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Sports Night: Back to school for Kings’ Cauley-Stein

Kings: Rookie is confident, ‘playing free’

Forty-two games into his first professional season, rookie Willie Cauley-Stein says he’s gaining a better grasp of the Kings’ concepts and when to let his basketball instincts take over. As a result, he’s starting to feel more like he’s “just playing free.”

Voisin: Kings need to pull it together

The only way the Kings redeem themselves in these final weeks of Sleep Train Arena is to pretend they like each other enough to sacrifice for the collective good, winning is more important than individual stats and contract situations, and the memories from Wednesday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs have been expunged.

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49ers: Kaepernick reportedly wants trade

Hours after coach Chip Kelly assures reporters that quarterback Colin Kaepernick is excited to play for the 49ers this year, his agents request a trade. Kaepernick’s agents, Scott Smith and Jason Bernstein, met with team officials in Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon.

49ers notes: Kelly targets long-armed linemen

Now we know why general manager Trent Baalke tapped Chip Kelly as 49ers head coach: They share an affinity for players with long arms. “We believe long levers are strong levers,” Kelly says, echoing Baalke’s long-held preference for linemen and pass rushers with at least 34-inch arms.

Warriors: Curry scores 51 on record night

Stephen Curry scores 51 points and sets an NBA record with a three-pointer in his 128th consecutive game as Golden State beats the Orlando Magic 130-114.

Giants: Cyst surgery sets Cain back

Giants right-hander Matt Cain has undergone a procedure to have a cyst removed from his upper right arm. The pitcher was scheduled to return to the team’s spring training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., to rehab and is expected to resume throwing in approximately 10 days.

A’s: Semien catching up on defense

Marcus Semien committed a major league-leading 35 errors in his first season with the A’s last year, but the 25-year-old shortstop made major strides with his glove over the second half.

No. 1 Oak Ridge girls top No. 2 McClatchy

In a battle of The Bee’s top-ranked girls basketball teams, No. 1 Oak Ridge has just enough legs and gas and stamina to prevail, holding off No. 2 McClatchy 40-33 in a fun and frenetic Sac-Joaquin Section Division I second-round playoff game in El Dorado Hills.

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