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Michael Crabtree ‘hyped’ to play Seahawks: ‘New day. New game’


San Francisco wide receiver Michael Crabtree is “hyped” to play Sunday against a Seattle Seahawks team that routed the 49ers 29-3 in Week 2. “It was what it was; now it’s different,” he said, via the team’s website. “It’s a new day. It’s a new game. “All we can control is our future.” Crabtree missed the 49ers first 11 games while recovering from ...

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Report: Kobe Bryant rules himself out for Friday’s game vs. Kings

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The Los Angeles Lakers were hopeful Kobe Bryant’s return to the lineup would be on Friday. However, the 5 time NBA Champion has ruled himself out for Friday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Bryant, who has not played this season because of an Achilles injury, told’s Dave McMenamin that he will not play Friday, but could be available for Sunday’s game against Toronto. ...

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out 4-6 weeks

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his left hand, the team announced Wednesday. Kidd-Gilchrist,  the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, injured his hand during the third quarter of Tuesday night’s game in Dallas. In 18 games this season, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.1 points on ...

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Carmelo Anthony: Knicks are the ‘laughingstock’ of the NBA


Carmelo Anthony called the New York Knicks the “laughingstock” of the NBA, the day before their crosstown meeting with the Brooklyn Nets. “It’s on TNT? I didn’t know that,” Anthony said following Wednesday’s practice, per Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. “I didn’t know that. That’s fine. I don’t care about that. We are the laughingstock of the league ...

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Bill Belichick takes shot at the Jets


New England coach Bill Belichick took a shot at the Patriots AFC East divisional rival New York Jets during his Wednesday news conference. According to the Boston Herald, Belichick, who coached the Cleveland Browns from 1991-95, was asked if he still had any affinity for the organization. “I was there for five years,” Belichick said. “It was five important years in my life, ...

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Report: USC to hire Steve Sarkisian


USC has hired Washington’s Steve Sarkisian as its new head coach, reports ESPN. Sarkisian, 39, had spent the last five seasons as the Huskies head coach, compiling a 34-29 record (24-21 Pac-12). Washington is 8-4 this season and finished third in the Pac-12 North with a 5-4 conference record. In 2007 and 2008, Sarkisian was the Trojans’ assistant head coach and offensive ...

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LaMarr Woodley: Steelers still have an opportunity to reach postseason

Lamarr Woodley

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley knows there is little margin for error if the team is going to make it to postseason play, but he remains optimistic. “We have to finish these next four games strong,” said Woodley to teresa Varley of “That is all we can control, these next four games and taking them one game at a time. ...

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Report: Joe Staley injury not season-ending, will undergo MRI Monday

Joe Staley

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley sustained a right knee injury during the team’s 23-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The initial diagnosis on Staley’s right knee appeared to rule out any damage to the ACL, according to  Staley is expected to undergo an MRI examination on Monday. “We’ll see,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I don’t ...

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Bill Belichick defends Mike Tomlin: ‘That could happen to any of us’

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin should have been penalized for stepping on the field Thursday night, an NFL official reportedly confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Also, the official running along with the play, who allowed Tomlin to come between him and Ravens’ Jacoby Jones, could also be downgraded, according to ESPN’s source. Tomlin doesn’t feel like he interfered with ...

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