NFL Championship weekend: Who will punch ticket to Super Bowl 50?

NFL Championship weekend: Who will punch ticket to Super Bowl 50?

The NFL is a week away from taking over the Bay Area from San Francisco to Santa Clara, and it looks like Super Bowl 50 is a no-lose proposition. The volume of media will be at its saturation point, but the good news is the two teams that meet at Levi’s Stadium will provide ample intrigue in terms of storylines and matchups. Rating the four possibilities on Feb. 7, with […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt

Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt

CLEVELAND — David Blatt’s second NBA season seemed to be going better than his first. Now, it’s over. Blatt was fired Friday by the title-chasing Cleveland Cavaliers, replaced by top assistant Tyronn Lue, said David Griffin, the team’s general manager. Griffin told reporters Friday night that the Cavaliers had been taking steps back and were lacking connection. The team isn’t in the business of being “pretty good,” he said. Blatt […]

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Polina Edmunds keeps her focus heading into free skate

Polina Edmunds keeps her focus heading into free skate

ST. PAUL, Minn. — It might have looked as if Polina Edmunds was just going through the motions Friday while doing a practice run-through of her free skate to selections from the “Gone With The Wind” film score. This one was more of a walk-through, like a director blocking a scene. Every place a jump was programmed, Edmunds simply popped lightly into the air and came straight down, with no […]

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Contractors for Rio Olympics venues fired

Contractors for Rio Olympics venues fired

With just over six months before the start of the Rio Olympics, things aren’t going particularly well for the contractors obligated to build the infrastructure. Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes has rescinded contracts for the tennis and equestrian venues, citing the contractors’ “noncompliance to contractual clauses.” Word is that the tennis venue is 90 percent complete, but no percentage was given for the equestrian facility. Both the city and […]

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Source: Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt

Source: Cleveland Cavaliers fire coach David Blatt

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired coach David Blatt, who led the team to the NBA Finals last season. Blatt was dismissed Friday, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move. Blatt’s top assistant, Tyronn Lue, will to take over as coach, the person said. The Cavaliers (30-11) host […]

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Academy makes major changes in response to #OscarsSoWhite controversy

Academy makes major changes in response to #OscarsSoWhite controversy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is making some big changes, in the wake of this year’s Oscar nominations — none of which went to actors of color in the four major acting categories. Among the moves the Academy announced Friday, it will add three seats to its 51-person board in an effort to double the number of minorities and women in the Academy by 2020, according to […]

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Cliff Robinson ready to enter the marijuana business

Cliff Robinson ready to enter the marijuana business

Are you ready for Uncle Spliffy? Former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson was known as Uncle Cliffy during his playing days. He’s branching out now, making a foray into the marijuana business with a modified name to front his business. Robinson and a group of investors will open a grow operation in Portland, Ore., according to the Portland Business Journal. The idea is to have product by the end of the […]

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr returning Friday night

Warriors’ Steve Kerr returning Friday night

OAKLAND — Steve Kerr will return to coaching Friday night, and after he made the announcement to the Warriors at a pregame film session, the joyous celebration and wisecracking began. Stephen Curry raised his arms in the air. The Warriors cheered for minutes and when Kerr tried to talk, they kept on cheering, according to Draymond Green. Players kidded with Luke Walton about losing his job. The theme song to […]

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Cal’s Tony Franklin leaves for Middle Tennessee State

Cal’s Tony Franklin leaves for Middle Tennessee State

BERKELEY — Tony Franklin, who spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator for Cal’s football team, has resigned to take the same position at Middle Tennessee State, Cal announced Friday. “It has been an honor to represent the world’s No. 1 public education institution as the offensive coordinator for one of the nation’s best offenses,” Franklin said in a statement. “The young men I was honored to lead shattered […]

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Raiders talk lease extension in Oakland

Raiders talk lease extension in Oakland

Raiders lease talks getting underway The authority that runs Coliseum will meet behind closed doors Monday to discuss how it will approach a lease extension for the Oakland Raiders, providing further indication that the team is staying put for at least one more season. “The Raiders and ourselves have agreed to sit down and have discussions about a lease extension,” Scott McKibben, executive director of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, […]

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