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  1. Kap helps a young fashion designer’s dreams come true

    Jan 16, 2014, 3:20 PM PST

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    New evidence is emerging that further proves 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn’t a self-centered jerk. Sorry, Seahawks fans. After beating the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Kaepernick stepped to the podium rocking a red vest and backwards hat. Critics were quick to pounce on Kap’s flipped lid, but they missed the entire point of his wardrobe.…

  2. A Bay Area tattoo shop is offering 49ers tattoos for $49

    Jan 10, 2014, 4:44 PM PST

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    Many fans claim they bleed their favorite team’s colors, but Silver Needle Studios in Concord is accommodating the brave souls that are willing to put their money where their mouth is. For the duration of the 49ers’ postseason run, fans can stop in to get a 49ers tattoo for a discounted rate of $49. Sure,…

  3. DUNK CAM: Colin Kaepernick posterized by Alex Boone in 49ers locker room

    Jan 8, 2014, 1:48 PM PST

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    The dunk cam is a social media trend that is growing in popularity. On Wednesday, Colin Kaepernick became the latest victim to go viral when he was posterized in the San Francisco 49ers locker room. While Kaepernick was finishing up his media session, offensive lineman Alex Boone snuck into the scrum of reporters and slam dunked…

  4. The story behind the huge A’s ‘STAY’ mural in Oakland

    Dec 27, 2013, 2:04 PM PST

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    An Oakland police officer spotted a man spray-painting a wall. He stopped, rolled down the window, smiled, and complimented the man that was wielding an aerosol can with expert precision. After a brief and friendly exchange, the cop drove off and the man shook his spray paint can and marked the wall with more paint.…

  5. The Hidden Relics of Candlestick Park

    Dec 18, 2013, 4:25 PM PST

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    It has been called Candlestick Park, 3Com Park, Monster Park, and San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point, but soon it will be called rubble, scrap metal, and a demolition site. Many have made countless trips there to see the 49ers or Giants, and created a lifetime of sports memories in the stands, but you can’t possibly…

  6. 49ers and WWE officially announce Wrestlemania in Santa Clara

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:56 PM PST

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    They may only boast a combined weight just north of 300 pounds, but San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York and Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews have become one formidable tag team. Each man was spotted wearing the WWE Championship Belt on Tuesday, as the duo officially made the announcement that Wrestlemania is coming to Levi’s…

  7. Raiders’ Taiwan Jones is quietly having a standout season

    Dec 4, 2013, 3:04 PM PST

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    Upon hearing the term “Pro Bowl,” Oakland Raiders special teams standout Taiwan Jones politely asked if the interview could be conducted outside. He quickly explained that his teammates would tease and taunt him if they heard the topic of conversation. Jones, one of three Raiders players born in San Francisco, is quiet and shy when…

  8. Why Cirque Du Soleil is actually a lot like the NFL

    Nov 13, 2013, 5:51 PM PST

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    They study their playbooks, listen to their coaches, spend countless hours practicing, training and watching film, then suit up in uniform and take the stage. Wait, stage? In a lot of ways the performers of Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna are just like NFL players. Both groups travel around the country, have incredible physiques, and rely…

  9. Video: Harbaugh re-enacts his popular commercial

    Nov 6, 2013, 2:28 PM PST

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    Jim Harbaugh brings enthusiasm unknown to mankind to the football field. But does that approach work on kids? In September, the 49ers’ coach first appeared in a Visa commercial that showed him yelling at a group of disinterested youth football players. The high-strung coach’s NFL approach contrasted with the sweet innocent style of the youth football…

  10. Andrew Bogut is an avid muscle car collector

    Oct 23, 2013, 3:02 PM PST

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    Most professional basketball players spend big money on Bentleys or other flashy sports cars. That’s not Andrew Bogut’s style. The Golden State Warriors’ center would rather spend his hard-earned cash on an old hot rod and fix it up. Bogut, the son of a mechanic, spends his time away from the basketball court collecting classic…

  11. Why No. 499 drives Warriors’ guard Kent Bazemore

    Oct 10, 2013, 1:20 PM PST

    Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

    Numbers do lie. Just ask Golden State Warriors’ guard Kent Bazemore. Prior to the 2012 season, the undrafted hoopster out of Old Dominion was ranked by ESPN as the second-worst player in the entire NBA — No. 499 out of 500. His teammates joked there were dead people on the list that ranked higher than…

