To commemorate the conclusion of 2015, while looking forward to 2016, The Sporting Green is profiling the top personalities Bay Area sports fans should focus on in the new year. For our full coverage of “People to Watch in 2016,” go to www.sfchronicle.com. … [Read more...] about Cal quarterback Jared Goff about to fulfill childhood dream
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“He’s 26, he has great stuff, and he’s smart and crafty to go with it. I’d put him up against any pitcher in the game in terms of athleticism and competitiveness. He took a huge step forward and put himself on the map as a Cy Young finalist. Is he primed to be among the best? He already is.” … [Read more...] about A’s Sonny Gray is among the best — and getting better
And Rabb sheds his “mama’s boy” label on the court. When not limited by foul trouble, he’s a versatile low-post banger who can finish with either hand. His 1.9 blocks per game were eighth among Pac-12 players entering Tuesday’s game. With a shooting percentage of 66.3, Rabb is on pace to become the first Cal player to finish better than 60 percent from the field since Solomon Hughes in 2000-01. … [Read more...] about Cal freshman Ivan Rabb headed onward and upward
Chryst won’t have much experience to fall back on when he makes his first start. However, he will have something that few quarterbacks have, a strong candidate for the 2016 Heisman Trophy in the backfield with him: McCaffrey. Chryst will also have an experienced fullback in Daniel Marx and operate behind a sturdy but somewhat rebuilt offensive line that will lose Outland Trophy winner Josh Garnett. Then there are the variables, like whether Rector, tight end Austin Hooper and center Graham Shuler come back. … [Read more...] about Is Keller Chryst the next great Stanford QB?
That is play. There also is work, and Duffy’s principal goal this winter is improving his defense even more, hoping to make third base second nature. Unfortunately for power-loving Giants fans, Duffy is not on a weight program to get bulkier. He might put on 5 pounds. … [Read more...] about Matt Duffy pounced on his chance with Giants