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49ers give rave reviews to start of Tomsula coaching era

05/21/2015 09:49 PM PDT
Players say he yells more than when he was a line coach, but has 'switched up a lot of things and tried to cut a lot of fat in how practices and meetings are.'
 
Derek Carr should be ready to throw well before camp
05/22/2015 11:50 AM PDT - Oakland Raiders not saying why Derek Carr has been sidelined this week -- it's rumored that he has an injury on his right ring finger -- but he's expected to recover in plenty of time for season. 

Purdy: Raiders and Oakland nearing end-game
05/20/2015 09:53 PM PDT - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes clear he's not happy with Oakland's effort to keep Raiders 

NFL commish Goodell: I'll talk to Tom Brady
05/20/2015 10:11 PM PDT - The NFL Players Association requested Tuesday that Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Tom Brady appeals process. 

NFL owners change rule on extra points
05/19/2015 10:14 PM PDT - Owners vote to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PAT tries, and also allow defenses the opportunity to score on the play. 

Injured Raiders quarterback Derek Carr sidelined; may require surgery
05/19/2015 10:05 PM PDT - New Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio declines to discuss why Carr didn't participate in team's OTA on Tuesday. 

Patriots won't appeal Deflategate penalty
05/19/2015 11:06 AM PDT - New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says the team will not appeal the $1 million fine and loss of two draft picks in the Deflategate scandal.
 

49ers' Justin Smith decides to retire
05/18/2015 10:45 PM PDT - Justin Smith is ending his 14-year career as one of the NFL's most dominant defensive linemen. 

Purdy: What to expect at NFL meetings
05/18/2015 10:46 PM PDT - The Raiders and Super Bowl 50 will be among the topics of discussion when the NFL holds its spring meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday.
 

49ers' ACL apocalypse: Team leads NFL in wounded knees on mend
05/17/2015 10:47 PM PDT - Linebacker NaVorro Bowman leads a cast of nine 49ers hoping to return to their pre-knee surgery form. 

49ers rookie, veterans get lesson from the master
05/15/2015 10:11 PM PDT - 49ers great Charles Haley gives pass-rushing tips to Aldon Smith and Tank Carradine, and third-round pick Eli Harold learns something by osmosis. 

Oakland Raiders sign two more draft picks
05/15/2015 01:04 PM PDT - Raiders sign offensive lineman Jon Feliciano from Miami and defensive end Max Valles from the University of Virginia; Feliciano was picked in the fourth round, Valles in the sixth. 

49ers' Armstead living out NFL dream for brother too
05/14/2015 09:53 PM PDT - Arik Armstead's brother Armond, also a promising NFL prospect, suffered two heart attacks before the age of 24. 

Deflategate: Lawyer who investigated Tom Brady met 'preponderance of evidence' test
05/12/2015 10:36 PM PDT - Ted Wells, who released his report last Wednesday, fires back at the New England quarterback's agent, who suggested the NFL wanted to implicate his client. 

Bonds joins Bay Area hall, passes on Cooperstown talk
05/11/2015 09:53 PM PDT - Former Giant and four others, including his ex-manager Dusty Baker, inducted at BASHOF ceremony 

Deflategate: NFL slaps Tom Brady with four-game suspension
05/11/2015 03:34 PM PDT - NEW YORK -- The NFL suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks Monday as punishment for deflating footballs used in the AFC title game. 

Barry Bonds leads list of BASHOF inductees
05/11/2015 05:46 AM PDT - Baker, Moseley, Mieuli, Maltbie fill out this year's class. 

Barry Bonds set for hall of fame induction -- just not that one
05/10/2015 09:29 PM PDT - Barry Bonds will be inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF) on Monday. Cooperstown? Not yet. 

Raiders rookie Edwards Jr. out to prove naysayers wrong
05/08/2015 10:43 PM PDT - Mario Edwards Jr. will try to show his college underachievement won't carry over into NFL. 

Raiders sign first-round pick Amari Cooper
05/07/2015 07:04 PM PDT - Wide receiver from Alabama, the fourth overall pick, is Oakland's first draft pick to sign 

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Don't overlook Lawrence Okoye as he enters Year 3 of his NFL transformation

Lawrence Okoye isn't counting on Justin Smith's retirement to finally free him a spot on the 49ers defensive line for regular-season action. 
The Tomsula Transition: full speed ahead
Jim Tomsula patrolled the 49ers practice field Thursday as an orderly head coach, rather than an affable, defensive-line boss. 

49ers give rave reviews to start of Tomsula coaching era
Players say he yells more than when he was a line coach, but has 'switched up a lot of things and tried to cut a lot of fat in how practices and meetings are.'
 

OTA practice: up-tempo approach under Tomsula; Bowman off today; Hyde doesn't practice
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was among those not present, but he did participate the previous two days, according to a team spokesman. 

Mike Davis apparently initiated into Colin Kaepernick's hard-target club
Rookie running back Mike Davis apparently suffered a familiar fate when it comes to catching Colin Kaepernick's high-speed passes. 

