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How Harry Nilsson turned me into a lifelong fan of England’s national soccer team
Jun 22 • 6 min
VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA - JUNE 18: Harry Kane of England celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Tunisia and England at Volgograd Arena on June 18, 2018 in Volgograd, Russia. (Photo by Matthias…
NASCAR Cup leader Kyle Busch looks for 3rd win at Sonoma
Jun 21 • 5 min
BROOKLYN, MI - JUNE 10: Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s Ford, speaks with Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Red White & Blue Toyota, during a weather delay prior to the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at…
Mom was charmed by Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr
Jun 20 • 3 min
This Warriors’ championship run will always hold a tender place in my heart. Because it was when I lost my mother. Mom died in early May, when the Warriors were in the midst of their series with New Orleans. However, she would be pleased with how things…
Thank Trump for overcoming the biggest obstacle to 2026 World Cup: Trump
Jun 19 • 2 min
Can’t wait for the 2018-19 NBA season. Or as the Warriors will call it, “Hangover 3.” That was some serious boozing — and booze spraying — the fellas did after winning their title. I felt better about the reported $1 million worth of high-end liquor the…
LeBron James scouting report: world-class traveler, actor — with a mean forearm
Jun 18 • 6 min
The wonder of LeBron James is that he has achieved such widespread popularity while being a chronic lawbreaker. The man has a rap sheet longer than his trail of tears. This would be no big deal, except that James is the Warriors’ No. 1 nemesis, and his…
U.S. Open has many contenders, but don’t underestimate Tiger
Jun 15 • 6 min
Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose are the top three players in this week’s world ranking. They are the most logical candidates to plant themselves in final-round contention at Shinnecock Hills, chasing the U.S. Open trophy. But golf isn’t…
In Bay Area pantheon of champions, Warriors are right at home
Jun 13 • 7 min
The Bay Area sports landscape has become a full-fledged museum, with a little something for every taste. It’s a tribute to character, work ethic and, above all, championships. We sort them out like a veritable deck of cards. Now that the Warriors have…
Salmon opener brings mysteries, chance of mayhem
Jun 12 • 5 min
Mystery and magic arrive next Sunday with the opening of salmon season. The potential for fishing mayhem is along for the ride. For thousands, the salmon opener means months of buildup with no clear idea of what awaits next weekend off the Bay Area coast.…
Cinder Cone’s mystery unveiled in Land of Smoke
Jun 11 • 6 min
From the rim of the Cinder Cone, you can see inside the collapsed center of the caldera of this mini volcano. Ringing the cone are miles of volcanic flows and crags from its eruption more than 350 years ago. Beyond are two gorgeous lakes. On the horizon,…
This LeBron James head and shoulders above ‘07 model, says Mike Brown
Jun 8 • 4 min
CLEVELAND—Mike Brown, Steve Kerr’s chief assistant coach, knows LeBron James. Many experts are saying the current Cavaliers’ team has the weakest supporting cast around its star of any Finals team ever. Brown begs to differ. He coached the 2006-07…
Klay Thompson played hurt — and very, very well in Game 2
Jun 7 • 4 min
As the clock ran down on the Warriors’ 122-103 win over the Cavaliers Sunday night, the TV cameras caught Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant in animated conversation, Draymond Green talking happily and enthusiastically to someone, and Klay Thompson, sitting…
Longball legends: Reggie Jackson admires Steph Curry’s quest for back-to-back titles
Jun 6 • 4 min
The old long-ball legend plopped into a courtside seat 90 minutes before Sunday’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals and locked his attention on the new long-ball legend. Reggie Jackson, who once clouted homers next door for the Oakland A’s, and who hit 563 long…
Warriors’ Game 2 a vintage night at Oracle
Jun 5 • 6 min
The Warriors are going to miss this place. We’re a long way from the fall of 2019, when the defending NBA champions move into their new San Francisco arena in Mission Bay, but there’s a growing air of nostalgia around Oracle Arena, where the Warriors…
Game 1 an overtime thriller for Warriors
Jun 4 • 6 min
Sporting legends have an unmistakable look about them, and we’ve known a few in the Bay Area, from Bill Russell to Willie Mays to Joe Montana. A certain visitor to Oakland, by the name of LeBron James, had that look Thursday night. The Warriors won Game 1…
Warriors vs. Cavs, Round 4: Is this good for the NBA?
