3:08 PM EDT, Mon April 24, 2017
2 hours ago

Insult to injury? Ford runs MadBum 'day off' ad, annoying Giants fans

If you were watching the Giants get steamrolled by the Rockies on TV over the weekend, you might have noticed a certain Ford ad featuring the recently injured Giants' All-Star pitcher.
14 hours ago

Senators, Capitals win in OT to finish series

Marcus Johansson stuffed his second goal of the game past Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen at 6:31 of overtime, lifting the Washington Capitals to a series-winning 2-1 victory over the host Maple Leafs on Sunday night in Game 6 of an Eastern Conference first-round matchup. Johansson pulled Washington even at 1-1 with less than eight minutes to go in the third period after Auston Matthews broke a scoreless tie five minutes earlier for Toronto, which missed the playoffs in the previous three seasons. “The loss is tough for sure, but when we got in here and looked at one another, there's a...
16 hours ago

Warriors ‘in great hands’ with Mike Brown

Steve Kerr watched the Warriors’ Game 3 win Saturday night with his son, Nick, at their hotel suite in downtown Portland. After his symptoms worsened over the past five days, Kerr announced Sunday that he will miss Game 4 on Monday as he tries to find a solution for his discomfort. Though he is taking an indefinite hiatus from in-game coaching, Kerr will stay involved with the team by breaking down video, chatting with players and advising Brown. In the regular season, as the Warriors became the first team in NBA history to win at least 65 games for a third straight year, Kerr endured...
18 hours ago

Raiders have done due diligence with Joe Mixon

Will they draft a running back if he doesn’t? Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is waiting for a decision from Lynch, as he is not planning to pay the retired running back more than $3 million per year plus incentives, league sources said. McKenzie hasn’t shown a willingness to use early round picks on running backs. Considered by some the best running back in the draft, Mixon may be available when Oakland picks 24th in the second round because he was caught on video punching a woman in 2014. While Raiders owner Mark Davis has made his stance against domestic violence clear,...
19 hours ago

Giants unsure if Span will need to go on DL

Giants unsure if Span will need to go on DL DENVER — Center fielder Denard Span was happy Sunday that he could move his arm around and take his own shirt off. Span said he sprained the sternoclavicular joint near his right collarbone when he crashed into the center-field wall Saturday night while catching a Charlie Blackmon drive. When he hurt the same joint making a diving catch for the Twins in 2012 he missed two weeks. Span said when he hit the wall his mind had a “quick flash” to Jarrett Parker’s collarbone fracture, but then I realized I wasn’t in as much pain as he seemed...
19 hours ago

Sharks never really shook late-season slump

Unlike recent postseason failures, there really wasn’t a sense of great despair or utter frustration in the Sharks’ locker room at SAP Center on Saturday night. The defending Western Conference champs, beat up and goal-starved, were done in six games of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. In spite of logging the second most travel miles in the league (48,872) and having an already short offseason cut shorter with the participation of seven of the team’s key performers at the late-summer World Cup of Hockey, the Sharks found themselves with a nine-point lead in the...
19 hours ago

Streaks by Triggs, A’s end in lopsided loss

Taylor Motter hit a grand slam off Triggs in the third inning, and Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer off Raul Alcantara in the seventh. The A’s did little against Yovani Gallardo, collecting two hits through six innings and two more in the seventh when they chased the Seattle starter. Healy had two of Oakland’s five hits as the cleanup hitter, the spot usually reserved for Khris Davis. Triggs entered 3-0 without yielding an earned run in 17 2/3 innings, the longest run by an Oakland starter to open a season. In franchise history, he was the third A’s pitcher to start a season with...
19 hours ago

Warriors’ Kevin Durant still questionable for Game 4

The eight-time All-Star is questionable, a team spokesman told The Chronicle. Durant, who has now missed two straight games with a left calf strain, appears to be almost completely healthy. Additionally, Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain) and Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) are questionable for Game 4. The Blazers announced Sunday that center Jusuf Nurkic, who returned from a fractured right leg for Game 3, has been ruled out for Game 4.
20 hours ago

