Golden State Warriors podcast with Barbara Mason: Warriors prepare for struggling Kings tonight at Chase Center

Toronto Raptors’ OG Anunoby (3) drives at Golden State Warriors’ Damion Lee, center, and Moses Moody (4) on Sat Dec 18, 2021 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto (Canadian Press via AP photo)

On the Warrior podcast with Barbara:

#1 Barbara, one of the things that head coach Steve Kerr wanted to do for his key players Stephen Curry (rest), Draymond Green (right hip), Andre Iguodala (right knee), Otto Porter Jr. (left foot) and Andrew Wiggins (left knee) was get them some rest from Saturday night’s game in Toronto and had them fly back from Boston after last Friday’s game.

#2 One of the other things that Kerr wanted is to have the starters not to have to go through possible Covid 19 exposure and possible quarantine in Toronto Canada which would be two weeks.

#3 Barbara talk about Jonathan Kuminga he got lots of minutes and scored a career high of 26 points you had a chance to mention in your post game recap after Saturday night’s game what was your impression Kuminga.

#4 Kerr said after the game that he felt the second half was better than the first half using G league players and developmental players and gave Kerr a chance to see who they have in the minor league system.

#5 The Warriors take on the Sacramento Kings tonight at Chase Center in San Francisco. The Kings are struggling they’ve lost four of their last five games. They lost a frustrating home game at Golden One Center on Friday night to the Memphis Grizzlies 124-105 and their head coach Alvin Gentry and star player De’Aaron Fox were both out because of Covid 19 protocols. Barbara how do you see the Kings and Warriors match up this afternoon at 3pm?

Join Barbara Mason for the Warriors podcasts heard each Monday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Timo gets two goal game in Sharks 5-2 victory over Devils; Gregor opens game with first period goal

San Jose Sharks Timo Meier (center facing) is well received by teammates and Logan Couture (39) after scoring a second period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Arena in Newark NJ on Tue Nov 30, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Jessica Kwong

NEWARK, NJ—The San Jose Sharks’ Timo Meier lead the way with two goals in a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Tuesday night to remain undefeated in their five-game road trip.

Noah Gregor, Jacob Middleton and Erik Karlsson each scored for San Jose, and James Reimer made 32 saves.

“It was a good game for us,’’ Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “I thought that we got some contributions throughout the lineup, which was nice tonight, and some big goals, timely goals.”

Gregor scored the first goal at 4:26 in the first period, with Radim Simek and Marc-Edouard Vlasic assisting.

“Great goal and I know he got an assist, but I loved his details tonight,” Boughner said of Gregor. “An example at the end of the game when there were three or four minutes to go and he had to win a board battle, he was strong. He was strong on the ice and I thought he kept things simple. That’s a good line. I like that line.”

At 4:14, Middleton made his second goal of the season and extended the Sharks’ lead to 2-0.

“Especially after the start of the game we had in Chicago, we were looking to come out all cylinders firing,” Middleton said. “I think we did that in the first and we had an even better second.”

The Sharks established their dominance in the second period. Meier had a power play halfway through and Karlsson scored shortly after to boost the Sharks to 4-0.

In the third period, the Devils denied the Sharks a shutout, with Tomas Tatar scoring at 9:12 and Jesper Bratt scoring at 12:49 to cut San Jose’s lead to 4-2.

Meier made his second goal with three minutes left in the game to seal the Sharks’ victory.

The Sharks (12-9-1) have now won seven of 12 away games.

They next face the New York Islanders on Thursday at the new UBS Arena – but whether the game will be held remains up in the air as the Islanders suffered a Covid-19 outbreak and have postponed their last two games.

A decision on whether the game will go forward will be made by Wednesday morning, Sharks PR said after Tuesday night’s game.

Baylor uses big second-half to run past Stanford 86-48

The Stanford Cardinal guard Noah Taitz (20) drives against the Baylor Bears guard LJ Cryer (4) at the Ferrell Center in Waco Texas on Sat Nov 20, 2021 (photo by Stanford Cardinal)

By Daniel Dullum
Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Baylor Bears (4-8) used a big second half to show why they’re ranked at No. 9 on Saturday, as the undefeated Bears blew past the Stanford Cardinal (3-2) 86-48 in non-conference men’s basketball at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Stanford (3-2) trailed by four on a layup by Jaiden Delaire with 45 seconds left in the first half, but a James Akinjo jumper gave the Bears a 34-28 halftime lead.

