Sports Night: A’s hope they’re a big hit

A’s: Melvin high on team’s offense

As the A’s prepare for spring training, their lineup is again something of a shape-changing mass whose form largely will be up to manager Bob Melvin to mold. This time at least, Melvin has the benefit of more familiarity with the pieces.

A’s: Five pressing questions facing Oakland

Who fills out the rotation? What does Coco Crisp have left? Is there a role for Jarrod Parker? Where does Mark Canha fit? Will clubhouse chemistry improve? The Bee’s Matt Kawahara breaks it down.

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Kings: No deal at deadline

The Kings will make their playoff push with their current roster after failing to make a trade before Thursday’s noon deadline.

Ailene Voisin: Karl should not go out like this

If you are Kings coach George Karl, you read the tea leaves and take your best shot. All of them. You coach as if this is your last team and your last dance – which it very likely is.

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College basketball: Hornets take it on the chin

Eastern Washington’s men shoots lights out in a 93-88 win over host Sacramento State. The loss is the Hornets’ fourth in a row, making for their first four-game losing streak in four years.

High school basketball: Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs begin Friday

There are no real surprises on the bracket in a power-packed Division I boys field that includes top-seeded Folsom, No. 2 Modesto Christian, No. 3 Sheldon, No. 4 Jesuit, No. 5 Woodcreek and No. 6 Granite Bay. This is as stacked a D-I field as any in section history, The Bee’s Joe Davidson writes.

Republic FC: Team seeks breakthrough vs. Quakes

Republic FC has been knocking at the door of an upset win over its Major League Soccer affiliate, the San Jose Earthquakes, since Sacramento’s inaugural USL season in 2014. The teams compete again in a friendly Saturday at Bonney Field.

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