When Jim Tomsula was introduced as head coach of the 49ers a year ago, he was visibly uncomfortable, had trouble expressing himself and was upstaged by general manager Trent Baalke. On Wednesday, Chip Kelly is confident, quick, defiant, funny and in control.
The Chip Kelly Era begins pleasantly enough. In his first press conference Wednesday as 49ers football coach, Kelly introduces himself as “a football guy,” and he comes across as one with a sense of humor and an extreme measure of self-confidence – tempered recently by the humility of his dismissal as football-guy-in-chief of the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Carlos Hyde had surgery to repair his broken left foot before the season ended, general manager Trent Baalke reveals Wednesday, and the 49ers’ lead running back is expected to recover before the start of the team’s offseason program in April.
Chip Kelly is considering at least two assistant coaches with running backgrounds to be his offensive coordinator.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is added to the Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
DeMarcus Cousins continues his dominant run through January with 36 points, 16 rebounds and three assists, and Rajon Rondo had 11 points and 17 assists as the Kings defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 112-93 Wednesday night at Staples Center.
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Sheldon High School has had some of the region’s best boys basketball teams over the past decade, and this year’s team might be one of its best.
Troy Taylor next month will leave his post as Folsom High School’s co-head football coach for a position at Eastern Washington, a Big Sky Conference power.
UC Davis, which has won nine in a row against Big West teams at home, hopes that good fortune continues Thursday when the Aggies (6-10, 1-2) host UC Riverside (10-10, 1-3).
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