<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Bay Area Sports News, Sports Teams, and Scores for the Sharks, 49ers, Raiders,Giants, Bears and More]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/sports http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:55:38 -0700 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:55:38 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Niners May Get Boost from Comeback Candidates]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:42:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/navbowwkumbak.jpg

With the start of the NFL season still more than two months away, projected scenarios for the 49ers are mostly negative.

After so many losses of key players and the promotion of Jim Tomsula to head coach to replace Jim Harbaugh, very few NFL analysts and Niners watchers are predicting big things.

The 49ers, in fact, this week have been given long odds (40-1) to win the Super Bowl and have been selected by a Las Vegas sports book as the team most likely to finish last in the NFC West in 2015.

Aside from losing so many high-performing players – such as Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, Patrick Willis and Chris Borland – the 49ers also have players with big question marks attached to their names. Can inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman come back from injury? Can quarterback Colin Kaepernick and tight end Vernon Davis rebound from disappointing seasons?

What if all three – Bowman, Kaepernick and Davis – play at the levels they did in 2012 and 2013?

That’s actually one scenario put forward by Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, who included all three players this week on his list of Comeback Player of the Year candidates for 2015.

Wrote Wesseling, of Bowman: “After missing the entirety of the 2014 season, Bowman’s status was the great unknown entering the 2015 offseason. His arrow is now pointing up after wrecking the backfield during June practices. Bowman was our pick for Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 prior to shredding his knee in the NFC Championship Game.”

On Kaepernick and Davis: “Kaepernick is too talented to suffer through another season like last year’s, which featured severe growing pains as he was shoehorned into a pocket-passer role. Vernon Davis is another comeback candidate in San Francisco after disappearing over the final three months of the 2014 season.”

Certainly the return of Bowman – one of the NFL’s best inside linebackers -- to top form again would be a huge boost for a defense in transition. Tomsula anticipates that Bowman will be his old self, after watching him this spring.

“It’s great having him back on the field,” Tomsula told reporters. “Then also the road he’s traveled here in the last year and a half. It’s just awesome to have him out there and I think he’s really enjoying himself.”

Kaepernick – who refined his mechanics this offseason – and Davis, who was an energetic and enthusiastic participant in workouts this spring after holding out of some practices in 2014, both seem eager to regain their effectiveness.

There’s still much to prove. But if all three should perform at Comeback Player of the Year levels, the 49ers might be able to prove oddsmakers wrong about 2015.


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<![CDATA[Raiders' Strength Up the Middle on Defense Should Help]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:42:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/deewmsdt.jpg

In 2014, opponents had little trouble running on the Raiders defense.

Oakland gave up 119.4 yards per game on the ground and a 4-yards-per-carry average. Only one team gave up more touchdowns to opposing ballcarriers than the Raiders’ 17.

But when the Raiders report to training camp in late July, they’re betting their defense will be a much tougher unit to run on, thanks in part to three players: defensive tackles Dan Williams and Justin Ellis and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton.

Williams, a five-year veteran, was signed as a free agent from the Arizona Cardinals. The  6-foot-2, 330-pounder is a run stuffer who should be able to plug holes and create problems for opposing interior linemen.

“Williams is one of the rarest things in the NFL,” wrote Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, on the day the Raiders signed both Williams and Lofton in March. “A true run-plugger at nose tackle. He was one of our favorite candidates in free agency, and should improve the Raiders’ front line right away.”

Ellis, too, is in the same mold, a 6-foot-2, 334-pounder who came on strong his rookie season after being taken in the fourth round out of Louisiana Tech. He started 14 games and came on especially strong near the end of the season. His numbers weren’t impressive – he was in on just 21 tackles – but like Williams, Ellis is hard to move and his strength inside allows Raiders linebackers to make tackles.

That’s where Lofton should come in as a big upgrade over Miles Burris, who was pressed into service at middle linebacker last season.

Lofton, 28, has good range and productivity. The 6-foot-2, 238-pounder entering his eighth season out of Oklahoma, was in on 145 tackles for the Saints in 2014.

“If Williams and Ellis can stay healthy, it will set the tone for the defensive line,” wrote Bill Williamson, who covers the Raiders for ESPN.com.


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<![CDATA[Shark Tank Celebrates Silver Anniversary]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 19:55:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/229*120/shark20.JPG

The San Jose Sharks on Monday unveiled new logos to commemorate the beginning of their 25th National Hockey League (NHL) season, one day after the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking of SAP Center.

The primary anniversary logo features a “swimming” shark with an exposed tail above a diamond encrusted “25” and will be worn as a patch all season long on the team’s game sweaters.

The secondary logo reflects the logo’s evolution from its original form to its current, more 3-D mark.

The third logo features a whole “swimming” shark, complete with a full tail. This logo is a fuller depiction of the current Sharks logo.

In addition to the new logos, a new “Heritage Jersey” will be created and worn by the Sharks for a limited number of games to later be announced. The “Heritage Jersey” was developed by the original jersey creator, Terry Smith.

According to the San Jose media, the San Jose Sharks will honor and fondly recall their proud, teal-toned history throughout the season. Past fan-favorite team members will make guest appearances, there will be various giveaway nights, fan contests and throwback nights

The Sharks new apparel will be available for purchase next Monday.

Stay updated on this historic season at sjsharks.com

<![CDATA[Raiders' Long, Tall Durham Could be a Red-Zone Threat]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:59:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/kayDurham.jpg

For a few – Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper, Rod Streater – making the Raiders’ wide receiver corps in 2015 isn’t in doubt.

Those three give the Raiders a solid foundation going into training camp that opens in late July.

