The NFL preseason is not about wins and losses. The outcome of these games are about as important as the miles of dirty, grass-stained equipment tape found on a locker room floor at the end of a contest.

When USA Basketball announced the 12-man roster for the FIBA World Cup after Friday’s victory over Puerto Rico, it wasn’t a surprise the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay made the cut.

The A’s have played .500 ball since acquiring pitcher Jon Lester; wouldn’t they have loved to have had Yoenis Cespedes’ bat the past three weeks?

Do you know who Ryan Mallett is? You’re not the only one. For all anyone knows, Mallett is Nathan Lane’s understudy in a Broadway musical.

When Team USA plays the Dominican Republic in an exhibition tonight in New York, look for DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay of the Kings to be key players off the bench.

Hours after the July 31 blockbuster trades in which the A’s traded slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox for ace Jon Lester and Tampa Bay sent ace David Price to the Tigers, we were dreaming of pitching matchups for the American League Championship Series between Oakland and Detroit.

When the 49ers play the Denver Broncos on Sunday in the NFL preseason debut of Levi’s Stadium, could it be a preview of Super Bowl XLIX?

That deep sigh sweeping through Sacramento? Kings management and fans wincing when DeMarcus Cousins was injured while going for a loose ball in Team USA’s practice Thursday in Chicago.

The Giants gave their fans something to cheer about Wednesday at AT&T Park with a 7-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox that ended a five-game losing streak.

There was a time when Eldrick Tont “Tiger” Woods was considered “The Most Interesting Man in the Golfing World.”

Babe Ruth. Lou Gehrig. Joe DiMaggio. Mickey Mantle. They’re the Mount Rushmore of New York Yankees baseball, and none had as many hits as Derek Jeter.

It’s bad enough the 49ers lost 23-3 to the Ravens in their preseason opener, but did the NFL have to sell the “red zone” to Toyota in such an obnoxious way?

Mitch Richmond enters the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today as a ... Warrior at heart?

The Spurs continue to make news for all the right reasons. On Tuesday, they announced that Becky Hammon will become the NBA’s first female full-time assistant coach when she retires from her 16-year WNBA career at the end of this season.

The Giants won’t have pitcher Matt Cain to rely on in the final stretch of the season. He’s scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery Monday to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Without Cain, who will be the Giants’ go-to pitcher?

Many words have been used to describe DeMarcus Cousins in this space. Immature. Selfish. Bully. But one word that’s never been used to characterize the Kings center? Patriot.

With apologies to Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy, watching the PGA Championship this week in Louisville, Ky., just won’t be the same if Tiger Woods isn’t in the field.

Was there ever a better day of trading in baseball? It could go down as the best ever, but that won’t be determined until most of the leaves have fallen off the trees and store shelves are stocked with Halloween candy.

“Vinsanity” didn’t start with Jeremy Lin, or with Vince Carter. Not by a long shot. Vin Scully is the very definition of “Vinsanity,” a phenomenon, a broadcasting marvel who defies aging. He also despises cliches, let’s the action speak for itself and remains unfailingly objective on the air.

The River Cats have scheduled a news conference at Raley Field prior to Saturday night’s game against the Las Vegas 51s.

It’s a shame Al Davis didn’t live to see Ray Guy’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this Saturday in Canton, Ohio.

Most longtime Giants fans associate jersey No. 22 with Will Clark, the sweet-swinging, left-handed slugger from the “Humm Baby” days the late 1980s and early 1990s. From the way he wore thick patches of eye black on his scowling face to his swagger on the diamond, Clark was admired as much as – if not more than – any other player in the San Francisco era.

There’s a new team in town – a radio duo, that is. And they’re not really new, but we wouldn’t dare call them old. At 2 p.m. Monday, The Rise Guys – Whitey Gleason and Mark Kreidler – debut at ESPN 1320 (KCTC AM) with only the second local weekday program for the station since it switched to sports and affiliated with ESPN in 2007.

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested the 49ers and Raiders could rent Levi’s Stadium, did you wonder why the 49ers would allow it?

This week, NFL teams are reporting to training camp sites around the country and beginning to practice.

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