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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) hands the ball off to running back DeAndre Washington (33) for a carry against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Raiders can’t slow down Falcons

OAKLAND — The Oakland Raiders defense could not get stops in the second…

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) hands the ball off to running back DeAndre Washington (33) for a carry against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Ray-Ray Armstrong was impressive through two weeks, but unfortunately, he's now likely done for the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Niners’ chances rely on containing Cam

The San Francisco 49ers defense impressed in Week 1, when they were the…

Ray-Ray Armstrong was impressive through two weeks, but unfortunately, he's now likely done for the season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Blaine Gabbert limits what the 49ers' skill players can do in a fantasy context. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Which 49ers players should you own in fantasy?

It’s still the team-building stretch of the fantasy season, which means players…

Blaine Gabbert limits what the 49ers' skill players can do in a fantasy context. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Johnny Cueto kept the Giants in the playoff race on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Complete-game Cueto returns in crucial win over Cards

AT&T PARK — Some days are better than others to show up late…

Johnny Cueto kept the Giants in the playoff race on Thursday. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Giants General Manager Bobby Evans. (Courtesy photo)

Giants GM sees timing of Cardinals series as a blessing

AT&T PARK — The San Francisco Giants have been struggling mightily lately.…

Giants General Manager Bobby Evans. (Courtesy photo)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers maintain strong team chemistry despite some wishing otherwise

The highly anticipated, in some circles, unraveling of the San Francisco 49ers’…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jennifer Azzi is a legend in the women’s basketball world by being a dominant player and impressive coach. She officially stepped down from her role leading the USF program on Thursday. (Courtesy USF Athletics)

USF women’s basketball coach steps down shortly before season

The University of San Francisco women’s basketball head coach has resigned her…

Jennifer Azzi is a legend in the women’s basketball world by being a dominant player and impressive coach. She officially stepped down from her role leading the USF program on Thursday. (Courtesy USF Athletics)
San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) high fives outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) after making a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Circumstances stacked against 49ers in Week 2

The sun rose Tuesday and all was well in the world of…

San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) high fives outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) after making a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Niners win season-opening snoozefest

SANTA CLARA — It was a good night to send the kids…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) looks for an open receiver against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Expect plenty of missed tackles, incomplete passes and penalties in the San Francisco 49ers’ season opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers season opener promises to be ugly affair

The NFL season is back, and it won’t be pretty — at…

Expect plenty of missed tackles, incomplete passes and penalties in the San Francisco 49ers’ season opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
You can never have enough running backs. (Stacie Scott/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS)

The fantasy NFL season is a marathon, not a sprint

Each year, the popularity of fantasy football grows. What this means, in…

You can never have enough running backs. (Stacie Scott/Colorado Springs Gazette/TNS)
Graham Betchart eyes championship patches at the Mission High School museum. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

SF native Graham Betchart is changing how elite athletes approach the game

Sports seem random at times. There are so many moving parts —…

Graham Betchart eyes championship patches at the Mission High School museum. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Jed York pledged $1 million to two charities on Thursday. (Web Summit/Flickr)

Jed York doubles down on social justice initiatives

For the second time this offseason, San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York…

Jed York pledged $1 million to two charities on Thursday. (Web Summit/Flickr)
Derek Carr attempted to compare someone to the incomparable. Let's just get the games started already. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Empty talk reigns supreme ahead of NFL season kickoff

The NFL schedule is in that not-so-sweet spot between the end of…

Derek Carr attempted to compare someone to the incomparable. Let's just get the games started already. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick (7) greets players after taking a knee during the national anthem before a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

Colin Kaepernick plays admirably despite heightened attention

This may be the most attention a preseason NFL game has ever…

Colin Kaepernick (7) greets players after taking a knee during the national anthem before a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday. (K.C. Alfred/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Demonstrators turned out in front of the SFPOA headquarters on Wednesday in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Colin Kaepernick and the tipping point for athlete expression in a post-Ferguson America

Colin Kaepernick has undergone an awakening, and it manifested itself in his…

Demonstrators turned out in front of the SFPOA headquarters on Wednesday in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Colin Kaepernick will get a chance to prove himself on the field in the final preseason game before the team makes final cuts. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Colin Kaepernick’s roster spot safe for the moment

He’s dominated the national discussion since sitting out the national anthem before…

Colin Kaepernick will get a chance to prove himself on the field in the final preseason game before the team makes final cuts. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers preseason game makes ripples, some football related

The San Francisco 49ers played their third preseason game of the 2016…

Merrill Hoge, not an expert on most things — especially not tying ties. (Courtesy ESPN)

The takes, they’re so bad

It must be August. I know this because ESPN talking heads are…

Merrill Hoge, not an expert on most things — especially not tying ties. (Courtesy ESPN)
The Golden State Warriors chose to move on from their 30-plus year arrangement with KNBR, the team announced Thursday.

Here the Warriors go on their own (on the radio at least)

The Golden State Warriors are moving to the FM side of the…

The Golden State Warriors chose to move on from their 30-plus year arrangement with KNBR, the team announced Thursday.