Leading Off: 10 pressing questions in the world of sports

Published: Friday, Apr. 11, 2014 - 6:53 pm

• The Arizona Diamondbacks outlasted the Giants 6-5 in 10 innings Thursday in a game that took 4 hours and 10 minutes, but how many of you stuck it out until the final out?

• In this age of instant gratification and 140 characters, are four hour-plus games going to doom baseball?

• Kings rookie Ray McCallum has averaged 14.4 points and 7.2 assists in nine starts; does the team’s brass think he can be the starting point guard next year?

• The Kings gave up point guard Greivis Vasquez to land forward Rudy Gay, so how crazy would it be if Vasquez returns to the Kings as a free agent and Gay signs with another team?

• Center DeMarcus Cousins, guard Isaiah Thomas and Gay each average at least 20 points for the Kings, but if you could only keep one, who would it be?

• Connecticut won the men’s and women’s NCAA titles for the second time; so why is Storrs, Conn., such a college basketball hotbed?

• California Chrome ran away with the Santa Anita Derby last Saturday; wouldn’t it be cool if his owners’ first trip to the state of Kentucky brings a victory in the big Derby, too?

• Republic FC plays in 2,500-seat Anteater Stadium (UC Irvine) today and 2,000-seat StubHub Center Track Stadium on Sunday, so how impressive will it be if they really do draw 20,000 to Hughes Stadium for the home opener on April 26?

• Republic FC has 14 home matches its first USL Pro season; will that cut into the River Cats’ attendance?

• With 2012 winner Bubba Watson atop the leaderboard at The Masters, does anyone miss Tiger Woods?

– Tom Couzens


Weekend poll

Should baseball take steps to shorten games ?

• Yes, some fans have to work in morning.

• No, games aren’t over until they’re over.

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Friday’s results

Who is the greatest home run hitter of all time?

• Hank Aaron: 28%

• Barry Bonds: 32%

• Mickey Mantle: 6%

• Willie Mays: 8%

• Babe Ruth: 25%

• Other: 1%

Total votes: 211

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