GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A matchup featuring two MVP candidates turned into a stage for a third player to make his case to be included in the MVP conversation. Preston Smith and Green Bay's defense stopped MVP candidate Christian McCaffrey at the goal line as time expired and the Packers defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-16 on a snowy Sunday at Lambeau Field. Aaron Jones scored three rushing touchdowns for the second time this season to lead Green Bay (8-2), which improved to 5-2 all-time against the Panthers at home. Jones is the first Packers player since Sterling Sharpe in 1994 with multiple three-touchdown games in a season. Jones is also the first Green Bay running back since Jim Taylor in 1962 with multiple three-touchdown games in a season. Taylor did it three times that year. "We all know that Christian is a very talented player, and he's been mentioned in the MVP race. So maybe it's time to start talking about Aaron Jones," Aaron Rodgers said. The Panthers got the ball … [Read more...] about Packers’ Jones scores 3 TDs in 24-16 win over Carolina
There stood pitcher Matt Cain, at 26 the longest-tenured player on the 2010 Giants, raising the circle-of-flags trophy above his head on the field so hundreds of San Francisco fans who refused to leave the Rangers' ballpark could see it. "Wow, this is sick," Cain said. "We're the World Series champions of 2010." How long the faithful have waited to hear those words - not years, but generations. The Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958 and had not touched that trophy until Monday night, when they beat the Texas Rangers 3-1. The Giants needed only five games to win the franchise's sixth World Series, its first since 1954. They dominated Texas in ways they could not have imagined during a 162-game regular season and two rounds of playoffs that lived up to the team's unofficial motto of "Giants baseball: Torture." The unlikely Most Valuable Player for an unlikely World Series winner was Edgar Renteria, an injury-plagued shortstop from Colombia who might retire after the season and whose … [Read more...] about SF Giants on top of the world with 1st Series win
Before he hired Bruce Bochy to become the San Francisco Giants' 15th manager, general manager Brian Sabean channeled Socrates and asked hundreds of questions. He asked players what they thought of Bochy and quizzed Bochy's superiors about his game management and communication skills. In a six-hour meeting Sunday, Sabean asked Bochy what he thought about the Giants, with or without Barry Bonds, whether he really wanted to leave San Diego after 12 seasons as manager and whether he still had the passion to lead. [Podcast: Bruce Jenkins was initially lukewarm about the news that longtime San Diego Padres manager Bruce Bochy was moving north.] The one question for which Sabean swore he did not demand an answer was why the Padres would let Bochy out of his contract to work for a division rival. When Sabean learned he had a chance to hire Bochy, he said, "I looked at it as an opportunity for us and maybe a bigger problem for them if he did leave." And leave Bochy did, bringing his … [Read more...] about Padres’ loss is Giant gain / GM Sabean is stunned Bochy was available
The Chronicle breaks down the 2019 Major League Baseball season, in order of teams’ predicted divisional finish, with analysis from columnist Bruce Jenkins on the National League and national baseball writer John Shea on the American League. NL WEST 1. DODGERS (92-71, FIRST IN 2018) Manager: Dave Roberts, 5th season (287-201), 4th with Dodgers (287-200) The skinny: After all the fuss and furor over Bryce Harper, the free agent who got away, this is still the best team in the West, rich in power, depth and versatility. Could be the first team to win three straight NL pennants since the wartime Cardinals (1942-44). ... Yasiel Puig will be missed for his power displays and mind-blowing throws. Other times, not so much. ... Puig and Matt Kemp have departed, but the return of All-Star SS Corey Seager (from Tommy John surgery) more than makes up for that. ... Clayton Kershaw’s spring-training arm problems caused some concern. That could be an ongoing issue. ... Apparently healthy … [Read more...] about Chronicle’s 2019 MLB analysis and predictions: Where will Giants, A’s finish?
Stephen Curry became just the 11th player in NBA history to win back-to-back MVP awards on Tuesday. But the 2015-16 season will be remembered for all the firsts achieved by the electrifying guard many are calling the best basketball player in the world. The first player to lead his team to 73 wins. The first unanimous MVP selection. The first player to make 300, then 400 three-pointers in a season. The first player to average more than 30 points per game while playing less than 35 minutes. The first player to have apparently unlimited shooting range. Coming off an MVP season in which he broke his own NBA record with 286 three-pointers, Curry entered the 2015-16 season a marked man. Defenses were stretched beyond convention, designed to pressure the league’s shooting star as soon as he approached the three-point line that is drawn 23 feet, 9 inches from the basket at its farthest. Curry’s counter? Just back up — and keep swishing the threes. Throughout the season, … [Read more...] about Inside Stephen Curry’s incredible MVP season