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After years of losing, Raiders have high expectations

Modified: Sunday, Jul 24th, 2016
ALAMEDA -- After 13 straight seasons without a winning record, playoff berth or even much hope most years, the Oakland Raiders head into training camp this year with an unfamiliar burden: expectations.
Two strong draft classes that brought in core players such as quarterback Derek Carr, pass rusher Khalil Mack and receiver Amari Cooper followed by a productive free agent

Healy's HR caps 3-run 9th-inning rally, A's beat Rays 4-3

Posted: Sunday, Jul 24th, 2016
OAKLAND -- Ryon Healy was so focused on getting to second base the Athletics rookie didn't realize he had hit a game-ending home run until he looked up and saw third base coach Ron Washington celebrating.
After that, the Oakland third baseman slowed up his trot to allow the players in the bullpen to join the fun.
Healy homered with

Williamson, Giants beat Yanks 2-1 in 12 innings, stop skid

Posted: Sunday, Jul 24th, 2016
NEW YORK -- Mac Williamson had crossed paths with Ivan Nova before.
"Fun fact about Nova. I had TJ the same day he did," the San Francisco Giants rookie said, thinking back to their visit to Dr. James Andrews for Tommy John surgery on April 29, 2014. "How many guys face each other after you have surgery, the same day,

Local Roundup, 7/23: Santa Cruz Red wins 1st game in Super Regional

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016

The Santa Cruz Red Colt All-Stars won their first game of the NorCal Central Super Regional tournament in San Jose, beating the Los Gatos Colt All-Stars 4-0 on Thursday at the San Jose PAL stadium.
Santa Cruz Red, which is a group of baseball players from around the county ages 15-16, will continue play in the double-elimination tournament today

Cocroft brings camp back home

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016

WATSONVILLE -- Sherman Cocroft is bringing back the 5-Star Pro Academy football camp to his hometown of Watsonville.
The former NFL player and Watsonville High graduate will run his intensive football camp, which is open to ages 5 and up, today at Emmett M. Geiser Field from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The camps will include 1-on-1 drills,

Cain knocked out early in 1st start back; Giants fall to Sox

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
BOSTON -- Giants starter Matt Cain said he felt fine.
The results certainly didn't look that way.
Cain gave up three homers in just 2 1/3 innings -- two of them to Hanley Ramirez -- as the Boston Red Sox completed a two-game interleague sweep over San Francisco, 11-7 on Wednesday night.
Making his first start after three rehab outings

Three-time CCS champion coach Braga tapped for young, talented Watsonville team

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016

WATSONVILLE -- Randy Braga couldn't stay away from the sidelines.
"I tried to stay away but it didn't work," Braga joked in a phone interview. "You get that itch."
Less than half a year after stepping down as the head coach at St. Francis High, Braga has accepted the job as the head coach of the Watsonville High Wildcatz,

Aís canít sweep Astros, lose 7-0

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016

OAKLAND -- After winning four of five since the All-Star break, the Oakland Athletics hit a wall.
Doug Fister pitched seven innings and Jose Altuve continued his torrid hitting as the Houston Astros defeated the Athletics 7-0 on Wednesday.
The Astros avoided a sweep as the A's won their second series to start the second half.
"I don't know

Local Roundup, 7/21: Three locals named USA Elite All-Americans

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016

Three members of the Watsonville Waves Softball program were named to North West USA Elite Select Future All-American teams, the United State Specialty Sports Association recently announced.
Aaliysah Baxter-Gomez made the 10U team, Aaliyah Gomez was selected to the 11U squad and Maya Guerrero will play for the 12U team.
All three will have the opportunity to play at

Wharf to Wharf: Former champions headline 2016 field

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016

Three-time Wharf to Wharf champion Shadrack Kosgei and 2011 Wharf to Wharf champion Silas Kipruto will look to add another title to their impressive record on Sunday in 44th annual running of the six-mile race from Santa Cruz to Capitola.
Kosgei, a 31-year-old runner from Kenya, won the Wharf to Wharf race in 2004, 2010 and most recently in

