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Sports Night: Prep rivalries sidelined

High school football: Most neighborhood rivalries diminished

The rivalry game used to define a high school season, underlined on the schedule as the “must-win” game. But now that’s only true in a few places.

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Giants: S.F. swept by San Diego as slide persists

How do you explain a Giants team, clinging to a postseason berth, returning home and getting swept by the San Diego Padres? “I wish I could,” Giants ace Madison Bumgarner said. “I don’t know.”

Furillo: Giants reeling, but still in it

Fans at AT&T Park know every inning matters, especially after the Giants, despite another strong outing by ace Madison Bumgarner, lose 3-1 Wednesday to be swept by the lowly San Diego Padres for the second time this season.

A’s: Oakland routs K.C.

Yonder Alonso and Marcus Semien hit two-run doubles as the A’s beat Kansas City 8-0 to further ruin the Royals’ postseason chances.

2017 schedules released for Giants, A’s

Major League Baseball released the 2017 schedule on Wednesday, and the Giants will open the season on the road, while the A’s will open at home.

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49ers: Gabbert more comfortable in pocket

Blaine Gabbert was sacked so often early in his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he became notorious for bracing for ghost pressure in the pocket. So far in 2016, during the preseason and Monday night’s regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Rams, Gabbert hasn’t been sacked.

49ers notes: Armstead has big impact in limited role

The 49ers are easing defensive lineman Arik Armstead back into the lineup after he missed the preseason because of a shoulder injury.

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Today’s video: Former Republic FC fan now a key player

Republic FC: Defender comes full circle in Sacramento

In 2014, Elliott Hord was a spectator during Republic FC’s run to the USL championship. Now he’s a key player expected to start his fourth consecutive game Saturday against the LA Galaxy II at Bonney Field.

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