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Giants pitcher Tim Hudson's long journey finally leads to World Series start Friday night

It's getting a little tiresome for the three Hudson children. Nearly every day in hotel rooms on the road this week, Giants' starting pitcher Tim Hudson will ask them, 'You realize we're in the World Series, right?' 
Sharks' McLellan: Couture's faceoff success down
Todd McLellan says Logan Couture hasn't been taking faceoffs because he hasn't been winning very many. 

Pac-12 basketball: Monty likes what he see of heir apparent Martin
Mike Montgomery talked about Cuonzo Martin at Pac-12 media day. 

World Series: Giants' Tim Lincecum to have back treatment
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum will receive treatment on his back when the team arrives from Kansas City on Thursday.
 

Sharks will start Niemi against Blue Jackets
Veteran goalie Antti Niemi will start in goal when the San Jose Sharks face the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night at the SAP Center.
 

Raiders: Breaking down the Cleveland Browns
Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns on Sunday. 

NFL: Fantasy football cheat sheet
Five players who likely weren't on many rosters Week 7 but showed that they are worthy of consideration for inclusion on your team. 

NFL: 5 storylines for the week ahead
The reeling Falcons host the red-hot Lions in the second of three games to be played in London this season. 

Arizona picked to win Pac-12
The Arizona Wildcats are a near-unanimous choice to win the Pac-12 basketball title in media poll.
 

Royals coach's World Series lineup cards are works of art
Don Wakamatsu's handiwork is so intricate and so attractive that a souvenir shop on the concourse at Kauffman Stadium sells them.  

FBI meets with USA Swimming on sexual exploitation concerns
FBI representatives met with USA Swimming officials this summer to discuss potential violations associated with child exploitation matters, according to a bureau letter sent to a prominent Bay Area lawmaker.  

World Series: Jake Peavy's playoff woes continue
Peavy surrendered four runs over five-plus innings and was the losing pitcher in the Giants' 7-2 loss to the Royals. 

Strickland gets smacked around as things unravel quickly in the 6th
One thing you have to say about Hunter Strickland in this postseason -- he hasn't been boring. 

Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal women's basketball picked 1-2 by Pac-12 coaches
Stanford and Cal have been picked first and second in the Pac-12 women's basketball coaches' preseason poll; The Cardinal was selected first for the 15th consecutive season despite the graduation of All-American Chiney Ogwumike, the school's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.
 

Kawakami: Giants let it get ugly in Game 2
Giants now have their own worries as World Series against Kansas City Royals heads back to San Francisco
 

Purdy: Lincecum's World Series appearance adds to drama
If healthy, Tim Lincecum could give the San Francisco Giants another weapon out of the bullpen against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series  

Royals beat Giants, even World Series at 1-1
The Kansas City Royals rocked Hunter Strickland the San Francisco Giants bullpen in a five-run sixth inning and won Game 2 of the World Series 7-2. 

Giants' Lincecum hurt during Game 2
San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum's first appearance of the postseason ended abruptly; he retired the first five batters he faced in Game 2 of the World Series but he appeared to slip while throwing a two-strike pitch to Salvador Perez in the eighth inning and left the game. 

World Series notebook: Tim Lincecum's 2014 postseason debut ends in injury
San Francisco Giants' two-time Cy Young Award winner entered Game 2 against the Kansas City Royals but left abruptly with an injury 

Sports digest: North Carolina academic scandal widens
A scandal involving bogus classes and inflated grades at the University of North Carolina was bigger than previously reported, encompassing about 1,500 athletes who got easy A's and B's over a span of nearly two decades 

Oakland Raiders rookies growing up fast
Derek Carr, Khalil Mack, Gabe Jackson, Justin Ellis, TJ Carrie forced into key roles for winless NFL squad  

NBA: Owners not ready to change lottery
Brandon Rush unhappy about not being ready for Warriors' opener against Sacramento Kings 

Holes-in-one
Holes-in-one 

NFL: DeBartolo passed over as Hall of Fame finalist
Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. was left off a list of finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame voting on Wednesday, as only longtime NFL general managers Bill Polian and former Oakland Raiders executive Ron Wolf were chosen by a committee in Washington, D.C., as 'contributor finalists.'
 

Modern Family actor jabs joke at Giants fan on Instagram
Eric Stonestreet, Cameron on Modern Family, is a Kansas City Royals fan, but he says the San Francisco Giants fan he poked fun at was in on the joke; How much will a ticket for World Series Game 3 at AT&T Park cost you? 

Raiders' Woodley might be done for season
Oakland Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley suffered a biceps injury against the Arizona Cardinals, and his status for the rest of the season is in question.
 

Golf: Former U.S. PGA champ Jason Dufner returns to the tour
After injury cost him chance to qualify for Ryder Cup team Dufner set to play at Perth International 

Menlo School teaching football players rugby-style tackling in hopes of curtailing head injuries
'Our goal is to keep the head out of the game and be as safe as possible,' Menlo coach Mark Newton said. 'I definitely think we've seen progress in cutting the concussion rate.' 

Magic Johnson ready to assist Silicon Valley in diversity
Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce. 

Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity
Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce. 

 
 
 
 
'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" star Mama June dating convicted child molester

In news that could mean the end of the reality TV show; it’s been reported that “Mama June” Shannon has rekindled her romance with Mark McDaniel, who spent 10 years in prison for allegedly molesting a 8-year-old girl who was a relative of Mama June’s.