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IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Sparks takes reigns at NU; Monarchs legend coming to town

Jim Adams
Sports Columnist

SIMPLY SPARKY: Brad Sparks arrives at the helm of the Nevada Union Football program. He is the man of the moment. He keeps the Wing-T and ushers in the new era where the Miners are a part of the newly formed Foothill Valley League. He states the junior varsity program is back. Sparks is recognized as a player's coach. If it is time to rejuvenate Nevada Union's program, the moment has arrived and it is a great opportunity for the new head coach.

RUTHIE BOLTON COMES TO GRASS VALLEY: Gold medalist and ex-Sacramento Monarch Ruthie Bolton is coming to Grass Valley Sunday as part of the brilliant Bill McClintock's Frontline Basketball Camp. She is one of the premiere women's basketball players in the world. She is simply a legend. It is at Silver Springs High School from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The camp and Bolton are not to be missed.

CURRY IS BACK: The Warriors post a 2-0 series lead on Tuesday night after a 121-116 win at Oracle vs. New Orleans. Steph Curry posts 28 points in 27 minutes in his return. An impressive night and series by Draymond Green. Fourteen straight playoff wins at home. However, Golden State probably would not have won Game 2 without Curry. This series is not over, but one win in New Orleans will call it curtains.

CAVALIERS MOVE ON: It is a tense Game 7 vs. the Indianapolis Pacers, but the Cleveland Cavaliers get it done to move on to Round 2 against the very tough Toronto Raptors. Despite cramping, LeBron James plays for 43 of 48 minutes and scores an impressive 45 points. They take it to Toronto on the Raptors' home court to take a 2-0 series lead.

DRAMA IN SAN ANTONIO: Kawhi Leonard played in just nine games this season. Hometown boy with hometown dreams. However, Leonard's "group" is pitted against the Spurs. Both blame each other for inept diagnosis of an injury that kept him off the floor. While San Antonio wants to keep him, they are worried about Leonard's future plans. The Lakers, Philadelphia and New York are characterized as suitors. It is a dysfunctional scenario with no solution in sight.

SIMPLY A THRILLER: It was more than four hours of Sharks hockey last Saturday night. A 3-3 score took it into overtime. Miraculously, Vegas scores in the first overtime, but, upon review, it is disallowed. On we go! Early in the second overtime, the Sharks draw a power play. On an incredible sequence between Brent Burns, Kevin Lebanc and Logan Couture, San Jose buries the winner to knot the series. NBC's late night programming goes down the tubes, but it is riveting sport at its best.

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BEST OF THREE: After an overtime loss in Game 3, the San Jose Sharks took Game 4 on home ice 4-0. They play very well, but Goaltender Martin Jones was absolutely superb. It was an efficient effort that forces the series back to T-Mobile in Las Vegas. Burns and Marcus Sorenson had a big contest. However, just another game that squares it up. Game 5 is huge. One team will claim a large advantage in last night's late game.

AN AWESOME RIGHT HOOK: Houston Astros closer Kevin Giles enters the game in the top of the ninth embroiled in a 0-0 tie vs. The New York Yankees. He gets into trouble, eventually surrendering a three-run shot to Gary Sanchez. After another single, his evening (and the game) was done. As he left the field, he dealt himself a vicious right to the jaw. Whereas he did not knock himself out, it was a fairly brutal blow. Some are waiting until the next time he blows his appearance. Don't fight Giles!

AGAIN!: Ex-49ers Eric Reid has filed a collusion grievance against the NFL after his free agency has been a flop. Reid knelt next to Colin Kaepernick in their protest against social injustice. As he entered free agency, he would not deny he might kneel again. Despite a tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals, there has been little-to-no interest. So, history repeats itself and the league has another legal action on their hands. Should there be consequences to protest? You must decide.

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

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