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Golden State Warriors guard is exalted after converting a three pointer against the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center in San Francisco on Thu Oct 21, 2021 (AP News photo)
Warriors Win A Thriller At Chase 115-113
By Barbara Mason
Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors started the season with a 121-114 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Despite a triple double, Steph Curry felt that he played like trash but was thankful that the team won.
Perhaps the one thing that the team was lacking in their first game was the home crowd. Fast forward to Thursday night and their second game of the season, a home game against the Clippers. Chase Center was in for a treat in the first quarter. We always get something special when Stephen Curry is on the floor. He did not disappoint.
The first quarter was the Curry Show that we did not get to see in the first game. Fans were treated to an amazing offensive display. He had 25 first quarter points propelling the team to a 44-27 lead.
When it looked like a runaway, the Clipper’s went on a 23 to 3 run taking the lead at halftime 67-66. It was a crazy turnaround. Los Angeles shut down Curry allowing only 3 points in the second quarter. It was a quiet half for Jordan Poole with only five points and Draymond Greene came up empty in the first half. The Warriors would have to reclaim the play that gave them the huge lead in the first quarter. Some support from Poole and Green would be key as well as getting some nice open looks for Curry.
The Clippers led at the end of the third quarter 93-90. The Warriors were shooting 52% and desperately trying to find their way back into this game.
In the fourth quarter Golden State took back the lead 99-98 with 5:53 left in the game. The Warriors had gone on a run of their own 9-0. With 3:16 left the game was tied at 104. This game was going down to the wire.
Golden State would pull this game out in the last 4.7 seconds. With Curry at the free throw line the inevitable two points put the Warriors ahead 115-112. The final was 115-113 in favor of the Warriors. Curry would finish with 45 points with Green and Wiggins in double digits. This was a hotly contested game that could have gone either way. It was the terrific offensive and defensive play of Golden State in the closing minutes that was the difference.
“Tonight was another step in the right direction for us as a team,” said Curry after the game. “We have a lot of room to grow.”
The Warriors will be back on the court to take on the Sacramento Kings Sunday at Golden 1 Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00.
The San Jose Sharks Logan Couture (39) scores a second period goal on the Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray (30) one of two goals enough for the Sharks to win it at the Canadian Tire Center in Ottawa on Thu Oct 21, 2021 (Canadian Press news photo)
By Mary Walsh
The San Jose Sharks won their third in a row, winning 2-1 against the Senators in Ottawa. Logan Couture and Kevin Labanc scored for San Jose, and James Reimer made 30 saves for the win. Drake Batherson scored for Ottawa and Matt Murray made 22 saves in the loss. For Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, Thursday’s contest was his 600th consecutive game. He earned an assist and skated for 25:56.
Sharks Captain Logan Couture said that the key to this win was work:
“We didn’t have our best legs tonight. We didn’t have our best, we turned too many pucks over throughout that game. [Reimer] made some big saves, especially early in that third, but we just worked. Blocked shots at the ends, Reims stepped up huge, stuck together as a team.”
Sharks defenseman and ex-Senator, Erik Karlsson, said:
“This was a great win for us. I don’t think that we played good at all. This was our sloppy game. I feel like you could tell that they had a little bit more energy, they got a little bit more bounces, they were a little bit hungrier. But we thought we might win, that’s the most important thing.”
The Senators’ Drake Batherson scored the only first period goal, at 10:06. A Sharks three-on-two turned into a Senators two-on-one as Sharks scrambled to get back. Batherson opted to shoot instead of passing to Josh Norris and squeezed the puck under Reimer’s arm for his first of the season. Assists went to Brady Tkachuk and Artem Zub.
Midway through the period, the teams took almost simultaneous penalties and played most of two minutes four-on-four. During that time, Kevin Labanc put the puck in the net but the Senators challenged it for off-side and got it called back. Both Brent Burns and Nick Bonino had their skates in the zone before the puck crossed the line. While Burns was legal, since he had control of the puck, that exception did not extend to Bonino.
The Senators were short one forward as Shane Pinto sustained a shoulder injury during his first shift of the first period. He attempted to return for the second but left again after just one shift.
