THE BUZZ: Stanford takes aim, A's overseas, Tiger triumphs


THE BUZZ: Stanford takes aim, A's overseas, Tiger triumphs

1. Tiger Woods. Hes back. He won a tournament after a 923-day drought, for the first time since September of 2009 -- two months before he hit a fire hydrant and let the world know he didnt know how his phone worked. If he thinks its going to be just like it was before, maybe he should pick up a copy of the New York Post.

2. Nneka Ogwumike. Stanfords star put her team on her back on Saturday to lead the Cardinal into tonights Elite Eight game against Duke, in the Fresno Regional. Nneka scored 39 points and would likely be the player of the year, if it wasnt for that 6-foot-8 dunking machine named Brittney Griner. If Stanford survives, they get Griner next.

3. As in Japan. Is this really some sort of an honor, having a season opener at 3:10 a.m. on the morning of March 28, a week before anyone else opens the season? If you want to see Yoenis Cespedes debut set your alarm early or stay out very late, with a couple of Sapporos.

4. Barry Zito. Every spring we hear it maybe this is going to be the year that Zito makes a contribution, the weight of his contract has to be lessened, hes just a fifth starter, blah, blah, blah. On Sunday, Zito gave up nine hits and five earned runs in 2 13 innings. Even Bruce Bochy sounded discouraged, departing from his usual Hell be fine, comment to say, You dont like to see this when it gets this close to the season. Red flag city.

5. Timsanity. Not every backup quarterback gets introduced in a big news conference but Tim Tebow will be today. The Jets are warming to the idea of Tebow. And Carnegie Deli has already named a sandwich for him. Tebow spent the weekend in New York where he took in a Broadway show. What can we read into his choice of Wicked? that hes trying to adapt to his new city or that hes bracing himself for the Jets sinners? Either way, he can sing along to Popular.

Ex-teammate: Lebron & Kyrie need to fight


Ex-teammate: Lebron & Kyrie need to fight

The "feud" between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving is shrouded in mystery with media reports and veiled responses clouding the truth. 

But James' former Cavs teammate Drew Gooden has a solution, telling TMZ that either Irving needs to be traded or the two superstars need to throw down in a fight.

"That's the only way," Gooden said.

Gooden cited the Cleneland's addition of Derrick Rose as the reason for Irving's unrest, although reports of Irving's trade request came out days before Rose committed to sign with Cleveland.

"I think Kyrie hot cause they went and got Derrick Rose without his consent," Gooden said. "That might have got Kyrie a little hot."

Gooden, 35, averaged 11 points, 7.1 rebounds and 25.5 minutes per game over his 14-year NBA career, which ended after playing 30 games for Washington in the 2015-16 season.

Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP


Ward injures hamstring under team supervision, placed on PUP

SANTA CLARA – Safety Jimmie Ward was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list to open training camp with a hamstring injury, the 49ers announced Friday morning.

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan stated on Thursday that all of their players were healthy and no players would be headed to PUP or the non-football injury list.

But that was before the 49ers were scheduled to have their conditioning test. Ward sustained the injury on Thursday during the team's conditioning test. The team lists him as "week to week."

He can be activated to begin practice at any time. Ward is also eligible to begin the regular season on the PUP list. Any player who opens the regular season on PUP is ineligible for the first six weeks of the season.

Ward is expected to be one of the key members of the 49ers' defense from the free safety position. His role is dubbed "The Eraser," fellow safety Eric Reid said, because of his role as a playmaker in the secondary. However, one of the major questions about Ward is his ability to remain healthy through the rigors of an NFL season.

Ward missed eight games as a rookie due to a foot injury. Last year, he sat out five games due to a shoulder injury.