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Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP PhotoPresident Barack Obama

Obama lauds 'embarrassment of riches' in Los Angeles sports

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Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP File PhotoThe Oakland Raiders lease to play at the Coliseum for the 2015 season has been approved.

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Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP File PhotoThe Oakland Raiders lease to play at the Coliseum for the 2015 season has been approved.
David J. Phillip/AP PhotoThe Giants rely on Hunter Pence for team balance.

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David J. Phillip/AP PhotoThe Giants rely on Hunter Pence for team balance.
Tony Avelar/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Coco Crisp will start his sixth season with the team in 2015.

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Tony Avelar/AP PhotoOakland Athletics' Coco Crisp will start his sixth season with the team in 2015.
Tony Avelar/AP PhotoThe 49ers are looking to extend Aldon Smith's contract.

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Tony Avelar/AP PhotoThe 49ers are looking to extend Aldon Smith's contract.
Tony Avelar/AP PhotoThe 49ers should retain Frank Gore

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Tony Avelar/AP PhotoThe 49ers should retain Frank Gore
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Kyle Terada/AP Photo PoolThe Giants have signed Ryan Vogelsong to a one year contract.

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Kyle Terada/AP Photo PoolThe Giants have signed Ryan Vogelsong to a one year contract.
Darryl Graham/2014 AP file photoVallejo native Jeff Gordon said Thursday that the 2015 season will be his last as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver.

Four-time NASCAR champ Gordon makes 2015 season his last

Jeff Gordon, with a nagging back injury, a young family he wanted…

Darryl Graham/2014 AP file photoVallejo native Jeff Gordon said Thursday that the 2015 season will be his last as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver.

San Francisco man close to doing 7 marathons on 7 continents

A San Francisco man is one race away from completing seven marathons…

Reed Saxon/AP File PhotoSuper middleweight champion Andre Ward says he nearly retired several times during the past three years while fighting with his promoter. After signing with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports this month

Andre Ward eager for ring return after long break

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Reed Saxon/AP File PhotoSuper middleweight champion Andre Ward says he nearly retired several times during the past three years while fighting with his promoter. After signing with Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports this month
Eugene Kim/FlickrGiants' Buster Posey will play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am next Monday.

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Eugene Kim/FlickrGiants' Buster Posey will play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am next Monday.
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Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoRaiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie has two more years on his contract.

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Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoRaiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie has two more years on his contract.
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Tony Verna, inventor of TV instant replay, dies at 81

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David J. Phillip/AP PhotoGiants and outfielder Gregor Blanco have reached an agreement on a two-year contract.

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David J. Phillip/AP PhotoGiants and outfielder Gregor Blanco have reached an agreement on a two-year contract.
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Christopher Michel/FlickrThe World Marathon Challenge starts in Antarctica on Saturday. A group of people will run seven marathons on seven countries in seven days.

San Francisco man to run races on 7 continents in 7 days

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco man is attempting to run seven…

Christopher Michel/FlickrThe World Marathon Challenge starts in Antarctica on Saturday. A group of people will run seven marathons on seven countries in seven days.
Rick Scuteri/AP Photo49ers LB Patrick Willis will be the star of his own mobile game.

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Rick Scuteri/AP Photo49ers LB Patrick Willis will be the star of his own mobile game.
Mary Altaffer/AP PhotoBillie Jean King said that the USTA allowing same-gender couples doubles tournaments is an "important step forward" for tennis.

Same-gender couples' doubles tournaments sanctioned by USTA

WHITE PLAINS -- The U.S. Tennis Association will sanction same-gender couples' doubles…

Mary Altaffer/AP PhotoBillie Jean King said that the USTA allowing same-gender couples doubles tournaments is an "important step forward" for tennis.