The Warriors receive a big assist from an unlikely source in their 99-98 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The Rockets’ James Harden, under pressure from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, fiddles around with the ball in the closing seconds and fails to launch a potential game-winning shot. Now the Warriors are up 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.
Don’t blame all of the Kings’ problems on center DeMarcus Cousins. He has been voted onto the All-NBA second team, only the fourth King in the Sacramento era to be so honored.
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There are two sure ways to beat Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. You can outpitch him, as the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner did for the third time this season in a 4-0 victory at AT&T Park. Or you can hit a home run off him, as Bumgarner also did in the third inning. It’s that simple, says Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “You want to win the game, throw a shutout and hit a homer.”
The A’s fall again, 3-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays, for their 13th loss in 15 games. It’s not as if they didn’t have their chances. Oakland fails to score in the fourth inning after loading the bases with two outs when Sam Fuld, mired in a 3-for-48 slide, grounds out.
The River Cats are no match for Memphis’ Tyler Lyons, who strikes out 12 and walks none in a complete game to lead the Redbirds to a 4-2 victory at Raley Field. With Memphis leading 3-2 in the eighth inning, Sacramento has runners on first and third with two outs, but Adam Duvall flies out.
In today’s NFL, the huddle in no longer a place to catch your breath. So at practice Thursday, the 49ers worked on getting to the line of scrimmage as quickly as possible to keep pressure on the defense.
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