The Kings finish the season with a 122-99 victory over the Lakers – but little else. The botched firing of coach Michael Malone in December sent the team into a tailspin from which it didn’t recover. So instead of a season of progress, the Kings are exactly where they’ve been for nearly a decade and where they were when Vivek Ranadive purchased control of the team.
Republic FC and its bid to land a Major League Soccer franchise appears to have set off a soccer boom in Sacramento – with midtown watering holes playing a big role. That’s not by accident, says Republic FC president Warren Smith. It’s how its done in Europe.
Tim Lincecum gave up a two-out home run in the first inning to dig a hole the offense-challenged Giants couldn’t escape in a 4-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. It was the reigning World Series champions’ sixth straight defeat.
Jed Lowrie, Oakland’s shortstop the past two seasons, comes back to bite the A’s with a two-run homer and RBI double in the Houston Astros’ 6-1 victory. The A’s were also no match for Astros starter Collin McHugh’s 11-strikeout performance.
DeAndre Carter, a 5-foot-8, 186-pound wide receiver, didn’t let bigger players push him around in his days at Sacramento State. He might soon get the chance to see how he measures up in the NFL, with workouts scheduled with the 49ers and Raiders. “He belongs on somebody’s roster,” said former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz.
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