President welcomes Giants to White House

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President welcomes Giants to White House

July 25, 2011GIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEO

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch SportsNet Central at 10:30 for complete coverage of the White House visit with reporter Jaymee Sire embedded with the team.

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The World Series champion Giants were honored at the White House Monday in an East Room ceremony with President Barack Obama.

The president said the Giants may be a little different, but one thing they know is how to win.

Obama congratulated the 2010 world champs for their 4-games-to-1 victory over Texas, calling them "characters with character."

RELATED: Giants World Series 2010 page

"As GM Brian Sabean put it, 'We've got a lot of characters'," Obama said. "One of those characters is Tim Lincecum ... where's Tim?" After turning to look at the lineup of players behind him, the President said, "I recognize the hair."

"And then there's the guy with the beard," Obama added. "Where is he?"

When he found closer Brian Wilson, Obama said of the famed facial hair and the slogan that goes with it: "I do fear it."

Setting kidding aside, Obama praised Wilson for the serious work the closer does between the lines.

"Now underneath Brian's beard, and the spandex tuxedo, and the sea captain costume, and the cleats with his face on them is also one of the most dominant closers in baseball," Obama said.

Manager Bruce Bochy presented him with an autographed jersey, pitcher Matt Cain gave the president a bat signed by the entire team, and team owner Bill Neukom, along with general manager Brian Sabean, presented Obama with a baseball glove.

Giants legend Willie Mays was among the honorees, and the president singled him out, which produced a standing ovation.

"Two years ago, I invited Willie (Mays) to ride with me on Air Force One on the way to the All-Star Game in St. Louis," Obama said. "It was an extraordinary trip. Very rarely when I am on Air Force One, am I the second-most important ..."

The dignitaries who attended included:
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi
- San Francisco mayor Ed Lee
- Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown
- Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom
- CIA director Leon Panetta

As the event concluded and the Giants posed for pictures with the 44th president (he was presented with a "44" jersey), a chant of "Let's go Giants" broke out in the room.

Instant Replay: Kings battle in Boston, but come up short vs Celtics

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Instant Replay: Kings battle in Boston, but come up short vs Celtics

BOX SCORE

Sacramento fell to 1-2 on their six-game road trip and 7-12 overall Friday night when they lost to the Boston Celtics by a final of 97-92 at TD Garden. 

Al Horford showed a new wrinkle to his game, stepping out and hitting 4-of-7 from long range. The veteran big finished the night with 26 points, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Celtics as they improved to 11-8 on the season.

Former Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas started off slowly, but still managed to drop in 20 points and hand out seven assists. 

Jae Crowder added 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting and Avery Bradley hit the Kings for 15 points and nine rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins came into the contest with four straight games of 30 points or more, tying Kings greats Chris Webber and Mitch Richmond for the Sacramento-era record. The Kings All-Star center fell just short of setting a new high, finishing the night with 28 points and nine rebounds in the loss.  

Darren Collison quietly posted a solid night, dropping in 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting and Rudy Gay squeaked out a tough 13 points and eight rebounds, but the second unit was the real story of this game for Sacramento.

Matt Barnes came off the bench to stuff the stat sheet. The 36-year-old veteran scored 12 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, handed out five assists and swiped two steals in 31 minutes of action with the second unit. He was active from the moment he stepped on the court.

Barnes wasn’t the only one off the bench to make a huge impact. Willie Cauley-Stein ran the floor and his teammates found him for easy baskets at the rim. He finished with six points on 3-of-5 shooting. Omri Casspi ran the floor and launched from three on his way to seven points and five rebounds.

Ty Lawson handed out four assists and scored eight points, while Garrett Temple played stellar defense as the Kings bench outscored the Celtics bench 33-12. 

STANDOUT PERFORMER 

Horford burned the Kings early and he burned them late. He ran the floor, blocked shots and played tough defense all night.

TURNING POINT 

With 7:08 remaining, Cousins caught an elbow near the right eye and had to leave the game to get treatment. He returned a little over two minutes later, but the Celtics had already pushed the lead to eight. Sacramento drew to within three late, but didn’t get a foul call on a blocked 3-point attempt from Cousins inside of 10 seconds to play. 

INJURY UPDATE 

Cousins likely needed stitches, but the Kings’ training staff used temporary glue to close the wound and taped him up which allowed him to return to the floor.

WHAT'S NEXT  

Sacramento continues their shortened five-game road trip when they take on the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. They have a two-day break before facing the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday at the American Airlines Center.

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with two of them. 

Right-hander Cory Gearrin will get $1.05 million and infielder Ehire Adrianza will receive $600,000, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The Giants will exchange figures with George Kontos, Will Smith, Eduardo Nunez and Conor Gillaspie. They traditionally have avoided going to actual arbitration hearings. 

Gearrin, Kontos and Smith will make up a chunk of the bullpen next season, while Nunez is expected to start at third base. Gillaspie, the postseason hero, should see more playing time and Adrianza is currently slated to return in his familiar bench role. 

The day was smoother for the Giants than other NL West teams. The Diamondbacks non-tendered Welington Castillo and Rubby De La Rosa and the Padres later sent mini shockwaves through the market by non-tendering former ace Tyson Ross, who is coming off a season lost to injury. Ross was one of six Padres to be let go, a list that included former Giant Hector Sanchez.