49ers run defense might hold key to Garoppolo’s first home start |Dec 15, 2017

SANTA CLARA – You’re starting to see how improved the 49ers run defense is, right? Statistics illustrate that. Quotes provide testimony. Victories reassure that. A better question: Why are the 49ers better at stopping the run? “I really think it’s just a trust level on defense amongst the guys,” defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “Trusting […]

Michigan team rebounds after 84-game winning streak ends |Dec 15, 2017

POWERS, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula school that holds the Michigan record for most basketball victories in a row is starting over.After 84 consecutive wins, the boys at North Central in Powers, Michigan, lost last week for the first time...

San Jose Earthquakes dip into the lower division for help |Dec 15, 2017

The San Jose Earthquakes sign three players from USL affiliate Reno 1968 FC to bolster the roster with a center back and two midfielders.

Donskoi propels Sharks to key division win over Flames |Dec 15, 2017

Joonas Donskoi scored the game-winning goal in his return from injury as the Sharks fended off the Calgary Flames in the jam-packed Pacific Division.

Three things to know: Key player expected to rejoin Sharks in Calgary |Dec 15, 2017

Joonas Donskoi back on the ice as Sharks prepare to meet Calgary Flames.

Kurtenbach: The Giants seem to have forgotten that they lost 98 games last year |Dec 15, 2017

San Francisco went big in their bid for Giancarlo Stanton, but appear content with standing pat after his rejection.

Kevin Durant helps fan, while also leading Warriors to win over Dallas |Dec 15, 2017

Warriors forward Kevin Durant kissed a fan sitting courtside after she was struck with the ball. Durant also led the Warriors to win over Dallas, posting his third 30-point plus performance in the last four games.

Can 49ers protect Garoppolo in closing gauntlet? |Dec 15, 2017

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers likely have to protect Jimmy Garoppolo without right tackle Trent Brown again Sunday and possibly the season’s remainder. With Brown ailing from a right-shoulder injury, Zane Beadles is slated to again replace him as the 49ers enter a closing stretch against playoff-contending defenses, starting with the Tennessee Titans. “Zane knows […]

Kurtenbach: What we learned in the Warriors’ eighth straight win |Dec 15, 2017

Golden State is on a roll, despite not having Steph Curry or Draymond Green lately.

Will Todd Downing be the coordinator to fix Raiders’ offense? |Dec 15, 2017

Downing's offense ranks 19th in the NFL with less than 330 yards per game.

Stephen Piscotty’s mom has touching message for Cardinals, fans |Dec 15, 2017

Stephen Piscotty's mother, who is battling ALS, called his trade back home to the Oakland A's a bittersweet move.

Cal chancellor Carol Christ expresses “three sets of concerns” about the Pac-12’s direction, criticizes the conference office itself |Dec 15, 2017

Add Cal chancellor Carol Christ to the small but growing list of campus leaders to publicly voice concern about the state of the Pac-12. In a wide-ranging interview, Christ singled out the conference’s revenue model, scheduling issues (not only for football but all events on the Pac-12 Networks) and, perhaps most pointedly, the priorities of […]

A’s Billy Beane on Piscotty deal: ‘Cardinals one of the classiest organizations in sports’ |Dec 14, 2017

A's began calling on Stephen Piscotty as far back as August

Klay Thompson’s approach “not much different” without Stephen Curry |Dec 14, 2017

Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been consistent, with or without Stephen Curry in the lineup.

Undrafted LB Nicholas Morrow highlights Raiders rookie class |Dec 14, 2017

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — There's been one pleasant surprise in what's otherwise been a disappointing rookie class for the Oakland Raiders.While top picks Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonwu have spent most of the season on the sideline injured and most...

Closing arguments conclude at US FIFA corruption trial |Dec 14, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Closing arguments at the U.S. corruption trial of three former South American soccer officials concluded Thursday with the lawyer for an ex-president of Brazil's soccer federation claiming his client was clueless about a bribery...

Warriors to start Livingston, Casspi, Bell again vs. Dallas |Dec 14, 2017

Warriors coach Steve Kerr will keep the same starting lineup as he did on Monday against Portland.

Mavericks-Warriors, Box |Dec 14, 2017

DALLAS (97)Barnes 6-18 3-4 16, Kleber 1-2 2-2 4, Nowitzki 6-13 4-5 18, Ferrell 5-11 0-0 13, Matthews 3-12 0-0 7, Powell 3-4 0-0 6, Motley 1-1 2-4 4, Withey 1-2 0-0 2, Harris 5-8 2-2 13, Barea 6-9 0-0 14, Cleveland 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 37-82 13-17...