Shots were almost even at 8-7 Senators for the first period. Face-offs were also close, with the Sharks holding a slight edge at 58%. Both teams took penalties in the final minute of the period, so that the Senators had part of a power play to start the second period.
The Sharks killed that penalty off and tied the game with a goal from Logan Couture at 1:58. Brent Burns’ pass from the point found Couture right above the blue paint. Couture tapped the puck into an open net, as Murray was on the wrong side of the crease. Burns and Timo Meier got assists.
Kevin Labanc got his goal back on the power play at 14:36, giving the Sharks a 2-1 lead. Erik Karlsson sent the puck to Labanc at the top of the face-off circle for a quick shot through traffic. Jasper Weatherby created a good screen in front of the goaltender. Assists went to Karlsson and William Eklund.
Shots were even closer in the second, 13-12 Senators. Ottawa took two penalties in the second period, and the Sharks power play tallied four shots. The Senators power play had two shots. The Senators bounced back in the face-off circle, winning 71% of the draws.
In the third period, the Sharks rebounded in the face-off circle, winning 60% of the draws. The shots were very uneven in the final frame, at 11-4 Senators. The Sharks penalty kill gave up just one shot.
The Sharks next play on Friday in Toronto against the Maple Leafs at 3:00 PM PT.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr congratulates running back Josh Jacobs (28) after Jacobs carried for a touchdown in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Stadium in Denver on Sun Oct 17, 2021 (AP News photo)
On the Raiders podcast with Charlie O:
#1 Charlie O, the win after the previous rough week with the Gruden resignation had to help turn the page for the Las Vegas Raiders (4-2) and their interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.
#2 Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had quite an offensive day against the Denver Broncos (3-3) throwing for 18-27, 341 yards, and two touchdowns.
#3 The Raiders also got help carrying the ball from running backs Josh Jacobs 16 carries, 53 yards, and one touchdown, and Kenyan Drake with four carries, 34 yards, and a touchdown.
#4 Charlie O, Jacobs told ESPN in the post game interview after last Sunday’s game in Denver that the vibe was different on the sideline, it was calm without no one cussing at you or going crazy at the refs, and Jacobs said if something bad happened it was just “next play.”
#5 The Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) on Sunday afternoon at Allegiant. The Eagles have faced some tough opponents they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-30 Oct 3 and lost last Thu Oct 14th to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 28-22. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts faced a lot of Bucs defense throwing for 115 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Kick off in Las Vegas 1:05 pm.
Charlie O filled in for Tony Renteria who does the Raiders podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
The balls were flying out of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Wed Oct 20, 2021 in game 4 of the NLCS as the Atlanta Braves Eddie Rosario connected for one of four Braves home runs this one being hit the top of the second inning (AP News photo)
On the MLBCS podcast with Michael Duca:
#1 Miguel, what has gone wrong with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1-3) they lost the first two games of this NLCS on ninth inning walks off, they nearly lost game 3 the Atlanta Braves (3-1) had a 5-2 lead but the Dodgers got a eighth inning four run rally, in game 4 not so lucky the Braves win a laugher 9-2 with game 5 in LA tonight.
#2 Did the first two loses of this series kind of take the wind out of the Dodgers sails or were they pretty mentally exhausted from the NLDS with the San Francisco Giants going the whole five games.
#3 How much has been placed on Jose Urias he came in as a reliever in game 2 pitched the eighth in relief was shelled for three hits and two earned runs and started yesterday in game 4 went five innings, gave up five runs on eight hits in his start.
#4 Turning to the Houston Astros, the Astros took a three games to two lead on the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park with a convincing 9-1 lead. This was the Red Sox best chance to take the lead in the series at home but the Astros came out hitting and now home field on Friday night at Minute Maid Field and could win it to advance to the World Series in game 6.
#5 You had many a conversation with Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker and he’s done a whale of a job managing this club to get this far know him talk about his relationships with his players and the job he’s done this season.
Join Michael Duca for the World Series podcast next Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
San Jose Earthquakes midfielder Carlos Fierro (7) celebrates by putting the futbol inside his shirt and running down field with his thumb in his mouth as the Quakes blank the visiting Austin FC at Pay Pal Park in San Jose Wed Oct 20, 2021 (USA Today photo)
by Marko Ukalovic
SAN JOSE—The San Jose Earthquakes still have a pulse in its bid to make the MLS Playoffs.
