Kings coach George Karl and center DeMarcus Cousins say they’ll be on the same page when the team begins training camp Tuesday at UC San Diego. So can the team – with plenty of new faces – end a playoff drought that began in 2007?
Following Sunday’s meltdown in the desert, coach Jim Tomsula tries to deflect some of the blame for the 47-7 loss to Arizona from his team. He’s not looking to replace starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
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Zack Greinke and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers were denied a playoff-clinching party for at least another day, losing to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on pinch-hitter Alejandro De Aza's 12th-inning sacrifice fly Monday night. Los Angeles lost its fourth straight game after a weekend sweep at Colorado and is five ahead of the Giants with six to play.
Pinch hitter David Murphy hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning, lifting the host Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the A’s. Los Angeles remained a half-game behind the Houston Astros for the second wild-card berth in the American League. The Angels also closed within two games of the first-place Texas Rangers in the A.L. West.
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Is it Inderkum’s Trajon Cotton? Antelope’s Elijah Dotson? Pioneer’s Elijah Fields? Bear River’s Jason Voter? Colfax’s Austin Weir? Voting ends Thursday at noon.
▪ The rivalry between No. 2 Grant and No. 3 Elk Grove goes back decades. The schools will meet Friday night.
Lance Briggs, a former area high school football standout and Pro Bowl linebacker, will receive a key to the city from Elk Grove on Nov. 6. At the Kings game that night, he’ll be recognized for his 12 NFL seasons and community involvement.
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