Earthquakes Earn 1-1 Draw With D.C. United

Earthquakes Earn 1-1 Draw With D.C. United

July 3, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif. The San Jose Earthquakes returned home for the first time in over a month and earned a 1-1 draw against visiting D.C. United. Ike Oparas third goal of the season, which came in the 16th minute on a set piece started the Quakes off on the right foot. Bobby Conveys cross took some deflections before it found Opara at the back post, he then turned around and fired it inside Troy Perkins near post on the half volley. Andy Najar leveled the score just nine minutes into the second half off of a cross by Stephen King and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. San Jose travels to PPL Park next week in Philadelphia to take on the expansion Union for the first time.

San Jose Earthquakes (5-4-4) vs. D.C. United (3-9-2)July 3, 2010 Buck Shaw StadiumAttendance: 10,304 Scoring Summary: SJ Ike Opara (unassisted) 16; Andy Najar (Stephen King) 54.Misconduct Summary: None. San Jose Earthquakes Jon Busch, Ramiro Corrales, Bobby Burling, Ike Opara, Jason Hernandez, Bobby Convey, Brandon McDonald, Sam Cronin, Steven Beitashour (Arturo Alvarez 65), Ryan Johnson (Cornell Glen 73), Chris Wondolowski (Omar Jasseh 86).Statistics: Shots: 10; Shots on Goal: 5; Fouls: 7; Offsides: 1; Corners: 7.D.C. United Troy Perkins, Devon McTavish, Dejan Jakovic, Juan Manuel Pena, Jordan Graye, Andy Najar (Thabiso Khumalo 90), Stephen King, Clyde Simms, Chris Pontius, Adam Cristman (Jaime Moreno 45), Santino Quaranta (Danny Allsopp 92). Statistics: Shots: 15; Shots on Goal: 7; Fouls: 6; Offsides: 4; Corners: 6.QUOTES
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH FRANK YALLOPOn the result:
Were obviously disappointed with the second half, and that we couldnt get a second goal because we had the chances but especially at one nil youre always on a bit of a tight rope. We had the chances to score more than once tonight and I wouldnt say luck, but just a bit unfortunate that we didnt. On the second half:
We didnt change our strategy at half; we talked about it and felt that they struggled with any positive move forward with Wondo (Chris Wondolowski) and Ryan (Johnson) putting pressure on them and we tried to do that for 90 minutes and couldnt. I think Arturo (Alvarez) had some good runs, a couple of unlucky bounces but overall I think we should have scored more than one goal tonight. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES GOALKEEPER JON BUSCH

On the result:
It was a good start to the game for us, the sun was difficult and it was my first experience with that, but we were pretty lively and well organized in the first half, we didnt really give them much. The start of the second half, (Jaime) Moreno made a difference; he came on and filled the gaps for them. We were just a little slow and didnt have enough chances to win the game. A point is a point though. On earning a draw:
Its tough that we didnt get the full three points. As the season goes on, you especially want to win home games against teams that are lower in the standings but theyre a team thats better than where they stand and I think theyll make a good push for the playoffs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES DEFENDER IKE OPARAOn his third career goal:
Bobby again played another quality ball off the corner and my marker left me. Ramiro (Corrales) challenged for the ball with his marker and the ball just dropped down and I tried to get my body around it and got good enough contact on it. Brandon (McDonald) did a good job shielding the goalie and I dont think he was able to see it so it went in. On being full time with the team:
Im much more comfortable with the team due to being here all the time. Im able to go to practice daily and Im finding everyones game, working with their strengths. Its been key for me in the last few games. Courtesy Earthquakes Media Services

Rewind: Warriors 'weren't on the same page' in loss to Memphis

Rewind: Warriors 'weren't on the same page' in loss to Memphis

He is a cheerful presence, a terrific teammate with considerable knowledge of how basketball should be played at the NBA level.

Only in exceedingly rare cases, though, is Anderson Varejao able to produce for the Warriors, and he’s no help at all when most of his teammates fail to show up.

Such was the case Saturday night in Memphis, when the Warriors, with Varejao starting at center in place of Zaza Pachulia, submitted their worst performance – worse, even, than that stunning setback to the Lakers on Dec. 4 – of the season in a 110-89 loss to a shorthanded Grizzlies team that, even when fully healthy, has difficulty scoring.

Though Varejao was a special level of awful, he was not alone in his ineptitude.

“It was one of those nights, you know,” Kevin Durant told reporters in Memphis.

Stephen Curry was careless on offense and indifferent on defense. Klay Thompson struggled with his shot and, therefore, his game. Draymond Green didn’t bring his usual energy but picked up a technical foul for beefing with an official. Durant didn’t meet his usual standard but acquitted himself relatively well.

The Warriors were smashed by a team of castoffs and hopefuls circulating around the established talents of Marc Gasol, Tony Allen and Zach Randolph. Most of the damage, however, was self-inflicted – as in 23 turnovers, resulting in 30 points for the Grizzlies.

Asked what went wrong with the offense, Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn’t hesitate.

“Everything,” he said. “Poor decision-making, poor ball-handling, good defense on their part. They were denying a lot of things and trying to knock us off our cuts, and they did a good job of that.”

So bad were the Warriors that Kerr, joked about his job status.

