Friday, March 29, 2019

In Kyle and John he trusts

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: 49ers CEO Jed York says that despite disappointing 2018 season, he trusts Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch completely to rebuild the team. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/York-Keeping-the-Faith-in-Shanahan-Lynch-507832991.html

Raiders add ex-Broncos LB Brandon Marshall

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: The Raiders have signed free-agent linebacker Brandon Marshall. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Continue-to-Rebuild-at-Linebacker-507834321.html

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Shanahan certain Taylor will regain rookie form

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: After a disappointing 2018 season, WR Trent Taylor appears fit. That gives Kyle Shanahan the belief Taylor will come back strong in 2019. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Shanahan-Believes-Taylor-Will-Regain-Rookie-Form-507777471.html

Raiders add pair of veteran QBs to back up Carr

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Oakland has added veteran QBs Mike Glennon and Landry Jones to back up Derek Carr. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Have-Added-Depth-Behind-Derek-Carr--507778851.html

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Alabama running back may fall to Raiders

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Josh Jacobs of Alabama may be the best running back in the upcoming draft. He may be there waiting when Oakland makes its second choice at No. 24. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/With-Second-Pick-Raiders-Could-Land-Top-Running-Back-507727311.html

Kittle was a good catch for 49ers in two ways

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: George Kittle set the NFL season record for receiving yards in 2018, while also being graded among the best-blocking tight ends in pro football. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/In-Second-Season-49ers-Kittle-Was-a-Two-Way-Star-507725291.html

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Gruden, once again, says Carr is his QB

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: The fact the Raiders are interviewing Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins, top QBs in the draft, doesn't mean Derek Carr is on his way out. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Gruden-Again-Says-Carr-Isnt-Going-Anywhere-507670051.html

Lynch: McKinnon is going nowhere else

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: GM John Lynch says there's no plan to cut running back Jerick McKinnon to save money. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Lynch-Affirms-That-McKinnon-is-Part-of-49ers-2019-Plans-507673901.html?shfs

Monday, March 25, 2019

Lynch says Ford is elite pass rusher

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Even before the 49ers get a chance to draft an edge rusher with the No. 2 pick, GM John Lynch believes he's landed an elite one in Dee Ford. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Lynch-Believes-Ford-Will-Make-Major-Impact-507619041.html

Friday, March 22, 2019

Raiders may be playing a draft-day scheme

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: The Raiders say they love Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins ... which could mean they're trying to make his stock rise to their own advantage. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Showing-Interest-in-Ohio-State-QB-Haskins-507517311.html

Matthews has family connection to 49ers

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Veteran wide receiver Jordan Matthews is eager to play for the 49ers, where his mom's cousin, Jerry Rice, made history. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Lynch-Says-49ers-Love-Jordan-Matthews-Versatility-507519301.html

One the "backside" of her life, Nancy Simpson Owen is having a blast winning medals and setting records as a NASTAR skier

Nancy Simpson Owen discovered skiing as a freshman in high school, but it wasn't until she was past 50 that she started competing. Now she has a large batch of regional and national medals and a single-season record in NASTAR amateur competitions to show for her passion. My story on Owen for ESPNW.com: http://www.espn.com/espnw/life-style/article/26321716/record-setting-skier-nancy-simpson-owen-61-vying-fifth-gold-medal-nastar-nationals

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

49ers sign former Packers punter Vogel

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: After losing Bradley Pinion to free agency, the 49ers have signed former Green Bay punter Justin Vogel to fill his role. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-Sign-Ex-Packers-Punter-to-Replace-Bradley-Pinion-507410211.html

Raiders talking to another ex-Bengal

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: A day after signing linebacker Vontaze Burfict, the Raiders are meeting with his former Cincinnati teammate, safety George Iloka. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Meeting-With-Another-Former-Bengal-507411821.html

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

49ers believe in Jimmie Ward

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Despite his numerous injuries, Jimmie Ward is valuable to the 49ers as a free safety, as they recently showed by re-signing their former first-round pick. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-Shanahan-Believes-in-Jimmie-Ward-507354551.html

