SaberCats lose close one to Soul in Philly


SaberCats lose close one to Soul in Philly

PHILADELPHIA The San Jose SaberCats (3-2) fell to the Philadelphia Soul (4-1) 61-55, in front of 9,303 fans at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday night, as San Joses late comeback fell just short. Quarterback Mark Grieb finished his night completing 25-47 passes for 333 yards and five touchdowns. Wide receiver Samora Goodson led the way, catching six for 118 yards and two fourth quarter touchdowns. Soul wide receiver Tiger Jones led the way with four touchdown receptions and fullback Derrick Ross added three scores in the victory.

The first three possessions of the game came without points, as the SaberCats held Philadelphia scoreless on their first two drives. San Jose opened the scoring as Grieb hit wide receiver James Roe for one of his two touchdowns on the night, this a seven-yard scoring strike to put the SaberCats on top 7-0 midway through the first quarter.

On a fourth down from the SaberCats eight yard-line, Jones made a catch over the wall, which knotted things at seven. On the ensuing kickoff, Ruschard Dodd-Masters brought it back to the house on a 57-yard return to give San Jose the lead right back. After forcing a Grieb fumble, the Soul capitalized with a four-yard touchdown run by Ross, and after a missed extra point, San Joses lead was 14-13.

San Jose scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, as fullback Tommy Taggart and offensive lineman Mark Lewis each found the end zone from a yard away. Those two scores were sandwiched around a two-yard scoring reception by Philadelphias Emery Sammons. On the last play from scrimmage in the half, Ross scored on a 39-yard screen pass from Raudabaugh, which cut the San Jose lead to 28-26 at the half.

To open the third quarter, Grieb found wide receiver Huey Whittaker for a 16-yard strike, and San Jose extended their lead to 34-26. Ross found paydirt for the third time on the night with 4:42 remaining in the third, as he scored on a three-yard run, cutting the SaberCats lead to 34-33.

Philadelphia continued their 28-0 scoring run, as Raudabaugh found Tiger Jones (twice) and Emery Sammons on successive drives, following a trio of interceptions by defensive back Kent Richardson, and the lead grew to 54-34. Grieb hit Roe from 12-yards out to pull San Jose back within 13 points with 2:31 remaining. Raudabaugh hit Jones once more, and Grieb found Goodson from 34-yards out to cut Phialdelphias lead to 61-48. After a successful onside recovery by defensive back Vince Hill, Grieb found Goodson again, this time from 37-yards out, and the Soul lead was trimmed to 61-55 with 14 seconds left. San Jose recovered another onside kick, but Grieb was ruled to have fumbled the ball with one second remaining and the comeback fell just short.

Courtesy San Jose SaberCats Media Services

After best start in franchise history, Quakes' rough season ends on low note


After best start in franchise history, Quakes' rough season ends on low note


A San Jose Earthquakes season that began with the best start in franchise history ended on Sunday with an all-too-familiar result and feeling.

A Sporting Kansas City first half penalty shot and 89th minute-goal was more than enough offense to finish the Quakes' season on a low note in what was a 2-0 loss at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City.

The Earthquakes finished the 2016 campaign with an 8-14-12 record -- their 12 losses are tied for second most since returning to San Jose after a two-year hiatus in 2008.

The shutout is also the 12th the Quakes suffered this season and San Jose has now missed the playoffs four straight years.

San Jose pressed Sporting Kansas City in the first half and was almost rewarded with a goal on both occasions.

But it was Kansas City who made the most of their opportunities and those don’t come much better than a penalty shot. 

Benny Feilhaber stepped up to the spot in the 27th minute after an awkward bounce hit Cordell Cato in the arm, forcing the referee to call for the penalty. Feilhaber beat David Bingham to the keeper's left for his seventh goal of the season.

The second half was noteworthy for its chippiness more than any real threat by San Jose to try and equalize. Referee Drew Fischer handed out five yellow cards in the half -- three to the Quakes. 

Sporting KC left the game way beyond reach for San Jose when Feilhaber found a streaking Dominic Dwyer on the right side who emphatically finished past Bingham for the 2-0 result. 

Man of the Match: Feilhaber gave San Jose fits the entire match and the Quakes had no answers for the midfielder. Feilhaber and Dwyer almost connected on a couple of other occasions that might have made the result worse for the Quakes. 

Attendance: 20,371 watched Sporting KC advance to the MLS Cup playoffs. 

Up Next: It's back to the drawing board for the Quakes who will reconvene in Tucson next season for preseason camp. 

Draymond: Hate 'comes with the territory'

Draymond: Hate 'comes with the territory'

OAKLAND – As the hours and minutes toward opening night tick down for the Warriors, forward Draymond Green has an idea of what’s coming this season.

Constant surveillance, plenty of opinions and a lot of debate are in store.

And in the wake of signing megastar free agent Kevin Durant, Green and the Warriors can expect plenty of resentment.

“Usually, when you’re doing something the right way, people hate,” Green said after practice Sunday. “And, usually, when you’re doing something someone wants to do, they hate. Usually when there is success, with success comes hate. So that kind of just comes with the territory. It really doesn’t matter.

“KD being here definitely adds to that. But with the success we’ve had, people are going to hate us anyway. That comes with the territory.”

Though Durant is certain to be targeted for boos, Green also will hear his share. NBA fans generally cast a few players as villains, and Green moved snugly into that role last season with his kick to the groin of Oklahoma City center Steven Adams, followed by throwing a jab to the groin area of Cleveland star LeBron James.

The mini-skirmish with James, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, landed Green on the suspended list at a critical time: Game 5.

The incident also affixed Green’s photo to the wall featuring NBA road rascals, right up there with the likes of Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes, DeMarcus Cousins, Metta World Peace and, at various times, Kobe Bryant.

Because Green is in that role and Durant, at least for now, is the subject of so much unfavorable scrutiny, there is a sharper edge to the identity of the Warriors.

“Some people say we’re villains,” Green said. “I don’t think we’re really going into this saying, ‘Hey, we’re villains. We need to do this.’ ‘Who . . . cares?’ It really doesn’t matter what role people try to make you play. It’s about getting on the court, getting between these lines and performing.

“What everybody else draws up and tries to make you out to be . . . they can make you out to be whatever they want. If you’re winning games, or not winning games, that’s what matters. I don’t think this team is looking and saying, ‘Hey, we’re villains. Let’s do it.’ Nobody cares.”

Green was the subject of a much-publicized magazine article that depicted him as a source of unrest among this teammates and coaches. He’s acutely aware of the characterization and realizes he must walk a fine line or risk puncturing team chemistry.

He’ll accept being the villain, and perhaps even embrace the booing. Only Steph Curry among the Warriors shares Green’s profound delight in silencing arenas on the road.

“This is about getting between these lines and performing,” Green said. “Everything else outside of that, it really doesn’t matter. Things are going to be said. Some things are not going to be said. But when it’s all said and done, the only thing people are going to talk about at the end is whether you won or lost.