Alex Smith could have moved on at various points during his eight-year stint with the 49ers. But he chose to stay because, as a one-time No. 1 pick in the draft, he felt a responsibility to the then-struggling franchise.

Brandon Crawford figured the San Francisco Giants needed one run, maybe two, the way ace Madison Bumgarner was dealing.

Republic FC will host a downtown celebration Friday at 11:30 a.m. to commemorate the first-year franchise winning the USL Pro championship.

Quarterback Garrett Safron’s two third-quarter interceptions were seen by many as the turning point in Sacramento State’s 44-24 loss at Idaho State on Saturday in the schools’ Big Sky Conference opener. But another momentum-turner took place late in the first quarter with the Hornets leading 7-3.

When Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive anointed DeMarcus Cousins the team’s leader last year, it was a premature proclamation. First, Cousins admittedly was still learning how to be a leader. Secondly, he hadn’t exactly had role models to show him how to be a leader in his first three seasons in Sacramento.

As he loaded the contents of his locker into boxes Wednesday afternoon, right fielder Josh Reddick described the 2014 A’s as a team that “was built to go farther than we did,” and said of their 12-inning, 9-8 loss to the Kansas City Royals in the wild-card game the night before: “It still stinks.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis should stop fretting about his team winning its first football game of the season. His team is 0-4. So, no, this is not the year of the great turnaround. This is last year, the year before that, and the year before that.

High school sports results from around the region.

Through the first quarter of the fantasy football season, some surprising names have topped the leaderboards at each position.

Antoine Bethea intercepted a pass, forced a fumble and even deciphered the Eagles’ audibles in Sunday’s San Francisco 26-21 win. For that, the 49ers safety was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week on Wednesday, the first time the nine-year veteran has won the award.

It wouldn’t be too much hyperbole to say the Kings have been obsessed with dribbling the basketball in recent seasons.

Omri Casspi was traded by the Kings to Cleveland after the 2010-11 season, but Sacramento was always home to him.

Vernon Davis said he is moving around better than he was after Sunday’s game but that his back spasms have not gone away entirely. He missed Wednesday’s practice and declared himself “day to day.”

Colin Kaepernick today credited Alex Smith for helping keep the 49ers locker room stable during what could have been a rocky transition from Smith to Kaepernick during the 2012 season.

SANTA CLARA -- Alex Smith isn’t the only player the 49ers shipped east to Kansas City last year.

The 49ers' strategy for sustainability involves loading up on draft picks and always having an influx of young players who can replace expensive, soon-to-be free-agent talent. Last year, Trent Baalke appeared to hit the jackpot when he traded Alex Smith to the Chiefs for not one but two early-round draft picks.

Antoine Bethea made No. 100 count.

Veteran forwards are off to a good start as the team sorts out who will play amongst their power forwards.

Reggie McKenzie believes he put together a roster capable of competing for a playoff spot. When that roster got off to an 0-4 start and wasn't even competitive in two games, the Oakland Raiders general manager decided he needed to fire coach Dennis Allen.

A retired Marine who caught a woman as she jumped from the upper deck of a stadium following an Oakland Raiders game was among 21 people honored with medals and cash from the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

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