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  • MLB Gatlin keeps 100m title Justin Gatlin held off a hard charging Christin Coleman to win the 100m dash at the 2017 US Championships. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • 2017 NBA Playoffs Golden St comes up short of 16-0 GSW will have to bounce back in a series that has seen the Cav's play better each game. Still up 3-1, the Warrior's D can't give 49pts in a quarter like they did during the 1st in game 4. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • NCAA Final Four Beast Mode comes home Marshawn Lynch wants to help send the Raiders off to Vegas with another Super Bowl or two after learning they were moving. Beast Mode is excited to play football for the Oakland Raiders. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Racing The sun shined bright and the riders even brighter for the US Round of the World Superbike Championship at Laguna Seca Raceway inMonterey, Ca. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String magazine
  • World Cup San Jose nets dramatic win over LA The Quakes kept up their quest to make the ConFederations Cup by beating LA 3-2 to reach the semi's of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

 

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Golden St closes out the Cav's winning second title in 3-years

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What can you say about them now. Warrior's fans are basking in the after glow of watching their beloved team do away with the pesky Cav's in 5-games and in front of their passionate hometown fans.

Kevin Durant did just what the Warrior's were hoping he would do. Create a situation were you can't double team Steph Curry. KD was a problem for Cleveland the whole series.

Except for game four when King James and Co. hit 23 three pointers to win going away the Warrior's withstood LeBron James averaging a triple double against them in the series.

Klay Thompson did everything he could to slow down Kyrie Irvin. You can't stop Kyrie and holding him to just a pair of 40pt games was enough for Golden St. to come awasy with their 3rd Championship in Oakland.

That ties them with the Oakland Raider's and puts them one behind the Oakland A's 4 World Series titles won since the team moved to Oakland in the 60's. More Click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Super Bowl Pitchers and catchers report San Francisco hopes the moves they made over the off season will give them some relief late in games this year. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • 2016 High school football The KIngs shake things up Sacramento is at it again. Annther All Star is out the door. This time DeMarcus Cousins got traded to New Orleans. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • NCAA Final Four Tara wants another ring Stanford Head coach Tara VanDerveer got her G. Now she wants to win a third National Championships Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Andre Ward Kurt Busch reins at the 2017 Daytona 500 Busch did not lead a lap all day but he crossed the finish line when it mattered taking home the checkered flag. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String magazine
  • Tiger Woods It's that time again The 2017 CIF state basketball playoffs kicked off with section games all over the state Tuesday night. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

 

 

Jordan Spieth dominates at Pebble Beach

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From the first tee shot he took during a rainy Thursday thru the fog of Friday and the bright sunshine over the weekend Jordan Spieth was the man to beat at the 2017 AT&T National Pro Am.

Spieth finished 19-under Par four shots clear of Kelly Kraft, who's 5-under 67 final round move him past Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.

There was no catching Spieth. Jordan entered the final round with a record six shot lead over Snedeker and was never challenged. Spieth spent the final round making simple looking shots spectacular.

All he wanted to do was hit each green in regulation. No fireworks needed this Sunday at Pebble Beach. Just one par after another with a few birdies sprinkled in for good measure.

Twenty golfers had better rounds then the 2-over par 70 that Jordan closed the tourney out with. It was his only round of 70 the entire weekend.

"Sorry for the boring golf out there today" is what Jordan told the media after winning his 9th title in 100 starts. Boring only to those who were chasing him on the course.

To the fans every time he hit the ball where it should have been, from the tee to the fairway and from there to the green before leaving himself with simple two putts for par, it was a thing of beauty.

Nobody wanted to see Spieth blow a lead like Phil Mickelson did last year when he handed the tourney to Vaughn Taylor with a Sunday meltdown. Spieth has had problems of his own closing out tournaments.

No, watching Jordan close out the tourney in dominating fashion is just what the golfing world wanted to see as they search for the next golfer who can be as consistent as Tiger Woods was just a short time ago.

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Soccer is back with the Quakes shaking things up during the off season

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

The San jose Earthquakes are off and running in the 2017 MLS season.

