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49ers issue perfunctory non-statement statement on Crabtree

49ers issue perfunctory non-statement statement on Crabtree

The 49ers have acknowledged the allegation of sexual assault against receiver Michael Crabtree via the issuance of a standard, perfunctory statement that really doesn’t state anything. “We are aware of the allegation against Michael and understand tha
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  • One thing to know: Can Bruce Arians fix the Cardinals?

    One thing to know: Can Bruce Arians fix the Cardinals?

    Bruce Arians' successful tenure as Colts head interim coach got a few heads to turn, and the Arizona Cardinals saw enough to make him their next coach. After the excitement of accepting a new job passes, Arians needs to address how Arizona can become a …
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  • Position Statement: Where will Alex Smith land?

    Position Statement: Where will Alex Smith land?

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    The future looks bright in San Francisco as Colin Kaepernick has secured his position under center, but where does this leave Alex Smith? Expected to earn $8 million in 2013, Mike Florio says it makes no sense for the 49ers to invest that much money in …
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  • Super Possibilities: What has the Falcons reveling in their gam…

    Super Possibilities: What has the Falcons reveling in their game with …

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    What has the Falcons reveling in their game with the 49ers? Can the Ravens' defense hold up against the vaunted Patriots' offense? Peter King answers these and more in his Last Word.
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  • Return, retire or test free agency? Steven Jackson undecided

    Return, retire or test free agency? Steven Jackson undecided

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Rams running back Steven Jackson said before the Rams’ regular season finale that it was possible he might be preparing for his last NFL game. Three weeks later, he still says he isn’t sure if he’ll return to the Rams, leave in free agency or retire
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  • Rob Ryan and Rams: Defensive rankings

    Rob Ryan and Rams: Defensive rankings

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Rob Ryan's interview with the St. Louis Rams regarding their vacant defensive-coordinator position invites a look into where his defenses have ranked over the years. The answer: not as high as I would have anticipated. The chart shows where Ryan's defen…
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  • A chance John Idzik couldn't pass up

    A chance John Idzik couldn't pass up

    John Idzik was once a New York Jets ballboy. His father was a Jets assistant coach. In a sense, then, the Seattle Seahawks' vice president of football administration is heading home. Idzik, named Friday as the Jets' general manager, spent the past decad…
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  • 49ers waive kicker Billy Cundiff

    49ers waive kicker Billy Cundiff

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The kicking competition in San Francisco is officially over. David Akers will continue to be the kicker for the 49ers as the team announced they have waived Billy Cundiff on Friday. Cundiff was signed nearly three weeks ago amid concerns over Akers cons…
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  • Browns hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator

    Browns hire Ray Horton as defensive coordinator

    It didn’t take long for Ray Horton to find a new job. Horton, the former Cardinals defensive coordinator who was reportedly unhappy when he was passed over for the head-coaching job in Arizona, has landed in Cleveland as the Browns’ new defensive coor
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  • Buccaneers finally get to hire John McNulty

    Buccaneers finally get to hire John McNulty

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Buccaneers tried to hire John McNulty a year ago, but the Cardinals blocked their request to interview him for their offensive coordinator job. Now that he’s available, he gets to join them in a lesser role. Bucs GM Mark Dominik said Friday McNulty
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  • Rob Ryan to interview with Rams on Saturday

    Rob Ryan to interview with Rams on Saturday

    It’s been more than five minutes since he was fired by the Cowboys, but Rob Ryan might be closing in on a new job. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ryan will interview with the Rams about becoming their defensive coordinator on Sat
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  • Whisenhunt's QB mark in Arizona revisited

    Whisenhunt's QB mark in Arizona revisited

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Sure, there was a spike in injuries, but bad quarterback play and evaluation doomed Ken Whisenhunt's tenure as Arizona Cardinals head coach. There is no way around it. "Every quarterback he acquired and developed seemed to get worse, not better,&qu…
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  • Bears fill out coaching staff with Cavanaugh, Peete

