It appeared that Ryan Vogelsong’s season couldn’t possibly get any more torturous.Then Monday night happened, and the look on the right-hander’s face said it all as he addressed a crowd of reporters gathered around his locker after the Giants’ 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Vogelsong was enjoying by far his best start of 2013 when he was struck on the right hand by a fifth-inning pitch from the Washington Nationals’ Craig Stammen. He suffered a dislocated knuckle on his pinkie and two fractures above and below the dislocation.
- Joe Stiglich, CSN Bay Area
We shouldn’t sweat out the decision. That’s my prediction. Unless the National Football League owners are delusional or have an unnatural attraction to flamingos and alligators — always a real possibility — the choice will be easy.
Before noontime Tuesday, the league’s poobahs will meet and select the Bay Area to play host to the Super Bowl of February 2016.
No other choice makes sense. Miami is the only other competition for the game. But the stadium there is 26 years old, reeking of moldy umbrella-drink odors. And a public referendum in South Florida to pay for some needed renovations has gone nowhere. Almost by default, the owners will surely anoint the 49ers’ bid to play the 2016 game in their new Levi’s Stadium.
- Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
In spite of the fun – the team turned out to be one of the NBA’s more entertaining watches this season – the Golden State Warriors’ worries ended up right where things started last summer. Yes, the team made the playoffs; hitting the postseason for just the second time since going out in the first round in 1994, but Golden State’s health is still the team’s biggest obstacle. The Warriors will only go as far as Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut’s ankles will take them.
This was evident in October, when Bogut was being pushed back into action by a Warrior front office that purposely failed to accurately disclose that he had career-threatening microfracture surgery on his ankles the March before. This was apparent last week, when Stephen Curry could barely get off the ground while firing desperate three-pointers as the San Antonio Spurs closed out their series against Golden State.
- Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo! Sports