It is still early and the Quakes have just one pre season game under their belts but the team has been making moves to try and break their four year post season drought.

The main focus of San Jose's brass is to take some of the pressure of goal scorer Chris Wondolowski. Few have scored more goals in the MLS over the past few years then Wondo.

The only problem is even fewer Earthquakes have scored goals other then the Wondo Man. San jose finished last in the league in goals in 2016, a main reason why they failed to make the playoffs.

Tommy Thompson would put home the game winner late in the Quakes match at Sporting KC. Thompson was the only person to play the whole match, a sign that he is a big part of what head coach Dominic Kinnear will be trying to do this season.

Win soccer games and compete for a MLS title. Getting goals from somebody other than Wondolowski is at the top of the list.

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College hoops off to a strong start in the Bay Area

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From St. Mary's to Stanford and up at Cal the bay area college hoop teams have had a pretty good start to the 2016-17 season.

The Cal women started 11-0 before PAC 12 play showed them what tourney play is going to be like. The PAC 12 is one of the best conferences in the country.

The only way to prove itself, of course, is how the teams play out in the NCAA tourney.

Kristine Anigwe (not pictured), just a sophomore, leads the team in scoring and rebounding.

A 10-1 start had St. Mary's (men) ranked 19th in the nation. It was early but the Gaels have wins at Dayton and Stanford under the belt.

The Gaels did not do so well up in Gonzaga losing the first round to the Zags 79-56 falling to 17-2, 11-1 in the WCC. St. Mary's knows there is no room for error when it comes to making the NCAA Tourney.

New head coach Jerod Haase has the Stanford Cardinal playing well. Power forward Reid Travis is averaging 18pts and 10-rebounds a night for the 8-4 Cardinal. Stanford has started out better then most people thought they would.

Losses to Miami, St. Mary's and Kansas have provided Stanford with material to get better with as they head into the PAC 12 season trying to make the Big Dance.

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Stanford gets back to it's scoring (and winning) ways

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A healthy Christian McCaffrey was just what the doctor ordered as the Cardinal (5-3, 3-3 Pac-12) went into the desert and beat Arizona 34-10.

McCaffrey was back to his yard gaining, touchdown scoring ways against Arizona.

First time starting quarterback Keller Chryst was ok in his debut. Chryst was 14 of 30 (104-yards passing) with one pick but he did throw two TD's. It helped to have McCaffrey accounting for 225-all propose yards himself.

Christian finished with 169-yards rushing with TD runs of 45 and 6-yards. He added an 18-yard touchdown catch among his four receptions (27-yards).

Stanford's defense played well. They held Arizona to 144-yards rushing on 44-carries while playing lock down D outside on the wide receiver's. It is the kind of football the Cardinal need to play the rest of the season.

Ok, Arizona (2-6, 0-5) is not the toughest team to beat, but to go on the road and win going away has to be a good feeling for a Stanford team that has not had much success scoring points lately. More click here

 

There was an interesting start to the 2016-17 NBA season

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Sacramento started off in grand fashion with a win. The Kings will open their brand spanking new arena against the San Antonio Spurs.

Both teams come into the game 1-0 after easy wins.

The Kings went on the road and beat Phoenix 113-94 behind 24 from DeMarcus Cousins and 22 from Rudy Gay.

Cousins only took 10 shots from the field. He made 12 of 16 from the free throw line for most of his points.

The Spurs blew the doors off the place in their 129-100 win at Golden St. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 35pts, 5-rebounds and three assists while playing lock down D on whoever seemed hot at the time.

Kawhi is as tall as every scorer on the Warriors except Kevin Durant which made it easy for him to bounce around on defense. San Antonio was bigger all around then Golden St. and it led directly to a 55-35 edge in rebounding for the Spurs.

You can't look too much into one game, but after the San Antonio Spurs beat Golden St by 29 the Warrior's have work to do. Teams have been blown out before and comeback to have a good season.

