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IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Kings search for identity after Cousins deal

Jim Adams
Sports Columnist

KINGS RE-FINDING IDENTITY: With the trade of DeMarcus Cousins, Dave Joeger has had his hands full. The team has had trouble finding their groove, but back-to-back wins are a start. Willie Cauley-Stein plays great ball. Too many turnovers and poor decisions hurt otherwise. Forget the result of the San Antonio game. Today, they are not in the same galaxy. However, this team without DMC is far better than continuing to put up with his childish antics. There are better days ahead.

ABC SATURDAY NIGHT: Anything But Competitive. After a disastrous week, the Golden State Warriors rest Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Igoudala against San Antonio. The result is predictable — a 107-85 thrashing. Someone figure Golden State out! Durant goes down and the team is less-than-ordinary. No statistics required, just an overview. Coach Steve Kerr's move is questioned, and the Warriors must answer some hefty questions. Although they wrap up the week with two wins, they fail to show they can play without Kevin Durant.

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: It is tough sledding for the USA team in Pool C. While the Dominican Republic upsets Columbia in 10 innings to go 3-0, USA sneaks by Columbia 3-2 before losing to the Dominican Republic 7-5. Big Sunday match against Canada to advance. The USA rises to the occasion, scoring seven runs in the first two innings to move on to Round F with an 8-0 triumph. Giants stars play well… especially Brandon Crawford. Posey with a long home run vs. Canada. Some thrilling baseball and much more to come.

THE POST-MORTEM ON JOSE FERNANDEZ: Investigators have concluded that Fernandez was at the helm of the boat in Miami during the early morning hours that caused his death and two others. He was intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. Driving recklessly at 65 mph in darkness, he hit a jetty. The area where he was travelling was known for navigational hazards. Had he survived the crash, he would have faced many charges including manslaughter. The tragic end to a blossoming career.

PUIG ATTEMPTING COMEBACK?: Playing in the minors for a stint last year, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers is attempting a mini-comeback. Asked what he is working on, he replies, "Nothing." Asked about goals, he chides, "I don't have any goals." He attempts to get his head together. Contribute. Be a good teammate. Control his temper. However, the jury is still way out and Puig's Spring Training may be one of the biggest stories for the talent-laden Dodgers.

NASCAR/WWE COLLIDE: Martin Truex Jr. wins at Las Vegas in the big NASCAR event. However, the story is the scrape between Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. For his part, Logano takes out Busch late in the race with some poor driving. Busch waits for Logano to finish the race, and The Main Event is on! Busch emerges with a bloody gash to the forehead. Truex is forgotten as the combatants get most of the coverage.

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MANNY RAMIREZ ROYALTY IN JAPAN: Former MLB star Manny Ramirez has a unique contract playing for the Kochi Island Fighting Dogs (what a gentle name) in Japan. He gets unlimited sushi, a Mercedes with a driver and a $700 a night hotel suite. On top of that, practices are optional. At 44, he will wear No. 99 with just MANNY on top of it. He does not want to be confused with Alex Ramirez. Head-shaking contract.

GREASING THE BANDWAGON: The NHL playoffs are a few precious weeks away. For all the Nevada County fans, the bandwagon is greased and ready to roll. Joe Thornton continues to progress towards immortality with five more assists this week. Quickly moving towards the 12th spot all-time. Goaltending is excellent. Scoring has been healthy. Although it was a bland 2-2 week, the Sharks are one point below the second spot in the Western Conference and seven points ahead in the Pacific Division. Get ready for the ride.

TEAM USA PULLS PLUG: The members of the USA National Women's Hockey team have had enough. They have announced that they will not be playing in the 2017 World Women's Championship in Plymouth, Michigan. This is a group of very talented and dedicated ladies. They represent our country well. They are looking for equitable compensation, youth team development, equipment, travel expenses and hotel accommodations. For such a proud program, USA Hockey has maintained divergent levels of support for men and women. Perhaps now, the ice surface will be level.

Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at adamses@inreach.com.

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