Beating the Los Angeles Lakers, 118-115, Thursday night in Kobe Bryant’s final game at Sleep Train Arena wasn’t a surprise, given the gap in talent and in the standings. But how the Kings did it – blowing a 27-point lead – has them talking about the need for more focus.
Sure, bitter memories remain from a heated rivalry that peaked in 2002. But before Kobe Bryant’s last act at Sleep Train Arena, where he put on many shows at the formerly named Arco Arena, the fans give him a rousing ovation.
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Add former Eagles coach Chip Kelly to the list of coaching candidates the 49ers are considering. CSN Bay Area on Thursday reported the team met with Kelly, 52, who was fired 15 games into Philadelphia’s 7-9 season.
Team officials have kept their options open in case their new coach loves quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The situation could become a lot like the end of Alex Smith’s 2010 season. It seemed he couldn’t get out of San Francisco fast enough, and fans were happy to watch him go. Then ....
Terrell Owens has a chance to reach the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Another former 49er, Roger Craig, is shut out again as the list is pared from 25 semifinalists to 15 finalists.
The Giants address their biggest remaining offseason need, announcing they agreed to terms on a three-year contract with outfielder Denard Span.
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