Can Marco Belinelli be a legendary leader for the Kings? Well, allow Kings coach George Karl to explain: “Like Magic Johnson makes everybody play the right way. John Stockton makes everybody play the right way. Steve Nash makes everybody play the right way. Belinelli’s not on that list, but he has that skill.” Belinelli comes off the bench and scores 12 points Wednesday night in the Kings’ 102-98 loss to the Suns in Phoenix.
Colin Kaepernick insisted Wednesday he’s not worried about his job security and that his confidence level is at maximum capacity. To be sure, coach Jim Tomsula met with the 49ers’ starting quarterback this week to gauge whether the bad memories from his four-interception outing against Arizona had caused him to play too tentatively against Green Bay.
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When Charles Woodson entered the NFL nearly two decades ago, the idea that he’d still be playing at age 39 never crossed his mind. Yet here he is in his 18th season, ignoring a banged-up shoulder that limits his practice time and his tackling ability and still grinding away for the Raiders with the energy of a much younger player.
Bay Area journalists didn’t get a chance to talk to Cal’s Jared Goff during the weekly media gathering Tuesday. The junior quarterback was busy doing a radio spot for national sports talk host Jim Rome a day after shooting a piece for ESPN. In short, the locals were “big-timed” by the Bears, who face Utah on Saturday night in a battle of Pacific-12 Conferece unbeatens.
Jake Arrieta allows four hits in nine dominant innings as the Chicago Cubs roll to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League wild-card game. Arrieta strikes out 11 without a walk. He also dusts himself off after getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the National League Division Series in St. Louis starting on Friday.
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Oak Ridge High School senior quarterback Ian Book does not like to be sacked. To show his appreciation, the signal caller for The Bee’s third-ranked team invites the offensive starters to his El Dorado Hills home for a Sunday evening spread.
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UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is leaving Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male to join Elevation Fight Team in Denver. Dillashaw is set to defend his title against former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in the headline bout of UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17 in Boston.
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