The A’s boarded a flight to Houston on Wednesday to start a 10-game trip after a 3-0 loss to the Texas Rangers and being swept at home in a series for the first time since September 2012 – though one could argue they should have taken at least one of the three games from their American League West rivals, and maybe more.

Jose Canseco highlights Saturday’s 10th Character Combine at Folsom High School, where more than 800 area coaches and athletes are expected to participate in sportsmanship development sessions that include motivational speakers, seminars and award ceremonies.

The 49ers and Raiders both open the 2014 NFL season on the road.

Will NFL season kickoff with 49ers-Seahawks?
As soon as some blurry-eyed league officials are finished checking and rechecking every fact and fine-print detail, the NFL is expected to release the 2014 regular-season schedule today or Thursday – and don’t be surprised if it’s as late as Friday.
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The Sacramento City Council provided mostly glowing reviews Tuesday night of the city’s plan to help finance a new downtown sports arena for the Kings.

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The new members of the Oakland Raiders have heard all the outside critiques: They are too old, past their primes and far removed from their Pro Bowl years.

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Holes in one must be faxed on the golf course’s stationery to The Bee at (916) 326-5503.

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