However, Baylor (4-0) went on a tear to open the second half, outscoring the Cardinal 29-3 in an 11-minute stretch. In that run, the Bears converted nine steals into points. Stanford shot 29 percent in the second half, while the Bears forced a total of 22 turnovers.

LI Cryer topped the Baylor scoring column with 21 points, followed by freshman Kendall Brown with 15, and 11 points apiece by James Akinjo and Jeremy Sochan. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua added nine points and seven rebounds.

Spencer Jones and Jaiden Delaire each scored 10 points to lead the Cardinal, followed by Noah Taitz with eight. Stanford did have a 30-24 rebounding edge.

This was the first meeting between the two schools in 34 years, and Baylor’s first win over the Cardinal in their four games. It was also Stanford’s first-ever visit to Waco.

Stanford returns home to Maples Pavilion on Tuesday to host North Carolina A&T.

Edwards, Towns lead Wolves past Kings 107-97

Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, left, tries to get a hook shot over Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Wed Nov 17, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Daniel Dullum
Wed, November 17, 2021

Offensive firepower from Anthony Edwards and Ksrl-Anthony Towns, along with stingy defense, helped Minnesota defeat Sacramento 107-97 Wednesday night at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

It was the Kings’ fifth loss in their last six games.

Edwards scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, and Towns added 22 points for the Timberwolves, who held the Kings to 36.6 percent shooting and forced 20 Sacramento turnovers.

Patrick Beverley added 14 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Wolves, who had lost eight of its last nine games. Edwards sank four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, laading Minnesota to its third win in 10 home games.

De’Aaron Fox paced the Kings with a game-high 28 points, followed by Buddy Hield’s 16 points off the bench. Richaun Holmes added 12 points and seven rebounds.

Sacramento coach Luke Walton wanted better rebounding and got it – the Kings grabbed a season-high 20 offensive boards, 13 of them in the first half resulting in 16 second-chance points.

Though both teams struggled offensively in the first half, Minnesota surged ahead in the third quarter when Towns scored the first seven points of the third quarter, sparking a 10-2 Wolves run. From there, Minnesota hit 13-of-20 field goals, including 4-pf-7 from 3-point range.

Hield tried to keep the Kings in the game with four 3s to pull Sacramento within one early in the fourth quarter. But Edwards went on his fourth-quarter tear to help the Timberwolves pull away.

The Kings return home on Friday to host the Toronto Raptors.

Stanford suffers fifth loss drop 20-13 decision to Washington

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee (left) throws for an interception by the Washington Huskies Brendon Radley-Hiles (right) which contributed to ending the game on Sat Oct 30, 2021 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto (Seattle Times photo)

By Barbara Mason

A last minute touchdown pass from the Huskies Dylan Morris to a wide open Jalen McMillan handed Stanford a tough loss in the final minute of the game, 20-13.

Saturday night the Stanford Cardinal (3-5) took on the Washington Huskies (4-4) at Stanford Stadium.

Both of these teams have quarterbacks who can throw so it was a surprise when the first quarter had a single field goal. Both Stanford’s Tanner McKee and Washington’s Dylan Morris are very good quarterbacks but it was kicker Joshua Karty who was putting points up on the board. He kicked a 35 yd field goal for the early 3-0 Stanford lead.

The Huskies would answer in the second quarter with a field goal of their own to tie up the game at 3-3 when Peyton Henry split the uprights with a 24 yard boot to start the second quarter. Washington would take the lead with 6:39 left in the half when Henry would kick a second field goal, this one for 37 yards.

When it appeared that Stanford had recovered a fumble with 1:20 left on the clock in the half the call was reversed. Washington went on to kick their third field goal of the game taking a 9-3 halftime lead. This game had so far been decided by special teams something no one saw coming.

Washington had the ball to start the second half. The Stanford defense had to do a better job defending the Washington running game. The Huskies were chewing them up on the ground.

Disaster would strike when McKee was sacked fumbling the ball and giving the Huskies a short field. This was the second Stanford turnover. Washington was having some trouble converting third downs and so they were forced to attempt a fourth field goal which was successful giving the Huskies a 12-3 lead. With the clock running down in the third quarter neither team had been able to’ find the end zone.

