Giants' Sanchez tosses bullpen, Fontenot close


Giants' Sanchez tosses bullpen, Fontenot close

July 6, 2011


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Mychael Urban

SAN FRANCISCO -- His team mired in a three-game losing streak, unable to score runs with any consistency and dealing with the usual assortment of aches, pains and rehab plans, Giants manager Bruce Bochy managed a few smiled Wednesday while discussing the state of things before the third game of a four-game series against the rival -- yes, rival -- Padres at AT&T Park.Running down the list of walking wounded (Jonathan Sanchez, Mike Fontenot chief among them), Bochy admitted that video of reliever Jeremy Affeldt's mild calf injury, suffered in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 5-3 loss to San Diego, tickled him so much that he called Affeldt in for a look himself.As third baseman Pablo Sandoval leaped to snag a line drive off the bat of Nick Hundley, the clip Bochy found so amusing showed Affeldt essentially mirroring Sandoval's action, only to come down to earth in a less-than-celebratory mood."I looked at the tape a bunch of times; it's pretty funny. I had to bring him in and show him what had me laughing the past few minutes," Bochy said before hitting the field to throw some batting practice.
Fortunately for the Giants, who have been enjoying a stellar run of pitching from the 32-year-old lefty that includes a 0.46 ERA over his past 18 games, Affeldt is not seriously injured. Bochy listed him as day-to-day."Guys gotta tone down their celebrations," Bochy said with a sly grin. "Especially the older guys."Fontenot Friday?
Fontenot, who hasn't played since May 25 and is on the 15-day disabled list with a groin injury, could rejoin the Giants as early as Friday.Having suffered a setback in his recovery after going 1-for-1 with a walk and two runs scored in a June 10 game for Triple-A Fresno, Fontenot resumed his minor-league rehab assignment last Thursday and was 5-for-18 (.278) with a home run, two RBIs and three walks in five games for the Grizzlies through Tuesday. Last week it was looking unlikely that Fontenot would return before the All-Star break, but if he comes out of his next couple of games feeling well, he'll help San Francisco close out the "first half" with a weekend series against the Mets.Fontenot, batting .207 in 27 games with the Giants this year, is expected to see the bulk of his playing time at second base upon returning.Ross, Burriss available
Cody Ross, who has been day-to-day with a mild left hamstring strain that's kept him out of action Tuesday, has seen his condition improve considerably but was not in Wednesday's starting lineup. Bochy said Ross was available in the late innings, likely as a pinch hitter, if need be.Infielder Emmanuel Burriss, hobbled by a bruised knee after being hit by a pitch Monday, is "in the same class" as Ross, according to Bochy. Burriss grounded out as a pinch hitter Tuesday night.Revenge on their minds?
Despite outfielder Andres Torres' mini-rant Tuesday, charging Padres reliever Chad Qualls with showing him up for spiking the ball after tagging out Torres at the plate to end the seventh inning Tuesday, Bochy made it sound as though he's again any sort of retaliation."I'd have been upset, too," Bochy conceded, "But guys show a lot of emotion nowaday, in all sports. It's become part of it. I think it's time to move on."Bochy also conceded that some of his own players are fairly demonstrative, noting the post-save celebration of Brian Wilson and setup man Sergio Romo's excitable nature on the mound, but in typical Bochy fashion he defended his charges."We have some characters," he said, "but that's different from showing guys up. I wouldn't tolerate that." Dribblers ....
Sanchez, out with bicep tendinitis and not expected back until after the All-Star break, threw in the bullpen Wednesday afternoon and, according to Bochy, feels great. ... Rookie Brandon Belt, rehabbing a broken bone in his left wrist, will see equal time at first base and in the outfield during his rehab assignment.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters


Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.

WNBA All-Star sues Cal over alleged sexual assault


WNBA All-Star sues Cal over alleged sexual assault

BERKELEY — Former California women’s basketball player and current WNBA All-Star guard Layshia Clarendon has filed a lawsuit against Cal claiming she was sexually assaulted by a longtime member of the athletic department.

The school acknowledged the lawsuit Wednesday night and said the staff member, Mohamed Muqtar, had recently been placed on paid leave. The assistant director of student services, Muqtar has been working for the university for just more than 25 years, the school said. An e-mail to Muqtar’s Cal email account was not immediately returned.

Cal said in a statement “the University is aware of the complaint, but has not received a copy of the lawsuit nor had the benefit of reviewing the allegations.”

Clarendon, who plays for the Atlanta Dream and was at Cal from 2009-13, posted on Twitter her thoughts about the lawsuit.

She said in three separate tweets:

— “Regarding the news today: I want the shame to not be my own anymore, because it’s not my shame to carry, but it’s something that I’ve had to carry. It’s a horrible thing to live in silence, to carry that pain and that weight and the guilt.”

— “My biggest hope is that he never does this to anyone else. That no one else has to suffer under his hand, or him violating their bodies again. That this would be the end of him assaulting people. #TimesUp.”

— “It feels there is a big level of responsibility there for me, to make sure this doesn’t continue. And he doesn’t continue to harm other people.”

Cal explained in its statement that this case goes beyond the athletic department for investigation.

The statement reads: “Our department policy states that once anyone in Cal Athletics is made aware of any instance or allegation of a violation of University policy involving a coach, staff member or student-athlete, those matters are referred to the appropriate departments on campus responsible for investigating them. Athletics does not have its own specific conduct process nor does it investigate allegations or cases on its own, but follows the University’s policy and works in concert with campus professionals who are responsible for those areas. All university staff are also required to complete sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention training, and those programs have increased in recent years. Cal Athletics is and will always be committed to fostering a culture where everyone feels safe, welcome and respected. We encourage anyone who is feeling distressed or troubled to contact the PATH to Care Center and other campus resources.

“Layshia holds a special place in our history for her contributions to Cal women’s basketball both on and off the court and we are saddened to hear of the allegations that are coming to light today.”