Corky Black wins CSN's All-Star Teacher Award

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Corky Black wins CSN's All-Star Teacher Award

June 11, 2011
ALL-STAR TEACHER PAGE

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES WINNEROF 2011 ALL-STAR TEACHER AWARD Robert Corky Black of Oak Grove High School, San Jose, CA Named 2011 All-Star Teacher,20,000 Check for His School Presented in His HonorEachAll-Star Teacher Award Runner-Up to Receive 2,000 for HisHer School SAN FRANCISCO, CA Comcast SportsNet, the home of Authentic Bay Area Sports,announced today that Robert Corky Black of Oak Grove High School in San Jose is the winner of the2011 All-Star Teacher Award and has been presented a 20,000 check for his school.This year,Comcast SportsNet teamed with Provident Credit Union to increase the grand prize for the winning teachers school, up from 10,000 in past years. EachAll-Star Teacher Award runner-up will receive 2,000 for hisher school.Ted Griggs, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area; Heidi Parks, Provident Credit Union Vice President of Marketing; Rachelle Chong, Comcast California Regional Vice President of Government Affairs; and San Francisco Giants pitcher Jeremy Affeldt presented Black the 20,000 check during an on-field ceremony prior to this evenings San Francisco GiantsCincinnati Reds game at AT&T Park. Comcast SportsNet and Provident Credit Union are honored to name Robert Black the 2011 All-Star Teacherand to present him a 20,000 check for Oak Grove High School, said Ted Griggs, Vice President and General Manager, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Mr. Black has demonstrated tireless dedication and loyalty to his school and community, and thanks to his commitment he has been able to help shape the lives of his young students. We would also like to recognize and thank the other finalists and all the award nominees for their invaluable contributions to their students and communities.Heidi Parks, Vice President of Marketing, Provident Credit Union, stated, Provident Credit Union is honored to take part in such an amazing award that recognizes the tireless efforts of teachers within our community. All of the finalists demonstrated such a high level of dedication to their students' education, and they are all to be commended. On behalf of all Provident members, we congratulate Mr. Black on his achievement. TheAll-Star Teacher Award was created to recognize middle and high school teachers in Northern California who go above and beyond to inspire their students and community. An esteemed panel of community leaders selected five finalists based on four categories: Overall Commitment, Excellence in Teaching, Rapport with Students, and Level of Distinction. This years five finalists were Robert Corky Black of Oak Grove High School (San Jose, CA);Stefanie Blanco of James Lick High School (San Jose, CA); Victor Doan of San Leandro High School (San Leandro, CA); Ken Klieman of Bowditch Middle School (Foster City, CA); and Tony Manno of Alameda High School (Alameda, CA).Members of the public voted for the All-Star Teacher finalists from April 18 to June 5 by voting online at CSNBayArea.com and CSNCalifornia.com.In 2007, Michael Meneses of Presidio Middle School in San Francisco, CA was the inauguralAll-Star Teacher Award recipient. Allen Nakamura of Alameda High School in Alameda, CA was named the2008 All-Star Teacher, and Jessica Schelegle of Sacred Heart School in Saratoga, CA was the2009 All-Star Teacher winner. Last years 2010All-Star Teacher was Zachary Swan of Jefferson High School in Daly City, CA.About Provident Credit Union:
Provident Credit Union is a 1.6 billion financial institution with over 96,000 members and 18 community branches in the Bay Area. The Redwood Shores-based credit union has proudly served the Bay Area since 1950. The full-service credit union offers everything from checking and savings accounts through mortgages, auto loans, mutual funds and home and auto insurance. Provident began as the California Teachers Association Credit Union and expanded over the years to include those who live and work in the surrounding counties of the Bay Area and beyond. More information is available at www.providentcu.org. About Comcast Sports Group:
Comcast Sports Group, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 14 local networks that deliver 2,400 sporting events annually and breaking news and analysis to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. Comcast Sports Groups sports networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, SNY, The Mtn. Mountain West Sports Network, CSS and Comcast Sports Southwest. Comcast Sports Group also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

Report: 49ers strongly considering QB at No. 2

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Report: 49ers strongly considering QB at No. 2

General manager John Lynch and the 49ers have created the desired intrigue about what the club will do with the No. 2 overall pick in this week’s NFL draft.

The team remains “open for business,” in the words of Lynch, to trade the second pick. If the 49ers are unable to find a trade partner, the team can do any number of different ways with that pick. The first round of the draft is scheduled for Thursday evening.

After edge-rusher Myles Garrett, widely projected to go to the Cleveland Browns with the No. 1 overall pick, there does not seem to be much separating the next dozen prospects on the board at a number of different positions.

