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Klay Thompson (center) was recently criticized by Jason Terry (not pictured) for not being as good as James Harden (left). Nevermind that Thompson outplayed Harden in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Klay-brained Jason Terry starts NBA season in style

The NBA regular practice season is only days away, and you know…

 

Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West trucks through Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin in the fourth quarter on Sunday at O.co Coliseum. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star)

Black-and-bruised Raiders aren’t the stuff of champions

After four close wins in their first five games, the jury remained…

 

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watches from the sidelines against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Santa Clara changes Kap, looks worse than ever

Some alleged experts promised instant improvement for the Santa Clara offense with…

 

The Chicago Cubs technically eliminated the San Francisco Giants. In reality, it was the Giants' own inaction at the deadline that buried them. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants can look in mirror for BS (blown saves)

History says the Giants’ season crashed and burned in Game 4 of…

The Chicago Cubs technically eliminated the San Francisco Giants. In reality, it was the Giants' own inaction at the deadline that buried them. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The only things that can stop the Golden State Warriors are injuries and boredom. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors’ toughest task in 2016: Keep us interested until playoffs

The Golden State Warriors edged some chumps named the Los Angeles Clippers…

The only things that can stop the Golden State Warriors are injuries and boredom. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 53, intercepts a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bowman’s future in doubt, and Niners are poorer for it

Just when the Faithless thought the news in Santa Clara couldn’t get…

San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, 53, intercepts a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Sept. 12. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

It’s time to cancel Kap drama

Now that Colin Kaepernick has mastered the quarterback position, he can share…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) plays in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) reacts to not converting for a first down against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Kelly’s Niners do impossible, make Tomsula’s look better

Almost nobody in his drug-free mind believed in miracles after Chip Kelly…

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert (2) reacts to not converting for a first down against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here on Sept. 18, gave the Raiders a chance to win again on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

For better or worse, new Raiders look a lot like old ones

After their 17-10 escape against the Titans in Tennessee on Sunday, the…

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, seen here on Sept. 18, gave the Raiders a chance to win again on Sunday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Johnny Cueto is expected to return later this week. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Time has come for Giants to love us or leave us

Eleven days left in the regular season. Three National League teams. Two…

Johnny Cueto is expected to return later this week. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
The Raiders announced signing Jack Del Rio to a new contract Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

There’s no defense for Raiders’ sorry start

We know Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio likes to roll the…

The Raiders announced signing Jack Del Rio to a new contract Friday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) bobbles but hauls in a reception past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) in the second half on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)

There’s no defense for Niners’ latest snoozer

#BoycottNFL is off to a rousing start — television ratings are as…

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) bobbles but hauls in a reception past San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) in the second half on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (David T. Foster III/Charlotte Observer/TNS)
San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek (88) reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Balls Nation speaks: It’s game on for #boycottNFL

Ya’ve done good, Balls Nation. Ya’ve done good. Support of #boycottNFL in…

San Francisco 49ers tight end Garrett Celek (88) reacts to a play against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on September 12, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Only time will tell if Chip Kelly’s defense can survive being on the field for most of the game as inept personnel struggles to run the coach’s uptempo offense. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Let’s give Chip time to fail on his terms

Are you ready for some football? Niners’ football, Chip Kelly style? Hear…

Only time will tell if Chip Kelly’s defense can survive being on the field for most of the game as inept personnel struggles to run the coach’s uptempo offense. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jon Lester was masterful in his outing against the Giants on Friday. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Giants see the enemy, and it is their former selves

CHICAGO — The showdown against the Chicago Cubs is a biggie for…

Jon Lester was masterful in his outing against the Giants on Friday. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
Madison Bumgarner, seen here during All Star Weekend, made an addition to his case for the 2016 Cy Young award. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)

It’s Bum to the rescue, as Giants breathe Cy of relief

CHICAGO — A lot of seamheads like to talk about must-win situations…

Madison Bumgarner, seen here during All Star Weekend, made an addition to his case for the 2016 Cy Young award. (Hayne Palmour IV/San Diego Union-Tribune/TNS)
Jeff Samardzija, seen here on Aug. 17, didn’t pitch well in a big game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Jeff Samardzija fades when Giants need him most

CHICAGO — When the Giants shelled out 90-million bucks for free agent Jeff…

Jeff Samardzija, seen here on Aug. 17, didn’t pitch well in a big game against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Matt Cain has struggled mightily, making it time for Bruce Bochy to make a switch. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cain no longer able, but does Bochy have nerve to pull him from rotation?

Can’t beat good teams. Can’t win at home. Can’t win close games.…

Matt Cain has struggled mightily, making it time for Bruce Bochy to make a switch. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A 49ers fan celebrates a touchdown during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Smile, Faithful: It’s Gabbert’s show for worse or worser

Nobody freak out. It was the first NFL pregame game, for goshsakes.…

A 49ers fan celebrates a touchdown during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 14. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bruce Bochy had a recent health scare, and with all that he’s accomplished, it could be time to consider calling it a career. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bruce Bochy’s biggest call could be real life-saver

If there’s a more high-pressure job in professional sports than that of…

Bruce Bochy had a recent health scare, and with all that he’s accomplished, it could be time to consider calling it a career. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)