Leading Off: For NFL fans, Sunday will be must-see TV

For NFL fans, Sunday will be must-see TV

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• Sunday isn’t just another day in the NFL. For Raiders fans, this morning game in Houston brings hope, because the Texans have lost seven in a row, though the last three have been close. In the afternoon, the 49ers play New Orleans in the Superdome, where the Saints are undefeated this season, in San Francisco’s biggest remaining game other than Dec. 8 at home against Seattle. Then it’s the Alex Smith-led undefeated Chiefs at the Broncos in a game that ought to set a ratings record for “Sunday Night Football.” For NFL fans, it doesn’t get much better than this.

• DeMarcus Cousins leads NBA centers in scoring at 22.8 points per game, but if he makes his first All-Star Game this season, it likely will be as a reserve selected by the coaches. The league changed the voting process last season; fans now select three frontcourt players and two guards. With so many quality forwards in the Western Conference, it will be difficult for Cousins to break into the top three. Figure Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Dwight Howard and Zach Randolph will receive more votes than Cousins. But if he continues to play the way he has, look for coaches to pick him for his first All-Star team.

• We were driving today, tuned to ESPN 1320, when we heard, “Breaking news in the NBA.” Did a coach get fired? Was there a blockbuster trade? No and No. Turns out the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant practiced for the first time since he tore his Achilles’ tendon April 12. “He’s moving well, right back to his old self,” point guard Steve Nash told the Los Angeles Times. With the Lakers at 4-7, would anyone be surprised to see Bryant back on the court by the time the Kings play the Lakers in Los Angeles on Nov. 24?

– Tom Couzens


NBA, Memphis at Kings, 3 p.m., Sleep Train Arena: The early start means you should get home in time to watch the Chiefs-Broncos game at 5:30 p.m.


Will you go to Cal Expo to watch Sacramento Republic FC games?

• Yes, of course

• Only if tickets are cheap

• Maybe

• No, it’s minor league

• No, I don’t like soccer

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