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Urban: A's-Angels Gripping Despite Standings

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Urban: A's-Angels Gripping Despite Standings

Sept. 28, 2010
A'S PAGE A'S VIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com

For muchof the previous decade, the American League West was all about the As and theAngels. One or the other -- frequently both -- owned the division, and when thetwo teams got together it was a virtual lock that compelling baseball wouldfollow.Now itsa new decade, and 2010 is the Year of the Rangers in the AL West -- a testamentto the vision of team president Nolan Ryan and the salt-of-the-earth approachof manager Ron Washington. But when it comes to the As and the Angels lockinghorns, nothing has changed.Granted,Oaklands Justin James walking some guy named Hank Conger with the basesloaded, as happened in Anaheim on Monday night, is a far cry from Tim Hudsonstaring down Tim Salmon in September 2002.Yet thefinal score of 6-5 was reminiscent of great battles past, and despite what thecurrent standings suggest, both teams have every reason to play with the samepassion and intensity thats marked the rivalry for years.PriorityNo. 1 for the As, who have dropped their past four games, is getting to .500or better. Theyhavent been there since 2006, the most recent year of glory in Oakland and theyear before current skipper Bob Geren took over. Theyre two games underentering Tuesdays game, which pits Dallas Braden vs. Dan Haren, who was a bigpart of that 2006 As team that reached the AL Championship Series.Oaklandneeds to go 4-2 from here on out to give Geren his first break-even-or-betterseason, so expect him to manage as though each contest is Game 7 of the WorldSeries.Also atstake, for both teams, is second place in the division. As of Tuesday morning,the As were a game up on the Angels in the bridesmaid raceWhatsthe big deal there? Money. Thats right. Theres cash at stake here. Thesecond-place team in each division gets a little extra glue, and dont thinkthats not a motivator. So dontwrite this series off as a couple of also-rans playing out the string. Theyreplaying for more than it appears, and theyll be playing as hard as ever.What's on your mind? Email Mychael and let him know. He may use it in his Mailbag.

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone suspended for game against Kings

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Nuggets head coach Michael Malone suspended for game against Kings

Michael Malone won't be on the sideline when his Nuggets take on his former team on Monday night.

The NBA announced Monday afternoon that Malone has been suspended without pay for the game against the Kings.

The suspension stems from Malone "entering the court, halting play and making contact with a game official" during Denver's game against the Lakers on Sunday. The incident occurred midway through the second quarter.

Malone was hired as head coach of the Kings prior to the 2013-14 season. He was fired just 24 games into the 2014-15 season.

Coverage of the Nuggets and Kings gets underway at 6:30pm on NBC Sports California and streaming on the NBC Sports App.

49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

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49ers claim former Jaguars defensive lineman off waivers

The San Francisco 49ers' defensive line will have a new member coming off of the bye week.

The 49ers claimed defensive lineman Sheldon Day of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday. The Jaguars waived Day on Saturday in order to make room for the return of rookie wide receiver Dede Westbrook off of injured reserve. 

Day, a 2016 fourth round pick, posted 11 tackles and two tackles in 22 games over the last two seasons with Jacksonville. He played fewer than 30 snaps in all seven games with the Jaguars this season. 

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, defensive tackle Tank Carradine, and defensive tackle Chris Jones are all on injured reserve, while defensive lineman Aaron Lynch missed the 49ers' last game in Week 10.

San Francisco ranks 22nd in the league in sacks, 23rd in pass defense, and 31st in rush defense.