Glenn Dickey

Us presswire file photoWeapon of choice: The 49ers brought in wide receiver Randy Moss to try and add a much-needed deep threat for quarterback Alex Smith.

Expect a whole lot more fireworks from Niners this year

Last year, 49ers fans were happily surprised by the team’s record. This…

Us presswire file photoWeapon of choice: The 49ers brought in wide receiver Randy Moss to try and add a much-needed deep threat for quarterback Alex Smith.
Getty Images File PhotoThinking positive: Cal coach Jeff Tedford has confidence in the Bears’ chances this year

Tedford feeling optimistic about Cal

Beating Nevada might seem a given for the Cal football team in…

Getty Images File PhotoThinking positive: Cal coach Jeff Tedford has confidence in the Bears’ chances this year
U.S. Presswire File PhotoBruce Bochy

Bochy making right calls down stretch

The Giants pulled off an amazing sweep of the Dodgers in Los…

U.S. Presswire File PhotoBruce Bochy
Getty Images File PhotoMelky Cabrera tested positive for PEDs and was suspended for 50 games.

Cabrera's gaping hole can’t be filled

May 26, 2011, was a dark day in Giants history, when Buster…

Getty Images File PhotoMelky Cabrera tested positive for PEDs and was suspended for 50 games.
Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRESan Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass during training camp at the 49ers practice facility.

Ignore the critics, San Francisco 49ers are among the elite

Don’t believe the naysayers. The 49ers will have another outstanding year, win…

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRESan Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass during training camp at the 49ers practice facility.
Getty Image File PhotoIn development: Cal quarterback Zach Maynard found his rhythm toward the end of last season and is hoping to put a complete campaign together this year.

QB play will be key for Cal, Stanford this year

As soon as Cal football coach Jeff Tedford heard about swimmer Dana…

Getty Image File PhotoIn development: Cal quarterback Zach Maynard found his rhythm toward the end of last season and is hoping to put a complete campaign together this year.
Getty Image File PhotoAngel Pagan

Pivotal series for Giants, Dodgers

A Giants-Dodgers series is always special, but the one starting at AT&T…

Getty Image File PhotoAngel Pagan
Reuters file photoJoe Paterno

Penn State deserves NCAA’s ‘death penalty’

To maintain its own integrity, the NCAA must use its powers to…

Reuters file photoJoe Paterno
S.F. Examiner File PhotoSnap back: The fate of the NL West crown could rest in the hands of Tim Lincecum. If he regains his form

Giants must prove they are elite

Having proven they’re better than the American League All-Stars, the Giants need…

S.F. Examiner File PhotoSnap back: The fate of the NL West crown could rest in the hands of Tim Lincecum. If he regains his form
Getty Image File PhotoFormer NFL player Ben Davidson

Raiders' Ben Davidson was a true class act

Ben Davidson, who died Tuesday, was a true original. Davidson came to…

Getty Image File PhotoFormer NFL player Ben Davidson
Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRENorth Carolina’s Harrison Barnes should be a solid addition to a young

Franchise appears to be headed in the right direction

The Warriors’ first pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft is just the…

Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRENorth Carolina’s Harrison Barnes should be a solid addition to a young
Kelley L. Cox/US PRESSWIRESan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito.

Interleague action exposes San Francisco’s true colors

The American League has exposed the Giants. The Giants were zipping along…

Kelley L. Cox/US PRESSWIRESan Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito.
Getty Image File PhotoComcast SportsNet Bay Area will air a special encore presentation of Giants pitcher Matt Cain’s historic perfect game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. On Wednesday

Perfection suits S.F. workhorse Cain well

Matt Cain’s perfect game not only established him as the Giants’ ace,…

Getty Image File PhotoComcast SportsNet Bay Area will air a special encore presentation of Giants pitcher Matt Cain’s historic perfect game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. On Wednesday
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerTiger Woods

Familiarity no help for Tiger

Tiger Woods should be familiar with the Olympic Club because he played…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerTiger Woods
Associated PressSan Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) shows his support with pick shoes and bat for Cancer Awareness Day against the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in San Francisco

Giants need Sandoval at his best when he returns

Pablo Sandoval is close to returning to the Giants, but the question…

Associated PressSan Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval (48) shows his support with pick shoes and bat for Cancer Awareness Day against the Atlanta Braves in a baseball game in San Francisco
Getty Images File PhotoGolf has been without a larger-than-life star in majors since Tiger Woods' game crumbled following personal issues. The Olympic Club will be a tough location to regain the mojo

Golf needs to have its superstar

Golf needs superstars like Tiger Woods and, as I watch Tiger struggling…

Getty Images File PhotoGolf has been without a larger-than-life star in majors since Tiger Woods' game crumbled following personal issues. The Olympic Club will be a tough location to regain the mojo
US Presswire File PhotoHelping out: The Giants’ Joaquin Arias has filled in admirably at third base for Pablo Sandoval

Giants full of surprises; key issues still remain

As the Giants are in a favorable stretch in their schedule, some…

US Presswire File PhotoHelping out: The Giants’ Joaquin Arias has filled in admirably at third base for Pablo Sandoval

Time for A's owner to give up on San Jose pipedream

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig’s comments last week about the A’s and their…

Getty Images File PhotoJoe Lacob

Moving the Warriors to The City would be all about owners’ ulterior motives

The proposed move of the Warriors to San Francisco, expected to be…

Getty Images File PhotoJoe Lacob

SF Giants, Oakland A's limp into Bay Bridge Series with stars out of commission

The Bay Bridge Series, which starts tonight at AT&T Park, will determine…