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San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, center, says he’s excited to build on the success of the 2021 Giants. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

What’s next for the Giants? The offseason starts now

‘We’re excited about building on this foundation’

Warriors forward Draymond Green will have to return to the height of his powers for the Warriors to contend in the 2021-22 season. (Chris Victorio/Special the The Examiner)

Warriors season preview: The four key questions

By John Krolik Special to The Examiner After a stretch where the…

  • Oct 15, 2021
A Giants fans hangs his head in disbelief after the Dodgers won the NLDS in a controversial finish to a tight Game 5. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Giants dream season ends at the hands of the Dodgers, 2-1

A masterful game comes down to the bottom of the ninth, and San Francisco came up short

San Francisco 49ers Ted Connolly, John Thomas, Bob St. Clair and others sit on the 49ers bench during a muddy game against the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 10, 1960 at Kezar Stadium. <ins>(Courtesy Open SF History)</ins>

Kezar Stadium: A rough-and-tumble history lesson on the 49ers’ 75th birthday

Team played in nearly 60,000-seat bowl from 1946 to 1971

San Francisco 49ers Ted Connolly, John Thomas, Bob St. Clair and others sit on the 49ers bench during a muddy game against the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 10, 1960 at Kezar Stadium. <ins>(Courtesy Open SF History)</ins>
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will lead San Francisco into battle against the Dodgers in a decisive Game 5 of the NLDS Thursday.<ins></ins>

What the Giants and Dodgers mean to Californians

Readers weigh in on the best rivalry in baseball

  • Oct 13, 2021
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will lead San Francisco into battle against the Dodgers in a decisive Game 5 of the NLDS Thursday.<ins></ins>
Giants pitcher Alex Wood turned in a stellar performance in the Giants’ 1-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

On a windy night in L.A., one run is enough for the Giants

By Scott Miller New York Times LOS ANGELES — It wasn’t only…

  • Oct 12, 2021
Giants pitcher Alex Wood turned in a stellar performance in the Giants’ 1-0 victory over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
The 49ers lost a tough game at Arizona Sunday, 17-10, but San Francisco saw a good amount of teamwork develop.<ins> (Courtesy San Francisco49ers)</ins>

Niners lose to Cardinals: Here’s what we learned

Trey Lance made his debut as an NFL quarterback in the 49ers’…

The 49ers lost a tough game at Arizona Sunday, 17-10, but San Francisco saw a good amount of teamwork develop.<ins> (Courtesy San Francisco49ers)</ins>
Giants manager Gabe Kapler will lead his Giants team into a pressure-packed Game 5 of the NLDS at Oracle Park Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Giants)

Giants vs. Dodgers heading for Game 5: A historic matchup

‘Both teams know each other well. It’s pretty much as simple as that.’

Giants manager Gabe Kapler will lead his Giants team into a pressure-packed Game 5 of the NLDS at Oracle Park Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Giants)
Rookie quarterback Trey Lance came up short in his first career start, losing to the Cardinals 17-10 in a road loss. (Courtesy of the 49ers)

49ers fall to the Cardinals, 17-10: Lance shows promise

Rookie QB flashed talent and inexperience in the loss

Rookie quarterback Trey Lance came up short in his first career start, losing to the Cardinals 17-10 in a road loss. (Courtesy of the 49ers)
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford snags a line drive during an NLDS Game 2 loss to the Dodgers at Oracle Park Saturday. (Chris Victorio/ Special to The Examiner)
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford snags a line drive during an NLDS Game 2 loss to the Dodgers at Oracle Park Saturday. (Chris Victorio/ Special to The Examiner)

After a tough loss, what’s next for the Giants? Los Angeles

‘It is a heated battle, but … it’s also a lot of fun’

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford snags a line drive during an NLDS Game 2 loss to the Dodgers at Oracle Park Saturday. (Chris Victorio/ Special to The Examiner)
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford snags a line drive during an NLDS Game 2 loss to the Dodgers at Oracle Park Saturday. (Chris Victorio/ Special to The Examiner)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS at Oracle Park on October 9, 2021 in San Francisco California. Photography by Chris Victorio / Special to The Examiner

Dodgers storm back to feast on Giants pitching, tie NLDS

San Francisco loses home-field advantage after 107 regular season wins

San Francisco Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) starts against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the NLDS at Oracle Park on October 9, 2021 in San Francisco California. Photography by Chris Victorio / Special to The Examiner
Excited Giants fans rally for Game 1 of the NLDS between the Giants and the Dodgers at Oracle Park Friday. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bedlam at the ballpark: Giants postseason sure feels familiar

‘It was so awesome seeing the orange towels and all that stuff. It was sweet.’

