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Giants receive World Series Championship rings

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Giants receive World Series Championship rings

April 9, 2011
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Bruce Bochy pulled a prank on a few of his players late in spring training, bringing them into his Scottsdale Stadium office and showing them an inexpensive ring from the Dominican Summer League.He insisted it was a preview of their World Series jewelry to come.Ha! Pat Burrell, one guy on the Giants who already owned a World Series ring, bit hard at the joke. On Saturday night, Burrell got to show off the real thing on the main center-field scoreboard at AT&T Park.San Francisco's players, front office members and other staff received their 2010 championship bling by Tiffany & Co. in a pregame ceremony before hosting the St. Louis Cardinals - and oh, what an upgrade, coming from those signature blue Tiffany boxes.They were a surprise to most everybody. Managing partner Bill Neukom asked Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean for their input, but that was about it. For a second straight day the club celebrated the city's first championship since moving West in 1958.The very first ring went to longtime equipment manager Mike Murphy, who has been with the club since starting as a bat boy in '58. Sabean was next, followed by Bochy.
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"This is one you'll want to wear," Bochy said. "I'll wear it all the time. I don't wear jewelry so to speak, but I'll wear this with a lot of pride."Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry and Orlando Cepeda received their World Series rings at the end to a rousing ovation. Juan Marichal and Monte Irvin weren't on hand and will get their rings later.The rings are primarily white gold with a total of 77 diamonds weighing just under one carat. The top features the team's "SF" logo set with round diamonds encircled by a bezel of yellow gold flanked by two round diamonds. One side of the ring says 2010 with a yellow gold tower of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The other side features the recipient's name in a ribbon over the World Series trophy.Within the top of the trophy is one mandarin orange spessartite garnet stone representing San Francisco's title with five diamonds below the trophy's base for the five Giants titles won in New York.Bochy said the ring ceremony was talked about among the players and that they were anxious for the "emotional" moment."It's going to be my best day in professional ball," said Bochy, San Francisco's fifth-year skipper. "It's going to be one of the greatest days in a lot of these players' careers to get a ring. It's going to have very special meaning."The 55-year-old Bochy had lost 10 of his previous 11 postseason games while managing the San Diego Padres before the remarkable 2010 run by club he referred to as "characters, castoffs and misfits."Bochy was swept in the 1998 World Series while with San Diego and eliminated in the minimum three games in the 2005 division series by St. Louis, then lost in four games to the Cardinals in the first round the very next year. That '98 team was Bochy's lone pennant in 12 seasons as Padres skipper.Another special part of the night was Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson's presentation of the Giants' previous five championship souvenir gifts, including three rings. It was the champion New York Giants in 1922 who presented the first World Series ring to players, a tradition that became a staple in 1928, according to Idelson.The Hall has a display at Cooperstown of every ring.Other offerings in the past were medals, watch fobs or fancy pins or pendants."There was nothing I could find on why the Giants did it first or whose idea it was," Idelson said.Juan Uribe, now with the rival Dodgers, will receive his ring privately Monday when Los Angeles comes to town for a three-game series.Tom O'Rourke, Tiffany's vice president of business sales, said some of the rings are still being produced. The Giants received seven or eight different samples during the process. Tiffany last did a baseball championship ring for the winning Toronto Blue Jays teams in 1992 and '93 but has made rings for other sports franchises.

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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.
 

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

Quakes choose young FIU defender with their first pick in 2018 MLS SuperDraft

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.