Athletics rally from 3 down to beat Astros 4-3 in 10

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
OAKLAND -- Marcus Semien rounded third base on Josh Reddick's 10th-inning infield single, and Reddick's first thought was disbelief.
Then Semien slid home for the game-ending run not long after Oakland wasted a big opportunity in the ninth.
Semien scored from second base on Reddick's two-out infield single to lift the A's to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros

Boston shuts out Giants 4-0

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 20th, 2016
BOSTON -- Jake Peavy showed he hasn't lost his sense of humor since his year with the Boston Red Sox.
Peavy, who won a World Series with the Red Sox three years ago, returned to Fenway Park with six strong innings for San Francisco on Tuesday night.
Brock Holt hit a solo homer off Peavy in the third, then David

Little League roundup, 7/19: Locals start Section 5 tournament with wins

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016

All three of the local District 39 Little League All-Star champions won their first game of Section 5 Little League play over the weekend.
The Aptos Little League Majors blanked the Union Little League Majors All-Stars 7-0 on Saturday at Ruso Field in Watsonville.
Aptos followed up the victory with another, beating the Hollister American Little League Majors All-Stars,

Graveman wins 5th straight to pace Athletics past Astros 7-4

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
OAKLAND -- With three wins in four games since the All-Star break against two of the hottest teams in the majors, the Athletics are building some momentum.
They've still got quite a ways to go to dig themselves out of the cellar in the AL West. Still, it's as good a streak as manager Bob Melvin could have expected after

Santa Cruz Red All-Stars win Colt NorCal Coast Regional over Monterey Gold All-Stars

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016

The road was not ideal but the Santa Cruz Red Colt All-Stars finished up a hectic weekend of baseball as champions.
Santa Cruz Red, which is made up of players from all around the county, beat the Monterey Gold Colt All-Stars, 8-1, to win the Colt NorCal Coast Regional tournament at Harvey West Park in Santa Cruz on Sunday.

Russiaís participation in Rio uncertain after doping report

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016

A scathing report outlining a state-sanctioned doping system in Russia prompted immediate calls for the nation's entire team to be sidelined from the Summer Games, raising the possibility that the Olympics could go on without a sports superpower for the first time since the 1980s.
The investigation released Monday confirmed a scheme run out of the anti-doping lab in

US Basketball team opens camp in Las Vegas with new faces

Posted: Monday, Jul 18th, 2016

LAS VEGAS -- Coach Mike Krzyzewski got his first glimpse at the new-look U.S. national team, as the team opened camp at UNLV with just two players back from the 2012 national team that won the gold medal in London.
Carmelo Anthony returns for his fourth run at the Olympics, after winning a bronze medal in 2004 and gold

Bumgarner, Giants lose 4-1 to Padres to open second half

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
SAN DIEGO -- Madison Bumgarner and the major league-leading San Francisco Giants had a slow start to the second half.
All-Star slugger Wil Myers hit his 20th home run and Adam Rosales also connected off Bumgarner, powering the San Diego Padres to a 4-1 victory Friday night against the Giants.
Bumgarner (11-4), also an All-Star, didn't appear Tuesday in the

A's beat Blue Jays 8-7 with help of instant replay

Posted: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016
OAKLAND -- Even as he lay on his back looking up at plate umpire Mark Wegner calling him out, Josh Reddick thought he was safe.
So did Oakland third base coach Ron Washington, who frantically gestured toward the home dugout looking for a challenge.
Athletics manager Bob Melvin saw it the same way -- and he was watching from the

Girl's HS Basketball: St. Francis tabs former assistant Meghan Garcia for top job

Modified: Saturday, Jul 16th, 2016

WATSONVILLE -- St. Francis High did not have to look far for its new girl's basketball coach.
Just one seat down the bench, actually.
The Sharks have hired former assistant coach Meghan Garcia to take over the uber successful girl's hoops program at the Watsonville-based private school.
Garcia takes over for Randy Braga, who spent 10 years with the

