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Giants lose 5th straight, 5-0 to Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO — After getting swept in a three-game home series to the Los Angeles Dodgers to fall out of first place in the NL West, the San Francisco Giants turned to their hottest pitcher to help wash away their woes. Instead, he just added to them. Madison Bumgarner allowed all five runs in the first two […]

Expos to open state tourney against Merced Volunteers

FAIRFIELD — The struggles of American Legion baseball in other parts of California are a plus to the Fairfield Expos. Without those struggles, along with the expansion of the state tournament bracket from six to eight teams, the 2012 state champions wouldn’t making a return trip to Napa County. The Expos, one of two wildcards […]

Carter leads Astros homer-happy win over Athletics

HOUSTON — It all fell apart for Oakland starter Jesse Chavez in a very brief span. Chavez gave up a career-high three homers as the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics, Monday. Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run — the first […]

Lakers finally confirm Byron Scott is new coach

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Byron Scott is their new coach Monday night. The Lakers finally made the long-anticipated announcement in a news release. Scott will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday at the Lakers’ training complex. Scott told reporters last weekend he had been hired by the Lakers, who have been without a coach since Mike […]

Raiders relying on healthy Watson to solidify line

NAPA — Menelik Watson’s rookie season proved to be mostly a waste. Watson arrived at his first training camp with the Oakland Raiders with an injured calf that forced him to miss much of the preseason. A knee injury just before the beginning of the regular season cost Watson a shot at a starting job. By the […]

This date in sports history for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 29 1751 — The first International World Title Prize Fight takes place in Harlston, Norfolk, England. The champion, Jack Slack of England, beats the challenger, M. Petit of France, in 25 minutes. 1924 — Paul Runyan defeats Craig Wood 1 up in 38 holes in the final round to capture the PGA championship. 1934 […]

Quarterback Johnny Manziel’s day at Browns camp

BEREA, Ohio — A look at Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel’s day at training camp. GO, JOHNNY, GO: Manziel got a chance to show off his running ability as the Browns ran several read-option plays with him behind center. On several occasions, Manziel kept the ball, tucked it away and took off, displaying the quickness and elusiveness that made it tough […]

Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

LOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned […]

Humphrey to savor Hall of Fame day with ‘wingman’

ATLANTA — Claude Humphrey wishes he could have made the Pro Football Hall of Fame “a long time ago where I could have actually enjoyed it more.” Even so, there’s a bonus for Humphrey, the former standout defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. Now that he’s 70, it’s the perfect time for […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday’s TV sports Baseball MLB •Oakland at Houston, CSNCA, 5 p.m. •N.Y. Yankees at Texas, FS1, 5 p.m. •Colorado at Chicago Cubs, WGN, 5 p.m. •Pittsburgh at San Francisco, CSNBA, 7 p.m. •Atlanta at L.A. Dodgers or Pittsburgh at San Francisco, MLB, 7 p.m. Basketball WNBA •Connecticut at Atlanta, NBATV, 9 a.m. •Chicago at San […]

Rays’ Archer: ‘Never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer insists he isn’t mad at David Ortiz. A day after Ortiz slung his bat and leisurely trotted around the bases following a home run off him, Archer had more thoughts about Big Papi’s style. “I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat,” Archer said Monday. “I’m not comparing […]

Reed HOF induction gives Bills cause to celebrate

BUFFALO, N.Y. — There are two things receiver Andre Reed is most certain of in preparing to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend. The eight-year wait to hear his name called really didn’t feel that long. More important, the timing of the announcement in February was fitting given the sudden […]

In the Pits: Gordon eyeing 5th title after big Brickyard win

INDIANAPOLIS — Long before Jimmie Johnson arrived on the NASCAR scene, Jeff Gordon was the fastest thing on wheels. He was the “Wonder Boy” who racked up wins at a record place. He brought the southern sport to Madison Ave. and became such a household name that even rapper Nelly name-dropped Gordon in a song. […]

Marketing agreement an obstacle in US bid for 2024

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Washington is picked to host the 2024 Olympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee will pay the price for winning. One of its first tasks will be to hand over millions in sponsorships to the victorious city’s newly formed organizing committee. It’s one of those costly […]

Sailors to navigate dirty water in 1st Rio test

RIO DE JANEIRO — Sailors, coaches and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro acknowledge the problem: Guanabara Bay, the venue for sailing at the 2016 Olympics, is badly polluted. Some liken it to a sewer. The water is filthy after years of untreated waste being poured into the enclosed bay, a mess officials say will take at least a […]

