Urban: All-Star Game musts


Urban: All-Star Game musts

July 12, 2011


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Mychael Urban

PHOENIX -- As the countdown continues to Tuesday evening's MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field, here are five things at least one seasoned veteran of many a Midsummer Classic is hoping to see in this year's showcase of (most of) the biggest names in the game.1) Gio Gonzalez pitching to Pablo Sandoval: It's the only way possible we'll see two Bay Area All-Stars squaring off, and it'd be only fitting because the Athletics lefty and the Giants' third baseman are cut from the same cloth. A couple of big kids out there, thrilled and feeling incredibly blessed, having the time of their lives.URBAN: A's Gonzalez all smiles at first All-Star Game
2) Jose Bautista going deep -- twice: Toronto's classy slugger hears PED whispers everywhere he goes, but he handles the innuendo with grace and aplomb. Hard not to like him. He appeared a tad nervous in the Home Run Derby. A couple of long balls tonight would give the country a look at what they've been missing.3) Justin Upton having a big night: As the unofficial host of the event, the Diamondbacks' outfielder is surely a little gassed by now. Here's hoping he can summon enough energy to come off the bench and put his dizzying array of all-around skills to productive use in front of the home crowd.4) Ryan Vogelsong in the game: Even if it's just for a batter or two. It would give Fox an opportunity to tell more of his story to an audience that likely doesn't know it, and put a nice big bow on the whole experience for the Giants' unsung righty.URBAN: Overseas to All-Star, Vogelsong
5) Brian Wilson striking out the side: In the most gaudy cleats humanly possible, of course. The Giants' closer loves a big stage, and this is as big as it gets before the playoffs. Don't think he's not dying to hold court in the middle of the spotlight.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Leviโ€™s Stadium.

Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'


Draymond responds to Embiid: 'Man, I love that dude'

Draymond Green and Joel Embiid are two of the biggest trash talkers in the NBA. 

After the 76ers blew a 22-point halftime lead to the Warriors on Saturday, Embiid tweeted "we know what it feels like to blow a big lead" to take a jab at the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals two years ago. 

Green finally saw the tweet and it looks like it's all fun and games between the two. The Warriors' defensive star says he's "looking forward to playing against you (Embiid) for years." 

While tweeting the response, Green had even more to say. 

In the Warriors' 124-116 win over the 76ers on November 18, Green scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists. Embiid scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds.