Kings seek to snap skid in Utah

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Kings seek to snap skid in Utah

The Utah Jazz didn't have the most successful road trip, but they showed they're not going to give up when they're down.Lately, the team hasn't had to play catch-up at EnergySolutions Arena.The Jazz look to extend their season-best home winning streak to eight games Friday night when the Sacramento Kings try to end their four-game losing streak.Back home briefly before playing seven of 11 on the road, the Jazz (27-24) would like to deliver a full 48-minute effort on Friday after facing double-digit deficits twice on their just-completed 1-2 trip.Utah opened that stretch with a 139-133 quadruple-overtime loss to Atlanta on Sunday, failing to win a seventh straight game despite erasing a 15-point halftime deficit.After outscoring New Jersey by 14 in the final 12 minutes of Monday's 105-84 victory, the Jazz rallied from 18 down in the third quarter on Wednesday before falling 94-82 to Boston."That's definitely something we've shown on this road trip. We have fight. We're never going to give up," Gordon Hayward said after scoring a team-best 19 points. "... We've just got to be a little bit better in the first half and not get down so we don't have to fight back like that."The Jazz have trailed just once at halftime during their home winning streak.Utah's last 8-0 run at home was part of a 10-game win streak from Feb. 24-April 6, 2010.The Kings (17-33), a Western Conference-worst 4-22 on the road, will also try to snap a four-game skid in Salt Lake City after losing 96-93 in their lone visit this season Jan. 28.Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette airballed a 3-pointer in the final seconds of that game that would have given Sacramento the lead, but it's unlikely he'll have the ball in his hands should Friday's game go down to the wire. Fredette has 23 total points over the last eight contests and is averaging less than 10 minutes during that stretch, with fellow rookie point guard Isaiah Thomas taking a firm grip on the starting job.Thomas, who has averaged 14.8 points and 5.3 assists since being inserted into the starting five on Feb. 17, had a season-best 28 points with 10 assists in Wednesday's 117-112 loss to San Antonio.While the Kings shot a season-best 54.7 percent from the field, the Spurs made 53.8 percent of their shots, including 10 of 20 from 3-point range. Sacramento is allowing 110.8 points per game in its last five - 7.0 more than its league-worst average.Utah, meanwhile, is averaging 105.1 points during its home winning streak.Al Jefferson, averaging team highs of 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds in six games during that stretch, is tied with Hayward for the most points (50) against the Kings in 2011-12.Utah improved to 2-1 in those matchups and snapped Sacramento's season high-tying three-game win streak March 22 with a 103-102 road win as Jefferson scored 26 points and Hayward added 18.Tyreke Evans shot 11 of 17 and finished with a team-best 25 points in that contest, but he needs to get more involved in the Kings' offense after taking a season-low five shots and scoring six points Wednesday. Evans' 22.9 career scoring average versus Utah is his best against any team.Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 18 rebounds in each of the two games these teams played in Sacramento this season.Utah has won eight of nine at home in this series.

Vin Scully on Dodgers Opening Day: ‘I’ll probably have things to do’

Vin Scully on Dodgers Opening Day: ‘I’ll probably have things to do’

WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the Dodgers will play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games. He won't be in the stands. He won't make a point of watching on TV, either.

"It's a day game. I'll probably have things to do," the famed 89-year-old announcer told The Associated Press from his home in Hidden Hills, California. "I might catch a piece of it."

Not that Scully has any regrets since retiring after last season. He says he's grateful for every minute he spent with the Dodgers, the franchise he joined 67 years ago in Brooklyn and followed to Los Angeles eight years later. He feels blessed to have worked as long as he did covering the game he fell in love with as a boy.

But he's learned that after a lifetime in the broadcast booth, watching a game as a fan holds little appeal.

"During the World Series back around '77 or '78, there was a game at Dodger Stadium with the Yankees, and I went to the game as a spectator. Now, I hadn't been as a spectator in a long, long time, and I felt somewhat restless that I wasn't broadcasting," Scully recalled Tuesday.

"I did not have the challenge of trying to describe, accurately and quickly, the way it should be done. I just sat there, and I was not happy, I'll be honest. So I realized that although I love the game, what I loved more was broadcasting it," he said.

Scully spoke to the AP because the Library of Congress has announced it will preserve his call of a 1957 game between the Dodgers and the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds, the final time they played at the hallowed old stadium. Both teams moved to California after that season, opening up the West Coast to Major League Baseball.

