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San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones was a key player in Game 5 on Thursday. He will need to have a repeat performance in Game 6 on Sunday. (Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP)

Sharks know getting ahead early a key to survival

Throughout the Stanley Cup finals, San Jose Sharks players have made it…

 

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is one of the leading scorers in the playoffs, but he hasn’t registered a goal or assist in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. (Keith Srakocic/AP)

Point-less Pavelski must lead Sharks in Game 3

After losing the first two games of the Stanley Cup finals to…

 

San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) scores a goal past Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (6) and goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the third period  Sunday San Jose. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Pavelski’s late goal gives Sharks 3-2 win over Predators

SAN JOSE — The Nashville Predators frustrated Joe Pavelski and San Jose's…

 

In this Sunday, April 24, 2016 photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry carries popcorn as he limps out of the Toyota Center after Game 4 in the first round of the NBA playoff series against the Houston Rockets, in Houston. Golden State's record-setting run toward a second consecutive NBA championship may come down to an MRI on the sprained right knee of Stephen Curry. The NBA's reigning MVP missed the second half of a win over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 on Sunday and was expected to have the medical test later Monday. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Stephen Curry out at least 2 weeks with sprained right knee

Stephen Curry will miss at least two weeks for Golden State with…

In this Sunday, April 24, 2016 photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry carries popcorn as he limps out of the Toyota Center after Game 4 in the first round of the NBA playoff series against the Houston Rockets, in Houston. Golden State's record-setting run toward a second consecutive NBA championship may come down to an MRI on the sprained right knee of Stephen Curry. The NBA's reigning MVP missed the second half of a win over the Houston Rockets in Game 4 on Sunday and was expected to have the medical test later Monday. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald reacts after scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime to lead Arizona over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional playoffs on Saturday. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP)

‘Hail Larry’ overcomes Hail Mary

GLENDALE, Ariz. — It was a night that left us numb, if…

Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald reacts after scoring the game-winning touchdown in overtime to lead Arizona over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional playoffs on Saturday. (Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via AP)
Stanford head coach David Shaw believes the College Football Playoffs will eventually expand to include eight teams. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

System works, just not on New Year’s Eve

PASADENA, Calif. - If they began anew, all bracketed and filleted in…

Stanford head coach David Shaw believes the College Football Playoffs will eventually expand to include eight teams. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
From left, Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (44), third baseman Luis Valbuena, and infielder Marwin Gonzalez, celebrate the Astros' 3-0 shutout of the New York Yankees  in the American League wild card baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.  (Kathy Willens/AP)

Keuchel sharp as Astros topple Yankees in AL wild-card game

NEW YORK — Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros defied expectations all…

From left, Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, relief pitcher Luke Gregerson (44), third baseman Luis Valbuena, and infielder Marwin Gonzalez, celebrate the Astros' 3-0 shutout of the New York Yankees  in the American League wild card baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.  (Kathy Willens/AP)
Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe Blue Jackets’ Ryan Johansen fires the eventual game-winning goal with 1:37 remaining to spoil the Sharks’ chance at a victory on Sunday night.

Sharks’ clinching party put on hold by late goal

SAN JOSE — Ryan Johansen scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:37 remaining…

Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe Blue Jackets’ Ryan Johansen fires the eventual game-winning goal with 1:37 remaining to spoil the Sharks’ chance at a victory on Sunday night.
S.F. Examiner File PhotoBulls goalie Thomas Heemskerk recorded the first shutout in franchise history Saturday.

Goalie Heemskerk peaking at just the right time for San Francisco Bulls

DALY CITY — Thomas Heemskerk didn’t know if he’d be starting in…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoBulls goalie Thomas Heemskerk recorded the first shutout in franchise history Saturday.
S.F. Examiner File PhotoCoach Pat Curcio submitted his 23-man Kelly Cup playoff roster to the ECHL on Monday.

Ouellet, Grant part of Bulls’ playoff roster

DALY CITY — Dean Ouellet is back in town and the San…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoCoach Pat Curcio submitted his 23-man Kelly Cup playoff roster to the ECHL on Monday.
S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe SF Bulls will meet the Alaska Aces in Game 1 and 2 of the Kelly Cup playoff series.

San Francisco Bulls to start off Kelly Cup playoffs against Alaska Aces

Playoff hockey is around the corner and the San Francisco Bulls are…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe SF Bulls will meet the Alaska Aces in Game 1 and 2 of the Kelly Cup playoff series.
LUCY NICHOLSON/ReutersThe A's will be going to the playoffs for the first time since 2006

A's playoff tickets on sale Monday

The A’s haven’t reached the playoffs since the 2006 season, but starting…

LUCY NICHOLSON/ReutersThe A's will be going to the playoffs for the first time since 2006
Eric Luis/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJewish Community’s Anthony Gumberg tries to split two defenders.

Trinity Christian’s pressure defense too much to overcome for Jewish Community

The Jewish Community High School of the Bay boys’ basketball team knows…

Eric Luis/Special to The S.F. ExaminerJewish Community’s Anthony Gumberg tries to split two defenders.
S.F. Examiner file photoMichael Smith has played a big role in El Camino’s 10-game winning streak leading up to the CCS playoffs.

El Camino boys' basketball team appears poised for deep run in CCS playoffs

With two barriers knocked down and only one left to go, the…

S.F. Examiner file photoMichael Smith has played a big role in El Camino’s 10-game winning streak leading up to the CCS playoffs.
Victoria Sun and the rest of the Aragon girls’ tennis team will look to go deeper into the CCS playoffs after last year’s second-round exit. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)Victoria Sun and the rest of the Aragon girls’ tennis team will look to go deeper into the CCS playoffs after last year’s second-round exit. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)

Aragon girls' tennis team makes return to CCS, looking to improve on last year

The Aragon girls’ tennis team clinched its second straight trip to the…

Victoria Sun and the rest of the Aragon girls’ tennis team will look to go deeper into the CCS playoffs after last year’s second-round exit. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)Victoria Sun and the rest of the Aragon girls’ tennis team will look to go deeper into the CCS playoffs after last year’s second-round exit. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)
Sequoia’s Helena Larsen has played a big role in the Cherokees’ early-season success in 2011. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)Sequoia’s Helena Larsen has played a big role in the Cherokees’ early-season success in 2011. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)

Sequoia water polo team hoping last year’s playoff trip is just the beginning

The Sequoia girls’ water polo team accomplished something last season never before…

Sequoia’s Helena Larsen has played a big role in the Cherokees’ early-season success in 2011. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)Sequoia’s Helena Larsen has played a big role in the Cherokees’ early-season success in 2011. (Joseph Schell/Special to The Examiner)

Falling short is all a part of being a Sharks fan

Charlie Brown would have been a Sharks fan. Although I’ve never spoken…

After a subpar 2010, Carlmont adjusts for run at CCS crown

Coach Jim Liggett built a softball empire at Carlmont High School, and…

Sacred Heart Prep's second-half surge seals victory in playoff game

For a half it looked like the No. 4-seeded Carmel High School…

Capuchino’s playoff run comes to an early end

After storming through the Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division with just one…