Quakes' Tommy Thompson challenges Steph Curry after making tunnel shot

Quakes' Tommy Thompson challenges Steph Curry after making tunnel shot

During the Warriors' final years at Oracle Arena, Steph Curry capped off his pregame routine with a tunnel shot.

It became a must-see event for anyone attending a Warriors game.

But due to the different layout of Chase Center in San Francisco, Curry had to adjust his tunnel shot. Now the shot has a higher degree of difficulty. He almost made the shot before the regular-season opener against the Clippers.

Curry hasn't been able to try the trick shot for a few months because of his broken left hand, but when he returns, he has some work to do.

This week, San Jose Earthquakes defender Tommy Thompson joined the Harlem Globetrotters for an event at Chase Center and made Curry's trick shot ... with a twist.

After kicking in the tunnel shot, Thompson challenged Curry.

"Can you make that, though?" Thompson said.

Curry has yet to respond to Thompson on Twitter or Instagram, but we're sure he'll have a response once he returns to game action.

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Curry is a wizard when it comes to trick shots, but even this might be tough for him to replicate.

Good luck, Steph.

Earthquakes sign MLS goal king Chris Wondolowski to new contract

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Earthquakes sign MLS goal king Chris Wondolowski to new contract

The Earthquakes will remain home to one of their own.

The team announced Tuesday that it had signed Chris Wondolowski to a new contract. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

"I'm very excited to be back for one more year," Wondolowski said in a statement released by the team. "Knowing how much fun it is in the locker room, the team unity that we have and where this team is going, I wanted to be a part of it. I love this game. I love going out to practice. We're a family. Even right now, it's nice to have a couple days off, but I'm ready to get started again.

"When I do decide to step away from the game, my goal is to remain a part of the Earthquakes organization and help the team any way I can."

The 36-year-old Danville native holds nearly every MLS scoring record, with most career goals (159), goals for one club (155), game-winning goals (44) and consecutive seasons with 10-plus goals (10).

Wondolowski's 15 team-best goals this past season was tied for fifth most in MLS and were the most by an American-born player in 2019.

Wondolowski was selected by the Earthquakes in the fourth round of the 2005 Supplement Draft, and he moved to Houston as part of the team's relocation in 2006. That year, the Houston Dynamo won the MLS Cup championship, then repeated in 2007.

Wondolowski returned to San Jose in 2009 as part of a player swap for Cam Weaver. It's considered one of the most successful trades in league history, and you see why when you glance at Wondolowski's numbers.

"It's impossible to fully explain all the ways Chris is devoted to this club," Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli said in the team-issued statement. "He truly embraces a bigger cause, well beyond the goals he scores and the records he breaks. Wondo has an unparalleled love for the game and the Quakes organization as a whole, and this is a great day for our fans and our club."

Reports: Sacramento set to announce MLS expansion team early next week

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Reports: Sacramento set to announce MLS expansion team early next week

Major League Soccer's 29th team reportedly will be in Sacramento. 

MLS will announce Monday that it is awarding its next expansion team to Sacramento in a downtown press conference, The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday citing "sources with direct knowledge of the deal." KCRA-TV and KOVR-TV later confirmed The Bee's reporting.

The Bee reported the club will play as Sacramento Republic FC, and KOVR-TV reported that they officially will join the league in 2022. Republic FC, which has played in the second tier of American soccer in the United Soccer League, tweeted a pair of statements Tuesday and said the team will share "more information in the days ahead."

The Sacramento City Council unanimously approved a non-binding term sheet in April that calls for Republic FC to build a $252 million stadium on undeveloped land in the downtown railyards and for the city to provide a $33 million incentive package. The package included $2.4 million in tax rebates and waived building permit fees, as well as $27 million from a future increased property tax to reimburse Republic FC for building infrastructure near the stadium.

Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg, according to The Bee, will propose the City Council modify the agreement to make the $27 million a loan to be paid back with interest by the Sacramento investor group, which is now led by Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle after he agreed to acquire a controlling interest in Republic FC in January. 

The MLS board of governors voted unanimously in April to expand the league from 27 to 30 teams, inviting investor groups in St. Louis and Sacramento to submit bids. MLS awarded St. Louis its 28th franchise in August, and The Bee reported Sacramento's investor group has been in negotiations with MLS since late April. 

Sacramento will join three other teams -- and potential rivals -- in California: the San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy and top-of-the-table LAFC. Republic FC would become the fifth team ever to play in the state, as C.D. Guadalajara-associated Chivas USA folded in 2014.