Sports Night: Giants’ Samardzija shakes off rough spring

Breton: Bloated numbers don’t alarm pitcher

Jeff Samardzija had just been shelled for seven runs by the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, but you wouldn’t know it by the smiling and joking right-hander the Giants are counting on in 2016.

Today’s video: San Jose State RB Tyler Ervin works out for 49ers, other teams

Kings: Anderson leads Pelicans to victory

New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson scores 21 of his 29 points in the decisive second quarter as the Pelicans defeat the Kings 123-108 Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena. The Kings lost all four games to the Pelicans this season.

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49ers: Kelly ready to ‘coach heck out of’ Kap

Chip Kelly says he continues to have contact with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, including a phone call on Tuesday. But as he’s been saying since he took over as 49ers coach, the conversations have centered on Kaepernick’s health and the two have not discussed the quarterback’s desire – or lack thereof – to remain with the team.

49ers: Cal RB Lasco on team’s radar

At last month’s scouting combine, Bears running back Daniel Lasco grabbed everyone’s attention when, at 6 feet, 209 pounds, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, leaped 41 1/2 inches in the vertical jump and had an 11-foot, 3-inch broad jump. That last mark wasn’t just the best among running backs in Indianapolis that day. It was the farthest any running back had jumped at the combine in at least a decade.

Furillo: Pac-12 gets respect, now must deliver

For the first time, the NCAA selection committee picked seven Pacific-12 Conference basketball teams to play in the madness of March. This major show of respect by the bracket makers puts the Pac-12 up there with the ACC, Big Ten and Big 12 for most teams in the tournament. Now it’s up to the seven to show the conference deserves the high regard.

Soccer: Ex-Chelsea star Drogba impacts Republic FC

Growing up in the Bay Area, Republic FC defender Emrah Klimenta would climb out of bed early on weekend mornings to watch his favorite team and one of his favorite players. So Klimenta said it’s been a surreal experience training since March 7 with former Chelsea FC star Didier Drogba, who now plays for the Major League Soccer Montreal Impact.

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