A season that started with promise is hanging by a thread as the Stanford men’s basketball team hosts rival Cal this weekend.
Stanford entered the 2012-13 campaign with their eyes set on an NCAA Tournament berth after capturing the NIT postseason title last season. But the Cardinal (10-7, 1-3) could be watching March Madness on TV again this year if they’re unable to pick up a crucial win against Cal (10-6, 2-2) at Maples Pavilion on Saturday. Read More
The puck finally drops on a new NHL season this weekend and a familiar Sharks team will get another crack at bringing the Stanley Cup to Northern California.
Despite a disappointing first-round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the spring, the Sharks’ core nucleus remains intact as the team prepares to kick off the lockout-shortened 48-game season on the road against the Calgary Flames on Sunday. Read More
If the Cal men’s basketball team is going to save its season, someone who isn’t named Allen Crabbe or Justin Cobbs will need to step up and put the ball in the basket at Stanford on Saturday.
The Bears (10-6, 2-2) received a wake-up call last week when Washington ran them out of Haas Pavilion 62-47.
Crabbe and Cobbs shot a combined 7-for-27 from the field and David Kravish was the only player outside of the duo to score more than seven points. The team’s two leading scorers are accountable for 50.5 percent of the team’s points this season. Read More
Colin Kaepernick could revolutionize the quarterback position in pro football. His speed is more explosive than that of most NFL tailbacks, and he slings the ball downfield with the velocity of a ninth-inning closer. Last week, Kaepernick looked like the super-quarterback that coaches had once dreamed Randall Cunningham, Daunte Culpepper and Michael Vick would become. Read More
The first team captain in San Francisco Bulls history, Justin Bowers, is headed to the Gwinnett Gladiators in exchange for three players: Rylan Galiardi, Cody Carlson and Christian Ouellet.
The Gladiators also obtained the rights to defenseman Sacha Guimond in the deal. Guimond was called up to the Worcester Sharks last week.
Coach and president Pat Curcio said he executed the team’s first blockbuster trade to obtain roster depth in the wake of the NHL’s return from a 113-day lockout. Read More
Colin Kaepernick vindicated coach Jim Harbaugh’s controversial quarterback swap with his record-setting performance against the Green Bay Packers.
After eight weeks of acrimony in the press, on social media sites and among fans, the 49ers find themselves back in the NFC Championship Game, where their season ended a year ago. Read More
Colin Kaepernick ran himself into the NFL record book Saturday and along the way he carried the 49ers to their second straight NFC Championship Game appearance.
In his first postseason start, Kaepernick set a league record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a playoff game, propelling the 49ers to a 45-31 shredding of the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers will meet the winner of today’s game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday. Read More
The NHL is back and the San Francisco Bulls are feeling the trickle-down effects.
The Bulls are not only losing NHLers Torrey Mitchell and Ryane Clowe, but Andrew Crescenzi, Jamie Devane, Mikael Tam and Daniil Tarasov are also leaving the team to skate in the AHL.
“That’s the nature of our business. It’s tough to deal with sometimes,” coach Pat Curcio said. “We haven’t really had to deal with it the first three or four months of the season because the NHL has been gone.” Read More
The longest conference-winning streak in the history of women’s college basketball now stands at 81 games.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 26 points and Amber Orrange added 15 as No. 5 Stanford extended its historic Pac-12 winning streak with a 62-53 win over No. 7 Cal at Haas Pavilion on Tuesday.
“I think [the winning streak] means a lot for the legacy,” Ogwumike said. “But quite frankly, I live in the moment. We try to live in the moment; we take it one day at a time. Today is the biggest day, the most important day.” Read More
They say timing is everything, and the cliche certainly rings true for the return of the NHL later this month.
Hockey fans are frustrated with Commissioner Gary Bettman and the players’ association for threatening to cancel the entire regular season for a second time in eight years. But by the time the puck drops on the real season — the Stanley Cup playoffs — in the spring, this old spat will seem as ancient as Maurice Richard’s skates. Read More
The best start in 40 years of Cal women’s basketball will be truly historic if the Bears snap Stanford’s 80-game Pac-12 Conference winning streak tonight at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.
The No. 7 Bears are gaining national acclaim this season thanks to the first 12-1 start in school history. They’ve already knocked off two ranked opponents — No. 17 Kansas and No. 23 Colorado — and a win over No. 5 Stanford (13-1, 2-0 Pac-12) would be a momentous step toward the goal of becoming an elite program. Read More
Did the 49ers catch a break by drawing the 2010 Super Bowl champions for next week’s NFC divisional-round playoff game at Candlestick Park?
With the uncertainty surrounding Justin Smith’s health, some are suggesting that the 49ers are actually better suited to take on the high-flying Green Bay Packers than the ground-gashing Seattle Seahawks. Here’s the argument in a nutshell: Vic Fangio’s run defense is vulnerable with a one-armed Cowboy on the line; thus, Marshawn Lynch’s legs pose a greater threat than Aaron Rodgers’ one-dimensional Packers. Read More
Jim Harbaugh is a man of many labels. Genius, egomaniac and master motivator are just a few of the tags he’s picked up in his brief NFL coaching career. Here’s another one if the 49ers do make a Super Bowl run this month: psychic.
At the risk of being called Mitt Romney (by Democrats) or John Kerry (by Republicans), I’m conceding that Colin Kaepernick is the right quarterback for the 49ers heading into the 2013 playoffs. But this isn’t a flip-flop. It’s the reality that the 49ers are a different team without Justin Smith. Read More
Former Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell is expected to make his debut with the San Francisco Bulls at the Cow Palace tonight against the Colorado Eagles.
The Minnesota Wild forward joined the Bulls on Monday after signing a standard ECHL player contract with the club.
“It feels good,” Mitchell said. “I’m excited to be a part of a team again.”
Mitchell said he’s conditioned himself throughout the NHL lockout, so jumping on the ice tonight shouldn’t be a problem. Read More
The Beatles say, “you get by with a little help from your friends,” and the motto was certainly true for the 49ers on Sunday.
The 49ers (11-4-1) limped into the 2012 playoffs with an underwhelming 27-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park in Week 17. Still, the team is entering the second season in the same position it held one year ago — as the NFC’s No. 2 seed with a first-round bye — because the Minnesota Vikings knocked off the Green Bay Packers with a last-second field goal at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis. Read More