Quick start helps Sharks top Vegas Golden Knights in preseason opener

SAN JOSE – The Sharks scored three goals on their first six shots of the preseason and earned a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday at SAP Center. Defenseman Henry Thrun had three points in the first period, including a goal just 24 seconds in as his wrist shot from just inside the blue line got past Golden Knights goalie Jiri Patera. Thrun also assisted on Tomas Hertl’s goal at the 9:03 mark of the first period and scored on another shot from the point on a power play with 40 seconds left before intermission, helping the Sharks win their exhibition season opener before an announced crowd of 9,785. Forward Nathan Todd and defenseman Kyle Burroughs also scored for San Jose, which, like Vegas, only dressed a handful of players who are still expected to be in the NHL when the two teams meet Oct. 12 in the regular season opener. Starting goalie Kaapo Kahkonen, in his second full season with the Sharks, made 32 saves, including 19 in the first two periods. Kahkonen is expected to split time in net this

How SF Giants’ playoff chances evaporated over disastrous 10-game road trip

LOS ANGELES — When the Giants embarked on this trip 10 days ago, they were firmly in the playoff race. Riding high off a 5-1 homestand, their postseason odds, according to FanGraphs, stood at 47.5%. As recently as the last day of August, their chances were as high as 67.1%. Walked off Sunday night by the Dodgers, 3-2, they had fallen to 0.2% by the time they boarded their charter flight home. It was their eighth loss in 10 games on this disastrous trip, and it played out similarly to many of their previous 78. There wasn’t a pitcher who completed five innings, the little offense they produced came on one swing of the bat, and they left the bases loaded twice, including in the top of the ninth when Mitch Haniger went down swinging. “At the end of the day, I’m just trying to work hard, get better and help the team win, and unfortunately I haven’t been able to come through in situations like that,” said Haniger, whose batting average fell to a career-worst .207 in the first year of a $43.5 million

Here Comes the Sun: Neil King Jr. and more

Journalist and author Neil King Jr. takes a walk with Martha Teichner to retrace the steps he took on his 26-day adventure from Washington D.C. to New York City. Then, Jonathan Vigliotti takes a look back at martial artist Bruce Lee’s life. “Here Comes the Sun” is a closer look at some of the people, places and things we bring you every week on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

How a 49ers mandate saved Keena Turner’s life

The wisest soul in the organization, a 49ers lifer who has provided perspective and counsel for decades, was uncharacteristically speechless. Keena Turner heard the words yet couldn’t comprehend their meaning. It was February of 2022, and a Stanford cardiologist was routinely delivering the results of an echocardiogram, the only two words of which Turner remembers clearly were “aortic aneurysm.” Sitting in an office at 49ers headquarters, Turner can chuckle about it now. “Once I got off the floor, we didn’t really talk about what the options were because there was only one option,” Turner said. “I had to have surgery, so it was just deciding on when.” The doctors wanted to operate in March. To the consternation of friends and family, it wouldn’t be until February of 2023 that Turner had his chest opened up so that three inches of his ascending aorta could be removed and replaced by synthetic tubing. Having experienced no symptoms, Turner, to put it mildly, was surprised. As football players go, Turner seemed in good health for someone who played 11 seasons and 153 games with the 49ers from 1980-90