Kings coach George Karl can expect an emotional return in Sunday’s game at Denver (2 p.m., CSNCA), where he was fired almost two years ago despite his being named NBA Coach of the Year. Yet Karl faces a bigger issue – bringing stability and improvement to his current team. “We have a very, very important summer ahead of us,” he says.
The Kings’ season isn’t yet finished, but DeMarcus Cousins (sore right foot), Rudy Gay (concussion) and Darren Collison (core muscle injury) are done. The team is shutting them down for the last three games.
The Utah Jazz are headed for the NBA draft lottery rather than the playoffs, but watch out for them next season, says The Bee’s Jason Jones. Utah has played well (17-9) since the All-Star break.
Republic FC continues to put its best foot forward in a push to land an Major League Soccer franchise in the Sacramento area. An announced crowd of 10,906 – a record for Bonney Field that will soon be broken with further expansion planned – watches the team defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy II 3-1.
Little – other than another strong start by Sonny Gray – goes right for the A’s in their 11-inning, 5-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Two replay reviews go against them. Two of their runners are thrown out trying to score at home plate.
Giants ace Madison Bumgarner isn’t quite up to his World Series MVP form yet. The big left-hander lasts only three innings and is outpitched by October nemesis James Shields in a 10-2 loss to the San Diego Padres. Bumgarner beat Shields, then with the Kansas City Royals, in Games 1 and 5 of last fall’s Series.
Jordan Spieth seizes control of the Masters with a performance not seen since another 21-year-old, Tiger Woods, first blazed his way around Augusta National. Spieth has a four-shot lead over Justin Rose heading into Sunday’s final round. And Woods is unwilling to concede defeat.
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