Jacob C. Palmer

Jimmy Garoppolo’s strong play for the 49ers will allow the team’s decision-makers much more flexibility this offseason. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

With Jimmy Garoppolo in place, 49ers can focus on completing rebuild

SANTA CLARA — In just three starts, Jimmy Garoppolo has put to rest…

Jimmy Garoppolo’s strong play for the 49ers will allow the team’s decision-makers much more flexibility this offseason. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Donald Penn will miss the rest of the Raiders' season with a foot injury. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Donald Penn to miss rest of Raiders season — report

The Oakland Raiders were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys at home on…

Donald Penn will miss the rest of the Raiders' season with a foot injury. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 381 yards on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, leading the 49ers to a third-straight win. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers flame Titans after they turn up the heat

SANTA CLARA — Everyone around the team knew it was a big deal…

Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 381 yards on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, leading the 49ers to a third-straight win. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo will face three-straight top-10 pass-rushing defenses as the 49ers try to play spoiler for playoff teams in the final games of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Final stretch promises to be tough test for Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo has had a blessed tenure as the 49ers’ starting quarterback.…

Jimmy Garoppolo will face three-straight top-10 pass-rushing defenses as the 49ers try to play spoiler for playoff teams in the final games of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Moore. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants shed salary by trading Matt Moore to Texas

The San Francisco Giants completed their first trade of the offseason Friday,…

Matt Moore. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Eli Manning, seen here in 2017, and the New York Giants come to town this week for a flaccid Monday Night Football date with the San Francisco 49ers. (Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News/TNS)

Palmer’s Picks: Big lines await as regular season winds down

The end of the regular season comes with some relatively big lines.…

Eli Manning, seen here in 2017, and the New York Giants come to town this week for a flaccid Monday Night Football date with the San Francisco 49ers. (Andrew Savulich/New York Daily News/TNS)
Adrian Colbert (38) and Reuben Foster (56) are both 49ers rookies who are thriving under the team’s simple defensive scheme. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

How the 49ers rush defense hoisted itself up from rock bottom

SANTA CLARA — Week 7 still haunts 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.…

Adrian Colbert (38) and Reuben Foster (56) are both 49ers rookies who are thriving under the team’s simple defensive scheme. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) reacts to a three pointer against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Is Klay switching it up with Steph out? Steve Kerr says absolutely not

He's the man famous for saying he wasn't going to "sacrifice shit"…

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) reacts to a three pointer against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on October 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kevin Durant, seen here on November 13th. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant kisses fan who was hit by basketball at Warriors game (VIDEO)

One of the Golden State Warriors' 16 turnovers on Thursday night hurt…

Kevin Durant, seen here on November 13th. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Klay Thompson, seen here Oct. 17, scored 25 points for the Warriors on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors extend win streak to eight by clamping down on Mavs

The Warriors’ offense is missing Stephen Curry. Entering Thursday’s 112-97 win over…

Klay Thompson, seen here Oct. 17, scored 25 points for the Warriors on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jack Del Rio. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jack Del Rio, Raiders intent on getting back on track, ignoring ‘outside noise’

The Oakland Raiders started this week angry. They had just lost a…

Jack Del Rio. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Marquise Goodwin has reinvented himself as a receiver with the 49ers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Marquise Goodwin’s emergence makes 49ers’ search for receivers easier

SANTA CLARA — Before this season, Marquise Goodwin was in a dangerous spot.…

Marquise Goodwin has reinvented himself as a receiver with the 49ers. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Since being named starter, Jimmy Garoppolo has been feeling the pressure in ways the 49ers could never prepare him for in practice. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

49ers like how Garoppolo handles the pressure, knowing there’s more to come

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers have been a revelation since Jimmy Garoppolo…

Since being named starter, Jimmy Garoppolo has been feeling the pressure in ways the 49ers could never prepare him for in practice. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Billy Hamilton has stolen at least 56 bases in the last four seasons. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

Giants pursue Billy Hamilton to address hole in CF

The San Francisco Giants brass was adamant it wanted to improve its…

Billy Hamilton has stolen at least 56 bases in the last four seasons. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)
Derek Carr earlier in the season against the Kansas City Chiefs. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Jack Del Rio ‘pissed off’ about Raiders’ loss to Kansas City, searches for answers

After getting bum-rushed and losing a hugely important divisional game on Sunday,…

Derek Carr earlier in the season against the Kansas City Chiefs. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)
Kyle Shanahan was able to lead the 49ers to back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014 on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers add another brick to foundation with win over Texans

Jimmy Garoppolo got the true experience of playing quarterback for the 49ers…

Kyle Shanahan was able to lead the 49ers to back-to-back wins for the first time since 2014 on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Ahkello Witherspoon sure has the look of a ball-hawking No. 1 cornerback for the 49ers. (Stan Olszewski/Special To S.F. Examiner)

Grading the 49ers’ third quarter

The 49ers enter the final quarter of the season with a winnable…

Ahkello Witherspoon sure has the look of a ball-hawking No. 1 cornerback for the 49ers. (Stan Olszewski/Special To S.F. Examiner)
Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers have been difficult to predict this season and are home underdogs this week. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

Palmer’s Picks: Clear lines, full contrarian — can’t lose

No time to explain my philosophy (fade the public, a wholly unoriginal…

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers have been difficult to predict this season and are home underdogs this week. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
Draymond Green. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Draymond Green probable to return for grudge match against Detroit

After missing a game with right shoulder soreness, Draymond Green was upgraded…

Draymond Green. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Giancarlo Stanton doesn't exactly want to come to San Francisco. The Giants just have to hope their biggest rivals don't want him. (Courtesy Corn Farmer/Flickr)

Giants on verge of striking out on biggest free-agent targets

UPDATE: The Giants officially struck out. The team issued this statement Friday…

Giancarlo Stanton doesn't exactly want to come to San Francisco. The Giants just have to hope their biggest rivals don't want him. (Courtesy Corn Farmer/Flickr)