• Sommer Finally Sets AHL Wins Record With Barracuda Win
  • Giants’ Bochy Ready For Season — But His Golf Game Isn’t
  • Giants Struggling to Replace All-Time Great Joaquin Arias
  • Sommer Makes History with Barracuda Win
  • How Christian McCaffrey’s Biggest Supporters Lost Him the Heisman
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Sommer Finally Sets AHL Wins Record With Barracuda Win

By Ben Leonard Follow @ben___leonard SAN JOSE, Calif. — After eighteen seasons as a coach in the American Hockey League, it’s about time San Jose Barracuda coach Sommer got to wear his barracuda hat. The cap is literally a big fish, apparently a barracuda, but probably actually a koi, and is emblazoned with countless jewels and charms.  A “mail-order barracuda,” Sommer called it. Fit for a king. The honor of…

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San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy smiles during batting practice for the Giants' exhibition baseball game against the Oakland Athletics on Friday, April 3, 2015, in San Francisco. Before the game the Giants announced that Bochy was given a contract extension through 2019. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Giants’ Bochy Ready For Season — But His Golf Game Isn’t

By Ben Leonard PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Even before they played their first game in 2016, the revamped even-year San Francisco Giants picked up their first win. Over a football team. On a golf course. The Giants team, headed by Matt Cain and Bruce Bochy, took down Steve Young, Dwight Clark and Co. in Chevron Shoot-Out at Pebble Beach, avenging their gut-wrenching loss last year. Per BASTA correspondent Joe Lami,…

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San Francisco Giants third baseman Joaquin Arias hits against the San Diego Padres during the eighth inning in a baseball game in San Diego, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Giants Struggling to Replace All-Time Great Joaquin Arias

By Ben Leonard SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Faced with the prospect of replacing all-time great utility infielder Joaquin Arias, the San Francisco Giants have an uncertain future ahead of them. After the legend decided to take his talents to Phoenix, the team has scoured high and low for a replacement for jack-of-all-trades infielder– with no luck. The team has explored multiple options to no avail, including former Giant Juan Uribe, whom…

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Sommer Makes History with Barracuda Win

By: Joe Lami San Jose Barracuda head coach, Roy Sommer made AHL history on Saturday night in San Antonio, recording his 636th career win as the ‘Cuda toped the Rampage 4-3. The win also snapped a six-game losing streak for San Jose forcing Sommer to sit on win 635 for the past two weeks. Sommer, now in his 18th season behind the bench as the San Jose Shark’s minor league…

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Stanford University running back Christian McCaffrey talks to reporters during a news conference in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Stanford is scheduled to play the University of Iowa in the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game on New Year's Day. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

How Christian McCaffrey’s Biggest Supporters Lost Him the Heisman

By Ben Leonard It’s a sunny day in Pasadena, right out of a postcard. Behind the Rose Bowl, the cragged, rocky San Gabriel mountains loom, the backdrop to Christian McCaffrey’s stage. It’s not one he particularly enjoys — the quiet sophomore meekly smiles when the roar of Stanford fans sends him off the field and into the locker room before the game. He keeps his head and electric blue eyes…

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Reign Shuts Down San Jose

By: Joe Lami SAN JOSE, Calif.- For the second night in a row the San Jose Barracuda fall to the Pacific division leading Ontario Reign. On Saturday night, the Reign prevented head coach Roy Sommer from tying the all-time AHL wins record with a 2-1 victory in San Jose. The loss also creates six points of separation between first and second in the Pacific. The Reign jumped out to an…

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Chip Kelly Formally Introduced as 49ers Head Coach

By: Joe Lami SANTA CLARA, Calif.—It took six days for the 49ers to formally introduce Chip Kelly as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The reason was an apparent wardrobe situation that Kelly had. They finally did so on Wednesday morning at Levi’s Stadium, where CEO Jed York, General Manager Trent Balke and Kelly all spoke with the media. Kelly joked about the long length of time…

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49ers Sign CFL All-Star Rogers

By: Joe Lami SANTA CLARA, Calif.–On the day the 49ers introduced Chip Kelly as the new head coach, news came out that San Francisco made their first signing under his regime. Canadian Football League Wide Receiver, Eric Rogers was signed to a reported two-year deal on Wednesday afternoon. The Calgary Stampeders standout from this past season reportedly worked out for the 49ers in December and for Kelly when he was…

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Poor Start the Demise for Barracuda as They Fall to Condors 5-3

By: Joe Lami SAN JOSE, Calif.–The ten game point streak was snapped at home on Monday afternoon to the hands of the Bakersfield Condors, as the Edmonton Oilers affiliate defeated the Barracuda 5-3. An ugly start is to blame, as the Condors netted three goals in the first seven minutes of the game, ending Troy Grosenick’s night in net. He let in three of the first six shots of the…

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FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly watches the action from the sidelines in the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. The San Francisco 49ers have hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach. CEO Jed York announced the move on Twitter and so did the team. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)

49ers Go All-In with Chip

By: Joe Lami After a dreadful year behind first-year head coach Jim Tomsula, the San Francisco 49ers have found their new man in leading the team for the future in Chip Kelly. Kelly was relieved of his duties earlier this year as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, where he finished with a 26-26 record. 49ers’ CEO Jed York announced the excitement of the offensive coach, “We are thrilled to…

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