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  • A’s likely to lose former first-round pick in Rule-5 draft

    LAS VEGAS - The A's took Richie Martin with their first-round pick in the 2015 draft, and this winter, made the risky choice to leave the shortstop unprotected. Thursday, with several teams with needs at shortstop selecting early in the Rule-5 draft, Oakland is expected to lose Martin. It's unusual to leave a former first-rounder off the 40-man roster once eligible for the Rule-5 draft, but, general manager David Forst said Wednesday, "We've lost some guys in the draft before. Once guys have...

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  • Warriors look vulnerable in blowout loss to Toronto

    NBA fans spent much of last summer bemoaning the end to something resembling competitive balance. Their frustration seemed warranted: With LeBron James on a flawed Lakers team and DeMarcus Cousins now on the Warriors, who realistically could dethrone the back-to-back champions? More than a third of the way through the season, the Raptors have asserted themselves as perhaps Golden State's biggest threat since Cleveland prevailed in the 2016 NBA Finals. In the Warriors' 113-93 loss to Toronto on...

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  • San Francisco firefighter dies in crash on way to work

    A San Francisco firefighter died in a head-on car crash early Wednesday morning, officials said. Around 5:30 a.m., Steven Pacatte was driving to work behind a Recology garbage truck along a foggy Occidental Road in Santa Rosa, California Highway Patrol officials said. While traveling eastbound toward Piezzi Road, Pacatte attempted to pass the truck by driving his Chevrolet Silverado in the westbound lane and collided with an oncoming Chevrolet Suburban. The garbage truck hit Pacatte's truck...

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  • High surf at Mavericks: Contest could come early next week

    The big-wave surf season is upon us, and Mavericks has come alive. This month has brought several days of good-sized waves at the spot off Pillar Point, and an extremely large swell is due on Monday. Officials of the World Surf League are prepared to hold the event when the conditions are right, but Monday’s weather could pose a problem. The latest forecasts call for a storm to move through the Bay Area on Sunday, bringing with it south winds, and “Mavericks is unsurfable in south winds,” said...

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  • Warriors’ Stephen Curry says he was joking about moon landing doubts

    Some say Stephen Curry's shooting range is out of this world. For a moment, it appeared his depth of knowledge about space travel was a bit more terrestrial. Curry set off a firestorm when he suggested on a podcast Monday that the moon landing was faked, leading to NASA, among others, to extend an offer to educate the Warriors star. Turns out, it might have just been one of Curry's patented juke moves. In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday, Curry said he was "one thousand percent"...

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  • Giants not focused on Bryce Harper now, but could that change?

    LAS VEGAS - As Giants executives old and new sit around the large conference table in their winter-meetings suite, they discuss all manner of pitchers and hitters who can help them. Few if any words are expended on outfielder Bryce Harper, according to those in the room. Does that mean the Giants are out? It's hard to say because of the way agent Scott Boras operates when he has a client expected to sign for what could be 10 years and close to $300 million. Ownership gets involved, minds get...

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  • Why A’s will have Khris Davis for 2 more years — but longer would be prudent

    LAS VEGAS - A multiyear extension for Khris Davis isn't uppermost in the A's minds as the winter meetings conclude Thursday - but it will be a focus in one month. On Jan. 11, if Oakland hasn't come to terms with the major league's top home run hitter of 2018, the two sides will exchange arbitration figures. Davis is expected to get $17 million or more if a hearing is necessary, but the A's would like to avoid that because arbitration proceedings can become unpleasant and Oakland wants a...

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  • Text message surcharge considered by California regulators

    California regulators are considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor, according to documents posted on the state Public Utility Commission's website. The proposal, initially scheduled for a vote Thursday, has been held for further review until a commission meeting next month, an agenda update shows. The wireless industry and business groups have been working to defeat the plan. "It's a dumb idea,"...

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  • Shanahan on 49ers’ clock mismanagement: ‘It was a very bad feeling’

    A few hours after the Miami Miracle, Kyle Shanahan was afraid his team might be part of the Santa Clara Stunner. On Sunday, 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens mismanaged the clock at the end of a 20-14 win over the Broncos at Levi's Stadium. As a result, the 49ers didn't end the game with a kneel-down by Mullens, but gave the ball back to Denver, which ran a final play from their 39-yard line with five seconds left. Unlike the Dolphins, who had pulled off a final-play, multi-lateral, 69-yard...

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  • Scott Boras softens tone about Kyler Murray’s future with A’s

    LAS VEGAS - Over the past two weeks, as questions about Kyler Murray's potential NFL future came to the fore, his baseball agent, Scott Boras, was steadfast that the A's top draft pick was committed to joining Oakland at spring training and fulfilling his baseball commitment. During his annual scrum with reporters at baseball's winter meetings, however, Boras was less firm in his response when The Chronicle asked if he remains convinced that Murray - Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy winning quarterback...

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  • A’s have some interest in Detroit lefty Blaine Hardy

    LAS VEGAS - With the A's anticipating that they will continue to use relievers to open games at times next season, the club is looking at some pitchers who might fit the bill as swingmen, able to start, work in relief and provide length as the second pitcher into games. A source told The Chronicle that the A's have expressed some interest in Tigers left-hander Blaine Hardy, who missed some time with elbow tendinitis last year but made 30 appearances and started 13 of them. Hardy, 31, has three...

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  • Two crashes snarl Hwy 101 to jam up rush-hour commute

    All lanes are open after two separate traffic accidents caused severe traffic alerts Wednesday morning and jammed up commuters on southbound Highway 101, authorities said. An overturned black Toyota 4Runner closed down the eastbound Interstate 380 connector to southbound Highway 101 in South San Francisco, according to the California Highway Patrol. The vehicle sheared a light pole and left debris in the roadway around 7:16 a.m., officials said. A severe traffic alert was issued just six minutes...

