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San Jose Sharks (pictured Feb. 15, 2020 vs. Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center) open the season on Monday against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. (Tribune News Service archive)

This week in Bay Area sports

A look at the upcoming major Bay Area sports events (schedules subject…

San Jose Sharks (pictured Feb. 15, 2020 vs. Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center) open the season on Monday against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. (Tribune News Service archive)
The Golden State Warriors gather as a team before playing the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in S.F.<ins>, California.(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).</ins>

This week in Bay Area sports

A look at the upcoming major Bay Area sports events (schedules subject…

The Golden State Warriors gather as a team before playing the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center on January 6, 2021 in S.F.<ins>, California.(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).</ins>
Bulls guard Coby White is pictured chasing Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Dec. 27. The Warriors are scheduled to play several games at Chase Center this week.
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The week in Bay Area sports

Here’s a look at the upcoming major Bay Area sports events (schedules…

Bulls guard Coby White is pictured chasing Warriors guard Stephen Curry on Dec. 27. The Warriors are scheduled to play several games at Chase Center this week.
Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second quarter on Nov. 1, 2020 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. <ins>(Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/TNS)</ins>

49ers return to Levi’s Stadium to face Seahawks

Seahawks at 49ers When: Today, 1:35 p.m. Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara…

Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Bobby Wagner sacks San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the second quarter on Nov. 1, 2020 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. <ins>(Bettina Hansen/Seattle Times/TNS)</ins>
Alyssa Nakken at Oracle Park on July 21, 2020 in San Francisco , California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

The Giants made history in 2020 but failed to make the playoffs

Giants fans knew 2020 was going to be different when the calendar…

Alyssa Nakken at Oracle Park on July 21, 2020 in San Francisco , California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Teammates wait for Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty (25) at home plate after he hit a game-winning grand slam against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland Coliseum on Aug. 4th, 2020. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

In an unusual year, Oakland Athletics put in their usual winning performance

Unusual years aren’t unusual for the A’s. Whether it is a record-breaking…

Teammates wait for Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty (25) at home plate after he hit a game-winning grand slam against the Texas Rangers at the Oakland Coliseum on Aug. 4th, 2020. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
The Golden State Warriors stand to improve in 2021, given the return of superstar Steph Curry, who rarely played in 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

After a year on the back burner, Warriors begin 2021 with Klay out, Curry back at the helm

New faces could give the team new life as season begins

The Golden State Warriors stand to improve in 2021, given the return of superstar Steph Curry, who rarely played in 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4), brought in after Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury, struggled to make an impact before suffering his own injury late in the season. <ins>(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).</ins>

Dogged by injuries and missed opportunities, 2020 was a year to forget for the 49ers

When a calendar year includes parts of two seasons, the highs and…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4), brought in after Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury, struggled to make an impact before suffering his own injury late in the season. <ins>(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).</ins>
Quarterback C.J. Beathard (No. 3) of the San Francisco 49ers, shown in a 2018 game, will start for the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.<ins> (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

49ers to face Arizona Cardinals Saturday

49ers at Cardinals When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale,…

Quarterback C.J. Beathard (No. 3) of the San Francisco 49ers, shown in a 2018 game, will start for the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.<ins> (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) injured his right elbow during Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys and may need surgery. He will be replaced by third-string quarterback C.J. Beathard in Saturday’s game. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner).

Beathard to take over as 49ers quarterback after Mullens injury

Third-stringer C.J. Beathard will start at quarterback for the 49ers in Saturday’s…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) injured his right elbow during Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys and may need surgery. He will be replaced by third-string quarterback C.J. Beathard in Saturday’s game. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner).
Kyle Juszczyk runs up field after catching a pass in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 17, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Juszczyk was one of three San Francisco 49ers named to the Pro Bowl this week. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Three 49ers selected to 2020 Pro Bowl

All-star game between NFC an AFC will not be played this season

Kyle Juszczyk runs up field after catching a pass in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 17, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Juszczyk was one of three San Francisco 49ers named to the Pro Bowl this week. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

49ers hope to stay in contention in Sunday’s faceoff with Dallas Cowboys

49ers at Cowboys When: Sunday, 10 a.m. Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas…

The Cardinal are coming off their third straight win as they prepare for a Pasadena game against UCLA. 
Photo by Sean Meagher/oregonlive.com

Stanford continues long road trip Saturday with Pasadena game against UCLA

Stanford at UCLA When: Saturday, 4 p.m. Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena TV:…

The Cardinal are coming off their third straight win as they prepare for a Pasadena game against UCLA. 
Photo by Sean Meagher/oregonlive.com
The Cal Golden Bears have played their last game of the season. (Sean Meagher/oregonlive.com)

Final Cal game of the season against Arizona canceled due to COVID-19

The Cal football team’s season is over after the Pac-12 Conference said…

The Cal Golden Bears have played their last game of the season. (Sean Meagher/oregonlive.com)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens was a bright spot against the Bills, completing 26 of 39 passes for 316 yards and three TDs. (Chris Victorio/Special to the S.F. Examiner).

49ers cling to slim shot at NFC playoffs going into Sunday’s game against Washington

Washington at 49ers When: Sunday, 1:25 p.m. Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale,…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens was a bright spot against the Bills, completing 26 of 39 passes for 316 yards and three TDs. (Chris Victorio/Special to the S.F. Examiner).
The California Golden Bears will be playing at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington on Saturday. (Sean Meagher/oregonlive.com)

Cal Bears to face Washington Cougars Saturday

UPDATE SATURDAY DEC. 12, 2020: Today’s game has been canceled. Pac-12 Conference…

The California Golden Bears will be playing at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington on Saturday. (Sean Meagher/oregonlive.com)
Stanford's Austin Jones (20) tries to elude Oregon's Verone McKinley III (left) and Steve Stephens IV. Photo by Sean Meagher/oregonlive.com

Stanford plays Oregon State in Corvallis

Stanford at Oregon State When: Saturday, 7 p.m. Where: Reser Stadiu, Corvallis,…

Stanford's Austin Jones (20) tries to elude Oregon's Verone McKinley III (left) and Steve Stephens IV. Photo by Sean Meagher/oregonlive.com
The Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A minor league franchise, are one of four teams invited Wednesday to join the San Francisco Giants’ system.
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Giants, A’s send invites to minor-league affiliates

TheGiantsandA’smadesignificantchangestotheirlineupsWednesday,butnotthetypethatwillgetfanssalivatingaboutareturntotheplayoffs. Instead, the two Bay Area teams — in conjunction with the…

The Sacramento River Cats, a Triple-A minor league franchise, are one of four teams invited Wednesday to join the San Francisco Giants’ system.
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San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert’s (31) return from injury last week was key for the team’s offense. <ins>(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

49ers fighting for final NFC wild-card spot in Monday’s game against the Bills

Bills at 49ers When: Monday, 5:15 p.m. Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale,…

San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert’s (31) return from injury last week was key for the team’s offense. <ins>(Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Former Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant received his 2017-18 Championship ring at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Oct. 16, 2018. Durant, now playing with the Brooklyn Nets, will play against his former team at Chase Center in February. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Kevin Durant to face former teammates at Chase Center in February

Schedule released Friday calls for Warriors to play Christmas and New Year’s Day games

Former Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant received his 2017-18 Championship ring at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Oct. 16, 2018. Durant, now playing with the Brooklyn Nets, will play against his former team at Chase Center in February. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)