But following the top trio comes a thundering herd of prospects that includes Andre Holmes, Brice Butler, Kenbrell Thompkins and the likes of Trindon Holliday (also a fine returner), Josh Harper, Austin Willis, Milton Williams and Seth Roberts. It's expected that only six will be on the roster for opening day.

Also, there is Kris Durham.

Durham is an intriguing possibility. At 6-foot-6, the former standout from Georgia  has played parts of four seasons in the NFL since 2011, when he was a fourth-round pick of Seattle. He’s played in 27 games with 16 starts, with 13 of those coming in 2013 with the Detroit Lions. That season – playing with former Georgia teammate and quarterback Matthew Stafford -- he had 38 catches for 490 yards and two touchdowns. He had a handful of strong games that year, including an October victory over Cleveland in which he was targeted 13 times and had eight catches for 83 yards. 

When the Lions signed wide receiver Golden Tate the next season, however, Durham wound up being a late training camp cut, just before Game 1 of the 2014 season. He signed with Tennessee, played four games in 2014 and caught six passes for 54 yards.

Because Durham has a height advantage over defensive backs, it’s possible that the new Raiders coaching staff may take a liking to Durham as a situational receiver in short-yardage and red zone situations.

“One of the questions for the Raiders coaching staff is how specialized each player … is going to be,” wrote Jerry Knaak recently on the Raiders website, in assessing the candidates for making the roster. “Durham could push for a specialized red zone threat-type role.”

With the Lions, Durham became Stafford’s No. 2 option in 2013 behind Calvin Johnson after starter Nate Burleson was injured.

In training camp in 2013, Burleson noted that Durham was a playmaker, particularly in red-zone situations. Like the tall Johnson, who routinely goes over smaller DBs to make catches, Durham also was using his height.

“Kris Durham, the white Calvin Johnson? Oh my gosh,” Burleson told MLive.com. “I’m going to say this: All he does is catch touchdowns.”

Durham said at the time he likes to use his frame to his advantage.

“I’ve tried to go up, be stronger, attack and just don’t back down, continue to fight for every little inch,” Durham told Justin Rogers of MLive.com. “I think it’s part of that and part is my concentration. I’m getting more comfortable in the offense and understanding what I should be able to do and use my size.”


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<![CDATA[Mangini's Cornerback Corps Will be Flexible and Versatile]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:29:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/traycorner.jpg

New 49ers defensive coordinator Eric Mangini continues to stress that his unit will be flexible in 2015.

He talked about it recently in relation to the Niners’ defensive line, and how different players will line up in various positions, dictated by situation and strength. Now he’s also talked about being flexible with his cornerbacks.

As noted recently by Matt Barrows, who covers the 49ers for the Sacramento Bee, young cornerback Keith Reaser played a number of positions in the recent full-squad minicamp, rotating from the left side to the right side to the slot in the nickel.

Another young cornerback, Keith Acker, told Barrows that has been the message from Mangini: that versatility will be the norm.

“You’re not gong to play in the same position, not play the same side,” Acker said, explaining that, “We’ve got a lot of different guys that can do a lot of different things. And coach sees that. He’s feeling us out, just like we’re feeling the positions out.”

Barrows wrote that Tramaine Brock, the team’s No. 1 corner, could be assigned a team’s best receiver, no matter where he lines up, left, right or in the slot. A big receiver such as 6-foot-7 Seattle tight end could be assigned to 6-foot-2 corner Dontae Johnson or rookie Jaquiski Tartt, a safety/corner hybrid (like Jimmie Ward) who is stronger. A smaller, quicker slot receiver might get a smaller, quicker defender.

Mangini said earlier this offseason that he’s spending a lot of time and energy learning the strengths and weaknesses of every player on defense. That would include cornerback, where the competition includes Brock, Reaser, Acker, Johnson, Shareece Wright, Chris Cook, Marcus Cromartie, Leon McFadden, Ward and Tartt.

“Every player is different,” Mangini told Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “You can’t just try to have a cookie-cutter approach. You’ve got to give them things that help them specific to their learning style. You have to find the best way to allow them to be successful and put them in position to be successful.”


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<![CDATA[UCSF Nurses Protest at New Warriors Arena ]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:49:40 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N6P+SF+WARRIORS+ARENA+PKG+-+00000000.jpg

Nurses protested Monday over a proposed Warriors arena that they say will have "disastrous impacts," though basketball team representatives say there is no proven impact to emergency services and that other cities have similar situations with no problems.

A group of nurses held a news conference saying existing plans for traffic and parking aren’t good enough, but as NBC Bay Area found out, their objections were hard to pin down. One of the nurses protesting the plan said she was concerned the plan currently in place “is not sufficient,” but wouldn’t say anything specific.

A project hearing regarding the building of a 18,500-seat arena and entertainment center in Mission Bay, right across from UCSF medical centers, is planned for Tuesday.

Healthcare workers say the site will cause traffic and take up parking spaces for patients, and cause "disastrous impacts," according to a news release.

Nurses said in their statement that the new area will impact the ability of healthcare workers to "access Mission Bay hospitals and clinics in gridlock traffic and park their cars when surrounding lots and streets are saturated with event traffic."

City leaders and Warriors officials say that won't be an issue.

Warriors spokesman PJ Johnston said that the team is committed to being good neighbors, and have been hard at work with the city of San Francisco, UCSF and others in the neighborhood to effectively manage traffic and other issues.

He provided a 155-page report, conducted by the team, showing at least 17 other U.S. cities, which have arenas and hospitals located within one mile of each other. "There’s no reason San Francisco can’t manage this as well," he said.

Johnston pointed out that the arena will have fewer than half the seats as AT&T Park and that all events will take place at night or on weekends, with no day games. The average event at the arena will have about 20 percent of the attendance of AT&T Park, he said.