Manningham back with Giants, with no guarantees

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Mario Manningham attended his first NFL training camp in 2008 as a third-round draft pick of the New York Giants, basically secured of his place on the team’s opening day roster. Six years later, Manningham is back in Giants camp after a two-year, injury-plagued stint with the San Francisco 49ers. This time, […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Monday-Tuesday, July 28-29, 2014

Monday’s TV sports Baseball MLB •San Diego at Atlanta, MLB, 9 a.m. •Toronto at Boston, ESPN, 4 p.m. •Oakland at Houston, CSNCA, 5 p.m. •Pittsburgh at San Francsico, ch. 31 (KMAX), 7 p.m. Basketball WNBA •Indiana at Los Angeles, NBATV, 7:30 p.m. Soccer •MLS, Los Angeles at Seattle, ESPN2, 7 p.m. Softball •NPF, Chicago at […]

LeBron deep-sixes number; will be No. 23 with Cavs

LeBron James will go back to wearing jersey No. 23 in his return to Cleveland. James tweeted “23 it is! It’s only right I go back. 2 3=6 We still family 6.” The tweet included an Instagram post with photos of James holding his No. 23 Cavaliers jersey on draft night, him later in a new […]

Byron Scott says he will be LA Lakers’ new coach

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days. Scott said this weekend that he has been hired by the Lakers, but the club insisted Sunday that no deal has been reached. Scott, who won three […]

Jaso has 3 RBIs as A’s beat Rangers 9-3

ARLINGTON, Texas — It doesn’t matter to John Jaso whether he’s Oakland’s leadoff batter, as long as he’s playing. For the Athletics, he’s extremely important at the top of the order, especially with Coco Crisp hurting. Jaso drove in three runs Sunday night, helping Scott Kazmir and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 9-3. The A’s catcher had […]

Horsey wins Russian Open in playoff

MOSCOW — David Horsey of England defeated Ireland’s Damien McGrane in a playoff on Sunday to win the Russian Open, his first European Tour title in three years. Horsey rallied after making double-bogey on the 12th hole with an eagle on the 17th and then par on the final hole to finish level with McGrane […]

Tim Clark rallies to win Canadian Open

MONTREAL — Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship. Furyk, the […]

Spain sweeps to victory in International Crown

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Their bond goes far beyond their designation as teammates, and as a whole they are far more than merely a quartet of players thrown together to represent Spain. The foursome that won the inaugural International Crown on Sunday have been friends on and off the golf course for years, which goes […]

Langer wins Senior British Open by record 13 shots

BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer ran away with the Senior British Open on Sunday for his fourth senior major title, finishing a Champions Tour-record 13 strokes ahead of Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie. The 56-year-old German closed with a 4-under 67 at sunny and breezy Royal Porthcawl to finish at 18-under 266. He opened with rounds of […]

Mudcats take pair from Pro Player Baseball

VACAVILLE — Nick Spini laced a two-run single in the first game and crushed a two-run homer in the second to help lift the Solano Mudcats collegiate baseball team to a 10-2 and 9-5 doubleheader sweep of Pro Player Baseball at Will C. Wood High, Sunday. Spini’s two-run single put the Mudcats ahead to stay […]

McGloin buried on Raiders depth chart again

NAPA — Not a lot has changed in the year since Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent. He’s still buried on Oakland’s depth chart, still spending most of his time in practice waiting for the occasional rep or two with the offense. The only difference might be in McGloin’s expectations. […]

Giants lose in Peavy’s debut, swept by Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants pinned their hopes on Jake Peavy to provide new life to a beat-up rotation and a lineup searching for a lift. It was a disappointing debut for the right-hander a day after being traded by the Boston Red Sox, and he dropped his 10th straight decision in a 4-3 defeat […]

Lawrence Okoye preparing for the NFL

SANTA CLARA — Lawrence Okoye speaks as if he is hoping to win a contest for the Oxford University debate team. That very well may be next on his list of things to accomplish. The rugby player turned track and field athlete turned football player has been accepted to the prestigious English educational institution, where […]

Feeling hot but hopeful at Raiders training camp

The only thing that tempered the scorching temperatures at the Raiders training camp last Friday was the soul-cooling feeling of hope that appears this same time each year. While Raider fans having hope after spending years in NFL purgatory is a punchline to fans of other teams, we have genuine reasons to be at least cautiously optimistic. First, […]

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