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Thursday afternoon, the Giants finished off taking two of three games in a series against the Chicago Cubs.   It felt more like a sweep.     "We're going through a lot right...(full article)

College football, more than any other sport, is driven by perception: Year after year, debate after debate, the discussion inevitably devolves into parsing the collective wisdom as...(full article)

Years before he began his triumphant Summer of Jim revival tour in which he preached his shirtless brand of coaching gospel, Jim Harbaugh was staring at a large chasm, separated fr...(full article)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — I’d planned to lead this column with Sunday night’s compelling return to the field of San Francisco all-pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman after 19 months aw...(full article)

Even after three trips to the NFC Championship game the past four seasons, optimism for the San Francisco 49ers 2015 season has been tumultuous at best. It began with Jim Harbaugh ...(full article)

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There is nothing quite so hilarious as watching NFL owners chatting with each other on the sideline while wearing team-issue ball caps to look more like the common man and less lik...

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49ers' Trainwreck Won't Derail Tomsula

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Warriors Get to Keep No. 7 Choice

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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

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Signing Manny Baffling Move by A's

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Sharks Acquire Moore From Lightning

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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...

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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...

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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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Golden Era of California Goalies

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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...

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A's Snap Tigers' Winning Streak at 12

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Sandoval Hits for Cycle in Giants' Win

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Raiders Take Opener vs. Broncos

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Sources: Pryor to Appeal Suspension

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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

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Raiders Select Pryor in 3rd Round

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