Stanford came to life offensively late in the third quarter putting together a nice drive. As the fourth quarter got underway Stanford was knocking on the door threatening to score. After struggling for much of the game it was 6’6” quarterback Tanner McKee who ran the ball in for the first touchdown of the game. Stanford still trailed but were within two points 12-10 with 12:52 still on the clock.

With 10:30 left in the game Stanford had a huge stop when the Huskies went for a fourth and inches that failed. Stanford drove downfield but stalled out at the Washington 26 yard line. Karty would kick a 44 yard field goal to give Stanford the lead 13-12. So far in this game the Huskies had two critical penalties that resulted in a touchdown and a field goal for Stanford.

Washington would turn the ball over on downs with 3:12 left in the game. Clock management would play a huge roll in the remainder of this contest. Despite holding the Huskies, the Cardinal could not move the ball giving Washington one last chance.

The way that the Huskies had been running the ball gave them a great chance to salvage this game. With 26 seconds left on the clock and the ball on the Stanford 20 yard line Morris would find Jalen McMillan wide open in the end zone. The two point conversion was good and Washington took a 20-13 lead.

There is not a lot that a team can do with 23 seconds left on the clock. Tanner McKee put it all out there passing deep resulting in a Washington interception and that was the game.

Stanford will be taking on highly favored Utah next friday night at home. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 PM.

Kings Edge New Orleans 113-109

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) and Sacramento Kings guard DeAaron Fox (5) battle for a rebound during first half action in New Orleans on Fri Oct 29, 2021 (AP News photo)

Kings Edge New Orleans 113-109

By Barbara Mason

De’Aaron Fox led the Kings to a victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night winning 113-109. He had 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a very close thriller.

The Sacramento Kings (3-2) took on the New Orleans Pelicans (1-5) at Smoothie King Center. The Kings were slightly favored in this match-up.

The Pelicans are still without Zion Williamson and are rapidly sinking without him. They have already lost four games this season and are ranked 27th in points per game (100.8).

While Sacramento is not a playoff team, they are not dealing with any injuries as well as coming off a great win against the Suns last Wednesday. They come into this game with momentum and confidence.

At the end of the first quarter the Kings were leading the Pelicans by the score of 33-26. De’Aaron Fox had 9 points in the quarter followed by Harrison Barnes with 7.

Although the Pelicans took a slim lead in the second quarter, they could not sustain it and at the half, the Kings had extended their lead 59-48. The big three for the Kings Fox, Barnes and Richaun Holmes all had double digits. The high in the first half for the Pelicans was Jonas Valanciunas with 11 points.

In the third quarter the Pelicans erased the Kings lead actually taking a three point lead with under three minutes left in the quarter. That lead was short-lived and after three quarter the Kings had a 77-72 in this hotly contested game.

The Kings were able to hold a significant lead through most of the fourth quarter. Although very close at times the Kings always answered when it was needed most. This game got uncomfortably close in the closing seconds for Sacramento but they kept their foot on the pedal for the win 113-109.

Richaun Holmes finished with 21 points, Harrison Barnes with 18 and Tyrese Haliburton with 17. Off the bench Buddy Hield had another great game scoring 20 points.

World Series podcast with Michael Duca: Astros get key hitting in 2nd inning and from Altuve to tie series

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker oversees the Astros tying up the series in game 2 at Minute Maid Field against the Atlanta Braves on Wed Oct 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the World Series podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael with the Houston Astros winning it they proved they won’t go quietly in the night tying up the series against the Atlanta Braves 1-1.

#2 Astros got a four run second inning off Atlanta Braves starter Max Fried. Fried just struggled to keep runners off base with pitching five innings, seven hits and six runs.

#3 The Astros Jose Altuve kept things alive with a run scored in first and a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Altuve has been clutch in the post season and in game 2 was no exception.

#4 Astros starter Jose Urquidy pitched five innings, gave up six hits and two runs and had all his pitches working for him to keep a challenging Braves line up off balance on Wednesday night.

#5 Game three moves to Atlanta the Astros will start Luis Garcia and for the Braves Ian Anderson will oppose Garcia a 5:09 pm first pitch in Cobb County how do you see this series moving back to Atlanta?

