One More Time: Dodgers vs. Giants For Three at AT&T

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You know the drill. It's the Dodgers and the Giants with first place on the line yet again. And it just never gets old, does it?

San Francisco faces its rival at AT&T Park this time, for the first of three beginning tonight, in what is the second of six series between the clubs. The Giants took two of three in L.A. to open the season and have won four of seven games since.

The Dodgers have won five of six and just beat the crap out of the Dbacks in a weekend sweep at Arizona. And doesn't everybody?

See Also: Baseball Predictions for 2014

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49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Being Investigated for Sexual Assault

One of the Bay Area's most beloved sports heroes -- a scrappy quarterback who led his team to a dramatic, if ill-fated Super Bowl just four months after starting his first professional game -- is sitting in the hot seat.

In news leaked this morning, the website TMZ sports , and other outlets, reported that Colin Kaepernick is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault that happened earlier this month in the Miami apartment of Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockett.

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Giants Look to Spoil Dodgers Home Opener

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Courtesy of Jeff Sklar
But the beard stays the same
The Giants accomplished exactly what they hoped to: beating the hapless Diamondbacks three out of four to open the 2014 season in Phoenix.

San Francisco scored 23 runs versus Arizona "pitching" in the series, with Brandon Belt (three home runs and five RBIs) and Angel Pagan (.421 with 6 RBIs) leading the way. Pagan put an exclamation point on the series with a three-run homer in the team's five-run eighth inning yesterday.

The Giants were able to overcome a shaky start from Tim Lincecum, who seemed to pick up where he left off following a Spring Training earned run average of 5.79, by allowing four runs in six innings Friday.

But a win is a win, and you can't ask for more than a four-game series victory to open a season on the road. Any season and anywhere on the road. Even Arizona.

See Also: 5 Things You Can Expect From The Giants This Season

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Karim Mayfield Loses First Professional Bout

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Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield in better times. 
In retrospect, it was not a banner week for Team Mayfield. 

Three days after his manager was arrested on federal charges of conspiring to commit murder and deal cocaine, San Francisco light welterweight Karim Mayfield was tagged with his first professional defeat Saturday night in Atlantic City, dropping a unanimous decision to 24-year-old Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme

Mayfield, 33, couldn't seem to find an answer for his taller opponent's superior reach, absorbing a number of heavy blows through the fight's early going. In the eighth round, however, the frenetic Mayfield appeared to be wearing Dulorme down. But two low blows staggered the Fillmore-raised boxer -- and Mayfield may not have done himself any favors by opting to continue the fight sooner than the five minutes the referee allotted him to recover. 

Engineering a sizable boxing comeback -- and, truth be told, any endeavor -- is all that much harder after you've been repeatedly struck in the groin by a professional fighter. Mayfield just couldn't ameliorate the earlier deficit. 

It was an unsatisfying end to an unsatisfying week. 

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5 Things You Can Expect From the Giants This Season

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David Blumenkrantz/Arroyo Seco Journal
While spring hopes eternal for 30 clubs until a pitch is thrown in earnest, only five in each league will make it to October.

Look for the San Francisco Giants to be one of those teams.

Here's a few things to consider when Bruce Bochy's men open the 2014 season Monday night in Arizona, Madison Bumgarner versus an "undecided" Dbacks' pitcher.:

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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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Baseball 2014: Jeter, A-Rod, Oprah, and a Giants-Dodgers Dogfight

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David Blumenkrantz
This is just too easy. Can of corn. It's like, some of this stuff, I can just pluck right out of last year's column.

As baseball season kicks off tonight, here are my predictions for 2014:

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SF State May Give Gator Mascot the Boot

Endangered species?
San Franciscans are a progressive lot, but we also hate change. It seems contradictory, but there you go. That's how we roll. 

In a town priding itself on innovation, the constituency for the status quo is almost always much more powerful than the constituency for change. SF State President Leslie Wong seems poised to find this out the hard way. 

In a recent interview with the school's paper, the Xpress, he stated he was "90 percent sure" SFSU would be dumping its 85-year-old mascot, the Gator. "It's overwhelming that people don't get the Gator thing at all." 

It doesn't seem all that complicated; an alligator isn't exactly an outlandish college mascot. We don't get that people don't get the Gator thing. At all. 

Wong also told the Xpress he'd like to re-make State into "a more sports-oriented university," plunking $2.1 million into remaking the gym and rebranding the school via a new mascot "that best fits us and the new future." 

Pumping money into athletics at an institution where, only recently, cutbacks forced students to pack classes like lifeboats on the Titanic and -- no joke -- put in 48 hours notice for books at the library seems to be an interesting take. 

Beware hoping for a mascot "that best fits us and the new future." You may get it. 

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Next Up for the Giants: Metal Detectors

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Joe Eskenazi
In Major League Baseball's ongoing effort to make the entire ballpark experience as maddeningly slow and repetitious as Nomar Garciaparra in the batter's box, the league has announced mandatory metal detectors at the entrance gates of all stadiums by next year.

The Giants, ever the trend-setters, will install detectors this season.

For San Francisco fans, this may well conjure up dark memories of last season, when the team's response to the Boston bombings resulted in tens of thousands of fans milling about in Willie Mays Plaza -- which was, to a tee, the most counterproductive outcome that could have possibly occurred.

As SF Weekly wrote at the time: "In reaction to an attack directed at many thousands of people packed alarmingly tightly into the streets of Boston, AT&T Park security measures resulted in many thousands of people being packed alarmingly tightly into the streets of San Francisco."

Last year's security measures -- stricter bag checks and "wandings" -- resulted in glacial lines. As a result, Giants employees eased off on the wandings as first pitch approached. With metal detectors, however, that won't be an option.

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I Fucking Love The Olympics And Here's Why

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Fuck bowling, let's watch the Olympics
When I was a kid I used to keep a dossier on my favorite Olympians in a pink spiral-bound notebook. I've stopped doing that, but I still look forward to the Olympics like they're Christmas. I've always liked the winter games marginally more than the summer ones because of their contents (downhill skiing! ice skating! luge! bobsled! that weird event where they cross-country ski and shoot things!), though in the end it doesn't really matter -- I was as excited on the opening day of the London Olympics as I am today about the Sochi ones.

But as much as I enjoy the weird events, respect the talent and hard work of all the athletes, and feel a warm surge of patriotism when America wins the gold, it's the stuff around the periphery of the Olympics that I appreciate the most.

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