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Pablo Sandoval credits Bay Area fans for success of Giants, Warriors

Pablo Sandoval credits Bay Area fans for success of Giants, Warriors

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MIAMI, June 14 (UPI) -- What do Pablo Sandoval and Stephen Curry have in common? They have each claimed three championships while playing for a Bay Area franchise. Sandoval says regional fans are a big reason for that success. "It's the fan support," Sandoval told UPI Monday before the San Francisco Giants played the Marlins in Miami. "The fan support is a great compliment to play hard and do everything we can to play every day for them." The Giants' last World Series came in 2014. The Golden State Warriors also won the NBA Finals that season, sparking a dynasty. The Giants ranked as the ninth-most positive fan base, according to a study conducted by Casino.org. The Oakland Athletics' fan base came in at No. 11 in that study of sentiment. Study findings were pulled from more than 230,000...
49ers WR Goodwin receives Halas Award

49ers WR Goodwin receives Halas Award

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was named winner of the 2018 George Halas Award, The Pro Football Writers of America announced on Wednesday. The award is presented to an NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. Goodwin notably played through personal anguish last season, as his infant son died from pregnancy complications. Hours later, Goodwin caught an 83-yard touchdown pass against the New York Giants and broke down in the end zone with his teammates by his side. Five weeks later, his father died before a game against the Tennessee Titans. Goodwin reeled in a career-high 10 receptions for 114 yards in that contest. "On behalf of my wife and I, I would like to thank the PFWA for this prestigious award," Goodwin said. "I am so...
World Cup: Omar Gonzalez says USMNT needs 'direction'

World Cup: Omar Gonzalez says USMNT needs 'direction'

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June 13 (UPI) -- Somewhere, trapped in Omar Gonzalez's mind is a 17th minute he won't soon forget. And neither will fans of the United States Men's National Team as they watch a pool of 32 countries clash for World Cup glory starting Thursday in Russia. A World Cup without the United States for the first time since 1986. A tournament without "One Nation, One Team" banners and "I believe that we will win" chants. Gonzalez can't shake the own goal he scored on Oct. 10. It was the first score in a last-gasp World Cup qualifying bout against Trinidad and Tobago, putting his team down in a game that needed to result in a draw for the USMNT to clinch a spot among the world's elite. The scoreboard at Ato Boldon Stadium flickered with a 2-1 loss before it went dark that night, like the USMNT's a...
Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen to receive first-team reps at minicamp

Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen to receive first-team reps at minicamp

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Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen will receive his first opportunity to work with the projected starting unit this week, Bills head coach Sean McDermott said on Tuesday. Allen, who was selected by the Bills with the seventh overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, will spend most of his time with the third-team group. McDermott noted that the 6-foot-5, 237-pound Allen will get occasional snaps with the starters, however. "He's worked hard ... this has been part of the plan from the start. But give Josh credit, he's earned it," McDermott said, per Sal Capaccio of WGR 550. Quarterbacks Nathan Peterman and A.J. McCarron have taken the starting reps thus far this offseason for the Bills. McCarron, signed as a free agent in March after being a backup with the Cincinnati Bengals, is t...
'Business as usual once heat gets turned up' – Gilchrist on Australia after ball-tampering

'Business as usual once heat gets turned up' – Gilchrist on Australia after ball-tampering

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England v Australia 1st ODIVenue: Oval Date: Wednesday, 13 June Time: 13:00 BSTCoverage: Live Test Match Special radio and text commentary on every match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website, plus desktop, tablets, mobiles and app.Australia face some "large hurdles" in getting over the ball-tampering scandal which "shocked and hurt" a nation but "it will be business as usual once the heat gets turned up", says Adam Gilchrist.The Baggy Greens return to international action for the first time since the controversy against South Africa in March when they start a five-match one-day series against England at The Oval on Wednesday, looking to rebuild their battered reputation.Captain Steve Smith a...