The home team scored four answered goals in the second half to route Austin FC 4-0 on Wednesday evening at Pay Pal Park.
San Jose snapped its three match losing streak in what are must win games down the stretch. With 36 points, they are six points out of the seventh and final playoff spot (the Los Angeles Galaxy currently sit in seventh with 42 points) in the Western Conference. The expansion Austin FC have lost two matches in a row and a league worse 19 matches.
San Jose (9-12-9) dictated the pace of play from the get go. They had the pitch tilted in their favor for the majority of the first half.
In the 18th minute, Jeremy Ebobisse fired in a shot from just outside the D box but saved by Austin FC goalie Brad Stuver.
Then in the 31st minute, a cross from Marcos Lopez just skidded past the sliding Andy Rios who was open down the middle of the box.
Benji Kikanovic had a chip shot that bent just wide right of the goal in the 38th minute. In the 42nd minute, Eric Remedi sent Ebobisse in on a breakaway but his shot attempt was saved by Stuver as the veteran goalie came out and challenge the attempt.
Austin FC (7-19-4) were too busy defending their own zone for the majority of the first half to generate any dangerous scoring chances as they only generated two total shots in the first 45 minutes.
It didn’t take long in the second half for the Earthquakes to break through on the scoreboard. In the 47th minute, Kikanovic obtained possession of the ball along the left sideline and dribbled in when his pass deflected off of Alex Ring into the middle of the box. Chofis collected the ball and buried the ball into an empty net for his team leading 12th goal of the season.
San Jose doubled its lead six minutes later. Remedi started a counter attack when he sent a long ball into midfielder where Ebobisse gained possession. Ebobisse was interfered with by Zan Kolmanic as the ball squirted out to Kikanovic on the left wing. Kikanovic raced in on a breakaway and was able to get Stuver to commit early before he sent in a shot past him into the lower right side of the net for his third goal of the season in the 53rd minute.
Austin FC had its only quality scoring chance in the 56th minute. Off of a free kick, the ball found its way to the foot of Sebastian Driussi. His shot attempted deflected off Ebobisse and then off Tanner Beason as San Jose conceded a corner kick. The visiting team did not convert the subsequent corner kick.
Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda brought in Chris Wondolowski, Paul Marie and Cristian Espinoza as subs in the 58th minute.
The moves had an immediate pay off. In the 59th minute, Espinoza sent in a cross from right to left. The ball deflected off the foot of former Quake Nick Lima right over to Wondolowski. The MLS all-time leading goal scorer one-timed the ball with a chip into the upper right corner of the net for his third goal of the season.
Wondo now has 165 goals in his MLS career.
San Jose put the icing on the cake in the 85th minute off of a corner kick. Espinoza recorded his second assist of the match when he sent the ball into the middle where an unmarked Carlo Fierro’s running header found its way into the lower right corner of the net for his 2nd goal of the season.
Espinoza has a team leading eight assists on the season.
Quakes goalie JT Marcinkowski finished the match with four saves for his fifth clean sheet of the season. Stuver made five saves on nine shots on target in the losing effort.
GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with 10 corner kicks. Austin FC had eight.
The last time San Jose hosted an expansion team, the Quakes prevailed 1-0 over FC Cincinnati on May 4, 2019. Nick Lima, who now plays for Austin FC, scored the lone goal for the Earthquakes.
UP NEXT: San Jose hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday 10/23 at 7:00pm at Pay Pal Park.
The Portland Trail Blazers guard Damion Lillard (0) tries to drive underneath the Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes during the first half on opening night at the Moda Center in Portland on Wed Oct 20, 2021 (AP News photo)
Kings Edge the Trail Blazers 124-121
By Barbara Mason
After a most successful pre-season the Sacramento Kings (1-0) took on the Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) on the road at Moda Center in Portland and picked up an opening night win 124-121 to start the regular season. In the pre-season the Kings beat the Phoenix Suns, the Clippers, the Trail Blazers and last Thursday beat the winless Los Angeles Lakers to finish an unblemished pre-season 4-0. They took that winning streak to start the 2021-22 season Wednesday night.
