Stanford Cardinal basketball podcast with Michael Roberson: Cardinal get ready for ESPN Events Tournament in Orlando

Stanford Cardinal open the ESPN Events Tournament in Orlando Thu Nov 24, 2022 against Ole Miss (photo from #GoStanford)

On the Cardinal MBB podcast with Michael:

#1 Michael, last game for the Cardinal (2-2) they handled the Cal Poly Mustangs (1-2) with ease on Friday night 80-43.

#2 The Cardinal got off to a 19-0 run against Cal Poly and the Mustangs couldn’t even score a buck in the first seven minutes of the game.

#3 The Cardinal defense made taking the ball away from Cal Poly look like child’s play. The Cardinal took the ball away on 12 turnovers in just 30 minutes.

#4 Stanford senior Michael Jones was got shutout at UC San Diego on Tue Nov 15 made up for lost time scoring on Cal Poly’s defense with 12 points in the first half teammate Max Murrell scored 12 points and it was over early for the Mustangs as Stanford came away with a 28 point 47-19 lead at the half.

#5 Michael just to get your prospective on the next up coming game for the Cardinal as they face Ole Miss for the ESPN Events Tournament Thursday a 10:30 AM tip in Orlando.

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Garoppolo had quite an evening on Monday Night Football; Cardinal assistant coach fired for groping a woman

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) is thrilled after tight end George Kittle scores against the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City on Mon Nov 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave, San Francisco 49ers (6-4) quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for four touchdowns on Monday Night Football in Mexico City. It was quite a night for Garoppolo as the crowd was behind Garoppolo all game long.

#2 Dave, this one was special as it was the first NFL game played in Mexico City since 2019 and the fans were into it as Garoppolo had opportunities to throw against the Arizona Cardinals (4-7) defense and helped run up the score for a 38-10.

#3 Running back Christian McCaffrey carried seven times for 39 yards with no touchdowns at it was a relatively quite night for McCaffrey but you just never know when he’s going to bust out.

David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at

Living Up To The Hype: Kings slighty different than advertised in 113-109 win over the Grizzlies

By Morris Phillips

All of a sudden the Sacramento Kings are so good, they…

Don’t need to depend on their prolific scoring to win games. In Tuesday’ 113-109 thriller at the Grindhouse in Memphis, they put up a “mere” 113 points, the lowest point total in any of their ten victories this season. And yes, the defense was present. The formidable Grizzlies were held to 17 points in the decisive, third quarter in which they missed seven of eight 3-point attempts.

“I thought our third quarter defense was really good,” coach Mike Brown said. “Might be our best defensive quarter of the year.”

Don’t need to shoot the lights in order to win. The Kings have made slightly more than half of their shot attempts on the season, but against Memphis they made do with 43 percent shooting, and survived their whopping 30 misses from distance.

Don’t need to command the stat sheet to prevail. The Kings were outrebounded, fouled more and didn’t commit fewer turnovers, but they still pulled it out. To be fair, the numbers between the teams were extremely close in all three areas, but the contention that the Kings don’t have to unveil their best effort to win holds weight.

Don’t need a big finish to get a win… and this one on the road against a quality opponent to boot. This time the Grizzlies, not the Kings, dominated play down the stretch, cutting a 14-point, fourth quarter deficit to three on several possessions inside two minutes remaining. Ja Morant, who led all scorers with 34, missed a 3-pointer with 1:10 left that would have brought the hosts even at 104. Morant’s three-point play with five seconds remaining pulled the Grizzlies within 109-108, but the Kings converted four, subsequent free throws to close it out.

De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 32 points, but Brown pointed to Harrison Barnes and his 26 points as the key to the Kings’ surviving the frantic finish.

“Obviously, we were haywire out there. Going crazy, and Harrison just made some big plays down the stretch,” Brown said.

The Kings have won seven straight for the first time since they did it in 2005, the season of their most recent–but distant–playoff appearance. Kings’ fans with anxiety issues might not want to look at the Western Conference because their long forlorn team occupies the third spot behind the Suns and the equally, surprising Jazz, just percentage points above the fourth-place Clippers.

The Kings were their typical, freewheeling selves in the first half on Tuesday, shooting 51 percent with eight makes from distance to lead 64-59. The third quarter saw the Kings extend their lead to 12, and they led 99-85 with 6:08 left after Barnes hit a three.

Memphis responded with a 5-0 run which set the stage for the tense finish. Morant was terrific after missing the previous game with an ankle injury, scoring 20 of his 34 in the fourth.

