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Caple: Verlander complete in victory

Caple: Verlander complete in victory

ESPN.com CNNSI.com yahoo.com Updated Oct 12, 2012
Detroit ace dominates the Athletics in Game 5 to lead the Tigers back to the ALCS
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  • Ex-Raider Smith must stand trial for 4 murders

    Ex-Raider Smith must stand trial for 4 murders

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Oct 12, 2012
    A Los Angeles County judge on Friday ordered that Anthony Wayne Smith, a defensive lineman who played for eight years in the 1990s for the NFL's Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, must stand trial for four murders.
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  • Giants' Cabrera reinstated after ban, won't play

    Giants' Cabrera reinstated after ban, won't play

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    San Francisco outfielder Melky Cabrera has been reinstated by Major League Baseball after serving a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test, but he will not be part of the Giants' playoff roster.
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  • Cards reach NLCS with stunning ninth-inning rally

    Cards reach NLCS with stunning ninth-inning rally

    CNNSI.com Oct 12, 2012
    Down 6-0 early and twice down to their last strike, the Cardinals scored four runs in the ninth on a pair of two-run singles from Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma to stun the Nationals 9-7.
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  • Zimmermann would get Game 1 start in NLCS

    Zimmermann would get Game 1 start in NLCS

    MLB.com Oct 12, 2012
    Manager Davey Johnson said that if the Nationals advance to the National League Championship Series, right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will pitch against the Giants in Game 1, which would be Sunday at 8 p.m. ET at Nationals Park.
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  • Harbaugh vs. Gilbride: NFC West addendum

    Harbaugh vs. Gilbride: NFC West addendum

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    A few more thoughts on San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh going nuclear on New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride for suggesting 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith "gets away with murder" by holding opposing offensive linem…
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  • Jim Harbaugh Is A Crazy Person

    Jim Harbaugh Is A Crazy Person

    deadspin.com Oct 12, 2012
    On Thursday, Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride expressed some moderate displeasure with the technique of Niners defensive end Justin Smith. Smith is one big part of the Niners' stellar front seven-he clears space for the run-stopping linebacke
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  • Beane intends to keep A's intact for 2013

    Beane intends to keep A's intact for 2013

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Oct 12, 2012
    A's general manager Billy Beane made it no secret on Friday that he likes his team and would enjoy seeing much of it back next year, noting that, "by and large, if any moves are made, it would be additions" this winter.
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  • Nicks practices for Giants, may play vs. Niners

    Nicks practices for Giants, may play vs. Niners

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has practiced for the second straight day and there is a chance he will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of the NFC title game.
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  • Giants’ take on Justin Smith ‘getting away with murder’ raises …

    Giants’ take on Justin Smith ‘getting away with murder’ raises Jim Harbaugh’s ire

    It doesn't generally take a lot to annoy San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh -- the man is a great football mind, but one suspects that he'd wake up grumpy about a failed third-down conversion that happened five years ago if he was vacationing i…
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  • Carter making Raiders debut Sunday; 3 players out

    Carter making Raiders debut Sunday; 3 players out

    insidebayarea.com Oct 12, 2012
    Coach Dennis Allen and defensive end Andre Carter confirmed Monday that Carter is going to make his Raiders debut against the Atlanta Falcons. How much Carter plays depends upon the situations that arise in the game. Given the Falcons attempted 52 passe…
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  • College coaches wanted to make J.J. Watt an OT

    College coaches wanted to make J.J. Watt an OT

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    J.J. Watt has become one of the dominant defensive linemen in the NFL. But if his coaches at Central Michigan would have had their way, he’d be playing offense. According to 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, the Chippewas wanted to convert Watt from tight e
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  • Following up on 49ers' third-down defense

    Following up on 49ers' third-down defense

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    2011 49ers 3rd-down Nickel D vs. Giants The "Final Word" item for Week 6 led with a look at how the San Francisco 49ers' third-down nickel defense fared against the New York Giants during two matchups last season. I initially failed to account…
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  • For many 49ers, the bitterness toward Giants remains

    For many 49ers, the bitterness toward Giants remains

    profootballtalk.com Oct 12, 2012
    Kyle Williams isn’t the only 49ers player who looks at this week’s game with the Giants as a chance at redemption. From top to bottom of the 49ers roster, there’s a pain that came with last year’s loss in the NFC Championship Game that they can’
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  • Giants join short list of postseason road killers

