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Neutral court advantage could create surprises in NBA bubble

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ A wise collection of gentlemen once upbraided me about my powers of prognostication, suggesting, “Your crystal ball ain’t so crystal clear.” Be that as it may, and based on the most recent efforts made in that regard (my prediction of the Padres beating the Twins in the …

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Obituary: Mamie Hirasawa (1926-2020)

Mamie M. Hirasawa peacefully passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2020. She was born on February 2, 1926 in Sebastopol, California to the late Katsuki and Shina (Miyamoto) Horita. She along with her family were interned at Amache, Colorado during World War II. Some years after the war Mamie moved …

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Streaking A’s brawl past Astros 7-2 for ninth straight win

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER The streaking A’s remained undefeated in August, completing a weekend sweep of the Houston Astros 7-2 at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon in a game highlighted by the first true benches-clearing brawl of the Covid era. Tempers flared in the seventh after Oakland’s Ramon Laureano was hit by …

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Gallo’s blast helps Texas salvage final game against Giants

BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER Joey Gallo’s three-run home run in the seventh-inning off Tyler Anderson led the Texas Rangers to a 9–5 win over the Giants Sunday afternoon at Oracle Field. Gallo’s blast, his third of the year, capped a three hit day and allowed Texas to escape San Francisco with …

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Downtown Martinez outdoor program expanded to Thursdays

Launched on June 12, the City of Martinez Outdoor Downtown program gives merchants the opportunity to provide outdoor dining and shopping experiences for their customers, while facilitating the physical distancing of patrons to comply with the current County Health Order. By allowing businesses to use portions of City sidewalks, streets, …

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MLB’s last minute shift adds another six teams to the playoffs

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ Hours before the first pitch of the 2020 MLB season was to be thrown, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the owners announced an agreement that will expand the postseason from ten teams to 16 teams for the 2020 campaign. Each league will still feature three …

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National Farmers Market Week confirms it’s value to community

BY DEBRA J. MORRIS We never imagined that a COVID-19 pandemic would upend nearly every aspect of society and the local food supply chain. Thankfully, farmers markets were declared essential businesses early on, albeit smaller and with limited access and with extensive safety guidelines and restrictions. More than ever before, …

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National League gearing up for a truncated 60-game sprint

BY J.A. SCHWARTZ As of this writing, the delayed MLB season is set to commence in a matter of days. It’s still entirely possible that circumstances driven by the COVID-19 pandemic may prevent games from actually being played, but until that becomes reality, a preview of what the season may …

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