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Wrigley Field grounds crew lollygags, Mike Krukow calls it a “staged” effort to give Cubs rain-shortened victory
August 19, 20141

Wrigley Field grounds crew lollygags, Mike Krukow calls it a “staged” effort to give Cubs rain-shortened victory

With the Cubs holding a 2-0 lead over the Giants in the bottom of the fifth, the game went into a rain delay.

Did the Yoenis Cespedes trade screw up a good thing in Oakland?
August 19, 20140

Did the Yoenis Cespedes trade screw up a good thing in Oakland?

On August 17, 2014, a strange thing happened: the Oakland A’s — a team that has scored an average of 1.29 more

Now’s the time for the Giants to gain ground on the Dodgers (hey, stop laughing!)
August 19, 20142

Now’s the time for the Giants to gain ground on the Dodgers (hey, stop laughing!)

If you feel bad about giving up on the Giants at around 2:30 pm on Saturday, don’t. The Phillies had a 5-1 lead

Marcel Reece gets hurt just as Raiders were *finally* ready to use him more
August 19, 20148

Marcel Reece gets hurt just as Raiders were *finally* ready to use him more

The Oakland Raiders have already seen two of their top three tight ends (David Ausberry and Nick Kasa) and one of their

Jim Harbaugh’s ice bucket challenge and journalistic integrity
August 18, 20149

Jim Harbaugh’s ice bucket challenge and journalistic integrity

When 49ers PR Director Bob Lange asked if I’d join a sizable list of beat writers in accepting Jim Harbaugh’s “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,”

Maurice Jones-Drew appears to have something left in the tank
August 18, 20140

Maurice Jones-Drew appears to have something left in the tank

When Maurice Jones-Drew hit the free agent market, he expected to get a lot more attention. Coming off of back-to-back poor seasons

“It was awesome. A lot better than Candlestick.” – the 49ers like Levi’s Stadium, despite turf troubles
August 17, 201416

“It was awesome. A lot better than Candlestick.” – the 49ers like Levi’s Stadium, despite turf troubles

The 49ers did a quick scoreboard tribute to Robin Williams before the national anthem. If his character in “Good Will Hunting” spoke

Jim Harbaugh getting impatient with backup quarterbacks
August 17, 20146

Jim Harbaugh getting impatient with backup quarterbacks

It seemed like a bad sign during pregame warmups that so many balls hit the turf on the 49ers side. Receivers were

Sergio Romo still trusts stuff, himself
August 17, 20145

Sergio Romo still trusts stuff, himself

Sergio Romo is a relatively simple pitcher. He became a reliever in 2006 with the Augusta GreenJackets, and from there he worked his

“We came alive.” – Giants come back from four down, win 6-5
August 16, 201413

“We came alive.” – Giants come back from four down, win 6-5

Jeremy Affeldt gave up a two-run home run in last night’s extra innings loss to the Phillies. After the game, Gregor Blanco

Carr’s concussion and poor line play leave bad taste after Raiders’ comeback win
August 16, 20142

Carr’s concussion and poor line play leave bad taste after Raiders’ comeback win

The Oakland Raiders came away from their second preseason game with a win, but it wasn’t pretty. It took a late-game comeback —

A lighter, faster Crabtree: “I see a lot of people talking about this and that.”
August 15, 20142

A lighter, faster Crabtree: “I see a lot of people talking about this and that.”

Michael Crabtree doesn’t speak to the media all that often, which is a shame because he’s a unique, interesting guy who’s a

49ers practice report – Gabbert struggles, lots of tipped passes, here’s evidence that I took the ice bucket challenge
August 15, 20146

49ers practice report – Gabbert struggles, lots of tipped passes, here’s evidence that I took the ice bucket challenge

Levi’s Stadium wasn’t exactly packed on a gorgeous Friday evening, but there were enough fans discouraged with Blaine Gabbert’s performance that you

Harbaugh provides updates on Lattimore, No. 2 QB Gabbert, Mangini’s replay challenge responsibilities
August 15, 20140

Harbaugh provides updates on Lattimore, No. 2 QB Gabbert, Mangini’s replay challenge responsibilities

Now that we’ve got the ice bucket and sexual innuendo portions of Jim Harbaugh’s Friday afternoon press conference out of the way,

Harbaugh issues “ice bucket challenge” to SF beat writers, and that wasn’t the weirdest thing about today’s press conference
August 15, 20141

Harbaugh issues “ice bucket challenge” to SF beat writers, and that wasn’t the weirdest thing about today’s press conference

This was probably the wackiest Jim Harbaugh press conference I can recall for a couple reasons, but let’s go with the obvious

Warriors unveil Mission Bay arena sketch
August 15, 201412

Warriors unveil Mission Bay arena sketch

So now we know what the Golden State Warriors’ arena in San Francisco will look like … sort of. Bold move for

BASG notes: Hawk does Hawk things, hang with Bochy, Warriors schedule and more
August 14, 20142

BASG notes: Hawk does Hawk things, hang with Bochy, Warriors schedule and more

Before we get into the notes, jokes and curmudgeony comments, it’s time to update your calendars with a cool event taking place in

Remember the Alamo … and the Irwindale
August 14, 201410

Remember the Alamo … and the Irwindale

San Antonio, meet Irwindale. Two second and third fiddle cities in the union’s most populous states that have been used as negotiating

Cal Bears 2014 season preview: no QB controversy for Dykes in year two
August 14, 20145

Cal Bears 2014 season preview: no QB controversy for Dykes in year two

A Cal friend of mine once let me in on the secret unofficial slogan of Golden Bear football: “Every year is a

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