    Giants join short list of postseason road killers

    MLB.com Oct 12, 2012
    The Giants became only the second team in Major League history to win three road games in a best-of-five series when they knocked off Cincinnati on Thursday.
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  • 49ers' Rogers won't imitate Cruz's TD dance

    49ers' Rogers won't imitate Cruz's TD dance

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    Carlos Rogers won't be doing any salsa dancing on the field Sunday.
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  • 49ers' Smith staring down expectations

    49ers' Smith staring down expectations

    ESPN.com Oct 12, 2012
    History had much to say about the San Francisco 49ers' chances for backing up their 13-3 record from last season. The 2012 team wouldn't force as many turnovers. It wouldn't stay as healthy. And there was certainly no way quarterback Alex Smith would co…
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  • Leading Off: Let's Play Five

    Leading Off: Let's Play Five

    nytimes.com Oct 12, 2012
    All four of baseball's division series required Game 5s, with the Giants and the Tigers winning theirs on Thursday.
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  • Raiders needs 2 ex-Packers to boost defense

    Raiders needs 2 ex-Packers to boost defense

    sfgate.com Oct 12, 2012
    Raiders needs 2 ex-Packers to boost defense Like, Oakland has yielded a league-worst 53.3 percent conversion rate on third down, which would be an NFL record. McKenzie added cornerback Brandian Ross off Green Bay's practice squad on Sept. 19, then days …
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  • 49ers' success cramps Harbaugh's style

    49ers' success cramps Harbaugh's style

    sfgate.com Oct 12, 2012
    49ers' success cramps Harbaugh's style Fifteen months ago, Jim Harbaugh was a rookie coach with an incomplete roster whose team was being pegged to continue its sub-.500 ways. Thanks to the NFL lockout, the 49ers didn't have an offseason program, making…
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  • 49ers' Jacobs welcomes rest after all

    49ers' Jacobs welcomes rest after all

    sfgate.com Oct 12, 2012
    49ers' Jacobs welcomes rest after all A day after saying he felt "great" and "phenomenal" and has been ready to play the past two weeks, the 49ers running back reversed field Thursday and said he's not fully recovered from the knee i…
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  • Jeremy Tyler: No Longer a Symbol, Now Just a Pro

    Jeremy Tyler: No Longer a Symbol, Now Just a Pro

    grantland.com Oct 12, 2012
    Last night in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors played Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli League in a meaningless game between mediocre teams. Two thousand...
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  • Video - 'Playbook': New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers 05:53

    'Playbook': New York Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers

    Oct 12
    The "Playbook" crew explains how the running game for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers will determine which team has the better chance to win in Week 6.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons 04:10

    'Playbook': Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons

    Oct 12
    The "Playbook" crew explains how the Atlanta Falcons receivers will be able to dominate the Oakland Raiders defensive backs in Week 6.
  • Video - New York Giants OC Kevin Gilbride: San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith 'gets away with murder' 01:39

    New York Giants OC Kevin Gilbride: San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith 'gets away with murder'

    Oct 12
    New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride stirred the pot on Friday, saying San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith "gets away with murder" on the field. 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh did not take too kindly to those words.
  • Video - Numbers Never Lie: Alex Smith's Total QBR 01:22

    Numbers Never Lie: Alex Smith's Total QBR

    Oct 12
    Michael Smith examines Alex Smith's total QBR, proving he is one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL.

Sports Columnists

  • NBA -- Whole new look for Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace

    Oct 12
    A new-look Metta World Peace is looking forward to more looks in the Lakers' new offense.
  • Peter King: Bills defense has team struggling for answers

    Oct 12
    The most stunning thing about the NFL, heading into Week 6? How bad the Bills have looked, especially on defense.
  • Peter King: Bills defense has team struggling for answers

    Oct 12
    The most stunning thing about the NFL, heading into Week 6? How bad the Bills have looked, especially on defense.
  • Going through the inbox and the Week 6 picks

    Oct 12
    The Sports Guy shares his faith in football before going through his inbox and making his Week 6 picks.