Urban: World Series Live Playoff Blog, Game 1


Urban: World Series Live Playoff Blog, Game 1

UPDATED: 8:08 P.M.
Mychael Urban

SAN FRANCISCO Baseball, were told, has a way of evening things out.Tonights a pretty good example of that. Cliff Lee, prior to Game 1 of the World Series, had turned the playoffs into his personal playground, bullying opponents around the swing sets, the jungle gym and the balance beams.Tonight the Giants did the bullying, essentially slamming Lees jaw on the cement base of the drinking fountain as he leaned in for a sip.The Giants have been different-hero-every-night kind of team this postseason, but Freddy Sanchez hadnt yet gotten his turn.Three doubles tonight changed that. Two of them were huge.
And finally, it was the Giants who stumbled through the first couple of innings like 21-year-old sailors on birthday leave. But it was Texas Ian Kinsler who, in the top of the eighth inning, looked like the drunk when he rounded first on an infield single and had to just stand there as Aubrey Huff tagged him out.What goes around comes around, right? It sure did tonight.UPDATED: 6:14 P.M.
Its the fourth inning, and its incredible that the game is now tied.The Giants looked like nervous children in the first two innings, ceding a two-run lead to playoff god Cliff Lee in the process, and wow, did things look bleak.Top of the first, runner on third, roller up the line fielded by Tim Lincecum. The runner was caught too far off third, and Lincecum did the right thing by running him back in that direction. But dude, youve gotta give up the ball. Lincecum didnt, everyone was safe.
Amazingly, it didnt hurt the Giants. Freddy Sanchez brain-cramping in the bottom of the inning might have. On second after a double, he apparently was the only person in the park who thought Buster Poseys bloop was going to drop, and he got doubled off second to end the inning.Then, in the top of the second, with Bengie Molina at third base, Elvis Andrus hit a medium fly to center. Anyone else in the world, its an easy run. But it was Molina, who is to fast what Ochocinco is to humble.Torres throw was awful. Johnny Damon was probably watching at home thinking, I couldnt have thrown Molina out. And thats quite something. Molina was safe by a mile when he should have been out by a half-mile, and 2-0 led the Rangers.Now its 2-2, and it sure feels like the Giants dodged a bullet. They played some of their worst baseball of the year in the first two innings and got away with it.UPDATED: 4:40 P.M.Nuts. Thats what it is. Absolutely nuts.You cant move on Willie May Plaza. You cant move in the Public House. You cant move on the field during batting practice. The crowds, everywhere, are ridiculous. The World Series. In San Francisco. Are you kidding me?No, youre not. Because its real. There actually are women here with newborns wearing orange and black bibs.There actually are grown men waxing what they think is poetic about Aubrey Huffs thong. There actually are 20-something girls toting signs paying homage to a strangers facial hair, at the same time proposing marriage. The World Series does strange things to people.One bit of evidence of such: I ran into a man, in his early 50s, wearing a wedding gown. This is San Francisco, so I didnt bat an eye. But I had to ask. Dude, who you getting hitched with?Heres his answer: Nobody. Im in love with myself, with the Giants, with my city. And to tell you the truth, with myself again. I love myself. I love the Giants. And I love to feel pretty. So here I am.Ok, bro, Knock yourself out. But whats this dress got to do with the World Series? Duuuude, he said. Whats a wedding? Happiest day of your life, right? This is it. Happiest day of my life. Might as well wear the dress.

Thornton leaves game vs Jets in final minute with apparent knee injury

Thornton leaves game vs Jets in final minute with apparent knee injury

The San Jose Sharks not only lost in overtime to the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, but also lost their second-leading scorer to injury. 

Joe Thornton left the final minute of the game with an apparent injury to his right knee. With Jets forward Andrew Copp backchecking, Mikkel Boedker collided into Thornton's knee in front of the Sharks bench. 

Thornton took a stride on each leg as he skated gingerly to the bench, and did not return to the game. 

The 38-year-old underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee this summer. He missed the final three games of the regular season last year, but returned to play in San Jose's final four postseason games in a first round, six-game loss to the Edmonton Oilers. 

Thornton is second on the Sharks with 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists), and has scored nine points in his last seven games. He is second among forwards in average ice time, and is playing 18:20 per night in his 20th NHL season. 

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

Durant rips referee after ejection against Knicks: 'He was searching for me'

With 2:50 left in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Kevin Durant was ejected.

It's the fourth time this season that he's been thrown out of a game.

After the Warriors' 123-112 win, Durant didn't bite his tongue when asked about what happened between him and referee James Williams.

"In the first half, I was dribbling up the right side, I made a left to right cross. He said I carried, ah, you kinda let that go. I asked him 'Where'd you get the carry from?' He said 'You froze the defender.' I said 'That's what a crossover is for.' And that's why I do it, to freeze my defender. And he tried to make a bunch of excuses and I told him he was wrong," Durant said. "He went to halftime probably with an attitude and the second half, his whole thing was, he's trying to get me. So, look at my first tech. I got the rebound, dribbled the ball hard and he teched me up. He was searching for me, he lookin' to try to tech me up to get me back because he's still in his feelings from the first half. That's what been going on around the league the whole year, a bunch of that. I gotta keep my head a little bit, but I was upset."

Draymond Green attempted to hold Durant back prior to the ejection. Durant was asked about that after the game and was able to laugh about it.

"The irony," Durant said to much laughter from reporters at Oracle.

"I was not trying to hear it. He was right in doing so. I didn't want to get teched up or thrown out,  but I did want him to hear what I had to say," Durant said.

Durant can expect to hear from the league office regarding his comments.