Scully's call of Sandy Koufax's 1965 perfect game is more famous. But that game at the Polo Grounds meant more to him personally, because he grew up going to games there, cheering for the Giants and dreaming of watching from the press box.

"It was so meaningful to me. I'm not sure what it really means to baseball fans anymore," Scully said. "The sands of time have washed over the Polo Grounds. But for me, it was one of the more memorable games I was ever involved in."

During that broadcast, Scully implored the players to take their time before there franchises left town: "Let's take it easy, we just want to take one last lingering look at both of you." The Library of Congress called it "a masterful example of the artistry that great sports announcers bring to their work, as well as their empathy for players and fans."

Six decades later, Scully is having an easier time letting go. So no plans to keep track Monday when Los Angeles plays the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium.

"All summer long, I expect to get feelings of nostalgia, wistfulness, whatever the word may be, but no, I am comfortable, I do know in my heart and soul I am where I should be, and that really is all I need," he said.

"Sure, after 67 years, you'll bet I'll miss it," he added. "But heck, I miss the guys I hung out with when I was in school."

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-PLATFORM SPORTS NEWS FORMAT & PROGRAMMING LINEUP

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NBC SPORTS BAY AREA ANNOUNCES NEW MULTI-PLATFORM SPORTS NEWS FORMAT & PROGRAMMING LINEUP

SportsNet Central News, Scores and Highlight Updates Integrated into

Newly Expanded One-Hour Pregame Live & Postgame Live Shows

and Airing Throughout the Day

 

Beginning April 2, Live SportsNet Central Segments Available Across

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Multiple Platforms

Network Introduces Outsiders and Raw Franchises

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – March 29, 2017 – NBC Sports Bay Area today announced a significant format change to its traditional sports news presentation, designed to provide fans with the latest sports updates on multiple platforms.  In conjunction with the start of the San Francisco Giants’ 2017 MLB season, SportsNet Central segments of 1-2 minutes will be integrated into the Pregame Live and Postgame Live shows and throughout the day across all programming.  The segments will be available on NBC Sports Bay Area, NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app, beginning April 2.

"The new SportsNet Central represents a modernization of our deep commitment to Bay Area sports news,” said David Koppett, Vice President of Content Strategy for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.  “This new format will provide fans with the most relevant content on all of their favorite teams with immediacy and frequency, within our signature shows and at all times of day across all platforms and devices."

SportsNet Central moves away from the traditional half-hour format, and will be presented as live 1-2 minute news, scores and highlights updates within the newly expanded one-hour pre- and postgame shows and throughout the day across all NBC Sports Bay Area programming. Game-day shows Giants Pregame Live, Giants Postgame Live, Warriors Pregame Live and Warriors air on NBC Sports Bay Area and are live-streamed on NBCSportsBayArea.com and via the NBC Sports app for NBC Sports Bay Area subscribers. SportsNet Central segments on NBC Sports California and NBCSportsCalifornia.com will be announced at a later date. 

Warriors Outsiders, hosted by former Stanford basketball guard and current Santa Cruz Warriors analyst Drew Shiller and Warriors super fan Grant Liffmann, provides viewers with a fresh take following each Golden State Warriors game with analysis, commentary and basketball analytics – as seen through the lens of the social media universe from a fan’s perspective. Warriors Outsiders is simultaneously synced with Facebook Live to produce a unique conversation via an interactive experience.

NBC Sports Bay Area presents Warriors Raw and Giants Raw, a same-day, condensed version of that day's game. Raw offers viewers highlights of key plays from alternative camera angles, authentic in-game sound and pre- and postgame interviews in an entertaining half-hour format. Warriors Raw will debut on Sunday, April 2 at 9 p.m. following the Warriors-Washington Wizards game.  Giants Raw will premiere on Thursday, April 6 at 11 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area following the Giants-Arizona Diamondbacks game.

Giants & Warriors Game-Day on NBC Sports Bay Area:

The Happy Hour                         (1 hour)

Giants/Warriors Pregame Live    (1 hour)

Giants, Warriors game               (2.5 - 3 hours)

Giants/Warriors Postgame Live   (1 hour)

Warriors Outsiders                     (30 min.)

Warriors/Giants Raw                  (30 min.)

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii.  NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. 

NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 43 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: CSN New England, CSN Philadelphia, TCN, CSN Mid-Atlantic and SNY; and NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California, CSN Chicago and CSN Northwest. For additional information, visit comcastsportsnet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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