That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: How Bazemore fits into Warriors plans; Kings happy to sign Fox for blockbuster $135 M deal; plus more

Former Sacramento King Kent Bazemore is re-joining the Golden State Warriors as their key shooting guard. The question is will he be able to compliment the loss of injured Klay Thompson who is out for the rest of the season? (photo from San Francisco Chronicle)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 Amaury after the injury to the Warriors Klay Thompson last week the Warriors need all the help they can get. Rookie James Wiseman can only help and learn from Draymond Green and will Steph Curry’s ankle hold up. Now they pick up shooting guard Kent Bazemore will he be enough to cover for the loss of Thompson?

#2 The Sacramento Kings finally got what they wanted a new deal with D’Aaron Fox who was one of the big keys for the Kings. He signs with the Kings for $135 million for five years and the Kings really rely on his offense coming into this season.

#3 The San Jose Sharks CEO Jonathan Becher update: Becher said he was pretty optimistic from what he heard from Monday’s San Jose City Council planning commission meeting. Becher’s big concerns were keeping Autumn and Santa Clara Streets open and not have development that would shut fans access off from that side of the SAP Center. Also development in the parking lots in front of SAP Center that would cut out the City and the Sharks agreed 4850 parking spaces. Becher said the team would consider moving if the City and Sharks could not come to some sort of agreement and from the sound of Monday’s meeting there might be some happy medium. The San Jose City Council will be holding a meeting concerning street closures for the Dirdon Street area on Dec 3rd.

#4 Former 2011 Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brandon Martin was convicted for life for the 2015 three counts of first degree murder for killing his father, a security technician and his uncle with a baseball bat. Martin had previously had his mother in a a headlock and had scissors in his hands. It was reported that Martin had unspecified psychiatric issues and came to his parents house while the security technician was installing security cameras at the home.

#5 New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman with heavy furry winter jacket and outdoor camping sleeping bag slept outdoors on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium which Cashman does annually for raising awareness for homeless teenagers. Temps have been in the low 40s overnight in New York.

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Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips: Big Game at Cal has Stanford and Bears looking for that first win

Oregon State Beavers quarterback Tristan Gebbia keeps a one yard rush for the go ahead touchdown with just 4:30 left in the game against the Cal Bears at Corvallis at the Oregon State University on Sat Nov 21, 2020 (Oregonian/OregonLive photo)

Cal Bears podcast with Morris Phillips:

#1 It was a game that got away from the Cal Bears (0-2) in the fourth quarter the  Oregon State Beavers (1-2) had a lead after Jake Tonges scored on a two yard pass from quarterback Chase Garbers at 8:04 remaining for a 27-24 lead over the Beavers.

#2 The Beavers got back with 4:30 left in the ball game when quarterback Tristan Gebbia took a one yard keeper into the end zone for a Beavers 31-27 lead and eventual win.

# 3 After losing in UCLA last week to the Bruins this one had to be hard to take as well dropping to 0-2 and such a hard effort against a team like the Beavers only to lose it in the end for Cal?

#4 Cal Bears quarterback Chase Garbers threw a good enough game to win with 315 yards and three touchdowns but as the Bears know turnovers will hurt you and Garbers was intercepted twice by the Beavers in this one.

#5 Like the Stanford Cardinal (0-2) the Bears have played on two games and had two games canceled. The Big Game is scheduled for this Fri Nov 27th at Cal Memorial and for both teams a critical game to get in the win column as both are looking for that first win and also trying to avoid a third cancelation as Covid outbreaks have been rampant in the Pac 12.

Morris Phillips does the Cal Bears podcasts each Monday at

Sporting KC edges Earthquakes in penalties to cap off wild, thrilling match. Advance to the Western semi-finals

Sporting KC players celebrate after shutting the San Jose Earthquakes out in a 3-0 shootout following a 3-3 draw in Kansas City in the first round of the MLS playoffs (AP News photo)

by Marko Ukalovic

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-If Chris Wondolowski decides to call it a career, he’ll have one amazing, emotional memory to have finished it.

Wondo’s equalizer goal in the final seconds off stoppage time wasn’t enough to get his team to the next round of the playoffs. Sporting KC’s Tim Melia stopped all three penalty shots he faced in the penalty kick round to give his team a 3-3 (3-0 PK) victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday afternoon at Children’s Mercy Park.

