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Warriors win, but still missing Curry and consistency
Apr 20 • 5 min
The Warriors unleashed their full repertoire Monday night against the Spurs. First, it was defensive intensity and surprising offense from Andre Iguodala. Then came a stretch of putrid basketball, marked by sloppy turnovers and short naps on defense.…
Can Spurs trust Steve Kerr’s son?
Apr 19 • 2 min
If comedy relief is needed in the first-round series between the Warriors and Spurs, Nick Kerr figures to be the go-to guy, even though he won’t say anything and will be in the background. Nick Kerr is the oldest son of Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr. Nick is…
Can Draymond Green revive the listless Warriors?
Apr 18 • 5 min
It’s funny talking to the Warriors’ various superstars. They all bring a little something different to the press conference. Stephen Curry is an engaging guy, but speaks in a direct, serious fashion. He’s used to being the face of the franchise and he…
Warriors’ surprising Game 1 rout raises all kinds of questions
Apr 17 • 5 min
Burning questions while we wait to find out whether that was the real Warriors we saw breezing to a win Saturday in Game 1 of the playoffs. … •Game 1 against the Spurs might have been the Warriors’ most impressive performance of the season. When Stephen…
Invincible no more, Warriors face rocky path back to NBA Finals
Apr 16 • 6 min
As the Golden State Warriors prepare to wade into the playoffs and defend their NBA championship, they find themselves enveloped in an unfamiliar cloud of drama, doubt and anxiety. What the Warriors need to do right now is to take a long walk in the woods…
AT&T Park to be center of world rugby sevens in July
Apr 13 • 3 min
In July, while the Giants are playing the A’s at the Coliseum the weekend after the All-Star break, their own ballpark will be packed. From July 20 through July 22, AT&T Park will be the site of the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the first rugby world cup event…
Warriors in search of that familiar spark — and a center
Apr 12 • 5 min
The Warriors’ regular-season work is done, and it was a bumbling mess. Just two seasons after their record-breaking, 73-win masterpiece, they’re entering the playoffs as a team that has become strangely accustomed to losing. If that sounds a bit extreme,…
On quarterbacks, mascots and broadcasts
Apr 11 • 6 min
•My launch angle is up but my velo is down. To sort it out, I’ll have a convo with my bobos, in hopes of decreasing my career exit speed.•Go figure: Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are unemployed because they took a knee. Marshawn Lynch is back with the…
Warriors lose; start the playoffs, already
Apr 10 • 6 min
The San Francisco Chronicle Sports team covers the country’s most vibrant sports market, telling the story of the Bay Area’s teams and athletes, both on and off the field. We satisfy the hard-core sports fan, but extend our reach to the general reader…
Hitting or pitching, Angels’ Shohei Ohtani harkens to the days of Babe Ruth
Apr 9 • 5 min
Babe Ruths come along only once each century, and it remains to be seen if the 21st century Babe is anything more than a mere shadow of the 20th century Bambino. A Shambino?The Original Babe is a tough act to follow, even a century later.Shohei Ohtani is…
Glory day for Cueto, Sandoval
Apr 6 • 4 min
They are the Giants’ odd couple, Johnny Cueto and Pablo Sandoval.They both play with a unique style and flair, they’re both in full comeback mode, they’re both with the Giants basically because they weren’t wanted elsewhere, and if the Giants are going…
Barbecue and high hopes as A’s fans flock to opening day
Apr 5 • 5 min
Fans were stuffed with hot dogs and optimism on baseball’s opening day Thursday at the Oakland Coliseum, where barbecue, beer and good cheer washed away doubts about the beleaguered team and its stadium problems.The parking lot was a rollicking party…
Scott Ostler: It could be headphones night every night for A’s
Apr 4 • 2 min
I’ve got time for a few questions. Fire.•Have the A’s abandoned Howard Terminal as a potential ballpark site, after their recent meeting with the Schnitzer Steel people, who explained that the company does its steel pounding at night, so there would be a…
SF boxer Karim Mayfield facing his biggest fight … for justice
Apr 3 • 8 min
Karim Mayfield has a lot on his mind these days.San Francisco’s homegrown welterweight has a big fight coming up on Saturday. Not only is he boxing, but he’s also promoting the six-bout card. And it’s all happening on Nob Hill, in the first-ever fight…
Warriors’ Quinn Cook feels right at home, scores 30 in loss to Bucks
Apr 2 • 5 min
Quinn Cook is one of those guys, when he moves into your neighborhood, he knocks on your door and introduces himself, he doesn’t wait for you to drop by and say hi.Cook is moving into the NBA, just renting now but hoping to buy. And for him, part of the…
Giants-Dodgers rivalry renewed in Los Angeles
Mar 30 • 4 min
LOS ANGELES — Austin Jackson, the Giants’ new center fielder, stood by his spring-training locker and smiled at the thought of stepping into the right-handed batter’s box at Dodger Stadium and seeing the season’s first pitch from Clayton Kershaw on…
For Warriors, playoffs could be bumpy ride
Mar 29 • 4 min
Stephen Curry was upbeat before Sunday’s game, and so was head coach Steve Kerr, both of them putting a positive — or at least hopeful — spin on the injury to Curry’s left knee.Of course, they were chipper and positive. There’s no crying in basketball.But…
‘Hot Pants Day’ and four other Oakland A’s gimmicks from the 1970s
Mar 28 • 4 min
‘Hot Pants Day’ and four other Oakland A’s gimmicks from the 1970s The Oakland Athletics drummed up some outrage over the weekend, deciding to charge San Francisco Giants fans $20 extra for parking if they didn’t yell “Go A’s” on the way in the ballpark.
