Dakota Wizards to Santa Cruz?

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Dakota Wizards to Santa Cruz?

The Warriors purchased the D-League Dakota Wizards last June, and already they are planning on moving them -- to Santa Cruz.

Warriors G.M. Larry Riley told the Bismarck Tribune that the move makes sense.

Its a situation where players could come back and forth quite easily, and the same way with coaches. They can at least be right in tune with whats going on on a day-to-day basis with the Warriors. It should make the developmental process go quite a bit better.

According to the report, the City of Santa Cruz has a proposal on the table to the Warriors which includes 2.5 million to build a new home court for the Wizards in the coastal California community. The Wizards have played in Bismarck, North Dakota for 17 years, but Kirk Lacob, the team's G.M., told the Times the move seems likely.If everything goes through, the team will go to Santa Cruz."Although the Wizards have another year remaining on their lease at the Bismarck Civic Center, the team can buy out the remainder for 40,000. That's practically per-diem money for an NBA team on a decent-length roadtrip. The proposed arena would hold 3,200 fans and be custom built for the Warriors which Kirk Lacob told the Times would be under a a semi-permanent dome fabric structure.The Dakota Wizards began in 1995 as members of the now-defunct International Basketball Association. Could the deal fall through? The Santa Cruz city council will hear the proposal on April 10, with a vote expected in Mid-May. Kirk Lacob told the Times, Weve taken a calculated risk on this. We understand that it could be tough if this were to somehow fall apart, but were confident that it wont.Geoff James is a producer and writer for CSNBayArea.com

A's lineup: Alonso out vs Marlins after getting hit on wrist

A's lineup: Alonso out vs Marlins after getting hit on wrist

A day after getting hit by a pitch on his wrist, Yonder Alonso is not in the lineup as the A's get set to take on the Marlins Wednesday.

Miami Marlins:
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH
3. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
4. Justin Bour (L) 1B
5. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B
7. Tyler Moore (R) LF
8. J.T. Riddle (L) SS
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
Edinson Volquez -- RHP

Oakland A's:
1. Rajai Davis (R) CF
2. Matt Joyce (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Ryon Healy (R) 1B
6. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
7. Chad Pinder (R) LF
8. Josh Phegley (R) C
9. Adam Rosales (R) SS
Sonny Gray -- RHP

 

Penn's only sack allowed last season got Carr hurt; 'That play sticks with me'

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Penn's only sack allowed last season got Carr hurt; 'That play sticks with me'

Donald Penn was nothing short of awesome last season. The veteran Raiders left tackle proved impenetrable, allowing just one sack and 27 quarterback pressures in 676 pass-blocking snaps.

He ranked high among the NFL’s best left tackles at 33, engulfed a career renaissance that began after joining the Raiders three years ago. Penn made the Pro Bowl. He was a vital piece of a 12-4 team that helped the Raiders reach the playoffs.

He hasn’t reveled much in that. Penn’s driven by opportunities missed, and one mishap that haunts him still.

Penn locked horns with Indianapolis linebacker Trent Cole off the left edge during a Week 16 contest against the Colts, and slipped as he was tracking his man away from the pocket. Penn’s feet got tangled and the big man fell. Cole remained upright, darted in and sacked quarterback Derek Carr.

It was Penn’s only sack allowed all season. And Carr got hurt. He suffered a broken fibula that ended his season and realistic hopes of a Raiders playoff run.

Nearly five months have passed since that fluke play. Carr is healthy and a full participant in the Raiders offseason program. The Raiders offensive line might be better after allowing a league-low 18 sacks last season.

There’s plenty to be excited about as the Raiders enter OTAs and a mandatory minicamp. Penn can’t help but lament that isolated incident when Carr went down.

“You have to be an athlete. You try not to think about it too much,” Penn said Tuesday. “You wish you could go back and get it back. I’ve taken that same set I don’t know how many times, on the same field and never just slipped out of nowhere. I’m not going to put it on myself. I should have been able to do something better. You know me, I’m never going to blame the slip for happening. I should have blocked him and held on to him and taken him down with me. That play sticks with me.”

That isn’t all bad. It fuels Penn to continue growing as a player, even at 34 coming off an excellent Pro Bowl season.

“I’m going to try to do what I can do better and make sure it never happens again,” Penn said. “I’ve never gotten a quarterback hurt in my life since I’ve been playing. That was a first. That’s something I take pride in. I’m going to try my hardest to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

Penn wants a different ending to this season. Last year the Raiders lost the AFC West crown and a shot to win the team’s first playoff game. Penn suffered a knee injury the following week that kept him from playing in the postseason.

The goal is to realize vast potential now that the Raiders offense is back healthy again.

“I’m all about karma and stuff like that,” Penn said. “Maybe (God is) trying to tell us that this is our year. We have to put in the work to get it. I know D.C. is happy, I’m dang sure happy to get him back. We’re growing and masterminding this offense trying to make it as explosive as possible.”