Aptos head coach still having fun time on sidelines and other story lines from Leviís Stadium

Modified: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016

SANTA CLARA -- Randy Blankenship is still having fun as he approaches the half-century mark of his coaching career.
The upcoming 2016 fall football season will mark Blankenship's seventh year with the Aptos High Mariners, 32nd as a head coach and 42nd as a coach. In 2010, the year he took over the Mariners' program, he was quoted as

49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch suspended for first 4 games

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aaron Lynch has been suspended for the first four regular-season games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
The NFL announced the suspension Friday. Lynch is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He will be eligible to return to the 49ers' active roster Oct. 3.

San Francisco Giants, NBA win Sports Humanitarian awards

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- The San Francisco Giants, the NBA and Los Angeles Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul were among the winners at the Sports Humanitarian of the Year awards Tuesday night.
The Giants won the team of the year award; the NBA won the League Humanitarian Leadership award; Paul won as sports humanitarian; and Bank of America won the Corporate

Football player tells cops: I was punched by Draymond Green

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
DETROIT -- Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green struck a Michigan State football player in the jaw during a weekend confrontation near campus, tried to apologize and then had to sit in jail for a while until he could sober up, according to a police report released Wednesday.
Senior cornerback Jermaine Edmondson -- who the school announced Wednesday night has

High school students get taste of bright lights during Media Day

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016

SANTA CLARA -- Colin Kaepernick. Carlos Hyde. NaVorro Bowman.†
Like those San Francisco 49ers stars, for a few minutes, high school football players from Monte Vista Christian and Aptos High got a taste of what it's like under the bright lights.
Both football teams were part of the San Francisco 49ers' second annual High School Media Day put on

MVP Hosmer, Perez lift AL to All-Star win, Series home field

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
SAN DIEGO -- Eric Hosmer stood in the middle of the field, holding up a trophy. He hopes to do it again with the Kansas City Royals this fall.
Hosmer and Salvador Perez homered off former Kansas City teammate Johnny Cueto during a six-pitch span in the second inning, Hosmer added an RBI single to become MVP of the All-Star

Giancarlo Stanton beats Frazier in All-Star Home Run Derby

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
SAN DIEGO -- Giancarlo Stanton wore out Petco Park with a record display of power in the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night, peppering every landmark from the left field corner to center field.
Stanton hit 20 homers in the final round to best defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox.
Overall, the Miami Marlins slugger hit

Warriors star Draymond Green faces misdemeanor assault claim

Posted: Monday, Jul 11th, 2016
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor assault and battery over the weekend near the Michigan State campus, police said Monday.
The alleged incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the city where Green played for the Spartans from 2008 to 2012.
East Lansing Police Lt Scott Wrigglesworth said the

District 39 Little League: Watsonville American cruises to 10-11 title

Modified: Monday, Jul 11th, 2016

SCOTTS VALLEY -- It had the feel of an extra-innings battle.
And then Jayden Cardona swung the bat.
Cardona blasted a grand slam over the fence in deep center to begin an impressive Watsonville American Little League offensive outburst that turned into a 10-0, four-inning win over Scotts Valley Little League for the District 39 All-Stars 10-11 championship, Saturday

Chris Sale, Johnny Cueto to start All-Star Game in San Diego

Modified: Monday, Jul 11th, 2016
SAN DIEGO -- Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox will start for the American League in Tuesday night's All-Star Game and Johnny Cueto of the San Francisco Giants for the National League.
Sale, a 27-year-old left-hander, is 14-3 with a 3.38 ERA and leads the major leagues in wins. He has 123 strikeouts and just 26 walks in 125

5-time NBA champion Tim Duncan retires after 19 seasons

Modified: Monday, Jul 11th, 2016
Tim Duncan spent nearly two decades as the quiet storm in the middle of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, putting the team on his broad shoulders and carrying it to heights unseen in modern American sports.
With Duncan as the focal point, the Spurs won five championships, made the playoffs in all 19 of his seasons and cemented themselves as

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