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    Sacramento Republic FC coach Preki tries to fire up the crowd as Warren Smith, the president of Sacramento Pro Soccer, addresses the fans.

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    $50,000, Philadelphia Eagles safety Brian Dawkins (tackling 49ers running back Frank Gore in 2006), for a flagrant hit in 2002.


Weekend poll: What's your take on the Kings' trade for forward Derrick Williams?

Leading Off: 10 pressing questions in the world of sports

Published: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 - 10:00 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 - 11:36 pm

• One of the Kings’ biggest weaknesses entering the season was defense, so what’s the real reason they gave up so quickly on forward Luc Mbah a Moute, arguably their best defensive player?

• When the Kings acquired forward Derrick Williams from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Mbah a Moute this week, was your first reaction, “Who”?

• With Bulls guard Derrick Rose out for the season (again), does Chicago have any hope of contending for an NBA title?

• The 49ers are one of the best rushing teams in the league, so why isn’t Frank Gore near the top of every list of top running backs in the NFL?

• If Seattle beats New Orleans on Monday, could the Seahawks possibly be any more confident coming into the Dec. 8 game against the 49ers at Candlestick Park?

• After undrafted rookie quarterback Matt McGloin had another solid performance Thursday – at least in the first half before the Cowboys came back to win – have we seen the last of Terrelle Pryor?

• Even if Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn’t intentionally impede the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones on his kickoff return Thursday, shouldn’t the NFL fine Tomlin for being on the field during a play?

• We admire Warren Smith’s gumption for saying he can bring MLS to Sacramento for the 2016 season – and look forward to eventually having a team here – but isn’t it a reach to land a team and get a 20,000-seat stadium built in just 28 months?

• By all accounts, MLS is very successful, with an average attendance of 18,500 per game and cities fighting to pay up to $100 million for a franchise, so why are ratings for its games on ESPN lower than the WNBA’s?

• If Alabama beats Auburn today, wins the Southeastern Conference title game next week and advances to the BCS championship for the third consecutive year, shouldn’t quarterback AJ McCarron be the start of any Heisman Trophy conversation?

What to watch

College football, Alabama at Auburn, 12:30 p.m., Ch. 13: Can the No. 4 Tigers derail the No. 1 Crimson Tide’s pursuit of a third straight BCS title?

Weekend poll

What’s your take on the Kings’ trade for forward Derrick Williams?

• Good deal, he can become a star.

• Bad deal, he’s going to ride the pine.

• Let’s wait and see.

Vote above, or go to

Friday’s results

Should Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd be punished by the NBA?

• Yes, in a sense he was cheating: 83%

• No, it was just gamesmanship: 17%

Total votes: 149

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