Using a “Next man up” mantra right to the core, Del Oro beats Rocklin 30-20 on Friday night at Sacramento State to win the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II championship, a turn of events even the most loyal Golden Eagles follower didn’t dare project at midseason.
At 6-foot-5, 285 pounds, Kooper Richardson is a big – but unbelievably nice – kid. Until, that is, the son of Folsom co-coach Kris Richardson hits the field. The senior right offensive tackle takes the field Saturday for the Bulldogs against Elk Grove for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship. Both teams enter undefeated.
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Some vacation Mexico City was for Willie Cauley-Stein. The rookie center, who is having a solid season, suffers an open dislocation to his right index finger late in Thursday’s loss to the Boston Celtics in Mexico City. He will be out four to six weeks, but it won’t require surgery, a team spokesman says.
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Paraag Marathe will step aside as the 49ers’ team president to concentrate on the organization’s outside interests, including Republic FC. The 49ers became a minority investor in Republic FC in January. Marathe, 38, took the lead on the negotiations and will become an equity partner in the 49ers’ interest.
Stanford and USC square off Saturday (4:45 p.m., ESPN) for the Pacific-12 Conference football championship with an air of civility in their rivalry. That has rarely been the case after the series first took a nasty turn more than 90 years ago in 1924.
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