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Friday, 15 November 2013 04:53

Heroes at Heart

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For 5 year old miles, his struggle is already of heroic proportions.

Miles suffers from leukemia, a type of cancer in the blood or bone marrow that is a rapid increase in immature white blood cells. In 2000, over a quarter-million children were diagnosed with the disease, and 200,000 died from it.

Miles was diagnosed with Leukemia at age 1. He is now currently in remission. His very young life has been an every day battle, but today his life is celebrated in a different kind of battle.

Today, the city of San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City for Miles, a huge Batman fan, thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation. 12,000 volunteers signed up for the event, even the San Francisco Police Department to make little Miles Batman for a day.

Miles, who lives in Siskiyou County, had no clue what he was in for today, only that he was going on a special trip. The Police Chief himself issued a call to Miles, or Batkid, as villains began to rob banks, set traps, and kidnap mascots all around the city.

Miles was paraded around town in full costume in a sleek "Batmobile" to fight evil villains in costume and rescue damsels in distress. At the end of his adventure, he was presented with the Key to the City by the mayor in front of city hall, as San Francisco Police Officers led villains such as the Riddler and the Penguin away in handcuffs.

Volunteers lining the streets of San Francisco held signs, cheering on Miles during his adventure. Some even cried. One woman said it was "incredible to see everyone pull together to make this little boy's dream a reality. It really shows how everyone can do something, even the littlest to help."

If you'd like to help, you can always donate to the Make a Wish Foundation, to help make another child's dream come true.

Donate here: http://wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/donate

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Published in Life & Social
Saturday, 06 July 2013 04:19

SFO: Boeing 777 Down

Video by Scott Traylor.

Photo by David Eun Photo by David Eun

A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines has crashed at San Francisco International Airport, the FAA confirms. The airline is based out of Taipei, South Korea. Fire crews are on at least a 3rd alarm assignment. Witness statements indicate the tail may have hit the runway when the aircraft was landing.

Passenger David Eun of New York says "There are emergency personnel all over the place. I haven't felt this way since 9/11"

We'll have more details as the story develops.

Published in Breaking News

St Louis - Colin Kaepernick received the starting nod from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh earlier in the week, and was able to practice with the first team exclusively for an extended period for the first time even with Alex Smith healthy. Although Kaepernick played okay it was no where up to the level of greatness he has shown the two previous weeks. On paper a game between the Niners (8-3-1) and Rams (5-6-1) seemed to be overwhelmingly in favor of San Fran, but we all know the NFL can be as unpredictable as a David Akers field goal attempt is these days. For the second time this season the two teams would enter into an extra period and almost end in a tie. Rams rookie kicker Greg Zuerlein would boot a 54 yard field goal with just 26 seconds left to beat the Niners 16-13.

"I was just trying to make the kick and not think about anything," Zuerlein said. "I was pretty relieved, you know."

Kaepernick made two big errors that were huge in the outcome of the game. In the third quarter he would be penalized for intentional grounding in the end zone while under pressure. This made the score 10-2 with the Niners in front. His second error came in the fourth quarter when an errant pitch out would be picked up by Rams rookie Janoris Jenkins and returned for a TD. St. Louis converted the two-point conversion to tie the game at 10. Both teams would then exchange field to lead them into OT.

Our defense played a great game," Kaepernick said "I gave up those points that were on the scoreboard for the Rams so that's 100 percent my fault."

With just over five minutes left in OT David Akers missed a 51 yard field goal that would have ended the game. Akers, after having one of the best all-time season by a kicker in NFL history last year, has struggled this year going just 7 for 15 on field goals over 40 yards.

"I probably missed it by 3-4 inches to the right," Akers said. "I just feel horrible for letting my teammates, the organization and the fans down."

The 49ers will have a couple big decisions to make over the next week. 1) Do you stick with Kaepernick or go back to Alex Smith against the Miami Dolphins. 2) The Niners have already tried out a few kickers and I have no doubt they will be inviting a few more into camp. I would not be surprised if we see a new kicker starting within the next week or two in a San Francisco uniform.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 06 December 2012 07:16

SCUTARO SIGNS DEAL WITH GIANTS

San Francisco, Ca. - NLCS Most Valuable Player Marco Scutaro will once again don the Orange and Black as he and the Giants have agreed on a 3 year deal worth an estimated $20 million.

Vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said the sides had agreed to a deal, pending a physical.

In 61 games with SF Scutaro batted .362 with 44 RBI's and 3 homers.

