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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on December 24, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo can’t stop winning

Jimmy Garoppolo is still undefeated this season. The 49ers quarterback got a…

 

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) (left) celebrates with San Francisco 49ers middle linebacker Brock Coyle (50) after making a defensive stop against the New York Giants at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on November 12, 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Weekend wrap: Making sense of Reuben Foster’s arrest, the unfocused Warriors and inactive Giants

Quick hits with Kolsky In the local football world, 49ers LB Reuben…

 

The Raiders still haven’t intercepted a pass this season. It won’t be easy today, when they face Tom Brady. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Raiders aim to end 15-year drought against Patriots

When the Oakland Raiders last beat the New England Patriots, Rich Gannon…

 

Amari Cooper said the Oakland Raiders’ game in Mexico City last year was a hostile, fun environment. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Raiders embrace playing ‘home game’ in Mexico City

ALAMEDA — As the Oakland Raiders prepare to return to Estadio Azteca…

Amari Cooper said the Oakland Raiders’ game in Mexico City last year was a hostile, fun environment. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kyle Shanahan. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

49ers coach won’t rush Jimmy Garoppolo into action

SANTA CLARA — New 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo met most of his…

Kyle Shanahan. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
New 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was introduced to the media on Tuesday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Jimmy Garoppolo fits 49ers’ rebuild

A day after the expected beatdown in Philadelphia, the San Francisco 49ers…

New 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was introduced to the media on Tuesday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
Jimmy Garoppolo took his first reps in practice on Wednesday in Santa Clara. Even if he doesn’t end up being the 49ers quarterback of the future, he’s a worthy investment. (Courtesy Sam Hustis/KNBR)

Jimmy Garoppolo’s arrival heralds a new day for 49ers

Halloween 2017 was Day 3 of the New Millennium 49ers Franchise Turnaround…

Jimmy Garoppolo took his first reps in practice on Wednesday in Santa Clara. Even if he doesn’t end up being the 49ers quarterback of the future, he’s a worthy investment. (Courtesy Sam Hustis/KNBR)
The Oakland Raiders, seen here before a game against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 6, beat the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Monday night, despite the high elevation and pollution. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)

Raiders to play Patriots in Mexico City in 2017

The Raiders will play seven home games in Oakland for the second…

The Oakland Raiders, seen here before a game against the Denver Broncos on Nov. 6, beat the Houston Texans in Mexico City on Monday night, despite the high elevation and pollution. (Aleah Fajardo/Special To S.F. Examiner)
Steve Kerr wasn’t happy with the outcome of the players’ vote for the NBA All-Star Game, ignoring that the game has been disappointing for years. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)

Here’s a vote for NBA All-Star Game as must-not-see TV

Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a bit peeved that so many players…

Steve Kerr wasn’t happy with the outcome of the players’ vote for the NBA All-Star Game, ignoring that the game has been disappointing for years. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS)
Fans endured the worst weather in years at Levi's Stadium on Sunday. It was a damper for what should've been a celebration for Eddie DeBartolo, who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mother Nature, 49ers let down Eddie D. on his big day

It was as if Mother Nature was cackling from somewhere east of…

Fans endured the worst weather in years at Levi's Stadium on Sunday. It was a damper for what should've been a celebration for Eddie DeBartolo, who was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
LaGarette Blount runs away from Eli Harold and Eric Reid during the first half of the San Francisco 49ers' game against the New England Patriots on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Patriots turn it on late, pound 49ers

SANTA CLARA — The New England Patriots' victory over the 49ers on…

LaGarette Blount runs away from Eli Harold and Eric Reid during the first half of the San Francisco 49ers' game against the New England Patriots on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Adam Silver suggested Kevin Durant teaming up with the Warriors was wrong. He must not be paying attention to his own league’s history. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Warriors are too good? Silver needs to do his homework

So Adam Silver doesn’t like the idea of a Warriors super team,…

Adam Silver suggested Kevin Durant teaming up with the Warriors was wrong. He must not be paying attention to his own league’s history. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
New England quarterback Tom Brady shouts during the Patriots’ divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The NFL wants Brady to return to the Super Bowl because it’s what will make the league the most money. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Brady, Patriots trigger scorn — and buzz

DENVER — The new conspiracy theory is Son Of Deflategate, a bastard son…

New England quarterback Tom Brady shouts during the Patriots’ divisional playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. The NFL wants Brady to return to the Super Bowl because it’s what will make the league the most money. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, right, took a chance when he hired his friend Gary Kubiak. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Hiring ‘friend’ pays off for Elway

DENVER — John Elway is adamant that Gary Kubiak was never his…

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, right, took a chance when he hired his friend Gary Kubiak. (David Zalubowski/AP)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski faces reporters before practice on Thursday. The Patriots play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship on Sunday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Mind games between Patriots-Broncos before big game Sunday

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gronk pushes off. Brady whines. If it's AFC championship…

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski faces reporters before practice on Thursday. The Patriots play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship on Sunday. (Steven Senne/AP)
Despite Tom Brady’s gutsy run and dive for the endzone against the Chiefs on Saturday, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith criticized the Patriots quarterback for constantly whining about hard hits. (Steven Senne/AP)

Brady a crybaby, says Broncos defender

DENVER — Antonio Smith says nobody can get into Tom Brady’s head.…

Despite Tom Brady’s gutsy run and dive for the endzone against the Chiefs on Saturday, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith criticized the Patriots quarterback for constantly whining about hard hits. (Steven Senne/AP)

Brady’s career beyond ‘wildest dreams’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — As a 24-year-old in 2001, his second NFL season,…

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs against the Chiefs during New England's 27-20 win over Kansas City in the AFC playoffs on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)

Brady one step from Super Bowl homecoming

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took off for the end zone and…

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady runs against the Chiefs during New England's 27-20 win over Kansas City in the AFC playoffs on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. (Steven Senne/AP)
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gestures during a post game news conference following an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 20-10. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Belichick: Surging Chiefs hard to plan against

There are two Kansas City games on Bill Belichick's mind right now.…

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gestures during a post game news conference following an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 20-10. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Brady to have treatment for right ankle but ‘I’ve had worse’

The bye week will come in handy for New England Patriots quarterback…