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TThe  Warriors have the potential to become one of the greatest basketball teams in history, but they aren’t invincible. “Nobody can deny the great talent that they have. But ...(full article)

Blaine Gabbert is not a very good quarterback. Blaine Gabbert hardly qualifies as a below-average quarterback. But the San Francisco 49ers, based on the tiniest shred of improvemen...(full article)

Early in Dead Poets Society, there’s a scene where Robin Williams’s character, John Keating, introduces his class to poetry. To do so, he has one of his students read a section...(full article)

The National Basketball Association took dramatic stands Thursday in defense of two of nature’s most critical imperatives. The legacy bucket, and the pivot foot. And both can be ...(full article)

Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger tweeted something someone didn’t like. He lost his job because of it. Colin Kaepernick kneels for the national anthem and he pockets $16 ...(full article)

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With the public wising up to the con of taxpayer-financed stadiums, the group invested in moving the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas is doing all it can to remove the public from the ...

As Giants Collapse, Best Not to Look at Them

Monday night’s game ended, and the broadcast booths at Dodger Stadium emptied at roughly the same time. Vin Scully looked at Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow and said, “Don...

Mighty Defense? Raiders' Is Mighty Bad

OAKLAND -- Jack Del Rio is considered a defensive mind, and after two weeks of the current Oakland Raiders season, his mind has mostly been occupied with how much blame he needs to...

49ers Should Swallow, Start Kaepernick

The San Francisco 49ers need to look at Colin Kaepernick again. Not just through a prism of protest or social awareness, but as a starting quarterback. It has taken 10 starts to sh...

'Progressive' NFL Slitting Its Own Throat

A celebrity multimillionaire professional athlete, San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick refuses to stand for the national anthem at NFL football games, saying he wants t...

Will NFL Keep Raiders From Vegas Jackpot?

It is now time for Oakland Raiders fans to get less comfortable about the continued existence of the Oakland Raiders. This is less than becoming resigned to losing them outright, b...

Carr Promises to Quit the Acrobatics

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr promises he will do a better job avoiding the types of plays that could lead to serious injury. And for that, Raiders fans have Robert Griffin III to...

If Only Scully Would Let Down His Guard ...

In this, the Undisputed Year Of Vin, the iconic Dodger announcer’s decision to finish his seven-decade career on October 2 in San Francisco, the last regular season game of the s...

"Princess of Darkness" Spills the Beans

The title of the book is You Negotiate Like A Girl, but there is nothing "girly" about former Raiders CEO Amy Trask's new memoir. And Trask tells her readers that before they even...

Kaepernick Creating a New Normal

In a day marked with 9/11 tributes and field-sized American flags, several football players from around the league chose to join in Colin Kaepernick’s protest of national ant...

Kaepernick Getting Just What He Wanted

  On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Marcus Peters held a black-gloved fist aloft during the national anthem, an homage to the 1968 black-power protest of John Carlos and Tommie...

When Baalke Thinks, Dilfer Speaks

Trent Dilfer is a very good friend of 49ers GM Trent Baalke, and Dilfer now appears on ESPN’s “NFL Countdown” every Sunday morning, which means one key thing: We get to hear ...

Del Rio Has Guts, Raiders Have Glory

Long before the daring call, Jack Del Rio had made the daring call. Six minutes left. Season opener. Raiders trail, 34-27. On the road. Offense driving. The Raiders’ coach check...

Rams-49ers Rivalry Rekindled?

Let’s be honest: The so-called rivalry between the 49ers and Rams has needed a little oomph for more than decade. It requires two competitive teams to make for a compelling m...

Kelly Seeks Redemption in San Francisco

Thanksgiving Day 2014, it looked like the NFL had found its coach of the future. Armed with a diabolically clever spread offense and fueled by a sports science program that had som...

If This Is Year of Raiders, Then Take Cover

Hope is a hellish trap that leads all who engage in it to a horrifying end. At least that is how Oakland Raiders fans should view the upcoming season. Not because the Raiders aren&...

Kelly's 49ers Era Begins With ... Who Knows?

There is a palpable “ummm” around the San Francisco 49ers these days. Not a hum, which is what you would expect with anticipation or excitement, but an “ummm,&rdq...

Exploiting Racism for Political Objective

Dear Colin Kaepernick, I hear you. And so do millions across the country. As a professional athlete, you actually have more sway than pastors. Welcome to a culture driven...

Can Raiders Meet Raised Expectations?

