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THE BUZZ: Bochy Ball, Bridesmaids and Brittany

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THE BUZZ: Bochy Ball, Bridesmaids and Brittany

1. Bochy Ball

That was a sweet moment when Bruce Bochy got to call on his son Brett to come into the game on Sunday and pitch an inning. It was a nice little farewell to spring training, but the Giants are home now to play the As (welcome back to exhibition season!) and theres no time for sentiment. Giants fans want two things: Matt Cain signed and Brandon Belt in the lineup. Will they get either?
2. Bridesmaids
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveers version of the movie isnt as funny as Kristin Wiigs. For the fifth straight year the Cardinal made it to the Final Four and came home without a national championship. This is the 20th anniversary of Stanfords last national championship since then the team has been to the Final Four eight times. No shame in losing to talented Baylor, but its a little embarrassing losing to a coach Kim Mulkey who appeared to be wearing a sixth-grade girls comforter.
3. Brittney Griner
Today may be Anthony Davis day, as the Kentucky player appears in his first and last national championship game. Tomorrow will belong to Griner, who tries to win her first national championship. Next year, 6-8 Griner will return to Baylor for her senior year at age 22, and after that will be lucky to maybe make a million bucks in endorsements and salary. Davis wont be returning to Kentucky, his first contract will likely be for 12 million and by the time hes 22 his great grandchildren will be set for life. So give Griner her moment in the spotlight.4. Alex Smith
The 49ers quarterback has had a rough spring, with his teams flirtation with Peyton Manning and signing of Josh Johnson. He hasnt retreated into his gated mansion to sulk. Last week he was out in Morgan Hill with other volunteers searching for missing teen Sierra LaMar -- people found out about it though Smith didnt do anything to publicize his involvement. Think about that next time you want to boo him.5. The Sharks
The playoffs come early for the Sharks, who have to play desperate elimination hockey all week, with two of the final three games coming on the road. Its a game of musical death chairs: four teams competing for three slots. The good news is the process has turned Ray Ratto into a YouTube sensation.

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

Sharks win second straight, beat Devils to start road trip

BOX SCORE

NEWARK, N.J. — Martin Jones made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season and 16th overall in the San Jose Sharks' 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Melker Karlsson, Joe Pavelski and Joonas Donskoi scored and Justin Braun had two assists to help the Sharks open a five-game East Coast trip.

Keith Kinkaid, the top goalie for New Jersey with Cory Schneider on injured reserve, stopped 30 shots as the Devils' three-game winning streak came to an end.

The Devils couldn't muster a strong push in the later stages against the rested Sharks. It was New Jersey's second game two nights following a 5-4 overtime victory in Ottawa. And it showed against the Sharks, who played a solid road game, pressed their advantage and solidly supported Jones.

Karlsson scored the lone goal of the opening period at 14:11 on a close-in shot following a slick behind-the-net setup pass from Tomas Hertl.

The shots were 13 for each team in the evenly played period. The Devils came close on several occasions as former Shark Mirco Mueller and Blake Coleman both hit the crossbar and Jones robbed Drew Stafford on a dead-on drive from the slot.

Pavelski and Donskoi got second-period goals as the Sharks steadily tightened their grip on the game.

Pavelski tipped in Braun's point shot at 5:49. Joe Thornton got the second assist, his 1,395th point, to pass Luc Robitaille for 21st on the career list.

Donskoi backhanded a rebound shot with 1:10 left in the period in which the Sharks outshot the Devils 11-6.

The remaining drama centered on Jones' shutout bid.

NOTES: The Devils placed Schneider on injured reserve Friday with a lower-body injury and recalled Scott Wedgewood from Binghamton of the American Hockey League to serve as Kinkaid's backup. ... Mueller, a healthy scratch in three of the previous four games, returned for the Devils to face the Sharks, the team that drafted him in the first round, for the first time. He was dealt to New Jersey over the summer.

UP NEXT

Sharks: At the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

Devils: Host Ottawa on Friday night.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.