He added that San Francisco found that there will be no disruption of ambulances or other emergency services.

The proposed arena, Johnston said, has a lot of public transportation opportunities as well, with a a Muni light rail stop out front, and a connection to BART nearby.

"While there will obviously be some increased traffic, it can be managed," Johnston said.

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<![CDATA[Ayesha Curry Reveals Gender of 2nd Baby]]> Mon, 29 Jun 2015 07:26:38 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/ayesha.JPG

It's a girl!

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry and his 9-month pregnant wife, Ayesha, are expecting another baby girl. 

Us Weekly revealed the gender of the couple's second child Friday. They are also parents to 2-year-old Riley. 

Ayesha took to her blog to share pictures of a new nursery, which was designed by Pottery Barn Kids.

The pair's home office has been converted into the nursery, Ayesha wrote, adding, "I feel so blessed to be able to bring our new baby home to a beautiful, peaceful and serene environment."

Not only did Pottery Barn Kids make Ayesha's nursery dreams a reality, but the company also completed the room's makeover in three days while the family was in Cleveland for the 2015 NBA finals where the Warriors walked away victors.

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<![CDATA[Marlins' Stanton Out With Fracture in Hand]]> Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:59:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-478685206.jpg

The Miami Marlins will be without the services of Giancarlo Stanton for the foreseeable future due to a fracture in his left hand.

Stanton suffered the injury during Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The slugger grimaced following a strikeout in the ninth inning, and trainers checked his hand in the dugout afterwards.

Stanton is expected to miss four to six weeks with surgery pending. Miami has brought up Cole Gillespie to take Stanton's place on the roster. Ichiro Suzuki figures to be the main beneficiary in terms of playing time.

Stanton currently paces Major League Baseball in home runs and figured to be a lock for participation in the Home Run Derby. The outfielder was also one of the leading vote-getters for starting gig in the All-Star Game itself. But both of those events would now seem to be out of reach for the injured star.

The Marlins gave Stanton a 13-year $325 million contract in the off-season, which represented a major commitment and risk by the team. Stanton is one of the best players in the game, but has struggled to play a full season in his MLB career.

Miami now may turn into sellers and move pieces such as Dan Haren and Mat Latos. Both pitchers are set to be free agents, and the team is 15 games under .500. A playoff appearance is unlikely without Stanton's bat to help an already quiet offense.

The Marlins will take on the Dodgers again on Saturday as they look to end a five-game losing streak.

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<![CDATA[Giants' Bumgarner Hits Career Milestone Against Rockies]]> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:34:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/madbum5.jpg

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner recorded his 1,000th strikeout Sunday against the Colorado Rockies, becoming the youngest pitcher in franchise history to hit the mark in the San Francisco era.

He is 25 years and 331 days old.

Bumgarner struck out Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes in the second inning.

He entered Sunday's game against Colorado needing one strikeout to achieve the milestone.

The previous youngest pitcher in the team's history to reach 1,000 strikeouts was Matt Cain.

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<![CDATA[Future NBA Stars' Fashion Sense Shines at Draft]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:47:09 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NBA+suit+3.jpg

One of the NBA's biggest nights provides the stars of the show a chance to display their best (and sometimes wildest) suits.

Each year, it seems, draft picks step up their fashion game, and the 2015 NBA Draft, held Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, was no exception. 

Take Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, from the University of Arizona Wildcats. While he was selected 23rd overall by the Portland Trail Blazers, the attention might have been focused on his red and black checkered pants.  The color scheme was a perfect fit for the Blazers, but the match was short-lived. He was traded soon after to the Brooklyn Nets.

Devin Booker wore a bright blue suit as his name was called by the Phoenix Suns, who took him with the 13th overall pick. His orange tie matched the Suns hat he donned on stage for the photo opportunities.

Perhaps one of the most animated players, Ohio State point guard D'Angelo Russell, pointed above as he wore a red and white suit with a checkered shirt (although Buckeye fans would call the suit "scarlet"). He was selected second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, so he didn't quite match his new team's color scheme. 

Breaking away from bright colors and going toward patterns, Karl-Anthony Towns wore a gray, black, and white chevron-patterned suit jacket. The former University of Kentucky Wildcat, who was selected first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, broke from tradition by showing up without a tie.

Now that the draft is out of the way, the players can focus on basketball.  The 2015-16 season will start on October 27.

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<![CDATA[Lemonier Hoping to Bounce Back for 49ers]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:19:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/korlemmyer.jpg

When the 49ers selected Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier in the third round of the 2013 draft, they were excited about his pass-rush skills.

At Auburn, where he started 26 of the 39 games he played, Lemonier had 17 sacks and 24 tackles for loss, plus seven forced fumbles. They envisioned the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder as being an outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme, capable of putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Yet through his first two seasons with the 49ers, Lemonier has just one sack. And, after getting plenty of playing time in 2013 – when he had 23 quarterback pressures -- he lost ground in 2014 as rookie outside linebacker Aaron Lynch came on strong.

It was a big fall-off after a promising first season, when one national-website story about his strong play was headlined, “Is Corey Lemonier the next pass-rushing phenom in the making?”

Now, with the start of training camp in late July approaching, Lemonier will find himself in tough competition for playing time with Lynch and rookie Eli Harold.

But Lemonier had a good spring with the 49ers in organized team activities (OTAs) and the recent full-squad minicamp and improved his play thanks in part to a recommendation by new linebackers coach Jason Tarver. According to Lemonier, Tarver was watching film of Lemonier in 2014 and noticed his footwork was inefficient.

