Sports Night: Bowman’s back, and that’s big

49ers: Linebacker’s return can provide a boost

Following the retirement of Patrick Willis and Justin Smith, the 49ers were counting on Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman. But the team released Smith last week. That leaves it up to Bowman, who is coming off knee surgery, to steady the defense and provide leadership.

Hometown Report: Rough week for Garcia family

Aaron Garcia’s first year as a coach ends when the Arena Football League folds the financially troubled team. Meanwhile, his daughter Gigi, an all-Metro basketball player for McClatchy High School, tears two ligaments, including the ACL, in her right knee during a summer league game. Both vow to bounce back.

Side by side: Matt Duffy vs. Matt Duffy

The Giants’ Matt Duffy is having a strong year in the majors, while another third baseman, Matt Duffy, is having an even better season for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies.

Fishing report: Where they’re biting – or not

Bass fishing is outstanding along the San Joaquin River, but the boat launch at Brown’s Ravine is closed. The rundown on where the angling action is expected to be this week.

Stats: Guide to’s numbers makeover

Stats, scores and schedules are now easier to find and richer than before at While browsing stories about your favorite teams and sports, you’ll have access to the latest results and can dive deeper into the numbers, a couple clicks away.

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