Sports Night: Cousins more than a bruiser

Kings: Cousins does his part for ‘bigs’

The NBA has become a little man’s game. Yet the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins is one center who has dribbling, passing and three-point shooting abilities – talents not previously expected of big men. He is one of four frontcourt players who will participate in the Skills Challenge (5 p.m. Saturday, TNT), which is part of NBA All-Star Weekend festivities.

Today’s video: DeMarcus Cousins admires Shaq, emulates Carmelo

Hometown Report: Anderson grieves for compassionate soul

Former Oak Ridge High School star Ryan Anderson, now a forward with the New Orleans Pelicans, says Ingrid Williams “will always have a special place in my heart.” Williams, the wife of former Pelicans assistant coach and current Oklahoma City assistant Monty Williams, was killed Tuesday in an automobile wreck. The couple helped Anderson through the dark aftermath of his girlfriend’s suicide in 2013.

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High school basketball: Wong sisters help McClatchy top rival Sacramento

Twins Kelsey and Kristi Wong set a relentless tone for McClatchy High School girls basketball on both ends of the court in continuing to register a profound victory for every smaller player in the land.

Andy Furillo: Learning disorder drives soccer star

Jiovanna Mamola of Kennedy High School kicks a soccer ball hard enough to earn a scholarship to play for UC Irvine. A learning disorder never stood a chance of derailing her ambition.

Giants: It starts with the pitching

The Giants have the makings of an outstanding starting rotation with staff ace Madison Bumgarner, plus new additions Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. Thus, the optimism entering Saturday’s annual FanFest at AT&T Park.

Republic FC: Easy does it, coach says

Coach Paul Buckle would welcome an upset of Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids in a friendly Saturday. Yet he is a realist. “We’ve been training just over 10 days ... hopefully, adrenaline will play its part,” he said. Also, six key players, including star infielder Rodrigo Lopez, have departed.

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