Sporting KC advanced to the Western Conference semi-finals where they will host Minnesota United, who shutout the Colorado Rapids 3-0 in its first round matchup. San Jose hasn’t won a playoff match since 2010.

San Jose was all but dead with five minutes left in stoppage time when Gianluca Busio’s goal 36 seconds into stoppage time gave Sporting KC a 3-2 lead. Just moments before Busio’s goal, Wondo’s header from point blank range was knocked away by Melia and off the left goal post that led to Sporting KC’s counter attack.

Matias Almeyda’s squad had the “Goonies never say die” attitude with seconds remaining in the six minute of stoppage when Cristian Espinoza sent in a left footed cross to where only Wondolowski could get a header on it and into the lower left corner of the net sending the game into extra time.

It was only Wondo’s second career post-season goal but the biggest of the match for San Jose.

The Quakes had a golden opportunity in the 97th minute when Espinoza led a two-on-one counter attack with Wondo. Espinoza raced down the pitch for 60 yards with a Sporting KC defender draped all over him before his shot attempt went wide left.

San Jose had Sporting KC on the ropes during both 15-minute halves of extra time but could not get the winning goal despite maintaining the majority of the possession in the final 30 minutes.

“I’d like to congratulate Sporting Kansas City for making it through. What I told the players is what I feel: I felt like we gave our last drop of sweat until the last second. It was a positive year. We competed in two tournaments and in both of them we competed. For moments it seemed like San Jose was dead, but we came back,” Almeyda said.

Melia, who is one of the best goal keepers when it comes to shootouts. The veteran goalkeeper stopped attempts from Oswaldo Alanís, Jackson Yueill and Espinoza. Melia’s teammates took care of their end of the shootout with goals from Johnny Russell, Ilie Sánchez and Khiry Shelton.

Sporting KC took advantage of the Quakes deer in the headlights start to the match. In the fouth minute, Russell sent in a cross off a corner kick where Roger Espinoza headed into the back corner of the net past Quakes goalkeeper J.T. Marcinkowski for his first career playoff goal.

San Jose came into the match having been the worst team in the MLS with goals conceded off set pieces (10) while Sporting KC came in as the best team in the MLS scoring off set pieces (12).

The Quakes stormed back in the 22nd minute when Espinoza sent in a cross that Carlos Fierro’s attempt deflected off the face of a Sporting KC defender into the back of the net. Fierro was credited with his first career playoff goal.

San Jose gained its only lead in the 35th minute off a quick counter attack. Espinoza once again led the charge down the right side where his cross found a wide open Shea Salinas into the middle from 10 yards out and Salinas buried the ball past Melia for a 2-1 lead.

“Yeah, it was wild,” said Salinas. “For me, it was an extremely emotional game just not knowing how many more of these opportunities I’m going to have. To be 2-2 when I was subbed off, I was excited for Cade [Cowell] because I know he can make a difference, but it was also really difficult because I now didn’t have control. It was emotional, but for us to fight back, the cross from Cristian [Espinoza], and the goal from Wondo [Chris Wondolowski] there at the end was just insane. My heart still hurts a little bit from the game, but it was an awesome experience.”

It didn’t take long for Sporting KC to regain the momentum in the second half. Once again off a corner kick. This time Busio crossed the ball into the middle where Ilie headed the ball off the shoulder of Alanís into the back of the net for the equalizer.

The Man of the Match, Melia finished the evening with five official saves before the shootout in earning the victory. Marcinkowski also finished with fives saves in the losing effort.

If this was Wondolowski’s last match of his storied career he leaves the game as the MLS All-Time goal scorer with 166 goals.

“Spent. I think that’s the best emotion to describe it right now,” said Wondo when asked what emotions he was feeling after the game. “We all left it out there for 120 minutes, and to be honest, I think both teams did. I think it was one of the cleanest and most physical playoff games. I thought both teams came to tackle but still out there playing the game. We’re connecting passes. Do I wish we won? Yes, absolutely. I think that we did a lot of correct things and things that we’re proud of, but in the long run, we didn’t do enough.”

Wondo also said he still has passion for the game and would love to come back but hasn’t made that decision just yet.

“I know that the door is open, but I was fully committed to putting everything I have into this year, and I did. Now I need to re-evaluate. I just want to re-evaluate everything: my personal life, my life where I want to be, and also where the club is to see the direction that it’s going.”

GAME NOTES: San Jose finished with six corner kicks. Sporting KC had five.

San Jose is now 4-8-2 when they have conceded the first goal of the match.

