The NFL’s television ratings have dropped 11 percent this year. Commissioner Roger Goodell says protests during the national anthem are unrelated to that fact, but surveys say otherwise.
After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers become the latest offense to trample the 49ers, San Francisco is on pace to allow more than 2,900 rushing yards this season, the first time that’s happened in almost four decades.
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Latavius Murray scores twice in his first game back from turf toe, and the Raiders handle the listless Jacksonville Jaguars 33-16 to give coach Jack Del Rio a victory against his former team.
Kings forward Matt Barnes admits that it takes longer to recover from the rigors of basketball than it used to. With sore ribs, courtesy of a Draymond Green elbow, Barnes played in just one preseason game. He says he will be ready for the season opener Wednesday at Phoenix.
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Cal linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk, a Roseville High School graduate who attended American River College, was the hero at the end of the Pac-12 game Friday night.
Key Major League Soccer meetings scheduled for the coming weeks could mean Sacramento’s bid for an expansion team will finally be granted. League officials love the city and are finalizing the timing of the expansion.
Fans hoping to watch their beloved Chicago Cubs play a World Series game for the first time since 1945 may have to tap into their life savings to score seats at Wrigley Field. The Cleveland Indians host Game 1 of the series Tuesday.
Joey Logano wins at Talladega Superspeedway, and Denny Hamlin edges Kurt Busch by .006 seconds for third place and the one point he needed to tie Austin Dillon in the standings and advance in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Dillon is ninth but loses the right to move into the next round based on average finish over the past three races.
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