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Giants players speak out on free agency, game’s direction: ‘It’s definitely troubling’

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt could have been a free agent for the first time this winter. Shortstop Brandon Crawford, too. They’ve each compiled six full seasons of service time, earning the right to test their [Read entire story]

What’s wrong with the Warriors?

As head coach Steve Kerr took a seat amid a sea of media about to ask what’s wrong with his Warriors, he joked that Ted Koppel should be covering the story. “Day 4, Warriors in peril,” Kerr said. [Read entire story]

Warriors’ Patrick McCaw to play in G League

It’s rare for a player to ask for a demotion, but Patrick McCaw did so in an effort to turn around his season. McCaw asked head coach Steve Kerr if he could spend time with the Santa Cruz Warriors in [Read entire story]

Baseball owners, players feud as spring training approaches

One week before the Giants and A’s open spring training, baseball is engaging in its nastiest labor strife since the aftermath of the 1994-95 strike, which lasted 232 days and led to the cancellation of the World [Read entire story]

Giants retiring Barry Bonds’ jersey number: 25

While Hall of Fame voters continue to deny Barry Bonds, the Giants continue to honor him. The team announced Tuesday that Bonds’ number (25) will be retired in an Aug. 11 ceremony at AT&T Park. [Read entire story]

Giants, agent Scott Boras see different sides of baseball’s stalled market

The Giants are trying to trim payroll to avoid paying luxury taxes, and they aren’t alone. Several other traditionally large payroll teams, notably the Yankees and Dodgers, are cutting back for the same reason. [Read entire story]

Giants invite Duggar, Shaw, 14 other non-roster players to camp

Steven Duggar, who’ll get a shot to make the Opening Day roster, is among 16 non-roster players the Giants invited to their spring-training camp. A left-handed swinger, Duggar could make a push to [Read entire story]

Four picked for Hall of Fame —Barry Bonds not one of them

Barry Bonds still is not a Hall of Famer. Neither is Roger Clemens. In fact, they’re far from it. Four members of the 2018 Hall of Fame class were announced Wednesday: third baseman [Read entire story]

Joe Panik, Giants agree to $3.45 million contract; Kendall Graveman remains unsigned with A’s

Second baseman Joe Panik, eligible for salary arbitration for the first time, settled with the Giants on a $3.45 million contract for 2018, it was confirmed. It’s a considerable raise from last [Read entire story]

Khris Davis gets $10.5 million; A’s avoid arbitration

A big-time hitter cashed in on a big-time contract Wednesday. The A’s and Khris Davis settled on a $10.5 million salary for next season, which more than doubles his 2017 contract. [Read entire story]

A’s fans begin snagging free tickets

Fans began signing up Wednesday for free A’s tickets for the 50th anniversary game, and the team expects to accommodate everyone who’s interested in attending. The game is April 17, exactly 50 years [Read entire story]

BYU pulls away to top USF

It’s hard to gauge the talent on USF’s men’s basketball team, which is young and will experience growing pains this season. But say this for the Dons: They play an entertaining brand of hoops on [Read entire story]

Joe Morgan’s letter, Barry Bonds’ candidacy: more Hall of Famers weigh in

Former pitcher Tom Glavine said Thursday he heard from fellow Hall of Famers that “a lot of guys” support Joe Morgan’s Cooperstown crusade to exclude players linked to performance-enhancing drugs. [Read entire story]

Jimmy Garoppolo’s future with 49ers: Kyle Shanahan encouraged

Kyle Shanahan played along with Jimmy Garoppolo, and why not? Everyone else seems to be following the quarterback’s lead these days. “We’re going to keep Tennessee guessing also,” the head coach [Read entire story]

Giants, A’s expecting fruitful winter meetings after Stanton/Ohtani decisions

Teams that lost the Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes had a similar reaction to the players finding new baseball homes before the winter meetings. Hallelujah. With Stanton [Read entire story]

Giants miss out on Shohei Ohtani, who’ll play for Angels

Of the two elite available players the Giants were seeking, one decided to sign elsewhere and the other appears to be leaning elsewhere. Japanese megastar Shohei Ohtani announced Friday his decision to [Read entire story]

Giants ‘impressed’ in meetings with Giancarlo Stanton, Shohei Ohtani

Giancarlo Stanton loves to play at AT&T Park, and Shohei Ohtani loves Buster Posey’s “great aura.” Those were two of the takeaways in the Giants’ meetings with the two players they’re pursuing [Read entire story]

Dodgers could be Giants’ chief competition for Stanton

If the Giants trade for Giancarlo Stanton, their fans would know he left his heart in Los Angeles. Not that it would matter. The Giants are in desperate need of a power hitter, and fans would welcome him [Read entire story]

A’s hire Matt Williams as third-base coach

Matt Williams, a Gold Glove third baseman and one of the most popular Giants in the ’80s and ’90s, was hired by the A’s to coach third base next season, the team announced Friday. Williams is [Read entire story]

A’s trade Ryon Healy for reliever Emilio Pagan and minor-leaguer

ORLANDO — Ryon Healy gained immediate popularity among A’s fans when hitting 13 home runs after the All-Star break in his 2016 debut season. He hit 25 more this season but became expendable after [Read entire story]