Urban: Bay Ball Defense Golden But Not Gold


Urban: Bay Ball Defense Golden But Not Gold

Nov. 9, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO -- Unless Andres Torres pulls off an upset, the Giants will go without winning a Gold Glove for 2010. Theyve got that gold trophy and will soon have plenty of gold (and diamonds) on their ring fingers to ease the sting.The As dont have any such consolation prizes, and they were shut out in the American League voting that was announced Tuesday.Both teams played excellent defense this season, though. They should feel good about that. The Giants were expected to be a bunch of butchers and were anything but. The As were expected to be as good as they were.They just werent quite good enough individually to win whats devolved into something of a popularity contest.Torres is a no-name nationally. He played Gold Glove-caliber D, for sure, but thats not enough to win the vote.Ask As second baseman Mark Ellis, who should probably have a closetful of Gold Gloves by now. Hes a no-name, too, and despite posting the best fielding percentage for a second baseman of all time a couple years ago, he was beaten out by Mark Grudzielanek, who had better offensive numbers.Silly, but that means something to the managers and coaches who do the voting.As shortstop Cliff Pennington made a ton of ridiculously spectacular plays this year, but he also made 25 errors. He might win a Gold Glove down the road, but not with 25 errors.As catcher Kurt Suzuki had a down year in just about every way, but hes got a shot in the future, too. Especially after the Twins Joe Mauer makes his inevitable switch to first base or DH.As outfielder Ryan Sweeney also has Gold Glove skills, but he has to stay on the field to win one.Of all the players currently plying their trade in the Bay Area, Giants catcher Buster Posey seems the most likely to be honored for his defensive prowess in the future. Hes a name, he can swing it, and yes, he can D up with the best of them.For now, though, nada. Just a job well done.

Woods shoots 2-under, now sits alone in 10th place at Hero World Challenge


Woods shoots 2-under, now sits alone in 10th place at Hero World Challenge

NASSAU, Bahamas – A red-hot start fizzled out down the stretch for Tiger Woods, who continued his comeback with a 2-under 70 in the third round of the Hero World Challenge.

Woods birdied his first three holes, then added a hole-out from a bunker on No. 5 to race up the standings at the 17-man event where he also serves as tournament host. But Woods would bogey the next hole, then cap a back-nine 38 with a watery double bogey on No. 18.

Despite the late setback, Woods remained upbeat and optimistic about his performance through 54 holes.

“If you think about it, I’ve gotten off to some really good starts the first three days,” said Woods, who has played the front nine in 10 under for the week. “Generally when I come back from layoffs, that’s the most concerning part of the game is getting off to, I guess, halfway decent starts.”

Woods made the turn in 4-under 32 and reached 5 under on the day after rolling in a 15-footer on No. 11. But short misses led to back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14, and Woods put each of his last five drives into the sand. The last of that string gave him a middling lie for his final approach, which he deposited in a greenside pond.

Woods now sits alone in 10th place, firmly in the middle of the pack in an event that features several of the game’s best players. It’s a result that he’ll take given how low he set the bar for himself heading into his first competitive start in nearly 16 months.

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Rabb leads Cal with career-high 26 points in dominant win

Rabb leads Cal with career-high 26 points in dominant win


BERKELEY -- Ivan Rabb scored 18 of his career-high 26 points in the first half and California beat Alcorn State 83-59 on Saturday for its 25th consecutive home win.

Roger Moute a Bidias added 12 points and Kingsley Okoroh had seven points with nine rebounds to help the Golden Bears (6-1) to their fourth consecutive win.

Three days after setting his previous career best for scoring, Rabb shot 10 of 12 and had seven rebounds to lead a dominant effort down low by California. Rabb scored on a pair of putbacks in the first half, added a one-handed dunk off a lob pass from Charlie Moore then scored six points as part of an 11-2 run in the second half.

Moore, the Bears' leading scorer going into the game, had an off-game while filling in for point guard Grant Mullins. Moore missed his first six shots and finished with seven points and four assists.

Alcorn State (2-5) couldn't keep up and lost its third straight.

Reginal Johnson scored a season-high 17 points and had seven rebounds while Marquis Vance added 11 points for the Braves.

Cal went on runs of 9-0 and 7-0 during an eight-minute span to build a 44-25 halftime lead.


Alcorn State: Three consecutive lopsided losses have second-year coach Montez Robinson's squad reeling. The problems are happening on both ends of the floor, though Johnson provided a lift offensively. The biggest issues are consistency and 3-point shooting. The Braves went 5 of 21 beyond the arc and are shooting under 30 percent for the season.

California: The Bears got on top early and never let the Braves get back into the game, a definite step up after California had troubles closing out games earlier this season. Getting Moute a Bidias going is another good sign as the team tries to find some complementary scoring to support Rabb. Moore started at point guard in place of Mullins, who flew to Canada following a death in his family. Mullins will rejoin the team in Hawaii.


Alcorn State: The Braves continue their six-game road trip at Louisiana Tech on Monday night.

California: The Bears left immediately after the win to fly to Hawaii for a pair of games in the Pearl Harbor Invitational. California opens against Princeton on Tuesday night.