Leading Off

Leading Off: Cousins’ injury causes ‘drama’ for Kings, fans

• That deep sigh sweeping through Sacramento? Kings management and fans wincing when DeMarcus Cousins was injured while going for a loose ball in Team USA’s practice Thursday in Chicago. Fortunately, the injury was just a bruise, and he’s only expected to miss a couple days. Even Kings teammate Rudy Gay downplayed it, telling Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports: “I talked to him on the way out. I think he will be OK. I hope he is just being a drama queen. ...”

• Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll took a jab at 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, via Twitter, feeding into the “What’s Your Deal?” chronicles. After Carroll and two other NFC West coaches – but not Harbaugh – embraced NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Carroll tweeted: “Props to Bruce Arians and Jeff Fisher for doing the #IceBucketChallenge! The NFC West is almost all in ...”

• Don’t forget what else a downtown arena can offer Sacramento, in addition to a palace for the Kings: the return of the NCAA Tournament, held four times last decade at the former Arco Arena.

• The Giants had a nice tribute for Robin Williams, the great comedian who enjoyed attending games at AT&T Park. No one could bear-hug mascot Lou Seal or whip a crowd into a pregame frenzy like Williams.

– Joe Davidson


What to watch

Baseball, A’s at Atlanta, 4:35 p.m., CSNCA: The first-place A’s will try to bounce back from three losses in four games in Kansas City.

Today’s poll

As an NBA owner, would you allow your stars to compete for Team USA?

• Yes, it’s the patriotic thing to do.

• No, the injury risks are too great.

To vote, go to sacbee.com/sports

Thursday’s results

Which Giants player has been the biggest disappointment ?

• Brandon Belt: 9%

• Matt Cain: 37%

• Brandon Crawford: 9%

• Hunter Pence: 1%

• Buster Posey: 13%

• Sergio Romo: 22%

• Other: 9%

Total votes: 205

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