Cal Bears Football podcast with Michael Duca: Cal heads to Oregon State in what might be their best chance for a win

The Cal Bears Camryn Bynum far right celebrates after an interception thrown from UCLA Bruins Dorian Thompson-Robinson in the first half on Sun Nov 15, 2020 at UCLA (AP News photo)

Cal Bears Football podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Michael in looking at last week’s loss to UCLA was it a matter of the change from preparing from ASU to UCLA on the fly after it was reported that ASU had multiple Coivd-19 cases and preparation for UCLA threw Cal off?

#2 The loss was reflective in the first half where the Bruins took a 27-1o lead an indicator Cal’s defense had a hard time getting tracked.

#3 UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson had time to throw against the Cal defense 196 yards, three touchdowns including a quarterback keeper.

#4 The Bruins executed a ground game that saw running back Brittan Brown carry for 71 yards and one score and Demetric Felton carry for 107 yards.

#5 Cal (0-1) face the Oregon State Beavers (0-2) at OSU. The Beavers have lost two tough games against Washington State University and the Washington Huskies. Cal is looking to get in the win column do you see this as Cal’s best chance to get a win?

Michael Duca does the Cal Bears podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Thompson’s News Worse for the Warriors in 2020

Klay Thompson’s MRI show that he does have a serious Achilles tear and will be out for the 2020-21 season (CBS Sports file photo)

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

Although nationwide Stephen Curry is the most recognizable player with the Warriors, Klay Thompson is as loved by Warriors fans as anybody, and to hear the news that Klay will not be able to play this next season because of an Achilles tear in his right leg, is probably the worse news for the team in 2020.

Many Warriors fans are talking of how much this hurts, especially after he was getting ready to come back and play this upcoming season set to start December 22, after he missed the last season with torn ACL in his left knee.

The five-time shooting guard is expected to make a full recovery, according to all reports, that is sort of good news. However, this would be the second consecutive season for Klay to be on the sidelines.

The Warriors are forced to be without Thompson for the first two full seasons of his new contract. Many are questioning the organization, did they go too far in rewarding Thompson with his new contract of five-years and $189 million, specially because he inked that contract after he played his last game during Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2019.

The Warriors picked Center James Wiseman (#2) in the first round of the NBA Draft this week. His role becomes much more important, he should be the starting Center for a team that is lacking size, a legitimate big man that can run the court, Wiseman is a 7 footer with great athletic ability. So picking Wiseman could prove to be a very “wise” move for the W’S.

Note: Soon the NBA will release the full schedule for every team. Each team is expected to play 72 games, with 42 of those against teams from the same conference and then 30 against non-conference. The league is moving carefully since we are in the middle of the predicted second wave of covid-19, so there could be more adjustments in the future as there could be games rescheduled because of the protocols.

Stay tuned and stay well.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings had a big draft night

Photo credit: cbssports.com

By Ana Kieu

The NBA Draft started on Wednesday night, and the Sacramento Kings had a big night. The Kings had their first and second round draft picks as well as the 35th pick and the 52nd pick, thanks to a three-team trade between the Kings, Houston Rockets, and Cleveland Cavaliers by the 2019 trade deadline,

With the 12th pick, Sacramento selected Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton is a point guard who played at Iowa State University from 2018 to 2020. He was most recently named to the Second Team All-Big 12.

Haliburton told ESPN: “I’m in the perfect spot.”

ESPN Front Office Insider Bobby Marks shared his praise for the Kings’ 12th pick. Marks said: “In my 25 years working in the NBA, [Haliburton’s] the best interview I’ve ever gone through.”

The Kings traded their 35th pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for the 40th pick and a future second round pick.

With the 40th pick, Sacramento selected Robert Woodard II. Woodard is a guard and forward who played at Mississippi State University from 2018 to 2020.

With the 43rd pick, Sacramento selected Jahmi’us Ramsey. Ramsey is a guard who played at Texas Tech University from 2019 to 2020.

Nobody is sure that the Kings will get out of dysfunction this coming season, but these three picks are promising. Also, Sacramento has to consider changing their team’s culture.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: With Thompson injured Wiseman will have to step up

Memphis’ James Wiseman (32) takes a jump shot over the Oregon Ducks Will Richardson (0) and Payton Pritchard (right) in Portland on Nov 18, 2019 will be joining the Golden State Warriors this season (AP News file photo)

Golden State Warriors podcast with David:

#1 Klay Thompson tore his achilles in practice on Wednesday and will getting an MRI today. Reports say the injury is significant and you may recall former Warrior Kevin Durant who tore his achilles in his last game with Golden State. How much of an impact will losing Thompson be for Golden State going into the season.

#2 After the Warriors selection of the NBA number two draft pick of 19 year James Wiseman will he be filling a void as they lose Thompson for the season. Will Wiseman be expected to step up after the Thompson season ending injury.

