3:01 AM EDT, Sat October 10, 2015

Abdelkader hat trick helps Wings beat Babcock’s Maple Leafs

Justin Abdelkader had a hat trick and Dylan Larkin scored in his NHL debut, helping the host Red Wings beat the Mike Babcock-led Maple Leafs 4-0 on Friday night. Jimmy Howard stopped 21 shots for his 21st career shutout for the Red Wings, who won their season-opening game and dropped Toronto to 0-2 with its $50 million coach. Max Domi, son of longtime Maple Leafs winger Tie Domi, had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut in Los Angeles. Brandon Saad, the Blue Jackets’ blockbuster acquisition in the offseason, had scored on a power play at 16:10 to give Columbus a 2-1 lead. Islanders...
San Jose Mercury News 6 hours ago

San Jose Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic on verge of team games-played record

Marc-Edouard Vlasic will become the club leader in games played for a defenseman when the Sharks play the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday in their home opener.

What to watch for Week 5

This is my Saturday column. To turn their season around, the San Francisco 49ers must beat the New York Giants on Sunday night. Here are five things to watch for in that game. 1. Major changes on offense Thursday afternoon, a reporter asked 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst if he were going to do anything […]

Warriors shoot back at ‘lucky’ label

The Warriors made it almost two weeks into the preseason before succumbing to the in vogue trash-talking around the Western Conference. After 10 days of following head coach Steve Kerr’s lead of laughing off the perceived disrespect for the Warriors’ 2015 championship, shooting guard Klay Thompson and center Andrew Bogut finally took the bait Friday. During a post-practice gaggle interview, Thompson was asked what he thought about Clippers head coach Doc Rivers calling the Warriors lucky. The Warriors won the season series against the Clippers 3-1 in 2014-15, winning the three games by...
San Francisco Chronicle 7 hours ago

New Raiders cornerback Amerson ready for Peyton Manning

Having gone through a crash course in the Raiders’ defensive schemes, cornerback David Amerson will play his third game for them Sunday. Like the rest of the secondary, he’ll face a stern test Sunday when the Raiders (2-2) host the Broncos (4-0) in Oakland’s first AFC West game. Free safety Nate Allen is out with a knee injury, and his replacement, TJ Carrie, who was moved from cornerback, is out with a chest injury. The Raiders have been porous in pass defense, and tight ends in particular have had one field day after another against their shaky coverage. Amerson, a native of...

Jim Tomsula on the 49ers’ offense: “The biggest thing that I asked for was just fine-tune the focus.”

Here is the transcript of Jim Tomsula’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “Injuries, [WR] Quinton Patton is, he’s in that protocol. So, that should be cleaned up. I think it’s today, today or tomorrow, they have through the week. But, he’s done all the walk-thrus, he’s done all that […]
San Francisco Chronicle 7 hours ago

Bruce Jenkins: Retaining Leake should be Giant’s 1st step

First off, sign Mike Leake. Yes, he played at Arizona State and lives in Phoenix, but the Diamondbacks can’t match what the Giants’ franchise has to offer. Both sides are amendable, Leake said he wants to make a quick decision, and for heaven’s sake, Bruce Bochy (having known Leake since he was a kid) calls him “Mikie.” The risk is great, absolutely, and the Giants are understandably wary of paying a luxury-tax penalty for a second straight year, but backloaded deals (paying the bulk of salary down the road) can ease the pain. The infield looks set for years, and be glad Buster...

Stories behind Warriors’ 118-101 loss in Portland

PORTLAND - Stephen Curry poured in 30 points and dished out seven assists to two turnovers in less than 26 minutes, and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green each added 14 points in the Warriors’ 118-101 exhibition loss to the Trail Blazers on Thursday. Curry committed only one, an admirable feat - considering he spent a lot of defensive possessions fighting through screens and trying to stay with Portland’s jitterbug guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. The Warriors’ point guard was the best player on the floor, making 6 of 11 three-point attempts and drawing 15 trips to the...

Warriors humbled by Blazers in 2nd exhibition

PORTLAND, Ore. — Midway through Thursday night’s third quarter, Stephen Curry stopped by press row to jokingly remind the media that he had committed only one personal foul. The performance of the Warriors’ point guard was quite an improvement from Monday’s exhibition opener, when he fouled out in just 19 minutes. Curry put up 30 points and had seven assists in 26 minutes against Portland, but he was about the only Warrior who markedly improved in the team’s second exhibition game, a 118-101 loss to the Trail Blazers. “That’s...
Oakland Tribune Oct 9, 2015

Curry scores 30 points in Warriors' exhibition loss to Portland

Golden State can't recover from Blazers' blistering first half

NHL: Antti Niemi earns shutout in debut with Stars

Former Sharks goalie Antti Niemi recorded his 33rd career shutout and assisted on two goals in his Dallas debut, as the host Stars beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday in the season opener for both. Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal and an assist. Rookie Matthias Janmark scored on his first shot on his first shift in an NHL game to make it 1-0. Zach Parise scored three times, including the tie-breaking goal in the third period, and Minnesota overcame a three-goal deficit to beat host Colorado. Trailing 4-1 in the final period, the Wild had four goals in a 5:07 span. John Mitchell...

Brandon Rush shooting for a big bounce-back

Most of the Warriors’ contract talk these days is about potential extensions for Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, but 2015-16 is also a contract season for swingman Brandon Rush. Rush spent the summer making his body leaner, in hopes of taking some pounding off his knees. 11 among active players in three-point accuracy (40.1 percent). “The thing is, he shoots like that all of the time,” interim head coach Luke Walton said. Three-and-D players — guys who can make open three-pointers and also defend at a high level — are a hot commodity in the NBA.
San Jose Mercury News Oct 8, 2015

Sharks: Raffi Torres apologizes for his hit on Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg and accepts his suspension

General manager Doug Wilson adds that he 'fully supports' the move, which will cost Torres half the season
Raiders live chat set for Friday at noon

Raiders live chat set for Friday at noon

Join Jimmy Durkin for a Raiders live chat on Friday at noon as he breaks down their showdown with the Broncos. Click here if viewing on a mobile device

Interim head-coaching duties have laidback Luke Walton a little restless

PORTLAND — Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton was able to eat a nice lunch and get in a workout between shootaround and his pregame responsibilities Thursday, but he didn’t get his usual nap before reporting to Moda Center for the team’s exhibition game against the Trail Blazers. “Normally, I’m a pretty good napper, but this with head-coaching thing, you’ve got so much stuff that you’ve got to do,” said Walton, who is filling in for head coach Steve Kerr as he recovers from two offseason back surgeries. The Warriors shot 50 percent from the floor and assisted on 29 of...

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