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Oakland Raiders ponder an issue of respect for respective quarterbacks
Dec 11 • 2 min
In the third quarter of Sunday’s Steelers -Raiders game, there was a sequence that seemed to reinforce everything that Oakland fans believe the league thinks about the two franchises, going all the way back to the Immaculate Reception in 1972: The…
U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to play at Levi’s in advance of World Cup
Dec 10 • 3 min
Jill Ellis, the head coach of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has made no secret of how much she enjoys her team’s appearances in the Bay Area. So, it’s no surprise that the U.S. team will make a local stop on its “Countdown to the Cup” tour in…
Without cycling commentator Paul Sherwen, summer won’t sound the same
Dec 7 • 2 min
Summer is going to sound different. Over the weekend, beloved cycling commentator Paul Sherwen died at his home in Uganda at age 62. The cause is suspected to be heart failure. Sherwen, a former British cycling champion and Tour de France domestique,…
Meningitis threat scared team in March
Dec 6 • 3 min
ATLANTA — Five months after the Warriors’ David West alluded to some unreported adversity that the team had encountered on its way to a second straight NBA title, the issue in question finally has been revealed. According to the Athletic’s Sam Amick,…
Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or, ends reign of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo
Dec 5 • 2 min
PARIS — Luka Modric ended the long reign of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d’Or for the first time Monday. Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July. The midfielder…
For Cal in the Big Game, it’s always ‘maybe next year’
Dec 4 • 5 min
There are times when a habit never grows old. Stanford’s football program knows the feeling. No matter how often the Cardinal beat Cal — and that’s nine straight wins after Saturday’s 23-13 victory — there’s an exhilarating freshness to carrying the Axe…
Big Game memories: 25 years later, Cal’s Lindsey Chapman recalls 4-TD day
Dec 3 • 4 min
Two running backs share the Cal record for touchdowns in a Big Game with four. Chuck Muncie did it first, in the Bears’ 48-15 rout at Stanford Stadium in 1975. The following year, New Orleans selected Muncie with the third overall pick in the NFL draft.…
Klay Thompson’s love letter to Oakland
Nov 30 • 2 min
The Warriors are on their longest road trip of the year. When they return to Oracle on Monday, Dec. 10, there will be only 28 regular season home games left to play at the junction of 880 and 66th Avenue. The sand is slipping through the hourglass. And…
Now healthy, skier Ted Ligety tries to regain top form
Nov 29 • 3 min
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — His face showed little expression as he glided his way down the hill. This was serious business — no laughing, smiling or crying. With his two-time Olympic gold medalist father holding on, 17-month-old Jax Ligety took his first trek…
DA Rosen ‘exploring’ legal options after Reuben Foster’s latest arrest
Nov 28 • 4 min
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said he is “exploring the legal options” after former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster — who is on probation for a gun charge in the Bay Area — was again booked in jail over the weekend, this time in Tampa,…
Steph Curry is the Warriors unicorn in this fairy tale
Nov 27 • 5 min
Kevin Durant might not believe in fairy tales. But his coach believes in unicorns. Huh? Bear with me - this is where we are with the Warriors. We’ve run out of basketball words to describe what the last four years have been like and what the next six…
Winning trainers Hollendorfer, Wong to collide in Berkeley Handicap
Nov 26 • 3 min
Jerry Hollendorfer won training titles at 51 Golden Gate Fields meetings from 1986 to 2017. Jonathan Wong has won the past two and is well on his way to a third straight at the current fall season. The 72-year-old Hall of Famer and the 29-year-old upstart…
Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson shows what money can buy — and what it can’t
Nov 23 • 4 min
One enduring lesson in nearly 14 years covering golf for The Chronicle: Not much compares to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing alongside each other, especially in contention on Sundays. Their spirited, simultaneous charges electrified Augusta…
Warriors can learn from Showtime Lakers after Durant-Green meltdown
Nov 22 • 5 min
Opportunity knocks. Before Monday night’s courtside meltdown between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, the Warriors were on their way to making history by winning their fourth NBA title in five years, maybe on their way to a couple more titles after that.…
On Warriors’ ride and Raiders’ road
Nov 21 • 2 min
All the news that fits the bottom of the birdcage … •What the Warriors must do now is twist the narrative, so the so-called turmoil and discord is all in the minds of critics and haters, and the attackers only strengthen the Warriors’ team bond. Draymond…
What you’ll get with Warriors’ hall pass
Nov 20 • 3 min
What if every pro and college team in the Bay Area puts donation boxes at the entrances, giving every fan the chance to drop in $1 for fire relief? No way this would happen, but if the Raiders had the chance, how fast would they trade Derek Carr…
Could Draymond Green vs. Kevin Durant make the Warriors stronger?
