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York Claims Niners Can Afford To Keep Alex Smith In 2013

York Claims Niners Can Afford To Keep Alex Smith In 2013

49ersgab.com Updated Jan 31, 2013
Backup quarterback Alex Smith is scheduled next season to make $8.5 million, a figure 49ers CEO Jed York on Thursday said the 49ers can handle, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bayarea reports. “You figure out what’s best for guys, what’s best for the team,” Y
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  • Ravens, 49ers share practice field at Saints facility

    Ravens, 49ers share practice field at Saints facility

    The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers shared the same practice at the same time Thursday at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. According to John Clayton of ESPN.com, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh elected to move their team’s practice fro
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  • Jim Harbaugh raves about the 49ers’ Super Bowl week practices

    Jim Harbaugh raves about the 49ers’ Super Bowl week practices

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    On Thursday morning, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said that the 49ers were coming off a perfect Wednesday practice, and he wanted an exact duplicate of that later in the day. On Thursday afternoon, Harbaugh said his players had exceeded his expectations. “I
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  • Two strong takes on Chris Culliver

    Two strong takes on Chris Culliver

    NEW ORLEANS -- The media throng awaiting San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver in the team hotel Thursday caught some teammates by surprise. Amazed looks crossed their faces as they arrived for the final full-team media session before Super Bowl…
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  • Three Niners played for BCS title in Superdome

    Three Niners played for BCS title in Superdome

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) San Francisco defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois made one of his greatest football memories to date in the Superdome, where he won a national championship with LSU against Ohio State in January 2008.
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  • Jerry Rice responds to Randy Moss' boast about being top receiv…

    Jerry Rice responds to Randy Moss' boast about being top receiver

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has no interest in a back-and-forth debate with Randy Moss during Super Bowl week about who's the greatest NFL wide receiver of all time.
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  • Terrell Suggs says Ravens would welcome a gay teammate

    Terrell Suggs says Ravens would welcome a gay teammate

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    After 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver stuck his foot in his mouth when asked what he’d think of having a gay teammate, some words of wisdom during this Super Bowl week came from Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. Asked if he would have a problem w
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  • Super Bowl food spending boosts some

    Super Bowl food spending boosts some

    sfgate.com Jan 31, 2013
    Super Bowl food spending boosts some Specialty markets like Falletti's that cater to the party crowd are among a host of food-and-drink related businesses hoping to cash in on the 49ers' Super Bowl fortunes. Sports bars, grocery stores - even bakeries -…
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  • Colin Kaepernick gets free Red Robin for life if he wins the Su…

    Colin Kaepernick gets free Red Robin for life if he wins the Super Bowl

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- This may be one of the more interesting incentives any football player could receive. Restaurant chain Red Robin, upon hearing that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick really likes its food, decided to throw down the gauntlet…
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  • PFT Live: Greg Cosell, Ravens talk with J. Michael

    PFT Live: Greg Cosell, Ravens talk with J. Michael

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    We’re drawing ever closer to the Super Bowl and there’s no shortage of things to talk about. Greg Cosell of NFL Films will join Mike Florio to share his insights on the Ravens and 49ers. Cosell has broken down these teams on film for months now, so he
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  • Seahawks' Wilson feels regret about Super Bowl

    Seahawks' Wilson feels regret about Super Bowl

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Colin Kaepernick might be all the rage at this year's Super Bowl, but the most recent quarterback to beat San Francisco and its wunderkind second-year passer showed up here today with a little buzz of his own attached to his name. Seattle…
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  • Which Harbaugh Brother Would Philandering Ladies Prefer To Hump…

    Which Harbaugh Brother Would Philandering Ladies Prefer To Hump? Who Cares, Let's Make Sex Jokes

    deadspin.com Jan 31, 2013
    It's the week before the Super Bowl, which means that our inbox is getting flooded with stupid press releases. One in particular, from someone affiliated with AshleyMadison.com (a website where married people can find other married people to bone), is v…
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  • A victory the 49ers were eager to claim

    A victory the 49ers were eager to claim

    ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- The San Francisco 49ers celebrated a significant victory Thursday. They completed a media schedule far more demanding than players new to the Super Bowl experience could have anticipated. "Thank God," veteran tight end Delanie W…
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  • Ted Ginn would like more catches, but he won’t complain

