There were no scowls or glares from DeMarcus Cousins on Thursday. The Kings big man was at his playful best during his third annual DeMarcus Cousins Elite Skills Basketball Camp at Sacramento High School. “It was me just connecting with the area,” he said of his work at the school, where he has donated $27,915.05 toward the purchase of new LED scoreboards.
Getting sent to the minors doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Sometimes, it can help. A’s right-hander Kendall Graveman, despite Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres, has pitched well since his return from Nashville.
Ryan Vogelsong and three relievers combine on a five-hitter to give the Giants their major league-leading 11th shutout, a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Vogelsong (5-5), allows three singles over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two as the offensively challenged Mariners were held to two runs or less for the 26th time in 67 games.
Cody Ransom singles in two runs in the eighth inning as the Reno Aces rally to beat the River Cats 6-4 at Raley Field. Sacramento let a 4-0 lead get away.
The U.S. Open host site, Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Wash., can be slippery – really. Caddie Gareth Lord fell during a practice round and severely injured his wrist. That didn’t hurt his player, Henrik Stenson, who shot a 5-under-par 65 to share the first-round lead with Dustin Johnson. Speaking of falling, Tiger Woods shot an 80 that wasn’t even the worst score in his group. Rickie Fowler shot 81.
As the 49ers prepare for training camp, the competition for kickoffs could come down to a veteran (Phil Dawson) or a rookie (Bradley Pinion).
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