Friday, April 20, 2018

100 years later, the 1918 Dipsea Hike for women is a mostly forgotten chapter of sports history that showed female athletes were cut out for endurance events

In 1918, women were barred by the AAU and the Olympics from long-distance events. Women were thought to be too fragile. But the Dipsea Hike for women, starting in 1918 and lasting just five years, proved that theory was a bunch of malarkey. Eventually, however, the event was shut down by church groups and others who believed it was wrong. My story for ESPNW.com: http://www.espn.com/espnw/life-style/article/23251704/the-undercover-hike-existed-long-women-were-allowed-enter-distance-races

Gruden, Raiders will be on center stage in Week 1

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Jon Gruden and the Raiders will play vs. the Rams in prime-time on 2018's opening weekend. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/All-Eyes-Will-be-on-Gruden-Raiders-in-Season-Opener-480376793.html

Garoppolo leads 49ers into prime time in 2018

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: The rise of QB Jimmy Garoppolo causes network schedule makers to carry five 49ers games in prime-time telecasts in 2018 season. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Garappolo-Puts-49ers-Into-Prime-Time-Spotlight-in-2018-480372393.html

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Voices are loud for 49ers to cut Foster

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: A lot of voices are speaking loudly for 49ers to let go of Reuben Foster. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Should-49ers-Release-Reuben-Foster-479647913.html

Raiders' Conley still not up to speed

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Cornerback Gareon Conley is still coming back slowly from injury and surgery. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Conley-Coming-Back-Slowly-From-Injury-479650843.html

After coming back from cancer and surgery several years ago, Serena Burla was on a roll in 2017. Then she found out she had cancer again...

Serena Burla will run the Boston Marathon in 2018 after coming back from a second bout with a rare form of cancer. But, says her coach, she's as tough and resilient as any person he knows. My story for ESPN.com's Endurance Sports section: http://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/id/23028557/2018-boston-marathon-resiliency-us-marathoner-serena-burla

Bourne again: Young receiver gets his chance

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: As offseason workouts begin today officially, young 49ers will try to make an impression. Receiver Kendrick Bourne is one player who can take a big step forward. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Bourne-Can-Take-Big-Step-Forward-This-Offseason-479877573.html

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Gruden giving Raiders new strength program

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: The Phase I offseason program has begun, and Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is eager for his players to work with new strength and conditioning coach Tom Shaw. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Gruden-Wants-Raiders-Stronger-and-in-Better-Condition-479533113.html

Buckner eager to get more sacks

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: DeForest Buckner led the NFL in QB hits in 2017, with 19, but had just three sacks. He's working to get quicker to turn hits into sacks in 2018.https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-Buckner-Working-to-Get-Better-Faster-479528463.html

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Khalil Mack not participating in Phase I workouts

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Jon Gruden opened up the offseason program for his new team Monday, but Khalil Mack -- still working with the team on a new deal -- was absent. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Mack-and-Raiders-Still-Working-on-Extension-479286023.html

SMU wide receiver may be on 49ers' radar

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: 6-foot-3 wide receiver Courtland Sutton is perceived by some as a good fit for Kyle Shanahan. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/SMU-Wide-Receiver-Courtland-Sutton-May-be-on-49ers-Wish-List-479281963.html

Monday, April 9, 2018

Cooper's three-year drop rate among NFL's worst

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Amari Cooper is a playmaking wide receiver, one of the NFL's best. But if he's to become a true star, he needs to hold on to passes much better than he has his first three seasons. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Coopers-Drop-Rate-Ranks-Among-NFLs-Worst-479158283.html

If Notre Dame guard falls to 49ers, it will be a gift

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Guard Quenton Nelson of Notre Dame may be one of the top five prospects in this draft and the best guard to come out of college in years. But he could fall to the 49ers at No. 9. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/If-Nelson-Falls-to-49ers-O-Line-Will-Prosper-479164723.html