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  • As workers and students struggle, food banks are becoming a necessity

    Amid the millionaires and billionaires of Silicon Valley, the working poor and cash-strapped college students struggle to pay ever-increasing rent, leaving little left over for food. And, increasingly, they are turning to Second Harvest Food Bank for help. These workers, many with two jobs, and college kids with full course loads have upended the image of the hungry, said Leslie Bacho, Second Harvest chief executive. "More and more of the people we see are working," she said. "What we see is for...

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  • A’s sign catcher Chris Herrmann for possible backup role

    LAS VEGAS - Oakland, in need of a primary starting catcher, added free agent Chris Herrmann on a one-year, $1 million deal Tuesday, but the team is still expected to try to come to terms with last year's everyday catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, on a one-year deal. Herrmann, who appeared in 36 games with Seattle last year, is depth in the event the team does not sign another catcher; otherwise, he will be in competition for a reserve job with Josh Phegley. "He's definitely a backup," one American...

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  • Big-rig driver dies in crash on I-580 near Fallon Road in Dublin

    A big-rig driver involved in a crash on Interstate 580 on Tuesday afternoon has died, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver, who police did not immediately identify, was traveling westbound on I-580 in Dublin just after 12:30 p.m. when the front of his truck clipped the back of another big rig that he was trying to pass, causing his truck to lose control and overturn on the right shoulder of the road, said Officer Tyler Hahn, a public information officer with the CHP Dublin...

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  • Troy Tulowitzki interested in return to Bay Area, agent says; are A’s a fit?

    LAS VEGAS - Troy Tulowitzki is one of the top baseball players ever to come from the Bay Area - and now that the five-time All-Star is free to sign with any team he likes, he wouldn't mind coming home and playing for a winner. Considering the A's are coming off a playoff appearance and the Giants finished in 18½ games back in the National League West, Oakland appears to be a potential destination for Tulowitzki, who is from Sunnyvale and grew up an A's fan. "Location is one of the factors, and...

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  • 8-year-old boy on bike hit by car in SF, listed in critical condition

    An 8-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries last week after he was hit by a car in San Francisco's Sunset District, authorities said Monday. The boy was riding his bike across 19th Avenue on Lawton Street around 3 p.m. Friday when a woman driving south on 19th Avenue hit him in the crosswalk, according to San Francisco police. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The driver, 58, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and stayed at the scene, police said. The woman...

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  • Giants closer Will Smith catches Cardinals’ eye; Nick Hundley’s future murky

    LAS VEGAS - As Day 2 of the winter meetings dawned, a trade idea emerged that would make some sense for the Giants. Derrick Gould and Mark Saxon, two longtime Cardinals beat writers, reported St. Louis needs a back-end left-handed reliever and really likes Giants closer Will Smith. The dangle is first baseman and outfielder Jose Martinez, who is 30 but still has four years of team control. Martinez can hit. His OPS in his two seasons with the Cardinals was a healthy .897 in 2017 and .821 last...

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  • Construction worker crushed to death on East Marin Island

    A construction worker died Monday after becoming trapped under a retaining wall on East Marin Island, officials said. Firefighters responded at 2:45 p.m. to a report of a person trapped on the island, and a worker was found underneath part of a rock-and-concrete wall, according to the San Rafael Fire Department. East Marin Island is within the jurisdiction of the San Rafael Police Department, but it is home to a state-owned ecological habitat and overseen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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  • Dense fog shrouds Bay Area during Tuesday morning commute

    A dense fog advisory is in effect Tuesday morning for most of the Bay Area, weather forecasters said. Visibility is down to a quarter mile or less in Napa, Petaluma, Livermore and all major airports in the region. The advisory is in effect until 10 a.m.

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  • Curry scores 38 as Warriors win in Green’s return

    On consecutive third-quarter possessions Monday night, as the Warriors struggled to shake Minnesota in a mostly disjointed game, Draymond Green vividly illustrated his value. First, he retrieved a loose ball in the lane and quickly shoveled it to Stephen Curry, who made a three-point shot. Next time down the court, Green dribbled into the lane and cleverly pushed a left-handed pass to Kevin Durant, who also made a three. That quickly, the Warriors stretched their lead to 12. They didn’t look...

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  • Farhan Zaidi explains why he cut ties with Gorkys Hernandez, Hunter Strickland

    LAS VEGAS - Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was asked Monday why he did not tender a contract to outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, who hit 15 home runs last year. Zaidi's answer underscored the difference between the old and new administrations. "One area we want to look at is improving the offense from a plate-discipline standpoint, even something as basic as walk-strikeout ratio," Zaidi said, adding that "an ideal combination of on-base percentage and power in the outfield is...

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  • A’s, catcher Jonathan Lucroy not close on potential salary figures

    LAS VEGAS - Oakland will add a catcher this winter, general manager David Forst said Monday, which means that the team won't go into the spring with just Josh Phegley, Sean Murphy and Beau Taylor competing for the two spots. That doesn't mean that last year's incumbent is out of the running, though. Jonathan Lucroy is a free agent, and he might be the front-runner, but at issue is the dollar amount of a potential deal, not the length of a deal. Lucroy would be willing to do a one-year deal,...

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  • Ex-A’s manager Tony La Russa explains Harold Baines’ Hall of Fame election

    LAS VEGAS - Former A's manager Tony La Russa, now a member of baseball's Hall of Fame, served on the committee that added one of his former Oakland players to the Hall this week, and he was happy to detail Monday why Harold Baines made the cut. "Of all the players over the years, Harold was No. 1," said La Russa, who managed Baines at the Double-A level and with the Chicago White Sox before reuniting with him in Oakland. "He was a certified star at Double A. The great players slow the game down...

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