Now, there is buzz the 49ers could go with a quarterback – likely, Mitchell Trubisky of North Carolina – with the No. 2 pick. That possibility gained steam Monday morning with a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, citing “several sources,” that the 49ers are “strongly considering” selecting a quarterback with the second pick.

One league source last week told NBC Sports Bay Area some around the league believe the 49ers would draft Trubisky or Stanford defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

“If the 49ers are waiting on Kirk Cousins, just remember that Trubisky is a better prospect now than Cousins was coming out of the 2012 draft,” the source said.

Cousins, who is set to play his second consecutive year as Washington’s franchise player, was a fourth-round selection under then-coach Mike Shanahan, New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was his father’s offensive coordinator when Washington drafted Cousins.

Lynch has been open in his scouting and praise of this year’s draft class. He has attended workouts of top quarterback prospects: Trubisky, Deshaun Watson (Clemson), DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame), Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) and Davis Webb (Cal).

"I think most of this quarterback class should be later down the line, whether it's first round or second round,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said recently. ESPN’s Mel Kipier and Todd McShay had Trubisky as the first quarterback selected by the Browns at No. 12 overall.

“I think these guys are somewhat getting a bad rap,” Lynch said at the NFL scouting combine. “You turn on the film, and there’s a lot to like.”

The 49ers head into this week’s draft with Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley as the only two quarterbacks on the roster.

The 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing any of the top three quarterbacks on the team’s roster last season: Colin Kaepernick, Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder. Each of those players remains unsigned.

A's find themselves in decent shape with Graveman, Gray possibly returning

A's find themselves in decent shape with Graveman, Gray possibly returning

OAKLAND — Some 10-9 records are better than others, and so it is that the A’s can hit the road for a nine-game trip feeling pretty good about themselves.

Their just-completed homestand began with Opening Night starter Kendall Graveman leaving a game early and landing on the disabled list. That was coupled with news that shortstop Marcus Semien would be lost for two months or more with a fractured wrist.

The A’s responded to those developments with a five-game winning streak that was halted by Sunday’s 11-1 rout at the hands of the Seattle Mariners.

The A’s went 5-4 on the homestand, holding their ground after a heavy dose of injury misfortune, and now the outlook changes just a bit. The focus shifts from the players joining the D.L. to those that could soon return to provide a boost.

Graveman, who has a strained right shoulder, is scheduled to throw off the mound Monday. If that goes well, expect him to be activated sometime in the early portion of the upcoming trip. Sonny Gray, who has been out since injuring a side muscle early in Cactus League games, is set to throw Thursday for Triple-A Nashville after an encouraging rehab outing Saturday for Single-A Stockton.

If Gray comes out of Thursday’s start well, look for the 2015 All-Star to join the active roster and pitch sometime against Minnesota in the final series of this road trip. Nothing can be taken for granted until both pitchers actually return healthy, but it’s a promising scenario to possibly add two starters of their caliber as April turns to May.

“I think any time you look up and you’re over .500 and you’ve had a great homestand and you’re missing your best two pitchers, that’s something to be pleased about,” catcher Stephen Vogt said. “Getting Kendall back is huge. And Sonny obviously did great last night, and felt great, which is more important than the results.

“We’re excited to get those two guys back but in the meantime, we’re gonna continue to keep playing the way we are because we’re playing really good baseball and we’ll just keep things rolling.”

It was clear early on Sunday that a five-game winning streak wouldn’t reach six. The Mariners led 2-0 in the third when Andrew Triggs missed location on a 1-0 sinker and Taylor Motter launched a grand slam over the wall in left-center.

Triggs, who excelled at missing the fat part of bats over his first three starts, didn’t have the feel for his cutter Sunday. When he fell behind to Motter, the cutter is normally a pitch he would have gone to had it been working for him.

“I wasn’t commanding well,” he said. “I didn’t wanna go 1-0 to 2-0. I felt better going with the sinker. I got it down, but missed location in and out. In a perfect world, the cutter would have been great to get a groundout.”

But to this point, the A’s rotation has held firm without Gray and with the short-term absence of Graveman. Perhaps the biggest test moving forward is whether an offense that is tied for the American League lead in extra-base hits can continue to produce consistently with Semien’s absence, particularly without anyone having established themselves as the regular leadoff man.

A’s manager Bob Melvin likes what he’s seen from his team in light of the injuries.

“Every game we go out there there’s an expectation to win,” Melvin said, “and when you win multiple games in a row, you get that feeling and it’s a little more significant. So hopefully we can carry that on to the road trip. As a group, we’ve been able to manage these injuries here recently, and once we start getting guys back it’s gonna be a good thing for us.”