Giants Fan Is Off The Hook For Fatal Stabbing of Dodgers Fan

Michael Montgomery, free man
Just in time for Major League Baseball's Opening Day, there's resolution in the fatal stabbing of Jonathan Denver, a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, who was killed after a Giants game in San Francisco last September.

No crime was committed, as far as the criminal justice system is concerned.

Michael Montgomery, 21, was arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing 24-year-old Denver in a fight that began over baseball just a few hours after a Dodgers-Giants tilt ended on Sept. 25, 2013.

Late last week, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced that it is "impossible" to prove that Montgomery didn't stab Denver in self-defense, largely due to a lack of credible witnesses, as everyone involved in the fracas is said to have been drunk

So no charges are being filed. Needless to say, Denver's family is not happy.

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World Series: San Francisco Goes Crazy After Giants Win (Video)

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If you were in the East Bay last night watching the Giants sweep the World Series, you missed the mega street party across the bay. San Franciscans poured into the streets by the thousands in almost every neighborhood, blocking traffic and unleashing their excitement in whatever way it felt right.

See also: Photos: Giants Fans Go on a Tear

World Series: Everything We Ever Wanted -- and More

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Obama Says He Kinda Hopes the Tigers Win the World Series

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Political suicide?
President Obama appeared on the Tonight Show last night where he admitted that he's leaning toward rooting for the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. And what a real slap in the face this is to San Francisco, which has practically bankrolled his 2012 presidential campaign.

His words exactly:

"I will say, I've spent a lot of time in Detroit lately, and I didn't want to let Detroit go bankrupt. So in this particular World Series, I might be a little partial," Obama said in comments taped before the Tigers lost the opening game of the series to the San Francisco Giants.

Clearly, the president isn't worried about losing the Bay Area vote.

See also: Take a Glimpse at Obama's Trip to San Francisco

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Pablo Sandoval Will Not Be Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault

A happy Pablo
It's been a good week for Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval. On Tuesday, he helped lead the National League to a Giant blowout in the All-Star game, and today, investigators say there is insufficient evidence to arrest him for alleged sexual assault.

On June 1, a 21-year-old Santa Cruz native filed a sexual assault complaint against Sandoval. She told investigators that she had met with a small group of people, including Sandoval, in downtown Santa Cruz on May 31. Later, they went to the Seascape Beach Resort in Aptos, where she claimed that he sexually assaulted her.

Deputies questioned a cooperative Sandoval at the Aptos resort and later at the Sheriff's Office with his attorneys present.

Sandoval's lawyer, Eric Geffon, previously said that the sex was consensual.

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SFPD to Go Undercover in Dodger Blue

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Not literally!
The Giants-Dodgers rivalry is arguably one of the largest in the MLB. And after last year's tragic beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, it only makes sense that San Francisco would call on more cops this week when Dodgers will be in town.

During the three-day series between the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, you can expect the usual trash-talk and peanut-spilling around the stadium. That's all innocent fun, but what cops will be on the lookout for are the rowdy and violent fans.

So far, these patrols have helped keep the peace.

SFPD Officer Gordon Shyy told us that yesterday, during the first of three games this week, "nothing violent" happened, which he attributes to public awareness of this increased and incognito police presence. If troublemakers know more officers are milling around, "they may think twice," he said.

Now for the burning question: How do presumably pro-Giants police feel about sporting Dodger blue?

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Bryan Stow Attack: Witnesses Can't ID Alleged Suspects

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Bryan Stow with his two kids
Witnesses in the Bryan Stow attack took the stand yesterday, giving jurors gruesome details of what they saw: Blood gushing from Stow's ears, and a loud echo when his head hit the pavement.

But what they they didn't see was perhaps the most important: the attackers, according to our sister paper, LA Weekly. The preliminary hearing for Stow's accused attackers -- Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood -- resumed today in Los Angeles. Both have been charged with mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury linked to the March 31, 2011, attack on Stow, a Santa Cruz paramedic and Giants fan.

Stow had driven to Los Angeles to watch this hometown team play against its rival Dodgers for the 2011 opener. But the rivalry turned violent when Norwood and Sanchez allegedly attacked Stow in the parking lot outside Dodger Stadium, leaving him with permanent brain damage.
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Bisexual Ballers Don't Have to Worry About Not Being Gay Enough

Make no mistake ... this is gay!
The bizarre story of three San Francisco softball players who were shamed off the field four years ago and stripped of their second-place medal for not being homo enough has finally come to a resolution.

Our sister paper Seattle Weekly reports that the three players -- Steven Apilado, LaRon Charles, and Jon Russ of the San Francisco-based team D2 -- won an undisclosed amount of money from the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance's Gay Softball World Series, and even better, they get their trophy back.

Ultimately, the settlement also means that bisexual players are indeed homo enough to play on the amateur softball league.

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Bryan Stow Update: Speaks, Asks to See His Children

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With his children, Tyler and Tabitha
After being in a coma for months with "ups and downs" in recovery, Giants fan Bryan Stow was able to speak, recite his birthday, and ask to see his two children on Wednesday.

According to his family's blog, Stow's recovery in recent days has included more range of motion in his left arm as well as changes addressing blood clot management.

But one week after a major surgery, Stow spoke to his family, told them he loved them, and when showed a picture of his two children, Tyler and Tabitha, he said, "I would like to see them."

According to the website, "Literally one day we got some facial responses and the next, he's talking.... Right now, Bryan is more awake and more responsive then ever."

Billy Chamberlain, Longtime Giants Fan, Missing from AT&T Park

Police issued a missing person bulletin today for Billy Chamberlain, the 43-year-old disabled Giants fan who is famous for greeting fans, coaches, and players during Giants home games.

The team grew worried after Chamberlain failed to show up at his regular spot --Second and King Streets at AT&T Park -- for several weeks. Since Chamberlain, better known to the players as "Billy," has been loyally greeting fans at home games for decades, his absence was all that more curious.

The team was worried and contacted police, while others checked nearby hospitals for Chamberlain, who is taking medication. 

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The Franchise Season Finale Recap: Out with a Whimper

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Last night marked the end of The Franchise, so it's time to take stock of the series. In many ways, it was a success, providing a most-access look into the Giants while also doing a serviceable job of telling the story of the team. On the other hand, it was often rudimentary and repetitive, recapping some of the team's games in broad strokes while not fully explaining just how bad the team has been over the past month.

Maybe the producers at Showtime and MLB Productions didn't get quite what they bargained for with this squad.

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