Feb. 16, 2010GIANTS SPRING TRAINING PREVIEW
A'S SPRING TRAINING PREVIEW
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With the exception of a smoking cabbie on the way to the Oakland airport, everything went off without a hitch on Day 1 of my first trip to spring training -- Tuesday -- as a member of the CSN Bay Area team. Window seat with nobody next to me, friend in wait at the Phoenix airport, easy breezy at the rental car counter, got into the rental house no prob.Not much in the way of actual baseball today, however. Pitchers and catcher report to Giants camp Wednesday, and that won't be all that thrilling, either. They pop in, the docs check 'em out, and they leave. The first workouts are Thursday.Not to worry, though. We'll have access to most of the guys tomorrow, so the content will start flowing. I'm particularly amped about our new toy, the Flip Cam. My boy Steinmetz used it at the NBA All-Star Game in Dallas, and now I'll be taking you behind the scenes in the desert with one of my own. Player interviews, tours, off-the-wall features you won't find anywhere else, etc..Check back here often, too. I'll be sending multiple dispatches a day, video and blogs and news.For now, it's the calm before the storm, and I'll be spending it at my favorite haunt, Frasher's Steakhouse and Lounge on Scottsdale Road. When you come down here for the games, make sure you stop by and tell 'em I sent you. The grub is great, the vibe is better and the people are top-shelf.Can't wait to get to the yard tomorrow. A new season awaits. Should be a blast.--Mychael Urban
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Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars.
According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2016.
Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job.
According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.
Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.
Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.
Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.
The San Jose Earthquakes are hoping they've caught lighting in a bottle twice.
Last season, Nick Lima emerged as one of the game's best young defenders. And on Day 1 of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, San Jose went to the fullback well with the selection of Paul Marie from Florida International University with the 12th pick in the first round.
"Paul has the profile we were looking for from the very beginning heading into the combine and the draft," said Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli via press release. "We were looking for a fullback. We see in him an offensive-minded outside back that has technical qualities and the ability to read the game."
Experts pegged Marie, 22, as a late-first, early-second-round selection. But a pair of solid days during the MLS Combine boosted the Frenchman's stock -- especially on San Jose's board. According to Fioranelli, Marie was No. 4 on their draft board -- having him there at No. 12 must have felt like a steal for Fioranelli and staff.
"We especially liked that he has character and in the interview that we had with him, he convinced us," Fioranelli said. "The entire coaching staff are really excited about having him part of the club."
San Jose not only lucked out that their fourth-best footballer was there at 12, but with American parents, he does not take up an international slot for San Jose -- the team is still three players over their allotment.
In an interview after his selection with Jason Davis of Sirius XM radio, Marie told San Jose fans what they can expect from the defender.
"They can expect Paul Marie to give it all for San Jose," he said.
The Quakes were in need of defensive depth going in to Day 1 of the SuperDraft. In Marie, they have a fullback who can stretch the pitch from the right side and be a backup to Lima.