A thorny dispute over college athletes' right to make money could be resolved in Oakland court, where a federal judge will decide will decide whether the National College Athletic Association is a mercenary "cartel," or a well-intentioned training program. Lead plaintiff and former UCLA basketball ... More >>
Muni passenger Dr. Frank Primus showed his chosen profession -- he's a resident surgeon at U.C. San Francisco -- fits his personality. Yesterday, he coolly and decisively stopped a runaway 43-Masonic bus when the driver was incapacitated. But this isn't Primus' first Big Game experience. He was five ... More >>
The above footage is 12 seconds. That's about the time it took a young Bill Russell to snag a rebound, dribble the ball coast-to-coast, then drop in a finger roll while leaping over a hapless defender. It popped up on Youtube a few days ago, then was picked up by Deadspin on Monday, before making t ... More >>
There are two basic questions about The Manti Te'o Dead Girlfriend Hoax that we all want to know: 1. Was he, for real, completely fooled all the way up until December 6, as he says? With time, and enough pre-draft NFL investigations, that'll all probably come out. More interesting, though: 2. H ... More >>
It's tough to say who is a bigger legend at the University of San Diego, Jim Harbaugh or Josh Johnson. Both of their mythologies still run deep. After all, it's rare a nonscholarship I-AA football team produces an NFL coach of the year and an NFL quarterback. Even rarer, certainly, that they end ... More >>
Illustration by Doug FraserA study of retired professional football players has found that they are more likely than nonathletes to suffer symptoms of cognitive impairment, such as memory and speech problems, a conclusion that that is sure to buttress the arguments of those who point to the risk ... More >>
David HendersonFormer Lincoln High football star, David Henderson died last night at San Francisco General Hospital after being gunned down nearly two weeks ago in the Bayview. On May 26, at about 12:05 a.m., someone shot Henderson, 21, several times on the 1400 block of Kirkwood Avenue, SF ... More >>
Illustration by Doug FraserAnother startling indication of the potential prevalence of football-related brain degeneration came to light yesterday, as the disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was diagnosed in the autopsied brain of deceased Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson.The ... More >>
City College could have plenty of Favres in the making A San Francisco football player is suing the NCAA, Cal State, and the University of California, claiming they are keeping him and other junior college athletes from playing Division I sports. Reginald Davis, a full-time student at City Colle ... More >>
Not above the law in SFSay what you want about District Attorney Kamala Harris -- the Attorney General candidate is a "different kind of prosecutor," according to a lengthy profile published in today's Los Angeles Times, and true to form, her office prosecutes different kinds of cases. And how. F ... More >>
Experts say ex-football players with head injuries often end up in the criminal justice system. Former USC lineman Chris Brymer is exhibit A.
Smile and the world smiles with you, TimWith college and professional football kicking off and baseball's pennant races rounding third, 'tis the season for sports junkies to never leave the couch. By the way, here are a few phone numbers for local divorce attorneys -- if, you know, this is a prob ... More >>
Tommy, can you hear me? Yesterday we caught up with Gary Cavalli, executive director of the Emerald Bowl. Conventional wisdom might have dictated that fans of USC were ready to pull the plug on this disappointing football season and begin ostentatiously cheering on the Lakers or become distracted ... More >>
Courtesy of Harmann Studios and the Green Bay Packers. Used with permission. Craig Newsome celebrates the Green Bay Packers' victory in Super Bowl XXXI following the 1996-97 NFL seasonFormer Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers defensive back Craig Newsome has joined the ranks of U.S. athlet ... More >>
Yes, that is Michael Crabtree on the cover of NCAA FootballInsiders have whispered to ESPN that holdout wide receiver Michael Crabtree has opted to finally ink a contract with the San Francisco 49ers, curtailing a months-long holdout that extended through training camp and the team's first four g ... More >>
Computer NERDS appear to have won in the end, Ogre Every couple of months, it seems to happen. No, we're not talking about Oakland Raiders victories (though we bet that'll be an accurate assessment). Yet another obscure former college football player has graduated from football to the full court ... More >>
Joe EskenaziWho is man enough to wear this jersey?Jerry Seinfeld once noted that, due to rampant player turnover, sports fans are "basically rooting for clothing." If so, that's bad news for any would-be fans of the fledgling United Football League's California Redwoods (I christen them "Tree-Hug ... More >>
U.C. Berkeley Media RelationsAppropriate Troy Taylor's likeness at your own perilLast month we wrote about how a somewhat underachieving former Arizona State University and University of Nebraska quarterback named Sam Keller sued EA Games and the NCAA, alleging the videogame company is blatantly ste ... More >>
Those videogame nerds stole your likeness, Ogre... The plot of many a 3 a.m.-caliber movie has featured the put-upon nerd matriculating to vast wealth in the computer industry -- while the bullying quarterback peaks before age 22. Yet in San Francisco Federal Court you could call it "Revenge of the ... More >>
Text by Joe EskenaziPhotographs by Vance CardellIf ever you needed proof that it's better to be lucky than good, look no further than Saturday's Emerald Bowl. Late in a contest tied at 17 -- a classic "How bad can we play and still win this game?" game for the home side -- California quarterba ... More >>
Gangstas. Thugs. Knuckleheads. Baki Lepolo's bouncers have handled them all. But can they handle the VIP crowd?
Academy of Arts new sports program is about spirit, marketing — and the chance to break even more rules.
Only one other player was chosen lower in the draft than Vickiel Vaughn. But the 49ers rookie still believes he can reach his NFL dream.
A precious game
Are you a 49ers apologist? Or a football fan?
An enterprising volunteer gives Sonoma State University a unique solution to its athletics-funding problem: a stable of thoroughbreds
Under coach George Rush, City College regularly wins national football titles. But is community college really the place for big-time sports?
Does the world need another college football bowl game? Some San Francisco boosters are banking on it.
The chaotic, unsuccessful, and utterly charming first year of the San Francisco Tsunami of the Women's American Football League