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MLK Classic: Bishop O’Dowd holds court against Heritage

OAKLAND — In the third-annual Martin Luther King Classic at Bishop O’Dowd, the hosts turned up the heat to defend home court, St. Joseph Notre Dame ran out of gas after an emotional past few days and Salesian suffocated its opponent after coming off a loss to the No. 1 girls basketball team in the country. Here’s a look at what transpired on a hectic Monday slate in Oakland … Bishop O’Dowd 54, Heritage 48 Maybe every other year, O’Dowd coach Malik McCord suffers a loss inside the Dragon Lair. “I think I’ve lost here five times since I’ve been here 11 years, so it’s not an easy place to win,” he said. “That’s one stat that I’ll remember.” Heritage (11-4) appeared poised for a win on the road after going into halftime up 30-16, with senior Payton Bradley nailing a 3-pointer out of the locker room. That’s when O’Dowd (11-4), which couldn’t connect in the first half, went on a 17-2 run to make things interesting. “I told them the shots would start falling,” McCord said. “Continue to play good defense, because I believe…

MLK Classic: O’Dowd edges Campolindo as freshman buries winning shot

MORAGA — They saved the best matchup for last at the Martin Luther King Classic on Monday. And Bishop O’Dowd and Campolindo did not disappoint. Freshman Jalen Lewis, O’Dowd’s 6-foot-9 budding star, caught a pass from Marsalis Roberson and swished a jumper from just beyond the free-throw line in the waning seconds to give the Dragons 50-49 victory in the seventh and final game of a daylong extravaganza at Saint Mary’s College. Campolindo led by nine points in the second half, but foul trouble — and O’Dowd’s ability to attack the basket — tightened things up down the stretch. “It was meant for me to get a layup,” Lewis said of his clutch 16-footer. “I was open and had to take that shot. Knocked it down.” Campolindo (13-5) had a one-point lead and the ball when it called timeout with 34.6 seconds. When play resumed, Roberson stole the ball for O’Dowd and immediately called a timeout as he lay on the court. O’Dowd (10-7) made five passes before Lewis hit the winner. Roberson then made a steal in the backcourt as the buzzer sounded. “Marsalis…

Warriors fail to contain Damian Lillard, fall to Trail Blazers in overtime

All Stephen Curry could do was shake his head in appreciation and, perhaps, envy. The Warriors did what they could to stop Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. They trapped him, they denied him the ball and they blocked his shot, but it wasn’t enough. In their 129-124 overtime loss to the Trail Blazers at Moda Center in Portland on Monday night, the Warriors (10-35) aimed to take away Lillard and defang Portland’s offense. Instead, with a career-high 61 points and seven assists, Lillard was responsible for more than half of the Trail Blazers’ (19-26) points. Missing important producers in guard CJ McCollum (ankle sprain) and center Jusuf Nurkic (leg fracture), Lillard carried his team in the way Curry often has. Meanwhile, the Warriors, without Draymond Green (flu-like symptoms) and Glenn Robinson III (ankle sprain), relied on their own sharp-shooting guard when it mattered most. D’Angelo Russell scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, as both All-Star guards spent the game trying to lift their respective injury-depleted rosters. Russell finished with 27 points on 9-for-27 shooting (5-for-16 from 3-point range), nine assists and eight rebounds.Related Articles…

Critter Corner: How to make sure indoor cats are happy

Dear Miss Behavin’: I recently adopted a cat that will be indoors-only. I worry that she will be bored and less enriched than an outdoor cat. How can I make sure she stays happy indoors? It’s actually quite easy to make sure your indoor cat leads a fun and enriching life. Cats love to observe the world from above, so get a cat tree or two for her to climb. Cat trees usually double as scratching posts, so she’ll scratch on those instead of your couch or curtains. If possible, put the cat tree in front of a window so kitty can safely watch the outside world. If your window has a ledge you can put a blanket or cat bed there to make it comfortable. Set aside playtime every day with your cat. Playing with your cat ensures exercise and bonding with their owner and keeps them (and you) entertained. Buy her different types of toys to keep it interesting. Cats love mice toys, crinkle balls, and string and feather wands. You can hide treats in puzzle feeders or put catnip in a paper…

CNN Poll: 51% support the Senate removing Trump from office

By Jennifer Agiesta | CNN About half of Americans say the Senate should vote to convict President Donald Trump and remove him from office in the upcoming impeachment trial (51%), according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, while 45% say the Senate should vote against conviction and removal. Nearly seven in 10 (69%) say that upcoming trial should feature testimony from new witnesses who did not testify in the House impeachment inquiry. And as Democrats in the Senate seek to persuade at least four Republican senators to join them on votes over allowing witnesses in the trial, the Republican rank and file are divided on the question: 48% say they want new witnesses, while 44% say they do not. The poll is the first major national telephone poll since the articles of impeachment were sent to the Senate, formally launching Trump’s trial there. They are also the first such poll results since Soviet-born businessman Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, publicly implicated the President in the Ukrainian pressure campaign during a series of television interviews. The new poll also finds…

