10:15 PM EDT, Wed March 21, 2018
1 hour ago

Raiders sign free-agent LB Emmanuel Lamur

The Raiders added to their linebacker group Wednesday, signing free agent Emmanuel Lamur, the team announced. Lamur, 28, is familiar with new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, having spent his first four NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2012-16. Of his 15 career starts, Lamur made 13 in the 2014 season with 53 solo tackles, seven pass breakups and two interceptions. Lamur (6-4, 245) spent the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings as a backup linebacker and special teams player. He appeared in all 16 games last season with eight...
1 hour ago

After meeting with A’s players, union head Tony Clark discusses spending issues

PHOENIX - The A’s, a team right at the heart of many of the union’s most major concerns, had their annual spring meeting with the Players Association on Wednesday, Afterward talking to the team’s players at Hohokam Stadium, union head Tony Clark told The Chronicle that there are still concerns over the slow free-agent market. “We haven’t seen in a long time what we’re seeing this offseason,” he said.
2 hours ago

Warriors gear up for another playoff push

In lieu of practice March 13, the Warriors met with world-renowned motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Over several hours, while working through team-building exercises and discussion groups, players were repeatedly reminded of a basic reality: To maximize their potential, they must first weather adversity. Now, with three weeks until the postseason, an injury-depleted team has lost four of six games for the first time in more than a year. Hopes of catching Houston for the Western Conference’s No 1 seed are slim, at best. It is hardly cause for concern for a...
3 hours ago

Health will help determine futures for 49ers’ Ward, Armstead

In 2016, 49ers safety Jimmie Ward sustained a broken collarbone and defensive tackle Arik Armstead had a torn labrum. In 2017, Ward had a broken forearm and Armstead was sidelined with a broken hand. In 2018? The players who have ended each of the past two seasons on injured reserve will hope to finish the year firmly in the 49ers’ long-term plans. After they were both taken in the first round of the NFL draft, Ward and Armstead are in a similar spot a few seasons into their careers. Their injuries have forced them to miss a total of 32...
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A’s announce innovative ticket program

PHOENIX - How much would you like to pay to see the A’s this year? You can decide for yourself beginning April 4. The A’s are allowing fans to pay their own price for tickets - a $1 minimum donation is required - in section 322 every Wednesday this season, with all proceeds going to fund charitable efforts and initiative through the Oakland A’s Community Fund. “This program is unprecedented and we’re excited to be - what we believe - the first team to create a ticket section to completely benefit charity,” A’s vice president of communications...
5 hours ago

Stephen Curry looks ‘great’ in first practice back from ankle injury

After missing six games with a tweaked right ankle, Warriors point guard Stephen Curry went through practice Wednesday with no issues. “Steph was great,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. We’ll see how he responds the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.” Curry, who was cleared to return to practice after getting his ankle re-evaluated Tuesday, is eyeing a return Friday night against Atlanta. Golden State will practice Thursday and shoot around Friday before he can be officially OK’d to play the Hawks.
6 hours ago

Report: DT Ndamukong Suh’s visit with Raiders cancelled

Free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won’t visit the Raiders on Wednesday after all, the NFL Network reported. Suh, arguably the top defensive lineman on the free-agent market, had been scheduled to visit Alameda after previously meeting with the Saints, Titans and Rams, according to ESPN. It was not immediately clear which side cancelled the meeting. The Raiders, who have added 14 new players since the beginning of last week, would likely need to create some more financial flexibility if they were to pursue Suh, who was due to make $26 million next...
6 hours ago

Momma Lynch asks 49ers to sign her son, fans briefly panic after forgetting Marshawn has siblings

Momma Lynch is always looking out for her kids, and her well-intentioned attempt to get the 49ers' attention resulted in a brief moment of panic for Raiders fans.
6 hours ago

A’s shut down A.J. Puk with biceps issue

PHOENIX - A.J. Puk, the prized prospect projected to be in the A’s rotation at some point this season, has been shut down with biceps soreness, according to a source. Puk received an MRI and there is no indication that the left-hander has any major structural damage, the source told The Chronicle, adding that the injury is not believed to be serious and that Puk should resume throwing “sometime fairly soon.” Puk was sent to minor-league camp Sunday despite having only one poor inning all spring, his final inning Thursday against Seattle. He allowed...
7 hours ago

Everyone loves this magazine cover of Klay Thompson looking incredibly chill

The Slam magazine cover shot, featuring Thompson lounging in the backyard of his Oakland home, instantly delighted his many fans.
Mar 20, 2018

Raiders to host free-agent lineman Ndamukong Suh for visit, report says

The Raiders are expected to host free-agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh for a visit Wednesday, according to an ESPN report. Suh, 31, was released by the Dolphins last week at the start of free agency. He has made visits to several teams and reportedly was meeting with the Rams on Tuesday. For an Oakland team wanting to improve its interior defensive line this offseason, Suh is perhaps the top free agent available. Suh’s numbers dipped in his last season in Miami — 48 tackles, 4.5 sacks — but the 2010 No. 2 overall pick remains a formidable presence....
Mar 20, 2018

Richard Sherman in fine form at 49ers’ news conference

It now has been more than a week, plenty of time for many to adjust to the idea of noted 49ers nemesis Richard Sherman joining the team. On Tuesday, however, moments after Sherman formally was introduced at a noon news conference at Levi’s Stadium, there was a reminder that some adjustments are still required because he routinely antagonized his new team in his first seven seasons with the Seahawks. After he stepped off the stage, Sherman was greeted by CEO Jed York, who gave him a hug and a handshake, before noting to onlookers that they were ready to end...
Mar 20, 2018

A’s Paul Blackburn gives up seven runs, ‘everything was just bad’

MESA, Ariz. - Paul Blackburn made such a strong impression during his brief time in Oakland’s rotation last summer, his bad outing Tuesday probably won’t sink his chances of winning a starter job. However, his rough day against the Dodgers might put more emphasis on his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday at the Coliseum in the first of the three Bay Bridge Series games against the Giants. Blackburn, a 24-year-old from Brentwood, allowed seven hits, three walks and three runs against Los Angeles, and he said he was just completely out of whack. ...
Mar 20, 2018

49ers sign G Cooper to one-year deal

Last week, the 49ers signed a free agent, center Weston Richburg, who will be a starter on their interior offensive line. On Tuesday, they signed a free agent, Jonathan Cooper, who will compete to be a starter on their interior. The 49ers reached a one-year deal with Cooper, 28, who has played for four teams and made 27 starts since the Cardinals made him the No. 7 pick in the 2013 draft. Last year, Cooper started the final 13 games at left guard in his lone season with the Cowboys. It helped reverse a career nosedive that included a 2016...
Mar 20, 2018

A’s Kendall Graveman gets Opening Day nod

MESA, Ariz. - The least surprising news of the A’s spring camp arrived Tuesday morning: Kendall Graveman is Oakland’s Opening Day starter. Graveman, 27, also got the honors last season because of Sonny Gray’s lat strain, but this year, he gets the nod because he’s the team’s longest-tenured starter and has the most experience among the group that opened camp with the club. “I’m not going to lie, it was unfortunate last year with Sonny getting hurt like he did,” Graveman said. “It kind of bumped me up to that role. This year, I feel better...