Jun 1 • 6 min
Warriors vs. Cavs, Round 4: Is this good for the NBA? The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year, starting Thursday night, at Oakland’s Oracle Arena. While fans of both teams are excited…
Warriors-Cavs, Round 4: Good riddance to Rockets — and bring on LeBron
May 31 • 6 min
As the buzzer sounded and the Warriors clinched their Western Conference title Monday night, James Harden immediately left the court. His Houston teammates showed the proper dignity and respect, honoring the victors with handshakes and hugs, but Harden…
Don Nelson on the Warriors, Webber and weed
May 30 • 6 min
KIHEI, HAWAII — Don Nelson doesn’t get up when you barge into his poker room, above the garage of his beachfront compound. He is locked in the powerful embrace of his massive massage chair, Nellie’s throne. At least I think that’s Nelson, behind the cigar…
It’s nature’s way, caught on camera
May 29 • 4 min
A strange noise from the backyard woke my cats, which, in turn, jumped on the bed and woke my wife and me. “Sounds like a raccoon,” I mumbled, and went back to sleep. It was about 2 o’clock on a dark night in the woods at our mountain cabin. The next…
First Tee S.F. gets a big boost from Schwab
May 28 • 5 min
Twenty-one years ago, in 1997, then-PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem traveled to New York, Detroit and Houston to unveil The First Tee, a national program designed to introduce kids to golf and teach them life skills through the game. Finchem wasn’t…
After four long years of winning, are the Warriors tired?
May 25 • 5 min
After four long years of winning, are the Warriors tired? HOUSTON — It sure was strange watching the Warriors fizzle in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. They looked worn out and tired in the closing minutes of Game 4, unable to muster the requisite…
Now it’s nervous time for the Warriors
May 24 • 6 min
Quite suddenly, there’s a trace of self-doubt in the Warriors’ mood. Heading to Houston for Thursday night’s Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, they’ll have some difficulty replacing it with the same old swagger. To cast a doom-and-gloom indictment…
Mountain thunder, lightning mean summer has arrived
May 23 • 3 min
The thunder rumbled across the mountains, a low, steady roll that carried for miles. On Saturday evening, as I cooked dinner at our fire pit, I gazed above a distant ridge, where the thunder seemed to originate. About a minute later, a lightning bolt…
View from Houston: Game 3 exposes gulf between Rockets, Warriors
May 22 • 5 min
Chris Paul was invisible for way too long. Mike D’Antoni’s team was down by 21 points just as the third quarter was firing up. Stephen Curry had Oracle Arena screaming “Warrrrrrriors” like it was the Finals. And that fiery, gritty, proud team from Houston…
Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame to welcome five inductees
May 21 • 8 min
Harris Barton didn’t expect to be drafted by the 49ers. He worked out for plenty of other teams before the 1987 NFL Draft. And his visit with then-49ers offensive line coach Bobb McKittrick, who came to see him at University of North Carolina, was…
Jaylen Brown, Celtics’ and ex-Cal star, plays the mind game
May 18 • 2 min
As the Warriors secretly monitor the Eastern Conference finals: •During his brief time at Cal, Jaylen Brown struck observers as a creative thinker, ahead of his time. He took a graduate-school class in his freshman year. When he chose to enter the NBA…
Warriors’, Rockets’ players in sync with home states’ vibe
May 17 • 3 min
Warriors vs. Rockets: Flower Power vs. Glower Power. This is the rare geographical rivalry/matchup where each team embodies the distinctive historical vibe of its home. Texas’ most colorful historic period was the Wild West days. Texans still embrace that…
Yosemite, Tahoe, Shasta a go for summer rec season
May 16 • 2 min
Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer vacation season is less than two weeks away. Snow conditions, the arrival of spring in the high country and campground openings last week have put three primary destinations on the map: Yosemite, Tahoe and…
The Warriors, looking beyond the moment to the greatness that awaits
May 15 • 4 min
Out of respect for the Warriors and their dedication to the concept of mindfulness — intensive focus on the moment — please don’t tell them about this column. The Warriors are like an artist with his nose to the canvas, living in the next stroke. The rest…
Many rides, one truth for all levels of cyclists
May 14 • 6 min
Your goal on a bike is euphoria, freedom from every care. There might be no faster way to get there than with a few pedal strokes on a road bike. The endorphins kick in. Your sensory triggers start firing. The feeling of effortless euphoria takes over.…
Tiger-Phil match sounds mighty tantalizing
May 11 • 5 min
My money is on Tiger. Oh, wait — it’s their money? That’s even better. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson lifted their rivalry into a fresh, entertaining realm this week. They’re playing in the same group Thursday and Friday at the Players Championship,…