Excited Giants fans rally for Game 1 of the NLDS between the Giants and the Dodgers at Oracle Park Friday. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants pitcher Logan Webb turned in a gem against Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS at Oracle Park Friday, striking out 10 on the way to the win. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Giants win! Logan Webb dominates against the Dodgers

SF beats LA 4-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS

Giants pitcher Logan Webb turned in a gem against Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS at Oracle Park Friday, striking out 10 on the way to the win. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Is Trey Lance ready to lead the 49ers on the road? We may find out this Sunday, as San Francisco takes on Arizona in the desert. (Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)

Can the 49ers win in Arizona? A look back reveals the future

By Mychael Urban Special to The Examiner The consecutive home losses prior…

  • Oct 8, 2021
Is Trey Lance ready to lead the 49ers on the road? We may find out this Sunday, as San Francisco takes on Arizona in the desert. (Courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)
San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria says he thinks the Division Series is too early to play the Dodgers, given they were the two best teams in the National League. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Longoria: It’s too early in the playoffs to face the Dodgers

By Christopher Haft Special to The Examiner Evan Longoria said teams that…

  • Oct 8, 2021
San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria says he thinks the Division Series is too early to play the Dodgers, given they were the two best teams in the National League. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
The 49ers, pictured at Levi’s Stadium on Sept. 25, go up against the Arizona Cardinals in week five of NFL play. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)

NFL Week 5 predictions: Our picks against the spread

By Emmanuel Morgan New York Times The NFL’s first international game since…

  • Oct 7, 2021
The 49ers, pictured at Levi’s Stadium on Sept. 25, go up against the Arizona Cardinals in week five of NFL play. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)
<strong>Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers grimaces as a team trainer examines his left leg after Robinson wrenched his knee in the second inning against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan on May 26, 1956. The Dodgers beat the Giants 6-0, in spite of Robinson’s injury costing him half a game.<ins> (Carl T. Gossett Jr./New York Times)</ins>

Giants vs. Dodgers: A history of baseball’s best rivalry

‘Real San Franciscans are taught to hate the Dodgers from a very young age’

<strong>Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers grimaces as a team trainer examines his left leg after Robinson wrenched his knee in the second inning against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan on May 26, 1956. The Dodgers beat the Giants 6-0, in spite of Robinson’s injury costing him half a game.<ins> (Carl T. Gossett Jr./New York Times)</ins>
Former Giants manager Bruce Bochy catches up with his longtime friend and colleague, Tim Flannery, before induction to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. (Al Saracevic/The Examiner)

What does Bruce Bochy think about this year’s Giants?

‘It’s just unbelievable the season they’ve had and the job that they’ve done’

Former Giants manager Bruce Bochy catches up with his longtime friend and colleague, Tim Flannery, before induction to the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. (Al Saracevic/The Examiner)
San Francisco started against Seattle in fine form, but fell apart near the end of Sunday’s Week 4 game. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)

Week 4 of the NFL season: A closer look

Seahawks best 49ers, thanks to Russell Wilson

  • Oct 4, 2021
San Francisco started against Seattle in fine form, but fell apart near the end of Sunday’s Week 4 game. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)
Niners backup quarterback Trey Lance was pressed into action against the Seahawks Sunday, a game where San Francisco fell short and lost.<ins> (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)</ins>

Niners lose to Seahawks: Here’s what we learned

Do we have a full-blown quarterback controversy on our hands?

  • Oct 3, 2021
Niners backup quarterback Trey Lance was pressed into action against the Seahawks Sunday, a game where San Francisco fell short and lost.<ins> (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)</ins>