Warriors Shut Down Portland, 103-88

The Golden State Warriors came out to play on Sunday night with one of the most impressive defensive displays all season.  The Warriors held the red hot Blazers to a season low 38% from the field, and All Star Steph Curry provided the offensive spark to aid the Warriors in breaking their three game home losing streak. In a match-up more »

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Timberwolves Edge Golden State 121-120

Kevin Martin was able to convert on a late jump-shot to push the Minnesota Timberwolves ahead of the Golden State Warriors, 121-120 Friday night. Minnesota (21-21) came into Oakland looking to build on two straight wins over the lowly Utah Jazz, and were just able to pull this one off thanks to late game heroics from Martin and solid play more »

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Athletic’s Shortstop Addison Russell Rated the 12th Best Prospect in Baseball

Entering just his second full season of professional baseball, Addison Russell has jumped to the upper rankings of Major League Baseball’s Top-100 prospect list, finishing his climb at 12th in the annual ranking. The A’s first-round draft pick in 2012, Russell, who just turned 20 this past Thursday, rose from his spot as the 48th best prospect on last year’s more »

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Sharks Sign Joe Thornton & Patrick Marleau to Extensions

The San Jose Sharks announced Friday morning that they have reached agreements and signed veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to three-year extensions. Thornton and Marleau were both set to become free agents following this season on July 1. “Patrick and Joe continue to perform at an elite level in the National Hockey League and, most importantly, they make the more »

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Is Heath Hembree the Next Great Giants Closer?

Closers are made, not born. That’s a mantra that has been repeated ever more frequently over the past few decades as the role of the closer has become more pronounced. The idea, of course, being that great closers aren’t drafted as such; they tend to be failed starting pitching prospects who get converted to the bullpen and see their stuff more »

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Senior Bowl: Day 3 North Team Practice Notes

The North team has a lot of prospects that stood out to me. I enjoyed watching the receivers and defensive backs today. A few of the linebackers stood out as well. Here are some notes from practice today: - Chris Borland (ILB Wisconsin) is a shorter linebacker but he is truly a football player. Borland had a nice interception in more »

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Senior Bowl: Day 3 South Team Practice Notes

The South team practiced today and the offense looked much better. The quarterbacks and receivers were in sync. They looked solid in 7 on 7 along with 1 on 1 periods. Here are some notes from their practice: - Jimmy Garoppolo (QB Eastern Illinois) had a good day of practice. I spoke to him after practice and he told me more »

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A’s Sign Reliever O’Flaherty

In another move to solidify a revamped bullpen for 2013, the Oakland A’s reportedly signed left-handed relief pitcher Eric O’Flaherty to a two-year, $7 million deal this morning. O’Flaherty had been with the Atlanta Braves since the 2009 season, working almost exclusively as a LOOGY (or, Left Handed One Out Guy), tasked with retiring tough left-handed hitters in the late more »

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