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Thompson: Thunder play up to their name, so the Warriors' win comes a relief

02/06/2016 11:05 PM PST
With Kevin Durant playing like a demon, Oklahoma City gives Golden State fits 
Kawakami: Hall of Fame night for Super Bowl City: DeBartolo and Stabler
02/06/2016 09:23 PM PST - Holding home-field advantage, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo and late Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler win election to Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Broncos, Panthers healthy for Super Bowl
02/06/2016 10:21 PM PST - Denver Broncos, Carolina Panthers say injured players should be ready to go in Super Bowl 50 

49ers' Boldin NFL Man of the Year
02/06/2016 07:52 PM PST - For his commitment to improving the lives of children, 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin captured the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the NFL's top honor for community service, during the NFL Honors Awards Ceremony in San Francisco. 

Fearless Super Bowl 50 predictions
02/06/2016 06:45 PM PST - Ten of our Bay Area News Group football experts were asked to pick their winner for Super Bowl 50, and the results might surprise you. 

Carolina Panthers Ron Rivera wins NFL coach of year
02/06/2016 06:41 PM PST - Kansas City's Andy Reid is a distant second as Rivera honored for second time in three years 

Super Bowl 50: CBS to present seven-plus hours of pregame programming
02/06/2016 10:21 PM PST - Super Bowl 50 pregame show to include segments devoted to Bay Area standouts. 

NFL Honors: Panthers' Newton named MVP and offensive player of the year
02/06/2016 10:16 PM PST - Houston end J.J. Watt won his third Defensive Player of the Award in five pro seasons. 

Pro Football Hall of Fame names newest class
02/06/2016 09:17 PM PST - Brett Favre, Ken Stabler, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Tony Dungy, Ed DeBartolo Jr., and Dick Stanfel make the cut
 

Ken Stabler was the real hero of real Oakland
02/06/2016 10:21 PM PST - On the occasion of The Snake's belated election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we remember a man, a time, and his town 

Former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler named to Pro Football Hall of Fame
02/06/2016 09:32 PM PST - The Raiders quarterback, who died in July, was one of two senior nominees. 

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame
02/06/2016 09:47 PM PST - Eddie DeBartolo, the beloved former owner of the 49ers, was selected Saturday night for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio, breaking through after three previous misses as a finalist, according to sources.
 

Goodell shows loves to his fellow redheads
02/06/2016 03:08 PM PST - NFL Commissioner tells NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 kid that 'redheads are important.' The Cincinnati Bengals sure know that.  

Super Bowl 50: How Carolina Panthers can finish the deal
02/06/2016 01:41 PM PST - Everyone in America expects Cam Newton & Co. to beat the Denver Broncos. But is it as easy as that? 

Super Bowl 50: How the Denver Broncos can pull off the upset
02/06/2016 09:59 PM PST - The Denver Broncos have gone all in on defense; we look at how they can overcome the odds against Carolina. 

Oddsmakers betting on Panthers' Ginn to drop the ball
02/06/2016 03:44 PM PST - Betting website Bovada.lv is taking bets on whether Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. will drop a pass in Super Bowl 50 

Purdy: Raiders' future clearly not a priority for Goodell
02/06/2016 07:31 PM PST - The Raiders' future in Oakland hangs in the balance. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell cares a whole lot more about a whole lot of other things.
 

Thompson: Warriors' Curry, Panthers' Newton are kindred spirits
02/06/2016 07:32 PM PST - It almost feels as if fate brought Stephen Curry and Cam Newton to this weekend. Their friendship has been forged through a host of similarities, two underdogs driven to make the world remember them. They have so many similarities that their connection was natural.
 

NFL: Johnny Manziel's father worried his son is self-destructing
02/05/2016 10:43 PM PST - Paul Manziel, the father of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, said he told a Denton County Sheriff officer he believed his son to be suicidal. Manziel's father said the family has made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the player into a rehab clinic.
 

Goodell: Football teaches kids values
02/05/2016 10:30 PM PST - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the idea of children playing football Friday despite growing concern over concussions and head trauma.
 

Kawakami: Hall of Fame night for Super Bowl City: DeBartolo and Stabler

Holding home-field advantage, former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo and late Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler win election to Pro Football Hall of Fame. 
Ex-49er Vernon Davis gives Super Bowl tickets to cancer-fighting Broncos fan at Packard Children's Hospital
It's been a whirlwind week for Alex Walter, 18, from Montana who is being treated for cancer at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. 

49ers' Boldin NFL Man of the Year
For his commitment to improving the lives of children, 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin captured the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, the NFL's top honor for community service, during the NFL Honors Awards Ceremony in San Francisco. 

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame
Eddie DeBartolo, the beloved former owner of the 49ers, was selected Saturday night for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio, breaking through after three previous misses as a finalist, according to sources.
 

NFL highlights Oakland nonprofit's mission to raise awareness for foster youth during Super Bowl 50
A group of NFL players and celebrities are using Super Bowl 50 to raise awareness for foster youth issues. They are working with Oakland-based nonprofit First Place for Youth, which also received a $500,000 'game-changer' grant from the NFL's Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, to launch a 'When I was 18' campaign. 

