Three turnovers, shoddy offense and an injury-depleted defense assure the 49ers of their fourth straight defeat, a 33-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. Not long after a sparse crowd at Levi’s Stadium chanted for Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers (1-4) stuck with Blaine Gabbert, who is sacked a season-high seven times.
Through the first two preseason games, Kosta Koufos has been a starter at center and one of the players new coach Dave Joerger is counting on to help implement his system of offense and defense.
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The Cubs’ rotation led the majors in ERA this season, while the Giants’ ranked fourth. Johnny Cueto will oppose Jon Lester in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday in Chicago. The Giants have not announced the rest of their rotation.
The Cleveland Indians rock Rick Porcello for three long balls in the third inning in their American League Division Series opener. Francisco Lindor’s homer caps the rampage off the 22-game winner, and the host Indians hold on to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Thursday night.
Jose Bautista hits another long, punctuating home run for the Toronto Blue Jays in the playoffs against the Texas Rangers. His 425-foot, three-run blast in the ninth inning caps the Blue Jays’ 10-1 romp Thursday in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Arlington, Texas.
This one has been circled on the calendar since the high school football schedule was released: Del Oro vs. Folsom. It happens Friday night in Loomis, where Del Oro prepares for the Bulldogs with the Sierra Foothill League title potentially in the balance, not to mention Sac-Joaquin Section playoff positioning.
North Dakota coach Bubba Schweigert expects to face a confident Sacramento State team on Saturday, when his Big Sky Conference co-leading Fighting Hawks play at Hornet Stadium. Sac State is coming off one of its greatest comeback victories, scoring 20 fourth-quarter points to rally past Montana State 41-38.
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