Purdy: Raiders and Oakland nearing end-game
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes clear he's not happy with Oakland's effort to keep Raiders 

NFL owners change rule on extra points
Owners vote to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PAT tries, and also allow defenses the opportunity to score on the play. 

Could new rule lure 49ers into more two-point conversion attempts?
The NFL tweaked the point-after protocol Tuesday, and while extra-point kicks now become 33-yard attempts, perhaps it will entice teams to try more two-point conversions. 

Patriots won't appeal Deflategate penalty
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says the team will not appeal the $1 million fine and loss of two draft picks in the Deflategate scandal.
 

Justin Smith transcript: 'For four years there, to walk into camp thinking you can win a Super Bowl was pretty cool'
Justin Smith had no interest in retiring Monday by showing up at a formal press conference in a suit and tie, or probably even his blue jeans or cowboy boots. 

@49ers' Justin Smith retires #FarewellCowboy: Social media reaction
Fans and observers weighed in as word of the San Francisco defensive tackle and five-time Pro Bowler's decision spread Monday 

49ers' Justin Smith decides to retire
Justin Smith is ending his 14-year career as one of the NFL's most dominant defensive linemen. 

Purdy: What to expect at NFL meetings
The Raiders and Super Bowl 50 will be among the topics of discussion when the NFL holds its spring meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday.
 

Patience, constant maintenance prescribed for 49ers' NFL-high nine ACL comebacks
Dr. James Andrews isn t astonished the 49ers have nine players – two shy of a full huddle -- battling back from torn anterior cruciate ligaments. 

49ers' ACL apocalypse: Team leads NFL in wounded knees on mend
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman leads a cast of nine 49ers hoping to return to their pre-knee surgery form. 

QB Dylan Thompson has 49ers excited heading into rookie minicamp
Any time the 49ers unveil a new quarterback, it's intriguing. Could he be the next Joe Montana? Or could he be the next Jim Druckenmiller? 

49ers rookie, veterans get lesson from the master
49ers great Charles Haley gives pass-rushing tips to Aldon Smith and Tank Carradine, and third-round pick Eli Harold learns something by osmosis. 

Top pick Arik Armstead under contract ahead of rookie minicamp
Top draft pick Arik Armstead signed his four-year contract Friday, ahead of this weekend's minicamp for rookies and first-year players. 

Jim Tomsula impressed by Jarryd Hayne: 'He's not a little duckling'
Jarryd Hayne's chances of making the 49ers roster likely hinge on his ability to field punts, and Friday he made an impressive first impression in that regard. 

Justin Smith's status remains in limbo; Arik Armstead's arrival imminent
Coach Jim Tomsula said he did not talk Friday to Justin Smith nor has any meeting scheduled to find out if the defensive lineman plans to retire or return for a 15th season. 

NaVorro Bowman, Nick Moody and other ILBs impressing Tomsula
Even though their inside-linebacker corps lost Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to stunning retirements, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula is pleased how that unit looks, including the progressing comeback of NaVorro Bowman. 

Charles Haley works with Aldon Smith on pass-rushing technique
Friday s goal on the 49ers practice field was to intersperse rookies and first-year players with veterans. 

49ers' Armstead living out NFL dream for brother too
Arik Armstead's brother Armond, also a promising NFL prospect, suffered two heart attacks before the age of 24. 

Report: 49ers to practice with Broncos before third exhibition in Denver
For the second straight preseason, the 49ers will practice on the road against another team, with this August's excursion taking them to Denver, according to 9News. 

Santa Clara turns down 49ers cash offering for youth sports
The Santa Clara City Council on Tuesday night rejected a $3 million peace offering from the San Francisco 49ers after the team's attempt to take over a youth soccer park for VIP parking at Levi's Stadium.  

49ers' great St. Clair loved his raw fish too
Famous for eating raw steak, Bob St. Clair also liked to eat his fish straight from the hook. 

Forget the Joe Montana, Tom Brady debate, says 49ers' great Dwight Clark
Clark says Brady obviously cheated, what else does anyone need to know? 

49ers rookie numbers include 20 for RB Davis, 58 for LB Harold
Yes, Patrick Willis' No. 52 remains in storage, but other familiar uniform numbers will be on some new 49ers this fall. 

49ers, Justin Smith closing in on decision
Defensive stalwart Justin Smith will meet with team next week, says 49ers GM Trent Baalke 

Baalke on Deflategate: 'We know what the rules are and try to adhere to them;' Justin Smith meeting imminent
General manager Trent Baalke, claiming he hasn't kept up with the New England Patriots' "Deflategate" scandal, said the 49ers are a rule-abiding outfit. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Friday's TV picks: Grateful Dead fans, get a load of this

'The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir' chronicles Weir's journey from his youth in Palo Alto to global fame in documentary on Netflix. Plus, Thomas Middleditch of 'Silicon Valley' drums up laughs on 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' 
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David Letterman set trashed; Dumpster divers move in

Hours after the 'Late Show' finished taping, the crew began dismantling and throwing away iconic parts of David Letterman's set.