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Sports Night: East Nicolaus a small town with big football dreams

High schools: East Nicolaus football puts farming community on map

East Nicolaus is an example of small-school America, where agriculture and athletics bind the generations and generally set the regional mood. So it’s no wonder all 280 students on this campus – surrounded by rice fields and almond orchards – are buzzing in anticipation for Saturday night’s CIF State Division VI-AA championship game against Coronado in a big city far from home.

Andy Furillo: For now, hockey in Sacramento stays outdoors

When the Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors meet Friday night on the frozen tundra of Raley Field, Sacramento will join the list of cities throughout the world to witness this increasingly popular outdoor version of the winter sport.

Kings: Team focused on reaching playoffs

The Kings (10-15) have had plenty of up-and-down moments in the first two months of the season, and through it all they currently sit in the position they had hoped after 25 games – in the mix for a playoff berth.

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49ers: Inconsistency is motivation for Bengals, trouble for Tomsula

The 49ers’ dual personalities – tough at home, awful on the road – might serve as motivation for the Bengals, but it’s a troublesome trait for coach Jim Tomsula, who is trying to convince the 49ers’ front office the team is making progress despite a 4-9 record.

49ers notes: Kaepernick attending team meetings, Boone open to return

Injured quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he will be in a sling for one more week and that he resumed going to team meetings last week. Another injured player, left guard Alex Boone, also is unlikely to play again this season, but is open to returning for the next.

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Soccer: Republic FC to host San Jose Earthquakes

Republic FC will host Major League Soccer teams within a week of one another with the announcement Wednesday that Sacramento will play the San Jose Earthquakes in a friendly Feb. 20 at Bonney Field.

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