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NFL players: Is it time to ask and tell?
NFL players: Is it time to ask and tell? Players for the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, who will square off Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII, have grabbed the public's eye in another arena - gay rights. The 49ers became the first NFL team to ma…Upvote Share Tweet
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Baltimore Ravens starters Dannell Ellerbe and Dennis Pitta practiced Wednesday in heavy winds at Tulane University, looking sharp despite nagging injuries.Upvote Share Tweet
Backup cornerback Chris Culliver makes anti-gay comments, issues half-hearted apology through San Francisco 49ersIf Chris Culliver, a little-known but productive backup cornerback for the 49ers, was looking to use the tremendous exposure of Super Bowl week to make a name for himself, he certainly did that - in a negative way.Upvote Share TweetThe chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School will sing "America the Beautiful" before Sunday's Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.Upvote Share TweetJim Harbaugh and Colin Kaepernick are getting most of the attention when the 49ers meet the media this week, but the 49ers’ coach and quarterback both say the attention should go to the offensive line. Asked about the offensive skill position players toUpvote Share Tweet
Drunk 49ers Fan Crashes Broadcast. Reporter Asks Her, "How Long Have You Had An STD?"Jessica Sanchez, of WKMG in Orlando, is our new local news hero. While doing a stand-up in the French Quarter on New Orleans's preparations for the Super Bowl, Sanchez had an uninvited guest crash the party. Since the woman wanted to talk on camera so b…Upvote Share Tweet
'Sweet Lou' is a big hit in return to SeattleMLB.com Updated Jan 30, 2013Lou Piniella, who managed the Mariners from 1993-2002, returned to Seattle to serve at the keynote speaker at Wednesday's luncheon for the 48th Hutch Award, which was presented to Giants pitcher Barry Zito in recognition of his community service.Upvote Share Tweet
Andrew Luck is not surprised by the success of the Harbaugh-Kaepernick combinationNEW ORLEANS -- It's entirely possible that nobody outside the San Francisco 49ers' organization better understands the dynamic between head coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick than Indianapolis Colts quarterback and 2012 first-overall dr…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh: Alex Smith’s feelings “absolutely” impact 49ers decision49ers CEO Jed York said on PFT Live Tuesday that the 49ers hope to keep both Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith for next season. That’s a different approach than anyone’s been predicting and it is one that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh seemed to dismiss at thUpvote Share Tweet
Rating the 49ers' most athletic playersNEW ORLEANS -- ESPN.com's Dan Graziano had some fun asking San Francisco 49ers players to name the best athletes on the team. Aldon Smith went with ... Aldon Smith. That came as no surprise to me. In an effort to loosen up Smith during Super Bowl media …Upvote Share TweetBy Justin Bradford We’re only days away from the greatest game of the season. Plenty of experts and amateurs will tell you what each team needs to do in order to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in New Orleans on Sunday night. Aside from the fundamentals suchUpvote Share Tweet
This Photo Of Two Male 49ers Fans Making Out Is AwesomeSo, it took me a whole week to stumble upon this pic, which appeared on page 48 of last week's Sports Illustrated. It was taken during the NFC championship game at a San Francisco gay bar named-wait for it-Hi Tops. One dude in a tight T-shirt is pumpiUpvote Share TweetTORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to terms with infielder Andy LaRoche on a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.Upvote Share Tweet
Ray Lewis 'agitated' about deer antler spray storyNEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Smiling, even laughing, at questions about a report linking him to a company that purports to make performance-enhancers, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Wednesday he "never, ever took" the stuff.Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS - After half a season watching Colin Kaepernick take the San Francisco 49ers to places he couldn't, quarterback Alex Smith will get a chance to help another team. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 49ers will try to trade SmitUpvote Share TweetSan Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith estimated Wednesday that his triceps is at least 50 percent torn.Upvote Share TweetRavens' returner Jones draws 49ers' full attentionUpvote Share Tweet