    Ted Ginn would like more catches, but he won’t complain

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    Ted Ginn has done essentially nothing on offense for the 49ers, catching just two passes for one yard during the 2012 regular season. So it’s no surprise that when Ginn was asked today if he’d like to have more of an impact on offense, Ginn answered,
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  • Here are the uniforms the 49ers and Ravens will be wearing for …

    Here are the uniforms the 49ers and Ravens will be wearing for the Super Bowl

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    And, well, they're basically the same uniforms that we've seen the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens wear all season. There is a pretty nifty Super Bowl XLVII patch on both. Alas, because the Nike PR folks couldn't just quote Noah Vanderhoff's &q…
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  • Bo Schembechler looms large over the Super Bowl

    Bo Schembechler looms large over the Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    Bo Schembechler retired from coaching 23 years ago and died six years ago, but he’s a major presence at this year’s Super Bowl. Jack Harbaugh, the father of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, was an assistant to Schembechler at M
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  • Steady As He Goes: Twelve years and a host of changes separate …

    Steady As He Goes: Twelve years and a host of changes separate the R…

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    Twelve years and a host of changes separate the Ravens from their last title. Yet Ozzie Newsome still presides over one of the NFL's model franchises. Don Banks examines how.
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  • Don Banks: Ravens' Super Bowl run a testament to skills of Ozzi…

    Don Banks: Ravens' Super Bowl run a testament to skills of Ozzie Newsome

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- In some form or fashion, on multiple fronts, the issue of legacy hangs over every Super Bowl these days. But that discussion at Super Bowl XLVII should start nowhere else but with the singular feat that would be Ozzie Newsome's if his Bal…
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  • And The Winner Is ...

    And The Winner Is ...

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    The hype is almost over and the actual Super Bowl game is near. Who will hoist all of the trophies handed out this Sunday night? SI's NFL experts make their picks.
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  • Super Bowl XLVII: Thursday morning links

    Super Bowl XLVII: Thursday morning links

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    • Jack and Jackie Harbaugh met the media on Wednesday. • Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti avoids the spotlight, writes Childs Walker of The Baltimore Sun. • 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver said an openly gay teammate would not be welcomed in the locker
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  • Jim Trotter: In Trent Baalke, the 49ers have a GM whose foundat…

    Jim Trotter: In Trent Baalke, the 49ers have a GM whose foundation is built on selflessness and toughness

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- After receiving his first NFL scouting job with the Cleveland Browns in 1991, Lionel Vital was told he should take college coaches to lunch when visiting their schools. Scouts want as much background as possible on draft-eligible prospect…
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  • Rick Reilly's Column About Colin Kaepernick Is The Smarmiest St…

    Rick Reilly's Column About Colin Kaepernick Is The Smarmiest Story Of Super Bowl Week

    deadspin.com Jan 31, 2013
    The crux of Rick Reilly's latest column for ESPN.com is this: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick should take steps to foster a relationship with his birth mother because Reilly's own adopted daughter has a healthy relationship with her bir…
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  • Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith limited in practice for 49ers

    Ahmad Brooks, Aldon Smith limited in practice for 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 31, 2013
    The good news for the 49ers is that linebacker Ahmad Brooks returned to practice on a limited basis Wednesday with a shoulder injury.  The bad news for the 49ers is that linebacker Aldon Smith also practiced on a limited basis. Per a league source, Broo…
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  • Who has it better than the Harbaughs? Nobody!

    Who has it better than the Harbaughs? Nobody!

