The new-look San Francisco Bulls kept things rolling by going up to Alaska and winning two out of three games against the first-place Aces over the weekend.
The Bulls (17-21-1-4) have now won four of five games since head coach Pat Curcio shook up the roster by sending former captain Justin Bowers and top-scoring defenseman Sacha Guimond to the Gwinnett Gladiators in return for Rylan Galiardi, Christian Ouellet and Cody Carlson.
“We’re a better team,” Curcio said. “We’re younger, we have a lot of skill and we have kids who want to get better and get to the next level.” Read More
LaMichael James strapped on the pads at 49ers training camp with big expectations for the 2012 season. How could he not? He was college football’s leading rusher as a sophomore at Oregon in 2010 and he collected more than 2,000 all-purpose yards for the Ducks a year later.
But when the season kicked off, the explosive running back watched the action from the sideline in street clothes.
“I can’t sit here and say it was fun,” James said. “Anytime you’re a competitor, you want to be on the field helping your team win.” Read More
Kyle Williams’ overtime fumble in last year’s NFC Championship Game brought out the worst in Bay Area sports fans.
In the aftermath of the 49ers’ 20-17 loss to the New York Giants, teammates like Patrick Willis and Adam Snyder rallied to support Williams. But many fans on Twitter were less forgiving. For example, one wrote: “I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it.” Read More
Jack Harbaugh usually breaks down game tape for his sons, Jim and John Harbaugh, prior to their NFL contests each week, just to give them an extra set of eyes. But as the brothers prepare for their meeting in Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, the eldest Harbaugh is tossing away his coaching hat.
This year’s Super Bowl between the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens is loaded with compelling story lines: Ray Lewis’ last game, the emergence of Colin Kaepernick and the Red and Gold’s return to glory. Read More
Gennifer Brandon walked off the court at halftime of the Cal women’s basketball team’s game with Southern Cal on Thursday dissatisfied with her performance. She had six points and 11 rebounds, but she missed a few easy shots.As the Bears returned to the floor, the junior turned to teammate Talia Caldwell for solace.“She was like, ‘Go for the boards and everything else will just follow,’” Brandon said. Read More
To many longtime hockey fans, Commissioner Gary Bettman seems more interested in destroying the game they love than protecting it.
In his 20-year tenure, the NHL has witnessed three work stoppages; an expansion into the Deep South to the neglect of northern markets; and a television contract with a network that tried to promote the sport with ridiculous, gimmicky, video game-style graphics (see: Fox’s glow puck). Read More
A bleak season in Berkeley received a jolt of good news this week: Brandon Smith appears healthy enough to rejoin the Cal men’s basketball team in the near future.
After a 6-0 start, the Bears’ season suddenly took a 180-degree turn in December. Smith went down with a head injury, sophomore guard Ricky Kreklow re-injured his surgically repaired right foot and the team has lost seven of its past 11 games. Read More
Pat Curcio’s five-player trade with the Gwinnett Gladiators is paying off faster than he expected.
The San Francisco Bulls (15-20-1-4) won two of three games against the Stockton Thunder (21-15-4-3) over the weekend after trading team captain Justin Bowers and top-scoring defenseman Sacha Guimond, playing the gritty style of hockey that Curcio envisioned when he executed the deal.
“I’m shocked,” the Bulls’ coach and president said. “The way we played the last two games, I was hoping to get that by game No. 10.” Read More
Jim Harbaugh encountered the “sharpest iron” he’s ever faced in the first iteration of the Harbowl on Thanksgiving last year.
The Niners entered the contest with a 9-1 record and an eight-game winning streak. It seemed like the NFL was quickly becoming the younger Harbaugh’s oyster. But John Harbaugh’s defense exposed his little brother’s team that night, limiting the offense to 170 yards and sacking Alex Smith nine times while keeping the Niners out of the red zone for the entire game. Read More
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