The Earthquakes now hold a 12-13-1 overall postseason record, including a 4-10-0 record in true road matches.

This was the fifth time in Quakes history to go to overtime and first since Nov. 15, 2003. It also marked the first time in Earthquakes history that a postseason match was decided by penalty kicks.

San Jose scored 3+ goals in a playoff match for the eighth time in club history and first time since Nov. 4, 2010. It also marked just the fourth time in club history the team has scored twice in the first half of a playoff match and first time since Nov. 23, 2003.

Espinoza was involved in all three goals, tallying two assists. He became the first player to record 2+ assists in a single playoff match for the Earthquakes since Brian Mullan on Nov. 23, 2003.

At 37 years and 299 days, Wondolowski became the oldest player in Earthquakes history and sixth oldest player in MLS history to score in the postseason. His goal, scored with 96:49 on the clock, was the third-latest non-overtime goal in MLS playoff history and the second-latest lead-changing goal.

Fierro tallied one goal and one assist, both firsts of his MLS playoff career. He became the fifth player in club history to tally at least one goal and one assist in a playoff match, joining Bobby Convey, Landon Donovan (4), Jamil Walker and Manny Lagos.

Cade Cowell became the youngest player in club history to make a postseason appearance at 17 years and 40 days.

Andy Rios tallied an assist on Wondolowski’s goal, the first assist of his MLS playoff career.

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Players of the Past– Leonardo “Leo”Cárdenas — The Lost Bullet-

From left to right, Scott Horstmeier, HHBMHOF Representative, Leo Cárdenas and George “Buzz” Guckenberger, Biographer. (Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame Cincinnati Ohio photo)

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

Leonardo (Leo) Cárdenas was born in Matanzas, Cuba on December 17, 1938 and arrived in the major leagues in 1960 with the Cincinnati Reds. An excellent shortstop from the same country that produced such major league shortstops as Willie Miranda, Dagoberto Blanco (Campy) Campaneris, Zoilo (Zorro) Versalles, Humberto (Chico) Fernández, Alexei Ramírez, Rey Ordoñez, José Iglesias plus others.

He would play in the major leagues from 1960 to 1975, his first nine years with the Cincinnati Reds, later with California Angels, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, a total of 16 years, mostly as a shortstop.

In the year 1956 Cárdenas was signed at the age of 17 by a Reds scout and was sent to Tucson, in the minor leagues where he hit .316 with 23 home-runs, but his specialty, from the start, was his glove. The next two years he was part of a great double-play combination with fellow Cuban second-baseman Octavio (Cookie) Rojas at Savannah in the Sally League.

In 1959 played for the International League (AAA) Cuban Sugar Kings and next season, 1960 with Jersey City. Finally arriving to the Big Show on July 25, 1960, where he plays in 48 games with the Cincinnati Reds of manager Fred Hutchinson.

The Lost Bullet: On July 25, 1959. During a game he was playing with the Cuban Sugar Kings at Estadio de El Cerro in Havana, against the Rochester Red Wings of the AAA International League, a riot broke between Fidel Castro’s supporters and the opposition when shots were fired from the stands, and one bullet grazed Cardenas sparing his life.

It was mayhem on the field, people running all over the place, umpires, players, military soldiers, fans. They were not shooting at the shortstop, but he was almost an accidental victim. A victim of the moment, when Castro had not yet established his dictatorship.

On August 8, 1966 with his first and original team, the Cincinnati Reds, he hit 4 home runs in a double-header against the San Francisco Giants. His 6th and 7th homers of the season and two (2) of those were against Giants ace Juan Marichal.

That year the slick-fielding Cuban shortstop ended the season with 20 home-runs. For a shortstop to hit 20 home runs during those years was quite astonishing, there were not very many shortstops named Ernie Banks.

First time I saw Leo Cárdenas was in the old Cuban Winter Professional League with the Elefantes del Cienfuegos ballclub (Cienfuegos Elephants) in 1960. My father would take me to the games every weekend at Estadio de El Cerro, in Havana.

Camilo Pascual a curveball specialist was also with that Cienfuegos team, as well as other Cuban and American-born players who participated in what was called the best professional baseball league after the major leagues at that time. American major league players like Brooks Robinson, George Altman, San Maglie and even Cool Papa Bell (they were some American-born players with Cienfuegos) who played in Cuba in the winter.

