Ask Jim Harbaugh about one of his players and you get an avalanche of praise whether the player warrants it or not. Ask Vic Fangio about a player and you get a frank answer.

Attempting to reduce the number of injuries - particularly brain injuries - suffered by athletes playing football in middle and high school, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation limiting the number of full-contact practices in which teams at those levels may engage. Is it an effective approach to improving the game’s safety?

Vernon Davis made his offseason debut on Thursday, but the most prominent tight end on the field was his understudy. Vance McDonald had perhaps the catch of the day -- a leaping sideline grab over Antoine Bethea -- and looked solid throughout the session.

Kings work on building team, arena
Ailene Voisin The Kings are four days removed from the Las Vegas showcase where confetti flew, Ray McCallum was named MVP of the summer league finale, and the players and owners held the championship trophy aloft, handling the sleek and shiny object like a brand-new car.
The NFL is back (even though it never left)
This week, NFL teams are reporting to training camp sites around the country and beginning to practice.
Is the NFL overexposed?
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Sacramento Kings arena new concept drawings
A judge today removed the last legal hurdle to the start of construction on the new Sacramento Kings arena, rejecting arena foes' request for an injunction blocking the project.

Oakland Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden will open training camp on the physically unable to perform list because he has not recovered from surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.

Golf »
Tahoe Celebrity Golf
Mark Rypien beat out Jeremy Roenick and Annika Sorenstam to win the weather-delayed American Century Celebrity Golf Championship on Sunday.

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