Marco is a true professional and a great veteran to have both on the field but also in the locker room and dugout. Fans will welcome him back with open arms and cheers of joy as he takes his starting spot at second base come opening day in 2013.

Published in Sports
Monday, 03 December 2012 12:45

GIANTS INK PAGAN TO 4 YEAR DEAL

San Francisco - The Giants have agreed to a contract with center fielder Angel Pagan. The contract is for 4 years and worth an estimated $40 million dollars.

The 31-year-old Pagan batted .288 with eight home runs, 56 RBIs and a San Francisco-best 15 triples in his first season with the Giants. Pagan said late in the season and again after the World Series parade that he hoped to return, but wanted to test free agency and sought some job security in the form of a multi-year deal.

The Giants have now signed Pagan and Jeremy Affeldt two of their big free agents. Next up on the list for General Manager Brian Sabean will be NLCS Marco Scutaro.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 05:54

KAEPERNICK NAMED STARTER AGAINST RAMS

Santa Clara, Ca. - Coach Harbaugh has named Colin Kaepernick the starter for Sundays game against the St. Louis Ram's. It was an expected move given the great play by the 2nd year quarterback.

Kaepernick has led the Niners to two consecutive victories over a couple really good teams in the Bears and the Saints. Since the 1970 merger no 49ers QB has won his first 3 consecutive games.

"Colin we believe has the hot hand," Harbaugh said.

Kaepernick has completed 48 of 74 passes for 680 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in his 2 games as a starter and some spot play in a third. He has a 102.3 passer rating.

The NFC West-leading Niners (8-2-1) own the second-best record in the NFC behind Atlanta as they head to face the Rams.

Published in Sports
Saturday, 17 November 2012 04:17

GIANTS FREE AGENT CABRERA SIGNS WITH BLUE JAYS

Former Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera has agreed to sign a 2 year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays worth an estimated $16 million dollars.

Cabrera was having an amazing 2012 year until he was suspended for 50 games in August due to a failed drug test. He was named to the NL All-Star team and named MVP of the All-Star game. Cabrera was also leading the National League in hits and was second in Batting Average at the time of his suspension.

The Giants were able to fill Cabrera's  shoes with the mid-year signing of outfielder Hunter Pence.

Published in Sports

Santa Clara, Ca. - 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was sent to the hospital on Thursday with an irregular heartbeat. Sources said Harbaugh started feeling some chest pain and discomfort on Wednesday and doctor's would discover the irregular heartbeat Thursday afternoon.

The 49ers say that the procedure is, "not a major cause of concern; it's more precautionary," and that they fully expect the coach back to work today to resume his normal friday practice regimen. By all accounts Harbaugh will also be available to coach Monday night's showdown with the Chicago Bears.

"It's one of those things that, like coach Harbaugh always tells us, he's tougher than a $2 steak," 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis said. "We know he's going to be all right. We know we have a bunch of great coaches here that keep everything on track, and we're going to practice today as if he was here."

Published in Sports

By Justin J. Crowder

Although Marco Scutaro would take a nasty blow from Cardinals Right Fielder Matt Holliday as he slid into second base during the 1st inning of game 2 of the NLCS, Scutaro would remain in the game and energize not only the Giants players but also the 42,679 fans on hand to watch the Giants route the Cards 7-1. Giants Right Fielder Hunter Pence would say "it just kinda pumps you up...when you see on of your guys go down, you always want to win the game, but it's like 'let's go! Let's put it on the scoreboard'". Scutaro would leave in the 5th inning to have X-Rays on his hip, which came back negative. Good thing for the Giants as Scutaro's tremendous postseason play has captured the hearts of Bay Area fans much like former Giants outfielder Cody Ross did during the 2010 World Series run.

Ryan Vogelsong (the 2011 Willie Mac Award winner) would pitch beautifully giving the Giants a much needed 7 strong innings scattering 4 hits to go along with 4 K's and allowing just 1 run. Giants closer Sergio Romo who is also the owner of the coolest beard this side of Brian Wilson would get some much needed work in the ninth during a non-save situation. Vogelsong would be the first Giants starter to get past the sixth inning during this years postseason play, and it couldn't have came at a better time.

Giants outfielder Angel Pagan would hit his second home run of the postseason in the bottom of the first. The stat line was stellar for the Giants lead-off man as he compiled 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI's, and a walk. The Giants look to become the 1st team in 25 years to have the fewest home runs of any team in the majors and make it to the World Series. What the Giants lack in pop they make up for with outstanding pitching, good solid defense, and a very smart veteran team and coaching staff. Filling in for Scutaro, 2nd baseman Ryan Theriot would also add a hit and 2 RBI's with National League MVP hopeful Buster Posey and a slimmed down always fun to watch 3rd baseman Pablo Sandoval both contributing with a hit each.

