Despite evacuation warnings nearby, Oakland A’s play final game of homestand — Times-Standard

The Oakland A’s played their final game of this home stand against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon despite Cal Fire evacuation warnings Saturday that included parts of parts of Alameda County. With hundreds of wildfires raging around the Bay Area, the air quality hasn’t been ideal at the Oakland Coliseum over the weekend. But,…

Despite evacuation warnings nearby, Oakland A’s play final game of homestand — Times-Standard

Giants designate Pence for assignment, get Rays’ Robertson — MLB | NBC Sports

The San Francisco Giants cut ties with outfielder Hunter Pence, which ends a second stint with the fan favorite that didn’t go nearly as well as his first.

Giants designate Pence for assignment, get Rays’ Robertson — MLB | NBC Sports

Giants designate Pence for assignment, get Rays’ Robertson

Associated PressAug 23, 2020, 4:52 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants cut ties with outfielder Hunter Pence on Sunday, ending a second stint with the fan favorite that didn’t go nearly as well as his first.

Pence, 37, was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for utility man Daniel Robertson, who was acquired earlier in the day from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash or a player to be named later.

Pence was a fiery emotional leader for the Giants from 2012-2018, helping anchor teams that won the World Series in 2012 and 2014.

After making the All-Star team with Texas last season, he returned to San Francisco in February on a one-year, $3 million contract but hit just .096 with two homers and six RBI in 17 games.

Robertson will report to the Giants’ alternate training site in Sacramento. The team also reinstated reliever Sam Coonrod from the 10-day injured list.

Kobe Bryant: 42 photos for the Laker legend’s 42nd birthday — Press Telegram

Kobe Bryant would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on Sunday, August 23. The 18-time NBA All-Star won five championships throughout his 20-year career, spent entirely with the Los Angeles Lakers, and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation. Former Laker Kobe Bryant holds the Larry O’Brien championship trophy and the NBA Finals…

Kobe Bryant: 42 photos for the Laker legend’s 42nd birthday — Press Telegram

“Heartbroken” Warriors exec apologizes to Toronto Raptors president — Times-Standard

Warriors president Rick Welts has publicly apologized to Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri for the incident that occurred at Oracle Arena after the deciding game of the NBA Finals in June 2019. Ujiri and an arena security officer had an altercation as Ujiri attempted to join the Raptors on the court to celebrate their championship.…

“Heartbroken” Warriors exec apologizes to Toronto Raptors president — Times-Standard

LeBron James scores 38 as Lakers knock out Blazers in Game 3, take 2-1 series lead — Daily News

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is helped off the…

LeBron James scores 38 as Lakers knock out Blazers in Game 3, take 2-1 series lead — Daily News

Ryu start wasted for Blue Jays as Rays walk it off in the 10th — Toronto Sun

It didn’t take long for Hyun-Jin Ryu’s Blue Jays teammates to hurdle whatever language barrier existed between them and the South Korean southpaw. Read More

Ryu start wasted for Blue Jays as Rays walk it off in the 10th — Toronto Sun

Markieff and Marcus Morris carry brotherly love into the bubble, hope for Lakers-Clippers series — Press Telegram

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> Lakers and Clippers eating together? In the bubble, it happens almost every morning. Makieff and Marcus Morris Sr. wouldn’t do it any other way. They stroll down to Three Bridges Bar and Grill and order bacon and eggs, or sometimes pancakes, every morning their schedules allow. They talk about their…

Markieff and Marcus Morris carry brotherly love into the bubble, hope for Lakers-Clippers series — Press Telegram