“(He) pointed out that I would take false steps so many times,” Lemonier told Taylor Price of the team’s website. “It led to a lot of bad plays.”

During minicamp, with Smith out with a foot injury, Lemonier worked with the first-team defense and his play was solid, Tarver said. His quickness at the snap has improved.

“He’s really doing well and I’m excited for Corey,” Tarver told Price. “I am. Any young guy that works so hard, too, you know? He’s coming along. He’s doing a great job with knowing the defense and he’s bending and moving, you can see there. … He can get off the rock.”

Now, with better confidence and some refined techniques, Lemonier is eager to reassert himself in training camp. He knows that playing outside linebacker in the 49ers scheme is a perfect situation for him.

“The defense puts the outside linebackers in better positions to make plays,” Lemonier said. “That’s a pretty good thing. You couldn’t ask for anything more.”


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<![CDATA[Speedy, Undrafted Willis Hopes to Beat Long Odds With Raiders]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:18:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-461642116.jpg

Chances are, Austin Willis may never play a regular-season game for the Oakland Raiders – or any other NFL team.

He’s a 5-foot-9, 176-pound wide receiver from a tiny school not many people could pinpoint on a map and had to earn a spot on the Raiders’ current roster by performing well at a three-day rookie minicamp this spring after going undrafted.

Yet Willis, from Emporia State in Kansas, could also be a hidden gem because of his speed, good hands and ability to return kicks.

When the Raiders open training camp in late July, Willis will be among the long shots to make a wide receiver corps that already includes Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, Kenbrell Thompkins and Brice Butler. He hopes to catch the eye of head coach Jack Del Rio and his coaching staff.

Yet Willis so far has shown well through the rookie minicamp, organized team activities (OTAs) and full-squad minicamp. His speed (he was timed in 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at his pro days) and 21 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds are good numbers.

According to Levi Damien of SB Nation, Willis caught the eye of Raiders officials when they were at the Kansas pro day, where Willis was invited to participate.

At Division II Emporia, Willis was a playmaker. As a senior, he caught 56 passes for 757 yards and six touchdowns; as a junior, he had 45 catches for 911 yards and 10 touchdowns. His numbers as a senior would have been much better had not starting quarterback Brent Wilson gone down with an injury after just five games.

At Emporia, Willis – who went to the school to run track, than went out for football -- returned a kickoff for a touchdown as a senior and was a gunner on punt and kick-coverage special teams units since his freshman year.

Former Emporia State tight end Adam Schiltz, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, told a reporter this offseason that Willis has eye-catching speed.

“He’s fast,” he said. “You can’t explain it. He’s just super fast. The guy just has it. There are very few that have that speed, and when they have it, they have it.”

Willis says he knew he had a rare chance to show what he could do when the Raiders brought him in for the rookie minicamp audition.

“I did everything I could,” Willis told the Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal. “I tried to hustle around wherever I was going. They just wanted to see me moving around and wanted to see me have some want-to, so I just showed as much as I could.”

He also made catches and demonstrated his speed.

“I knew if I ran fast, caught the ball and did my assignment, it’s hard for people not to notice,” Willis told the newspaper.

Willis still faces long odds, but he’s made it this far. He’s determined to keep giving it his all on and off the field.

“Every day you’re going to be learning new things,” he said. “You’re putting new plays in, you’re learning new drills. You have to remember all those little things. Going forward, it’s gong to be about doing all the little things right.”


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<![CDATA[The 2015 NBA Draft First Round Picks]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:37:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-478518558.jpg The first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, New York, has concluded. Click through to see who will be making their professional debut in the 2016-2017 season.

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<![CDATA[Warriors Draft UCLA's Kevon Looney]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 19:58:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*121/GettyImages-466200074.jpg

The Warriors selected Kevon Looney out of UCLA with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

VIsit NBC Bay Area's Golden State Warriors page for full team coverage.

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<![CDATA[Changes Coming to 49ers' Offensive Line]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:26:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/171*120/stayyyliey.jpg

Under Jim Harbaugh, the 49ers built a reputation as a power-running, power-blocking football team.

Behind a physical offensive line, the Niners were a bit of a throwback in the era of the pass-happy NFL, running Frank Gore and Co. behind a blocking unit that tried to overpower defenses at the point of attack.

But during organized team activities and the recent minicamp, the 49ers spent a lot of time getting the offense and linemen accustomed to some new wrinkles. According to  Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the 49ers are instituting some zone-blocking to mix in with some of the power-blocking plays still in the playbook.

Left offensive tackle Joe Staley told Barrows that the offensive line under new line coach Chris Foerster spent much of its time this spring working on zone-blocking plays.

But he said the team doesn’t want to get away from its successful physical approach of the past few seasons.

“We’re still going to do what we’ve done here,” Staley told Barrows. “What’s worked for us has been power running. It’s what we know. We’ll definitely implement all styles.”

As Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com noted, the 49ers personnel “is more suited for the power-running game.”

But Foerster – who also coached the 49ers offensive line in 2008 and 2009 -- was a zone-blocking proponent at his previous stop with Washington and in his other previous stops.

With the addition of more zone blocking into the playbook, there are indications the 49ers are asking their offensive linemen to have a higher level of fitness coming into next month’s training camp. A zone system requires more movement and quickness than a power-blocking scheme. Plus, the 49ers want to play at a faster pace than in recent seasons – so the linemen will have to keep up.

As second-year lineman Marcus Martin told the San Francisco Chronicle this offseason, new head coach Jim Tomsula and Foerster have asked the linemen to lose a little weight and be more fit.

“Oh man, it’s a whole different mentality, a whole different level of fitness,” Martin told the Chronicle’s Eric Branch.