Steve Kerr’s Rx for America: Vote
Mar 27 • 3 min
Steve Kerr has spoken out before on gun-control, but what he said before Sunday’s Warriors-Jazz game moved the discussion forward.While the Warriors’ coach praised the student protestors who marched Saturday, he urged the students to push all voters to do…
Iceland-Mexico match at Levi’s could give U.S. something to cheer
Mar 26 • 5 min
One of the great disappointments of the 2018 sports year took place before the year even began. That was when the United States failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup.But the Bay Area can soothe that burn Friday night. We get a little World Cup…
Why March Madness makes everyone a basketball expert
Mar 23 • 7 min
Be honest with yourself. Prior to this week, you couldn’t name the best player on Xavier University’s basketball team. Most people couldn’t find Xavier on a map.(Answers: Trevon Bluiett, Cincinnati.)But in all honesty, it doesn’t matter. The popularity of…
Discarded athletes find good homes in Bay Area
Mar 22 • 6 min
How can you not love Richard Sherman? He’s the Bay Area’s latest rescue pup, in our grand tradition of taking castoffs and damaged athletes and giving them a chance to thrive.Sherman, discarded by the Seahawks, arrives with bad-puppy baggage — old,…
Scott Ostler: Boo who? An owner proves himself
Mar 21 • 3 min
The coolest holiday of the year for Bay Area sports fans is “Boo Joe Lacob Day,” every March 19.I celebrated on Monday by casting my memory back six years to the night when long-suffering Warriors fans smacked Lacob in the mug with a verbal cream pie.Like…
Nature hits it out of the ballpark with rain, snow
Mar 20 • 7 min
Nature bats last and the weather in March is hitting a grand slam for the outdoors.The latest storms to sweep across the Bay Area, Sierra Nevada and Northern California are a game changer for the snowpack, reservoir levels — and the imminent blossoming of…
Warriors need healthy Draymond Green for the playoffs
Mar 19 • 3 min
As the NBA turns:•It’s an injury that has been downplayed for months, and it’s not likely to be an issue as the Warriors trudge their way to the regular-season finish line. Once the playoffs start, though, they’re going to need a healthy Draymond…
Warriors’ travails are good for the NBA
Mar 16 • 5 min
James Harden seems to have the MVP Award all wrapped up, but what about the MVT — Most Valuable Team?The Warriors are putting in their bid.Presented as evidence: Wednesday night’s game against the Lakers. Under normal circumstances, that’s not a game,…
Warriors’ Kerr, activist speak at gun violence town hall in Newark
Mar 15 • 5 min
Steve Kerr had a ready answer on Monday for anyone who wondered what gave him the authority to appear at a town hall on gun violence.“I’m here because I’m a citizen of this country,” the Warriors coach said. “And we live in a democracy.”Kerr is also a…
A quick way for Richard Sherman to be loved
Mar 14 • 3 min
Pounding the sports beat with a whack-a-mole hammer, not to be confused with a guacamole squisher …•Richard Sherman, if you want to earn the love of the 49ers’ fans, promise them that when the 49ers beat the Seahawks in Seattle, you’ll set up a table at…
Outdoors equipment shopping? Don’t settle for less than comfort
Mar 13 • 3 min
One small wrong choice can turn the outdoors into a giant nightmare.The problem is that outdoor equipment is mass-produced. Your body size, on the other hand, could require a customized fitment. As spring arrives, I go through this myself each year. I buy…
Warriors’ fate tied to Stephen Curry’s ankle
Mar 12 • 5 min
Basketball, they say, is a game of ankles.The Warriors’ future flashed before their eyes Thursday night when, barely two minutes into the game against the Spurs, Stephen Curry cut through the lane, took a pass from Klay Thompson, was challenged at the rim…