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Sports Night: Kings make historic hire

Ailene Voisin: Kings to hire Nancy Lieberman as assistant

For years, coaches and executives have flirted with the idea of hiring women for basketball positions, yet the numbers continued to fit neatly into the palm of one hand. It’s hard to believe it has taken this long for women to crack into the NBA coaching ranks. But the Kings plan to make Nancy Lieberman an assistant coach – in what appears to be the beginning of a greater trend.

On the 49ers: Low expectations? Good

The 49ers have the media, fans and the rest of the league right where they want them as training camp begins. Which is, thinking that they’re going to stink. The Bee’s Matt Barrows explains why this can be a good thing.

Giants: They acquire hot starter Leake from Reds

The Giants acquire starter Mike Leake from Cincinnati for a two minor-leaguers, bolstering the defending World Series champions for another playoff run. Leake, 27, has won his past four starts, allowing only two earned runs in 30 innings.

A’s: Slow start costly in loss to Indians

Chris Bassitt gives up three runs with one out in the first inning as the A’s lose 3-1 to the Cleveland Indians, Oakland’s sixth loss in its past seven games. Bassitt, being given a chance to carve out a spot in the rotation with trades and injuries putting the A’s in flux, hadn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his first four starts.

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River Cats: Turley holds Las Vegas in check

Starter Nik Turley allows just three hits and one run in seven innings as the River Cats notch their second straight 4-2 victory over Las Vegas at Raley Field. The key hit for Sacramento is Kevin Frandsen’s second-inning double with the bases loaded.

California Dream: It’s a wrap

The California Dream’s season ends with a 25-14 loss to Austin in the Western Conference championship of the World TeamTennis playoffs. Austin faces Eastern Conference winner Washington in the league championship Sunday.

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