Michael Duca does MLB commentary throughout the post season for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Timbers kill Earthquakes playoff bid with 2-0 shutout win

The Portland Timbers knocked the San Jose Earthquakes out of any chance for post season at Providence Park in Portland on Wed Oct 27, 2021 (USA Today photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

PORTLAND—It was inevitable but the San Jose Earthquakes will be making tee times on November 8th.

The Portland Timbers had their way with the Quakes in a 2-0 shutout win on Wednesday evening at Providence Park.

With the loss, San Jose has been eliminated from playoff contention as they suffered another loss in their house of horrors. The Quakes are 0-11-4 at Providence Park in their history. Portland snapped its three match losing streak.

Quakes head coach Matias Almeyda returned with the same lineup with the exception of the return of Nathan who was suspended for the last match due to yellow card accumulation.

The Timbers played counter ball against the Quakes throughout the match and controlled the majority of the possession in the first half.

San Jose (9-14-10-37 points) best chance to score in the first half came from a shot from Jeremy Ebobisse in the 22nd minute that Timbers goalie Steve Clark made a punch out save.

Portland (16-13-4-52 points) broke the seal in the 34th minute. Felipe Mora sent in a low cross into the middle of the box where Diego Chara slipped behind Tommy Thompson and kicked the ball past Quakes goalie JT Marcinkowski for his second goal of the season.

“I think many dreams came to an end today,” said Almeyda. The sporting dreams that we had. Looking at the first half, we had some chances to open the scoring. The first half was under control, it was even. They hurt us at the right time. In the second half, we were looking for the result because we needed to win. We knew spaces would open up. The team made a huge effort, but we were outplayed by the opponent. We repeated what we had been practicing but we weren’t able to finish our chances. Individual mistakes are possible. We were up against a great team that scores many goals and possesses important players in their offense. Even if we have two matches left, we need to finish the best way possible, but this is the end of what we were preparing for.”

It could have been worse for San Jose in the first 45 minutes if it wasn’t for Marcinkowski. He made two consecutive saves on back to back shots from Mora and Yimmi Chara that resulted in a corner kick for the Timbers in the 39th minute.

In the second half the Timbers came out aggressive looking to double their lead. Mora sent a point blank shot from five yards out that Marcinkowski was able to gobble up.

Once again it was Ebobisse, playing in his first game in Portland as a member of a visiting team, with the Quakes best attempt at getting on the scoreboard in the second half. His shot attempt in the 54th minute from 20 yards out bent in from left to right but Clark was able to get a piece of the ball to keep out of the net.

“I think there was more anticipation than I actually felt in the moment. in the moment, it just felt like another game with guys I spent a lot of years with. Some good and not so good memories. When you’re on the field, it’s all about business. This time around, we did not get the job done which is disappointing, but it was really just another game, ” Ebobisse said.

Portland’s Dairon Asprilla put the game away with what quite possible was the goal of the year in the 55th minute. A ball went into the box that Marcinkowski fumbled off his hands with Asprilla applying pressure on the play. The 29-year Colombian native collected the ball just outside the box, made one touch popping the ball up before sending a backwards bicycle kick that sailed over Marcinkowski and into the back of the net for his 10th goal of the season.

Asprilla has five goals in his last eight matches as he finished with four shots, two on target.

The play was Marcinkowski’s only mistake of the match as he kept the Quakes within striking distance as he continued to make saves late in the match as Portland kept pressure on all the way up to the final minute of the match.

Clark earned his seventh clean sheet of the season as he stopped all five shots on target. Marcinkowski finished the match with 10 saves, a new single-game career high, on 12 shots in a valiant but losing effort.

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished the match with four corner kicks. Portland had three.

Quakes striker Chofis was issued a yellow card in the 19th minute. He will miss the next match against RSL for yellow card accumulation.

San Jose is now 5-15-9 all-time vs. Portland.

UP NEXT: San Jose plays their final road game of the season on Saturday 10/30 as the take on Real Salt Lake at 12:30pm at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Kings have a perfect ending to their pre season defeat Lakers 116-112

By Jeremiah Salmonson

The Sacramento Kings Davion Mitchell throws down against the Los Angeles Kings in the final pre season game at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Thu Oct 14, 2021 (photo from sbnation.com)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Thursday night playing in their last preseason game of 2021. The Kings were undefeated coming into the game having beat the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, and Portland Trailblazers. Coming into town on Thursday was the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James was set to play in the final tuneup before the season. Tip off was set for 7 PM PST. However before we dive into the action let’s bring you up to speed on the last game.

