Coaches like to say that everything achieved after section championship play is “icing on the cake.” Folsom High School had plenty of that icing this decade and this season, thick and glossy, but the latest dosage suddenly leaves a lasting, bitter taste. It was going to take a remarkable effort by the Bellarmine Bells of San Jose to knock off the Bulldogs, and that’s what happened to the tune of a stirring 42-35 victory on Friday night in a CIF Northern California Regional Division I-AA championship game at Prairie City Stadium in a tight contest every bit as good as advertised. In other NorCal finals: Division II-AA: Del Oro 28, Liberty-Bakersfield 24; Division V-AA: Immanuel-Reedley 31, Bradshaw Christian 21.
Veteran kicker Phil Dawson spent 14 seasons in Cleveland before signing with the 49ers in 2013. He’ll make his first return trip Sunday and almost certainly will get a warm reception from the home crowd. After all, he was their best, most consistent offensive weapon.
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Kings point guard Rajon Rondo will miss Tuesday’s game against the Houston Rockets at Sleep Train Arena after he received a one-game ban for his interaction with an official during a game in Mexico City a week ago.
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The Warriors' historic season-opening winning streak was on life support, but Stephen Curry came to the rescue. Curry racked up 38 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists as the Warriors escaped Boston with a classic 124-119 double overtime win Friday to improve their record to 24-0.
The Giants introduce Jeff Samardzija, giving him jersey No. 29, once worn by Jason Schmidt, and comparisons already have been drawn between the two right-handers. Samardzija also is a hard thrower, and he has a track record of pitching deep into games.
The possible became probable and the probable now appears to have evolved into a foregone conclusion. Before you know it, and hopefully before the rest of the polar ice caps melt, we’ll have big-league soccer in Sacramento.
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