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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) hangs onto the football for a gain during the 2nd quarter against the Green Bay Packers defense at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 24. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

49ers Emmanuel Sanders will suit up Sunday for his third championship game

As a rookie out of SMU, the 5-foot-11 receiver wasn’t afraid of the biggest moment at that point of his young NFL career.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (17) hangs onto the football for a gain during the 2nd quarter against the Green Bay Packers defense at Levi’s Stadium on Nov. 24. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Sacred Heart Cathedral Fightin’ Irish compete against St. Ignatius Wildcats in the Bruce-Mahoney basketball game at the Cow Palace on January 3.

Lick-Wilmerding and University first high school teams to play at Chase Center

Like the games at Oracle, admission is free.

Sacred Heart Cathedral Fightin’ Irish compete against St. Ignatius Wildcats in the Bruce-Mahoney basketball game at the Cow Palace on January 3.
Fans arrive early to Levi’s Stadium and tailgate before the Minnesota Vikings play against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Photos: 49ers fans were out in full force for Vikings game

Boisterous fans clad in a wide variety of red and gold outfits…

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Fans arrive early to Levi’s Stadium and tailgate before the Minnesota Vikings play against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco’s running back Tevin Coleman during the 49ers win over the Minnesota Vikings Saturday at Levi’s Stadium. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco 49ers dominate Vikings, head to NFC Championship game

With a suffocating effort from their own defense to boot, San Francisco won its first playoff game in six years

San Francisco’s running back Tevin Coleman during the 49ers win over the Minnesota Vikings Saturday at Levi’s Stadium. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Rams in the 3rd quarter at the Coliseum on Oct. 13, 2019. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) spikes the ball after scoring a touchdown against the Rams in the 3rd quarter at the Coliseum on Oct. 13, 2019. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
Freshman point guard King-Jhsanni Wilhite scored a game-high 21 points for St. Ignatius on Tuesday night. (Ethan Kassel/Special to S.F. Examiner)

St. Ignatius squad shows encouraging signs despite recent losses

Back-to-back rivalry losses were certainly undesirable for any St. Ignatius basketball fan

Freshman point guard King-Jhsanni Wilhite scored a game-high 21 points for St. Ignatius on Tuesday night. (Ethan Kassel/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Antonio Abeyta (1), pictured here with Dimitri Koutsogeorgas (3) came through in the clutch for the Serra Padres Saturday night.(Kyle Dayanghirang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Riordan shocked at home by Serra in WCAL opener

The stage was set perfectly for the Riordan Crusaders to open 2020 with a bang

Antonio Abeyta (1), pictured here with Dimitri Koutsogeorgas (3) came through in the clutch for the Serra Padres Saturday night.(Kyle Dayanghirang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Former NBA Commissioner David Stern died on Wednesday at age 77 in Manhattan. (Tribune News Service)

Former NBA commissioner David Stern dead at 77

The Golden State Warriors Wednesday issued a statement mourning the death of…

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern died on Wednesday at age 77 in Manhattan. (Tribune News Service)
USF’s old court has been dusted off for use at the Cow Palace for Friday’s Bruce-Mahoney Game. (Courtesy/St. Ignatius Athletics)

Bruce-Mahoney Game returning to Cow Palace

After taking refuge in the East Bay for a year, the biggest San Francisco high school sporting event of the year will be back in The City.

USF’s old court has been dusted off for use at the Cow Palace for Friday’s Bruce-Mahoney Game. (Courtesy/St. Ignatius Athletics)
San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (22) finds a hole before being tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson (99)) in the 2nd quarter at Centurylink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

49ers clinch top seed in NFC with 26-21 win over Seattle

SEATTLE — It came down to six inches as Seahawks tight end…

San Francisco 49ers running back Matt Breida (22) finds a hole before being tackled by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson (99)) in the 2nd quarter at Centurylink Field on December 29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (26) finds a hole for 22 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in the 1st quarter at Levi’s Stadium on November 11, 2019 in Santa Clara. California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

One final test looms for the San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers head to Centurylink Field in Seattle with postseason implications at stake

San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (26) finds a hole for 22 yards against the Seattle Seahawks in the 1st quarter at Levi’s Stadium on November 11, 2019 in Santa Clara. California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Bryce Monroe, seen here with head coach Joey Curtin during a December 10 victory over Weston Ranch, scored 23 of his 27 in the second half on Saturday to lead Riordan to a come-from-behind win over Modesto Christian.(Kyle Dayanghirang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Prep basketball roundup: Riordan improves to 9-1

Riordan trailed the featured game of the seven-game showcase at halftime

Bryce Monroe, seen here with head coach Joey Curtin during a December 10 victory over Weston Ranch, scored 23 of his 27 in the second half on Saturday to lead Riordan to a come-from-behind win over Modesto Christian.(Kyle Dayanghirang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Oakland Coliseum has been jointly owned by Alameda County and the City of Oakland since 1964. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Alameda County approves sale of Coliseum ownership share to Oakland A’s

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Monday to sell…

The Oakland Coliseum has been jointly owned by Alameda County and the City of Oakland since 1964. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) attempts to tackle Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) as Ravens’ Mark Andrews blocks 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward (20) in a game in Baltimore on Dec. 1, 2019. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Key players could miss the 49ers NFC West showdown

Pass rusher Dee Ford, who missed four of the last five games with a hamstring injury, is unlikely to play in Seattle

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (25) attempts to tackle Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) as Ravens’ Mark Andrews blocks 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward (20) in a game in Baltimore on Dec. 1, 2019. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan at Levi’s Stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

Shanahan opens special section of his play book in 49ers win

Typically, Kyle Shanahan would have ran the ball out of frustration.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan at Levi’s Stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 29, 2019 in Santa Clara, California (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons and team celebrate the fourth quarter touchdown over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on December 15. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/TNS)

Have the San Francisco 49ers had a wake-up call?

Here are three things to watch when the 49ers and Rams meet head-to-head.

Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons and team celebrate the fourth quarter touchdown over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on December 15. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/TNS)
Lincoln quarterback Luis Contreras warms up on the sideline at Kezar Stadium during the Mustangs’ scrimmage against Sacred Heart Cathedral on Aug. 23, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Prep roundup: Lincoln High School football is No. 1 again

Luis Contreras ran 56 times, breaking his own single-game San Francisco record for carries

Lincoln quarterback Luis Contreras warms up on the sideline at Kezar Stadium during the Mustangs’ scrimmage against Sacred Heart Cathedral on Aug. 23, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Fans hold a sign as the Oakland Raiders leave the stadium following a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at RingCentral Coliseum on Sunday, but things got ugly with some fans. (Daniel Shirey/Getty Images/TNS)

Raiders and their fans have a toxic relationship

Sunday’s game was billed as the final Raider appearance in Oakland before the silver and black band of deplorables relocate to Las Vegas

Fans hold a sign as the Oakland Raiders leave the stadium following a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars at RingCentral Coliseum on Sunday, but things got ugly with some fans. (Daniel Shirey/Getty Images/TNS)
“When it’s in your control, it’s a good feeling,” said 49ers tight end George Kittle.

San Francisco 49ers fall flat at home

Coming off of a massive 48-46 win over New Orleans last weekend, the 49ers felt the direct impact of a game that took a physical toll on their team.

“When it’s in your control, it’s a good feeling,” said 49ers tight end George Kittle.
Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers still have work to do in Sunday match against Falcons

The San Francisco 49ers made it through the toughest three-game stretch in…

Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers. (Chris Victorio / Special to S.F. Examiner)