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In the latest example, Yusmiero Petit couldn’t finish Brett Anderson’s gem against Seattle.
The most important goal of the NFL preseason is to stay healthy, and the Niners didn’t.
The slugger's legacy is complicated, but he earned the right to have his Giants jersey retired.
The finish line is still a ways off, but consider this week the burst from the starting blocks.
Martavis Bryant's status, Khalil Mack's holdout and other burning issues as Oakland takes on the Lions.
The A's hurler has learned to pitch instead of throw, and he has his team in the playoff hunt.
Are the 2018 Raiders ‘experienced,’ or simply ‘old’?
Gruden's return to Oakland may be the only thing that could have distracted Raiders fans from the regression of 2017, or the betrayal of the team’s impending move to Las Vegas.
From Newcomb to Manziel to Osuna, athletes are asking for forgiveness. So how should we respond?
The top Fuel driver won for the second time this year on Sunday, but his status as a part-time racer is a disadvantage.
Nothing in sports can match the visceral power of the NHRA starting line, Phil Barber writes.
San Francisco would like to hearken back to last December's 5-0 win streak just enough to sell a stack of tickets and jerseys, but not enough to create unreasonable goals for the coming season.
Rodriguez and Jones lead the way against the A’s in another triumph for the SF kids.
Former Met Jeurys Familia flew into the Bay Area Sunday morning, got in the game in the 9th and show ed exactly what he adds for Oakland's playoff push.
The union's grievance over the NFL's anthem policy isn't about protest, its about bargained labor rights.
The longtime backup missed his second home run on Wednesday, but feels more are coming.
The A’s entered Friday's game as one of the hottest teams in baseball, but they couldn’t get past their Bay Area rival in the first of six consecutive head-to-head games.
The relief pitchers wound up being much more accurate than the rotation guys in the second game of the Giants-A's showdown.
The Rugby World Cup Sevens is one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
The rookie did good and bad things Thursday before sore ribs sent him to the bench.
GiorgioTavecchio and Eddy Piñeiro, both natural underdogs, are competing for the Raiders' kicking job.
Pierce, the jackman for the car driven by Clint Bowyer and owned by Stewart-Haas Racing, had no idea NASCAR was in his future instead of the NFL.
Golden State selected wing Jacob Evans of Cincinnati with the aim to play him a lot this season.
More than any other race on the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup series, Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 is based on on tire strategy and performance.
Adding this player would give the Warriors one of the few things they have lacked for at least three years: a big-time scorer off the bench.