At that time the players did not have any representation/Union in the major leagues, and most needed another job in the off-season, and Cuba played the best among all pro-leagues in Latin America, it was a prestigious and very famous league. However and sadly, 1961 would be the last year Leonardo Cárdenas played in his homeland.

Soon after the Fidel Castro government would eradicate all professional sports in the island, as its government declared itself a communist country and took control confiscating American and Cuban interests (private businesses) including all the sports. If you played baseball in Cuba, you only had one employer, the Cuban government.

The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame inducted Leonardo Cárdenas and presented him his HHBMHOF plaque on September 27, 2016 at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Field representatives of the museum Scott Horstmier and Rich Walls Director of the Cincinnati Reds Museum did the honors. Cardenas was one of the first established regular position players from Cuba and Latin America in major league baseball.

Cardenas played on the 1961 World Series with Cincinnati against the New York Yankees and as a member of the Minnesota Twins in the American League Championship Series of 1969 and 1970. Leo Cárdenas had a 16 year major league career, participating in 1,941 games, 7,402 plate appearances a .257 batting average with 118 Home runs and 689 runs batted in. He was an excellent defensive shortstop.

Leonardo Cádenas is available for speaking engagements and baseball shows

Stay well and stay tuned.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish lead radio play by play announcer on 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at

NCAA Football podcast with Michelle Richardson: Ohio State’s Fields throws 3 picks and still wins; Cincinnati stays perfect with win over UCF; Ducks edge Bruins; plus more

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields celebrates a touchdown in the first half of their game against the Indiana Hoosiers on Sat Nov 21st at Columbus Ohio (AP News photo)

On the NCAA Football podcast with Michelle Richardson:

#1 Ohio State (4-0) quarterback Justin Fields threw three interceptions tying his interception total from last season and still defeated Indiana Hoosiers (4-1) 42-35. How do you commit that many turnovers and still win?

#2 How surprised are you that Cincinnati (8-0) at No.7 are still undefeated UCF (5-3) by a score of 36-33. How crucial was it for Cincinnati to score score 14 straight points in the fourth quarter to edge UCF?

#3 The Oregon Ducks quarterback Tyler Shough threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns and just got by the UCLA Bruins (1-2) 38-35. The Ducks remain perfect at 3-0.

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Headline Sports podcast with Daniel Dullum: A look at top schools in NCAA; Paul to play for Suns; Tax breaks coming for Cubs and Wrigley Field; plus more

Northwestern Wildcat players celebrate their win over the Wisconsin Badgers 17-7 on Sat Nov 21, 2020 at Northwestern University (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Daniel:

1 Interesting day in college football: Northwestern knocks off Wisconsin, Ohio State holds off resurgent Indiana, Washington and Cincinnati remain unbeaten

2 Busy week of wheeling and dealing in the NBA – Chris Paul lands in Phoenix, Warriors want to make a deal after injury to Klay Thompson

3 Mets’ Robinson Cano tests positive for PEDs, suspended for 2021

4 Wrigley Field named as historical landmark, potential tax breaks for the Cubs

5 Toronto Raptors to start NBA season playing home games in Tampa, Florida

6 Theo Epstein steps down as Cubs president

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San Francisco 49ers podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Can 49ers overcome their injuries and challenge Rams Nov 29th in LA

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel remains on the injured reserve list amongst many other 49ers players and will not face the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles Rams on Sun Nov 29th (AP News Photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Lets go over some of the players who are out of the line up for the 49ers (4-6) and what are the chances of them coming back next Sun Nov 29th in LA, running back Tevin Coleman, wide receiver River Cracraft, and linebacker Demetrius Flannigan Fowles.

#2 Next set of players injured and what are their chances of returning back to the line up wide receiver Deebo Samuel, wide receiver Trent Taylor, and cornerback K’Waun Williams.

#3 The 49ers after losing three straight games and have suffered a torrid of injuries take this week off how big is this bye week for San Francisco?

#4 In the last game despite taking New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees out in the first half the 49ers couldn’t come back as the Saints scoring in the second and the fourth quarters to get ahead of the 49ers in a 27-13.

#5 The 49ers match up against the Los Angeles Rams in week 12 action in the NFL Jeremiah talk about the Rams who are 6-3 and second in the NFC West. The 49ers were able to beat the Rams the last time these two teams met how do you see this match up next week?