“I just checked with Bob,” he cracked, referring to general manager Bob Myers. “I’m not fired. I called him just to make sure.”

It was that kind of night, laughably bumbling, the kind of showing that has led to the firing of coaches on shaky status. It was stunning to watch the best team in the NBA, take the court at FedEx Forum and performed as if scrimmaging for season-ticket holders at team headquarters.

With stars Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons and Vince Carter out with injuries, the Grizzlies owned the night from the start, leading by as much as 30.

“We weren’t on the same page,” Thompson said. “We were trying to force too many things. We weren’t patient enough. When you play a team like that that plays at a slow pace you have to be patient. You can’t play at a fast pace like we have in the past. You have to be patient. You have to move the ball around the perimeter. You have to trust each other. It’s a bad night.”

The Warriors were playing without Andre Iguodala, who was resting, and Kevon Looney, who was nursing a sprained right ankle. Pachulia, with a contusion on his right wrist, was a late scratch.

The result was Varejao joining Green, Durant, Thompson and Curry in the starting lineup. It didn’t take long to get ugly, as Memphis took leads of 29-11 in the first quarter and maintained a double-digit lead until the final buzzer.

Varejao played 18 minutes and contributed five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers. He took only two shots, missing both, and finished minus-21.

“We definitely missed Zaza,” Durant said, “but that’s not the reason why we missed the basketball game. We waited too long to try to be physical. Once we started it was a little too late.

“We definitely want to have all our guys there, but sometimes it’s not in play. We still have to go out there, and play a better game than we played tonight. It’s just one of those games we have to throw out and get ready for the next one tomorrow.”

Well, that’s all there is to do. Every team, no matter how gifted, will have nights when its members stagger about like zombies. The Warriors have had two in 24 games.

The upside of this one was that Kerr could pull his starters early in hopes of preserving them for a game Sunday against the defective but frisky young Minnesota Timberwolves.

Rewind: Sharks get the bounces in imperfect win against Hurricanes

Rewind: Sharks get the bounces in imperfect win against Hurricanes

SAN JOSE – The Sharks’ performance over the Hurricanes on Saturday night at SAP Center won’t be one that the team re-watches and reflects back upon as a model for how they want to perform.

Still, after deserving better in last Wednesday’s loss to Ottawa, and maybe even Friday’s defeat to the rival Ducks, there was a sense that the 4-3 win was essentially an evening out of their recent luck. San Jose had just 20 shots on goal, tying their season low, but four of them beat Cam Ward. That includes the second period when their shooting percentage was a lofty 50 percent (four shots, two goals).

“It’s good to see the puck go in for a few guys,” Joe Pavelski said. “The bounces – that’s why you just have to keep playing. I would have thought we would have won the other two games before this one.”

Pete DeBoer said: “I think when you look at the week, out of the three games we played, it was probably our poorest of the three. But we found a way to win, and the other two we lost, maybe we deserved better. That's hockey.”

After falling behind 2-0 in each of their last two games, the Sharks jumped on the Hurricanes just 12 seconds in when Patrick Marleau scored on a two-on-one with Joe Thornton.

Aaron Dell was surely chuffed after that one. In a previous start against Carolina on Nov. 15, the first-year backup stood on his head but got no support in a 1-0 loss.

“It’s a good feeling to get one right away,” Dell said.

The difference in the game was the Sharks’ pair of second period goals, after they had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 wiped away. Logan Couture’s redirection of a Brent Burns shot put San Jose ahead to stay, 3-2, while Kevin Labanc’s second goal in as many nights on the rebound of a Dylan DeMelo blast was the necessary insurance, and the game-winner.

Labanc now has three goals in his last five games, generating the type of offense that was expected from others on the team, but just hasn’t come.

“It’s a confidence booster, that’s for sure,” Labanc said of scoring in consecutive games. “It’s just momentum, and you ride with it. You just keep going, and whatever opportunities come by you, you’ve just got to make sure it goes in the net.”

DeBoer said: "For a team that's had trouble scoring, he's one guy that's consistently scored for us. The puck follows him around. … He's done a great job, and he's a hard guy to remove from the lineup just because of how he's playing and how he's contributing.”

At the end of a three-game California road trip, Carolina pushed hard to start the third down 4-2. Derek Ryan’s power play goal brought the ‘Canes back to within one, and the way the ice was tilted over those first four minutes, it looked like the Sharks might be in trouble.

Instead, they buckled down in the defensive zone despite missing defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who is “day-to-day” with a lower body injury after leaving in the second period, according to DeBoer.

"They have a lot of talented guys on the team that can make plays,” said Paul Martin, who got the most fortuitous bounce of the night when his first period slap shot went in off of defenseman Brett Pesce's skate. “For us, it was just trying to find a way to win at that point, take care of our own zone, and Deller made some big key saves when we needed them."

Dell’s biggest stop came with about 20 seconds left, when he challenged Jeff Skinner on a rebound try – one of 11 shots for the Hurricanes forward – and saw the backhander hit him in the chest. He’s now 3-1 in his nascent NHL career.

“The last minute six-on-five is always a really, really long minute,” Dell said. “I think we played it pretty well.”

Carolina had plenty of zone time over the final two minutes with Ward pulled for an extra attacker. But this time, it was the Sharks’ opponent that never got that necessary bounce.