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Sports Night: 49ers need free-agent lift

49ers: Team has no choice but to land a prized catch or two

While the Raiders are whipping through the free-agent supermarket with more than one cart, the 49ers look as if they’re trying to wrangle a cart with a wayward wheel into the store. It’s not surprising. General manager Trent Baalke is generally quiet early in free agency, preferring to pick through the bargain bins after the big spenders have moved on.

Today’s video: 49ers look to spend money wisely during NFL free agency signing period

Ailene Voisin: Kings’ final stretch at Sleep Train is about showcasing playoff contenders

After Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Kings will have 10 more games at Sleep Train Arena. Six losses in their past seven games have left the Kings trailing by 5 1/2 games in the chase for the Western Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot.

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College basketball: Sac State men win Big Sky tournament opener

Tenth-seeded Sacramento State got 25 points and seven rebounds from Justin Strings and a gritty effort in its 79-75 win over No. 7 Montana State on Tuesday night in their Big Sky Conference tournament opener in Reno. The Hornets will meet No. 2 Montana in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Giants: Angel Pagan adjusting to new spot in left field

When he was 15, Angel Pagan, then an iffy-armed shortstop, was told his future was in center field, and for most of his 10 years in the majors, Pagan has been a center fielder. But since the Giants signed Denard Span to a three-year deal to play center field, Pagan is making the transition to left and debuted there in Tuesday night’s 16-7 exhibition game win over the Cincinnati Reds.

Giants: Chase Johnson’s strikeout reputation precedes him

When Chase Johnson struck out 14 batters in six innings during a California League game last summer, one of his teammates was Giants starter Tim Hudson, who was making a rehabilitation start. Hudson was impressed. Now Johnson is in the Giants’ spring training camp and he’s already had one strong Cactus League appearance.

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