Martin, expected to compete at both center and guard, is making the effort to increase his stamina and quickness.

“You have a coach (Foerster) that emphasizes being in shape, being able to run and being physical at the same time,” Martin said. “And being able to replicate that every single time. You’ve got to be in shape or you won’t have a job.”



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<![CDATA[Raiders' Rivera Will Try to Hold Off Walford]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:08:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/ruverrra.jpg

After a slow start last season, tight end Mychal Rivera turned in a solid year and become a trusted receiver for rookie quarterback Derek Carr.

He started all 16 games and had 58 catches for 534 yards and four touchdowns. As a rookie in 2013 he had caught 38 passes for 407 yards and four scores.

In a late-season victory over the 49ers, Rivera made a big impact, with seven receptions for 109 yards and a TD. It was the first 100-yard receiving day by a Raiders tight end in two seasons.

Former offensive coordinator Greg Olson said both Carr and Rivera developed a stronger chemistry as the season wore on.

“I think they’re just more comfortable with one another,” Olson said late in the season. “I think that Derek is comfortable with how he’s running routes and Derek is kind of again, getting a little bit better feel for the timing of the passing game and the progressions and the matchups that are involved there.”

But after organized team activities (OTAs) and the recently concluded full-squad minicamp, it’s apparent that Rivera isn’t a lock to keep his job. Rookie Clive Walford has been impressive and is already being penciled in by many to be the team’s No. 1 tight end by the season opener.

Walford, the all-time receiving leader among tight ends at the University of Miami, is considered a more dynamic prospect than Rivera, with the ability to break off longer runs after catches and be a better blocker as well.

“Walford was terrific in the OTA session and the Raiders believe he has a chance to become a top receiving tight end in time,” wrote Bill Williamson of ESPN.com, who covers the Raiders.

At 6-foot-4 and 251 pounds, Walford is a bit bigger than Rivera (6-3, 242) and faster, too.

No matter who starts, however, the Raiders will be much stronger at the position than they have been for a few years. With Walford, Rivera and Lee Smith, a strong-blocking veteran signed from the Buffalo Bills, Oakland now has a solid trio with varied skills.

One thing in Rivera’s favor during training camp and the exhibition season is the connection he developed with Carr last season. With so many changes – in coaching staff and the addition of receivers such as Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree – Rivera will be a familiar target for Carr.

But even that may not be enough to hold off Walford, eventually.



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<![CDATA[Warriors President to Grand Marshal Pride Parade]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:38:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/rick-welts1.jpg

Fresh off an NBA title win, and subsequent victory parade through the streets of Oakland, Golden State Warriors president and COO Rick Welts will be waving to an adoring crowd once again during San Francisco’s Pride Parade.

On the celebration’s 45th anniversary, San Francisco Pride chose Welts to be the Celebrity Grand Marshal.

“SF Pride is excited to bestow this honor on America’s first prominent, openly-gay sports executive,” organizers said on its website.

Welts came out in 2011, two years before he came to the Bay Area to become president of the Warriors. In an interview earlier this month with NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai, he described what it was like to come out.

“I can tell you, at a personal level, it’s been spectacular. I’ve really been able to communicate to literally thousands of people,” Welts said.

As for being selected as celebrity grand marshal, he said it was a “personal honor.”

“It’s a reflection of how far we’ve come in professional sports.,” Welts said. “We still have work to do, but I’m pleased, and humbled, by this opportunity to shine light on the contributions the LGBT community makes to sports, every day, all over the world.”

The Pride Parade and Celebration is this Saturday and Sunday in downtown San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[9 Months Pregnant, Ayesha Curry Sinks 3-Pointer]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 05:56:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/june15warriorsfamily.jpg

She's nine months pregnant and she can still give her hubby, Warriors 3-pointer star Steph Curry, a run for his money.

Ayesha Curry posted a short video of herself on Wednesday shooting her own successful three-point shot, and wrote on her Instagram account,"9 months pregnant and can still knock em down!!!"

She made sure to point out that she was shooting from the NBA three-point line, perhaps not so coincidentally a day before the NBA Draft on Thursday.

She and Curry are expecting their second child in July. And as of this week, her nursery is ready, completed while she was in Cleveland watching her husband and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

There's no doubt Baby Curry No. 2 will be an all-star as well.

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<![CDATA["They Don't Own Everything": Yankees Fan Takes on MLB]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:36:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/yankees+shirts+mlb.jpg

The man behind the iconic Yankee Stadium "roll call" is preparing for a legal fight against the union representing the players he cheers.

"Bald Vinny" Milano, the leader of the stadium's "Bleacher Creatures," makes his living designing and selling baseball t-shirts. But this week the MLB Players Association demanded that he "cease and desist" from selling certain shirts on his website, including one commemorating Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit.

"I think they have really overstepped their bounds," the father of two from Bellmore, Long Island, said.

The union has taken issue with shirts relating to current Yankees players, claiming the designs infringe on MLB copyrights.

Among the shirts the union wants Milano to stop selling is the one with the word "McCannimal" for catcher Brian McCann and another that reads "Teixecutioner" for Mark Teixeira.

In a statement, MLBPA spokesman Greg Bouris said "the Players Association has the responsibility to protect the rights of its licensees and the players."

According to Milano, the players nicknames and shirt designs are all his own and do not infringe on any copyright.

"They don't own everything," Milano said from his sales table outside Yankee Stadium. "I'm creating my own stuff and they can't claim ownership on things that I create." 

Milano has yet to respond to the MLBPA, but for now, continues to sell the t-shirts he says are most popular with his customers. He's been selling shirts like them for more than a decade.

"I will fight because that's who I am," he said.

