Mychael Urban

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

UConn rules all; Raiders should take QB Manziel

Plenty of hot topics swirling around the sports world these days, so…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

MLB replay system clearly needs some work

Major League Baseball typically trails the rest of the pro sports world…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Bay Area sports fans overreacting quicker than ever

The world is comically obsessed with urgency these days. Everything is so…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
ap photoRising star Sonny Gray will be counted on even more for the A's this season with Jarrod Parker lost for the year.

Pitching and health will determine if A’s can three-peat as AL West champs

Pitching has long been the backbone of nearly every championship baseball team.…

ap photoRising star Sonny Gray will be counted on even more for the A's this season with Jarrod Parker lost for the year.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Raiders finally appear to be on the right track

It’s a gross oversimplification, but winners win and losers lose. This is…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Coaching scene in Bay Area couldn’t get much better

A lot of people take a lot of things for granted in…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Gregory BulL/apSergio Romo became the Giants’ closer partly because of his lethal slider

Spring training analysis: Giants should be concerned about Romo’s long-term health

Unless you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers or A’s, you’re…

Gregory BulL/apSergio Romo became the Giants’ closer partly because of his lethal slider
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Same old story with Sandoval’s weight; A’s show remarkable consistency

So the Pablo Sandoval weight watch is back on. Like it ever…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Giants’ Belt has brighter future than A’s Reddick

Brandon Belt avoided the highly uncomfortable experience of sitting through an arbitration…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

NFL should follow Missouri’s lead on Michael Sam

I have some really good friends who grew up in Missouri, and…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Cold-weather Super Bowl was bad idea from the start

One of the things most of us like about the NFL is…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

New Giant Tim Hudson ready to start throwing off a mound again

The timing is no coincidence. Nor is the locale. Both speak to…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
John Froschauer/AP PhotoSan Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks

Harbaugh's gutsy decision all for naught after bad calls, late 49ers mistakes

Jim Harbaugh's decision to go for it on fourth-and-goal at the 1-yard-line,…

John Froschauer/AP PhotoSan Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks off the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Seattle a secondary market in every way

A friend of mine is a public-relations professional, and Monday he texted…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Ahmad Brooks the true Superman of Niners’ win against Carolina

When an NFL quarterback decides to dole out generous gifts of gratitude…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

When it comes to baseball voters, it’s a Hall of Shame

Nobody in their right mind should be arguing against Greg Maddux, Tom…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
AP Photo/Tony AvelarIn this Aug. 17

Dawson delivers with everything riding on crucial kick for 49ers

A couple feet to the right and it could have been a…

AP Photo/Tony AvelarIn this Aug. 17
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

New year means another chance for sports fans to abandon resolutions

It’s Jan. 2, which means it’s highly likely that 20 to 25…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline
AP Photo/Tony AvelarFireworks explode over Candlestick Park after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-24 during an NFL football game in San Francisco

Great memories, but time to blow Stick up

Apparently the impending closure and demolition of Candlestick Park allows for mass…

AP Photo/Tony AvelarFireworks explode over Candlestick Park after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-24 during an NFL football game in San Francisco
Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline

Giants’ additions of Hudson, Morse are good for ball

Here’s how it works: Steph Curry stroking a pull-up 3-pointer in transition…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/2013 AP file photoGiants general manager Brian Sabean knows his team may need a boost at the trading deadline