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Sunday Drive: A weekend getaway to Fort Baker
Sep 21 • 4 min
What you get: World-class views and picnic sites, easy walks and a wild-card adventure for kayaks under the Golden Gate Bridge can put Fort Baker on the map for all. Fort Baker is set along the deep cove located just inland from the northern foot of the…
Raiders’ Carr and Gruden — tied together, for better or worse
Sep 20 • 5 min
DENVER — If any two guys in the league are completely dependent upon one another, it’s Derek Carr and Jon Gruden. If they go down — as they did in the Week 1 loss to the Rams — they go down together. If they click — as they did in in Sunday’s 20-19,…
Amari Cooper’s days of being a ‘decoy’ have to be over
Sep 18 • 2 min
DENVER — What the Raiders need to avoid with Amari Cooper is Randy Moss Syndrome. When the future Hall of Famer played for the Raiders in 2005 and ’06, Moss was relatively young (28-29) and at the peak of his skills, but was pretty ordinary — 1,500 yards…
Winning 5th IndyCar title would put Scott Dixon behind only A.J. Foyt
Sep 17 • 4 min
A major Hollywood studio would love to see Scott Dixon take the IndyCar Series title Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Universal Pictures has a feature-length documentary on his career coming out next month, so with the box office in mind, it hopes nobody else…
Thank 49ers, Raiders for wide-open spaces at Loon Lake
Sep 14 • 2 min
If you love to camp, boat, fish or hike, now is the time, and Loon Lake can be the place. Owners of kayaks or inflatables should put them on their car, truck or RV, tie on their hiking boots, and take off. And while you’re at it, send a little note of…
Naomi Osaka’s US Open title shouldn’t be overshadowed
Sep 13 • 5 min
It’s easy to pick a winner out of the circus that passed for the U.S. Open women’s final Saturday. That would be the actual winner, Naomi Osaka. Osaka was dominating Serena Williams throughout the match, and Osaka was headed for victory. There is no…
Keegan Bradley tops No. 1 Justin Rose in playoff to win at Aronimink
Sep 12 • 5 min
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Keegan Bradley had bottomed out, crashing from the high of winning the PGA Championship to tumbling out of the 100 in the world. His chances to represent U.S. teams in international play had evaporated, his preferred putting method…
Mission eases to 48-0 victory over Fremont-Oakland
Sep 11 • 4 min
Mission’s players used to give quarterback McKinley Oliver grief for not being very fast. “They’d say he’s no RG3,” meaning Baltimore backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, first-year Mission coach Tobias Whitley said. “But he went out for track and…
This week at Golden Gate Fields
Sep 10 • 3 min
Schedule: Friday through Sunday Post time: 1:15 p.m. Update: In order to better correspond to Southern California tracks, post time will be 1:15 p.m. for the rest of the summer season that ends Sept. 30. The Los Angeles County Fair began Thursday at Los…
Manny Wilkins gets senior season off to a flying start at Arizona State
Sep 7 • 4 min
Arizona State senior quarterback Manny Wilkins, a graduate of San Marin-Novato, heard the message loud and clear from head coach Herm Edwards. The former NFL hed coach and TV analyst was coaching his first college game Saturday. “Have fun, go play…
Nike backs Kaepernick: A declaration of war?
Sep 6 • 6 min
This image taken from the Twitter account of the former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick shows a Nike advertisement featuring him that was posted Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it…
Bryson DeChambeau makes it two straight in FedEx Cup playoffs
Sep 5 • 2 min
NORTON, Mass. — Bryson DeChambeau has found the right formula for the richest part of the PGA Tour season. Coming off a four-shot victory last week in New Jersey, the 24-year-old physics major known as the “Mad Scientist” pulled away with three straight…
Buses, RVs pose risk to cyclists at Mount Diablo
Sep 4 • 3 min
At dawn’s first light at 6:15 a.m. this week at Mount Diablo, you could hit the road on your bike, watch the sunrise at 6:45 on your way up, and have curvy Summit Road to yourself most of the way, 24 miles round-trip. At 8 a.m., rangers unlock the gates…
Stinson tops 50 best beaches for Labor Day weekend
Sep 3 • 7 min
A spur from the main road in Bolinas leads to access to this gorgeous wave-swept beach with good surfing, kayaking and paddling on a SUP. From a bluff top along Highway 1 in Marin, you can peer down and see why Stinson Beach may be the best of the beaches…
Triumphant homecoming for 14-year-old casting champ Maxine McCormick
Aug 31 • 3 min
The U.S. national flycasting team returned to America late last week from the world championships in England — but 14-year-old Maxine McCormick’s feet might not have touched the ground. Maxine won two gold medals and a silver. In Europe, some called her…
A’s get serious about pretending to build ballpark
