Friday, September 22, 2017

Niners keep losing, yet there are some good signs

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: In losing their third game to open 2017, this time to the Rams, the offense came alive and the team kept battling. It looks like a different team than the 2014-2016 editions. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Niners-Are-Showing-Some-Spark-Even-While-Losing-446829443.html

Raiders' O-line leads charge into Washington

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Sunday night's matchup with the Redskins should be an offensive duel. When the Raiders' put up points, it's a tribute to the team's elite blocking unit. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Raiders-Heading-Across-Country-to-Seek-3-0-Start-446839993.html

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

49ers defense, Rams offense both are improved

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: The 49ers defense, which seemed to take a big step forward last week, will be challenged by a revamped Rams offense Thursday night that looks nothing like the "middle-school offense" it featured in 2016. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-Will-Face-a-Much-Changed-Rams-Offense-446090053.html

Monday, September 18, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Florida's Hildren Francis found a new course in life by paddling dragon boats, and then outrigger canoes

When Hildren Francis needed something new and exciting in her life after multiple changes, she found dragon boat racing. Her love of that paddle sport eventually led her to another sport, too, that has filled her life fun, companionship and adventure. My story on Francis for ESPNW's Weekend Warrior series: http://www.espn.com/espnw/life-style/article/20708814/how-unusual-paddle-sport-changed-hildren-francis-life-forever

49ers' Hoyer ready for first visit to Seattle

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Brian Hoyer has been around the NFL a while, yet he's never played in Seattle. That changes Sunday. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Brian-Hoyer-Will-Lead-49ers-Into-Unfriendly-Territory-444680043.html

Carr intends to keep targeting Cooper

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Amari Cooper had several drops in Week 1, but that won't keep Derek Carr from the throwing the ball his way. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Carr-Will-Keep-Targeting-Cooper-Against-Jets-Sunday-444672233.html

Can 49ers exploit Seattle's shaky offensive line?

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: The Seahawks are strong in almost every aspect except one, the offensive line. Can the 49ers exploit that?http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Seahawks-Offensive-Line-a-Weakness-for-49ers-to-Attack-444433163.html

Raiders will see a strong Jets' defensive line

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Leonard Wiliams and Muhammad Wilkerson anchor a strong New York Jets line that will face Oakland Sunday. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Jets-Strong-Defensive-Front-Hopes-to-Rebound-vs-Raiders-444448903.html

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Joe McConaughy's run through the woods turns into a record completion of the Appalachian Trail

The first time Joe McConaughy ran a race, in the fourth grade, he threw up his morning Trix, but he's come a long way in running since. The 26-year-old former Boston College track and cross country runner just set a speed record on the Appalachian Trail, three years after setting a record on the Pacific Crest Trail. My story on him for Competitor.com: http://running.competitor.com/2017/09/interviews/joe-mcconaughy-appalachian-trail-fkt_168117

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

49ers' Beadles may play himself out of a job

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Left guard Zane Beadles was a weak link in the 49ers offensive line in the opening-season loss. Now, he will have to fight off a challenge for his job. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Beadles-Poor-Play-at-Guard-Was-a-Weak-Spot-in-Opener-443970983.html

Lynch shows he's still in "Beast Mode"

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: There were doubts whether Marshawn Lynch would be his old football self, but those have been erased.http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Lynch-Shows-Raiders-and-NFL-Hes-Still-in-Beast-Mode-443982593.html