Milano received support as he hawked his shirts before and after Wednesday's game.

"I think they should give these little guys a chance," fan Leo Clark said.

"How can MLB shut everybody down and makes money for themselves?" asked fan Jim Mooney. "I have no problem with what this guy is doing."

<![CDATA[Former Earthquakes Player Comes Out As Gay]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:41:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP081007029416.jpg

Former San Jose Earthquakes soccer player Matt Hatzke has come out as a gay man.

Hatzke says, he already knew he was gay when he played as a midfielder for the team during the 2008 season, but he didn't feel comfortable telling any of his teammates.

"I truly believed that I could never come out as gay while playing professional soccer. It was that year in MLS that I had reached my breaking point. My release from soccer put me on the path to coming out to myself, my family and my friends," Hatzke wrote in an essay for Outsports.com.

Hatzke late Wednesday attended the LGBTQ Film Festival at San Francisco's Castro Theater and watched "Out to Win," a film about profoessional athletes coming out.

"These are probably some of the athletes I looked up to and took inspiration from myself," Hatzke said in an interview with NBC Bay Area.

Hatzke said he decided to come out now in honor of National Pride Month and because of the upcoming Supreme Court announcement on same-sex marriage.

He said he wants young athletes to look up to him as a role model.

Hatzke was acquired by the Earthquakes in 2008 after first being drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the fourth round of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and being traded. Prior to his professional career, he was a 2006 and 2007 All-West Coast Conference selection for Santa Clara University, playing 81 games in his four years in school.

Hatzke is now a dentist who operates a San Jose practice with his parents called Silicon Valley Dental Care.

NBC Bay Area's Terry McSweeney contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Little League World Series Champs Sue League Over Stripped Title ]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:44:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/tlmd_jrw_stage_igram.jpg

Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Little League International seeking answers after the league stripped the team of its championship title earlier this year.

The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, aims to force Little League to “provide the information it would not voluntarily disclose” to JRW.

According to an investigative report from Henderson Adam LLC, the group representing JRW, the law firm sent Little League a series of letters asking for “all relevant information” surrounding the league’s decision, but Little League “refused to be transparent.”

“Given the refusal by Little League to meet with JRW, its failure to provide notice and the opportunity to be heard, and its refusal to be transparent and provide material information regarding its decision to strip JRW of the title, JRW was compelled to file suit,” the report states.

Little League in February stripped the young team of its Little League World Series national championship title after officials determined the South Side team added top suburban players in violation of residency rules.

"This is a heartbreaking decision," Little League International President and CEO Stephen D. Keener said in a statement. "What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome."

In addition, team manager Darold Butler was suspended from Little League activity and Illinois District 4 Administrator Michael Kelly was removed from his position, Little League International spokesman Brian McClintock said in a statement.

McClintock said an investigation revealed that Butler and Kelly knowingly violated rules by using a falsified boundary map for their 2014 tournament and used players who didn't qualify because they lived outside the team's actual boundaries.

Jackie Robinson West officials have previously denied the team violated any residency rules or recruited outside players.

Jackie Robinson West has set up a fundraising page to raise money for the team.

In a statement, Little League International said it hadn't had the opportunity to review the petition and said it would be inappropriate to comment. Still, the League said its rules and regulations allow it to impose any penalties it deems appropriate.

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<![CDATA[49ers' Lynch in Position to Make Bigger Impact in Year 2]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:10:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/lynchyeartwo.jpg

Chances are strong that Aaron Lynch won’t be starting for the 49ers when the 2015 season opens in September.

The second-year linebacker is likely to remain a situational player, with veterans Ahmad Brooks and Aldon Smith the starters at outside linebacker in the 49ers’ 3-4 scheme.

Both Brooks and Smith have been reported to be in excellent condition and eager to prove that their down seasons in 2014 won’t be repeated.

But that doesn’t mean Lynch, who had a strong rookie season, won’t be an impact player.

In fact, the analytics website Pro Football Focus this week labeled Lynch as its “secret superstar” of the 49ers.

The fifth-round pick of San Francisco in 2014 would have been a much higher pick but for the concerns by many teams of some off-the-field issues during his time at Notre Dame and South Florida. But from the outset, Lynch made his presence known as a situational pass rusher. As Pro Football Focus noted, Lynch had six sacks, eight quarterback hits, 27 hurries and 41 total pressures on opposing QBs, making him a top-10 pass rusher among outside linebackers in the NFL (based on efficiency of snaps played). He also graded out average against the run.

“With a year of NFL experience under his belt, Lynch enters 2015 hoping to make a big second-year jump,” wrote PFF’s Chris Kern. “He may begin the season again in a similar sub-package role with two high-priced veterans in Aldon Smith and Brooks ahead of him on the depth chart, but look for Lynch to push them for playing time.”

Lynch and this year’s third-round pick, Eli Harold of Virginia, give the 49ers a pair of pass-rush specialists who help give the 49ers a deep group at outside linebacker. Should either Brooks or Smith be injured, the Niners now have some talent to step up, along with third-year pro Corey Lemonier.

For his part, Lynch says 2014 was an educational year that he’s hoping to build on in 2015.

“You learn that you always have to give your utmost effort because you’re not just doing it for yourself, you’re doing it for everybody in the room,” said Lynch this offseason. “And that’s what I really got from those guys (veterans) when they went out there. They gave it their all. They put us in a position to win games.”


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<![CDATA[Reece Sees Del Rio as Right Leader at Right Time]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:14:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/167*120/mahsell.jpg

Marcel Reece first put on a Raiders uniform in 2009 as a rookie out of Washington.

