Paul Ladewski

Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri (50) and Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) fight for possession of a rebound during the second half at the United Center Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 in Chicago. The Mavericks won 99-98. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

For sanity’s sake, time for Cousins, Kings to part ways

The NBA is all about big stars and big markets. Always has…

Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri (50) and Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade (3) fight for possession of a rebound during the second half at the United Center Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 in Chicago. The Mavericks won 99-98. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
If Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan knows what’s good for him, he’ll steer clear of the 49ers. (Courtesy Atlanta Falcons)

Memo to Shanahan: Santa Clara isn’t the place for you

Well, well, well, it sounds like the Santa Clara semi-pro football team…

If Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan knows what’s good for him, he’ll steer clear of the 49ers. (Courtesy Atlanta Falcons)
(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cavaliers-Warriors showdown is a whole lotta nothin’

The dreaded Cleveland Cavaliers come to the East Bay for Game 2…

(Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Deshaun Watson would look good quarterbacking the 49ers offense. (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch/TNS)

Is there hope for the Faithless? Mr. Watson, we presume

Think the Faithless would be excited to swap out the quarterback who…

Deshaun Watson would look good quarterbacking the 49ers offense. (Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch/TNS)
Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) is crushed between several Alabama Crimson Tide defensive players during the first half during the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)

College title game a money grab for everyone but players

ESPN (over)paid $5.6 billion over 12 years to televise the College Football…

Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) is crushed between several Alabama Crimson Tide defensive players during the first half during the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. (Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times/TNS)
Life wasn't easy for Connor Cook on his first ever start. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)

Raiders’ longstanding weaknesses exposed by Texans in first round

The Raiders sure fooled a lot of people all those weeks, but…

Life wasn't easy for Connor Cook on his first ever start. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/TNS)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a three point basket during the pre-game warm ups of an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Where’s Steph buzz? NBA is worse off without it

We’re almost halfway through the NBA schedule, and the talk is about…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots a three point basket during the pre-game warm ups of an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (Emma Marie Chiang/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
49ers CEO Jed York speaks answers questions from media members during a news conference on Monday in Santa Clara. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Until York butts out, Santa Clara will continue to struggle

Why do these shake-ups in Santa Clara have to be so difficult?…

49ers CEO Jed York speaks answers questions from media members during a news conference on Monday in Santa Clara. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Denver Broncos running back Justin Forsett runs through the tackles of Oakland Raiders safety Keith McGill II, left, and cornerback TJ Carrie for a 65-yard run to the Oakland 12-yard line during the second quarter on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The Broncos won, 24-6. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS)

Raiders come up small in mile high letdown

You find out a lot about a team when the stakes are…

Denver Broncos running back Justin Forsett runs through the tackles of Oakland Raiders safety Keith McGill II, left, and cornerback TJ Carrie for a 65-yard run to the Oakland 12-yard line during the second quarter on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The Broncos won, 24-6. (Christian Murdock/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS)
When Barry Bonds, left, and Roger Clemens are inevitably inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Baseball Writers Association of America’s less-experienced voters will be the ones to blame. (Courtesy photos)

As Bonds, Clemens close in, weak Hall voters should move out

Balls counts at least three drug losers in the Baseball Hall of…

When Barry Bonds, left, and Roger Clemens are inevitably inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Baseball Writers Association of America’s less-experienced voters will be the ones to blame. (Courtesy photos)
The San Francisco Giants’ playoff performance made for some late-game heroics and exciting finishes. But the team’s bullpen ultimately imploded, earning them the titles for “Next biggest goat” and “Most fitting loss.” (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Boom or bust: Bests and worsts of sports in 2016

Most significant story: The Colin Kaepernick-inspired national anthem boycott. While the Santa…

The San Francisco Giants’ playoff performance made for some late-game heroics and exciting finishes. But the team’s bullpen ultimately imploded, earning them the titles for “Next biggest goat” and “Most fitting loss.” (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Christian McCaffrey has nothing left to prove. (Courtesy Michael Li/Flickr)

Christian McCaffrey should keep on running — right to the NFL

Hey, look, Jim Plunkett just pulled out of the 1971 Rose Bowl…

Christian McCaffrey has nothing left to prove. (Courtesy Michael Li/Flickr)
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is hit  by Oakland Raiders' Khalil Mack on an incomplete pass in the second quarter on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Ecstatic Raiders take next step, but let’s hold the parade

A giddy bunch of Raiders whooped and hollered after they clinched a…

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is hit  by Oakland Raiders' Khalil Mack on an incomplete pass in the second quarter on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
The Splash Brothers and Kevin Durant are shooting at a blistering rate — pretty impressive for a jump-shooting group. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Defense wins championships? Warriors’ shooters could disprove it

The Warriors have put up some crazy good numbers on offense this…

The Splash Brothers and Kevin Durant are shooting at a blistering rate — pretty impressive for a jump-shooting group. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Shockingly, fans continue to endure the woeful 49ers at Levi’s Two-Thirds-Empty Stadium. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Polian is willing to help 49ers, but are Yorks ready and able?

Way to go, you Santa Clara mopes. Great loss on Sunday. Maybe…

Shockingly, fans continue to endure the woeful 49ers at Levi’s Two-Thirds-Empty Stadium. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
It won’t be easy for Derek Carr to throw the ball in the cold conditions of Kansas City today. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

TNF leaves Raiders between rock and hard place

Are you ready for some rockball? The NFL wants to improve its…

It won’t be easy for Derek Carr to throw the ball in the cold conditions of Kansas City today. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mark Melancon. (Courtesy photo)

Giants find their Mark, ’Cutch should be next

Rejoice, all ye Giants fans. Your long bullpen nightmare appears to be…

Mark Melancon. (Courtesy photo)
It wasn't a pretty outing for the 49ers at Soldier Field on Sunday. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Will latest fiasco be Kap’s last gasp? Faithful can only hope

CHICAGO — OK, all of you Colin Kaepernick sympathizers, let’s hear the…

It wasn't a pretty outing for the 49ers at Soldier Field on Sunday. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Kevin Durant has gotten better as his job has gotten easier. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Better than ever, MVP Durant is killing his critics softly

We can’t hear you, Charles Barkley and Paul Pierce. You, neither, Michael…

Kevin Durant has gotten better as his job has gotten easier. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, and outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) take a knee during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

Do Cuban lives matter? NFL has the answer

The NFL has always been quick to send the right message when…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, right, and outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) take a knee during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)