Sports Night: Giants’ victory has nice ring to it

Giants: Glad that’s over

World Series rings must be lucky charms. The Giants received theirs Saturday and then halted an eight-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Chris Heston pitches into the eighth inning, and Brandon Crawford hits a two-run homer.

More Giants: Timmy gets a haircut

Tim Lincecum’s hair gets almost as much attention as his pitching. The Giants right-hander unveils his new look – courtesy of Sacramento-based barber Anthony Giannotti.

A’s: Simmer down now

The A’s 5-0 victory over the Kansas City gets a little testy after Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura hits A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie with what appears to be a retaliatory pitch for an incident the previous night. “We knew it was coming,” says Josh Reddick, who hits a three-run homer. “It’s bush league. There’s no need for it.”

River Cats: Power up

Jarrett Parker and John Bowker hit two-run homers as the River Cats win 5-1 at Salt Lake. Parker’s fourth home run of the season breaks up a scoreless game in the sixth inning. Bowker (Rio Americano High School) makes it 4-0 in the ninth with his first homer of the year.


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Republic FC: Estrada is dialed in

David Estrada isn’t one to give up. So after the five-year Major League Soccer veteran wasn’t re-signed by D.C. United in the offseason and tryouts with the Portland Timbers 2 and a Norwegian team fizzled, Estrada didn’t brood. He cold-called the Republic FC and landed with the defending USL champions, who defeated Portland 3-0 Saturday night.

Ailene Voisin: The Warriors can do this

The Golden State Warriors have a lot of skeptics for a team that won 67 games in the NBA regular season. It might be time to start believing after they open the playoffs with a 106-99 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. Golden State is not a mirage, and the Warriors provide a blueprint the Kings might want to follow.

NBA awards: How our man voted

Voting to decide this season’s NBA award winners was a tough job. The Bee’s Jason Jones reveals his choices.


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