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Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers defense during the first quarter on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)

49ers vs. Cowboys: Turnovers loom large as Dallas thumps San Francisco

Chris Biderman The Sacramento Bee The 49ers followed a familiar formula against…

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers defense during the first quarter on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/TNS)

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
A view of cutouts of African-American players from the Negro Leagues are displayed in left field during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 29, 2020 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images/TNS)

Negro Leagues finally recognized by MLB with major league status, calling it a ‘longtime oversight’

Records of players who competed in leagues will be included in historical records

A view of cutouts of African-American players from the Negro Leagues are displayed in left field during a game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 29, 2020 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Hunter Martin/Getty Images/TNS)
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer earned her 1,099th career win on Tuesday Dec. 15, 2020, passing legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the most in women’s college basketball history. (Courtesy Stanford Athletics)

Stanford’s VanDerveer sets record with 1,099th career win

Tara VanDerveer has long been considered one of the best coaches of…

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer earned her 1,099th career win on Tuesday Dec. 15, 2020, passing legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the most in women’s college basketball history. (Courtesy Stanford Athletics)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) during the 3rd quarter against the Buffalo Bills at State Farm Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).

With Garoppolo out, backup quarterback Nick Mullens gets a chance to change some minds

Frustration rarely leads to good outcomes, and Nick Mullens admitted he was…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) during the 3rd quarter against the Buffalo Bills at State Farm Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.(Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
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 (4) was 25-for-45 passing for 260 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).

49ers hopes get slimmer after 23-15 Washington Football team victory Sunday

A foghorn blows when the “home” team scores a touchdown at State…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) was 25-for-45 passing for 260 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sunday’s game against the Washington Football Team. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner).
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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Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22), a former Rookie of the Year, is expected to help make up for the loss of injured shooting guard Klay Thompson this season.<ins></ins>

Warriors tap surprisingly deep roster to fill gap left by Klay Thompson injury as season begins

After a nightmare season marred by a seemingly endless cavalcade of injuries,…

Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22), a former Rookie of the Year, is expected to help make up for the loss of injured shooting guard Klay Thompson this season.<ins></ins>
Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (26) gets tripped and tackled by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) and San Francisco 49ers running back Austin Walter (33) during the 4th quarter at State Farm Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.(Chris Victorio/Special to the S.F. Examiner).

49ers defense laid low by Bills; ‘It felt like they were calling the perfect plays’

Chris Biderman The Sacramento Bee The 49ers had an opportunity, and Josh…

Buffalo Bills running back Devin Singletary (26) gets tripped and tackled by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead (91) and San Francisco 49ers running back Austin Walter (33) during the 4th quarter at State Farm Stadium on December 7, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona.(Chris Victorio/Special to the S.F. Examiner).
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)
Stanford defensive end Thomas Booker recently was one of Pac-12’s Football Players of the Week. <ins>(Pac-12 Screenshot)</ins>

College Football Preview: Oregon at Cal, Stanford at Washington

Cal plays final home game, Stanford plays second of three road games to end regular season

Stanford defensive end Thomas Booker recently was one of Pac-12’s Football Players of the Week. <ins>(Pac-12 Screenshot)</ins>
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49ers to play next two home games in Arizona after county order

The San Francisco 49ers will play their next two games in Arizona…

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49ers receiver Deebo Samuel picks up yards in front of the Rams defense after a reception in the 4th quarter at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood Sunday. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)

Rams can’t stop 49ers’ Deebo Samuel from catching defense off guard

Emmanuel Morgan Los Angeles Times Perhaps the Rams didn’t watch enough film.…

49ers receiver Deebo Samuel picks up yards in front of the Rams defense after a reception in the 4th quarter at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood Sunday. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times)
University of San Francisco head coach Todd Golden coaches his team on defense during a 2019 gameat War Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of the University of San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Stunner in Bubbleville: USF upsets fourth-ranked Virginia

Less than 48 hours removed from a loss to a feeble UMass…

University of San Francisco head coach Todd Golden coaches his team on defense during a 2019 gameat War Memorial Gymnasium on the campus of the University of San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)