The Kings complete a back-to-back on Wednesday in Atlanta where they will confront the 10-7 Hawks.

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Will Billy Beane’s new role in ownership save A’s from moving from Oakland?

Oakland A’s former executive vice president and new senior advisor to managing partner Billy Beane (left) and David Forst general manager (right) stand in front of the Oakland A’s dugout before the game against the New York Yankees on Aug 28, 2022. (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury, Oakland A’s executive Billy Beane will no longer run the day to day operations for the A’s but moves up to the number two position in the organization as senior advisor.

#2 Will part of being a senior advisor include having a say in where the A’s go in the event that the new mayor and new city council in Oakland vote against a Howard Terminal project in downtown Oakland?

#3 Beane said he was appreciative of A’s owner John Fisher and the working relationship that the developed over the years since Fisher became team owner. Beane also said that he has confidence in team general manager David Forst leading the club to being competitive and being one of the best executives in baseball.

#4 Beane had said that he had great hopes for the future of the A’s but were those hopes in Las Vegas or in Oakland. There is also a possibility that the new governor of Nevada Joe Lombardo might not fund a new A’s ballpark with public money and the City of Oakland may not vote for a new Howard Terminal ballpark.

#5 Worst case scenario for the A’s if both Vegas and Oakland projects go down the only choice left for the A’s are to stay at the Coliseum something that A’s president David Kaval and Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said is not even a consideration but never say never.

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Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony Renteria: Raiders have a shot at winning two straight games would be a season’s first

Las Vegas Raiders Davante Adams (17) and quarterback Robin Carr (4) are in a pretty good mood after Carr connected with Adams on a touchdown pass in Denver on Sun Nov 20, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the Vegas Raiders podcast with Tony R:

#1 Tony, first the win for the Las Vegas Raiders it had to be the weight off the shoulders of head coach Joshua McDaniels and the players after going on a three game losing streak that seemed to take forever for them.

#2 Tony, talk about the Raiders walk off touchdown they got from wide receiver Davante Adams who caught a 35 yard pass from quarterback Derek Carr for the overtime win Sunday.

#3 Two weeks ago after a very emotional Carr took a 25-20 loss to the Indianapolis Colts very hard in a post game presser it seemed in that moment that the dressing room regrouped and in practice everybody seemed to be on a mission and they just wanted to stop the pain of losing games.

#4 Tony, talk about that drive and determination by the Raiders to push for overtime and finally finish a game like that with the results they worked hard for.

#5 Raiders head to Seattle to face the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. The Raiders have not strung even two wins together this season. This is their chance to do it this Sunday. The Seahawks have won four of their last five games. How do you see the match up for this Sunday a 1:05 pm kick off.

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0-5 For The First Time: Bears suffer unprecedented 59-55 loss to Texas State

By Morris Phillips

BERKELEY, CA–This is the low point for California basketball. They can only go up from here.

Or can they?

The Bears suffered a fifth straight loss to start the season at Haas Pavilion on Monday against a smaller opponent from a lesser conference. It’s a reoccurring theme for sure, one the Bears can’t seem to escape.

This is the first time in the history of the program–115 years and counting–that the Bears have been 0-5.

Texas State blew in to Berkeley on Monday, frustrated the they couldn’t close the deal at UT-San Antonio on Thursday, when they were logically unable to make their meager 56 points stand up on the road.

The answer? Stop through Berkeley on the way to Hawaii for Thanksgiving and do a just a little more than they did at UTSA.

Guess what? That strategy worked.

Cal committed 16 turnovers and the Bobcats from the Southland Conference took a 23-22 lead four minutes before halftime and never relinquished it in their 59-55 win.

Again, the hosts didn’t execute anything with force, and went the final five minutes before halftime with scoring. Coach Mark Fox cited his limited options at both guard spots and last minute role changes that left his team less than prepared.

“We’re so disjointed with the lineups we’ve been forced to play,” Fox said.

Once again, only two, traditional guards played for Cal as Devin Askew led the Bears with 17 points, but missed 10 of his 15 shots, and Joel Brown went scoreless off the bench with five turnovers.

Overall, the hosts weren’t a mess statistically, but their deliberate pace produced 55 points, which is more often than not just enough to get you beat at the Division I level. After leading for much of the first half the Bears trailed by as many as 11 points after the break.

Senior guard, and two-time, All-Conference selection Mason Harrell led Texas State with 21 points and all the heady plays down the stretch as Cal got within two points of the lead with 26 seconds remaining.

