(JANE TYSKA)
Warriors close calls at Oracle make them overwhelming West favorites

Golden State Warriors struggled against the Houston Rockets in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference finals, but teams winning the first two games of a seven-game playoff series in the NBA advance 94 percent of the time. 


 
TIM KAWAKAMI
(Dan Honda)
Kawakami: Stephen Curry wins duel against James Harden

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry comes out on top in star duel against Houston Rockets guard James Harden.
 
MARK PURDY
( Nhat V. Meyer )
Purdy: Golden State Warriors just keep winning, as in a dream

You can look it up. In the entire history of the Warriors franchise, even during their 1975 NBA championship run, the Warriors have never given us a spring when they won 10 of their first 12 playoff games. But that's what they did Thursday. 
M. Thompson II
( Dan Honda )
Thompson: Warriors not clicking at home ... but still winning

The Warriors are sometimes getting out of character at Oracle, but they're doing enough to win 
WARRIORS
(JANE TYSKA)
Warriors close calls at Oracle make them overwhelming West favorites

Golden State Warriors struggled against the Houston Rockets in Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference finals, but teams winning the first two games of a seven-game playoff series in the NBA advance 94 percent of the time. 
Raiders
( Josie Lepe )
Derek Carr should be ready to throw well before camp

Oakland Raiders not saying why Derek Carr has been sidelined this week -- it's rumored that he has an injury on his right ring finger -- but he's expected to recover in plenty of time for season. 
Cal Bears
Basketball: Caleb Swanigan picks Purdue

The long wait is over, presumably.On the day before the spring signing period ends, five-star center Caleb Swanigan committed to Purdue, alma mater of his legal guardian and former Boilermaker football player Roosevelt Barnes. 
Athletics
( Ben Margot )
A's put pitcher Mujica on disabled list, Crisp likely is next

Reliever Edward Mujica was pitching well for the Oakland A's since being acquired from the Boston Red Sox, but he suffered a thumb fracture after being hit by a line drive; decision likely to follow on outfielder Coco Crisp Friday or Saturday.  
Giants
Second man who beat Giants fan Bryan Stow in LA gets federal time

A second man has been sentenced to federal prison in connection to a brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside of Dodger Stadium in 2011.  
49ers
( Nhat V. Meyer )
Don't overlook Lawrence Okoye as he enters Year 3 of his NFL transformation

Lawrence Okoye isn't counting on Justin Smith's retirement to finally free him a spot on the 49ers defensive line for regular-season action. 
(Herb Greene)
Friday's TV picks: Grateful Dead fans, get a load of this

'The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir' chronicles Weir's journey from his youth in Palo Alto to global fame in documentary on Netflix. Plus, Thomas Middleditch of 'Silicon Valley' drums up laughs on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' 
( Jeffrey R. Staab )
David Letterman set trashed; Dumpster divers move in

Hours after the 'Late Show' finished taping, the crew began dismantling and throwing away iconic parts of David Letterman's set.