Oakland’s head coach that season was Tom Cable. Cable was succeeded by Hue Jackson, then Dennis Allen and Tony Sparano. Now, as Reece enters his seventh pro season, he’ll be playing for his fifth head coach.

But the three-time Pro Bowl fullback says the Del Rio era already feels much different than the previous administrations.

Reece calls Del Rio “a great leader” who is “perfect for this team.”

Though the former linebacker and longtime NFL coach neither played or worked for the Raiders previously, Reece says Del Rio – who grew up in the Bay Area, was a fan of the Raiders and was known as a professional, hard-hitting defender and enthusiastic coach – fits the franchise perfectly.

“A lot of teams, you can place anyone as the head of their snake and they can lead that team and be successful, but for us, we’re the Raiders. It’s different,” Reece told Eddie Paskal of the team’s website. “Like the old saying goes, ‘There’s 31 teams and then there’s the Oakland Raiders.’ And there’s 31 head coaches and there’s Jack Del Rio. It’s a blessing for us to have a guy like that because he’s a true Raider. That’s who he is, and it’s not just that he grew up a Raider, but it’s everything about him. You can’t really teach being a Raider. You just are.”

Reece -- who is expected to play more of a versatile H-back role in 2015 -- isn’t alone in his excitement about playing for Del Rio. Quarterback Derek Carr and linebacker Khalil Mack are among several Oakland players who have said they’re excited to be playing for Del Rio. They’ve said Del Rio’s coaching experience, enthusiasm, knowledge, personality and background as a Pro Bowl linebacker make him a coach most likely to succeed.

“You can tell that Jack really cares,” Mack told reporters this spring. “When it gets real, when the guys go off and the fire starts and the intensity goes up, you can sense that he’s ready for that moment. I’m ready to play for him.”


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<![CDATA[Another SI cover for Warriors MVP Stephen Curry]]> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:09:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/208*120/stephhalf.PNG

Warriors MVP Stephen Curry will be featured on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated, the magazine announced on Tuesday.

The Warriors have now been featured on a Sports Illustrated cover five times this season and seven times since 2013.

Curry has now been featured on the cover five times, including three during the Warriors championship season. He was featured on back-to-back regional covers during the playoffs, once after the Western Conference Semifinals against the Grizzlies and then before the NBA Finals against the Cavaliers.

Subscribers and newsstands in Oregon, California, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Arizona will receive the Curry cover, which is available starting Tuesday.

The other regional cover features fellow Under Armor rep Jordan Spieth, who won the US Open on Sunday.

<![CDATA[Jose Canseco Playing Ball in the Bay Area]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:40:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_jose_canseco.jpg

Jose Canseco is getting back out on the field this week – playing for the East Bay's other baseball team.

The former MLB superstar, who began his major league career with the Oakland Athletics in 1985, will play with the Pittsburg Diamonds in eastern Contra Costa County Tuesday through Thursday.

The Diamonds are an independent baseball team that's not associated with the MLB but features a number of players who have previously played for affiliated teams competing for the love and business of the sport.

"Our goal is not to develop players," Diamonds general manager Tom Macari told SB Nation. "Our goal is to entertain the fans."

The team joined the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs last season.

Tickets to this week's games are priced between $9-19. Canseco will also participate in a home run derby before Thursday's game.

Canseco flew in from Las Vegas earlier this month to play a weekend series in the North Bay, with the Sonoma Stompers, SB Nation reports.

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<![CDATA[Time on Offense Gave 49ers' Mangini Some New Ideas]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:44:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-107687324+%281%29.jpg

Eric Mangini made a name for himself in the NFL as a defensive coach, particularly with the New England Patriots. For six seasons he was defensive backs coach or the offensive coordinator for head coach Bill Belichick.

That paid off in a couple of head coaching opportunities that didn’t end well, with the Jets and Browns.

That’s when Mangini took a big turn in his career, moving to offense with the 49ers. In 2013 he was an offensive consultant for head coach Jim Harbaugh. Last year, he was tight ends coach.

Now Mangini has returned to defense as the coordinator on Jim Tomsula’s new staff. And judging by what Mangini said recently, his time on offense could prove valuable to the Niners’ defensive scheme in 2015.

In a long interview with Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback, Mangini said he learned a lot about defense the past two seasons while analyzing film and studying opposing defenses.

Mangini told Vrentas that he hadn’t realized as a defensive coach how very subtle things – such as how a defensive lineman sets up (slightly inside or outside) opposite an offensive lineman – can cause concern to offensive planning.

“It’s really interesting to hear what a big deal it is to you on offense,” said Mangini. “Thinking back to those meetings, I was making sure, when I go back to defense, that we create those conversations for opposing coaches.”

Already, that line of thinking seems to be apparent to the players now being directed by Mangini. Mangini long has been known as a strong defensive coach with innovative ideas. But now he has fresh perspective.

Recently, veteran 49ers safety Antoine Bethea noted that Mangini’s style defensively is to create confusion for offenses – a style and theory no doubt enhanced by what Mangini learned in those two seasons game planning for the 49ers offense.

“Coach Mangini’s thing is that we’re going to cause confusion,” Bethea told reporters. “The opposing offense won’t know what we’re going to do each down. That could be bringing pressure or dropping eight in coverage, but it’s all about keeping the offense on their heels.”



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<![CDATA[Webb Giving Raiders Some Depth on Offensive Line]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:43:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/jammrckus.jpg

J’Marcus Webb started 45 games in the NFL at offensive tackle from 2010 to 2012, but just one over the past two seasons.

After being released from the Bears following the 2012 season, Webb – Chicago’s seventh-round pick out of North Texas in 2010 – bounced between the Vikings and Chiefs the past two seasons before again becoming a free agent this offseason.