Correction: Conflicted Interests-ABRIDGED story |Dec 14, 2017

In a story Dec. 6 about potential conflicts of interest among state legislators, The Associated Press and Center for Public Integrity reported erroneously that Nevada lawmakers in a special session last year took a historically unprecedented step...

Terrence Jones to join Santa Cruz Warriors |Dec 14, 2017

Want Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter. Five years after being selected as the 18th pick in the 2012 NBA draft, power forward Terrence Jones plans to sign with Warriors’ G-League affiliate in Santa Cruz, according to a source familiar with the situation. USA Today’s Sam Amick first reported […]

Records fall in Utah Valley's 106-44 win over Bethesda |Dec 14, 2017

OREM, Utah (AP) — Jake Toolson tossed in 19 points and Zach Nelson hit all seven of his shots, including three 3-pointers, and scored 18 to power Utah Valley to a record-setting 106-44 victory over Bethesda University on Thursday night.Conner...

Rams-Seahawks capsule |Dec 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (9-4) at SEATTLE (8-5), 4:05 p.m. EST, FOX.OPENING LINE — Seahawks by 2 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Rams 8-5, Seahawks 5-7-1SERIES RECORD — Seahawks lead 23-16LAST MEETING — Seahawks beat Rams 16-10, Oct. 8LAST WEEK — Rams lost to Eagles...

49ers run defense to get tested by Titans |Dec 14, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — 49ers coordinator Robert Saleh viewed the game against the Cowboys in October as the low point for his defense.San Francisco allowed 265 yards rushing, far and away the most this season.It was an affront to Saleh's core...

Cowboys-Raiders Capsule |Dec 14, 2017

DALLAS (7-6) at OAKLAND (6-7)Sunday, 8:30 p.m. EST, NBCOPENING LINE - Cowboys by 1RECORD VS. SPREAD - Dallas 7-6, Oakland 4-8-1SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 6-5LAST MEETING - Cowboys beat Raiders 31-24, Nov. 28, 2013LAST WEEK - Cowboys beat Giants...

Kings-Timberwolves, Box |Dec 14, 2017

SACRAMENTO (96)Temple 1-5 0-0 3, Labissiere 3-5 0-0 6, Randolph 6-11 2-2 15, Fox 0-1 2-2 2, Hill 5-9 2-2 16, Jackson 2-6 0-0 5, Cauley-Stein 3-10 3-4 9, Koufos 5-8 1-1 11, Mason 2-11 0-0 5, Carter 2-5 0-1 5, Richardson 0-1 0-0 0, Bogdanovic 3-6...

Hey, DeMarcus Cousins: Jordan Bell’s got no patience for bullies |Dec 14, 2017

DubsDaily: The Warriors' impressive rookie leads our roundup of what you need to know with Golden State hoops today.

Texas A&M-Commerce QB Luis Perez wins Harlon Hill Trophy |Dec 14, 2017

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Texas A&M University-Commerce quarterback Luis Perez has won the Harlon Hill Trophy as Division II's player of the year.Perez has led his team into Saturday's national championship game against West Florida with a 13-1...

Pink joins list of stars performing during Super Bowl week |Dec 14, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pink is joining the list of stars performing in Minneapolis during Super Bowl week.The singer will perform Friday, Feb. 2, at Nomadic Live! in the refurbished Minneapolis Armory building.Imagine Dragons will headline the EA...

Klay Thompson’s approach “not much different” without Stephen Curry |Dec 14, 2017

Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been consistent, with or without Stephen Curry in the lineup.

LAFC signs Uruguayan teen Diego Rossi as designated player |Dec 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uruguayan teenager Diego Rossi has joined Los Angeles Football Club as a designated player.LAFC announced the promising forward as its second designated player signing Thursday, joining Mexican forward Carlos Vela.The...

USC dunks its way to 82-59 win over Santa Clara |Dec 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Rakocevic took advantage of his first start of the season, helping USC dominate as part of a new-look trio of big men in the starting lineup.Rakocevic, Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu all had double-doubles to lead USC...

LA Galaxy acquire Norwegian defender Jorgen Skjelvik |Dec 14, 2017

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Norwegian defender Jorgen Skjelvik has joined the LA Galaxy on a free transfer.The five-time MLS champions announced the deal with Skjelvik on Thursday.The 26-year-old Skjelvik joined Norwegian powerhouse Rosenborg in 2013...

