Sharks look to start new win streak in Florida


Sharks look to start new win streak in Florida

Feb. 13, 2011
SHARKS (30-20-6) vs.FLORIDA (23-24-7)
Coverage starts at 1:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet California

(AP) -- The San Jose Sharks have gotten into the thick of the Pacific Division title race on their longest road trip of the season. Visiting the Florida Panthers could help that pursuit.San Jose looks to rebound from its first regulation loss in nearly a month Sunday when it faces a Panthers team trying to snap its longest home losing streak since 2008.Faced with a double-digit deficit in the Pacific in mid-January, San Jose (30-20-6) caught Dallas atop the standings thanks to a 9-0-1 stretch. The Sharks, though, fell two points back Friday night when they lost 2-1 at New Jersey while Dallas beat Chicago in a shootout."You don't want to see the streak end, that's for sure," said Patrick Marleau, whose 21st goal of the season gave the Sharks to a 1-0 third-period lead. "I think we carried the play a lot of the game and didn't find the back of the net. It's something we wanted to keep going. Now we have to start a new one."With its season-high five-game winning streak gone, San Jose will continue its seven-game trip with its first visit to BankAtlantic Center since a 4-3 loss Oct. 24, 2008. The Sharks outscored the Panthers 15-6 while winning their previous three visits.Florida (23-24-7) has dropped five straight at home - four after regulation - for its longest home losing streak since an 0-4-2 skid Dec. 22, 2007-Jan. 13, 2008.The Panthers' 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo on Thursday was their ninth defeat in 11 games overall and their seventh consecutive one-goal contest. They're 8-7-7 during a stretch of 19 of 22 decided by one score."We found a way to lose that point again," former Sharks first-round pick Steve Bernier said Thursday after scoring his fifth goal of the season. "It's frustrating but the last thing we want to do is to put our heads down. When you win, you get confident and go up in the standings."There's a good chance Tomas Vokoun will be in net to help Florida try to bounce back. The veteran netminder, who has surrendered three or fewer goals in each of his last nine starts, is 9-0-1 with a 2.15 goals-against average in his last 10 games against San Jose.He turned away 84 of 89 shots to help Florida win the last two matchups, including a 3-2 overtime victory at San Jose on March 13, after losing the previous six.Antti Niemi should get his first look at the Panthers in a Sharks jersey. A season after helping Chicago hoist the Stanley Cup, Niemi has cemented himself as San Jose's No. 1 goaltender, going 8-1-1 with a 1.88 GAA while starting 11 straight games during Antero Niittymaki's absence (lower-body injury).Niemi made 23 saves and posted his first career shutout in his only appearance versus Florida, a 4-0 Blackhawks victory in Sunrise on Oct. 3, 2009.Sharks captain Joe Thornton, one goal shy of 300, has scored in San Jose's last two games at Florida.Marleau has five goals and 12 points in the last eight versus the Panthers.San Jose is 0 for 6 on the power play over the last three games. Florida has killed all 15 penalties in its last four.

Hitting the high notes: Steph and Ayesha have 'bucket list' moment on Fillmore stage


Hitting the high notes: Steph and Ayesha have 'bucket list' moment on Fillmore stage

As a two-time MVP, two-time NBA champion and one of the most popular players on the planet, you'd think there isn't much left for Stephen Curry to accomplish. 

The same can be said of his wife Ayesha -- a business powerhouse in her own right. 

But the two had a "bucket list" moment last night in San Francisco when they were welcomed on stage at the Fillmore for a performance with Johnnyswim. 

Johnnyswim is an American folk, soul, blues, pop music duo, consisting of singer-songwriters Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez who hail from Nashville, Tennessee. The duo is out on our promoting their studio album "Georgica Pond" and the live album "Live At Rockwood Music Hall"

The Currys weren't there just for show either -- social media videos show the two in song.


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In her post, Ayesha said "What a night! This was definitely a bucket list moment w the amazing peeps @amandasudanoramirez @johnnyswim ... also @stephencurry30 yaaaaaaas."

Stephen isn't a stranger to showing off his vocal chords -- last season, he hit the late-night screen with an episode of "Carpool Karaoke" alongside James Corden

De'Aaron Fox lives up to billing, looks ready for primetime after solid debut


De'Aaron Fox lives up to billing, looks ready for primetime after solid debut

SACRAMENTO -- Watching tape of De’Aaron Fox looks like a video stuck on fast forward. The comparisons to John Wall don’t do him justice. Teams deliberately sag off the rookie and dare him to shoot and he still manages to race by them in a blur.

If his opening night performance against the Houston Rockets was any indication, the Kings have landed a special player. From barking orders on the court to his teammates to going at NBA veteran defenders, Fox looked ready for primetime just 24 minutes into his professional career.

“I got to get my first NBA game out the way, I think it went well,” Fox told a huge crowd surrounding his locker. “We played hard. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to, we wanted to get the W, but there’s a lot of things we learned out of today.”

Dressed in a burgundy suit and shoes that would have made Omri Casspi blush, the rookie hung around for way too long after the game, giving every camera and microphone a good talking to. He’ll learn quickly that the media is drawn to him like a moth to a flame.

His numbers look modest - 14 points on 7-of-15 shooting and five assists. But he was facing a title contender in the Houston Rockets and the moment wasn’t too big for the 19-year-old point guard. Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni even showed the rookie respect when he shifted one of his better defenders in Trevor Ariza over to cover the speedster.

“This is game 1, we’re not expecting him to be a Hall of Famer right now,” George Hill said. “It takes steps to do it and baby crawls. But I think he took a huge step today in proving what he can do. He looked good out there.”

Hill started in front of Fox, but the two guards played alongside each other for plenty of minutes. That is the plan this season, although there are plenty of other players vying for minutes in the backcourt.

Everyone in the building seemed impressed by the youngster. He has an ability to drop the pedal down on an opponent and then downshift on the fly to stay under control.

“He’s pretty fast, you know,” Dave Joerger said of his star rookie. “He has a terrific charisma about him and I think he’ll be fun to play with.”

His teammates appeared to have no problems keeping up. They ran the floor and pushed the tempo when Fox was in the game and the team seems to feed off his energy.

“They play hard, man,” Vince Carter said of Fox and team’s other young players players. “They just go for it and that’s all you can ask. It’s just great and it’s going to get better. You can show them all the film you want, but they’re not going to learn until they get thrown into the fire. That’s the best lesson.”

Game 1 is in the books and Fox is already earning a longer look. The team embarks on their first road trip of the season beginning Friday night against the Mavericks. Waiting for them in Dallas is another young point guard in Dennis Smith Jr., setting up the first of many battles between the star-studded draft class of 2017.