Still just 26 years old, Webb now is trying to resurrect his career with the Raiders. And, so far, it seems to be going well.

The 6-foot-7, 335-pounder reportedly looked good during organized team activities (OTAs) and the recent minicamp and often was playing with the first unit at right guard, ahead of veteran Khalif Barnes and fourth-round pick Jon Feliciano of Miami.

Webb signed with the Raiders in April, hoping to land a roster spot under new offensive line coach Mike Tice, for whom he played three seasons in Chicago.

If Webb can stay in good condition, he has a chance to compete for the open job at right guard or to earn a backup spot at both tackle and guard. Last season, he says he wasn’t in good shape when the Chiefs signed him – and he never played a down for them.

“I didn’t have my body right with the Chiefs and now I’ve had time to myself, time to think and I’m definitely amped and excited to be a part of that engine, and the offensive line is where it starts,” he told a writer for the Raiders team website after signing in Oakland. “I want to come in and hit the ground running.”

New head coach Jack Del Rio indicated recently that he and Tice would like to have offensive linemen who are versatile and can fill a number of roles. Del Rio says by testing Webb at guard, it could be to the benefit of both Webb and the team. Webb never has played guard in an NFL game.

“He’s played guard all spring for us,” Del Rio told SB Nation recently. “He’s really playing four spots. He’s playing both guards and both tackles. We’ll find out how that fits, but he’s one of the guys that’s over there competing on that right side.”



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<![CDATA[Raiders a "No Show" at Carson Stadium Town Hall]]> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:52:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Carson-Town-Hall-0623.jpg

A town hall billed as the first chance for Carson residents to hear from the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders about building a joint-use complex in their city didn't go as planned.

Even though it was slated as a meeting to update residents about a new stadium, no new information was delivered. No presentation was made by either team to the crowd of fans wearing Rams, Raiders and Chargers jerseys. In fact, the Oakland Raiders did not send a representative to the meeting.

Chargers special counsel Mark Fabiani, who was there to meet residents and community leaders, told city leaders there was no update to offer.

Carson's Mayor Albert Robles said out of respect for the Raiders, it would be unfair to ask the Chargers to present the plan.

Emcee and NBCLA sportscaster Fred Roggin appeared surprised and asked the crowd, “Did anyone want to see the NFL presentation?"

The room responded with an overwhelming "Yeah."

Fabiani told NBC 7 the plan was to have the city make the presentation.

"We were invited to attend and we did. It gave us s chance to meet personally with many of the labor and community leaders who have been so supportive," he wrote.

The $1.7 billion stadium proposed for Carson would house both teams -- if their current home cities can't woo them back by upgrading their current facilities or offering new state-of-the-art stadiums.

The 72,000-seat stadium is one of two in the LA area being seriously considered for an NFL stadium, along with a $2 billion stadium and entertainment-residence complex in Inglewood that's backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

Meanwhile, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Monday on efforts for a new stadium in San Diego.

The chief negotiator for the city and county will meet with the NFL in New York.

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<![CDATA[Chargers, Raiders Reps to Attend Carson NFL Town Hall]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:34:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/new+carson+stadium+renderings+0423+%287%29.jpg

For the first time, representatives from two football teams exploring a move to the Los Angeles area will meet with local fans.

The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, both involved in a bid to build an NFL stadium in Carson, are sending representatives to a town hall meeting in the city Monday night.

The proposed $1.7 billion stadium would house both teams -- if their current home cities can't woo them back by upgrading their current facilities or offering new state-of-the-art stadiums.

"We want to keep our residents informed every step of the way," Carson's Mayor Albert Robles said in a statement.

Carson residents have been excited about the possibility of having not one but two NFL teams playing in their backyard, but fans in San Diego and Oakland are still hoping to keep their teams, both of which have played in Los Angeles before.

The 72,000-seat stadium is one of two in the LA area being seriously considered for an NFL stadium, along with a $2 billion stadium and entertainment-residence complex in Inglewood that's backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

Both plans have cleared local bureaucratic hurdles.

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<![CDATA[Former Giants OF Killed in Murder-Suicide]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:52:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/darryl-hamilton.jpg

Former San Francisco Giants outfielder and MLB journeyman Darryl Hamilton has died, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide, according to police in the Houston suburb of Pearland.

KPRC-TV in Houston reports Hamilton, 50, was found dead Sunday in the foyer of a home on the 11500 block of Island Breeze Street and that a woman, identified as 44-year-old Monica Jordan, was found in another part of the home.

Investigators said, according to KPRC, that it appears Jordan shot Hamilton multiple times before turning the gun on herself.

Police said the couple are the parents of a 14-month-old baby who was inside the home at the time of the shooting and was not harmed. The child is now in the custody of Child Protective Services, KPRC reports.

"What we know at this point is that at about 4:45 p.m. we did receive a 911 call from a third party who was not on scene," police said. "When the officers arrived they did find a deceased male and a deceased female inside. At this point there's no indication that there was a struggle and there was a firearm involved."

Hamilton played 13 years in the majors, including a short stint with the Giants in 1997 and 1998. He spent most of his professional career with the Brewers before retiring after two seasons with the Mets. According to MLB.com, Hamilton batted .291 with 1,333 hits, 707 runs scored and 454 RBI in his 13-year career.

The Giants released an official statement on Monday, saying the team is "shocked and saddened" by Hamilton's death. "He was an important part of the Giants during his playing time with the organization from 1997-1998. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends."

Since ending his playing days, Hamilton has been working as an analysist for the MLB Network.

The investigation into the murder-suicide is ongoing.

NBC DFW contributed to this report.

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