Lineups for Giants vs. Dodgers Cactus League tilt


Lineups for Giants vs. Dodgers Cactus League tilt

Feb. 26, 2011

Bruce Bochy and Don Mattingly have their lineups set for the Giants' second Cactus League game. The game is set for a 12:05 p.m. start. The Dodgers are using a split squad and the teams have agreed to use a designated hitter.

San Francisco Giants

1. Andres Torres, CF
2. Mark DeRosa, 2B
3. Aubrey Huff, 1B
4. Pablo Sandoval, 3B
5. Nate Schierholtz, RF
6. Travis Ishikawa, DH
7. Mike Fontenot, SS
8. Thomas Neal, LF
9. Chris Stewart, C

Los Angeles Dodgers

1. Tony Gwynn, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. James Loney, 1B
4. Rod Barajas, C
5. Marcus Thames, DH
6. Xavier Paul, LF
7. Gabe Kapler, RF
8. Ivan De Jesus, 2B
9. Aaron Miles, 3B

Cal extends men's basketball head coach Martin through 2020-21 season


Cal extends men's basketball head coach Martin through 2020-21 season

BERKELEY – University of California men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has agreed to a contract extension with the Golden Bears through the 2020-21 season.
Martin, who is in his third year at the helm of the program, has guided Cal to a 41-26 record over his first two seasons. Last year, the Bears finished 23-11 overall, tied for third in the Pac-12 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 4 seed – the highest regional seed in school history.
In addition to Cal's results on the court, the Bears produced an Academic Progress Rate score of 1,000 – the highest possible – for the 2014-15 academic year, Martin's first full season overseeing the program.
"Coach Martin is a proven educator who has created a culture of success on the court, in the classroom and in our community," Director of Athletics Mike Williams said. "He truly cares about his student-athletes beyond the arena with a commitment to prepare them for life after Cal. For the continued success of our men's basketball program, it is important that we make a proper investment, and given the levels of accomplishment have seen through his first two seasons in Berkeley, we are excited about the direction we are heading with Cuonzo as our coach."
"I'm proud of what we've been able to achieve so far here in Berkeley, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to continue to build the Cal men's basketball program," Martin said. "We're just getting started, and we'll continue to work tirelessly to shape our men into leaders on and off the court. I'm grateful to the university and athletic department for their support of our program and my commitment to Cal. I take great pride in being a member of the Cal family."
During the 2015-16 campaign, Martin guided Cal to a school-record 18-0 mark inside Haas Pavilion. The Bears led the Pac-12 in scoring defense (67.3 ppg), field goal percentage defense (39.6%) and fewest 3-pointers allowed (5.4 per game).
Individually, Jaylen Brown was voted the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Pac-12. Freshman Ivan Rabb earned all-freshman, second-team All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Tournament honors, while Tyrone Wallace was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 choice and Stephen Domingo and Sam Singer earned Pac-12 All-Academic recognition.
Brown was taken with the third overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, and Wallace was chosen in the second round by the Utah Jazz.
Cal opens the 2016-17 season Nov. 11 when the Bears host South Dakota State at Haas Pavilion. Cal will also host an exhibition game at Haas on Thursday, Nov. 3 vs. Cal Baptist.

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LB Smith: High turnover rate is Raiders defense 'finding ways to compete'


LB Smith: High turnover rate is Raiders defense 'finding ways to compete'

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Raiders defense gave up 344 yards Sunday while beating the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That sum’s a season low, still way to many for Malcolm Smith. The Raiders weakside linebacker has higher standards, even after one of two solid defensive efforts in seven games.

“That’s still a lot of yards,” Smith said. “We’re not where we want to be.”

Just because Sunday was better doesn’t mean it’s good enough. The Raiders defense ranks last in yards allowed and 22nd in scoring defense at 25.6 points per game.

There’s a main reason why the Raiders aren’t dead last in both categories. Takeaways.

The Raiders have plundered the opposition this season 13 times in seven games. Special teams got one Sunday on a muffed punt, but the defense has been incredibly active stealing possession.

Reggie Nelson has a nose for the ball, with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Sean Smith and David Amerson have two picks each and Bruce Irvin leads the league with four forced fumbles.

Turnovers make all those yards allowed easy to stomach, and has kept the Raiders in several close games. The force big mistakes and don’t make many, proven with a plus-eight turnover ratio ranked No. 3 overall.

“It’s given us a chance to win some games, where you could just look at other statistics and say we wouldn’t have a chance.” Smith said. “That’s what the game is about, and us finding ways to compete. Hopefully we stay after it that way.”

The Raiders have stayed after it in the red zone, allowing touchdowns on just 50 percent of opponent trips inside their 20-yard line.

While big plays have brought wins and positivity to the defense, the season’s first half has been difficult for Raiders expecting more.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Smith said. “You come into the year with all these aspirations and things you want to do. When it doesn’t go your way you have to stay after it, keep putting the work in and know it’s not going to be wasted. Hopefully we’re making strides and those improvements will show on Sundays.”

The Raiders believe the defense is close to being good, and has done a solid job masking issues with takeaways and timely production.

“Our team has done a great job of competing to win games,” Smith said. “If we keep doing that, everything will be fine.”