Grudges? Payback? Settling a family debt? Nah, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh says. He’s too busy worrying about the Ravens’ rough start to be preoccupied with how or why the 49ers parted ways with his brother Jim following the 2014 season. There’s far more similarity than animosity between the 49ers and Ravens, who play Sunday. Their 1-4 records largely are due to the attrition each team has suffered since they played in the Super Bowl just 32 months ago.
Jim Harbaugh’s run at Michigan began with a loss. Since then, the Wolverines have won five in a row, including shutouts in the last three. The takeaway, of course, is that the coach is again showing America how to fix a lost football program. Northern California fans know the story after his time at Stanford and with the 49ers.
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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio says the MRI on defensive end Justin Tuck’s injured shoulder is “not good.” Del Rio did not give any additional details on Tuck’s condition Wednesday and would not speculate if the injury could lead to Tuck being placed on season-ending injured reserve.
A run scores on a controversial play. A three-run homer punctuates with an epic bat flip. Benches clear. All in one inning. Jose Bautista’s blast puts the Toronto Blue Jays up 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh just minutes after the Texas Rangers took a 3-2 lead on a strange play in the top half of the frame. Toronto next faces Kansas City in the American League Championship Series.
Johnny Cueto delivers a masterpiece on his biggest stage yet, pitching eight dominant innings and leading the resilient Kansas City Royals to a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros and back to the American League Championship Series.
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Only six quarterbacks in California history have passed for more than 10,000 yards in their high school career. Sacramento High’s Caden Voges became just the second in Sac-Joaquin Section history to accomplish the feat, joining Folsom’s Jake Browning, who graduated in 2015.
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Rajon Rondo insists he was joking when he told a blogger after the Kings beat the Lakers on Tuesday night in a preseason game in Las Vegas that his relationship with coach George Karl “has not been going too well.” The point guard says, “There is nothing between George and I. The guy (blogger) just caught me. He was new, and I decided to have some fun.”
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