President welcomes Giants to White House


President welcomes Giants to White House


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The World Series champion Giants were honored at the White House Monday in an East Room ceremony with President Barack Obama.

The president said the Giants may be a little different, but one thing they know is how to win.

Obama congratulated the 2010 world champs for their 4-games-to-1 victory over Texas, calling them "characters with character."

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"As GM Brian Sabean put it, 'We've got a lot of characters'," Obama said. "One of those characters is Tim Lincecum ... where's Tim?" After turning to look at the lineup of players behind him, the President said, "I recognize the hair."

"And then there's the guy with the beard," Obama added. "Where is he?"

When he found closer Brian Wilson, Obama said of the famed facial hair and the slogan that goes with it: "I do fear it."

Setting kidding aside, Obama praised Wilson for the serious work the closer does between the lines.

"Now underneath Brian's beard, and the spandex tuxedo, and the sea captain costume, and the cleats with his face on them is also one of the most dominant closers in baseball," Obama said.

Manager Bruce Bochy presented him with an autographed jersey, pitcher Matt Cain gave the president a bat signed by the entire team, and team owner Bill Neukom, along with general manager Brian Sabean, presented Obama with a baseball glove.

Giants legend Willie Mays was among the honorees, and the president singled him out, which produced a standing ovation.

"Two years ago, I invited Willie (Mays) to ride with me on Air Force One on the way to the All-Star Game in St. Louis," Obama said. "It was an extraordinary trip. Very rarely when I am on Air Force One, am I the second-most important ..."

The dignitaries who attended included:
- Sen. Dianne Feinstein
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi
- San Francisco mayor Ed Lee
- Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown
- Former San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom
- CIA director Leon Panetta

As the event concluded and the Giants posed for pictures with the 44th president (he was presented with a "44" jersey), a chant of "Let's go Giants" broke out in the room.

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

Warriors rookie McCaw starts vs Nets with Durant ruled out

OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant out of the Warriors lineup Saturday night with swelling in his left pinky finger, rookie wing Pat McCaw will start at forward against Brooklyn at Oracle Arena.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the announcement two hours before tipoff.

As for Durant, the contusion in his left pinky finger, sustained Thursday, is still in the healing process.

“Kevin’s hand is still a little swollen,” Kerr said. “It’s not anything we want to mess around with. We’ve got a long trip coming up, a lot of games. It made sense to give him the night off. We’ll have tomorrow off, flying in to Philadelphia. So hopefully the next couple days it’ll calm down and be fine. It’s kind of a day-to-day thing.”

The decision to start McCaw -- who often competes with Ian Clark for playing time -- was based mostly on how he matches up against the Nets.

“They both have my trust and my confidence,” Kerr said. “Both of them are very effective. It’s depending what we need. If we need ball movement and cutting, I’m more likely to go to Ian. He’s a great back-cutter and he gives our offense flow and he’ll make spot-up shots. If we need some size defensively, we’ll go to Patrick. They’ve both been effective. I wouldn’t say either one is ahead of the other. They’re both going to play.”

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

New acquisitions shine as Quakes end preseason with win over USL's Republic

The San Jose Earthquakes concluded their 2017 preseason campaign with a 4-1 win against Sacramento Republic FC at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Shea Salinas, Simon Dawkins, Jahmir Hyka and Danny Hoesen each scored for the Earthquakes in the victory to give San Jose a 6-1-2 record in preseason play.

In the 14th minute, Salinas gave the Earthquakes a 1-0 advantage when he one-timed Tommy Thompson's cross into the back of the net. In the buildup to the goal, Nick Lima threw the ball in and found fellow Homegrown player Thompson on the right side of the six-yard box. With one touch, Thompson crossed the ball to Salinas who made no mistake with his finish.

Republic FC equalized the match in the 54th minute with a penalty from Sammy Ochoa after Anibal Godoy was called for a handball in the box.

The Earthquakes regained the lead in the 66th minute when Dawkins sent a powerful low shot into the bottom left corner of Sacramento's goal from the top of the 18-yard box after receiving a through pass from Darwin Ceren.

After entering the match at halftime, Hyka made the game 3-1 in the 79th minute, finishing Godoy's cross with one touch.

Hoesen concluded the scoring for the Quakes in first minute of stoppage time after he dribbled past the Sacramento defense and sent the ball across the goal into the bottom right corner to make the final score 4-1.

"It was good," said Quakes defender and second-ever Homegrown signing Nick Lima, who started Saturday. "It was obviously our first time in the preseason in the stadium. It was good to get out there with our starters and I think we finished the way we wanted to. There's obviously a lot of improvement that we need to do, but now we have a week just to focus on Montreal. That was the ultimate goal from the beginning of preseason to get ready for that game and I think we took a step in the right direction."

The Earthquakes will start the 2017 MLS Regular Season next Saturday, March 4, at 6:45 p.m. against the Montreal Impact.

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