Oregon State Beavers Jermar Jefferson (6) is way ahead of the Cal Bears defenders giving chase in the first half as Jefferson scores at OSU Corvallis on Sat Nov 21, 2020 (AP News photo) By… More
Photo of an empty Levis Stadium in Santa Clara during a Thursday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers on Thu Nov 5, 2020. Covid-19 restrictions have shutdown all sporting events in Santa Clara (AP News file photo)
On the 49ers podcast with David Zizmor:
#1 David as you know Santa Clara County is completely shut down no sporting events of any kind allowed from the elementary school to the professional level totally excluded. Now a news flash that California Governor Gavin Newsom said the state of California will eventually have to shut down instead of the current county by county.
#2 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said this whole thing came as a surprise to him and that the team was not informed of the decision to move home games elsewhere. The San Jose Spartans will also have to move their home games this Saturday as well.
#3 So this is Christmas: The 49ers are coming off their slight edge win from last Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams and now face the Buffalo Bills at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Monday Night Football. The Bills 8-3 are coming off a 27-17 win against the LA Chargers and Bills quarterback Josh Allen threw for 157 yards, touchdown and an interception.
David Zizmor does the 49ers podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
The Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) making a middle field catch against the Tennessee Titans defensive back Joshua Kalu (46) and cornerback Malcom Butler (21) at M&T Bank Stadium on Sun Nov 22. Andrews is one of the latest Ravens to test positive for Covid-19 (USA Today photo)
On Headline Sports with London:
#1 Welcome to Wednesday football as the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers will make a third attempt at playing after being postponed twice already. The two teams were going to play on Tuesday but that was switched to Wednesday because they would make the quarantine deadline and of the Ravens Coronavirus outbreaks.
#2 The Ravens reported that tight end Mark Andrews and outside linebacker Matthew Judon had tested positive last Sunday and that they would not be in the line up for Wednesday night’s game.
#3 The New Orleans Saints who are coming off a huge victory from last Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos were fined by the NFL for violating Covid-19 protocols. The fine $500,000 and the Saints had to give up their 2021 seventh round draft pick.
#4 The Las Vegas Raiders who just came off a very close loss to the Kansas Chiefs on Sun Nov 22nd and then lost to the Atlanta Falcons last Sunday by a landslide 43-6 in a game that quarterback Derek Carr called trash and a punch in the face. The lopsided loss is the Raiders second consecutive loss.
#5 The Jacksonville Jaguars (1-10) fired their general manager Dave Caldwell this week. The Jags suffered their tenth straight loss. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan hired Caldwell in 2013. The Jaguars nearly won the Super Bowl in 2018 but other than that year the team has been floundering in mediocrity.
Join London for Headline Sports each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Stanford Cardinal guard Bryce Wills (2) drives in front of the North Carolina Tar Heels guard Caleb Love (2) and guard Puff Johnson (14) during the Maui Invitational at Asheville NC (photo from gostanford.com)
By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
The 14th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels used a driving hoop from Leaky Black with 1:02 to play – along with a late free throw – to seal a 67-63 win over Stanford Tuesday in the relocated Maui Invitational semifinals, played in Asheville, N.C.
Freshman Caleb Love led UNC (3-0) with 16 points.
North Carolina won the game despite committing 24 turnovers, which the Cardinal converted into 22 points. Neither team led by more than three points over the last 6 ½ minutes until Black’s clutch free throw with 5.5 seconds remaining.
The Cardinal (1-1) shot 39 percent from the field, including 5 of 20 from behind the arc – 1 of 11 in the second half. Daejon Davis was the top scorer for Stanford with 18 points, followed by Oscar da Silva with 13 points and Ziaire Williams with 10.
North Carolina shot 50 percent in the second half, and outrebounded the Cardinal 43-23. UNC used that rebounding edge to score 18 second-chance points.
The game featured a reunion for UNC coach Roy Williams and Stanford coach Jerod Haase, who played and coached for Williams at Kansas. Haase beat his mentor years ago while coaching Alabama-Birmingham, but has lost the last such meetings.
On Wednesday, North Carolina moves on to face No. 17 Texas in the championship game, and Stanford meets Indiana for third place.
