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Impressed at showcase, Giants won't fully rule out Tim Lincecum reunion

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Impressed at showcase, Giants won't fully rule out Tim Lincecum reunion

SCOTTSDALE -- Three years after Tim Lincecum last pitched for them, the Giants still quietly keep No. 55 on the off-limits list. None of the 58 players in camp are wearing it, but some at Scottsdale Stadium have considered the possibility of returning it to the original owner.

The Giants were in attendance Thursday when Lincecum threw for scouts at Driveline Baseball near his Seattle home. Their representative came away impressed, and while it's a long shot, general manager Bobby Evans wouldn't rule out a reunion.

"It's up to the competition of what clubs are bidding on him, and I can't speak to that yet," Evans said. "It's early. We obviously are all rooting for Timmy. Selfishly, anything he does, we would love for it to be in a Giants uniform, but sometimes opportunities on the business side dictate otherwise. But we're always rooting for him."

Several members of the organization still keep in touch with Lincecum regularly, and Evans said he spoke to his agent, Rick Thurman, recently. The report Evans got from the workout was positive.

"The velo was up, the breaking ball was sharp with good depth," Evans said. "He looked really fit and strong and prepared for a comeback. It was impressive."

While some reports had Lincecum hitting 93 mph, the Giants had him sitting 91-92. That's still a noticeable tick up from his last stint with them, although it was a controlled environment and it's unclear how many pitches Lincecum threw. If he is interested in a return, that could ultimately be a deciding factor. The Giants have always been interested in Lincecum's potential as a reliever, but they don't have a starting spot open, and Lincecum's side has indicated he wants to keep starting.

"That's still his heartbeat," Evans said. 

Cal grad Ryan Murphy pushes car as part of Olympic swimming training

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Cal grad Ryan Murphy pushes car as part of Olympic swimming training

Ryan Murphy won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics, setting a world record in the process. After that, he returned to Cal only to add to a historical career.

As the timeline approaches three weeks until what would have been the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Murphy understood he, along with other athletes, had to do their part in order to maintain safety during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“It was really challenging to have that maturity to realize that it’s not all about sports and we’ve got to protect our communities,” Murphy told Mike Tirico on NBC Sports’ Lunch Talk Live.

That doesn’t mean he’s not training, of course.

Murphy credited doing pull-ups on trees, running up hills and even pushing cars in order to stay in shape during a time like this as he preps for 2021. 

No, seriously:

The 2017 Cal grad finished his collegiate career becoming the fourth man in NCAA history to sweep both distances of one stroke all four years (the 100- and 200-yard backstroke).

He remains in Berkeley where he continues to train. 

How to watch Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again on NBC, streaming online

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How to watch Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again on NBC, streaming online

Racing fans were hoping to watch the 2020 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

But due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the 104th running of the race has been postponed until Aug. 23.

Don't worry, though. NBC has you covered with a special re-airing of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 with added features.

NBC Sports' Mike Tirico will host "Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again" on Sunday. The program will feature fresh commentary and special interviews with 2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and runner-up Alexander Rossi.

Here's how you can watch "Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again" online and on TV:

When: Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT
TV: NBC
Stream: NBCSports.com