In the pre-season, the Kings De’Aaron Fox and Harrison Barnes had some great performances as well as Buddy Hield and Terence Davis off the bench; performances that they hope to take into the regular season.
Game recap: The first quarter in Portland saw the Kings with a narrow one point lead 23-24 as the clock ran out. De’Aaron Fox had high points in the quarter with ten. The one thing that hurt the Kings last season was their defense. They will be looking for a much improved defense to start the season.
The Kings led for much of the first half. After two quarters Sacramento lead by the score of 62-49. At the half De’Aaron Fox had shot for 16 points and off the bench Buddy Hield had nine points. CJ McCollum finished the first half with 14 points and Damian Lilliard had ten points. Going into the third quarter, the Kings will have to continue to keep the pressure on the Trail Blazers offensively and defensively.
Sacramento continued to apply pressure on both ends of the court in the third quarter. They led 100-85 as the quarter ended and Harrison Barnes really amped up shooting 26 points. Buddy Hield had 12 off the bench as the Kings really dominated the Trail Blazers in the quarter.
After trailing by as many as 17 points the Trail Blazers fought back to within three points with under three minutes left in the game. The Kings would pull it together and squeak out their first win of the season. Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield both shot a couple of free throws to ice this game. It was a heartbreaker for the Trail Blazers after they made such a valiant comeback that just fell short.
Harrison Barnes finished with 36 points and De’Aaron Fox had 27. Buddy had 17 points off the bench. It was a great way to start off the season for the Kings.
The Kings will next take on the Utah Jazz Friday October 22 at Golden One Center in Sacramento the Kings home opener. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone seen talking to the media before the AL Wild Card game on Mon Oct 4, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston has signed a three year deal with the Yankees for three years to remain as manager. (AP News photo)
On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:
#1 New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will return next season. Boone signed for a three contract and has an option for 2025. Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said that Boone has acumen and brings respect in the clubhouse.
#2 Boone and the Yankees finished in third in the AL East and lost to the Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card game that put Boone’s future with the Yankees in jeopardy. Steinbrenner felt that Boone had the respect of the players to return and make a run at the post season.
#3 Jessica turning to the NBA the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks who battled in an opening night game in Milwaukee. The Bucks held the lead for pretty much of the game later to win it 127-104. It’s early to tell but without Kyrie Irving in for the Nets does his absence from the team for Covid-19 protocol issues have an impact on the team?
#4 Taking a look at the MLB post season. The Atlanta Braves have had such a hold on the Dodgers winning the first two games of the series by two walk off hits in the ninth in Atlanta. The Braves taking a significant lead on the Dodgers on Tuesday night 5-2 in Los Angeles. The Dodgers made a comeback 6-5 to win game 3 with a 2-1 Braves margin. The Braves now with a 3-1 series lead won a laugher in game 4 on Wednesday night need one more win to sweep the series.
#5 It’s been a series the Houston Astros have a 3-2 lead on the Boston Red Sox taking a 9-1 laugher in Boston in game 5. The Astros had their biggest inning in the top of the sixth scoring five runs and now returning to Houston on Friday night for game 6 and they are the brink of eliminating the Red Sox needing just one more win.
Jessica Kwong does Headline Sports every other Wednesday night at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo gets a pass away from the Seattle Seahawks defenders during Sun Oct 3, 2021 game at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. Garoppolo has shown improvement from his calf injury and is likely to start on Sun Oct 24, 2021 against the Indianapolis Colts (AP News photo)
On the SF 49ers podcast with David:
#1 Dave, 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has returned to practice on Monday and his sore calf was not hampering him in practice his last game was on Oct 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.
#2 On the other hand 49ers back up quarterback Trey Lance did not practice in the open media session and not working on the side during practice. Lance was also not available for the practice squad he may not be available this Sunday against the Colts but it’s too early to tell.
#3 Free safety Jimmie Ward was proud of Dontae Johnson’s fill in work last week against the Denver Broncos during the absence of slot corner K’Waun Williams who had calf soreness. Johnson did practice with the team this week and had missed the Denver and Seattle games.
