The 49ers halted Wednesday’s open practice at Levi’s Stadium less than an hour into the session after chunks of the field, which had been torn up during Sunday’s exhibition game against Denver, started to come up.

With two outs and nobody on in the top of the third inning Wednesday, New York Mets leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson hit a soft chopper off A’s starter Jeff Samardzija toward where an opposing third baseman would normally have fielded it for a routine third out – only nobody was there.

SANTA CLARA -- Before the grass swallowed up 49ers practice, the team was going through its final open session of the year. Here are the highlights from Levi's Stadium:

Combine Sacramento State’s offense with UC Davis’ defense and that could make for one formidable team – at least based on fall camp play.

OAKLAND -- It became almost a running joke earlier this season how little run support Jeff Samardzija was getting with the Chicago Cubs, especially when the right-hander had a 1.68 ERA through 11 starts but a 1-4 record to show for it. Wednesday, Samardzija’s new team scored five runs on his start day -- a total they’ve reached only three times in their last 10 games -- but it went for naught in an 8-5 A’s loss to the New York Mets.

SANTA CLARA -- What would it take to pry holdout Alex Boone from the 49ers? According to one source, the 49ers are asking for a first- or a second-round draft as compensation. Another, however, said that the team would rather not trade Boone and would have to be “blown away” by an offer to consider it.

SANTA CLARA -- It turns out the grass isn’t always greener at a new stadium.

After a two-year absence, professional boxing returns to Fairfield on Friday with a nine-bout card at the Allan Witt Sports Center.

Jalen Saunders still isn't quite sure what happened to him last weekend.

Coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers has colorful and unique ways with the language, especially as it relates to his team, players and their interaction with the world at large. Take our quiz and see if you can choose which phrases match up with the descriptions.

SANTA CLARA -- Three weeks ago when he was asked about a possible contract extension for receiver Michael Crabtree, the best face Trent Baalke could put on the matter was that the 49ers were “going to try.”

OAKLAND -- With the Mets starting a right-hander today in Zack Wheeler, an off-day tomorrow for the A’s and at least one regular hurting, the A’s lineup has a different look for today’s series finale against New York.

Bud Selig had some unflattering words for the O.co Coliseum on Tuesday in his last official scheduled visit to the A’s home stadium as the commissioner of Major League Baseball.

California’s action points to a sea change in how America perceives its most popular sport. As the perils of football have become undeniable, highlighted by mounting evidence of severe damage to the brains of professional and college athletes, youth football programs are scrambling to adjust.

The 49ers last year reined in Colin Kaepernick’s running plays to save their starting quarterback from excessive wear and tear, and because he suffered a significant injury to his foot.

Glenn Dorsey might not be ready to play for several more months, but the 49ers feel he’s worth signing for a couple more years.

Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday the team will decide by next week whether cornerback DJ Hayden is healthy enough to start the season on the active roster or if he will go on the physically unable to perform list.

Republic FC can extend its home league USL Pro unbeaten streak to 10 matches when it plays the Wilmington Hammerheads at Bonney Field tonight at 8 p.m.

DeMarcus Cousins was continuing his rehabilitation workouts Tuesday afternoon in New York, where Team USA will play exhibition games against Dominican Republic at 4 p.m. today and Puerto Rico on Friday at Madison Square Garden.

While Kevin Durant takes a step back, the U.S. national team is moving forward.

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