Sunnyvale: Suspect arrested in series of trashcan fires

SUNNYVALE – Authorities on Monday arrested a 38-year-old homeless man on suspicion of setting more than a dozen fires in Sunnyvale. John Stahl  Officers were initially called to the 800 block of South Mary Avenue, off El Camino Real, about 2:20 a.m. for a report of trashcans burning near a residence, according to Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Capt. Dan Pistor. In a news release, Pistor said the flames damaged a fence and a vehicle before they were extinguished. The fire was determined to be “suspicious in nature,” Pistor said. Officers located security camera footage of a man setting the fire and searched the surrounding area for him. Around 4:15 a.m., the department received reports of 11 trashcan fires burning at Washington Park at 840 West Washington Ave., Pistor said. Officers searched the surrounding area and found John Stahl near a bus stop at Mathilda and Olive avenues. Pistor said Stahl was identified as the person who had set the fires. Stahl was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail on 13 counts of arson. He is being held on $425,000 bail at the…

WATCH: Trailer for HBO film on Oakland’s MLK Oratorical Fest

“They’re profound — and they have a vision!” Related Articles New HBO film celebrates Oakland’s MLK Oratorical Fest That’s what one adult has to say about the children participating in the children participating in the annual Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest, which is featured in an upcoming cable TV documentary. To mark the Martin Luther King holiday, HBO released a trailer for “We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest.” It’s a film that follows students from schools across the city in the months leading up to the festival, as they rehearse their speeches in classrooms and in their homes, hoping for a coveted spot in the finals. HBO describes the film as “a look at an event in which people raise their voices about issues they care about, and a portrait of the unique community that celebrates and supports them.” The documentary is executive produced by two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, who was born in Oakland and raised in Hayward. “We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest” premieres on HBO at 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Check out…

Students who lobbied for state MLK holiday honored at Oakland Tech

As California celebrated the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, some may not know that it was a tenacious group of Oakland high schoolers that led to his birthday becoming a state holiday. Oakland Technical High School’s class of 1981 — dubbed “The Apollos” — took on the lofty goal their freshman year and spent their four years in high school tirelessly pressing politicians to make California one of the first states in the country to declare King’s birthday a holiday, following in the footsteps of Illinois, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The class of 1981 named itself the “Apollos” after the NASA mission and adopted the motto, “We who reach for the stars.” The students considered themselves pioneers exploring uncharted territory because they were the first to deal with a massive retrofitting of the school. Once they set their sights on getting a new law passed to create the King holiday, the students were inspired by King’s own civil rights activism. They gathered signatures, garnered support from East Bay elected officials and convinced State Assemblyman Elihu Harris and state Sen. Nicholas Petris…

McConnell proposes shortened impeachment trial schedule

By Zeke Miller, Eric Tucker and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday proposed a condensed, two-day calendar for each side to give opening statements in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, ground rules that are raising objections from Democrats on the eve of the landmark proceedings. The Republican leader outlined the process in a four-page resolution that will be voted on as one of the first orders of business when senators convene Tuesday. It also pushes off any votes on witnesses until later in the process, rather than up front, as Democrats demanded. McConnell has been angling for a speedy trial toward acquittal of the charges against the president, and the closely held rules package arrived Monday after Trump’s legal team asserted in a legal brief that he did “absolutely nothing wrong,” urging the Senate to swiftly reject the “flimsy” and rigged impeachment case against him. With Republicans holding the Senate majority, McConnell’s proposal is likely to be approved by senators in the president’s party. The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, called the GOP leader’s proposed rules package…

49ers’ Shanahan explains, revisits Super Bowl collapse with Falcons

SANTA CLARA — Kyle Shanahan’s Super Bowl past is not haunting him, “to tell you the truth,” he said Monday. He hasn’t thought “much at all” the past three years about his much-debated, Super Bowl play calling as the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator. After all, he’s been consumed since then resurrecting the 49ers and leading them into this season’s Super Bowl. SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 19: San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan holds up the NFC Championship trophy after his team defeated the Green Bay Packers 37-20 at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)  With nearly two weeks to build hype and answer reporters’ questions ahead of Super Bowl LIV with the Kansas City Chiefs, Shanahan is astute enough to know that his last trip will be scrutinized, criticized and analyzed. He still shrugs off critics who simplified the 2016 Falcons’ collapse by saying he should have run the ball more to protect a 28-3 lead. “The whole narrative of, ‘If I just would have ran it, we would have won,’ I know that wasn’t…

Turing’s stolen OBE, doctorate recovered in Colorado

By Dan Mika | Boulder Daily Camera Federal officials say they recovered mathematician and World War II-era codebreaker Alan Turing’s doctoral degree, knighthood medal and other pieces of memorabilia in Colorado in 2018, almost 36 years after they were stolen. In filings in the U.S. District Court of Colorado on Friday, federal officials say they seized the British mathematician’s Princeton University degree, his Order of the British Empire medal and several photos, school reports and letters from his time at Sherborne School, a boarding school in Dorset, England. According to the seizure notices, a woman named Julia Turing approached the University of Colorado Boulder in January 2018, saying she wanted to loan Alan Turing’s memorabilia to the library. Archivists at the library determined the items were stolen from Sherborne in 1984. Based on her own admission to investigators and from Sherborne records, Julia Turing visited the school during a larger study of Alan Turing’s life and asked to see his archive, which was stored in a wooden box in a laboratory. School officials said they found a note underneath the box after the theft, reading:…