For Manningham, a Frustrating End to the Seasonnytimes.com Updated Jan 30, 2013Mario Manningham of the 49ers, who was injured in the second to last game of the regular season, advises younger teammates to appreciate their playing time.Upvote Share TweetKyle Williams said he was "shocked" that the New York Giants were not disciplined for comments made by a couple of their players that the San Francisco 49ers receiver was targeted for his history of concussions in last year's NFC Championship Game.Upvote Share TweetFans of old-school football should rejoice about the Ravens-49ers matchup. It should be power football at its finest.Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl 49er fans in S.F. then, nowSuper Bowl 49er fans in S.F. then, now San Francisco Chronicle Copyright 2013 San Francisco Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 8:35 pm, Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Sitting i…Upvote Share TweetIt's not exactly daring to hate Ray Lewis. Facebook data show that most people are rooting for the 49ers to win the Super Bowl, and I'm sure "FUCK RAY LEWIS" has a lot to do with that. No one disputes that Lewis should be a Hall of Famer, and …Upvote Share Tweet
Niners' offensive success due to line playNEW ORLEANS -- It was not difficult to find the members of the San Francisco 49ers' offensive line on the turf of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome at Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, even though thousands of people were there, including peppy guys dressed as…Upvote Share TweetRandy Moss said yesterday he thought he was the greatest receiver in league history. Then the 49ers receiver said it again today, though he went on at length about how much respect he has for Jerry Rice. But after the first volley, Rice himself admitted…Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl live-blog: Chat with Yahoo! during Sunday’s gameIngredients for a superb live-blog? Try Beyonce, beer commercials, and the biggest game of the year. Now all we need is you, rambunctious Yahoo! readers. Join us Sunday during Super Bowl XLVII between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. Tell u…Upvote Share TweetJerome Boger will referee the Super Bowl for the first time in hos career.Upvote Share Tweet
Competitive balance leaves no clear favoriteMLB.com Updated Jan 30, 2013You know the thing about this baseball season that excites me the most? It's that there's chaos in the land. Go ahead and pick a World Series winner. Tigers? Nationals? Giants? If you asked a dozen baseball fans, you might get a dozen different answers.…Upvote Share TweetNear the end of the 49ers’ 28-24 NFC Championship Game win against the Falcons, 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks hit Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and left Ryan with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Brooks can empathize with Ryan’s plight sinceUpvote Share Tweet
Double Coverage: Special considerationsNEW ORLEANS -- Field goal tries have decided two of the 11 most recent Super Bowls and four of them overall. San Francisco 49ers fans could do without such a finish in Super Bowl XLVII after their team's kicker, David Akers, missed 10 of his 19 tries fr…Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching subplot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almos…Upvote Share Tweet
Computer’s pick after 50,000 Super Bowl simulations? San Francisco 28, Baltimore 21Now all that's left is the commercials. No need to watch the Super Bowl for the actual game, at least not with PredictionMachine.com having run 50,000 simulations of Sunday's Super Bowl matchup and determining that the San Francisco 49ers will beat the …Upvote Share TweetNEW ORLEANS -- When 49ers players and coaches are asked about the ingenuity of offensive coordinator Greg Roman's game plans, the response is always the same. There is a smile, a chuckle or a roll of the eyes, then a virtual shrug of the shoulders that …Upvote Share Tweet
49ers' Justin Smith very much ratedNEW ORLEANS -- In the video above, colleague Dan Graziano and I recently summoned evidence shooting down an outdated characterization for San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith. For much more on what makes Smith a unique character on the 49e…Upvote Share Tweet
