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The San Francisco Chronicle Sports team covers the country’s most vibrant sports market, telling the story of the Bay Area’s teams and athletes, both on and off the field. We satisfy the hard-core sports fan, but extend our reach to the general reader with stories that examine the cultural zeitgeist surrounding sports. Our coverage surprises with unique takes on common refrains and provocative stories that influence or inspire the sporting world. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can’t read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com

The San Francisco Chronicle Sports team covers the country’s most vibrant sports market, telling the story of the Bay Area’s teams and athletes, both on and off the field. We satisfy the hard-core sports fan, but extend our reach to the general reader with stories that examine the cultural zeitgeist surrounding sports. Our coverage surprises with unique takes on common refrains and provocative stories that influence or inspire the sporting world. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can’t read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com
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The San Francisco Chronicle Sports team covers the country’s most vibrant sports market, telling the story of the Bay Area’s teams and athletes, both on and off the field. We satisfy the hard-core sports fan, but extend our reach to the general reader with stories that examine the cultural zeitgeist surrounding sports. Our coverage surprises with unique takes on common refrains and provocative stories that influence or inspire the sporting world. A SpokenEdition transforms written content into human-read audio you can listen to anywhere. It's perfect for times when you can’t read - while driving, at the gym, doing chores, etc. Find more at www.spokenedition.com

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A rare misfire for sharpshooting Stephen Curry this season

12/14/2018
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It’s hard to know what to believe these days. The 1969 moon landing and walk? If Stephen Curry doesn’t believe it, can it be true? Look closely at those pictures, in the background you’ll see a Starbucks. Now I hear Kevin Durant believes the Warriors faked their visit to the Hamptons three summers ago. Curry and the fellas didn’t really fly cross-country to court K.D. Those were holograms created in one of team co-owner Peter Guber’s movie studios.

Duration:00:05:28

Raiders craft a day to remember in a season to forget

12/13/2018
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Call it the Revenge of the Coliseum. Every Raiders game in Oakland feels like a wake these days, one final farewell to the memories and the moments that have filled Oakland Raiders history. With most of the recent ones being largely forgettable. For much of Sunday, it looked like Game 13 of the woeful 2018 season was also going to be just another ho-hum, losing affair. Until the Coliseum rose up and said: It shall not be so.

Duration:00:05:52

Everyone back on track

12/12/2018
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The band was back together. Finally. On Monday, the Warriors were, at last, their complete selves. For the first time in five weeks. Draymond Green? Check. Stephen Curry? Yep. Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson? Present and accounted for. “It’s good to get back to who we are,” Green said. Four All-Stars. On the floor together. The ones who went 8-8 when one or more were missing. And 10-1 when they all played together.

Duration:00:05:15

Oakland Raiders ponder an issue of respect for respective quarterbacks

12/11/2018
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In the third quarter of Sunday’s Steelers -Raiders game, there was a sequence that seemed to reinforce everything that Oakland fans believe the league thinks about the two franchises, going all the way back to the Immaculate Reception in 1972: The Steelers get the breaks. The Raiders never do. On 3rd-and-19 from the 22, Derek Carr went back to pass but the ball slipped out of his hand. It looked to many like an incomplete pass, but was ruled a fumble, recovered by Pittsburgh.

Duration:00:02:39

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team to play at Levi’s in advance of World Cup

12/10/2018
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Jill Ellis, the head coach of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, has made no secret of how much she enjoys her team’s appearances in the Bay Area. So, it’s no surprise that the U.S. team will make a local stop on its “Countdown to the Cup” tour in advance of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France as the team sets its sights on a fourth World Cup championship.

Duration:00:02:59

Without cycling commentator Paul Sherwen, summer won’t sound the same

12/7/2018
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Summer is going to sound different. Over the weekend, beloved cycling commentator Paul Sherwen died at his home in Uganda at age 62. The cause is suspected to be heart failure. Sherwen, a former British cycling champion and Tour de France domestique, became well-known to American audiences for pairing with Phil Liggett to provide commentary on the Tour de France.

Duration:00:02:38

Meningitis threat scared team in March

12/6/2018
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ATLANTA — Five months after the Warriors’ David West alluded to some unreported adversity that the team had encountered on its way to a second straight NBA title, the issue in question finally has been revealed. According to the Athletic’s Sam Amick, Golden State dealt with a team-wide meningitis scare in mid-March. The concern stemmed from an outside vendor who prepared the team’s food daily.

Duration:00:03:13

Luka Modric wins Ballon d’Or, ends reign of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

12/5/2018
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PARIS — Luka Modric ended the long reign of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by winning the Ballon d’Or for the first time Monday. Modric won the Champions League with Real Madrid and then guided Croatia to the World Cup final in July. The midfielder was voted player of the tournament. Messi and Ronaldo had won every Ballon d’Or since 2008, and usually competed with only each other for the greatest recognition among soccer’s elite. “As a kid, we all have dreams.

Duration:00:02:41

For Cal in the Big Game, it’s always ‘maybe next year’

12/4/2018
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There are times when a habit never grows old. Stanford’s football program knows the feeling. No matter how often the Cardinal beat Cal — and that’s nine straight wins after Saturday’s 23-13 victory — there’s an exhilarating freshness to carrying the Axe around the field. And it’s all the sweeter if it happens in Strawberry Canyon.

