Imagine the heartache and embarrassment felt by Brazil’s soccer team as it walked off the pitch following Tuesday’s 7-1 loss to Germany in a World Cup semifinal match.

When Isaiah Thomas was selected by the Kings with the final pick in the 2011 NBA draft, little was expected of the diminutive guard from Washington.

Tuesday’s announcement that the Rise Guys – Whitey Gleason and Mark Kreidler – will be back on the air in Sacramento is most noteworthy because the show won’t be on in the morning as it had been since Gleason helped launch it at 98 Rock in the early 1990s.

Baseball fans, at least in Minnesota to start, have the ability to purchase beer from a vending machine. The self-serve taps already are flowing at Target Field, home of the Twins, where baseball's All-Star Game will be played one week from tonight.

Friday, the A’s sent two future stars – shortstop Addison Russell, a first-round pick playing at Double-A Midland, and outfielder Billy McKinney, a first-round pick at Class-A Stockton – along with pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named (Daric Barton?) to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The deal made the best team in baseball even better.

The Kings agreed to a three-year contract with journeyman Darren Collison, but is he an upgrade over Isaiah Thomas at point guard?

There are some great traditions in sports, locally and nationally.

Without goalkeeper Tim Howard, the United States could have lost by five or 10 goals to Belgium instead of 2-1 in extra time Tuesday afternoon in the World Cup Round of 16.

In Tim Lincecum’s first start for the Giants today since throwing the second no-hitter of his career last week, the 30-year-old right-hander will:

When the Kings selected Michigan guard Nik Stauskas with the No. 8 pick, how cool was it to hear comparisons to the Warriors’ Klay Thompson?

Growing up in my neighborhood, a soccer ball was about as useful as the metric system. While the rest of the world understood both, the kids on my block never would – no matter how much the nuns at St. Charles Borromeo in South Sacramento pushed.

Usually the last week of June is a slow time for sports, especially in the Sacramento area, with the NBA draft dominating headlines. Aside from baseball, there usually are few local events to attend or watch on TV.

Dan Snyder still insists he won’t change the name of his NFL team in Washington, even after Wednesday’s decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the trademark registration because it considers the name “disparaging to Native Americans.”

After the United States beat Ghana 2-1 in its opening match at the World Cup on Monday, there’s a reasonable chance that Clint Dempsey and company can advance out of Group G to the knockout round, especially after Portugal was crushed by Germany 4-0.

Imagine all the kids in Northern California who wear their Little League pants above their kneecaps because of Giants right fielder Hunter Pence or how many young Pablo Sandoval fans dream of hitting three home runs in one World Series game like Panda.

If the United States loses to Ghana and fails to earn any points in its World Cup opener Monday, will it be impossible to advance out of a tough Group G?

The World Cup begins today in Brazil, where in a month one national futbol team will stand on a stage and hoist soccer’s most coveted trophy – the FIFA World Cup.

It’s hard to remember the names of all the horses that won the first two legs of the Triple Crown and fell short in the Belmont Stakes. But it will be a long time before Northern California forgets California Chrome.

If the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick is worth $126 million, how much will the Seahawks have to pay Russell Wilson after next season?

SacTown can become TrackTown USA again. Or something pretty close.

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Here we go again, two NBA heavyweights throwing down for the championship of the world. Coming out of the Western Conference wearing black and silver with a regular-season record of 62-20, the four-time world champions coached by Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio "Grump Old Men" Spurs.

This could be the year we finally get another Bay Bridge World Series, 25 years after the Loma Prieta earthquake struck Oct. 17, 1989, and turned the Fall Classic into a footnote. Though it’s only the first week of June, enough baseball has been played to separate the contenders from the pretenders.

When former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer completes the deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers, what happens to Seattle’s hopes of landing an NBA team?

The Sacramento State baseball team heads into its first NCAA Division I playoff appearance as the fourth seed in the four-team Cal Poly Regional that starts today in San Luis Obispo. But, as Rhys Hoskins, the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, explained this week, the Hornets don’t view this as a challenge but more as “a great opportunity.”

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