Fan who got scammed out of $5,900 for Super Bowl tickets ends up getting more tickets freeSo here's a tale of mixed messages and unclear lessons. Sharon Osgood, a hardcore 49ers fan who desperately wanted to follow her team to New Orleans, wired $5,900 to a seller on Craigslist offering two Super Bowl tickets. She and her boyfriend had poole…Upvote Share Tweet
Super Bowl XLVII: Wednesday morning linksWith Tuesday's "Media Day" over and done with, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers can get down to business and focus on preparing for Super Bowl XLVII. Both teams will practice on Wednesday, with the 49ers using the New Orleans Saint…Upvote Share Tweet
Smith never considered lying about his concussion symptomsThere’s a reasonable chance that if Alex Smith had simply lied, he’d still be the starting quarterback of the 49ers. But he said Tuesday he had no regrets about revealing his concussion symptoms, which opened the door for Colin Kaepernick, and the dooUpvote Share Tweet
Ticket requests a hassle for Super Bowl playersPlayers on the 49ers and Ravens are finding out one of the down sides of playing in the Super Bowl this week: Your friends and relatives assume you have free tickets to give them. In reality, players in the Super Bowl get two free tickets and the opport…Upvote Share Tweet
Aldon Smith's quest to end sacks droughtNEW ORLEANS -- Aldon Smith was a disruptive force for the San Francisco 49ers during late, critical moments of the NFC Championship Game. The outside linebacker still hasn't collected a quarterback sack in five games and 52 days. That bothers him a grea…Upvote Share Tweet
Around the NFC West: Rise and shineAround the NFC West: Jan. 30, 2013 NEW ORLEANS -- The clock on my laptop does not update automatically when changing time zones. It's on Pacific time, in other words, and that means it reads 3:38 a.m. as I'm punching its keys on this Wednesday morning. …Upvote Share Tweet
Beauty-queen Webb works the SuperdomeBeauty-queen Webb works the Superdome The former Miss Alabama was carrying a microphone and interviewing players for "Inside Edition," but one can imagine the 49ers not even getting in the camera shot. Webb, who was "discovered" duri…Upvote Share Tweet
S.F. cops, merchants ready for revelersS.F. cops, merchants ready for revelers Firefighters couldn't douse the flames until police cleared away the people who were throwing bottles at them. There were isolated problems elsewhere - including the trashing of a Muni bus at Third and Market stre…Upvote Share Tweetdimemag.com Updated Jan 30, 2013In April, the Mavs might look back and admit this was the night their season died. Up 21, they blew the lead and then lost after a flurry of insanity doomed them. First, Nic Batum made a completely ridiculous three-pointer to tie it up (dude hadn’t madeUpvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Alex Smith's Future Still BrightJan 30Episode 259: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Alex Smith's future. Eric Mangini breaks down how the Ravens can defend against Colin Kaepernick. The NFL32 crew discuss who they would like on their team; Aldon Smith or J.J. Watt.
Reiss' P.A.T.Jan 30In this week's edition of P.A.T., Mike Reiss is joined by Field Yates and Mike Rodak as they look ahead to the futures of Aqib Talib and Wes Welker with the Patriots.
Super Bowl Preview: Curfew and Game PreparationJan 30John Clayton delivers the latest news from Super Bowl XLVII including how Ray Lewis is staying focused
The Best Of The BestJan 30Which player taking the field on Sunday is the best athlete of the bunch? Dan Graziano talks with the 49ers and the Ravens to find out
Super Bowl XLVII -- Ravens, 49ers power their way to the Super BowlJan 30Fans of old-school football should rejoice about the Ravens-49ers matchup. It should be power football at its finest.
Sources -- Memphis Grizzlies agree in principle to trade Rudy Gay to Toron…Jan 30The Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors have agreed in principle on a trade that will send leading scorer Rudy Gay to the Raptors, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
Don Banks: Homegrown or imported, 49ers are loaded with blue-chip talentJan 30NEW ORLEANS -- The Cain and Abel coaching subplot in this year's Super Bowl is undeniably the most irresistible in NFL history, but it's still the playing talent that decides championships in football, and that's where the San Francisco 49ers have almos…