DeMarcus Cousins’ 32 points and 13 rebounds fall short as the Kings lose 111-104 to the Los Angeles Clippers in Sacramento’s final season opener at Sleep Train Arena before moving to a new downtown home next season. Rudy Gay scores inside with just under seven minutes left for the Kings’ first advantage of the game, but Paul Pierce hits a jumper to put L.A. ahead for good and endear himself to his new teammates.
The Kings added forward Luc Mbah a Moute this offseason, but voided his contract after he failed a physical over concerns about his right shoulder. On Wednesday, he returns to Sacramento as a Los Angeles Clipper. Also, more on Kings rookie Willie Cauley-Stein, who debuted off the bench.
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The Kings’ season opener – their final one at Sleep Train Arena – was more of a celebration than a wake for the building that hosted so many memories over the years. “It’s our cozy mess of a building, and we love it, but we’re so ready to bid this old building goodbye,” says Folsom’s Thomas Gordon, 65, a retired engineer and longtime season-ticket holder who was joined by six family members. That perhaps best sums up the sentiment as Golden 1 Center rises downtown to become the Kings’ home beginning next season.
Jim Tomsula says it would be “an absolute concern” if unflattering leaks about quarterback Colin Kaepernick were coming from inside 49ers headquarters. But the 49ers coach doesn’t see how that could be the case.
Don’t expect any trash talk from Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper about his matchup Sunday with New York Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis. And why should he? It has taken Cooper just six games to establish himself as one of the best young wide receivers in the NFL.
Johnny Cueto pitches a two-hitter, Eric Hosmer drives in two more runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series. Cueto strikes out four, walks three and reinforces why the Royals traded for the dreadlocked ace from Cincinnati in late July.
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Seven games into the season, Stanford’s defense has emerged as the best in the Pacific-12, giving up a conference-low 339.3 yards per game. Also, it has the conference’s top tackler in linebacker Blake Martinez, who averages 11.4 tackles per game – so many that ESPN listed him as a midseason, first-team All-American.
Jared Halbert of Placer, Evyn Holtz of Rocklin, Devaughn Silver of Antelope and Isaiah Tenette of Highlands may be among the smaller players in the region, but they’ve come up big this season, proving that height and weight don’t accurately size up a player’s skills.
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