Aug 30 • 6 min
The Oakland A’s hired an architectural firm to design their new ballpark, and I have some concerns. The name of the design firm is Bjarke Ingels. I’m suspicious that this is an Ikea ballpark that will require assembly. A’s fans will put together their new…
Indians’ manager backs closer Cody Allen despite recent struggles
Aug 29 • 4 min
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona doesn’t plan to change the way he uses closer Cody Allen after the embattled right-hander gave up back-to-back homers in the ninth inning Friday against the Royals. Francona said Saturday that the Indians need…
San Ramon Valley beaten and beaten up by Monterey Trail
Aug 28 • 3 min
Signs were present as early as the opening kickoff that Friday just wasn’t going to be the San Ramon Valley football team’s night. Two players were banged up on the kickoff, beginning a first quarter in which the Wolves gained zero yards and possessed the…
St. Ignatius football remains upbeat despite uphill climb
Aug 27 • 4 min
Some problems aren’t problems at all, said John Regalia. The upbeat head coach at St. Ignatius looks at his three-helmeted quarterback race as a positive, not a negative. “It’s a great competition,” he said heading into the opener at Palo Alto at 7 p.m.…
Ollie’s Candy goes for first Grade 1 victory at Del Mar
Aug 23 • 3 min
A horse that began her career at Golden Gate Fields couldn’t accomplish much more in four starts than Ollie’s Candy has this year. The 3-year-old filly dominated two sprints on Golden Gate’s synthetic surface, then won the Grade 2 Summertime Oaks going…
Waffles, jerks and some serious funk
Aug 22 • 2 min
What’s up, bay? •Love those Waffles. Klay Thompson’s dad Mychal assured me that Klay will retire with the Warriors. Stephen Curry told Ben Rohrbachk of Yahoo Sports that he doesn’t want to play anywhere but the Bay Area. How about matching tattoos to make…
Dad says it’s so: Klay Thompson will remain with Warriors
Aug 21 • 4 min
Julie Thompson at the red carpet for the Thompson Family Foundation at Hotel Vitale, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. Mychal Thompson said of his son, Klay, “I think you’ll see a hungrier player. He’s going to try to try to get more…
‘Hard Knocks’ shows Browns’ Carl Nassib has future in TV as well as football
Aug 17 • 3 min
BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland defensive end Carl Nassib needs to work on more than his pass-rushing skills in training camp. His grandma wants him to clean up his language. Nassib became a breakout star of the first episode this season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks”…
Putting Bonds in Cooperstown would give Hall a shot in the arm
Aug 16 • 5 min
•Looking over the Warriors’ regular-season schedule, I was shocked and surprised. The NBA is going to make the Warriors play the regular season? •Can we please put Barry Bonds into the Hall of Fame immediately? Also Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens…
Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk eyes ‘trending’ Tiger Woods
Aug 15 • 5 min
ST. LOUIS — The upside to Jim Furyk finishing so early at the PGA Championship was being able to watch the final round on television, partly as a player but mostly as the Ryder Cup captain. And that meant seeing plenty of Tiger Woods. “I really wanted to…
Giants need a new blueprint for success
Aug 14 • 5 min
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) throws during the top of the first inning of an MLB game between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park on Friday, July 13, 2018, in San Francisco, Calif. less San Francisco…
Bay Area high school football: Could loaded Pittsburg end De La Salle’s streak?
Aug 13 • 5 min
Willie Harts III, above, is one of the many playmakers leading Chronicle preseason No. 2 Pittsburg, while Dorian Hale, right, quarterbacks No. 1 De La Salle- Concord. It started with so much promise. Looking invincible, Pittsburg raced to a…
49ers to unveil statues of Dwight Clark, Joe Montana
Aug 10 • 2 min
San Francisco 49ers’ head coach Bill Walsh, center, shares a laugh with quarterback Joe Montana, in red jacket at right, and receiver Dwight Clark, left, during picture day at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Jan. 16, 1985. The 49ers will meet the Miami…
PGA Championship: Inconsistent Tiger Woods thankful simply to be playing
Aug 9 • 5 min
ST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods at times looks similar to the man who won the PGA Championship four times among his 14 major titles, except for the results. And except for the way he began the week of the final major of the year. He took an ice bath.
Golf:: Zach Johnson and Zach Johnson in PGA Championship field
Aug 8 • 5 min
ST. LOUIS — Before he hits a single shot at the PGA Championship, Zach Johnson already has made a name for himself. Yes, that Zach Johnson. And that other Zach Johnson, too. No, golf fans, you are not seeing double. There are two of them roaming the…