Jacob C. Palmer

Trent Taylor caught all six passes thrown his way on Sunday despite playing with the flu. He’s one of the 49ers’ several impressive rookies this season. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

49ers youth movement takes hold

SANTA CLARA —  The 49ers entered the season with one of the…

Trent Taylor caught all six passes thrown his way on Sunday despite playing with the flu. He’s one of the 49ers’ several impressive rookies this season. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Marcus Peters. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS)

With Marcus Peters suspension, fortune yet again favors the Raiders

For the second week in a row, the previously reeling Oakland Raiders…

Marcus Peters. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/TNS)
John Balano, the first strength and conditioning coach at CCSF, died over the weekend on campus. (Courtesy Eric Sun/CCSF Athletics)

CCSF’s first strength and conditioning coach passes away at 62

The City College of San Francisco athletics community is reeling after the…

John Balano, the first strength and conditioning coach at CCSF, died over the weekend on campus. (Courtesy Eric Sun/CCSF Athletics)
Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked just once on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Garoppolo’s performance fills Shanahan with hope for future

Jimmy Garoppolo’s first start and win for the 49ers has injected an…

Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked just once on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Robbie Gould celebrates his game-winning kick for the 49ers against the Chicago Bears. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

Jimmy Garoppolo, Robbie Gould (but mostly Garoppolo) allow 49ers hype train to gain steam

When an NFL team has a franchise quarterback, it can overcome some…

Robbie Gould celebrates his game-winning kick for the 49ers against the Chicago Bears. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)
Stephen Curry scored 30 points on Sunday, when the Golden State Warriors blew out the Miami Heat. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)

Warriors soak up the sun, cool the Heat

It’s a familiar story for the 2017-18 Golden State Warriors: On Sunday,…

Stephen Curry scored 30 points on Sunday, when the Golden State Warriors blew out the Miami Heat. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS)
All signs point to Jimmy Garoppolo being a galvanizing force for the 49ers. But fans should keep their expectations reasonable during his first starts with the team. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Faithful should practice patience with Jimmy Garoppolo

Today marks the official beginning of a new era for the 49ers.…

All signs point to Jimmy Garoppolo being a galvanizing force for the 49ers. But fans should keep their expectations reasonable during his first starts with the team. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Baltimore defense should help the Ravens pull away from the Detroit Lions late today. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/TNS)

Palmer’s Picks: No point in going away from a good thing

Counting today, there are five weeks of betting left in the NFL…

The Baltimore defense should help the Ravens pull away from the Detroit Lions late today. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/TNS)
Stephen Curry, seen here Nov. 11, improved his jump shot in overtime after struggling for most of the contest on Wednesday. (Daniel Kim/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors, Steph Curry hit shots when they need to, beat tough Lakers squad

Two shots was all Stephen Curry needed. The former back-to-back MVP made…

Stephen Curry, seen here Nov. 11, improved his jump shot in overtime after struggling for most of the contest on Wednesday. (Daniel Kim/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Eric Reid announced he had removed himself from a group of players working with the NFL for social justice on Wednesday. He has bigger goals in mind. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers’ Eric Reid knows activism could cost him his job, fights anyway

SANTA CLARA — Eric Reid is one of the best safeties in…

Eric Reid announced he had removed himself from a group of players working with the NFL for social justice on Wednesday. He has bigger goals in mind. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Warriors are experimenting with rotations and will play Jordan Bell more in the future. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors utilize early season to take ‘Strength in Numbers’ to new level

OAKLAND — When you’ve been to the NBA Finals for three straight…

The Warriors are experimenting with rotations and will play Jordan Bell more in the future. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo won’t have much time to prove himself worthy of a major contract with the 49ers this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers like franchise tag for Jimmy Garoppolo

SANTA CLARA — Before the final minute of Sunday’s game, 49ers fans…

Jimmy Garoppolo won’t have much time to prove himself worthy of a major contract with the 49ers this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) runs onto the field during the final minute of gameplay against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 26, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers tap Jimmy Garoppolo as starter for Week 13

The wait is over. Jimmy Garoppolo is officially the 49ers’ starting quarterback.…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) runs onto the field during the final minute of gameplay against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 26, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Willie Cauley-Stein dunks during the second half of the Sacramento Kings VS Golden State Warriors game at Oakland's Oracle Arena on Monday, November 27th, 2017. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors’ loss to Kings opens Steve Kerr to poorly conceived criticism

OAKLAND — Amazing what can happen when a team is without its…

Willie Cauley-Stein dunks during the second half of the Sacramento Kings VS Golden State Warriors game at Oakland's Oracle Arena on Monday, November 27th, 2017. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo and Daniel Kilgore celebrate the 49ers’ last-second touchdown that ensured they lost by only 11 points. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers beaten so badly, Garoppolo makes an appearance

SANTA CLARA — Kyle Shanahan wasn’t going to play Jimmy Garoppolo unless…

Jimmy Garoppolo and Daniel Kilgore celebrate the 49ers’ last-second touchdown that ensured they lost by only 11 points. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Not betting on the Los Angeles Rams this week would be a slap in the face to Jared Goff and their surprising offense. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Palmer’s Picks: Don’t be afraid to bet against the public

Regular readers of this column know by now that I don’t have…

Not betting on the Los Angeles Rams this week would be a slap in the face to Jared Goff and their surprising offense. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
With injuries plaguing their secondary, the Seattle Seahawks have looked past their prime. (Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/TNS)

Seahawks serve as a reminder of our mortality

Neither team playing at Levi’s Stadium today will win the Super Bowl…

With injuries plaguing their secondary, the Seattle Seahawks have looked past their prime. (Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/TNS)
49ers fans are anxious to see newcomer Jimmy Garoppolo, right, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan intends to play CJ Beathard, left, until the time is right. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

CJ Beathard remaining 49ers starting QB is another sign Kyle Shanahan is rebuilding team his way

SANTA CLARA — Before the bye week, the 49ers answered the biggest question…

49ers fans are anxious to see newcomer Jimmy Garoppolo, right, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan intends to play CJ Beathard, left, until the time is right. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
It’s must-see TV every time the Warriors play in Oklahoma City, even before Kevin Durant spurned the Thunder fanbase. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Can the Warriors deliver another signature moment in Oklahoma City?

The game between the Golden State Warriors and their rival Oklahoma City…

It’s must-see TV every time the Warriors play in Oklahoma City, even before Kevin Durant spurned the Thunder fanbase. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Ken Norton Jr. was relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders in November. (Courtesy T.C. Perkins Jr./Travis AFB/Flickr)

Underperforming Raiders fire defensive coordinator

The Oakland Raiders fell two games below .500 on Sunday, losing to…

Ken Norton Jr. was relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders in November. (Courtesy T.C. Perkins Jr./Travis AFB/Flickr)