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Justin Braun, Dan Boyle return for Sharks vs. Oilers Thursday

The Sharks blue line is getting a boost Thursday vs. the Oilers, with Justin Braun and Dan Boyle returning to the lineup. Boyle missed Tuesday’s shootout win over the Ducks with some type of undetermined illness. From David Pollak: “Whatever it was, it kicked my ass,” he said after the morning skate. Boyle missed Wednesday’s practice but participated at the team’s morning...
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January 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrew Bogut, Carl Landry, Harrison Barnes to play for Warriors; Stephen Curry out

The Warriors were able to cruise to an easy victory over the Cavaliers on Tuesday despite being short four of their top six players due to injuries and rest. On Thursday against the Mavericks, the Dubs will likely be closer to full strength. Here’s The Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons: Mark Jackson said Andrew Bogut (ankle), Harrison Barnes (knee) and Carl Landry (shoulder) will return...
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January 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Jerry Rice on Randy Moss: ‘I never took any plays off’

It’s Day 3 of Mossgate, two days longer than it probably should have lasted. But, at any rate, here we are.  The latest development of this breathtaking scandal is Jerry Rice throwing shade at Randy Moss … again. A quick refresher. Moss on Tuesday, during the three-ring circus that is Super Bowl media day, proclaimed he was the greatest wide receiver “ever to play.” Jerry...
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January 31, 2013  |  Discuss

A rundown of what people are saying about Chris Culliver’s anti-gay comments

49ers cornerback Chris Culliver and his controversial comments about gay players in the NFL were the top Super Bowl story on Wednesday. Culliver has since apologized. He repeated his remorse in a press conference Thursday morning. The 49ers also rejected his comments in a statement. Many people affiliated with the Niners and Ravens have weighed in on Culliver’s homophobic remarks...
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January 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes named to Rising Stars Challenge

David Lee is going to have some familiar company at All-Star Weekend in Houston. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack’s favorite player, on Wednesday were both named by the NBA as participants of the Rising Stars Challenge. Barnes and Thompson are part of a pool of 18 first- and second-year players who will be separated into teams when they are drafted gym-class style...
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January 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Randy Moss still thinks he’s the greatest wide receiver ever

On Tuesday during media day, Randy Moss for a brief period became the hot story during Super Bowl week, staking claim to the “greatest receiver ever” tag. Then Ray Lewis came along, and Moss became an afterthought. But on Wednesday Moss reiterated his stance on who is the greatest player to ever play his position. From CSN Bay Area: “You make your own judgment,” he said....
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January 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Chris Culliver apologizes for homophobic comments

49ers cornerback Chris Culliver apologized on Wednesday after bigoted comments he made during Super Bowl media day about the potential of having a gay teammate became widely publicized. Culliver released this statement through the team: The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. It has taken me seeing them in print...
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January 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Chris Culliver makes homophobic comments during radio interview

During media day on Tuesday, 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was interviewed by Artie Lange (yes, that Artie Lange) for his radio show. It did not go well for Culliver. Eventually in the interview Lange, the shock jock he is, bluntly asked Culliver if he believed there were any gay players on the 49ers. Unfortunately, Culliver didn’t sidestep the question or go for the PC answer...
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January 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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Jack hijacks Klay Thompson interview

The Warriors on Tuesday were able to coast to an easy win over the Cavs and end their four-game East Coast swing even at 2-2. But how? They were without four of the best six players, including three starters, namely all-star snub Stephen Curry. Well, 1) the Cavs (13-33) suck, and 2) the two guys in the following video stepped up big time. Klay Thompson was lights out, draining a...
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January 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Sad Alex Smith is now a meme

Alex Smith had a throng of reporters huddled around him at the three ring circus that is Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, something you don’t usually see for players who aren’t likely to play in the game. It was a pretty striking scene, made hilarious by Smith’s wearing giant headphones for part of the informal Q&A. They weren’t even Beats. Naturally, this has already...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Alex Smith denies report saying that he wants to be released

On Monday we shared a report that said Alex Smith was hoping to be released by the 49ers in the forthcoming offseason. During media day on Tuesday, was asked if there was any truth to the report, and, predictably, Smith pleaded ignorance: “I don’t know where this stuff comes from. I’m focused on this game and helping this team win a championship and doing whatever I can do...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Ryane Clowe unapologetic about losing cool in Canucks game

If Sunday’s Sharks win over the Canucks was scored in pure hatred for the other team, the score would have been a lot closer than the actual 4-1 tally. The bitter dislike each team has for the other was starkly evident. The physical nature, multiple fights and litany of penalties (84 total penalty minutes were handed down) were all indications of the intensity between impassioned...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Another look at Harrison Barnes’ dunk on Aaron Gray (Video)

Harrison Barnes, even as a rookie, is one of the NBA’s more thrilling dunkers this season. There was the time he took Nikola Pekovic’s soul earlier back in November. That one was pretty ******* awesome. Just over the weekend he skeeted all over Ersan Ilyasova. That was fun, too. Barnes, aka The Black Falcon, was at it again Tuesday night. The victim? His tallest one yet—7-footer...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Ray Lewis used banned substance to recover from triceps injury

