The 49ers are a 3-4 defensive team whose top two defensive players, NaVorro Bowman and Aldon Smith, may not be around when the season starts. Both are linebackers. Which raises the question: Is a three-lineman, four-linebacker defense still the best scheme for San Francisco?

DeMarcus Cousins should be seated at the dinner table right now, elbowing for space and fighting for the entrees alongside Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah, Anthony Davis and Andre Drummond.

Veteran wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who spent his first three seasons with the 49ers a decade ago, is back after signing a one-year deal with the team Tuesday.

It’s safe to say Michael Morse is a hit after his first week of games at AT&T Park.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants and Dodgers started playing on Jackie Robinson Day and finished on April 16, when Hector Sanchez shot a single off the glove of a diving Justin Turner into center field to score Brandon Crawford from third base and give the Giants a 3-2 win in 12 innings.

Even after every momentum swing, dramatic hit and terrible relief performance in an 11-inning game, the Oakland Athletics still were unshakably confident somebody would pull them through.

Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.

When he worked as a Washington State assistant football coach, Jody Sears spent a lot of time seeking talented players in Northern California.

An already formidable Sacramento State baseball team seems to be even better during midweek nonconference games this season, something the Hornets showed again Tuesday in walloping host UC Davis 15-7 in their annual Causeway Cup battle.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball declined to comment Monday about a magazine article detailing Yasiel Puig's dangerous escape from Cuba and the death threats the 23-year-old right fielder received last year from human traffickers under control of a major Mexican drug cartel.

According to an NFL source, Chris Culliver was with Aldon Smith in the Southwest terminal on Sunday, same flight, but was not involved in any of the trouble. Culliver is not presumed to have been spending time with Smith in LA. It's possible Culliver just happened to be there and was flying back on same flight.

Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors.

Cody Kessler is still Southern California's starting quarterback after holding off a challenge from freshman Max Browne during the Trojans' spring workouts.

A look at today’s Kings game vs. Phoenix; including: broadcast information, three keys to the game and probable starters.

Television and radio listings for baseball, golf, NBA, NHL playoffs, soccer and tennis.

Kent Matthes had three RBIs, Tyler Ladendorf had two doubles and two walks and Alden Carrithers extended his hitting streak to 10 games as the River Cats beat the Fresno Grizzlies 7-4 Tuesday night at Raley Field for their fifth win in a row.

The Bee posse’s weekly update of the latest in area conditions, bargains, etc.

Holes in one must be faxed on the golf course’s stationery to The Bee at (916) 326-5503.

High School sports results from around the region.

Pete Rose turned 73 years old on Monday, still nowhere closer to being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame than he was on Aug. 24, 1989, the day he was banned from the game by then-Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti.

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