The series will take a travel day tomorrow as the two teams get ready to battle it out in St. Louis at the beautiful Busch Stadium on Wednesday Oct. 17th at 1pm. The Giants will send ace Matt Cain who went 16-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 193 strikeouts to the mound. The Cards will counter with right hander Kyle Lohse who went an impressive 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA and 143 strikeouts. Cain and Lohse both in this years hunt for the National League Cy Young Award will look to capture the all important and pivotal game 3 match-up in the NLCS.

Published in Sports
Monday, 15 October 2012 14:13

Bay Area "Bummed" After Game 1 Loss

By Justin J. Crowder

The San Francisco Giants would once again raise the blood pressure of Bay Area and Central Valley fans as they would lose game 1 of the National League Championship Series 6-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals.For the first time since 1958 the two previous World Series Champions (Giants 10', Cards 11') would face each other in the playoffs. Starting Pitcher and 18 game winner Lance Lynn was poised to to take the mound against 23 year old 16 game winner and south paw Madison Bumgarner. The smell of celebratory Champagne lasted but a short time as the Giants washed away the euphoria of a 3-2 series victory over the Cincinnati Reds in the National League Divisional Series and began focusing and delivering the team mantra "Never underestimate the heart of a Giant" on the St. Louis Cardinals who defeated the Washington Nationals 3-2 in their own 5 game series. The Cards would strike first as 3rd baseman David Freese launched a two run homer in the top of the second inning. Freese who was last years World Series MVP admitted that after going up 6-0 against the Giants that "i'm thinking of the D.C. game" Freese would also say "They were up 6-0. We were up 6-0.And that shows that you've got to keep playing...We were fortunate enough that our bullpen came in and closed the door the rest of the way." Two nights earlier the Cards had comer back from a 6-0 deficit against the Nationals. The cards would bombard Bumgarner again in the fourth as 2nd baseman Daniel Descalso would hit a one-out double and short stop Pete Kozma would continue his outstanding post season play driving inDescalso with a double of his own to left field. After swiping third base the bleeding would continue ascenter fielder Jon Jay singled in Kozma from third. Once former Giant Carlos Beltran grabbed ahold of aBumgarner pitch and crushed a 2 run shot to left field, Giants skipper Bruce Bochy had scene enough and quickly pulled the Giants 3rd year pitcher from the game. The bottom of the fourth provided the Giants and their fans some hometown cookin' of their own. After singles by the hot hitting 2nd baseman Marco Scutaro (who ended the regular season with a 20 game hit streak) and right fielder Hunter Pence (a huge mid-season acquisition by the Giants) 1st baseman Brandon Belt would deliver a single of his own driving in Scutaro and giving the Giants their first run of the NLCS. Left fielder Gregor Blanco would then triple to deep right scoring Pence and Belt. After short stopBrandon Crawford drove a deep ball to right field that scored Blanco and pushed the score to 6-4 the AT&T crowd truly came alive and the chant of "BELIEVE" echoed throughout the stadium. Lance Lynn wouldleave giving up 4 runs on 5 hits in just 3.2 innings. Entering the 5th both teams would need to rely on their bullpen and middle relief much earlier thenanticipated. The Giants would see a strong performance by a combination of G. Kantos, T. Lincecum,J. Affeldt, S. Casilla, and J. Mijares who combined to throw 5.1 magnificent innings allowing no hits, no runs, 5 strikeouts, and just 1 walk. Not to be outdone the Cardinals bullpen was incredibly stout as J. Kelly, M. Rzepczynski, T. Rosenthal, E. Mujica (who would get the win) and closer J. Motte would dominate Giants hitters over 5.1 innings allowing no runs and striking out 4. The aforementioned Motte who was tied for the National League lead with 42 saves could be a huge plus for the Cardinals as a dominate factor at the end of games. The Giants will rely on a closer bycommittee approach with Sergio Romo leading the way and trying to fill the shoes of the enigmaticGiants pitcher Brian Wilson. After going just 3 for 15 the Giants 2 through 5 hitters will truly need tostep up in game two and deliver if the Giants stand a chance against this talented St. Louis team. The Giants will try and even up the series on Monday Oct. 15th at AT&T Park as 14 game winner Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound against 2005 Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter who spent much of the 2012 regular season on the disabled list. Game 2 will start at 5:00 PM and be televised on Fox.

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