Republic FC’s Nemanja Vukovic is called “the Franz Beckenbauer of the USL” by teammate Ivan Mirkovic. It’s a mix of high praise and hyperbole for last season’s Defender of the Year.
▪ On a cold and wet night – not that wet, we’re still in a drought – Republic FC loses for only the second time in 17 regular season and playoff matches at Bonney Field, falling 2-1 on Friday to Orange County Blues FC.
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San Francisco’s feel-good, three-game winning streak with its sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers comes to a halt Friday in Denver with a 6-4 loss to the Rockies.
Former Royal Billy Butler, known as Country Breakfast, has enjoyed a nice start with the A’s, reaching base safely in the first 12 games of the season, a feat that matched the longest such streak by a player to begin his A’s career in the last 100 years.
▪ It takes 11 innings, 11 pitchers and nearly four hours, but the A’s fall 5-4 to the Houston Astros. Neither team scored until the 10th inning, and Houston used a three-run 11th to take command.
Adam Duval goes 2 for 4 to raise his average to .424, but Sacramento loses its fourth in a row to the El Paso Chihuahuas (and its fifth in a row overall) on Friday. El Paso pitcher Jason Lane, a converted outfielder, picks up the win with seven strong innings.
The San Antonio Spurs dominate the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night 100-73 to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference first-round series. Kawhi Leonard, a day after being named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year, scores a career-high 32 points.
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