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74 Wins? Curry Just Wants a Title

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McCaffrey's Extra Gear All Stanford Needed

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Yes, Colin, Blacks Oppressed - by Blacks

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Kaepernick Distracting But Worth Keeping

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Kaep Not 1st to Use Sports as Political Stage

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'Traitor' Kaepernick Unwanted in NFL

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Kaepernick Debate Raises Insanity Quotient

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Kaepernick Sacrifices Truth for Politics

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Warriors Expect Durant to Boost Defense

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49ers in Tough Spot Cutting Kaepernick

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Soldier Could Teach Gutless Kaepernick

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Castro Shirt Cements Kaepernick's Idiocy

t's well established that I think Colin Kaepernick is an idiot for protesting the national anthem, but even I was shocked when I saw his wardrobe choice after the San Francisco 49...

Mouthy QB Wins Right to Keep Talking

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Kaepernick Will Pay for Protest

Even in the middle of Colin Kaepernick’s odd and tense career and relationship with the 49ers, this was an odd, quiet and tense scene in the Levi’s Stadium locker room late las...

No Defense, Kaepernick Is a Flipping Idiot

As a first amendment absolutist I support Colin Kaepernick's right to make whatever statement he wants about his political beliefs. But since I'm a full bore proponent of the marke...

Sydney Hopes NFL Takes Note

The resounding success of the first Sydney Cup college football game has raised hopes that an NFL fixture will be next to hit Sydney's shores. A bumper crowd of 61,247 flocked to A...

NFL Doesn't Need Kaep's Politics

The NFL is facing a potential image disaster at a time when the league seemed to be finally putting Deflategate and other scandals in its rearview mirror. San Francisco 49ers quart...

Moore Giants' Eternal Hero Until He's Not

Matt Moore was this close to falling afoul of SnapJudgmentWorld.com. He had done nothing so far to stanch the bloodsoak that has been the second half of the San Francisco Giants&rs...

Dodgers on Counterintuitive Playoff Charge

In the final days of June, fresh off being swept in a three-game series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh, and falling eight games behind the Giants in the National League West, ...

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Nothing creates more uncertainty for an offense in college football than have an unresolved quarterback battle heading into the season. With an experienced starter, the coaching st...

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Kings Lucky to Grab Robinson

Sometimes, it happens. In recent NBA drafts, it happens a lot. A few of the league's top executives believe they're a little smarter than everyone else – or more daring, at...

Giants' Cain Pitches Perfect Game

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Time for A's to Give Up on Manny

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Warriors Get to Keep No. 7 Choice

The Warriors got what they tanked for, though practically, they can't quite explain it that way. It's OK, I will: They cannily ignored PR concerns and played by real-world rules,...

McClain's Sentence a Blow to Raiders

The current status of the great linebacker Ray Lewis suggests Rolando McClain still has time to reconstitute himself and become the productive team leader the Raiders thought t...

Moss Impressive in 49ers Practice

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Giants Will Survive Sandoval Injury

Because nothing engages a fan base quite like a crisis, Giants fans determined to sweat the temporary loss of Pablo Sandoval should know their anxiety is appreciated by the fra...

Kings and Evans Parting Ways?

Kings executives will entertain trade offers for Tyreke Evans this summer, and they should. Evans remains a major asset. His team remains in a major funk. When a franchise finish...

Sharks' Scorers Becoming Fighters

They're scorers, not fighters. No, Joe Pavelski, Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau would not normally be front and center on the marauder's row of NHL mayhem-making and score-settl...

Giants' Wilson Likely Out for Season

Barely a week into the season, the Giants have to deal with an injury that could leave the team without its closer for the rest of 2012. Brian Wilson has "structural issues" with h...

Pressure on Blues to Even Series

The situation in which the Blues find themselves as the much-higher seed dropping Game 1 of the playoffs on home ice isn't unfamiliar, even for the opponent that dealt them the d...

Lincecum Struggles Again

Sometime between now and Tim Lincecum's next start against Roy Halladay and the Phillies on Monday, he and his coaches need to figure out why Arizona and Colorado used him as a p...

Sharks Must Improve on Road

Whatever problems the Sharks have experienced on the road since mid-January need to be fixed over the next 48 hours. A team that started out 11-4-3 away from HP Pavilion has gone ...

Can Giants Pay Cain and Lincecum?

Tim Lincecum was already company property the first time he saw the San Francisco Giants play in person. Shortly after agreeing to a $2.025 million bonus as the 10th pick in the 2...

