The Kings teams that featured Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, Peja Stojakovic, Mike Bibby and Doug Christie were the best in the franchise’s Sacramento era. Webber and Divac, the two best players, deserve to have their jerseys hanging from the rafters at Sleep Train Arena. But Stojakovic?

The NFL is coming off one of the darkest weeks in its history:

After seeing the Ray Rice elevator video, were women really wearing his No. 27 jersey at the Ravens-Steelers game Thursday in Baltimore?

There is one level of competitive football that is still generally devoid of chaos and confusion.

The Giants and A’s have been going in opposite directions – the Giants have won 10 of their last 13; the A’s have lost 19 of their past 28 – and it’s looking more likely if they both make the playoffs it will be as wild-card teams.

Maybe Buster Posey has taken one too many foul pitches off his catcher’s mask behind the plate.

Jim Harbaugh can be standoffish, blunt and snarly, but there’s a soft side to the 49ers coach.

Despite losing four of their last five games against the Reno Aces and failing to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season and just the fourth time, the River Cats were 79-65, the fourth-best record in the Pacific Coast League. They also led the PCL in attendance again, averaging 8,561 fans. While that doesn’t come close to the 12,516 they averaged in 2001, it was the best since 2010.

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.

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