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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)

Is 49ers Jimmy Garoppolo good enough to win a Super Bowl?

Warranted or not, there were plenty of questions surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo during the first half of the season.

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)
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks during a post-game conference after playing against the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center on October 5, 2019. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

Warriors lose to Knicks and hit the NBA cellar

Regardless of Wednesday’s result, the Warriors are in a much more enviable position

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr speaks during a post-game conference after playing against the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center on October 5, 2019. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
Abraham Lincoln High School football team gets hyped up before the CIF D6 State Championship Game against the Orange Glen Patriots of Escondido on December 15, 2018 at City College of San Francisco. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Lincoln High School earns chance for second consecutive state football championship

For the second straight year, the Lincoln Mustangs will play for a state football championship

Abraham Lincoln High School football team gets hyped up before the CIF D6 State Championship Game against the Orange Glen Patriots of Escondido on December 15, 2018 at City College of San Francisco. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jordan Poole drives the lane in third quarter at Chase Center on Oct. 24, 2019 (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors Jordan Poole shooting himself out of the big league

A month and a half into his first season, Poole is within shouting distance of rock bottom.

Jordan Poole drives the lane in third quarter at Chase Center on Oct. 24, 2019 (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
49ers battle with the Saints lives up to its billing

49ers battle with the Saints lives up to its billing

Kittle’s 39-yard catch-and-run had placed San Francisco in prime position for a game-winning field goal as the 49ers trailed 46-45

49ers battle with the Saints lives up to its billing
A 39-yard pass to George Kittle on fourth-and-2 combined with a face-mask penalty by Saints safety Marcus Williams put the 49ers in position for Robbie Gould to win Sunday’s game with a 30-yard field goal as time expired. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

49ers win over Saints could help determine top seed in NFC playoffs

The NFC playoff picture is beginning to take shape after the 49ers…

A 39-yard pass to George Kittle on fourth-and-2 combined with a face-mask penalty by Saints safety Marcus Williams put the 49ers in position for Robbie Gould to win Sunday’s game with a 30-yard field goal as time expired. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
Some good news as 49ers head to New Orleans Sunday

Some good news as 49ers head to New Orleans Sunday

In four of its last five games, the San Francisco 49ers have been forced to find ways to contain three of the league’s most mobile quarterbacks.

Some good news as 49ers head to New Orleans Sunday
The Bears take on Berkeley during the 61st Crusader Classic on Wednesday night. (Ethan Kassel/Special to S.F. Examiner)

New leaders emerge as Mission basketball ekes out tourney opener

Reports of Mission’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

The Bears take on Berkeley during the 61st Crusader Classic on Wednesday night. (Ethan Kassel/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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)

Lincoln High School heads to the playoffs

After advancing directly to the state championship last year, the Mustangs will have a regional playoff game this season

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)
The most striking presence on the court, though, was that of Malcolm McCray-Hill, who threw down three dunks. (Courtesy photo)

St. Ignatius opens basketball season with comfortable win

The Wildcats will face two of Eastern Washington’s best teams this weekend

The most striking presence on the court, though, was that of Malcolm McCray-Hill, who threw down three dunks. (Courtesy photo)
Lincoln’s James Walsh (86) hoists the Academic Athletic Association football league championship trophy in the Turkey Day Game on Nov. 28, 2019. (Ethan Kassel / Special to S.F. Examiner)

Prep roundup: Lincoln wins, Riordan opens with a bang

Just like last year, they earned the crown by way of a shutout.

Lincoln’s James Walsh (86) hoists the Academic Athletic Association football league championship trophy in the Turkey Day Game on Nov. 28, 2019. (Ethan Kassel / Special to S.F. Examiner)
Athletics re-sign reliever Jake Diekman, non-tender Treinen

Athletics re-sign reliever Jake Diekman, non-tender Treinen

A’s make flurry of moves at tender deadline, keeping veteran reliever but jetisoning former All-Star

Athletics re-sign reliever Jake Diekman, non-tender Treinen
Giants non-tender popular outfielder Pillar, bring back Dickerson

Giants non-tender popular outfielder Pillar, bring back Dickerson

San Francisco lets Kevin Pillar hit the market, but reaches an agreement with Alex Dickerson

  • Dec 2, 2019
Giants non-tender popular outfielder Pillar, bring back Dickerson
Richard Sherman day-to-day as 49ers prepare for Saints

Richard Sherman day-to-day as 49ers prepare for Saints

Veteran cornerback strained knee against Ravens, is confident he’ll play

Richard Sherman day-to-day as 49ers prepare for Saints
St. Ignatius Wildcats quarterback Teddye Buchanan (10) runs the ball against the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups in the first quarter at JB Murphy Field on Sept. 14, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)

SF Preps: Teddye Buchanan named Player of the Year

St. Ignatius two-way star named league’s player of the year

St. Ignatius Wildcats quarterback Teddye Buchanan (10) runs the ball against the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups in the first quarter at JB Murphy Field on Sept. 14, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Lowell’s Zachary Parker runs the state cross country meet on Nov. 30 at Woodward Park in Fresno, Calif. (Courtesy / dyestae.com and Chuck Utash)

SF Preps: Lowell’s Zachary Parker medals in state XC meet

Both Lowell cross country teams make big splash at state meet in Fresno

Lowell’s Zachary Parker runs the state cross country meet on Nov. 30 at Woodward Park in Fresno, Calif. (Courtesy / dyestae.com and Chuck Utash)
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)

Shanahan, 49ers come up short in potential Super Bowl preview

Questions abound after San Francisco drops second game this season on a buzzer-beating field goal

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 tight end George Kittle (85) high-five fans on his way back to the team locker room after defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-8 at Levi’s Stadium last Sunday in Santa Clara. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Why isn’t 49ers-Ravens in a better time slot?

Niners and Ravens are darlings of the NFL, but not enough to flex them to a late afternoon game

  • Dec 1, 2019
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) high-five fans on his way back to the team locker room after defeating the Green Bay Packers 37-8 at Levi’s Stadium last Sunday in Santa Clara. (Chris Victorio/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Sacred Heart Cathedral pitcher Owen Stevenson pitches in the eighth inning of a continued playoff game against Aragon at Half Moon Bay High School in Half Moon Bay, Calif. on May 17, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

USF Dons baseball signs 12 to National Letters of Intent

Nino Giarratano’s signing class includes two San Francisco prep stars

Sacred Heart Cathedral pitcher Owen Stevenson pitches in the eighth inning of a continued playoff game against Aragon at Half Moon Bay High School in Half Moon Bay, Calif. on May 17, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
University of San Francisco center Jimbo Lull (5) looks for a rebound against Hampton on Nov. 26, 2019 in a game at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Jimbo Lull has career night, but Dons fall to Hawaii

Senior seven-footer nets a trio of 3-pointers, but Dons can’t get past Rainbow Warriors

University of San Francisco center Jimbo Lull (5) looks for a rebound against Hampton on Nov. 26, 2019 in a game at War Memorial Gym in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)