Sports Night: A’s shortstop starts fresh

A’s: Washington’s tutelage aids Semien

Last season, A’s shortstop Marcus Semien made 35 errors, the most in the majors. But he only made seven following the All-Star break, and he gives credit to infielder coach Ron Washington.

Today’s video: New season, start for A’s shortstop Marcus Semien

A’s notes: Catchers make a splash in intrasquad game

Matt McBride and Bryan Anderson, two non-roster invitees, both hit home runs and 40-man roster member Carson Blair had an RBI single in the team’s last tune-up before beginning Cactus League play on Thursday.

Ailene Voisin: Kings’ four-game trip is do or sigh

A four-game, six-day trip begins Wednesday for the Kings. They’ll visit Memphis, Dallas, San Antonio and New Orleans. By the time they come home and host the Cleveland Cavaliers, their season will either be over for all intents and purposes, or they will have revived their hopes for a Western Conference playoff berth.

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High school basketball: Antelope girls top Sacramento, reach D-II final

The Antelope High School girls advance to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II final with their 68-60 win over Sacramento at Pacific’s Spanos Center. The Titans will meet Vanden, an 84-64 winner over Elk Grove in Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game at Sleep Train Arena.

Making the Rounds: Economics change golf course aerification habits

A decade ago, greens at practically every golf course were aerified twice a year. It was necessary to maintain the health of the greens and tolerated by golfers. But because of costs, 10 of 35 area courses are only punching their greens once a year.

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