8:41 AM EDT, Thu October 19, 2017
10 hours ago

Warriors look to sharpen focus after season-opening stunner

As the Warriors fumbled away a 17-point lead Tuesday night to the Rockets, their sixth man lay prostrate on a training table in the home locker room. Andre Iguodala, out with a strained back, repeatedly sat up to shout directives at the TV screen. At one point in the second half, he was stunned to find four of his teammates huddled together on the right side of the court as Stephen Curry tried to initiate the offense. “I had never seen that before,” Iguodala, in his 14th NBA season and fifth with Golden State, said after practice Wednesday. “I figured...
14 hours ago

NaVorro Bowman likely to play for Raiders against Chiefs on Thursday night

Head coach Jack Del Rio, technically, left himself some wiggle room. Asked on Wednesday if newly acquired linebacker NaVorro Bowman would play Thursday night, Del Rio said, “Probably.” But the smirk on Del Rio’s face suggested there’s not a shred of doubt that Bowman will make his Raiders debut against division rival Kansas City. Bowman brings instant credibility to a young, injury-depleted linebacking corps. And the Raiders, 2-4 and threatening to plunge out of sight, need all the help they can get in trying to avoid a five-game losing streak.
14 hours ago

Warriors optimistic about getting Green, Iguodala back from injury

Fresh off Tuesday night’s fourth-quarter collapse against Houston, the Warriors are eager to get two of their defensive stalwarts — forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala — back in the rotation. Green, who injured his left knee when he was fouled on a running jumper late in the third quarter and landed awkwardly, underwent an MRI on Wednesday morning. The team hopes to have the results at some point Wednesday afternoon, but a team spokesman said it may not be able to reveal the prognosis until Thursday. “He didn’t practice,” head coach Steve...
14 hours ago

49ers’ Eric Reid prepared to stand for national anthem — eventually

Eric Reid will stand when NFL owners step up. On Wednesday, a day after he was part of a meeting that included Jed York and 10 other owners in New York, the 49ers safety said he left the productive session ready to eventually stand during the national anthem. “The NFL has agreed to commit to a long-term plan and use their platform to continue to raise awareness around the issues that affect our country,” Reid said. “And to help us feel like we don’t need to protest. So we feel like we’re (going in) the right direction.” Last year,...
14 hours ago

Corrections, Oct. 19

This & That ... Stats and Facts, Oct. 16, Sports, B9 The story misstated the recent results between the Raiders and Kansas City. The Chiefs have won the past five meetings.
17 hours ago

Goodell: No change in NFL anthem policy

Two days of NFL owners meetings — at which the topic of whether players should be forced to stand for the national anthem was to be discussed — ended Wednesday without a change in the league’s policy. While continuing to stress that the league believes the players “should” stand for the anthem, Goodell said at a news conference in New York City that the issue of changing the guidelines to “must stand” was never brought up for discussion.
18 hours ago

49ers to honor Dwight Clark on Sunday with Cowboys visiting

Seven months after he revealed that he has a terminal disease, former 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark will be honored Sunday at Levi’s Stadium and 35 of his teammates from 1981 will be in attendance. Clark, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, will be recognized during “Dwight Clark Day” and the 49ers, fittingly, will host the Cowboys. Clark, of course, played the starring role in The Catch against the Cowboys, which sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl victory after the 1981 season. On Sunday, during halftime, there will be a video tribute to...
18 hours ago

New 49ers calendar instantly outdated because a bunch of the players are no longer on the team

The 2018 49ers calendar is more of a time capsule than a look at the year ahead.
23 hours ago

Ex-Warrior Festus Ezeli returns for ceremony

Former Warriors center Festus Ezeli has dreams of playing again in the NBA, but it won’t happen anytime soon. “I started walking about three weeks ago, and it’s almost like a got a brand new knee,” said Ezeli, who was in Oakland on Tuesday night to participate in the Warriors’ pregame ring ceremony. “My first time shooting was this past weekend, and it felt good.” Ezeli underwent left knee surgery in March and hasn’t played since signing a two-year, $15.2 million contract with Portland following the Warriors’ 2014-15 championship season. ...
Oct 18, 2017

Rockets’ Paul, Harden show they can work together

It didn’t take long to determine the Rockets’ playmaker. Newcomer Chris Paul dribbled the ball upcourt on Houston’s first possession. And the next. And the next. The first five times the Rockets had the ball Tuesday night in the season opener against the Warriors at Oracle Arena, Paul was the point guard. On the sixth, Paul deferred to James Harden, who brought the basketball up. It was the first regular-season game in which the two superstar point guards played in the same backcourt, the result of an offseason trade to help the Rockets try to catch up...
Oct 18, 2017

Logan Couture scores twice as Sharks top Canadiens

Logan Couture scored two goals and the Sharks extended their dominance of Montreal with a 5-2 victory Tuesday night at SAP Center. Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which has won its past 11 home games against the Canadiens, a streak that dates to Nov. 23, 1999. Jonathan Drouin and Shea Weber scored for the Canadiens, who are winless since an opening-night victory at Buffalo. Martin Jones stopped 28 shots for the Sharks, who finished their season-opening homestand with a 2-3 record. Carey...
Oct 18, 2017

Warriors blow big lead against Rockets, lose season opener once again

After Kevin Durant’s potential game-winner, after his Warriors teammates celebrated, the referee waved both hands horizontally: The basket was no good. In a deflating start to a much-hyped season, the Warriors squandered a 17-point lead to Houston, dropping their opener 122-121. Fans were left mumbling expletives as they filed toward the exits. Because for much of Tuesday night, Golden State had seemed headed toward victory. It wasn’t until after the Rockets opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run that the Warriors were finally on precarious footing....
Oct 18, 2017

Gordon Hayward’s gruesome ankle injury casts pall on season opener

Gordon Hayward’s face was etched in pain and shock. Of all the juicy subplots for this hyped homecoming and a season opener between rivals, a serious injury to Hayward wasn’t on the list. Boston’s season changed in a gruesome instant Tuesday night as Hayward, one of the new Celtics who was going to help them close the gap on Cleveland, broke his left ankle just five minutes into his debut. Boston was beaten 102-99 on Tuesday night by LeBron James and the host Cavaliers. Hayward’s horrific injury overshadowed Kyrie Irving’s...
Oct 18, 2017

Penguins rally, then top Rangers in OT

The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby scored the tying goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation and Evgeni Malkin put in the winner 58 seconds into overtime to complete a four-point night as Pittsburgh beat the Rangers 5-4 in New York on Tuesday. Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel and Carl Hagelin also scored for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, who handed New York (1-5-1) its fourth straight loss. “We kind of had some ups and downs in the game,” Crosby said. “It’s a good test when they happen and we responded the right way.
Oct 18, 2017

Warriors get their rings; it never gets old

Steve Kerr recalled one of his many ring ceremonies and telling then-Commissioner David Stern, “We’ve got to stop meeting like this.” He was kidding, of course. Ring ceremonies, after all, never get old. Kerr won five rings as a player with the Bulls and Spurs and now has two as the Warriors’ head coach. He received his latest in Tuesday night’s raucous pregame ceremony, which was attended by the current commissioner, Adam Silver. No, Kerr doesn’t want to stop meeting like this. “It’s always fun to go through...