49ers’ best quarterbacks weren’t taken high in draft

Most teams land their franchise quarterback by using a premium draft pick, but the 49ers are an exception: Of the six QBs who have been voted to a Pro Bowl while playing for the 49ers, only Y.A. Tittle and John Brodie were acquired with a first- or second-round selection. Given that, the 49ers will break from tradition if they locate their next elite QB with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night. A host of NFL Network draft analysts are among those underwhelmed by a group headlined by North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer,...
20 hours ago

Steve Kerr to miss Game 4, status for rest of playoffs in doubt

Steve Kerr to miss Game 4, status for rest of playoffs in doubt Steve Kerr will miss Game 4 of the first round Monday as he continues to seek a solution to his nagging pain, the Warriors’ head coach told reporters Sunday afternoon. General manager Bob Myers was initially scheduled to speak on Kerr’s behalf, but Kerr ultimately decided to address media at the team hotel in downtown Portland. Though he declined to describe his symptoms, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year said the pain worsened five days ago. Kerr’s lead assistant, Mike Brown, who coached Golden State to a Game 3 win...
21 hours ago

Portland’s Jusuf Nurkic ruled out for Game 4

Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic has been ruled out for Game 4 of the first round against the Warriors, Portland head coach Terry Stotts told reporters Sunday. Nurkic returned from a fractured right leg for Game 3 on Saturday, finishing with two points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 17 minutes. Kevin Durant (left calf strain), Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain) and Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) are all questionable for Game 4. The status of head coach Steve Kerr, who missed Game 3 with an illness, is also up in the air.
23 hours ago

Sonny Gray 1 rehab start away from rejoining A’s?

Sonny Gray was in good spirits Sunday, knowing his latest rehab assignment went well and he seems close to returning to the A’s rotation. “I was excited to go out without limitations other than the pitch count,” said Gray, who’s overcoming a strained lat. Saturday night, Gray threw 47 pitches in five scoreless innings for Class A Stockton (one hit, no walks) and another 18 in the bullpen. Gray hung around with the A’s prospects including 6-foot-7 lefty A.J. Puk, the team’s top pick in last year’s draft whose locker was adjacent to Gray’s. “You throw in extended spring...
Apr 23, 2017

Mike Brown to fill in for Steve Kerr at media availability Sunday

After filling in for Steve Kerr in the Warriors’ Game 3 win over the Trail Blazers, Mike Brown is set to meet with reporters Sunday afternoon at the team hotel. Kerr felt well enough to go over the game plan Saturday afternoon with Brown, but stayed back at the team hotel. Luke Walton, serving as the interim head coach, guided the Warriors to a 39-4 record in that stretch.
Apr 23, 2017

Giants to have Belt (and part of Lincecum) in left field

Less than three weeks into the season, the Giants are in scramble mode because of injuries and to try to get some offense out of this lineup. Besides moving Belt to left, Buster Posey is at first base and third baseman Eduardo Nuñez will lead off against Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland, a move the Giants had resisted. For one thing, Bochy wants Posey behind the plate in the Dodgers series even as he wants Nick Hundley's bat in the lineup against all those lefties. Another variable is Denard Span, who sprained the right sternoclavicular joint near his collarbone while crashing into...
Apr 23, 2017

Giants shake up lineup hoping to avoid Coors sweep

Giants shake up lineup hoping to avoid Coors sweep DENVER — Coors Field has a very big left field, and the Giants are going to stick a very big man to play there Sunday. Eduardo Nuñez will lead off against the lefty Kyle Freeland as manager Bruce Bochy tries anything to prevent a sweep. Denard Span is out, as we knew he would be after crashing his shoulder into the right-field wall. Samardzija is prone to the home run, but he’s actually pitched well in two starts at Coors, both last year, allowing four earned runs (and no homers) in 15 innings. Henry Schulman is a San Francisco...