Brandon Davis added 14 for the Bobcats.

“It’s how you respond, I’m so proud of all those guys in the locker room. They truly responded.” associate head coach Benny Seltzer said.

The win was the first for Texas State over a Power 5 school since 1998, and their first ever over a Pac-12 opponent. Earlier this season, the Bobcats also won at Rhode Island.

The Bears travel to Florida for the Thanksgiving holiday where they will face TCU on Friday, and either Iowa or Clemson on Saturday.

Sharks play well dominate Senators 5-1

Ottawa Senators center Mark Kastelic (47) punches San Jose Sharks defenseman Nick Cicek during the second period at SAP Center in San Jose on Mon Nov 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Monday night’s game between the San Jose Sharks (7-11-3) and the Ottawa Senators (6-11-1), was a matchup of two teams struggling to get something going this season. The Senators entered the game with a record of six wins, ten losses, and one tie, good for 12 points. They found themselves in last place in the Atlantic conference. The Sharks’ record before Monday’s game was six wins, 11 losses, and three ties. The Sharks’ 15 points landed them in seventh place in the Pacific conference.

Sharks’ coach Dan Quinn was not happy with his team’s performance last Saturday night when they lost 2-1 to the visiting New York Rangers. Quinn wanted his team to be more physical Monday night. Quinn was hoping the Sharks could find a way to win, as they had won just once at home in 11 games. They didn’t do well in the first period, but they dominated the next two periods to get the win. The Sharks made Quinn’s wish come true as they played one of their best games to beat the Senators 5-1.

The Senators dominated play in the first period. They had 13 shots on goal, and the Sharks had three—however, shots on goal don’t count. The Sharks’ Noah Gregor had a breakaway, but the shot hit the bar on the top of the goal and went into the corner.

The Sharks found a way to get the puck back to Gregor. Gregor’s wrist shot beat Ottawa’s veteran goalie, Cam Talbot, for the tally. Gregor’s shot went over Talbot’s left shoulder. The time of goal happened with 13:38 left in the period. It was Gregor’s first goal of the year. Luke Kunin and Matt Benning assisted. The Senators evened the score with 6:46 left. Tim Stutzle beat Kaapo Kahkonen for the tally. Brady Tkachuk recorded the assist. Stutzle recorded his seventh goal of the season.

The Sharks went on a power play late in the period. The Senators were able to kill the penalty. The referees called Kevin LaBanc for tripping with 1:52 left in the period. The Senators failed to score but have eight seconds left when the second period starts. The score is tied 1-1.

The Sharks thoroughly outskated the Senators in the second period. The Sharks scored three times to end the second stanza leading 4-1. San Jose had 19 shots on goal and held the Senators to eight. Timo Meier tallied with just 1:!8 played. Meier’s scored two seconds after Talbot blocked his last shot. Eric Karlsson found Meier to Talbot’s right. Meier had the smallest of cracks on the left side of the goal. His wrist shot found the opening to put the Sharks ahead 2-1.

San Jose scored their third of the night 3:35 later. Matt Nieto tipped Matt Bennings’ wrister from the point for the score. Nieto’s goal was his fourth of the season. Benning and Alexander Barabanov assisted. The Senators’ coach, D.J. Smith, replaced Cam Talbot in goal with Alex Forsberg.

Talbot allowed three goals on seven shots. With 5:59 left in the period, the Senators’ Travis Hamonic went to the penalty box for two minutes for tripping. The Sharks capitalized with just six seconds left on the power play. Tomas Hertl tipped in his fifth goal of the year to make it 4-1. Logan Couture and Eric Karlsson assisted on the goal. Sharks’ coach Dan Quinn saw his team play one of the best periods of play this season.

Ottawa knew they had to get some goals to get back in the game. The Sharks’ defense, along with Khakonen, had other thoughts. The Sharks held the Senators scoreless over the last 20 minutes of the game. With about three minutes left, the Senators pulled their goalie. They controlled the play, but the defense and the Sharks’ goalie did not fold. With 58 seconds left, Logan Couture sent the puck the length of the ice into the Senators’ goal to make it 5-1. The game was over.

Game Notes: The Sharks had Kaapo Kahkonen make his sixth start of the year. Kahkonen’s record was one win, four losses, and one tie before tonight’s win. Kahkonen was a force in goal as he made 37 saves. Eric Karlsson, the Sharks’ outstanding defenseman, assisted on two goals. Karlsson tallied 19 points this month and has 30 for the season. He trails the NHL scoring leader, Conor McDavid, by five points. 

