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  1. US women begin tournament against Australia, Brazil faces Japan

    07.27 / 05:40 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    Mallory Pugh approaches her opportunities with the U.S. national team pragmatically: “I think if you talk to anyone that goes into national team camp, they’ll say it’s the most competitive environment that you can be in,” she said. The 19-year-old forward grabbed headlines this year when she decided to eschew a college career at UCLA and go pro. The United States, ranked No. 1 in the world, will face sixth-ranked Japan, seventh-ranked Australia and eighth-ranked Brazil in the round-r…
  2. Rockies make deal with Phillies for reliever Pat Neshek

    07.27 / 04:41 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    Rockies make deal with Phillies for reliever Pat Neshek After Wednesday’s game, Philadelphis traded the right-hander to Colorado for three low-level minor leaguers: a starter, a reliever and a shortstop. In return, the Phillies received right-handers Alejandro Requena and J.D. Hammer and shortstop Jose Gomez. Adrian Beltre of the Rangers was ejected during a 22-10 loss against the Marlins while waiting on deck to bat in the eighth inning. Beltre, who already had three hits in the game t…
  3. Raiders sign 2nd-round choice

    07.27 / 03:41 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    The Raiders signed second-round draft pick Obi Melifonwu on Wednesday, leaving only one unsigned rookie: first-rounder Gareon Conley. Rookies, along with quarterbacks, reported to training camp in Napa on Monday, with veterans due Friday. The Los Angeles Chargers acquired quarterback Cardale Jones from the Buffalo Bills in exchange for an undisclosed conditional draft pick. Jones was inactive for 15 games in Buffalo before throwing 11 passes in the fourth quarter of the season…
  4. Santiago Casilla’s disastrous night costs Blackburn, Melvin wins

    07.27 / 02:43 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    Casilla, the A’s closer, inherited a two-run lead in the ninth and promptly turned it right over, failing to get an out in Toronto’s 3-2 victory Wednesday at Rogers Center. Casilla walked Josh Donaldson to open the ninth, Justin Smoak clobbered a two-run homer to right, and Kendrys Morales followed by doing the same. Over his first five big-league outings, Blackburn, 23, has allowed a total of eight earned runs in 32 innings, a 2.25 ERA. Opponents are 1 for 19 with runners in scoring pos…
  5. What to watch in 49ers’ training camp

    07.27 / 01:44 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    In the past two seasons, he has had 569 pass attempts, 25 touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a 93.7 passer rating. Washington’s Kirk Cousins, his possible replacement next year, has 25 TDs, 11 INTs and a 98.0 rating in his past 569 attempts. Will NaVorro Bowman, an erstwhile first-team All-Pro, become a second-string linebacker? Both head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have stated Bowman, who has had two major leg injuries since January 2014, will have to f…
  6. Here comes the 49ers’ new regime

    07.27 / 01:44 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    In other words, rookie head coach Kyle Shanahan and novice general manager John Lynch have some very small shoes to fill. [...] on the horizon, with players reporting to training camp Thursday, comes the hard part: winning games — at least enough to suggest last season’s 2-14 embarrassment won’t be repeated any time soon. In the past two seasons, he has had 569 pass attempts, 25 touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a 93.7 passer rating. Washington’s Kirk Cousins, his possible repla…
  7. Giants expect to call up another third baseman Friday

    07.27 / 00:40 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    With three games against Dodgers left-handers this weekend, they plan to promote a right-handed third baseman. Manager Bruce Bochy reiterated Wednesday that Sandoval needs more minor-league at-bats, and besides, he has not been a good right-handed hitter. The Giants by rule must wait 10 days to recall Hwang unless he replaces a player on the disabled list. With every player going through some aches and pains after 100 games, they can find a legitimate candidate. Switch-hitter Miguel…
  8. Dull to return Thursday

    07.27 / 00:40 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    TORONTO — Oakland’s bullpen, a stable and experienced unit to start the season, is now a little on the mix-and-match side after Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson were dealt to Washington this month. Dull, who had a strong first half last season, was 2-2 with a 6.32 ERA when he went on the DL, but batters were hitting .233 against him, including .225 by right-handed hitters. “This is guy who at times last year was probably our most effective reliever, so when you’re down a couple of guys lik…
  9. Stunner in Budapest: Katie Ledecky loses for 1st time at worlds