#3 San Francisco officials are already telling the Warriors that having fans coming into the Chase Center will not happen. With the spike way up, the Warriors were hoping to have fans return limited to 9,000 but the City said it’s just too risky and social distancing would be a huge concern.

David Zizmor does the Warriors podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with Tony Renteria: Cano’s career could be toast after second PED’s suspension; 7 Raiders come down with positive Covid-19 test; plus more

New York Mets Robinson (24) Cano greets J.D. Davis (28) after hitting a home run during their game on August 17, 2020 against the Miami Marlins (AP News file photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony the New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano who was suspended on Wednesday for coming up positive for PEDs may not be back with the Mets. This is Robinson’s second suspension for PED use.

#2 Cano was considered a Hall of Fame candidate who was just 376 hits away from reaching a career total of 3,000 most likely will never see that plateau and no team may pick him up because of his steroid use and suspensions.

#3 Tony tell us about the Las Vegas Raiders here they go again seven players go on the Covid-19 list, saftey Jonathan Abram, defensive tackles Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins, Kendal Vickers, defensive end Arden Key, cornerback Isaiah Johnson, and defensive end David Irving from the practice squad. Tony how will the absence of these seven players impact the Raiders going into Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

#4 The Raiders had a success in the ground game in their last game against the Broncos could they get that same satisfaction against the Chiefs this coming Sunday at Allegiant Stadium? The Raiders are the only team in the NFL to beat the Chiefs so far this season.

#5 The Sacramento Kings Bogdan Bogdanovic will enter restricted free agency after a deal that would have been a trade and sign deal fell though that would have sent him to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Kings and Bucks did have an agreement but the Bucks were able to acquire Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Hornets as the Bucks were looking for someone that could compliment Giannis Antetokounmpo on offense. Will Kings still try and deal Bogdanovic somewhere else or will the Kings work on trying to keep him.

Join Tony Renteria for Headline Sports everyother Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings report: Reynolds retired, Jones hired

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By: Ana Kieu

After 35 years, Jerry Reynolds called it a career and subsequently retired from the Sacramento Kings. The 76-year-old executive and head coach came a long way from his humble beginnings in French Lick, Indiana, the same hometown as NBA legend Larry Bird.

Reynolds told KCRA: “It’s a dream I never would have thought it could have happened to someone from French Lick, Indiana.”

Aside from head coach, Reynolds also served as an interim head coach, assistant head coach, general manager, and director of player personnel.

“The 96 playoffs with Mitch Richmond and that bunch of Kings,” Reynolds told KCRA. “I was director of player personnel at that time. That crowd was the best and most enthusiastic ever, anywhere on Earth.”

Reynolds described his job as the Kings’ color commentator as the most fun job he has had in the past. He survived four ownership groups, five general managers, and 17 head coaches in his 35-year tenure. He added that it has been a blast and he wouldn’t change a thing.

In other news, Sacramento named Mark Jones as the team’s new television play-by-play announcer.

Jones will bring over 30 years of experience to Sacramento. He has been recognized for his nationally televised work on ABC and ESPN. He’ll work alongside the Kings’ color analyst Doug Christie on NBC Sports California.

Previously, Grant Napear served as the Kings’ play-by-play announcer from 1988 to 2020. Napear resigned from the Kings in June following his comments on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Former Kings player DeMarcus Cousins asked Napear: “What’s your take on BLM?” Napear responded: “Hey!!!! How are you? Thought you forgot about me. Haven’t heard from you in years. ALL LIVES MATTER…EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!”

The tweet exchange sparked backlash from players and fans alike. It was tweeted in the midst of nationwide protests of the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who was killed by a police officer who kneeled on his neck. Floyd was a longtime friend of former NBA player Stephen Jackson.

Napear’s comments didn’t reflect the Kings’ views and values.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: NBA Starting Date–Up In the Air–

NBAPA Executive Director Michele Roberts says the players and owners are close on a salary cap agreement but are apart on whether to start in December with a 72 game schedule or in mid January (file photo from clutchpoints.com)

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

NBA owners and players are not on the same page when it comes to Opening Day for the 2020-2021 season. It is all about revenue. The league wants a 72-game schedule beginning around Christmas, the players want something around mid-January 2021.

There is also a possibility the the NBA would offer players a short 50-game regular season that could begin in January. According to the NBA they believe that starting in January, however, could cost $1 Billion in losses.

The NBA Finals ended on October 11, as the LA Lakers won the title in six (6) games over the Miami Heat. If the season starts around Christmas some believe that veterans players of teams who went deep into the Postseason might not be ready, that they need more rest.

Obviously, the Pandemic figures big in the equation. If the NBA has no guarantee that games will be again played in empty-arenas. That is what the owners are saying when they prefer to begin the season in December instead of January.