San Jose: ‘Furries’ pulled assaulter out of vehicle, sat on him

SAN JOSE — First came the man to the rescue. And then came the dinosaur, the tiger and the cowboy. It was just before midnight Friday in San Jose, and the downtown streets were thick with “furries” — anthropomorphism aficionados dressed in fur costumes — who had poured into the city for San Jose’s annual furry get-together known as FurCon. Conversations were relaxed as people drank in the night air and cooled off from “suiting” inside fur costumes all day, said Steven Rodriguez, 26, who was taking a smoke break outside the San Jose Marriott hotel. But suddenly a car screeched to a halt in the middle of South Market Street. And from inside came a woman’s horrified scream — “Get out, get out, get out, get out,” Rodriguez recalled. “It was pretty intense,” said Rodriguez, a self-described “silent observer” of furry culture who traveled from Azusa in Southern California to attend the convention’s after-hours hotel parties. “We saw the passenger just whaling on her. Just a full-on punch.” Rodriguez and his friend yanked open the unlocked passenger’s door and began dragging the man out,…

Pot sales on the Oregon-Idaho border are 420% higher than average

By Harmeet Kaur | CNN Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Marijuana sales in Oregon along the state’s border with Idaho are booming, according to the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis (OEA). That’s to be expected, given that recreational marijuana isn’t legal in Idaho, but the numbers are still surprising — in more ways than one. “In things you cannot make up, Oregon sales per adult along the Idaho border are 420% the statewide average,” Josh Lehner, an economist with the OEA, wrote in a post on Friday. Yes, the very same number that happens to be code for smoking marijuana. Cue the giggling. Oregon’s uptick in marijuana sales along the Idaho border doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s all Idahoans who are lighting up, Lehner said. The boost in sales could also be coming from other customers who are traveling from even farther away or from other Oregonians passing through the area, he said. Washington is also seeing higher-than-average marijuana sales along its border with Idaho, Lehner said in the post. He attributed this pattern to a border effect, or a phenomenon observed when…

Warriors mailbag: D’Angelo Russell trolling and contributors for next season

Thanks as always to everyone who asked questions. You can send questions for future mailbags to wgoldberg@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Twitter to @wcgoldberg. Q: I hope he gets traded PRONTO. What an [expletive], basically spitting in the face of Bay Area fans. – @niner_raccoon / Trade him NOW! Hell no you wear that jersey unless you want out. #HeGone – Funcis / Trade him immediately! In an Aaron Rodgers jersey the night before the NFC Title game. No thanks – Cliff Callero / Unacceptable. Trade him to Milwaukee for the Greek Freak – Rome (And several other comments just like these.) WG: No, these were not exactly submissions for the weekly mailbag, but they were replies to a video I tweeted of D’Angelo Russell, on the eve of the 49ers’ win over the Packers to advance to the Super Bowl, wearing an Aaron Rodgers jersey to his postgame press conference following a win over the Magic. I realize I’m about to step into a pit of snakes, but you Bay Area fans are really sensitive. Full disclosure: I’m from South Florida. My football team, the Dolphins, has made more…

Parnas asks AG Barr to recuse himself from investigation

By Erica Orden | CNN An attorney for indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas on Monday filed a request for the recusal of Attorney General William Barr in connection with the prosecution of Parnas, alleging Barr has a conflict of interest and should be removed from the matter “in an effort to preserve the public trust in the rule of law.” In a letter sent to Barr and filed in New York federal court, where Parnas is facing trial for allegedly violating campaign finance laws, Parnas’s attorney said Barr’s involvement in the case has resulted in both harmful perceptions and “actual harm to Mr. Parnas.” The attorney, Joseph Bondy, asked for the appointment of a special prosecutor from outside the Justice Department to oversee the case. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. The “actual harm” Bondy cited in the letter is what he describes as a delay in the production of discovery material in the Parnas prosecution, which Bondy says left his client unable to turn over documents in a timely manner to comply with a subpoena issued by the House of Representatives as…

PHOTOS: People celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on NorCal Celebration Train to San Francisco

Some sang his name, others wore shirts with his image and some smaller passengers colored his face with crayons, all celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on a northbound train to San Francisco. Members of the New Life Fellowship Church sing on the .@Caltrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train #MLK2020 pic.twitter.com/B8qlyHRAO9 — Randy Vazquez (@RandyVMedia) January 20, 2020 Part of the 2020 Caltrain NorcalMLK Celebration Train, riders who wanted to participate in Martin Luther King Day events in San Francisco were able to get free transit. The train departed the Diridon Station in San Jose at 9:35 a.m. and made stops in Palo Alto and San Mateo on its way to San Francisco. Riders can use the same ticket to return to the South Bay anytime today after 1 p.m. Other agencies such as BART and MUNI had similar opportunities for people who wished to attend the events in the city.

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