Roger Goodell was at the 49ers’ stadium ribbon-cutting Thursday and of course was asked to trot out that tired old Raiders-time-share story.
“They have to make that determination, whether they’re in a new stadium in Oakland or whether they feel that it’s best to join this stadium,” Goodell said. “We’re working on that, and that’s one of the decisions they’ll have to make.”
So other than the fact the Raiders don’t want to be there and the 49ers don’t want them, it sounds like a hell of an idea, Big Red. Keep floating that every few months.
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Yasiel Puig is avenged! After a crud All-Star Break in which the high point was being shut out in the Home Run Derby, he can at least see a way out in the future, courtesy Tracy McGrady.
McGrady ended his baseball career by starting the Atlantic League All Star Game, throwing 1.1 innings, striking out the final batter he faced. Better yet, though, he also combined with Lamar Little Leaguer Will Dolan to win the Home Run Derby with six home runs. Dolan hit all six of the team’s bombs, which McGrady took in good spirit by joking, “I am the first Home Run Derby Champion in history with no home runs.”
So Puiggy isn’t that far from triumph. He just needs a Little Leaguer at his side.
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While the Warriors continue to donkey around on this Kevin Love thing (and if Cleveland really does want to put Andrew Wiggins in the deal, the donkey is fully dead), the Los Angeles Lakers are cornering the market on huh by getting Carlos Boozer in the NBA’s amnesty waiver auction. Eight other teams in the league had sufficient salary-cap space to bid for Boozer: Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Milwaukee, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Utah, but the Lakers were just too damned . . . well, huh?
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And finally, Oakland, USF and Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell collapsed while speaking at a speaking engagement in Lake Tahoe on Thursday, but is expected to be okay. In a related event, whatever caused him to fall apologized to him profusely so as not to be punished by one of his stern glares, which have been known to fell oxen.