49ers' Joe Staley performs incredible act of kindness
Joe Staley gave his Super Bowl tickets to a Santa Clara man with heart and kidney problems who is raising a 7-year-old daughter by himself. 

What to do with Super Bowl tickets? 49ers tackle Joe Staley gave his away
It's Dan Brown with a guest post for mighty Cam Inman. You can find me on Twitter @mercbrownie.SANTA CLARA – What would you do if you had a pair of Super Bowl tickets? 

Kawakami: Jim Harbaugh buzzes back into town for Super Bowl weekend
Jim Harbaugh, the ousted 49ers coach, came back to the Bay Area, bigger and rowdier than ever.  

Panthers' Davis excited to possibly bequeath NFL Man of Year title to 49ers' Boldin
A day before possibly winning the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award, 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin succinctly summed up his motives that made him a finalist. 

49ers' Anquan Boldin one of three finalists for Payton Award
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year candidate Anquan Boldin doesn't do community work 'to win awards.'
 

Former San Jose State quarterback is lord of Super Bowl rings
Neal Dahlen has amassed seven Super Bowl rings during his years working for the 49ers and Denver Broncos. 

Delanie Walker: Super Bowl tragedy to avoid--don't drive if you drink
Former 49er Delanie Walker knows first hand the tragedy that driving drunk can cause, and he's urging Bay Area residents to call a ride if they've been drinking. 

NFL Network's Heath Evans not fond of Chip Kelly's coaching
Heath Evans, a former NFL fullback, says Kelly's offense can beat bad teams but has little chance against the good ones. 

Terrell Owens finally gets some love from ex-49ers
Steve Mariucci, Eric Davis believe Owens belongs in Hall of Fame. 

Steve Young: 49ers' Kaepernick should prove to Chip Kelly he's the man
If Colin Kaepernick wants to remain a 49er, Steve Young has advice on what the quarterback should do. 

Dissenter rips NFL health conference, says league is denying football-CTE link
Chris Nowinski, executive director of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, is appalled by the NFL's ongoing stance that there is no conclusive link between football-related head injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). 

Thompson: NFL's PR spin on head injuries is shameful
The NFL's reluctance to acknowledge the link between repeated head trauma and CTE is hurting the cause of fighting this degenerative brain disease. 

Bennet Omalu doesn't support ban on football
Bennet Omalu, otherwise known as the concussion doctor, says he doesn't support a ban on football because, 'This is America. You don't ban anything. 

Roger Craig's Super Bowl Minute: On being introduced at the Super Bowl
49ers great Roger Craig sits in with our Daniel Brown for a daily Super Bowl Minute. 

Kawakami: 49ers spoil their own party
Girl Scout gaffe plays out on Super Bowl stage with national media and NFL execs in audience 

Young devises an approach for Colin Kaepernick to rebound under Chip Kelly
Steve Young has a funny feeling the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick don t want to stay together under new coach Chip Kelly, which Young said he s based off media reports. 

Steve Young says Manning victory would be most dramatic in Super Bowl history
Hall of Famer Steve Young can t wait to see if Peyton Manning can overcome his physical limitations and lead the Denver Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50 If he wins this, it would be the ultimate John Wayne, most dramatic moment I can remember in Super Bowl history, Young said Thursday in an 

Montana back to pass -- or, actually, deliver pregame coin toss at Super Bowl 50
Joe Montana will have one more thrown in him on the Super Bowl stage -- the pregame coin toss for Super Bowl 50. 

Ex-49ers cornerback, coach vouch for Terrell Owens' Hall of Fame credentials
Former 49ers cornerback Eric Davis and coach Steve Mariucci says T.O. belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite his notorious personality conflicts. Owens is a Hall finalist in his first year of eligibility. 

Kuechly's Week 1 concussion didn't put him on Borland-like path out of NFL
A concussion in the season opener put linebacker Luke Kuechly s career on hold for 34 days.He missed three games and returned to the Carolina Panthers quest to reach Super Bowl 50. 

Panthers LB duo admired what 49ers had in Bowman, Willis
While Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman flourished as a linebacker tandem in the 49ers 2011-13 playoff seasons, the Carolina Panthers had their own dynamic duo in Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly. 

Human shoulders evolved to throw, some better than others
Scientists say human shoulders evolved for throwing things, like rocks, spears or footballs, but it turns out some shoulders are better to withstand the rigors of constant throwing better than others, and knowing why could help top athletes avoid injury. 

Goodell to require NFL teams to interview women for exec jobs
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement a 'Rooney Rule' requiring that women be interviewed for executive positions with teams around the league.  

Panthers CB Norman, a pending free agent, has fallen for the Bay Area
If the 49ers have a chance to lure cornerback Josh Norman in free agency, this week s scenery hasn t hurt as Norman prepares with the Carolina Panthers for Super Bowl 50. 

Panthers' Norman likes what he's seen of Bay Area
Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, a soon-to-be free agent, has been impressed by the Bay Area and speaks well of the San Francisco 49ers.
 

 
 
 
 
 
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Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7