  12. A behind-the-scenes tour of the 49ers’ new stadium

    Oct 2, 2013, 3:47 PM PST

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    The 49ers’ new stadium is going up so fast that it looks different at nearly every glance. Construction started in April of 2012, and thanks to over 5,000 individual workers operating massive pieces of construction equipment, the stadium is really starting to take shape. On Tuesday, they placed the first of the 68,500 seats in…

  13. 49ers’ new stadium reaches a major milestone

    Oct 1, 2013, 7:15 PM PST

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    The first seats have been installed at Levi’s Stadium. There were even 49ers fans on hand to be the first to sit in them. It was a milestone moment for the 49ers and the construction crew that has been working on the facility since April 19, 2012. Workers adorned with hardhats, bright orange mesh vests…

  14. Why Raider Rusher is a good idea

    Sep 25, 2013, 5:09 PM PST

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    Whether you agree with it or not, Raider Rusher is here. The goofy mascot emerged straight from the frames of NFL RUSH ZONE, a kids cartoon co-produced by the NFL and Nickelodeon, to make its official debut at Raiders headquarters on Tuesday. When an image of the mascot first leaked online, the Raiders fan base was…

  15. 49ers rookies go back to school

    Sep 12, 2013, 4:39 PM PST

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    The San Francisco 49ers went back to school on Monday. This time they were the ones doing the teaching. It’s not often that a student athlete gets to see all of their goals embodied. On Monday, members of the Santa Clara High School junior varsity football team were given that opportunity. 49ers rookies and members of…

  16. Betcha’ didn’t know this about NFL kickers

    Sep 4, 2013, 12:39 PM PST

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    National Football League kickers never make headlines unless they screw something up. It’s one of the most unforgiving roles in professional sports. So, how do NFL punters and kickers make sure they stay out from under the microscope of the fans and media? Preparation. And way more than you’d think. Did you know NFL kickers spend…

  17. The most heated competition in the 49ers’ locker room

    Aug 28, 2013, 10:36 AM PST

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    The San Francisco 49ers may have a roster full of All-Pro National Football League talent, but they are still chasing their hoop dreams. In most locker rooms in professional sports you’ll see guys spending their downtime playing card games, iPad video games, or doing crossword puzzles. But in the 49ers’ locker room, those things have…

  18. From tough times to TDs: How 49ers RB Anthony Dixon became a father figure for his brothers

    Aug 23, 2013, 1:55 PM PST

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    Stories about athletes going from homeless to the pros are few and far between. However, in the Dixon household, it has become a common occurrence. San Francisco 49ers running back Anthony Dixon helped pave the way. When he was a kid growing up in Terry, Miss., he had to help raise his three brothers, because…

  19. New iPad playbooks enhance communication for Raiders

    Aug 14, 2013, 3:20 PM PST

    This message was waiting for Raiders players on the day they reported to camp.

    New iPad playbooks have revolutionized the way the Oakland Raiders are communicating.

  20. Did you know there’s a bowling alley inside AT&T Park?

    Aug 12, 2013, 10:01 AM PST

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    There’s a secret two-lane bowling alley inside AT&T Park. That’s not the only hidden surprise in the stadium.

  21. Betcha’ didn’t know this about baseballs

    Aug 7, 2013, 12:42 PM PST

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    Sure, you watch baseball. But do you really watch the ball as much as you think? Find out how many baseballs a Major League teams used in a game and how they are prepared.

  22. Three A’s prospects have a unique living situation

    Jul 30, 2013, 5:10 PM PST

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    Oakland Athletics prospects Michael Choice, Michael Taylor, and Bruce Billings give Field of Teams a tour of their three-bedroom apartment in Sacramento.

  23. MLB veggie gardens are far more common than you’d think

    Jul 30, 2013, 2:40 PM PST

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    The San Francisco Giants have proposed a 3,000-foot organic garden at AT&T Park. Surprisingly, ballpark veggie gardens are far more common than you’d think.

  24. Giants insist historic doubleheader won’t be too weird

    Jul 23, 2013, 3:24 PM PST

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    The Giants are about to do something they’ve never done before — bat first in a game at their home park. But according to the team, it’s not weird.

  25. Jed Lowrie, pro ballplayer and travel photographer

    Jul 23, 2013, 9:11 AM PST

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    For Oakland Athletics infielder Jed Lowrie, the click of a camera shutter can be just as exhilarating as the crack of a baseball bat.

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