The Kings break in their glistening new digs, Golden 1 Center, with the dawn of a new NBA season and a 102-94 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
As the lights went on and the party began at basketball’s grand opening of Golden 1 Center, the list of invitees included San Antonio’s Spurs, the franchise widely regarded as the model among small and mid-market organizations.
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in town for the Kings’ regular-season home opener, said the Golden 1 Center is the new gold standard of arenas, and the league is committed to bringing the All-Star Game to Sacramento. But the city needs to deal with a shortage of hotel rooms first, he said. Cruise ships docking at the Port of Sacramento in West Sacramento could be a solution, he said.
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The Raiders will try to go 5-0 on the road for the first time since 1977 when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The team’s mettle could be tested with back-to-back games in Florida, however the Raiders remained in the state to practice in nearby Bradenton.
The World Series returns to one of baseball’s iconic ballparks on Friday when the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians face off in Game 3 after splitting the first two nights in Cleveland. It’s the first World Series game at Wrigley since Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg helped the Detroit Tigers to a 9-3 victory in Game 7 on Oct. 10, 1945.
The Metropolitan Conference, Delta League, Sierra Foothill League and Sierra Valley Conference championship races are headed down to the wire. Top-ranked Sacramento has not been challenged since mid-September when it toppled then-No. 1 Folsom. Jesuit seeks to end a home losing streak.
Former high school quarterbacks Dano Graves and Cody Demps meet again Saturday when No. 14 Cal Poly plays at Sacramento State. Demps, a Pleasant Grove graduate, now plays wide receiver for the Hornets, while Graves, a former national prep Player of the Year out of Folsom High, leads the Mustangs’ triple option.
Tomas Hertl has two goals and Joonas Donskoi also scores to lead the San Jose Sharks to a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Martin Jones stops 24 shots to help the Sharks improve to 3-0 at home.
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