As soon as some blurry-eyed league officials are finished checking and rechecking every fact and fine-print detail, the NFL is expected to release the 2014 regular-season schedule today or Thursday – and don’t be surprised if it’s as late as Friday.

Rick Adelman deserved a better exit. After winning 50 or more games for five consecutive seasons – including a 61-21 record in the 2001-02 season that ended agonizingly close to an NBA championship – Adelman was fired after the Kings went 44-38 in 2005-06.

With no head coaching experience coming into his first season in Sacramento, Michael Malone had a reputation as a sold NBA assistant coach with a penchant for teaching tough defense.

ESPN analyst and former coach Jeff Van Gundy predicts that Houston, led by Dwight Howard and James Harden, will win the NBA title, but can the Rockets beat Portland, San Antonio and Oklahoma City to win the Western Conference?

Aldon Smith is 24 years old and has enough talent to fill an empty Candlestick Park. In three seasons with the 49ers, he has 42 sacks in 43 games. Do you know how many sacks Michael Strahan, who had 1411/2 in his career and will enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer, had in his first three seasons with the New York Giants? Try 13.

Though the Kings weren’t close to making the playoffs again this season, they were the only team in the NBA with three players who averaged at least 20 points.

Pete Rose turned 73 years old on Monday, still nowhere closer to being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame than he was on Aug. 24, 1989, the day he was banned from the game by then-Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

For the eighth consecutive season, the Kings will stagger across the regular-season finish line Wednesday, clutching airline tickets long ago punched for summer vacation instead of a trip to the playoffs.

Until Tiger, Phil or Rory prove otherwise, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson has become the golfer to watch on the PGA Tour.

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?

Dusty Baker played 19 major-league seasons. He was an All-Star, won a World Series with the Dodgers in 1981 and went on to become a three-time Manager of the Year, including with the Giants.

One of the biggest issues facing the Kings in the offseason isn’t even in their control.

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari doesn't wear a black hat and greasy, handle-bar mustache. But as for being college basketball's villain, nobody wears the reputation better.

Jerry Reynolds and Grant Napear have been broadcasting Kings games on TV together for more than 20 years, so why do some fans think it’s time for a change?

Only the NFL can captivate a former president and NBA greats in other sports. In a workout.

Be honest, how many of you picked Kentucky to reach the Final Four in your NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket? Though the Wildcats opened the season as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press’ Top 25, they lost four of seven games entering the tournament and were seeded eighth in the Midwest Regional.

If you’re not a winning team, you should add players who are used to winning, right?

When the Eagles cut wide receiver DeSean Jackson on Friday, was your first thought that he would be a good fit with the Raiders?

Raiders fans should lower their Raider Nation flags to half staff this week and toast the memory of Ralph Wilson.

Steve Masiello, who’s had a successful run as men’s basketball coach at Manhattan College that included a near-upset of Louisville last week in the NCAA Tournament, reportedly agreed Tuesday to a five-year contract worth more than $1 million per year to coach at South Florida.

Shaquille O’Neal – part-owner of the Kings, NBA studio analyst for TNT and 15-time All-Star – is being investigated by Atlanta police in connection with an alleged assault of a co-worker at Turner Studios.

A’s owner Lew Wolff wants to relocate the team to San Jose, but he realizes this may never happen with the Giants holding tight onto their South Bay territorial rights.

The Kings have finished in last place five times since their most recent playoff appearance in 2006, so it’s been rare when they can look at another team below them in the Pacific Division standings this late in the season.

The San Antonio Spurs have the best record in the NBA, so why is everyone focused on the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder when talking about which team will win the NBA title?

Reggie Christiansen is here, there and everywhere.

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