A federal appeals court tosses home-run king Barry Bonds’ 2011 obstruction of justice conviction, but judges can’t change the prevailing opinion that he cheated baseball by using steroids. Bottom line: Did Bonds use performance-enhancing drugs? Marcos Breton believes he did and would nevertheless vote the former Giants star into the Hall of Fame.
Jimmy Rollins grew up in the Bay Area, played 15 seasons at shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies and like a lot of good citizens hated the city of Los Angeles. Funny how life works. Rollins now plays for the Dodgers and says of his new city: “It’s really not a bad place. I’m like, wow, I didn’t think I’d like L.A. as much as I do.”
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The greatly anticipated showdown between aces Madison Bumgarner of the Giants and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers appropriately ends in a push. That leaves it to others to decide the outcome. So with the bases loaded, one out and the Dodgers playing five men on the infield, Joe Panik lofts J.P. Howell’s first pitch deep enough to center field to bring home pinch runner Gregor Blanco and give the Giants a 3-2 win.
Sonny Gray outpitches Jered Weaver with seven innings of two-hit ball, and Billy Butler homers during a five-run seventh inning that carries the A’s to a 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. The A’s have outscored their opponents 62-5 in their eight victories, and have been outscored 56-21 in their eight losses – including a 14-1 drubbing Tuesday night.
The River Cats dig an early hole and lose their second consecutive game to the host El Paso Chihuahuas, 13-5. The Chihuahuas jump on River Cats starter Jake Dunning, who gives up 11 runs and nine hits in 32/3 innings.
Sorry, Kings fans. Your team is not in the NBA playoffs, but you know who is – Tyreke Evans. He’s playing point guard (supposedly not his ideal position when he was here) for the New Orleans Pelicans. And he seems to be thriving.
Tim Duncan scores 28 points, Kawhi Leonard has 23 as the defending champion San Antonio Spurs defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 111-107 in overtime to tie their Western Conference playoff series 1-1. The Spurs blow 10-point leads in the third and fourth quarters.
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