This looks like ‘Groundhog Day” in comparison to what Major League Baseball went through recently and could be up for again next season.. The CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) also figures here. Depending what happens, players salaries could drop big time between the CBA 50-50 split between the NBA and the Players Union.

Some kind of agreement or decision on when to have the Tip Off for the season should be made soon.

Stay well and stay tuned.

Amaury does News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Will Hurricane stop Monday Night Football in New Orleans?; Titans and Bills game moved up to Tuesday; plus more

The Tennessee Titans have up to at least 20 staff and player personnel who have contracted Covid-19. The game between the Titans and the Buffalo Bills has been moved up to Tue Oct 13th. (photo from CNN photo file)

On Headlines podcast with London:

#1 The New Orleans Saints have been working with the NFL in the event of Hurricane Delta hits Southeastern Louisiana. The Saints say their making contingency plans as they plan to host the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football.

#2 The Tennessee Titans who are under investigation from the NFL as to how 20 members of the team ten players and ten personnel staffers contracted Covid 19. The league is looking into Covid-19 protocol violations. The Titans will play the Buffalo Bills on Tue Oct 13th.

#3 The Titans have not practiced or played since Sun Sep 27th and their game scheduled this Tuesday against the Bills could prove to be more than just Covid on their minds not playing or practicing for two weeks how out of practice will the Titans be?

#4 London talk about how suceessful having the NBA and WNBA playing their games in a bubble in Lake Buena Vista Florida has been and how they pulled it off without no major outbreaks or interruptions.

#5 The San Jose Earthquakes won another critical game last Wednesday at Earthquakes Stadium against the Vancouver Whitecaps. After going winless in nine games the Quakes now have won three straight games. They play in Portland this Sunday and a win could improve their record to 5-6-5 and are in tenth place in the Western Conference.

London does Headline Sports podcast each week at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Headline Sports podcast with London Marq: Titans and Steelers reschedule game due to Covid outbreak; AD and LeBron will dominate Finals; plus more

The Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings meet for a post game prayer following their game in Minneapolis last Sun Sep 27, 2020 (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports with London:

#1 After ten players and personnel combined on the Tennessee Titans had tested positive for Covid-19. The Minnesota Vikings had to take tests after playing the Titans last Sunday. The Vikings tests came up negative and have returned to practice. The Titans will resume practice on Saturday and were scheduled to play the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday but the NFL will reschedule the game for later in the season .

#2 London, given the recent Titans outbreak does that give concern, alarm that playing a contact game like football is still a high risk situation and asks the question why continue when you have an outbreak like this?

#3 The Los Angeles Lakers trounced the Miami Heat on Wednesday night in game 1 of the NBA Finals, 116-98. The Lakers Anthony Davis led with 34 points and Lebron James followed with 25. With Davis and LeBron the Lakers have been a force in post season.

#4 The Buffalo Bills (3-0) have been playing phenomenal football they’re headed to Las Vegas to play the Las Vegas Raiders (2-1) for week 4. The Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw against a mighty Los Angeles Rams defense last Sunday going 24-33 for 311 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. How do you see this match up this Sunday afternoon?

#5 London turning to the MLB postseason the Oakland A’s who not only won the AL West and won a playoff series and are headed to the Division Series in Los Angeles against the Houston Astros. The A’s pitching had been key in getting them to the post season getting great pitching support from starters Chris Bassitt 5-2 (ERA 2.29) and Sean Manaea 4-3 (ERA 4.50).

Join London each Friday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: All eyes on LeBron to take the Lakers to the promise land; Broncos has no intention to sign Kaepernick; plus more

LeBron James leads the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat which started on Wednesday night in the bubble at Disney World in Bradenton Fl. Here he exchanges words with game officials during the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets Sep 26, 2020 (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica taking a look at the NBA Finals game 1 was on Wednesday night in the bubble at Bradenton Fl at the Disney World bubble the odds makers have the Los Angeles Lakers favored in the series as they defeated the Miami Heat 116-98.

#2 Despite there’s no fans for the Finals is there any kind of advantage for the Miami Heat playing in Florida for the Finals.

#3 A sonic boom shook up the French Open on Monday, the boom startled fans, players and those working the Open thinking it was an explosion or fireworks nearby.

#4 The Denver Broncos have no intention of bringing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on board with the team according to Broncos head coach Vic Fangio Kaepernick’s name hasn’t come up in discussions and Fangio and team general manager John Elway look for someone else “who will be a the best fit.” Does this look like collusion is still in effect against Kaepernick?

#5 No one expected the San Francisco Giants to amount to anything close to a post season team and while the Giants just missed making the last and final eighth spot in the National League Wild Card race by one game they weren’t expected to compete for a playoff position during the 60 game regular season and so the Giants manager Gabe Kapler’s name has been floated for National League manager of the Year how do you see his chances to get the award?

Join Jessica every other Thursday for Headline Sports at http://www.sportsradioservice.com