Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn't help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create.

The Washington Nationals bounced up and down in unison near second base, not bothered at all by a smattering of boos from the crowd at Turner Field.

Jim Harbaugh likened the performance of the crowd at Levi's Stadium to that of his team: There were some great efforts on Sunday and some areas that need work.

A lawsuit challenging Sacramento’s subsidy for the new Kings arena has cleared a legal hurdle, keeping the suit alive.

Pizza Guys chain picks Sacramento Kings shooting guard Ben McLemore as the new spokesman for the chain, following the sign-and-trade deal that sent point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Phoenix Suns this summer.

Mayor Kevin Johnson is reassembling the team of strategists that helped him keep the Kings in Sacramento, but this time their job will be to get the city a franchise in Major League Soccer.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh declines to comment when asked if he thinks defensive end Ray McDonald will be cleared of wrongdoing.

Linebacker Shayne Skov, who gambled on joining the 49ers as a free agent in May despite an abundance of inside linebackers, was waived from the practice squad today. Also waived was cornerback Chance Casey.

Coach Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers is seeking more information on the “inappropriate language” penalty given to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick following one of his fourth-quarter interceptions in Sunday’s loss to the Bears.

Casey Taylor lines up powerhouse programs to test the ability and resilience of his team and coaching staff, and the tough scheduling has paid off with two CIF State Bowl appearances since 2011, the most by any area program. Grant, Rocklin, Granite Bay and Folsom each have played in one bowl, with Grant winning in 2008, Folsom in 2010 and Granite Bay in 2012.

David Shaw had to search through his practice plans from 2011 to determine how he wanted to approach Stanford's two-week stretch between games.

A person familiar with the deal says the Oakland Raiders have reached an agreement to sign free agent receiver Vincent Brown.

Wade Miley struggled in his last start against San Francisco, digging his hole deeper as he tried to power his way out of it.

Salmon fishing along the Sacramento River continues to be hot in this week’s top picks.

Tickets for Saturday’s Republic FC playoff match go on sale today at 10 a.m.

Tickets for Saturday’s Republic FC playoff match go on sale today at 10 a.m.

Nick Foles threw a tying touchdown pass with 3:25 to go, and then set up Cody Parkey for the winning 36-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Philadelphia to a 30-27 win at Indianapolis on Monday night.

Tiger Woods is too busy in the gym to find a new swing coach, or even swing a golf club.

The Raiders dropped to 0-2 with a lackluster showing in their home opener, a 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday at O.co Coliseum. The offense had four turnovers and the defense offered little resistance as the Raiders looked every bit the worst team in the NFL as some predicted they would be.

There are many, many observations and notes after re-watching last night's 28-20 win by Chicago, the first by the Bears on the road against San Francisco since Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, Jim McMahon and William “Refrigerator Perry” were in Bears uniforms together.

That supposedly new and improved Raiders pass rush has yet to show up through two games. Oakland failed to sack Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during their 30-14 loss to the Texans on Sunday. It was the first time since Nov. 18, 2012 that the Raiders did not have a sack, ending a 23-game streak.

It feels like so long ago, though it's been only a decade.

S You can open the doors on the prettiest new building in the NFL, celebrate the kickoff with 68,500 of your close friends, but when you throw a party and the most important person in the league declines his invitation, well, there is no ignoring the obvious.

A 49ers team that seemed ready to run away with a win against the seemingly hapless Chicago Bears in the first half ended up giving away the contest in the second half and spoiling the debut of their new stadium.

Here’s the transcript from Jim Harbaugh’s press conference following the team’s 28-20 loss:

The demise of Frank Gore’s starting role may have been greatly exaggerated.

Officially, it was the U.S. Olympic team, together for just a few weeks.

Jon Lester could not find his command. There was no one pitch he could lean on or one side of the plate he could hit with any consistency.

Emily Younker isn't getting married until next year but she's already made sure the date doesn't conflict with college football and sent one invitation: To Big Al, the elephant mascot of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.

Offense: With all their weaponry, Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers should have dominated the Bears. Instead, mistakes, penalties and turnovers first prevented San Francisco from putting the game away then allowed the Bears to crawl back into it. Grade: D-

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