Gregor, Timo Meier, Matt Nieto, Tomas Hertl, and Logan Couture scored for San Jose. Couture also had an assist.

Tim Stutzle scored Ottawa’s only goal. Brady Tkachuk assisted. Brady Tkachuk’s father is a former NHL great, Keith Tkachuk.

The Sharks scored one for three on the power play. The Sharks killed both of Ottawa’s power plays.

There was a fight in the second period between the Sharks’ Nick Cicek and Ottawa’s Mark Kastellic. Kastellic’s shoulder hit Cicek in the head. Tempers flared, and after a relatively short battle, both players were penalized five minutes for fighting.

The Sharks are on their way to Seattle to face the Kraken Wednesday night. San Jose returns home to play the Los Angeles Kings Friday night at the SAP center.

Garopollo and 49ers power past Cardinals in 38-10 route south of the border on Monday Night Football

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates one of his two touchdowns at Estadio Azteca on Monday NOV 21, 2022. (San Francisco 49ers)

by Marko Ukalovic

The scarlet and gold are getting caliente at the right moment.

The San Francisco 49ers scored on four-straight possessions from the second quarter to the start of the third quarter to roll past the Arizona Cardinals in a 38-10 blowout victory on Monday evening at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico.

The NFL made its triumphant return since 2019 as Mexico’s capital city’s favorite team gave the crowd quite a performance.

San Franciso is getting hot at the right time having won three games in a row and regained the top spot in the NFC West as they hold the tiebreaker over the Seattle Seahawks, who were on their bye week. Arizona has lost three out its past four games.

It was a wet beginning to the game as the heavens poured down with a strong steady rain. Neither team was able to cope with the elements on their opening drives.

Arizona (4-7) drew first blood with exactly eight minutes remaining in the first quarter when Matt Prater’s 40-yard field goal completed an 11 play 58-yard drive. Quarterback Colt McCoy made his second consecutive start for the injured Kyler Murray who missed his second straight game dealing with a hamstring injury.

San Francisco (6-4) found its footing in the second quarter as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo marched the 49ers down the field in its longest drive of the season of 82 yards on nine plays. Garoppolo connected with wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk on a seven-yard touchdown reception.

“When Jimmy (Garoppolo) has been healthy for us and he has his guys out there, he plays at a very high level,” said 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan on his veteran quarterback’s performance.

The 49ers magic number was 39 during their next three drives as that was the number that finished off each scoring drive.

Jimmie Ward picked off McCoy after the ball bounced off the hand of running back James Conner on the Cardinals next possession.

San Francisco only needed three plays to cash in on Ward’s interception. On a third and three Garoppolo stepped up into the pocket and found tight end Geroge Kittle wide open over the middle and Kittle broke one tackle on his way to the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown with 8:42 left in the second quarter.

Arizona answered back when running back James Connor plunged in for a two-yard rushing touchdown that finished off a nine play 75-yard drive as that was the closest the Cardinals got on the scoreboard.

The 49ers opened the second half as they ran right down the throat of the Cardinals defense. Deebo Samuel took a pitch from behind the line of scrimmage and run an end around for a 39-yard rushing touchdown to give San Francisco a comfortable 24-10 lead.

San Francisco’s defense once again dominated the second half as they put the hammer down to any type of comeback by Arizona. They made McCoy run for his life in the high altitude of Mexico City with constant pressure as they ended up with three sacks and eight quarterback hits.

Once again for the third consecutive game the 49ers defense shutout their opponent in the second half. A late drive in the fourth quarter ended when Sam Womack III intercepted a pass from backup quarterback Trace McSorley inside the end zone.

The 49ers put the game away back-to-back touchdown drives to seal the route. Aiyuk earned his second touchdown of the game when he caught a 13-yard pass from Garoppolo near the end of the third quarter.

Then Kittle recorded his second touchdown of the game he took a short pass out in the flat from Garoppolo and ran down the sideline for a 32-yard touchdown for his first multiple touchdown game of the season.

Garoppolo finished with one of his best offensive performances of the season going 20 of 29 for 228 yards for four touchdowns and no interceptions. Kittle led San Francisco in receiving with 84 yards on four catches to go along with his two touchdowns. Running back Christian McCaffery and Samuel each has seven catches for 67 and 57 yards respectively. Elijah Mitchell chipped in 59 yards on nine carries to lead rushers.