Evidently it can’t be a Ravens Super Bowl media day with out some Ray Lewis controversy. At Super Bowl XXXV 12 years ago it was Lewis being peppered with questions about his murder trial. On Tuesday Lewis had to deal with the aftermath of Sports Illustrated publishing a report that alleges Lewis knowingly used a banned substance to recover from his torn triceps earlier this season...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Randy Moss: ‘I’m the greatest receiver ever to play this game’

Randy Moss doesn’t talk to the media very often, but when it was mandatory he take part of Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, he did not disappoint. From NFL.com: “I think now that I’m older, I do think I’m the greatest receiver to ever do it,” Moss said from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. “This year has been a down year for me, statistically. The year before I retired was...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Madden ’13 predicts a Ravens Super Bowl victory

Not to be outdone by Tecmo Bowl, Madden NFL 13 has revealed the results of its Super Bowl XLVII simulation. And unlike its 8-bit counterpart, Madden says the Ravens are going to be crowned champs. Final score? 27-24. MVP? Joe Flacco, who Tecmo had literally throwing away the game in its simulation. From EA Sports: Baltimore wasn’t about to let the 49ers spoil Ray Lewis’ retirement...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers, Harbaugh brothers respond to President Obama’s comments about football safety

As you may have heard, Barack Obama made some significant comments about football safety over the weekend that’s gotten a ton of publicity in the media. Here’s what Obama told the New Republic: I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football. And I think that those of us who love the sport are...
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January 29, 2013  |  1 Comment

Former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman accused of assaulting ex-boyfriend

Ex-Raiders and 49ers offensive lineman Kwame Harris might have been publicly outed Monday in a pretty embarrassing and unfortunate way. According to the San Mateo Daily Journal, Harris is facing an array of charges stemming from an alleged incident in August in which Harris attacked his ex-boyfriend in a Menlo Park Chinese restaurant during an argument over — wait for it — ...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Alex Smith wants to be released before free agency

Nobody will be surprised if Alex Smith won’t be back with the 49ers next season. The franchise now undoubtedly belongs to Colin Kaepernick, who has taken Smith’s starting job and presumably also his parking spot. Whether Smith’s exit (if it does indeed happen) in the offseason comes via a trade or the team releasing him is still TBD. But according to Pro Football Talk, Smith...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Andrew Bogut to return for Warriors on Monday?

Andrew Bogut hasn’t played for the Warriors since Nov. 7. But that two-and-a-half month absence could finally come to an end Monday night in Toronto against the Raptors, according to Marcus Thompson: When the Warriors tip off Monday night, don’t be surprised if a 7-foot-1 Australian is on the court. Warriors starting center Andrew Bogut is aiming at coming back Monday night in...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss
NO HOLDING BACK

Coco Crisp's amazing 'fro is back

Remember Coco Crisp’s phenomenal afro from a few years back that he somehow was still able to wear a cap over? Well, it’s on its way back. Crisp made an appearance at A’s Fanfest on Sunday, and it was hard to miss that his fluffy ‘do is in progress making a comeback. Definitely not as long as we’ve seen it in the past, but still profound. Here’s Kate Longworth: #Athletics...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Brad Stuart won’t be punished for Gabriel Landeskog hit, report says

So, it sounds like Brad Stuart won’t be getting a call from Brendan Shanahan in the league office regarding his devastating hit on Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog on Saturday. Via David Pollack: Bob McKenzie of TSN now reporting that the NHL will not be taking any further action on the hard hit by Brad Stuart on Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog. Looks like the league...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Coliseum Authority spending $1 million to study new Raiders stadium proposals

With the A’s eyeing an eventual move to San Jose and the Warriors likely leaving for the San Francisco waterfront, the Coliseum Authority is pledging $1 million to study stadium proposals that would keep the remaining hometown team, the Raiders, in Oakland. From the Oakland Tribune: Dubbed “Coliseum City,” the proposal calls for a construction of an entertainment and sports...
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January 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Putting Patrick Marleau’s hot start in perspective

Nobody in the NHL is having a better start to the season than Patrick Marleau.  The Sharks have started the season 4-0, thanks in large part to Marleau’s torrid pace out of the gate. Marleau added two more goals in the Sharks 4-0 win over the Avs on Saturday to bring to his league-best tally to eight (Chicago’s Marian Hossa follows with five). He’s scored twice in each of...
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January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

George Kottaras claimed off waivers by Royals

The Kansas City Royals on Friday claimed A’s catcher George Kottaras off waviers. The team DFA’ed Kottaras after it acquired catcher John Jaso from the Mariners last week. Prior to the Jaso trade, the A’s and Kottaras agreed to a one-year deal. Kottaras batted .212 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 27 games with the A’s last season after coming over in a July trade with the...
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January 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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