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Sports Night: Heeney Raiders’ middle man

Furillo: Oakland has confidence in linebacker

A year ago, on the eve of the Raiders’ preseason opener, nobody around here knew much about linebacker Ben Heeney. Now he’s on the top of the Raiders’ depth chart at middle linebacker.

49ers: Kezar practice is a blast from the past

The 49ers are struck by the humble, spartan feel of the team’s original stadium during Wednesday’s 90-minute practice at Kezar Stadium, the team’s home from 1946 to 1970

Today’s video: The 49ers’ walk to Kezar Stadium’s field

49ers notes: Staley sings Armstead’s praises

Veteran left tackle Joe Staley says he thinks lineman Arik Armstead has been the most impressive defensive player in training camp for the 49ers. “Just the speed, the way he’s practicing, the tempo and his urgency of practicing has been a lot better,” Staley says.

Olympics: Anthony leads U.S. past Australia

Carmelo Anthony scores 31 points on the night he becomes the U.S. men’s Olympic career scoring leader, combining with Kyrie Irving for all the Americans’ baskets in the fourth quarter of a 98-88 victory over Australia.

Olympics: Ledecky wins third gold medal in Rio

Katie Ledecky turns in another overpowering performance to carry the United States to victory in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay, capturing her third gold and fourth medal overall at the Rio Olympics.

A’s: Pitcher Smith relishes second shot at bigs

A’s relief pitcher Chris Smith, who once thought his career was over, played in independent leagues and the minors to make it back to the major leagues Sunday in Oakland.

A’s: Call-up Detwiler solid in 1-0 victory over Orioles

Ross Detwiler and John Axford combine on a four-hitter and the A’s beat Baltimore 1-0 to knock the Orioles out of first place in the American League East.

Giants: Crawford’s HR lifts S.F. over Miami

Brandon Crawford homers in the fourth inning and the Giants win a series for the first time since the All-Star break, beating Miami 1-0.

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Republic FC: Team scores with signing of Cole

Republic FC director of football Graham Smith calls the signing of former English Premier League standout Carlton Cole another milestone for the third-year franchise. “It’s a great signing,” Smith says. “It’s a reflection of how Republic FC is perceived on the international soccer front now.”

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