    Bears fill out coaching staff with Cavanaugh, Peete

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have hired Matt Cavanaugh as their quarterbacks coach and Skip Peete as their running backs coach.
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  • Source: Alicia Keys to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

    Source: Alicia Keys to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    A person familiar with Super Bowl entertainment plans tells The Associated Press that Alicia Keys has been lined up to perform the national anthem before the NFL championship game in New Orleans on Feb. 3.
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  • Final Word: 49ers at Falcons

    Final Word: 49ers at Falcons

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    Five nuggets of knowledge about the San Francisco 49ers' NFC Championship Game matchup Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome: Quarterback equalizers: The 49ers went 5-2 this season when facing the top 10 quarterbacks by regular-season T…
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  • Sando's best guess: Week 20 prediction

    Sando's best guess: Week 20 prediction

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    The anticipated trip to Candlestick Park for the NFC Championship Game has taken a detour to Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons earned it with a 30-28 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round. It's now up to the San Francisco 49ers to give th…
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  • Frank Gore wasn’t sure new offense was “real football”

    Frank Gore wasn’t sure new offense was “real football”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The results are good, but 49ers running back Frank Gore was slow to warm to his team’s pistol formation and reliance on read-option runs with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. He said the first time he saw the offense was on television “probably Oregon
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  • 710ESPN Seattle audio: Icing on the kicks

    710ESPN Seattle audio: Icing on the kicks

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Dave Wyman of 710ESPN Seattle stumped me on the air Thursday by asking for information regarding icing the kicker. I'm generally aware of the evidence suggesting there's little point in calling timeout right before the opposing team attempts an importan…
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  • Conference Championship Game Matchups

    Conference Championship Game Matchups

    nytimes.com Jan 18, 2013
    Will Ray Lewis's retirement tour get one more stop?
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  • Seahawks Kam Chancellor, Chris Clemons undergo surgery

    Seahawks Kam Chancellor, Chris Clemons undergo surgery

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Chris Clemons each underwent surgeries on Thursday. Chancellor’s surgery was for an undisclosed injury in his lower right leg. Seahawks team doctor Edward Khalfayan performed the surgery. Chancell
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  • Video - NFL32OT: A New Face For Cardinals 03:17

    NFL32OT: A New Face For Cardinals

    Jan 18
    Episode 252: Kevin Connors and Chris Mortensen discuss the Cardinals new head coach Bruce Arians. Mark Schlereth breaks down the expectations for Joe Flacco this Sunday. The NFL32 crew discuss which player will impact the 49ers-Falcons game.
  • Video - NFL Kickoff Overtime: Title Games 03:16

    NFL Kickoff Overtime: Title Games

    Jan 18
    Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi preview the NFC and AFC championship games on Sunday.
  • Video - Bruce Arians: 'I couldn't be happier right now' 04:56

    Bruce Arians: 'I couldn't be happier right now'

    Jan 18
    Newly hired Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians talks about his team's quarterback situation and the first player to give him a congratulatory phone call.
  • Video - Bruce Arians: 'I couldn't be happier right now' 04:56

    Bruce Arians: 'I couldn't be happier right now'

    Jan 18
    Newly hired Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians talks about his team's quarterback situation and the first player to give him a congratulatory phone call.

Sports Columnists

  • Kerry J. Byrne: Changes on offense fueling Ravens, Niners in playoffs

    Jan 18
    The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers each made major and even controversial decisions on offense this year.
  • Chadiha: Progress for minority coaches stalls

    Jan 18
    The Rooney Rule helped, but the NFL needs another push on hiring minority coaches.
  • Peter King: Ravens owe consistent success to 'other' Harbaugh

    Jan 18
    ATLANTA -- I'll be spending the weekend covering the NFC Championship Game, but before I get too heavy into Niners-Falcons, I wanted to write about the most under-appreciated single person of the NFL weekend: John Harbaugh.
  • Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get revenge on Patri…

    Jan 18
    The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…