LBs Burfict, Lynch, Marshall are visiting Raiders

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: The Raiders are hosting or have talked with several free-agent linebackers in recent days. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Scouring-the-Free-Agent-Market-for-Linebackers-507357331.html

Monday, March 18, 2019

Kwon Alexander long ago impressed Shanahan

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Based on what he saw in 2016, when linebacker Kwon Alexander destroyed the Falcons offense, Kyle Shanahan believed Alexander needed to be a 49er. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Alexander-Made-an-Impression-on-Shanahan-in-2016-507302131.html

Friday, March 15, 2019

Raiders have cut backup QB McCarron

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: A.J. McCarron, the backup to Derek Carr in 2018, has been released. So who will be No. 2?https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Whos-No-2-Its-No-Longer-AJ-McCarron-507202121.html

Gamble on Verrett could pay off for 49ers

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: In his only season fully healthy, Jason Verrett was a Pro Bowl cornerback. But he's been plagued by injuries and the 49ers have signed him to a low-cost one-year deal. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-Hoping-Jason-Verrett-Can-Stay-Healthy-507199541.html

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Friday, March 8, 2019

Smith restructures deal to say with 49ers

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Malcolm Smith, who signed a huge deal two years ago, agrees to restructure his contract and will stay on the roster. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Linebacker-Malcolm-Smith-Restructures-Contract-506879071.html

Using 4th pick on a QB? Not a good idea

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: One mock draft this week has the Raiders using the No. 4 pick on Missouri QB Drew Lock. It would be a recipe for disaster. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports/Would-Raiders-Use-No-4-Pick-on-a-Quarterback-506881031.html?shf

Tina Karwasky, former coach and touring pro, remains a force nationally in women's masters tennis

Once, Tina Karwasky faced the best players in the world on the women's pro circuit, traveling all over the globe. Now, in her 60s, she remains a top player in the U.S. in her age group. My story on her for ESPNW.com: http://www.espn.com/espnw/life-style/article/26171216/with-128-titles-career-tina-karwasky-legend-masters-tennis

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Raiders will let Cook test the market

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: The Raiders want to keep Pro Bowl tight end Jared Cook, but will let him test the free-agent market before offering him a deal. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Taking-Patient-Approach-to-Jared-Cook-506823081.html

Garoppolo's progress is ahead of schedule

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: QB Jimmy Garoppolo should be fully ready for training camp after surgery and rehab. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Garoppolo-the-Key-to-49ers-Hopes-in-2019-506821441.html

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

If Carr had a vote, he'd add Antonio Brown

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: QB Derek Carr doesn't hide his enthusiasm for the possibility of the Raiders trading for WR Antonio Brown. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Carr-Would-Love-to-Play-With-Antonio-Brown-506764901.html

Niners' fullback helping as a recruiter

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk makes a pitch to safety Eric Weddle, an ex-teammate, to join San Francisco as a free agent. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Niners-Fullback-Makes-a-Pitch-to-Former-Teammate-506767201.html

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Monday, March 4, 2019

Randy Gerson, age 60, is going at full speed as a hockey player on rinks across San Diego County

Randy Gerson didn't take up hockey until age 38. Then, he says he was a "pylon" on the ice, incapable of moving. More than 20 years later, hockey is a huge part of his daily life. My story on Gerson for the Active San Diego series in the Union-Tribune Health section: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/sd-he-active-gerson-20190304-story.html

49ers give Mike Person a three-year deal

Daily 49ers blog for NBC Bay Area website: Guard https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Very-Important-Person-Signs-New-Deal-with-49ers-506654711.html
Mike Person wasn't supposed to be a long-term piece of the 49ers offense when the team signed him last year. But after becoming a starter and performing well, the 49ers have given him a three-year extension.

Raiders a favorite to get Antonio Brown

Daily Raiders blog for NBC Bay Area website: Reports indicate the Steelers may trade WR Antonio Brown in the next two weeks and that Oakland is well situated to get him. https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Raiders-Could-be-Favorite-to-Get-Antonio-Brown-506656431.html

Friday, March 1, 2019