    07.26 / 23:41 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    For the first time ever at the world championships, the Stanford student knows what it’s like to lose. Bidding to become only the second female swimmer to win six golds at a single worlds, Ledecky settled for silver in the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday evening when Italy’s Federica Pellegrini surged to a stunning victory on the final lap. While Pellegrini covered her mouth in delight and climbed atop a lane rope to celebrate, Ledecky stared blankly at the scoreboard. Ledecky had been 12…
  10. Names & Faces: Julio Jones, Curtis Samuel

    07.26 / 22:37 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    The Atlanta Falcons’ receiver is paying SCUBA divers to find his diamond earring valued at more than $100,000, which is sitting on the murky bottom of a Georgia lake. WXIA-TV reported that Jones lost it when he hit a boat wake and took a spill while jet skiing in Lake Lanier, about 50 miles outside Atlanta. The divers have been searching the lake bottom, hoping to capture a flashlight’s reflection off the jewelry amid old trees that have been submerged since the man-made lake’s creation i…
  11. Novak Djokovic will sit out rest of ’17 because of injured elbow

    07.26 / 22:37 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    Djokovic will miss the U.S. Open, ending his streak of participating in Grand Slam tournaments at 51, and aims to return to the ATP Tour in January. Since entering his first major at the 2005 Australian Open, Djokovic has not missed one, the third-longest active run among men. [...] he has won 12 Grand Slam titles, including the U.S. Open in 2011 and…
  12. Giants’ Samardzija pitches, fields his way to victory

    07.26 / 22:37 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    Sources have told The Chronicle that Samardzija is attracting interest, and in his fifth win of the season, 2-1 against the Pirates, he did nothing to dissuade potential suitors when he pitched one of his best games of the year. Brandon Belt hit a two-out sun double in the seventh off Tony Watson to get the winning run home. The Giants took the series, ended their head-to-head against Pittsburgh at 5-1 and achieved a modest goal for a team on a 100-loss pace by splitting a 10-game…
  13. Josh Phegley scratched from A’s lineup; Brugman good to go

    07.26 / 22:37 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    TORONTO - Catcher Josh Phegely was scratched an hour and 15 minutes before Oakland’s game against the Blue Jays with left oblique tightness, the team announced. Maxwell is hitless in his past 10 at-bats. Outfielder Jaycob Brugman is available off the bench Wednesday after being scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with neck stiffness. With the A’s managing just eight hits and three runs in the first two games at Toronto, manager Bob Melvin shuffled the lineup slightly, swapping Jed Lowrie and…
  14. Wilcox ready to tackle all obstacles for Cal football

    07.26 / 21:33 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    In his first trip to Pac-12 media days, Wilcox showed he still has a few obstacles to overcome - some especially daunting in his debut season as Cal’s head football coach - but he appears willing to embrace and attack all challenges. Cal opens training camp Monday with its athletic department in a dire financial situation. On the field, the Bears are coming off an historically bad defensive year under fired head coach Sonny Dykes and are going into this season without an established q…
  15. Giants GM Evans discusses Nuñez deal, trade deadline

    07.26 / 20:34 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    A day after trading Eduardo Nuñez to the Red Sox for two pitching prospects, general manager Bobby Evans was not ready to predict if more deals will come before Monday's nonwaiver trade deadline. With so few teams in contention, Evans suggested he might hold onto players he is willing to deal until he can get more potential buyers involved over the winter The Giants got a 22-year-old right-hander named Shaun Anderson, the Sox's third-round draft pick last year, and will send him to Class …
  16. Crystal ball: 25 predictions for 49ers’ season

    07.26 / 18:34 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    The possibility of Kirk Cousins playing for the 49ers in 2018 will be the dominant storyline before the 49ers visit Washington in October Sorry, I’ll get bolder, but here’s the thinking: The 49ers will beat the Panthers in their season opener because A They’ve won six straight season openers and B Teams that fire their general manager two minutes before training camp begins are 0-37 in season openers. The 49ers will finish 7-9 and become a trendy playoff pick before the 2018 seaso…
  17. Stanford pegged to finish 2nd, Cal last in Pac-12 football poll

    07.26 / 14:31 sfgate.com SFgate.com-Top Sports
    Stanford pegged to finish 2nd, Cal last in Pac-12 football poll LOS ANGELES — Stanford was tabbed to finish second to Washington in the North Division in the 2017 Pac-12 media poll, which was released Wednesday morning before the start of the conference’s media days. Fifty-two media members participated in the poll, which selected USC as the favorite to emerge from the South Division and to win the Pac-12 title game and Cal to finish last among the six North Division teams. The media has…