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Can skidding Kings take advantage of shorthanded T'Wolves?

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Can skidding Kings take advantage of shorthanded T'Wolves?

SACRAMENTO -- Back to the grind. After dropping their third straight game on Saturday, the Sacramento Kings look to get back on track against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday evening at Golden 1 Center.

The Kings were within a point with 12 seconds remaining against the Lakers, but couldn’t close out the game. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield score 21 points each to lead Sacramento and Willie Cauley-Stein added an 18-point, 15-rebound double-double in defeat.

Minnesota currently sits in fourth place in the Western Conference playoff race, but they’ll be without All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler for the foreseeable future after he injured the meniscus in his right knee last week.  

LINE:
Timberwolves by 5.5

WHERE THEY STAND:
Kings: 18-40 fourth in the Pacific

T-Wolves: 37-26 first in the Northwest

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Karl-Anthony Towns -- These two know each other well from their time together at Kentucky. Towns has gotten the better of Cauley-Stein in their two matchups this season, averaging 29.5 points, 11 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 35.8 minutes per game. Cauley-Stein posted just 9.5 points and five rebounds against Towns. If this trend plays out again, the Kings are in for a long night.

INJURY REPORT:
Kings: SF Iman Shumpert (plantar fasciitis) out, PF Harry Giles (bilateral knee rehab) out for the season.

T-Wolves:  SG Jimmy Butler (knee) out.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH
No Jimmy -- Butler is one of the best two-way players in the game. At 6-foot-8, 235-pounds, he is a matchup problem for any team. With him out, the T-Wolves will likely slide Andrew Wiggins to the shooting guard spot and start Nemanja Bjelica at the wing, giving Minnesota even more size on the wing.

Young Guns -- Bogdanovic and Hield put on a show against the Lakers. In addition to hitting 9-of-17 from behind the arc, the duo combined for 14 rebounds and five assists. If these two can continue to stuff the stat sheet, the Kings might have to find more minutes at the wing spot.

Show Growth -- Cauley-Stein, Bogdanovic, Hield and De’Aaron Fox are all showing major signs of improvement since the turn of the new year. Skal Labissiere has joined the party, turning heads in his first two games back from injury. The Kings need to see this type of improvement over the final 23 games of the season.

SERIES HISTORY
The Timberwolves lead the seasons series 2-0 this year, including a 111-106 win at the Target Center on Feb. 11. Minnesota holds a slight lead in the all-time series 56-53.

Aaron Rodgers hits fan jumping off a boat in Tahoe in stride with perfect throw

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Aaron Rodgers hits fan jumping off a boat in Tahoe in stride with perfect throw

Green Bay Packers quarterback (and former Cal Golden Bear) Aaron Rodgers is known for his downfield accuracy. 

Rodgers has three successful Hail Marys to his name. The first, on Dec. 3, 2015 against the Detroit Lions, kept his team's playoff hopes alive. Another, on Jan. 16, 2016 against the Arizona Cardinals, sent the Divisional game to overtime, and a third came en route to a Wild Card game win against the New York Giants on Jan. 8, 2007. 

At the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe on Friday, Rodgers added another notch to his belt.

His latest effort won't be confused with the other three, but it's not like any of those receivers landed in a body of water, either. 

The real question? Whether or not that's a catch under the NFL's new rules. 

Bay Area native Joey Chestnut eats record 74 hot dogs for 11th title

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Bay Area native Joey Chestnut eats record 74 hot dogs for 11th title

Defending champion Joey “Jaws” Chestnut chomped down a record 74 franks and buns to take home his 11th title at the annual Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

The renowned competitive eater from San Jose, California, takes home the coveted Mustard Belt and surpassed the previous mark of 72 dogs and buns he downed last year.

The heat wasn’t a factor; the National Weather Service put the temperature at 83 degrees with a heat index of 91 degrees.

Miki Sudo said after eating 37 dogs and buns that the heat may have slowed her down in winning the women’s competition.

That didn’t stop the Las Vegas eater from easily beating out second-place finisher Mischelle Lesco of Tuscon, Arizona, who chowed down 28 wieners and buns.