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49ers defense eager to face Chiefs QB Alex Smith

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Over all those years and thousands of practice snaps, the stingy San Francisco defense never got to put a hit on Alex Smith. And this is a group known for its vicious blows, from sack man Aldon Smith at linebacker to pounding safety Donte Whitner. So, no surprise Smith’s former teammates...
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Oregon moves on without Chip Kelly

EUGENE, Ore. – Chip Kelly may have left the Ducks to try his breakneck offense in the NFL, but he left Oregon in great shape. The Ducks, who finished last season ranked No. 2 in the final AP Top 25, shouldn’t stagnate under new coach Mark Helfrich, the team’s offensive coordinator who is obviously acquainted...
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Utah goes up-tempo with Erickson’s help

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham believes his quarterback position may be settled for the first time in several seasons. The Utes have struggled with injuries and the right fit at QB since 2008. But this season, Travis Wilson is the undisputed starter going into the opener – and hopefully for the year. ”One of the...
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Raiders lose Veldheer to torn triceps

NAPA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders starting left tackle Jared Veldheer will need surgery on his torn left triceps and will miss a significant portion of the upcoming season. Coach Dennis Allen announced the diagnosis on Wednesday after the team got the results of a second MRI on the injured arm. Allen said Veldheer will...
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Blazers to play in Moda Center after Rose Garden renamed

PORTLAND, Ore. – Goodbye, Rose Garden. Hello, Moda Center. The Portland Trail Blazers announced a 10-year agreement with insurance provider Moda Health on Tuesday to rename the Rose Garden. Blazers President Chris McGowan said a new logo should be unveiled within about a month, and the team hopes much of the new signage will be...
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Raiders counting on Jennings to back up McFadden

NAPA, Calif. – Rashad Jennings takes every precaution he can to keep his body in top shape necessary for an NFL running back. He eats a gluten-free diet and sticks to organic foods. He stretches every night and has a regular routine of pilates, acupuncture, yoga and massage. And when Jennings’ long days of training...
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49ers rookie Eric Reid a hit in camp so far

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Hitting and tackling is not allowed during team drills for the San Francisco 49ers, so Eric Reid practices proper technique by driving his body through a makeshift punching bag with the other defensive backs. Apparently, Reid still needs to hit the bag some more. San Francisco’s first-round pick made six tackles...
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Oregon native Sonnen questions Shogun’s patriotism

WEST LINN, Oregon – As we close in on UFC Fight Night, Chael Sonnen ups the volume on his mud slinging. It’s starting to get personal. In today’s media call, Shogun said he wasn’t concerned about words exchanged between the two fighters before they meet in the Octagon. Fair enough, but incase he changes his...
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Seattle’s unproven tight end group looks to step up

RENTON, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks felt they would be set at tight end after selecting Luke Willson in the fifth round of April’s draft. With veterans Zach Miller and Anthony McCoy returning to fill the top two spots on the depth chart, Willson would come in as a third option to solidly the back...
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Coleman reviews 2013 Klamath Falls Gems season

It was the team’s third season in the West Coast League, but 2013 was the first year for Mike Coleman as the voice of the Klamath Falls Gems. Relocating for the summer from Michigan, Coleman took over in the broadcast booth for Klamath Basin voices Mike Garrard and Bobby Thompson, who had double-teamed the...
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