Ailene Voisin, sports columnist

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Republic FC’s Adam Jahn, a former Jesuit High School and Stanford star, heads the ball. Jahn scored Republic FC’s goal.

Voisin’s Monday Morning High Five: Crazy weekend for Warriors, Clippers, Sir Paul, Republic FC and the surging Giants

Published: Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 - 7:36 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, May. 6, 2014 - 7:47 am

•  Talk about lousy timing: While the Warriors-Clippers drama was unfolding at Oracle Arena in Oakland, across the bay at AT&T Park Giants second baseman Brandon Hicks cracked a walk-off homer that secured a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians and moved the Giants into first place in the division. On any other Sunday …

•  Fitting debut:It was only fitting that El Macero native Adam Jahn scored the first home goal for Republic FC. On loan from the San Jose Earthquakes, the former Jesuit standout executed a nifty spin move before scoring from the right side 32 minutes into Saturday’s loss to the Harrisburg (Pa.) City Islanders before a sellout crowd at Hughes Stadium.

•  Ben’s busy: Kings guard Ben McLemore is visiting friends and relatives in St. Louis for the first time since the 2013 NBA Draft. He also is enrolled in summer classes at Kansas and planning to compete for the Kings in the Las Vegas Summer League.

•  Backing Barnett: Kudos to the Golden State Warriors for reconsidering and retaining Jim Barnett for a yet-to-be-decided number of games next season. The long-time television analyst is insightful and entertaining and, perhaps most important, refreshingly objective. Adding someone like one-time Warriors and current KNBR host Tom Tolbert – as is rumored – would be a plus. But there are plenty of games to go around. And, by the way, who turned down the volume at Oracle Arena? Great call. Northern California basketball fans don’t need prompts about when to clap, cheer, jeer or otherwise make noise.

•  Sir Paul closes the ’Stick: Finally, Paul McCartney agreed to give the final-final-final performance at Candlestick Park on Aug. 14. Ticket prices are out of my price range – though I paid $250 to see the former Beatles singer at Reunion Arena during the Kings-Mavericks playoff series in 2002. Or maybe they’re not. Time to start saving.

Call The Bee’s Ailene Voisin, (916) 321-1208.

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Ailene Voisin, sports columnist

Ailene Voisin

Ailene Voisin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UNLV and a law degree from the University of San Diego before committing full time to journalism.

Her career includes stops at the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and time spent as the backup beat writer for Dodgers and Angels, Clippers and NBA beat writer, sports columnist, along with numerous assignments covering international events and the Olympics. Ailene joined The Sacramento Bee in 1997.

Phone: 916-321-1208
Twitter: @ailene_voisin

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