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.
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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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