•Talk about lousy timing:
While the Warriors-Clippers drama was unfolding at Oracle Arena in Oakland, across the bay at AT&T Park Giants second baseman Brandon Hicks cracked a walk-off homer that secured a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians and moved the Giants into first place in the division. On any other Sunday …
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It was only fitting that El Macero native Adam Jahn scored the first home goal for Republic FC. On loan from the San Jose Earthquakes, the former Jesuit standout executed a nifty spin move before scoring from the right side 32 minutes into Saturday’s loss to the Harrisburg (Pa.) City Islanders before a sellout crowd at Hughes Stadium.
Kings guard Ben McLemore is visiting friends and relatives in St. Louis for the first time since the 2013 NBA Draft. He also is enrolled in summer classes at Kansas and planning to compete for the Kings in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Kudos to the Golden State Warriors for reconsidering and retaining Jim Barnett for a yet-to-be-decided number of games next season. The long-time television analyst is insightful and entertaining and, perhaps most important, refreshingly objective. Adding someone like one-time Warriors and current KNBR host Tom Tolbert – as is rumored – would be a plus. But there are plenty of games to go around. And, by the way, who turned down the volume at Oracle Arena? Great call. Northern California basketball fans don’t need prompts about when to clap, cheer, jeer or otherwise make noise.
•Sir Paul closes the ’Stick:
Finally, Paul McCartney agreed to give the final-final-final performance at Candlestick Park on Aug. 14. Ticket prices are out of my price range – though I paid $250 to see the former Beatles singer at Reunion Arena during the Kings-Mavericks playoff series in 2002. Or maybe they’re not. Time to start saving.