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49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 314 yards and one touchdown in a Week 1, 41-33 victory over the Detroit Lions. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)

Niners hold off Lions: What we learned in Week 1

So they almost blew a massive lead. So they were playing a…

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 314 yards and one touchdown in a Week 1, 41-33 victory over the Detroit Lions. (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)
Giants first baseman Darin Ruf will play a key role in keeping the team sharp as the playoffs approach.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Nine Giants to watch in the late innings of the season

If they find a groove, the ballclub will thrive

  • Sep 10, 2021
Giants first baseman Darin Ruf will play a key role in keeping the team sharp as the playoffs approach.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt played a big role in the Giants taking two of three from the Dodgers this weekend at Oracle Park. Can he keep it up for the stretch run?  (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Giants beat LA to take huge series: But can they beat SD?

Pitching woes and upcoming schedule loom large during playoff push

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt played a big role in the Giants taking two of three from the Dodgers this weekend at Oracle Park. Can he keep it up for the stretch run?  (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants newcomers can turn to veterans like Buster Posey, pictured here in 2019 with manager Bruce Bochy, for advice on how to handle pennant race pressure. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants legends offer advice to newbies on handling September pressure

‘Listen to Buster. And Crawford. And Belt. And watch how they go about their business’

  • Aug 27, 2021
Giants newcomers can turn to veterans like Buster Posey, pictured here in 2019 with manager Bruce Bochy, for advice on how to handle pennant race pressure. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
New York Giants fans still remember the days of Willie Mays, pictured here during a dust-up with the Pirates in 1955. Many remain fans of the San Francisco Giants because of the team’s New York roots. (Ernie Sisto/New York Times)

Giants bring winning ways, warm memories to New York City

For many, love of Willie Mays has become a family tradition

  • Aug 27, 2021
New York Giants fans still remember the days of Willie Mays, pictured here during a dust-up with the Pirates in 1955. Many remain fans of the San Francisco Giants because of the team’s New York roots. (Ernie Sisto/New York Times)
The San Francisco Giants’ longtime equipment manager Mike Murphy, left, visits with Steve Vucinich, equipment manager of the Oakland Athletics, in Vucinich’s office at the Coliseum in Oakland. (Jed Jacobsohn/New York Times)

Steve Vucinich: ‘He knows it all because he’s seen it all’

A’s beloved equipment manager has been with the franchise for 54 years

  • Aug 26, 2021
The San Francisco Giants’ longtime equipment manager Mike Murphy, left, visits with Steve Vucinich, equipment manager of the Oakland Athletics, in Vucinich’s office at the Coliseum in Oakland. (Jed Jacobsohn/New York Times)
New developments in the career of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford — who recently signed a $32 million contract extension — just might put him in contention for the Hall of Fame. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Brandon Crawford, Hall of Famer? Well, why not?

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner Brandon Crawford, Hall of Fame…

  • Aug 20, 2021
New developments in the career of Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford — who recently signed a $32 million contract extension — just might put him in contention for the Hall of Fame. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, congratulated pitcher Jarlin Garcia after closing out the game with a save and the win over the Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on Aug. 11. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of Aug. 15, 2021

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Giants catcher Buster Posey, left, congratulated pitcher Jarlin Garcia after closing out the game with a save and the win over the Diamondbacks at Oracle Park on Aug. 11. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. homered in a game against the A’s at Oracle Park on June 26, 2021.<ins> (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

How the Giants’ LaMonte Wade Jr. got his swing back in the groove

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner LaMonte Wade Jr. went back…

  • Aug 13, 2021
Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. homered in a game against the A’s at Oracle Park on June 26, 2021.<ins> (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will lead the 49ers in their first preseason game Saturday. (Examiner file photo)

49ers hosting preseason opener Saturday against Chiefs

The San Francisco 49ers are playing their first preseason game of the…

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will lead the 49ers in their first preseason game Saturday. (Examiner file photo)
The Giants’ newly acquired third baseman Kris Bryant chatted with the media at Oracle Park on Aug. 1 before the game against the Houston Astros. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of Aug. 8, 2021

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The Giants’ newly acquired third baseman Kris Bryant chatted with the media at Oracle Park on Aug. 1 before the game against the Houston Astros. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
San Francisco Giants third baseman Kris Bryant (23) fields a ground ball hit by Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley (23) in the third inning at Oracle Park on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
San Francisco Giants third baseman Kris Bryant fields a ground ball hit by Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley in the third inning at Oracle Park on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Kris Bryant has made an immediate impact on the Giants: But will he stay?

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner Giants fans are truly enjoying…

  • Aug 6, 2021
San Francisco Giants third baseman Kris Bryant (23) fields a ground ball hit by Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley (23) in the third inning at Oracle Park on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
San Francisco Giants third baseman Kris Bryant fields a ground ball hit by Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley in the third inning at Oracle Park on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
As schools begin to reopen, youth sports in San Francisco look to boost participation rates after nearly dropping 20% during the pandemic. <ins>(Courtesy Joe Howarth)</ins>

SF athletes anticipate a return to playing fields, as well as classrooms

By Nick Zeller-Singh Special to The Examiner As classrooms begin to reopen…

As schools begin to reopen, youth sports in San Francisco look to boost participation rates after nearly dropping 20% during the pandemic. <ins>(Courtesy Joe Howarth)</ins>
San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Thursday. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

In praise of Johnny Cueto, who confuses, confounds and delivers

I heard his name just as I was leaving the parking lot,…

San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Thursday. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
The football stadium at UC Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. George Kliavkoff, a former top executive at MGM Resorts International, took over the conference at the start of the month. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)

What’s Ahead for the Pac-12? New commissioner weighs in

‘Every decision we make is up for discussion. There are no sacred cows.’

  • Jul 29, 2021
The football stadium at UC Berkeley, on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. George Kliavkoff, a former top executive at MGM Resorts International, took over the conference at the start of the month. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
Austin Slater bats in the first inning of the Giants-Dodgers game at Oracle Park on May 23.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Bay Area sports for week of July 25, 2021

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Austin Slater bats in the first inning of the Giants-Dodgers game at Oracle Park on May 23.<ins> (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
Chris Victorio/
Special to The Examiner

Giants vs. Dodgers: What you need to know before this week’s huge series

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner That grinding noise you’ll hear…

  • Jul 23, 2021
The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
Chris Victorio/
Special to The Examiner
Giants pinch hitter Thairo Estrada bats in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on July 6.<ins> (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>

Bay Area sports for week of July 18, 2021

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Giants pinch hitter Thairo Estrada bats in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on July 6.<ins> (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)</ins>
Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. looks towards the Giants dugout after hitting a home run against the A’s on June 26th. The team is on a record-setting pace for home runs this season. (Christopher Victorio/ Special to The Examiner)

‘Powder River!’ Giants record-setting home run pace provides a blast from the past

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner Nod in approval, Barry Bonds.…

  • Jul 16, 2021
Giants first baseman LaMonte Wade Jr. looks towards the Giants dugout after hitting a home run against the A’s on June 26th. The team is on a record-setting pace for home runs this season. (Christopher Victorio/ Special to The Examiner)
Giants center fielder Steven Duggar grounds into an out, but puts runners on base going into the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on July 6. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)

Bay Area sports for week of July 11, 2021

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Giants center fielder Steven Duggar grounds into an out, but puts runners on base going into the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Oracle Park on July 6. (Christopher Victorio/Special to The Examiner)