Harry Williams and Daniel Trickett-Smith are 20-year-old Englishmen far from home for the first time while playing for Republic FC. They are adapting to Sacramento’s summer heat while juggling the nuances of a different culture. Both have endured frustrating injuries. Both also have learned to develop new skills beyond soccer.
It’s fair to say that Kings rookie Malachi Richardson, who significantly improved his draft status with a strong NCAA Tournament and excellent predraft workouts, was groomed for an NBA career since birth. Or perhaps before birth.
Rookie Ryon Healy hits a three-run homer – his first major-league hit – Khris Davis adds two solo homers, and Sonny Gray wins for the first time since April 22 as the A’s hold on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 at the Coliseum.
Adam Rosales singles in the tying run before Santiago Casilla balks home the winning run, and the San Diego Padres rally to beat the major-league-leading Giants 7-6 on Saturday night.
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