#4 Dave previews on Sunday Night Football in Santa Clara between the Indianapolis Colts (2-4) and 49ers (2-3)
Join David for the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
First period action San Jose Sharks rookie Jonathan Dalhen (76) scores his first goal against the Montreal Canadiens Dalhen receives congratulations from teammates Mario Ferraro (38) and Timo Meier (28) as the Habs Nick Suzuki (14) can only skate away at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Tue Oct 19, 2021 (Canadian Press photo)
On the Sharks podcast with Mary Lisa:
#1 San Jose Sharks (2-0) rookie Jonathan Dalhen scored the two quickest goals from a rookie in franchise history and it certainly fired up the offense who scored a 5-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens (0-4)
#2 It’s too early to tell but Dalhen has really arrived on the scene and head coach Bob Boughner is hoping to see Dalhen more chances if this is going to be something of the norm.
#3 The Sharks certainly have dominated with three goals in the first period setting the tone to start the game leaving the Canadiens off balance for the rest of the contest.
#4 Canadiens goalie Carey Price is away dealing with some mental health issues while Jake Allen started in goal and faced 25 shots and allowed five goals. Was this a matter of the Sharks just were skillfully executing their shots on net or Allen has just been overwhelmed in net for the Habs who are now winless in four games.
#5 The Sharks will head to Ottawa to face the Senators (2-1) on Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. The Sens in their last game just got by the Dallas Stars (1-2) 3-2. The Senators scored early with a goal in the first period and two in the second period the Stars scored twice with former Shark Joe Pavelski picking up one of the two goals. With the Sharks coming in off two straight wins how do you see this match up?
#6 Lastly Evander Kane who is serving a 21 day suspension for using a fake Covid 19 card will not face any discipline by the NHL after the league did not find any evidence that he physically abused his wife Anna. Anna made the claim that Kane bet on the Sharks and hockey but there was no evidence of that and later no evidence that Kane abused his wife. Kane is expected to return on Nov 30th in New Jersey.
Join Mary Lisa for the Sharks podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) leaps to block Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole’s (3) shot during the first half at Staples Center in Los Angeles on opening night Tue Oct 19, 2021 (AP News photo)
Warriors Win Season Opener 121-114
By Barbara Mason
It is finally here. The first game of the 82 game NBA season. In a great rivalry it was fitting that the Golden State Warriors took on the Los Angeles Lakers to start the season.
The Warriors took on a formidable roster facing LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook. The Lakers fearsome foursome could not stop Golden State at Staples Center on opening night as the Warriors win it 121-114.
The Warriors had too many fouls in the first quarter and didn’t really get into the flow of the game until the latter part of the quarter. When they settled down, the Warriors began to play some very competitive basketball. At the end of the first quarter they trailed by a single basket 34-32. Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala each had eight points.
Sloppy play in the second quarter by Golden State gave the Lakers a 59-53 halftime lead. Turnovers and far too many missed shots really hurt the Warriors in the quarter. Curry was 1-4 from downtown and finished the half with ten points. LeBron James was 7-10, perfect beyond the arc at 2-2 turning in 18 points. Anthony Davis also had a great half with 20 points.
The Lakers extended their lead to nine points in the third quarter but it was the final two minutes that were big for the Warriors. They outscored the Lakers nine to one and trailed again by a single basket 85-83.
The Warriors had a nice run in the early going of the fourth quarter leading 98-90. The Lakers came storming back to pull to within two points with under five minutes left in the game. The Warriors started dropping in three’s as a frenzied final four minutes ensued. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the game the Warriors led 115-103. The Lakers came on strong late in the final quarter but it was too little too late. After trailing for much of the game, the Warriors iced this game in the fourth quarter.
This was a big opening night win for the Warriors. It was a triple double for Curry. He finished with 21 points. According to Curry himself, he played like trash. He was very pleased to be able to pull this game out. Jordan Poole would finish with 20, and Damian Lee and Nemanja Bjelica both had 15 off the bench.
On Thursday night the Warriors will be taking on the Clippers at home. Tipoff is schedule for 7:00 PM.