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Sports Roundup: Quakes’ Season Ends; Photo: Dallas Braden and President Obama — Together on the Mound at Last

November 8, 2012 | 3:20 pm

Sports Roundup: Quakes’ Season Ends; Photo: Dallas Braden and President Obama — Together on the Mound at Last

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Soccer The San Jose Earthquakes’ remarkable season ended last night;  the team  fell in the Major League Soccer playoffs to their arch-rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Quakes had beaten the Galaxy on Saturday, 1-0; last night they lost 3-1, and while in other sports that would mean the teams were tied, it’s different in  soccer, […]

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After Giants Victory, A Day to Dry Out and Rest Up

October 23, 2012 | 9:38 am

After Giants Victory, A Day to Dry Out and Rest Up

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The San Francisco Giants have a day to dry out and rest up from the National League Championship Series, which ended in a torrential downpour that hit just before the final outs of the 9-0 victory over the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals. Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was named the Most Valuable Player for […]

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No More Gopher Flesh: Oakland Kids Chow Down on Veggies

October 22, 2012 | 3:19 pm

No More Gopher Flesh: Oakland Kids Chow Down on Veggies

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At my elementary school, and probably at yours, we sang a subversive little song about the cuisine served to us in the lunchroom that involved greasy grimy gopher guts, mutilated monkey meat, and oven-fried parakeet.  All of it pretty unappetizing — and probably coincidentally, all of it animal-based. So kids in Oakland schools may have […]

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The Man Who Wrote ‘The Autumn Wind is a Raider’ Dies

September 18, 2012 | 1:29 pm

The Man Who Wrote ‘The Autumn Wind is a Raider’ Dies

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The autumn wind is pretty darn mean in the 1974 poem, “The Autumn Wind.” It rips the leaves off trees and turns people upside down and generally wreaks havoc. In short, it’s imbued with the spirit of the the Oakland Raiders. So thought Al Davis, who quickly enshrined the poem as the unofficial anthem of […]

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September 13, 2012 | 11:31 am

Giants, A’s Chances of Making Play-offs? Good. You Getting Tickets? Anyone’s Guess

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Nothing’s certain until it’s certain, but according to Baseball Prospectus’s Playoff Odds Report, the San Francisco Giants have a 99.4% chance of making the postseason, and the Oakland Athletics are not far behind at 92.9%.  And so, both teams are getting their postseason tickets ready for sale with some degree of confidence.  While season ticket […]

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The 5 Trashiest Places Around the Bay

September 13, 2012 | 10:10 am

The 5 Trashiest Places Around the Bay

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Save the Bay released its sixth annual list of Bay Trash Hot Spots on Wednesday.   The places on the list are such major contributors to the flow of junk into San Francisco Bay that they actually violate the Clean Water Act.  Here are the offenders: Coyote Creek in San Jose Damon Slough in Oakland The […]

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In Dispute Over SJ Territorial Rights, A’s Claim Opposition Group is ‘Astroturf’

September 5, 2012 | 1:29 pm

In Dispute Over SJ Territorial Rights, A’s Claim Opposition Group is ‘Astroturf’

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After more than three years of study, Major League Baseball still hasn’t acted on the desire of Oakland A’s ownership to move the team south to San Jose. But while the larger issue of territorial rights is up in the air, there is a court date — September 21 to be exact — to address one […]

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Sacramento Expresses Interest in A’s, But It’s Not Mutual

July 10, 2012 | 1:52 pm

Sacramento Expresses Interest in A’s, But It’s Not Mutual

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Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson held a press conference Monday to tout his city’s potential as a home for the A’s or another Major League Baseball team.  Johnson was the major force behind a plan to build a new arena for the Sacramento Kings, a deal that collapsed in April when the team’s owners, the Maloof […]

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‘Knuckleball Princess’ Makes Her Bay Area Debut — Part of Long History of Women in Baseball

July 6, 2012 | 11:39 am

‘Knuckleball Princess’ Makes Her Bay Area Debut — Part of Long History of Women in Baseball

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Friday’s game San Rafael Pacifics game will be the first chance Bay Area baseball fans have to see Eri Yoshida play.  Yoshida, a pitcher for Na Koa Ikaika Maui (translated as “The Strong Warriors of Maui”), is the first woman to play professional baseball in two countries, the U.S. and her native Japan.  Her first […]

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June 14, 2012 | 2:35 pm

Burned West Oakland Building Stood on Site With Long History

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We were curious about the “senior center under construction” where the fire that temporarily closed BART service between San Francisco and Oakland began.  It turns out the site has a long and rather unhappy history. The building under construction was the Red Star Senior Apartments — a name which has nothing to do with the […]

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