Sharks' Woes Surprising

The Sharks are the talk of the NHL. And not for good reasons, either. "Everybody wants to know what's going on with San Jose," said hockey analyst Darren Pang. "What's happened ...

Where Might Manning Land?

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Signing Manny Baffling Move by A's

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Sharks Acquire Moore From Lightning

The small list of NHL teams willing to sell off assets at the trade deadline grew by one on Thursday. Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman signalled his intentions by...

Sharks Acquire Moore from Lightning

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Thunder Blow Lead, Fall to Kings

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Single Bid for Pac-12 in Tourney?

Last night on Twitter, I posted the Pac-12's updated nonconference records: 1-23 against the RPI top 50 (the one is Stanford over Colorado State) and 8-41 against the top 100. By...

Special Teams Give 49ers Leg Up

There could be a sliver of an issue dogging the 49ers, the possibility of trouble lurking, but Jim Harbaugh isn’t about to reach for the smelling salts just yet. For the se...

Rain May Hurt Giants' Passing Game

There is zero percent chance the Giants will be able to operate their high-flying passing attack at peak efficiency Sunday against the 49ers in the NFC Championship. Anyone who t...

49ers DEs Might Make the Difference

The NFC Championship Game between the Giants and 49ers Sunday will be a showcase for four of the best defensive ends in the game, and their aggregate impact could determine the o...

Giants Sign Vogelsong for 2 Years

Ryan Vogelsong finally has some security, and he earned it. The Giants' pitcher, who made a storybook comeback in 2011 and went 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA, has the first multiyear cont...

Ranking Potential Super Matchups

We're down to the final eight teams in the NFL playoffs, and that means there are only 16 potential matchups remaining for Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium next month in Indi...

8 Best Playoff Storylines

1. Whatever happened to the Patriots' aura of invincibility in the playoffs? Back in the day, New England in the playoffs meant you had better have your parade route at least ske...

Kings Rally to Give Smart Debut Win

When Keith Smart coached the Warriors last season, the one thing you could count on most nights was maximum effort. That kind of effort had been lacking with the Kings over the pas...

Source: Warriors Pursuing Howard

As the Orlando Magic consider deals for Dwight Howard, the Golden State Warriors have emerged as aggressive suitors for the NBA’s best center, league sources told Yahoo! Spor...

Biggest Win of Season for 49ers

Though darkness and light, times of struggle and moments of elevating success, the 49ers held on tight Monday night. They did what they had to. They didn't lose their grip through ...

Ravens' Defense Dominates 49ers

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Raiders Sign Houshmandzadeh

The Raiders attempted to speed up the chemistry process between new quarterback Carson Palmer and his receivers by signing former teammate T.J. Houshmandzadeh on Tuesday, the c...

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The Sharks kept their trip a perfect 4-0, beating the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 for their fourth consecutive win at Joe Louis Arena. Joe Thornton's first goal of the night proved to ...

Golden Era of California Goalies

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Bengals Make Point, Then Good Deal

It's not often I have a chance to say this, but here goes: Mike Brown did the right thing. First, he made his point with Carson Palmer. Then he made a deal with Oaklan...

Trade Proof of Jackson's Control

As has become Jackson’s MO, the Raiders went further than most people would have expected by reportedly giving up a 2012 first-round draft pick and a conditional first-roun...

Could Set Oakland Back Years

The Oakland Raiders paid a steep price to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer before Tuesday's NFL trading deadline. As the team's first huge personnel move since the passing of ow...

Sharks Remain Undefeated

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A's Snap Tigers' Winning Streak at 12

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Sandoval Hits for Cycle in Giants' Win

With the Giants all but finished in the postseason hunt, it was hard to imagine them accomplishing anything at Coors Field on Thursday night to upstage all of the intrigue in the...

Raiders Take Opener vs. Broncos

An eight-year run of opening game futility ended as the Raiders continued their dominance of their own division with a 23-20 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday night. Quarterb...

Sources: Pryor to Appeal Suspension

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, informed the NFLPA on Friday that Pryor wants to move forward with an appeal of his five-game suspension, sour...

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49ers' Crabtree Limited in 1st Practice

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Agent: Gore Agrees to Extension

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NFL: No Plans for Security Changes

The NFL’s chief security officer said Monday that the league will study the circumstances surrounding the fan violence at this past weekend’s preseason game in San Fra...

Raiders Select Pryor in 3rd Round

Unlock HQ Video HQ video delivered by Akamai The Oakland Raiders used a third-round pick in the NFL's supplemental draft Monday to select former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pr...

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