford
Ben Margot/APSteve Kerr was impressive at his introductory news conference

A hyperactive look across the Bay Area sports landscape

Back in the days before every spaz of a kid got slapped…

Ben Margot/APSteve Kerr was impressive at his introductory news conference
Marcio Jose Sanchez/APThe opinion that Giants general manager Brian Sabean is one of the best at his job in baseball is hardly unanimous and has drawn ire from fans and readers.

Going full circle from a journalist to sports fan

In the wake of a recent column, I received a rather vicious…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/APThe opinion that Giants general manager Brian Sabean is one of the best at his job in baseball is hardly unanimous and has drawn ire from fans and readers.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated PressWhen it came to picking a side between Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob and coach Mark Jackson

Details behind Mark Jackson firing don’t really matter

We're never going to know exactly what prompted the Warriors to ditch…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated PressWhen it came to picking a side between Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob and coach Mark Jackson
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Warriors-Clippers should have boycotted Game 4 to make statement

About Game 4 of Warriors-Los Angeles Clippers: Wasted opportunity on every front,…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Clippers star Griffin giving Warriors fits

Much of the pre Warriors-Clippers series chatter focused on the expected absence…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Hometown players rarely deserve boos

Booing the opponent, for whatever reason, is perfectly acceptable and almost always…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Jay LaPrete/APThe Sharks signed goalie Alex Stalock to a two-year

Kings-Sharks rivalry resumes in first round

The rivalry between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks has…

Jay LaPrete/APThe Sharks signed goalie Alex Stalock to a two-year