Flashback Monday: On Monday the Kings continued their undefeated preseason by beating the Portland Trailblazers by the final of 107-93. The Kings were led in the game by impressive play from Davion Mitchell who scored 20 points.

Thursday night recap: Tip off was set in Sacramento at 7 PM PST against the Lakers.

In the first quarter, the Kings dominated the Lakers. The Kings out up an offensive outbursts of 35 points against an older Lakers defense. The Lakers, managed to put up only 23 points against the Kings as the Kings improved defense took center stage. Harrison Barnes led the Kings with eight first quarter points.

In the second quarter, the Kings didn’t fare as well. The Lakers managed to outscore the Kings 42-36 in the second quarter. The Kings offense remained in high gear, but the defense slipped as the Lakers put up a massive number. The game would go into halftime with the Kings leading 71-66. LeBron James led the Lakers in the first half with 19 points as Harrison Barnes led the Kings by scoring 15. The Kings would hope to contain the Lakers in the second half to remain undefeated in preseason.

In the third quarter, both teams cooled down. The Lakers outscored the Kings by one point scoring 22 points. The Kings only managed 21 points as the offense slowed. The Kings would maintain a lead going into the fourth quarter 92-87. The question was if they could hold the lead against the Lakers.

In the fourth quarter, both teams traded buckets. The Kings were once again outscored but only 25-24 as the Kings would hold on and go undefeated in the preseason. The Kings played a promising final game however the defense faltered late. The Kings will look to tighten that up in practice before the start of the season. The Kings were led in victory by De’Aaron Fox who scored 21 points. The Lakers were led by none other than LeBron James who scored 30 points.

Up Next: The Kings will begin the regular season on Wednesday, October 20th against the Portland Trailblazers in Portland at 7 PM PST.

A’s Win Nail Biter in Houston 8-6

The Houston Astros Jose Siri (below) slides so hard he upends Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Harrison (above) in the first inning at Minute Maid Field in Houston on Fri Oct 1, 2021 (AP News photo)

A’s Win A Nail Biter in Houston 8-6

By Barbara Mason

After a long, grueling and disappointing season the Oakland A’s took on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park Friday night. The A’s were swept by the Seattle Mariners earlier this week and would like to finished the season on a high note by beating the division leading Astros. In their last series just a week ago, the A’s swept Houston.

The A’s will not have the home crowd support and this game may prove to be a difficult one. This team has surprised us all year and so I would say this series is a toss up.

Houston got up on the board in the first inning and led 1-0. The A’s answered in the third inning when Josh Harrison singled driving Tony Kemp home to tie up the game. Chad Pinder would extend their lead in the fourth inning with a home run to take the lead 2-1.

Matt Olson hit his 39th home run of the season driving Starling Marte home and giving Oakland a 4-1 lead. The Mariners would score once in the inning trying to get back in this game.

Oakland continued to pile it on in the eighth inning. Marte, Pinder and Yan Gomes scored giving the A’s a 7-2 lead. Oakland was not finished. Seth Brown would score on an error and it was at that point that Houston made a pitching change. The A’s had caused some major damage in the eighth inning leading 8-2.

The Houston Astros began to stir up a little trouble chipping away at the A’s lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jake Meyers singled driving in Carlos Correa. It was then that Bob Melvin pulled Yusmeiro Petit and sent in Deolis Guerra. It was not a good outing for Guerra.

The first batter he faced Jason Castro hit a home run with runners on base and just like that the score in this game was 8-6 in favor of the A’s. With two outs Lou Trivino came into the game to try to salvage the inning. The A’s were able to close out the inning and they were three outs away from a win in game one of the series.

In the ninth inning the A’s really needed some insurance runs. When playing a team like the Astros you just can’t have too large of a lead. Those insurance runs were nowhere to be found as the A’s went three up and three down.

The Astros were looking for a walk off. Lou Trivino walked two and with no outs the game was on the line for Oakland. Altuve would strike out, Brantley grounded out, Meyers grounded out and Oakland had won the game 8-6 in a nail biter. Lou Trivino got the save on his 30th birthday.

Game two is schedule for 4:10. Paul Blackburn will take the mound tomorrow and for the Astros Jake Odorizz