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Darron Cummings/AP file photoTim Lincecum’s father

Father knows best with Lincecum

Cliches exist because they’re true, so yes, familiarity does indeed breed contempt.…

 

Michael Zito/2014 AP file photoThe surprising retirement of 49ers’ linebacker Chris Borland was a decision made because of research on the dangers of playing football

Borland’s choice was strictly his own, no other forces involved

We’re in the business of labels here. Two specifically: Good for Ball…

 

David Zalubowski/AP file photoStephen Curry and other Warriors stars

Warriors' Kerr doing the right thing by resting stars for playoffs

With the exception of those working in youth leagues where the rules…

 

Carlos Osorio/AP file photoBy speaking to the media about his departure from the Giants

Good for Ball, Bad for Ball? That is the question

One or the other: Good for Ball, Bad for Ball. You can…

Carlos Osorio/AP file photoBy speaking to the media about his departure from the Giants
Jeff Chiu/AP PhotoWillis had class the 49ers will miss

Willis exuded the class that is suddenly escaping 49ers

Had it come at another time, the unexpected retirement of Patrick Willis…

Jeff Chiu/AP PhotoWillis had class the 49ers will miss
Darron Cummings/AP File PhotoAngel Pagan should remain the Giants’ leadoff hitter despite being considered to be moved down in the lineup.

Grantland is more than sports, but keep Simmons off TV

Everything in life can be labeled one of two ways: Good for…

Darron Cummings/AP File PhotoAngel Pagan should remain the Giants’ leadoff hitter despite being considered to be moved down in the lineup.
Darron Cummings/AP file photoGiants manager Bruce Bochy

What’s interesting? A’s have the edge over Giants

There's comfort in the familiar, but familiar isn't all that interesting. The…

Darron Cummings/AP file photoGiants manager Bruce Bochy
Charlie Neibergall/AP PhotoThe recent health scare that Giants manager Bruce Bochy had makes one stop and think of just how valuable he has been to the team’s three recent World Series titles.

Bochy an invaluable piece of Giants’ success

When the pundits and fans go through the annual rites of spring…

Charlie Neibergall/AP PhotoThe recent health scare that Giants manager Bruce Bochy had makes one stop and think of just how valuable he has been to the team’s three recent World Series titles.
David J. Phillip/ap

Warriors will need to show Green the green

No matter how good the story, attempts will be made to introduce…

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Larry W. Smith/Pool Photo via APGolden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers forward James Jones (1) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland

Warriors proving they belong as an elite NBA team

By now, there isn’t a single basketball fan in the world not…

Larry W. Smith/Pool Photo via APGolden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers forward James Jones (1) during the first half of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland
Tony Avelar/2013 AP file photoThe A’s signing of starting pitcher Barry Zito to a minor-league deal and a spring training invite is a no-lose situation for Oakland.

‘Feel good’ or not, Zito’s return is good news for A’s

Anyone who thinks bringing Barry Zito to camp was a PR move…

Tony Avelar/2013 AP file photoThe A’s signing of starting pitcher Barry Zito to a minor-league deal and a spring training invite is a no-lose situation for Oakland.
Eric Risberg/AP PhotoOakland A's General Manager Billy Beane

A’s need to trust Beane’s roster overhaul

It happened a couple of times during the 2014 regular season, and…

Eric Risberg/AP PhotoOakland A's General Manager Billy Beane
David J. Phillip/2014 ap file photoMadison Bumgarner won’t be the only big contributor out of the starting rotation for the Giants this season.

Pitching pride will make difference for Giants

In journalism school, they strongly recommend to anyone with designs on ascending…

David J. Phillip/2014 ap file photoMadison Bumgarner won’t be the only big contributor out of the starting rotation for the Giants this season.
Ben Margot/AP PhotoWarriors coach Steve Kerr has little choice regarding Kobe Bryant's replacement for the Western Conference All-Stars when he has to face Klay Thompson every day.

Kerr has little choice but to give Thompson All-Star start

From certain perspectives, the decision that Warriors coach Steve Kerr has to…

Ben Margot/AP PhotoWarriors coach Steve Kerr has little choice regarding Kobe Bryant's replacement for the Western Conference All-Stars when he has to face Klay Thompson every day.
Bettina Hansen/AP file photoSeahawks running back Marshawn Lynch

Seahawks dissing ‘Beast Mode’? Definitely Bad for Ball

We all know how it works at this point, right? Everything in…

Bettina Hansen/AP file photoSeahawks running back Marshawn Lynch
Mark Humphrey/AP PhotoNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up during practice Thursday in Tempe

In battle of evils, Patriots are more tolerable than Seahawks

The Super Bowl is by far the most difficult of championships to…

Mark Humphrey/AP PhotoNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up during practice Thursday in Tempe
Mark Humphrey/APPatriots quarterback Tom Brady will be tested by a fierce Seahawks defense in Sunday's Super Bowl

Enjoy Super Sunday, because after that, February flops

Once the last strand of confetti hits the floor in Glendale, Ariz.,…

Mark Humphrey/APPatriots quarterback Tom Brady will be tested by a fierce Seahawks defense in Sunday's Super Bowl
Brandon Wade/ap file photoWith NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the helm

NFL brings its bungling circus full circle

There’s no football game on today — unless, of course, you consider…

Brandon Wade/ap file photoWith NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the helm
Wade Payne/2014 AP file photoAlabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin

49ers want to hire Kiffin? Definitely not a classy move

By now, you should be doing it yourself. Some of you already…

Wade Payne/2014 AP file photoAlabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin
AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezSan Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula

49ers lose out to Raiders again, this time off the field

The 49ers and Raiders are never going to stop trying to steal…

AP Photo/Marcio Jose SanchezSan Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula