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Kurtenbach: What Zion, the Pelicans can teach the Warriors in this lost season

Kurtenbach: What Zion, the Pelicans can teach the Warriors in this lost season

There's no Zion Williamson in this year's NBA Draft, but his impact on the Pelicans should inform the Warriors' selection in June.
Kurtenbach: The Warriors are out to save all the busts, and it’s brilliant business

Kurtenbach: The Warriors are out to save all the busts, and it’s brilliant business

The Warriors are tripling down on their success by signing the 2016 NBA Draft bust.
TRAIKOS: Despite season of injuries, Penguins heading for another playoffs

TRAIKOS: Despite season of injuries, Penguins heading for another playoffs

TORONTO — They say that the salary cap has ridden the NHL of dynasties. They say that league parity, that Gary Bettman-coined buzzword, has created an anything-goes playoff format of coin flips and
Warriors outline lofty goals for season’s final weeks

Warriors outline lofty goals for season’s final weeks

CLICK HERE if you’re having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — We’ve reached the homestretch of the Warriors’ lost season. Thank goodness. The final 27 games of the
Kurtenbach: A’s radio move shows team’s larger issues

Kurtenbach: A’s radio move shows team’s larger issues

The Oakland Athletics won't broadcast games on terrestrial radio this season. But don't view the A's move to TuneIn as progress.
MCCARTHY: Weir makes albatross, eyeing Champions Tour … Koepka bashes Reed

MCCARTHY: Weir makes albatross, eyeing Champions Tour … Koepka bashes Reed

Exactly one month after Masters Sunday, Mike Weir will turn 50 years old. Last weekend, three months ahead of his potential debut on the senior circuit, Weir shot a front nine 31 to make a Sunday
TRAIKOS: Tanking Sabres trying to win back their fans

TRAIKOS: Tanking Sabres trying to win back their fans

BUFFALO — On the bright side, they are not tossing waffles onto the ice. They are not even tossing jerseys. Well, at least not yet they are not. Give it time. While fans in Buffalo have not yet
Kurtenbach: Three reasons to be excited about the 2020 San Francisco Giants

Kurtenbach: Three reasons to be excited about the 2020 San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants aren’t going to make the MLB playoffs, but as Spring Training really gets going, there reasons to be optimistic.
Kurtenbach: What moves will the 49ers make this offseason? Six predictions

Kurtenbach: What moves will the 49ers make this offseason? Six predictions

Amid rumors of Tom Brady heading to San Francisco, here's what the salary-cap-conscious 49ers will actually do as the NFL free agent period begins.
Kurtenbach: What the Warriors mean when they say Andrew Wiggins ‘fits’

Kurtenbach: What the Warriors mean when they say Andrew Wiggins ‘fits’

The Golden State Warriors want to return to their offensive and defensive identity, in swapping Andrew Wiggins for D'Angelo Russell, they stand a chance of making it happen.
VAN DIEST: With Olympic spot already booked Canada loses to United States in qualifying final

VAN DIEST: With Olympic spot already booked Canada loses to United States in qualifying final

With spots in Tokyo 2020 already secured, Canada and the United States were playing for pride in the final of the Concacaf Women’s Olympic qualifying tournament in Carson, Calif., on Sunday. By virtue
Kurtenbach: How did Andrew Wiggins look in his first Warriors game? Three takeaways

Kurtenbach: How did Andrew Wiggins look in his first Warriors game? Three takeaways

Andrew Wiggins was impressive in his Golden State Warriors debut against LeBron James and the Lakers, and his first game makes it easy to imagine how he'll work with Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and
VAN DIEST: Still a game to play for Canada despite qualifying for Olympics

VAN DIEST: Still a game to play for Canada despite qualifying for Olympics

The mission has been accomplished, but the tournament is not over for the Canadian women’s national soccer team. Having qualified for Tokyo 2020 with a tense 1-0 semifinal victory against Costa Rica
Kurtenbach: Will 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan heed the lessons of the Super Bowl this offseason?

Kurtenbach: Will 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan heed the lessons of the Super Bowl this offseason?

As the 49ers enter a critical offseason, can head coach Kyle Shanahan press the team's advantage?
VAN DIEST: Costa Rica final hurdle for Canada in Olympic quest

VAN DIEST: Costa Rica final hurdle for Canada in Olympic quest

Canada has cleared every hurdle thus far at the Concacaf women’s Olympic qualifying tournament and has one left to book a spot in its fourth consecutive Summer Games. The two-time defending Olympic
Kurtenbach: Trading D’Angelo Russell is part of a larger Warriors plan

Kurtenbach: Trading D’Angelo Russell is part of a larger Warriors plan

The Golden State Warriors trading D'Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins and draft picks sets Golden State up to acquire a true superstar in the near future. Giannis, Embiid, Ben Simmons? They're all
SIMMONS: Dubas is latest Leafs GM to make a mess of goaltending situation

SIMMONS: Dubas is latest Leafs GM to make a mess of goaltending situation

Kyle Dubas is not alone. There is a long history of Maple Leaf general managers tripping over themselves on the way to discovering goaltending and goaltenders. This is Dubas’ second season as general
Kurtenbach: Shanahan — conservative and timid — will have to wear 49ers’ Super Bowl collapse

Kurtenbach: Shanahan — conservative and timid — will have to wear 49ers’ Super Bowl collapse

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan's conservative approach and fourth-quarter play-calling a massive part of the Niners' Super Bowl LIV loss
Kurtenbach at the Super Bowl: ‘Nobody remembers the loser’

Kurtenbach at the Super Bowl: ‘Nobody remembers the loser’

As teams, the 49ers and Chiefs are playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, but as individuals some have more at stake.