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    No matter how weary of "Harbowl" stories NFL fans may have been the last two weeks, the fact remains that it is rather remarkable that when the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens square off in Super Bowl XLVII, the two head coaches once …
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  • These rankings favor 49ers in big way

    These rankings favor 49ers in big way

    ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    NEW ORLEANS -- Thanks to Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information for pointing out a fun (for San Francisco 49ers fans, anyway) Super Bowl prediction model from ACTA Sports. The model shows winning percentages for Super Bowl participants based on wher…
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  • Super Bowl Probability: Excellence Versus Momentum

    Super Bowl Probability: Excellence Versus Momentum

    nytimes.com Jan 31, 2013
    The 49ers have been consistently among the best, and the Ravens are hot. We've seen this movie before, but luck can't be counted on to continue.
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  • 'Blind Side' questions annoy tackle Oher

    'Blind Side' questions annoy tackle Oher

    sfgate.com Jan 31, 2013
    'Blind Side' questions annoy tackle Oher Oher moved from left to right tackle as Baltimore changed four of its five starting offensive linemen before the playoffs because of injuries. The current combination of Bryant McKinnie, left guard Kelechi Osemel…
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  • Brad Pitt Houses in New Orleans' 9th Ward

    Brad Pitt Houses in New Orleans' 9th Ward

    sfgate.com Jan 31, 2013
    Brad Pitt Houses in New Orleans' 9th Ward Whenever there is a media event in New Orleans, reporters trek to the Lower Ninth Ward where the worst damage from Hurricane Katrina occurred seven years ago. [...] the devastation is still obvious. [...] there …
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  • Super Bowl, Mardi Gras too much party?

    Super Bowl, Mardi Gras too much party?

    sfgate.com Jan 31, 2013
    Super Bowl, Mardi Gras too much party? The cops police the crazies and the locals know to attend the giant parades in the suburbs and surrounding neighborhoods. "During Mardi Gras everybody is just enjoying the costumes," says Annie Flettrich,…
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  • How the Ravens Will Try to Contain Colin Kaepernick and the Div…

    How the Ravens Will Try to Contain Colin Kaepernick and the Diversity of the 49ers' Offense

    grantland.com Jan 31, 2013
    "The running game in pro football has gotten so boring," former 49ers coach Bill Walsh remarked some years ago. "There's just four or five plays they ...
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  • Video - 'No Huddle': San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss' place in history 04:19

    'No Huddle': San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss' place in history

    Jan 31
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss claimed himself as the greatest receiver to ever play the game. Where does he really rank? The "No Huddle" crew gives their answers.
  • Video - NFL32OT: Cowboys Look For Improvement 02:55

    NFL32OT: Cowboys Look For Improvement

    Jan 31
    Episode 260: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss what changes the Cowboys should make in the offseason. Eric Mangini breaks down how the 49ers can defend against Joe Flacco. The NFL32 crew discuss who they would rather have Eli or Peyton.
  • Video - 'No Huddle': Colin Kaepernick too much for Ravens? 03:26

    'No Huddle': Colin Kaepernick too much for Ravens?

    Jan 31
    How much trouble will San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick cause for the Baltimore Ravens defense? The "No Huddle" crew discusses the intriguing matchup.
  • Video - 'No Huddle': Which Harbaugh as the advantage? 04:21

    'No Huddle': Which Harbaugh as the advantage?

    Jan 31
    In the battle of Harbaugh brothers, will Jim or John prevail? The "No Huddle" crew debates which coach has the edge in Super Bowl XLVII.

Sports Columnists

  • Jim Trotter: Smith chastises NFL for lack of player safety

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- The NFL Players Association challenged the league's commitment to player safety on Monday, going so far as to call some teams' behavior "reckless" when diagnosing and treating players.
  • Don Banks: Seahawks' Wilson familiar with Super-bound 49ers

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- Colin Kaepernick might be all the rage at this year's Super Bowl, but the most recent quarterback to beat San Francisco and its wunderkind second-year passer showed up here today with a little buzz of his own attached to his name. Seattle…
  • Don Banks: Ravens' Super Bowl run a testament to skills of Ozzie Newsome

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- In some form or fashion, on multiple fronts, the issue of legacy hangs over every Super Bowl these days. But that discussion at Super Bowl XLVII should start nowhere else but with the singular feat that would be Ozzie Newsome's if his Bal…
  • Jim Trotter: In Trent Baalke, the 49ers have a GM whose foundation is buil…

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- After receiving his first NFL scouting job with the Cleveland Browns in 1991, Lionel Vital was told he should take college coaches to lunch when visiting their schools. Scouts want as much background as possible on draft-eligible prospect…