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  • Giants get homers from Williamson, McCutchen, Hundley in rare rout

    ANAHEIM - Nineteen games into the season, the Giants used their seventh starting pitcher when Jeff Samardzija finally reached the mound. The first six must be wondering why Samardzija got kissed by the gods who dole out run support. On a cool Friday evening at the Big-A, Nick Hundley, Andrew McCutchen and just-promoted Mac Williamson all homered in an 8-1 victory for the Giants, who had totaled six runs over their previous five games.

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  • Morton Cohen, civil rights attorney and law school professor, dies

    Morton Cohen, a civil rights attorney and law school professor whose tireless devotion to the underdog helped improve treatment for mental patients, jail inmates and poor tenants, has died. Cohen died April 12 of cancer in his Berkeley hills home. He was 82. "I represent what I consider to be powerless people," Cohen often said. "Being a bridge between society and that invisible group of folks makes you feel like your life is useful." Working...

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  • Warriors Off Court, Ep. 15: Breaking down Golden State’s Game 3 win over Spurs

    SAN ANTONIO - In Episode 15 of the Warriors Off Court podcast, Golden State beat writer Connor Letourneau and sports columnist Scott Ostler break down the Warriors' Game 3 win of the Spurs. They go on to lift the curtain on life on the road in the playoffs, detailing their favorite aspect of San Antonio: all the delicious Mexican food. Additionally, Letourneau and Ostler look ahead a bit to a potential Western Conference semifinal between Golden State and the Pelicans. ...

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  • Giants’ Williamson arrives with confidence, .600 on-base percentage

    ANAHEIM - For a guy who batted 50 times in the minors this season and reached base 30 times, Mac Williamson had to answer a lot of questions Friday about two of the 20 outs that he made for Triple-A Sacramento. Both of the "pitchers" were position players for the Reno Aces, infielders Cody Decker and Daniel Robertson, during an 18-4 River Cats rout against Arizona's top farm club. Decker got Williamson to ground out on one of the 60-mph balloons he was lobbing...

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  • A’s Stephen Piscotty moved up against red-hot Red Sox

    The Red Sox arrive at the Coliseum on Friday with baseball's best record and doing everything right: hitting, pitching, defense all synched up nicely. They're also throwing three left-handed starters in a row against the A's, who are known to have their troubles on occasion with lefties. Oakland is 1-5 in games started by opposing left-handed starters, 8-5 in games started by right-handers. To try to counter that, manager Bob Melvin moved Stephen Piscotty up...

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  • A’s call up Chris Bassitt, Josh Lucas as reinforcements

    Chris Bassitt said Friday that there were times over the past year when he wondered if he would ever make it back to the big leagues again following his 2016 Tommy John surgery. "I know once I get on the mound again, it's going to be a flood of emotions," said Bassitt, who was in Oakland's rotation in 2015. "To be honest, I didn't know if I was going to be able to get here. I had a lot of people in my corner pushing me through a lot of bad times. ... It was such a mental grind,...

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  • ICYMI: Facebook chips; recycling coffee cups; Wells’ NRA backlash

    If you missed it ... In a week when Starbucks woke up and smelled the coffee, this also happened: •Facebook apparently is building a team to design its own semiconductors, adding to a trend among technology companies to supply themselves and lower their dependence on chipmakers such as Intel and Qualcomm. A job listing on the corporate website says Facebook is seeking a manager for the effort, so it sounds as if it's in the very early stages. ...

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  • Klay Thompson is the Warriors’ master of efficiency

    SAN ANTONIO — Late Thursday night, when he saw more than a dozen reporters packed into a small interview room in the bowels of AT&T Center, Warriors guard Klay Thompson shook his head and muttered to himself. "Let’s make this quick," Thompson said, his voice barely audible. It was quintessential Klay: A master of efficiency, he hates wasting time almost as much as air-balling three-pointers. Thompson’s relentless need to maximize his opportunities — each...

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  • Foes, backers of Judge Persky recall effort face off in debate

    The Santa Clara County judge who sentenced a Stanford athlete to six months in jail for sexual assault should be recalled - something that hasn't happened in California since 1932 - to send a message about violence against women and judicial accountability, the leader of the recall campaign said Friday in a rare public debate. An opponent countered that the real message of a recall of Judge Aaron Persky would be to Persky's fellow judges: Increase your sentences or risk losing...

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  • GM McKenzie: Raiders intend to keep ‘normal routine’ before London game

    The Raiders don't intend to spend much time in London before their Oct. 14 game against the Seahawks, general manager Reggie McKenzie said Friday. McKenzie said the team's tentative plan is to practice in Alameda that week and fly in a few days before the game rather than spend an entire week abroad. "We're trying to not make it as hard," McKenzie said. "We want to keep it fairly simple for the players and go through the normal routine as much as possible." ...

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  • Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie addresses Cooper, Mack contract situations

    Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie made sure not to tip his hand at his pre-draft news conference Friday - either about players he hopes to draft or several already on his roster. McKenzie sidestepped the question a bit when asked whether the Raiders intend to exercise their fifth-year option on receiver Amari Cooper, their first-round pick in 2015. The option, which must be picked up by May 3, would secure Cooper through 2019. "Going into the draft now,...

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  • Bay Area students say “enough” to mark anniversary of Columbine mass shooting

    Enough. The word echoed across the quad of Pittsburg High School on Friday as students gathered at 10 a.m. to decry gun violence in schools and on the streets, one of countless sites across the country where young people paused to remember the 13 victims who died exactly 19 years earlier in the mass shooting at Columbine High School. "Enough," said the signs the students carried. And "Enough," said those who stepped up to the microphone, repeating the...

