They can finish each other’s sentences; they are that united. And they flash the same smile and have a zest for all things basketball. Mason and McKenzie Forbes of Folsom High School are 16 months apart – Mason the elder sibling – though they call themselves twins. And they play the role perfectly.
Dreon Barlett was one of 14 kids and slept in a park at times as a teen. With help from a generous family and a special coach, the senior is now a starter for the Sacramento State men’s basketball team, and he has grad school aspirations.
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Despite dropping their last two games, the Kings are 8-5 in January. And even though the loss to Portland dropped the Kings to ninth in the Western Conference, they are buying into what point guard Rajon Rondo often says about how to handle an NBA season: “Never too high, never too low.”
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The Denver Broncos will use the 49ers’ plush, walnut-lined, 3,600 square-foot locker room for the Super Bowl, which makes sense because they are the designated home team. What will be different for fans accustomed to watching 49ers games is that the Broncos will use the east or “sunny” side of the field.
Chip Kelly’s coaching staff has 15 assistants from eight different teams, including four from the previous 49ers regime. The 49ers announced the bulk of Kelly’s staff Wednesday after perhaps the most critical component, defensive coordinator Jim O’Brien, signed his deal.
The undersize and scrappy Sacramento State women’s basketball team lives and dies by the three-point shot, a hallmark of their mega-fast style of play called “The System.” And the Hornets lived large in Saturday’s 126-78 win at Portland State, shattering the Division I record for three-pointers made in a game with 25 (55 attempts).
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