Dads can be hard to impress. Not for Klay Thompson, who is a key reason the Warriors are a serious contender to win the NBA championship. On Jan. 23 against the Kings, Thompson went off for 37 points in nine minutes. His father, former NBA player Mychal Thompson, was left speechless.
The incredible Stephen Curry scores 39 points to send Golden State to a 109-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans and complete a sweep of their first-round NBA playoff series. Let the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, a tough defender handed the task of guarding Curry, sum it up: “There’s nothing you can do. You try to pressure him and run him off the (three-point) line and he’ll hit incredible shots in the lane. You back off so he won’t drive, he’s going to hit a three. So you’ve got to pick your poison and he’s a tough player to guard. That’s why he’s (a candidate) for MVP.”
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Their leadoff hitter and closer are hurt, but the A’s suffering goes even further. Oakland places regular No. 3 hitter Ben Zobrist on the 15-day disabled list – prior to its 9-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday – with a tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee. Zobrist is expected to have arthroscopic surgery. Typical recovery time is four to six weeks.
Nori Aoki scores on Joe Panik’s well-placed bunt down the first-base line in the 11th inning to lift the Giants to a 5-4 victory Saturday over the Colorado Rockies. Justin Maxwell and Andrew Susac homer for San Francisco.
The River Cats were back at Raley Field after a tough trip. The Tacoma Rainiers didn’t care, playing small ball to hand Sacramento its sixth straight loss, 6-1. Tacoma collected 12 hits (10 singles and two doubles), five walks and four stolen bases.
Playing in the NFL is easy – when compared to the wait to get drafted onto a team. Sacramento friends Arik Armstead and Shaq Thompson are restless as they count down the days until their names are hopefully called. Armstead, a 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive lineman from Pleasant Grove High School and Oregon, is projected to be picked in the first round. Thompson, a 6-2, 228-pound linebacker from Grant and Washington, could be selected anywhere from late in the first round to the third round.
Bob St. Clair, who who died Monday in Santa Rosa at 84, was a Hall of Fame tackle for the 49ers. However, he may have been an even better person. A large part of his legacy is the decision he and his USF teammates made in 1951 in support of civil rights – they refused to play in the Orange Bowl.
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