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Kurtenbach: When will basketball return? The Warriors know as much as us

Kurtenbach: When will basketball return? The Warriors know as much as us

The NBA is on hiatus amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with no return date in sight. Warriors GM Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr shared their thoughts and concerns on a call Tuesday.
TRAIKOS: What are NHL’s options when season resumes

TRAIKOS: What are NHL’s options when season resumes

The waiting game continues. And it’s getting longer and longer by the day. On Sunday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that organizers cancel or postpone events that
SIMMONS: The power of the Maple Leafs: In the midst of a pandemic, with our world changing daily, people still want to talk Leafs

SIMMONS: The power of the Maple Leafs: In the midst of a pandemic, with our world changing daily, people still want to talk Leafs

If ever a season deserved an ending, it was this year and this Toronto Maple Leafs team. It needed something to help us understand what it is they were — and what it is they were going to be and what
Kurtenbach: It’s not hysteria. Why all sports must shut down in the wake of the coronavirus.

Kurtenbach: It’s not hysteria. Why all sports must shut down in the wake of the coronavirus.

The coronavirus has already shut down the NBA, NHL, and MLB. Every other league and association needs to follow suit. This is bigger than sports.
Kurtenbach: Post-coronavirus, will sports ever be the same?

Kurtenbach: Post-coronavirus, will sports ever be the same?

Closed doors might not be enough to stop Covid-19.
Kurtenbach: Coronavirus fears shine an unflattering light on professional sports

Kurtenbach: Coronavirus fears shine an unflattering light on professional sports

Teams are ignoring public health warnings. They likely won't be able to keep up that game for long.
TRAIKOS: Cirelli has eyes set on the Selke

TRAIKOS: Cirelli has eyes set on the Selke

TORONTO — The Connor McDavid of defensive forwards. That was the comparison Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper used in describing Anthony Cirelli. It was a nod to Cirelli’s impressive two-way
Coronavirus spread forcing NHL to re-evaluate how it goes about business

Coronavirus spread forcing NHL to re-evaluate how it goes about business

It’s not business as usual. Not anymore. The spreading coronavirus, which on the weekend caused the IIHF to cancel the upcoming women’s world championship in Halifax later this month, is also causing
TRAIKOS: Matchups matter even more in playoffs

TRAIKOS: Matchups matter even more in playoffs

The Detroit Red Wings, who were eliminated from playoff contention more than a couple of weeks ago, are by far the worst team in the NHL. They went 12 games without a win earlier this season and have
Quakes Takes: San Jose embarrassed by Minnesota, 5-2

Quakes Takes: San Jose embarrassed by Minnesota, 5-2

The San Jose Earthquakes were overpowered in every phase of the game in a lackluster performance against Minnesota United FC.
SIMMONS SUNDAY: Does Shanahan really believe in these Leafs? Really?

SIMMONS SUNDAY: Does Shanahan really believe in these Leafs? Really?

Brendan Shanahan can’t possibly believe his own words — being quoted as saying he has faith in the current construction of the Maple Leafs and get this, truly believes they can still contend for the
Warriors’ Stephen Curry won’t play against the 76ers

Warriors’ Stephen Curry won’t play against the 76ers

Warriors guard Stephen Curry is sick, and not in the cool way. He'll miss Golden State's nationally televised showdown with the Sixers Saturday.
Kurtenbach: How did Stephen Curry look in his return to the court? My observations

Kurtenbach: How did Stephen Curry look in his return to the court? My observations

Stephen Curry's return to the Warriors showed how much Golden State missed him and how much he and his teammates have to learn in the season's final weeks.
Kurtenbach: Steph Curry’s back, but his impact on the Warriors, NBA was clarified in his absence

Kurtenbach: Steph Curry’s back, but his impact on the Warriors, NBA was clarified in his absence

Golden State Warriors' star Steph Curry is set to return to the court — after missing 58 games — for Thursday's game against the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center.
Sports leagues should take lead on coronavirus prevention. Here’s why they won’t.

Sports leagues should take lead on coronavirus prevention. Here’s why they won’t.

Here's why you shouldn't expect proactive measures from local teams or national leagues.
STINSON: Waiting for IOC to make the right decision might take a while

STINSON: Waiting for IOC to make the right decision might take a while

In times of a global health crisis in which public safety should be the top priority, you want a degree of selflessness from the key actors, and recognition that profits should not be the deciding
Kurtenbach: Mauricio Dubón’s strong spring shows the Giants’ rebuild is on track

Kurtenbach: Mauricio Dubón’s strong spring shows the Giants’ rebuild is on track

The Giants are in the midst of a long, arduous rebuild, but Mauricio Dubón's strong spring performance shows the future is bright for San Francisco.
Results have been positive whenever backup goalie subbed in

Results have been positive whenever backup goalie subbed in

BOCA RATON, FLA. — It was after the Zamboni driver had allowed two goals on three shots that the NHL began to worry that they might have an embarrassing situation on their hands. Moments earlier, the
TRAIKOS: Fixing Panthers problems a lot more difficult

TRAIKOS: Fixing Panthers problems a lot more difficult

BOCA RATON, FLA. — A week ago, Kyle Dubas gave a news conference that sounded more like an obituary for a season that seemed to be dying a slow death. The Toronto Maple Leafs GM used words like
Kurtenbach: Five NFL Draft prospects I love that won’t cost a first-round pick

Kurtenbach: Five NFL Draft prospects I love that won’t cost a first-round pick

The Niners might have to find value picks in this NFL Draft. Here are five high-ceiling players I'd target.