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  • Giants have Williamson, Samardzija making 2018 debuts

    ANAHEIM - For starters, the Giants' opponent for the next three days will be referred in this space to as the "Angels." There will be no phony-baloney geographic descriptions and no Blankety-Blank of Blank. The stadium will be called "The Big A." That's it. Or maybe "The House that the Monkey Built." As for starters, Jeff Samardzija makes his 2018 debut Friday night in the opener of what promises to be an eventful series for the Giants. At the Big A. ...

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  • 49ers’ draft quandary: Weighing on-field talent, off-field trouble

    A cursory connecting of the dots suggests the 49ers could be connecting with LSU's Arden Key in the NFL draft. The 49ers, after all, have a glaring need for pass rushers and Key is among the most gifted edge rushers available in a draft viewed as weak at the position. The 49ers have also reportedly done extensive homework on Key, working him out in Louisiana and hosting him for a pre-draft visit in Santa Clara. The roadblock to a potential union? Key comes with...

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  • Warriors’ Stephen Curry ruled out for another week

    SAN ANTONIO - Warriors guard Stephen Curry has officially been ruled out another week, the team announced Friday afternoon. Curry, who had his Grade 2 left MCL sprain re-evaluated Friday, is set to be re-evaluated again on April 27. That would conceivably put his earliest possible return at a potential Game 7 of the first round. Such an extended series appears unlikely, given that Golden State enters Game 4 against the Spurs on Sunday with a 3-0 lead. But Curry,...

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  • 21-year-old gunned down in Richmond’s 4th homicide in 2 weeks

    A 21-year-old man walked out of a convenience store late Thursday night in Richmond and was shot to death, authorities said, marking the city’s fourth homicide in less than two weeks. Police responded to a ShotSpotter alert at 11:30 p.m. in the Stop & Shop Market & Deli parking lot at 800 Carlson Blvd., said Lt. Felix Tan, a spokesman for the Richmond Police Department. Officers reportedly arrived to find a 21-year-old Pittsburg man with multiple gunshot...

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  • ‘Super Troopers 2’: Comedy sequel stalls at the side of the road

    From the beginning, the makers of "Super Troopers" and "Beerfest" have built these politically incorrect odes to nonsense practically daring you to disapprove. The Broken Lizard comedy group embraces the lowbrow to predictable extremes. If you see a pyramid of cans somewhere, it will be knocked down. If a Taser enters the scene, it must at some point be used on someone's genitals. When the options are logic or an easy laugh, always choose the joke about the man taking drugs that...

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  • San Francisco 420 event at Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill starts mellow

    The annual celebration of all things cannabis got off to a mellow start Friday morning in San Francisco, as a crowd of roughly 50 people stood in lines alongside silver police barricades at Golden Gate Park's Hippie Hill. The April 20 celebration, or simply 420, is expected to draw thousands by day's end, and as of 8:30 a.m. NWA played on a speaker as several dozen people waited to enter the city-regulated event for the first time since California legalized the recreational use...

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  • San Francisco police investigate late-night vehicle fires in Bayview

    Two vehicles caught fire Thursday night in the Bayview neighborhood and San Francisco police are investigating the circumstances, authorities said. At 10:24 p.m., police and firefighters responded to a report of two vehicles on fire on the 1400 block of Underwood Avenue. The area is a mix of residences and industrial warehouses. No suspects were identified and the condition of the vehicles is not immediately known. Josh Koehn...

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  • Warriors send Spurs to brink of elimination with Game 3 win

    SAN ANTONIO — Shortly after Warriors head coach Steve Kerr arrived at AT&T Center on Thursday evening, a number of his players — some of whom barely knew Gregg Popovich — approached him with questions: How is Gregg holding up? How are you? Kerr had been close to Gregg’s wife, Erin, who died Wednesday, since he played four seasons (1998-2001, 2002-03) for Gregg’s Spurs. As Kerr heard the concern in his players’ voices, he recognized that the entire San Antonio organization...

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  • Giants silenced again, turning to Mac Williamson for offensive help

    PHOENIX - On one hand, outfielder Mac Williamson did enough in 11 minor-league games to force his way back to the Giants. On the other hand, it's a sad comment on a $196 million team with a supposedly beefed-up offense that it needs to turn to its farm club for a jolt in mid-April. The numbers are staggering. Thursday night's 3-1 loss to the Diamondbacks marked the 10th time in 18 games the Giants have failed to push across two runs. They have scored a majors-worst 51 runs while...

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  • SF’s scooter skirmish: City escalates battle over the motorized two-wheelers

    San Francisco officials escalated the city's crackdown on rental scooters Thursday, seizing 159 of the slender vehicles as police were ordering riders off sidewalks. The coordinated enforcement efforts by the Department of Public Works and the Police Department came three days after City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent LimeBike, Spin and Bird, the three scooter companies responsible for unceremoniously dropping the scooters on city streets late last month, letters ordering them to...

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  • Giants’ Madison Bumgarner has pins removed from broken hand

    PHOENIX - A day short of four weeks after a line drive in his final spring training start broke his left pinkie, Madison Bumgarner had the doctor visit he hoped for Thursday. Three pins that held the bone in place were removed, a big step on the road back to the mound. "He's probably excited to get those things out," manager Bruce Bochy said. The medical staff expects Bumgarner to begin playing catch in two weeks. Once that happens, Bochy said, "you'll see some...

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  • Waste hauler defying court order to halt operations, Oakland says

    A West Oakland debris hauling company that was ordered by a court to halt operations has continued to move garbage in and out of its property, the Oakland city attorney said Thursday. The city obtained a preliminary injunction on April 3 that barred Santos Engineering from hauling debris to or from its warehouse at 2850 Poplar St. The injunction also ordered Santos, which the city says has yet to obtain the proper permits, to stop any unlicensed operations. But...

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