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Sports Night: Karl says Kings need more effort, professionalism

Kings: Coach calls out his players

“If we get a more serious, play-hard mentality, a more serious defensive mentality, I’ll take all the blame in the world,” Kings coach George Karl tells The Bee’s Jason Jones. “You can blame me all night long. But when I’m managing attitude, when I’m managing approach, when I’m managing professionalism then yeah, my X’s and O’s aren’t good, either.”

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49ers: No sophomore jinx for cornerback Jimmie Ward

Nickel cornerback may be the NFL’s most thankless position, but second-year player Jimmie Ward hasn’t flinched when facing opposing team’s best receivers. “Way better than last year,” Ward tells The Bee’s Matt Barrows.

49ers vs. Bengals at a glance

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Raiders vs. Packers at a glance

The playoff-hungry Raiders will meet the equally ravenous Packers.

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College basketball: UC Davis men lose third in a row

The Aggies shoot just 17 percent from three-point range in their 67-60 loss to visiting Air Force. UC Davis, which won four of its first six games, slips to 4-5 with its third consecutive defeat. “Part of building our culture is to withstand adversity. ... They are facing a little bit of adversity now, and I said we are going to find out, all of us, what we’re made of,” UCD coach Jim Les tells The Bee’s Bill Paterson.

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