Mychael Urban

LM Otero/AP file photoNiners coach Jim Harbaugh

Where does Harbaugh sit on the likable meter — and does it really matter?

Last year, as I waded back into the shark-infested waters of putting…

LM Otero/AP file photoNiners coach Jim Harbaugh
Gene J. Puskar/AP file photoWith the popularity of travel baseball and the rise of Tommy John surgery

Time to stop overusing youth pitchers’ arms

It’s the most obvious solution to a glaring problem that exists in…

Gene J. Puskar/AP file photoWith the popularity of travel baseball and the rise of Tommy John surgery
AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

Four players are key down the stretch for Giants, A’s

There hasn't been a great deal of good news involving the recently…

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP file photo

Giants’ Posey stating his case to be NL MVP

As Buster Posey continues to make a mockery of anyone trying to…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP file photo
Ben Margot/APWith the losses of NaVorro Bowman to injury and Aldon Smith to a possible suspension

Replacement linebackers just don’t bring same heat for 49ers

NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith. Michael Wilhoite, Dan Skuta and Corey Lemonier.…

Ben Margot/APWith the losses of NaVorro Bowman to injury and Aldon Smith to a possible suspension
Marcio Jose Sanchez/ap FILE PHOTOWhen the A’s acquired Jeff Samardija

It’s a NorCal vs. SoCal dogfight for West titles

With one week left in August, both Bay Area baseball teams appear…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/ap FILE PHOTOWhen the A’s acquired Jeff Samardija
Ben Margot/APSince he became MLB’s acting commissioner in 1992 — he officially assumed office in 1998 — Bud Selig has overseen a work stoppage

It’s past time for Bud Selig to exit stage left

It's long been an axiom that voices of authority, no matter how…

Ben Margot/APSince he became MLB’s acting commissioner in 1992 — he officially assumed office in 1998 — Bud Selig has overseen a work stoppage
Danny Moloshok/APWhile the Giants are hanging around the edge of a playoff berth

If it comes down to it, Giants’ Bochy wins brain game

If you're struggling to envision a scenario in which the Giants, against…

Danny Moloshok/APWhile the Giants are hanging around the edge of a playoff berth

Taking a look at the ups and downs of sports

Peaks and valleys. Highs and lows. The essence of sports, yet another…

Kathy Willens/2013 AP file photoMLB’s cat-and-mouse game to catch steroid users

Steroids Era allows media to have edge on players

With all due respect to the sanctity of baseball’s record book, the…

Kathy Willens/2013 AP file photoMLB’s cat-and-mouse game to catch steroid users
AP file photoYoenis Cespedes was the A’s player everyone could name

Cespedes trade will show A’s have depth to replace star

There have been two distinct eras of accomplishment since Billy Beane took…

AP file photoYoenis Cespedes was the A’s player everyone could name
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 ap FILE PHOTOGiants’ general manager Brian Sabean may not have made any big moves as the trade deadline passed

GM Brian Sabean shouldn’t bear brunt of Giants’ quagmire

Good vibes are fleeting at best in the Giants' awkward little world…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 ap FILE PHOTOGiants’ general manager Brian Sabean may not have made any big moves as the trade deadline passed
AP photoBy adding Jon Lester to the starting rotation

A’s are flush with aces

Already the author of the 2014 trade season's splashiest deal by way…

AP photoBy adding Jon Lester to the starting rotation
John Bazemore/Ap file photoAP file photo

It’s not all about changing scenery

It's the most common rationalization out there for teams that pick up…

John Bazemore/Ap file photoAP file photo
Courtesy photoThe Baseball Without Borders Nationals

A baseball trip that was more than a baseball trip

Ten years from now, the players won’t remember the scores, or their…

Courtesy photoThe Baseball Without Borders Nationals
Ben Margot/AP file photoJeff Samardzija was happy to leave the Cubs for the A’s

Despite stadium issues, A’s have become a destination team

Take a bow, A's fans. You've pulled off the impossible. You've made…

Ben Margot/AP file photoJeff Samardzija was happy to leave the Cubs for the A’s
Jeff Chiu/AP file photoAngel Pagan has at least one vote for first-half National League MVP

Handing out a few pointless MLB midseason awards

The sports calendar has a few inevitable lulls built into it. Think…

Jeff Chiu/AP file photoAngel Pagan has at least one vote for first-half National League MVP
Kathy Willens/2013 AP file photoOutfielder Yoenis Cespedes put on a show at the Home Run Derby last year

A’s should want Cespedes back in the Home Run Derby

The A's have made it about as clear as possible that they'd…

Kathy Willens/2013 AP file photoOutfielder Yoenis Cespedes put on a show at the Home Run Derby last year
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Don’t expect Giants to make any blockbuster moves

There's truth in every cliché, including the one that tells us there's…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Themba Hadebe/APUnited States' goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the World Cup match against Belgium.

A World Cup to remember, a nice signing by the Warriors and more A's stadium drama

It's been a while since we went with the grab-bag approach, so…

Themba Hadebe/APUnited States' goalkeeper Tim Howard makes a save during the World Cup match against Belgium.