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Quarterback Jared Goff says playing for the 49ers “would be awesome.” But does anyone in their right mind want to join Trent Baalke, left, and Jed York aboard the derailing train that is the San Francisco 49ers? (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2015 AP)

Does Goff really want 49ers’ chaos?

So now we know why the 49ers aren’t spending much on free…

 

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green tangles with San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) and Kevin Martin during the first half of Saturday's game in San Antonio. San Antonio won 87-79. (Darren Abate/AP)

Curry, Warriors have met the enemy

What, you thought it would be a three-month game of hopscotch, a…

 

Adam Laroche and his son Drake, left, were told by Kenny Williams, center, to not come to the Chicago White Sox clubhouse anymore. Chris Sale, right, was quite upset about that decision. (John Lochner, Jae C. Hong, Adam Hunger/AP)

A father, a son and a cold baseball franchise

It shouldn’t be lost on Ken Williams why a father-son bond is…

 

Cuonzo Martin shouldn’t be back next season if it turns out he knew of his assistant’s misbehavior and didn’t act. (Jeff Chiu/2014 AP)

If he knew and didn’t tell, Martin must go

Know this: If Cuonzo Martin failed to urgently address a glaring red…

Cuonzo Martin shouldn’t be back next season if it turns out he knew of his assistant’s misbehavior and didn’t act. (Jeff Chiu/2014 AP)
Steve Kerr has been the catalyst that took the Warriors from a good team to a transcendent force in the NBA. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Coach of the year? Kerr’s impact spans the ages

My breaking point came when broadcaster Jim Barnett, paid by the Warriors…

Steve Kerr has been the catalyst that took the Warriors from a good team to a transcendent force in the NBA. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Johnny Cueto should've been wearing a helmet on the mound when he was drilled in spring training on Monday. (Chris Carlson/AP)

Why wasn’t Cueto wearing headgear?

And to think pitchers are worried about image, cosmetics, how they might…

Johnny Cueto should've been wearing a helmet on the mound when he was drilled in spring training on Monday. (Chris Carlson/AP)
Cal recruiter Yann Hufnagel was fired Monday after allegations of sexual harassment were reported. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

At Cal, social conscience trumps basketball

This isn’t the sort of March Madness that Cal envisioned, obviously, when…

Cal recruiter Yann Hufnagel was fired Monday after allegations of sexual harassment were reported. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
While the Niners’ boy CEO Jed York refuses to make moves and plants trade rumors in the media, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, above, is making moves to put his team in contention in 2016 and beyond. (Richard Drew/AP)

As 49ers play stupid Kap tricks, Raiders get serious

Somehow, it all makes total, ridiculous sense. The 49ers, the smug franchise…

While the Niners’ boy CEO Jed York refuses to make moves and plants trade rumors in the media, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, above, is making moves to put his team in contention in 2016 and beyond. (Richard Drew/AP)
Stephen Curry is an American treasure who has no problem holstering his ego to have some fun with the children in Oakland.(Adm Golub/Invision for Brita/AP)

Never, ever take Curry for granted

‘How much sugar is there in a glass of water?” a teacher…

Stephen Curry is an American treasure who has no problem holstering his ego to have some fun with the children in Oakland.(Adm Golub/Invision for Brita/AP)
The Denver Broncos are mulling replacing the newly retired Peyton Manning with disgruntled 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. The Niners braintrust should accept the picks and not let John Elway hear them laughing from Santa Clara. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

Kap (LOL!) to Denver? Opens door for Goff

Excuse me for stifling a laugh and tweeting a LOL emoji. But…

The Denver Broncos are mulling replacing the newly retired Peyton Manning with disgruntled 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. The Niners braintrust should accept the picks and not let John Elway hear them laughing from Santa Clara. (Jack Dempsey/AP)
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh signs University of Michigan helmets during Spring Training in Bradenton, Fla. The former 49ers head coach has irked plenty of coaches from the SEC by being so visible on their stomping grounds. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Harbaugh is smarter, bolder than the rest

Oh, if only Jed York could have grinned, chilled, managed Jim Harbaugh…

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh signs University of Michigan helmets during Spring Training in Bradenton, Fla. The former 49ers head coach has irked plenty of coaches from the SEC by being so visible on their stomping grounds. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with teammates as his team jumps ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday in Oakland. Golden State won 121-106. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

44 straight: Scram, Michael Jordan

They deserve a new arena in the big, rich, progressive city across…

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with teammates as his team jumps ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday in Oakland. Golden State won 121-106. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
On paper, Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors would create an unstoppable team, destined for several championships. There's only one problem: Basketball games aren't played on paper. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

A Durant rant: Warriors should say no

If they weren’t 54-5 this season and 137-25 over the last 16…

On paper, Kevin Durant joining the Golden State Warriors would create an unstoppable team, destined for several championships. There's only one problem: Basketball games aren't played on paper. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 109-105 in overtime. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

The trick: Winning 73 while resting Curry

That was Draymond Green, ha ha, strutting downcourt and laughing as the…

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green celebrates after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 1, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 109-105 in overtime. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after hitting the game winning shot in overtime of Saturday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Golden State won 121-118. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

Steph Curry’s latest miracle: Saving angry Draymond Green

He had time, at least two seconds. He had room to dribble,…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after hitting the game winning shot in overtime of Saturday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Golden State won 121-118. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after making a 3-pointer from near the half-court line at the end of the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)

No boundaries for Steph Curry, so just enjoy

What once was a relatable vicarious thrill for any of us —…

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after making a 3-pointer from near the half-court line at the end of the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP)
Madison Bumgarner, left, and Stephen Curry stand to earn much more money for their heroic efforts.

Woefully underpaid, Curry and MadBum carry on

Imagine if Madison Bumgarner happened to care more about his financial portfolio…

Madison Bumgarner, left, and Stephen Curry stand to earn much more money for their heroic efforts.
What really happened between Peyton Manning and a female trainer on a now-scandalous day at the University of Tennessee? Most likely, we’ll never truly know. But that won’t slow the masses from playing judge and jury with Manning’s legacy. (Mark Humphrey/1997 AP)

Manning case: Why assume when you don’t know?

In a country where only 19 percent of working-age Americans have four-year…

What really happened between Peyton Manning and a female trainer on a now-scandalous day at the University of Tennessee? Most likely, we’ll never truly know. But that won’t slow the masses from playing judge and jury with Manning’s legacy. (Mark Humphrey/1997 AP)
Pitcher Tim Lincecum has likely thrown his last pitch as a San Francisco Giant, assuming the team is smart enough to let him go. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

Lincecum 2.0 no fit for Giants … but A’s?

Not to be smirky or flip, but if Tim Lincecum made no…

Pitcher Tim Lincecum has likely thrown his last pitch as a San Francisco Giant, assuming the team is smart enough to let him go. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)
Colin Kaepernick yearns for the benefits of playing in New York — the bright lights, and proximity to his semicelebrity girlfriend. The 49ers would be wise to allow him to pursue them.  (Matt York/AP)

Kap + NYC GF = 49ers must dump him

Sometimes in this industry, you must hold your nose and plunge into…

Colin Kaepernick yearns for the benefits of playing in New York — the bright lights, and proximity to his semicelebrity girlfriend. The 49ers would be wise to allow him to pursue them.  (Matt York/AP)