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Kawakami: With Bumgarner, Giants will win World Series

Madison Bumgarner, like Tim Lincecum in 2010 and Matt Cain in 2012, will lead the San Francisco Giants with manager Bruce Bochy to the World Series title  
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Purdy: Royals will use speed to beat Giants in six

The Kansas City Royals and manager Ned Yost will use the speedy Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon to gain an advantage over Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Jake Peavy and the rest of the San Francisco Giants 
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Thompson: Depleted 49ers had no chance

San Francisco 49ers' embarrassing loss to Denver Broncos confirms that they're nowhere close to being an elite team, especially without all their horses.
Warriors' Festus Ezeli will play Tuesday night

Golden State Warriors backup center Festus Ezeli will play for the first time in 17 months in Tuesday night's exhibition game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Usama Young, LaMarr Woodley latest Raiders to suffer injuries

Oakland Raiders Usama Young and LaMarr Woodley were both injured in loss to Arizona Cardinals; Young, was having an MRI and ESPN reported he was out for the season with an ACL/MCL tear 
Networks encourage fans to watch their competitors

Please watch another channel. That encouragement is popping up more and more during sports broadcasts. Viewers tuning into the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1 saw an ad behind the batter promoting the ALCS on TBS, and vice versa. Sure, they're helping the competition, network executives say. They also believe they're helping themselves. 
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Giants dictionary: Get caught up on the lingo

From PandaMode to snotrockets to 'Full Throttle' Hunter Pence, the Giants are a colorful bunch. 
Early return of Aldon Smith would boost defense s star power

This time next week, Aldon Smith could be practicing with his 49ers teammates and preparing for his season debut. 
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San Francisco's Saison and Benu earn three Michelin stars

The star-studded 2015 Michelin list is out, and chefs Josh Skenes and Corey Lee have earned three stars each for their San Francisco restaurants. 
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Renee Zellweger barely recognizable Monday on red carpet

The actress, who hasn’t been in a film since 2010, shows up for Elle’s Annual Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles looking like she’s had some plastic surgery.