Nov 19 • 4 min
Draymond Green might have thrown his team into momentary crisis this week, but he also threw down the gauntlet to the rest of the league on Thursday after a team shoot-around in Houston. “If you’re one of those other 29 teams in the league you’ve got to…
A’s Bob Melvin showing how to be old-school in new age of baseball
Nov 15 • 4 min
Sometime during the offseason, Bob Melvin might want to pop open a bottle of Sonoma Pinot Noir and invite his friend Bruce Bochy over for a glass. And for a nice long conversation about the brave new world of baseball managing. Because Melvin, a few years…
Sacred Heart, 60 miles from home, forced to turn bus around
Nov 14 • 2 min
Twenty minutes out of Morgan Hill and a couple of hours from game time, Sacred Heart Cathedral football coach Barry McLaughlin got the call. “Turn around the bus and come back,” SHC athletic director Phil Freed said. “Game has been postponed.” The 6 p.m.…
Good news for A’s ballpark plans, but don’t pop the Champagne yet
Nov 13 • 2 min
A’s third baseman Matt Chapman was honored as the best overall defensive player in the big leagues, with the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award. Because of the way he treats enemy batsmen, Chapman is The Unwelcome Matt. Full props to the Giants for…
Courageous 49ers cheerleader has my MVP vote
Nov 12 • 2 min
It’s a little early to hand out the NFL MVP award, but you know what they say: Vote early and vote often. So I’m voting for Kayla Morris. Morris is a member of the 49ers’ Gold Rush dance team. When the Raiders played the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on…
Future of Football: Readers respond
Nov 9 • 6 min
In late October, The Chronicle published a six-part series examining The Future of Football. The premise was simple: Now that we know the sport can cause lasting brain damage, driving some to suicide, what are we going to do about it. A dedicated team of…
South Carolina’s Will Muschamp not focused on elections
Nov 8 • 1 min
Will Muschamp The South Carolina football coach might have authored the perfect definition of “one-track mind.” While most of the country was riveted to midterm-election results, Muschamp apparently was unaware that there was even an election Tuesday.…
USOC goes nuclear on USA Gymnastics
Nov 7 • 3 min
The U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the governing body for the sport at the Olympic level, meting out the nuclear option to an organization that has botched its own reorganization in the wake of a sex-abuse scandal…
Oakland mayor on what went wrong with Raiders
Nov 6 • 5 min
The happy-feet Raiders are nearing the end of their most recent stay in Oakland, and who is to blame for owner Mark Davis moving his team to Las Vegas? Not Oakland, says Mayor Libby Schaaf. I had a recent phone conversation with Schaaf, who is up for…
Warriors must pay $40M in arena debt to Oakland, Alameda County, arbiter rules
Nov 5 • 3 min
The Golden State Warriors must pay off the estimated $40 million in remaining debt incurred by Oakland and Alameda County for renovations to Oracle Arena, an arbitrator has ruled. A 1996 demolition and redesign of the arena’s interior cost about $150…
Warriors at their best when Klay Thompson finds his groove
Nov 2 • 5 min
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are transcendent players, with MVP trophies on their mantles and the skill and bravado to singularly take command of games. But the Warriors are a transcendent team when Klay Thompson climbs into his catch-and-shoot groove.…
Remembering Hank Greenwald, the gentleman humorist
Nov 1 • 6 min
Tracking Hank Greenwald’s broadcasting career is a bit like trying to identify every song ever performed by Bob Dylan. There’s a new discovery around every corner. Greenwald, who died at 83 on Monday, covered Syracuse football during the heyday of Ernie…
What Stephen Curry’s on-court antics say to Warriors fans
Oct 31 • 2 min
What was the message Stephen Curry delivered to fans during the most recent home game, when he strolled alone into the spotlight? After he hit a 31-foot jumper late in the third quarter against the Wizards, the visitors called time out and Curry sauntered…
Miramonte’s retired basketball coach Tom Blackwood ‘was larger than life’
Oct 30 • 5 min
About 30 former Miramonte male basketball players, ages 30 to 50, showed up for open gym at their alma mater in Orinda on Friday night. They weren’t there to play hunch or relive glory days. Instead, they ran the Olympic drill, three-man weaves and the…