Join Jeremiah for the 49ers podcasts each Saturday night at


Las Vegas Raiders podcast with Rich Perez: After three straight wins Raiders face Chiefs in Vegas on Sunday Night Football

Las Vegas Raiders cornerback LaMarcus Joyner has also been removed from the Covid list and can see action this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas ( file photo)

On the Raiders podcast with Rich Perez:

#1 After defeating the Denver Broncos and having seven players put on the Covid list for this week and about to come off for Sunday with those seven players having little practice this week how ready will they and the Raiders be to face the Chiefs on Sunday.

#2 Of the seven on the list, safety 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 who on this list is vital to head coach Jon Gruden going into the Chiefs game Sunday?

#3 Cornerback LaMarcus Joyner whose been key in some defensive plays for the Raiders this season has been removed from the Covid-19 list. The Raiders who will need all the defensive help they can get against the Chiefs will look forward to Joyner being the line up.

#4 Rich, talk about cornerback Trayvon Martin and how important he is as a second year corner that has been a big help in some of the Raiders wins and making some great stops on defense?

#5 In his last game for the Kansas Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for an amazing 372 yards and four touchdowns as the Chiefs narrowly beat the Carolina Panthers 33-31 last Sunday how do you see this game in Vegas with the Raiders Sunday night?

Join Rich Perez for the Las Vegas Raiders podcasts each Saturday night at

Stanford Cardinal Football report: Game for Saturday night at Stanford canceled due to Covid-19 outbreak

Stanford Cardinal quarterback Davis Millis (15) celebrates his third quarter touchdown against the Colorado Buffaloes Sat Nov 14, 2020 (photo from Bay Area News Group)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The scheduled game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Washington State Cougars had been canceled at Stanford Stadium as announced Friday due to a Covid-19 outbreak. The Cougars did not have the required amount of players available after a number of Cougar players tested positive.

Washington State Athletic Director Paul Chun announced Friday that the Cougars had four players that tested positive and had to be put on Covid-19 protocols and the game had to be canceled according to Chun.

The minimum amount of 53 players could not be met by the Cougars and the Cougars quarterback Jayden de Laura had tested positive and it was just as well that the Cougars packed up their gear and got on the plane for Spokane as their would be no game on Saturday as scheduled at Stanford Stadium.

The Stanford-Washington State game will be recorded as a no contest game and earlier before the Cardinal-Cougar cancelation it was announced that Arizona State and Colorado was also canceled due to Covid-19 snafu issues.

Chun made the announcement also that both universities are sad about the game cancelations, that so much work and practice goes into preparing for a Pac 12 game like this and it’s cancelation is a huge disappointment as stated by Chun, “saddened for not only our student-athletes, coaches and staff, but those within the Stanford program who have worked so hard preparing for this weekend.”

Chun said he was not even sure if Friday’s Apple Cup would be played  but added that Washington State would do everything they can to get a team together by next Friday in preparation for the contest at Pullman that it comes off without a hitch.

Stanford is scheduled to play at Cal on Fri Nov 27th the day after Thanksgiving for the Big Game at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley.

Jerry Feitelberg hosts the Stanford Cardinal podcasts on Thursdays at


San Jose Earthquakes podcast with London Marq: Quakes take on No.1 seed Sporting KC in first round playoff game Sunday

The San Jose Earthquakes play their first post season game since 2017 and their first round of the 2020 playoffs at Sporting KC Sun Nov 22, 2020 (@SJEarthquakes image)

On the Quakes podcast with London:

#1 London, after the Quakes won three out of their last four games then had a meeting the Sounders in Seattle in a three goal loss 4-1 the last game of the regular season. Was it a game that the Quakes rested some players and really weren’t using their regular starters in the line up?

#2 During the period they won three out four they really bore down on their game plan and were locked in according to head coach Matias Almeyda.

#3 Chris Wondowski who scored two goals against Real Salt Lake back on Oct 28th in the Quakes 2-0 win. Has Wondolowski’s lastest scoring binge been the difference in the Quakes recent wins?

#4 The thing that coach Almeyda wants to do is keep the momentum going they did well when they were in the bubble in Orlando, then after the bubble they slumped and had a resurgence again with some wins and ended up just getting a playoff spot clinching eighth in the MLS Western Conference.

#5 The big day has arrived this Sunday Nov 22 the Quakes play in their first post season game since 2017 and they play the number one seed in the Western Conference can they get by the very challenging Sporting KC?

London Marq was filling in for Marko Ukalovic for the Earthquakes podcasts heard each Friday night at