Chargers-Chiefs Capsule |Dec 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (7-6) at KANSAS CITY (7-6)Saturday, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL NetworkOPENING LINE — Chargers by 2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Los Angeles 7-5-1, Kansas City 7-6SERIES RECORD — Chiefs lead 59-55-1LAST MEETING — Chiefs beat Chargers 24-10,...

Klay Thompson and Patrick McCaw eager to play in front of Kobe Bryant |Dec 14, 2017

Kobe Bryant's jersey will be raised into the rafters of Staples Center prior to the Warriors matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers Monday night.On Thursday, however, Warriors guards Patrick McCaw and Klay Thompson took the opportunity to praise the future Hall of Famer.

Drug charges dropped against Georgia LB Natrez Patrick |Dec 14, 2017

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A marijuana possession charge against Georgia starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick was dismissed Thursday, apparently clearing the way for him to play in the Rose Bowl semifinal game.Coach Kirby Smart has not commented on...

The Latest: Michigan team rebounds after winning streak ends |Dec 14, 2017

POWERS, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the end of an 84-game winning streak by a Michigan high school basketball team (all times local):___12:10 a.m.An 84-game winning streak is over, but a high school boys basketball team in Michigan's Upper...

Why the Giants are launching ‘significant rebuild’ of minor league system |Dec 14, 2017

New minor league director David Bell leads shake up of coaching staffs

CIF state football championships: How Bay Area teams match up |Dec 14, 2017

Seven teams from Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa counties to play for state crowns

Sharks GM: No trading young core players for a rental |Dec 14, 2017

Don't expect general manager Doug Wilson to trade what he feels are key young ingredients for short term help

Warriors’ Patrick McCaw felt like he “was moving in slow motion” after concussion |Dec 14, 2017

Warriors second-year guard Patrick McCaw detailed how he got through the NBA's concussion protocol.

Derek Carr, Jack Del Rio perplexed why deep ball hasn’t worked |Dec 14, 2017

Derek Carr has completed only 28.3 percent of his deep passes this season.

Titans-49ers Capsule |Dec 14, 2017

TENNESSEE (8-5) at SAN FRANCISCO (3-10)Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBSOPENING LINE - Titans by 2 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD - Tennessee 5-7-1, San Francisco 7-6SERIES RECORD - 49ers lead 8-5LAST MEETING - 49ers beat Titans 31-17, Oct. 20, 2013LAST WEEK -...

Mavericks big-wave surf contest gets go-ahead to resume |Dec 14, 2017

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — New organizers have gotten the go-ahead to resume the annual surf contest in the massive waves of Mavericks in Northern California.The event previously known as Titans of Mavericks will now be called the Mavericks...

CIF football: St. Francis odyssey part of nephew’s breakout |Dec 14, 2017

Junior running back Darrell Page follows in uncle's footsteps during record-setting season with Lancers

5 California Things to Know for Today |Dec 14, 2017

Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. MOUSE AND FOXDisney buying large part of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, including film and TV studios, cable,...

Big-wave surf contest — now the Mavericks Challenge — will return to Half Moon Bay |Dec 14, 2017

The Mavericks Challenge big-wave surf event will be held between Jan. 3-Feb. 28, depending on conditions, the World Surf League announced.

Opinion: For the Oakland A’s, there’s no place like home |Dec 14, 2017

The team's ballpark solution is staring them in the face, says former A's executive Andy Dolich.

CIF football: Serra continues rich tradition at running back |Dec 14, 2017

High-powered offense for Padres gets its spark from senior Isiah Kendrick in return trip to state

Raiders’ great expectations: Who delivered the goods and who didn’t |Dec 14, 2017

Taking a look at the Raiders 53-man roster and which players have lived up to their expectations in 2017.

Lakers-Cavaliers, Box |Dec 14, 2017

L.A. LAKERS (112)Ingram 10-15 3-4 26, Nance Jr. 3-7 0-2 6, Lopez 4-10 0-2 8, Ball 5-11 0-0 13, Hart 4-11 2-2 11, Brewer 2-3 0-0 4, Kuzma 8-16 3-3 20, Randle 6-9 1-1 13, Clarkson 5-13 0-0 11. Totals 47-95 9-14 112.CLEVELAND (121)James 8-18 8-12...