McCoy went 24 of 34 for 218 yards with no touchdown and one interception in the losing effort. Rookie wide receiver Greg Dortch led all receivers with nine catches for 103 yards.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 6-for-11. Arizona went 8-for-16.

San Francisco is 5-1 against Arizona on Monday Night Football. The 49ers now have the most wins in the history of MNF with 52 surpassing the Pittsburgh Steelers who have 51.

The 49ers improved to 3-1 in international play with their most recent trip abroad was a 42-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in in London’s Wembley Stadium back in 2013.

UP NEXT: San Francisco host the New Orleans Saints on Sunday 11/27 at 1:25pm at Levi’s Stadium

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: Will Mayor’s office payback 49ers for what some called a dirty campaign?

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor who was re-elected as confirmed on Wed Nov 16, 2022. The 49ers spent over $4 million to try and defeat Gillmor which failed. (file photo Mercury News)

On the San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko:

#1 San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York paid millions to deliver mayoral candidate Anthony Becker who ended up losing to current Lisa Gillmor 14,376 to Anthony Becker 13,686. Gillmor wins by 687. How concerned has Jed have to be knowing that there was heavy campaigning against Gillmor sometimes some mudslinging and the 49ers could see payback from what some people called a nasty campaign.

#2 The election was Tue Nov 8th and in a tight race with over 95% of the ballot counted Gillmor was the decided winner on Wed Nov 16th from the Register of voters office in Santa Clara County. This was a crucial vote for York and the 49ers as York had been butting heads with Gillmor since Gillmor had been mayor and now they will have to try and do business another four years into her second term.

#3 Gillmor had sought maintenance revenue from the 49ers something both sides had haggled with over the years and when the opportunity came to vote Gillmor out of office York spent over $4 million in campaign money to get her voted out of office which the 49ers failed to do but by a narrow margin.

#4 Turning the 49ers next game up the team had been in Colorado Springs all week adjusting to the high elevation climate in preparation for tonight’s Monday Night Football game in Mexico City against the Arizona Cardinals. How beneficial do you see working out in Colorado and going onto Mexico City for Monday Night Football?

#5 Marko, how ready is Cardinal quarterback Kyler Murray he had been out with a hamstring and is expected to start on Sunday. He can be potent and drive the offense against the 49ers not to mention he can carry the ball.

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Pelicans Trounce Golden State 128-83

Pelicans Trounce Golden State 128-83

New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14) shoots against Golden State Warriors guard Ty Jerome in the first half at Smoothie King Arena in New Orleans on Mon Nov 21, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

Sunday night the Golden State Warriors (8-10) won their first road game of the season in Houston. Monday night the Warriors took on the New Orleans Pelicans (10-7) and added another road loss to their road record total 128-83 their ninth road loss this season.

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green sat out the game and the kids got the start. Jonathan Kuminga, Anthony Lamb, Jordan Poole, Donte DiVincenzo and veteran Kevon Looney were on the starting roster. There were only ten guys in uniform Monday and they would no doubt get a vigorous work-out against New Orleans.

It was a slow start for both teams in the first quarter. The slow start for New Orleans got going after the opening minutes and at the end of the quarter the Pelicans had a significant lead 35-16.

By halftime, the Pelicans had a healthy 65-41 lead. The Warriors had committed a lot of turnovers and were simply outplayed by New Orleans in the first half. Jordan Poole was having a great game with 20 points in the first two quarters. The Warriors had a real uphill battle in the second half against the full strength Pelicans.

The Warriors had a struggle trying to contain the Pelicans who welcomed back Zion Williamson tonight after he had missed the last three games. New Orleans has a terrific offense and a pretty decent defense as the Warriors found out early. The Warriors had trouble shooting threes’’s going 6 of 28 through three quarters. The Pelicans led after three 97-65 and it had been all New Orleans all night.

The Warriors were getting trounced in this game but got some great experience. They were trailing 116-76 with 6:00 left on the clock. The lose Warriors in a blow-out.

There were some bright spots for the Warriors in the game. The high score was Poole with 26 points. Kuminga had 18 points. They did struggle from downtown going 10 of 43. This was just more invaluable experience for these young guys.

The Pelicans were cruising from the start of the game. Brandon Ingram finished with the high score 34 points. CJ McCollum had 15 points. Jonas Valanciunas was great defensively with 13 rebounds. New Orleans was shooting 54% in the game.

The Warriors will play the Clippers Wednesday night at Chase Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.