GSW was not built to have a good season. They were built to be great. Without any real muscle in the middle the Warriors will have to out score everybody to win. The NBA is not a video game and that is hard to do.

The Warriors have the players to do it, but with seven new players on the squad it will take some time for them to get used to playing together. Time is of the essence in the association.

82-games seems like a lot, but all those games count, not just the ones at the end of the season. So Golden ST. is 0-1. The Spurs had motivation after losing in the playoffs the last two years despite having one of the best records in the league.

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Chip Kelly has the 49ers looking like a practice squad team

Chip Kelly

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San Francisco is sinking fast. The hard part about that is it is hard to sink any farther then they have already.

The 49ers fell to 1-6 after losing 34-17 at home to Tampa Bay Sunday.

Head coach Chip Kelly has not been able to bring any kind of winning football to Santa Clara. What would make anybody think he would. His time in Philly was a waste for Eagles fans.

Kelly might be a great college coach. He had Oregon at the top of college football, but the pro's have been, so far tough for Kelly to coach in. Right now his 49ers do not look like much of a football team.

Colin Kaepernick is Kelly's kind of a player at the quarterback position. Fast with a strong arm who makes the defense defend him all over the field.

Once again San Francisco jumped out to a quick 1st quarter lead only to watch somebody completely dominate them the rest of the game.

It was 14-0 San Francisco midway thru the first quarter. Tampa Bay would score the next 27pts before a 49er field goal with eight minutes left in the 4th quarter.

The 49ers defense gave up 513-yards of total offense to the Buc's while gaining just 273-yards themselves. Kaepernick threw for only 143-yards (34-attempts) and ran the ball nine times for 84-yards.

San Francisco's running backs combined for 76-yards rushing and a touchdown. It's ugly and it could get worse if the 49ers keep giving up leads like they have this year.

That's coaching and the 49ers staff seem to have a hard time making adjustments during the game.

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Tiger Woods pulls out of the Safeway Open

Tiger Woods

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Yes the 2017 PGA Tour starts in October of 2016 in Napa of all places at the Safeway Open.

Tiger Woods was signed up to restart his career after back pain robbed him of the 2016 season.

His good buddy Phil Mickelson is also slated to play at the Silveradro Country Club in what is shaping up to be a great field.

Woods has not played in a PGA Tour event since Aug. 23, 2015 when he finished 10th at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Tiger pulled out of the Safeway Open stating that he did not feel like he was ready to compete on the tough PGA Tour. Woods needs to relax and take his time to recover and come back healthy.

His body has gone thru a lot of trauma with being injured and then having all the surgeries he has had.

As far as the Safeway Open is going. Scott Piercy jumped out to the lead after the first round with a 62. That was 10-under for the course and two strokes clear of Paul Casey and Patton Kizzire both tied for second with 64's.

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The San Francisco Giants can't get past Chicago in the MLB Playoffs

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The San Francisco Giants had their chances in the first round of the National League playoffs against the Chicago Cubs.

In the end a tough 1-0 loss to open the series was too much for them to overcome and the fell 3-1 to Chi town who moves on to face the LA Dodgers.

Game four ended so bad for SF, but you could not be surprised. A bull pen meltdown has been playing out all season in San Francisco.

Game four starter Matt Moore was doing what the Giants brought him in for. Give them a chance to win a game in the playoffs. Eight innings, two runs and Moore was just cruising along.

He had thrown 120-pitches, but that is not a whole lot. He had 10-20 more pitches left in his arm.

Up 5-2 entering the top of the 9th Giants manager Bruce Bochy took Moore out of the game and five relief pitchers later it was 6-5 Cubs and the Giants season was over.

The Giants bullpen blew game after game this season and it cost the Giants of having to play the best team in baseball in first round after having to beat the Mets in a wildcard playoff game.

So now San Francisco will spend much of the off season trying to get their bullpen right. Finding a bat with some consistent pop would not be a bad idea. The Giants don't really need a big home run hitter.

They need somebody who can hit for a very high average with some power in the middle of that lineup.

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