Leading Off

Leading Off: Spurs show again why they’re winners

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• The Spurs continue to make news for all the right reasons. On Tuesday, they announced that Becky Hammon will become the NBA’s first female full-time assistant coach when she retires from her 16-year WNBA career at the end of this season. Hammon, who has played eight seasons for the San Antonio Stars, attended Spurs practices and film sessions last season and sat behind the bench at home games when a torn ACL kept her from playing, so she knows the system used by coach Gregg Popovich, who praised her “basketball IQ.”

• The A’s finally are receiving national recognition befitting the team with the best record in baseball – and that means fans will be able to watch more of their games during the pennant race. As A’s fans know, most day games during the week aren’t on TV. But after ESPN decided to feature the A’s on “Sunday Night Baseball” on Aug. 17 and Aug. 24, Comcast Sports Net California announced Wednesday the addition of weekday games against the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 3 and the Texas Rangers on Sept. 18. Only one of the A’s final 49 games isn’t scheduled for TV, Sept. 11 against the Chicago White Sox.

• Speaking of the A’s, the addition of ace Jon Lester clearly was aimed at beating the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series. But is he really worth giving up Yoenis Cespedes? The A’s will need someone to step up offensively against the Tigers, who matched the A’s by landing David Price. In his debut with the Tigers on Tuesday, Price struck out 10 Yankees, the 10th time this season he’s struck out 10 or more. The Tigers (Price, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez, Justin Verlander) and A’s (Lester, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Jeff Samardzija) now have arguably baseball’s best rotations.

– Tom Couzens


Today’s poll

Which major pro league will hire a woman as a head coach first?

• MLB 


• NBA 


• NHL 

• None

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Wednesday’s results

Who is now the Giants’ go-to pitcher?

• Madison Bumgarner: 79%

• Tim Hudson: 9%

• Tim Lincecum: 9%

• Jake Peavy: 2%

• Ryan Vogelsong: 1%

Total votes: 131