Super Bowl 50

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates a touchdown by running back Jonathan Stewart touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the divisional playoffs on Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Best team ever? Newton, Panthers look to build case

As if the golden-anniversary Super Bowl doesn’t have enough of it already,…

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrates a touchdown by running back Jonathan Stewart touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the divisional playoffs on Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (Chuck Burton/AP)
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) celebrates after intercepting a pass from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game on Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Defense, ball control can send Manning off in glory

It’s as if the game already has been played. As if the…

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller (58) celebrates after intercepting a pass from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the AFC Championship game on Jan. 24, 2016, in Denver. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, shoots as Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry defends. (George Nikitin/AP)

Durant rumors gain momentum

The thought of Kevin Durant in a Warriors’ uniform is as complicated…

Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant, left, shoots as Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry defends. (George Nikitin/AP)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to dodge questions failed to adequately address issues surrounding brain trauma and CTE during a news conference on Friday  in San Francisco. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Fire Goodell? Fine idea, won’t happen

His words are soft, methodical, almost wobbly at times. Nothing at all…

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continued to dodge questions failed to adequately address issues surrounding brain trauma and CTE during a news conference on Friday  in San Francisco. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Former NFL football player Bill Romanowski sits at Nutrition53.com, of which he is president and CEO, in Lafayette.  Romanowski recently weighed in on the concussion issue hurting the NFL's image. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2009 AP)

Former Raiders, 49ers LB: Most NFL players likely have CTE

Bill Romanowski sustained 20 documented concussions, and certainly more he doesn't know…

Former NFL football player Bill Romanowski sits at Nutrition53.com, of which he is president and CEO, in Lafayette.  Romanowski recently weighed in on the concussion issue hurting the NFL's image. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2009 AP)
Super Bowl City took place in San Francisco. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Super Bowl 50: Complex, polarizing

Seems El Niño and Mother Nature snuck off on a tryst, leaving…

Super Bowl City took place in San Francisco. (Charlie Riedel/AP)
Panthers wide receiver Tedd Ginn, pictured during a Wednesday news conference, says he’s glad to be back in the Bay Area, where he previously played as a member of the 49ers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

At last, ex-49er Ginn on fast track to success

Ted Ginn Jr. has said all the right things since his return…

Panthers wide receiver Tedd Ginn, pictured during a Wednesday news conference, says he’s glad to be back in the Bay Area, where he previously played as a member of the 49ers. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
The massive influx of visitors in San Francisco has wreaked havoc on the streets in the form of increased traffic, road closures and unexpected protests. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Battles on the streets before the Big Game

Last weekend, the No. 1 topic of conversation in my cab was…

The massive influx of visitors in San Francisco has wreaked havoc on the streets in the form of increased traffic, road closures and unexpected protests. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Smith have had to overcome personal obstacles to get to the Super Bowl 50. (AP)

Broncos forced to overcome tumultuous upbringings

A letter from the president. So few are sent. Katrina Smith had…

Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Smith have had to overcome personal obstacles to get to the Super Bowl 50. (AP)
Police officers order protesters in San Francisco to remove a tent set up near the Ferry Building during a protest over the issue of homelessness on Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Dissent is in the air

There’s a riot going on in San Francisco. OK, honestly, it’s more…

Police officers order protesters in San Francisco to remove a tent set up near the Ferry Building during a protest over the issue of homelessness on Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Linda Fuchs, left, and Chanell Jones have struggled to survive, as sweeps in San Francisco for Super Bowl 50 have forced many homeless people to constantly stay on the move. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Homeless woman lost job after Super Bowl tent sweeps

Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you: It’s hell to lose a job.…

Linda Fuchs, left, and Chanell Jones have struggled to survive, as sweeps in San Francisco for Super Bowl 50 have forced many homeless people to constantly stay on the move. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Ron Rivera and Gary Kubiak will match wits in Super Bowl 50 after overcome long odds to make it here. (Michael Conroy/AP, Chuck Burton/AP)

Rivera, Kubiak: Profiles in survivalism

Not long ago, not long ago at all, the circumstances were aligned…

Ron Rivera and Gary Kubiak will match wits in Super Bowl 50 after overcome long odds to make it here. (Michael Conroy/AP, Chuck Burton/AP)
Oakland Raiders fans Griz Jones, left, and Ray Perez make their case for keeping the NFL football team in Oakland outside the hotel where NFL owners met Jan. 12 in Houston to discuss possible relocation plans. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

World’s Team? Homeless Raiders should give it a try

Word has leaked that the Raiders will play the Houston Texans in…

Oakland Raiders fans Griz Jones, left, and Ray Perez make their case for keeping the NFL football team in Oakland outside the hotel where NFL owners met Jan. 12 in Houston to discuss possible relocation plans. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
Oakland Raiders coach John Madden walks quarterback Ken Stabler off the field after Stabler was injured on a fourth quarter sack by Don Latimer of the Denver Broncos on Dec. 4, 1978. Extent of his injuries was not known but he was replaced in the lineup by David Humm. Broncos won 21-6. (JP/1978 AP)

Brain disease: The NFL’s big lie

Do they not realize that their brains are rotting and their bodies…

Oakland Raiders coach John Madden walks quarterback Ken Stabler off the field after Stabler was injured on a fourth quarter sack by Don Latimer of the Denver Broncos on Dec. 4, 1978. Extent of his injuries was not known but he was replaced in the lineup by David Humm. Broncos won 21-6. (JP/1978 AP)
Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman wears a mask as he answers a question during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

Memo to Super Bowl Week: Wake Up!

Three days before Super Bowl 50, it’s almost time to panic. The…

Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman wears a mask as he answers a question during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game on Monday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell gestures while speaking before the NFL Women’s Summit on Thursday in San Francisco. (Ben Margot/AP)

NFL aims to boost women in leadership, former Oakland exec suggests calling it ‘Al Davis rule’

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement a "Rooney Rule" requiring that women…

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell gestures while speaking before the NFL Women’s Summit on Thursday in San Francisco. (Ben Margot/AP)
FBI special agent David Johnson addresses the crowd at a press conference on Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

No credible threat to Super Bowl 50, law enforcement officials say

Local and federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday said there are no…

FBI special agent David Johnson addresses the crowd at a press conference on Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Carolina Panthers tackle Michael Oher answers questions during a press conference Tuesday in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Oher seeks glory beyond ‘The Blind Side’

The story of Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher was written six…

Carolina Panthers tackle Michael Oher answers questions during a press conference Tuesday in San Jose. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
“Tiny” of Poor Magazine protests in front of a line of police officers near the Ferry Building in San Francisco. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Protesters demand SF address homelessness amid Super Bowl hype

Protesters stood in sharp contrast to the festivities taking place at Super…

“Tiny” of Poor Magazine protests in front of a line of police officers near the Ferry Building in San Francisco. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Broncos defensive coordinator has done wonders with the roster he inherited from his predecessor, Jack Del Rio, now head coach of the Oakland Raiders. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

Are Phillips, Broncos playing possum?

The current Raiders coach, Jack Del Rio, was the Broncos previous defensive…

Broncos defensive coordinator has done wonders with the roster he inherited from his predecessor, Jack Del Rio, now head coach of the Oakland Raiders. (Joe Mahoney/AP)