Duration:00:05:23

Big Game memories: 25 years later, Cal’s Lindsey Chapman recalls 4-TD day

12/3/2018
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Two running backs share the Cal record for touchdowns in a Big Game with four. Chuck Muncie did it first, in the Bears’ 48-15 rout at Stanford Stadium in 1975. The following year, New Orleans selected Muncie with the third overall pick in the NFL draft. He wound up spending nine seasons in the NFL. The man who tied his Big Game mark, Lindsey Chapman, didn’t play a down in the NFL.

Duration:00:04:18

Klay Thompson’s love letter to Oakland

11/30/2018
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The Warriors are on their longest road trip of the year. When they return to Oracle on Monday, Dec. 10, there will be only 28 regular season home games left to play at the junction of 880 and 66th Avenue. The sand is slipping through the hourglass. And while Chase Center will be dazzling, there’s no doubt that when the Warriors move something will have been lost forever. The fans know that. And, it seems, so do the players.

Duration:00:02:32

Now healthy, skier Ted Ligety tries to regain top form

11/29/2018
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BEAVER CREEK, Colo. — His face showed little expression as he glided his way down the hill. This was serious business — no laughing, smiling or crying. With his two-time Olympic gold medalist father holding on, 17-month-old Jax Ligety took his first trek down the slope a few months ago. The look: pure determination. It’s a look Ted Ligety knows all too well. He’s that determined to return to the top. For years, Ligety has been plagued by knee and back issues.

Duration:00:03:43

DA Rosen ‘exploring’ legal options after Reuben Foster’s latest arrest

11/28/2018
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Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen said he is “exploring the legal options” after former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster — who is on probation for a gun charge in the Bay Area — was again booked in jail over the weekend, this time in Tampa, Fla., on suspicion of a domestic violence.

Duration:00:04:08

Steph Curry is the Warriors unicorn in this fairy tale

11/27/2018
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Kevin Durant might not believe in fairy tales. But his coach believes in unicorns. Huh? Bear with me - this is where we are with the Warriors. We’ve run out of basketball words to describe what the last four years have been like and what the next six months may require so now we’re using terms that come from children’s picture books.

Duration:00:05:29

Winning trainers Hollendorfer, Wong to collide in Berkeley Handicap

11/26/2018
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Jerry Hollendorfer won training titles at 51 Golden Gate Fields meetings from 1986 to 2017. Jonathan Wong has won the past two and is well on his way to a third straight at the current fall season. The 72-year-old Hall of Famer and the 29-year-old upstart clash in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Berkeley Handicap in which Hollendorfer runs G. G. Ryder and Wong runs Gabo’s Macondo and Mithqaal. G. G.

Duration:00:03:12

Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson shows what money can buy — and what it can’t

11/23/2018
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One enduring lesson in nearly 14 years covering golf for The Chronicle: Not much compares to Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing alongside each other, especially in contention on Sundays. Their spirited, simultaneous charges electrified Augusta National in the final round of the 2009 Masters, even if they both ultimately faltered. Their pairing three years later at Pebble Beach, where Mickelson uncommonly crushed Woods in the final round, created similar buzz.

Duration:00:04:43

Warriors can learn from Showtime Lakers after Durant-Green meltdown

11/22/2018
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Opportunity knocks. Before Monday night’s courtside meltdown between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, the Warriors were on their way to making history by winning their fourth NBA title in five years, maybe on their way to a couple more titles after that. Big stuff. They figured to go down in history as phenomenal team, with an asterisk. (*So much talent that it was impossible to lose.

Duration:00:05:17

On Warriors’ ride and Raiders’ road

11/21/2018
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All the news that fits the bottom of the birdcage ... •What the Warriors must do now is twist the narrative, so the so-called turmoil and discord is all in the minds of critics and haters, and the attackers only strengthen the Warriors’ team bond. Draymond Green is the perfect man to lead this counterattack. •This has been bothering me, and admittedly I’m not strong on payroll economics: The Raiders have three first-round draft picks. First-rounders get hefty contracts.

Duration:00:02:21

What you’ll get with Warriors’ hall pass

11/20/2018
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What if every pro and college team in the Bay Area puts donation boxes at the entrances, giving every fan the chance to drop in $1 for fire relief? No way this would happen, but if the Raiders had the chance, how fast would they trade Derek Carr straight-up for JimmyGaroppolo? All anybody really wanted from Carr last week was a My Bad — a simple admission that he made a huge mistake by grounding a pass on that 4th-and-5 play late against the Chargers.

Duration:00:03:06

Could Draymond Green vs. Kevin Durant make the Warriors stronger?

11/19/2018
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Draymond Green might have thrown his team into momentary crisis this week, but he also threw down the gauntlet to the rest of the league on Thursday after a team shoot-around in Houston. “If you’re one of those other 29 teams in the league you’ve got to beat us,” Green said in his first statement since being suspended for his argument with Kevin Durant. “We not going to beat us. We’re going to continue to do what we do.

Duration:00:04:46