Jacob C. Palmer

In a game to forget, the Raiders’ receivers combined to drop six passes on Sunday. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

If only the Raiders could make it 2016 again …

The Raiders still have a path to the playoffs despite getting beat…

In a game to forget, the Raiders’ receivers combined to drop six passes on Sunday. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)
Bettors should keep the Lions on their radar since Detroit has the easiest schedule left. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

Palmer’s Picks: Blaine Gabbert vs. Tom Savage: Can you feel the excitement?

Last week, I wrote that bettors should lean heavily on the under…

Bettors should keep the Lions on their radar since Detroit has the easiest schedule left. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)
Sean Bowman of the University of San Francisco men’s soccer team. (Courtesy Chris M. Leung/USF Dons Athletics)

USF men’s soccer advances past Cal in NCAA Tournament

University of San Francisco has one of the hottest men’s soccer teams…

Sean Bowman of the University of San Francisco men’s soccer team. (Courtesy Chris M. Leung/USF Dons Athletics)
San Francisco 49ers defensive back Adrian Colbert (38) celebrates a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Adrian Colbert joins ranks of injured 49ers safeties

Like Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski Tartt and Eric Reid before him, Adrian Colbert…

San Francisco 49ers defensive back Adrian Colbert (38) celebrates a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) runs against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bye week temporarily delays 49ers’ quarterback controversy

A day after CJ Beathard’s best performance as a pro, head coach…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (3) runs against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) fights off the New York Giants defense for a touchdown at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Marquise Goodwin ‘adamant he wanted to play’ after son’s death

Marquise Goodwin was the hero of the 49ers’ first win of the…

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) fights off the New York Giants defense for a touchdown at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Marquise Goodwin celebrates his first touchdown of 2017 on Sunday. After the game, Goodwin revealed his son passed away “due to complications.” (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Goodwin shines after personal tragedy

After catching his first pass as a member of the 49ers, Marquise…

Marquise Goodwin celebrates his first touchdown of 2017 on Sunday. After the game, Goodwin revealed his son passed away “due to complications.” (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Reuben Foster and Brock Coyle celebrate as the 49ers wrapped up their first win of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

No 0-16: 49ers take care of gutless Giants

SANTA CLARA — The lead up to the 49ers-New York Giants game…

Reuben Foster and Brock Coyle celebrate as the 49ers wrapped up their first win of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
CJ Beathard, left, should have an opportunity to throw the ball this week; and, Carlos Hyde, right, is facing the 28th-best run defense in the league. It’s time for the 49ers to put together a win. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers need to beat Giants to validate faith in new braintrust

If the 49ers don’t win today, finishing the season 0-16 will be…

CJ Beathard, left, should have an opportunity to throw the ball this week; and, Carlos Hyde, right, is facing the 28th-best run defense in the league. It’s time for the 49ers to put together a win. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Brock Osweiler will be making another start today. That should be a convincing argument to bet the under in that game. (Courtesy Jeffrey Beall/Flickr)

Palmer’s Picks: Backup QBs start, bettors should bang unders

Brock Osweiler. Ryan Fitzpatrick. Case Keenum. Brett Hundley. Mitchell Trubisky. Jacoby Brissett.…

Brock Osweiler will be making another start today. That should be a convincing argument to bet the under in that game. (Courtesy Jeffrey Beall/Flickr)
Buster Posey. (Stan Olszewski/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Buster Posey wins fourth Silver Slugger Award

The San Francisco Giants, owners of the worst offense in Major League…

Buster Posey. (Stan Olszewski/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Carlos Hyde projects to be a highly sought after free agent this upcoming offseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Can Raiders, 49ers lock up their best players long term?

Carlos Hyde has been a source of steady production for the 49ers…

Carlos Hyde projects to be a highly sought after free agent this upcoming offseason. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan throws passes to players during the San Francisco 49ers training camp held at their practice facility in Santa Clara, California, on August 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

As 49ers manage expectations, Giants are buried by them

SANTA CLARA — Looking at the standings, you’d think the 49ers and…

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan throws passes to players during the San Francisco 49ers training camp held at their practice facility in Santa Clara, California, on August 17, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Who's going to stop Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors? (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors roll promising Wolves team without Kevin Durant, flex on rest of NBA in process

OAKLAND — Kevin Durant missed a start for the first time this…

Who's going to stop Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors? (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35), seen here fielding a ball in September of 2017, was selected to his second All-Star team in 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford wins third-straight Gold Glove Award

His team was in last place, but Brandon Crawford’s 2017 season wasn’t…

San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35), seen here fielding a ball in September of 2017, was selected to his second All-Star team in 2018. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kyle Shanahan said he's never seen anything like he has this year in terms of injuries. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kyle Shanahan: Only God can explain 49ers injury problems

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers need help. They’ve lost starters to injury.…

Kyle Shanahan said he's never seen anything like he has this year in terms of injuries. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Carlos Hyde has been the best player on the 49ers roster this year, but it’s been difficult for the team to commit to the run game as they’ve been trailing for most of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Why did the 49ers not run the ball against the Cardinals?

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers lead the league by averaging 40.7 attempts…

Carlos Hyde has been the best player on the 49ers roster this year, but it’s been difficult for the team to commit to the run game as they’ve been trailing for most of the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) misses a pass intended for him during a NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 5, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers show how miserable trusting the process can look

SANTA CLARA — As far as NFL head coaches go, Kyle Shanahan…

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (11) misses a pass intended for him during a NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 5, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) reacts to a flag called against him during a NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 5, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

NFL players push the issue, seek mediation with owners

The NFL players who are protesting inequality during the national anthem were…

San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid (35) reacts to a flag called against him during a NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 5, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Steve Kerr wasn’t happy with the way his team played in the early part of the season. After rolling through a three-game road trip, his group appears to have corrected some of the things that bothered him. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Will Detroit debacle be viewed as wake-up call for Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors enjoyed their abbreviated offseason and it showed. Head…

Steve Kerr wasn’t happy with the way his team played in the early part of the season. After rolling through a three-game road trip, his group appears to have corrected some of the things that bothered him. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)