A rough day at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the Las Vegas Raiders including for wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) who misses catching this pass with coverage from the Atlanta Falcons cornerback AJ Terrell (24) in the second quarter on Sun Nov 29, 2020 (photo from the Las Vegas Journal-Review)
On the Raiders podcast with Barbara:
#1 Las Vegas Raiders (6-5) quarterback Derek Carr called Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons (4-7) trash and that the 43-6 loss was a punch in the face for the city of Las Vegas and the Raiders organization.
#2 The Raiders after playing a razor close game loss against the Kansas City Chiefs last week lost their second straight game on Sunday at Mercedes Benz Stadium to the Falcons. The Raiders wound up turning the ball over five times and the defense just couldn’t stop the Falcons who were at one time an 0-4 team.
#3 You know the saying “on any given Sunday” and the way that Falcons head coach Raheem Morris had prepared the team the Falcons have shown improvement each week since Morris took over when the team was 0-4.
#4 The Falcons who were the underdogs in this game dominated both halves of the game and both sides of the football. The defense held the Raiders to a field goal in each of the second and third quarters, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan came out firing on all cylinders throwing for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
#5 It’s back to the drawing board as the Raiders who are on a two game losing streak head to New Jersey to face the New York Jets (0-11) at the Meadowlands on Sun Dec 6th. The Jets who have not won a game all season and lost convincingly to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday 20-3 will be the underdogs but again after the Raiders Sunday experience in Atlanta you can’t count even the Jets out.
Barbara joins Sportstalk for the Raider podcast each Tuesday morning at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
A look from outside of the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The Toronto Blue Jays would like to tear down Rogers Centre and build a new ball park (photo from onsitenews.com)
On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:
#1 The Toronto Blue Jays have new stadium plans on the drawing board and are considering tearing down their current baseball home Rogers Centre. The argument in Toronto is why not spend millions instead of billions on getting some super star players instead of a new stadium. Also the Jays didn’t even play in Rogers Centre last season as they were relegated to play in Buffalo due to Coronavirus protocol restrictions in Canada.
#2 After the San Francisco Giants last season nearly made the playoffs without Madison Bumgarner who signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and catcher Buster Posey who opted out because he didn’t want to chance getting Covid and spreading to his newborn child how much credit do you give to team general manager Farhan Zaidi and Giants manager Gabe Kapler.
#3 The Miami Marlins general manager Kim Ng made her first deal as the Marlins acquired pitcher right hander Adam Cimber from Cleveland Cimber had a 4.30 ERA and this deal will be part of history as Ng is MLB’s first woman general manger and this is her first deal.
#4 In Pro Football: A lot of game cancelations and Covid-19 spreading the Denver Broncos weren’t too shocked about their results after losing to the New Orleans Saints 31-3. The Broncos lost all their quarterbacks to positive Covid-19 tests and Kendall Hinton who was on the practice squad as a receiver was put into service as the starting quarterback for Denver and had a rough time of it throwing for only 13 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
#5 In an article you wrote about Santa Clara County which has a strict stay at home order and Coronavirus protocols that ban all sports from not just the fans but no players or games. The San Francisco 49ers will be playing weeks 13 and 14 in Arizona as they will not be allowed to play at Levis Stadium until after Dec 21st.
Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
Stanford Cardinal forward Ziaire Williams (3) puts up a fade away shot while the Alabama Crimson Tide’s forward Jordan Bruner (2) leaps to attempt a block while guard Jahvon Quinerly (13) watches from behind Williams on Mon Nov 30, 2020 at Asheville NC (rolltide.com photo)
By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Monday, November 30, 2020
Freshman Ziaire Williams scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds for Stanford on Monday, leading the Cardinal past Alabama 82-64 in the Maui Invitational men’s basketball tournament being played at Asheville, N.C.
Williams is considered one of Stanford’s highest-rated recruits in the program’s history. The 6-foot-8 forward is a McDonald’s All-American and is rated as high as a top-5 NBA lottery pick if he decides to leave Stanford after one season.
Bryce Wills scored 15 points for the Cardinal, and Oscar da Silva and Daejon Davis added 13 points each.
The Crimson Tide was led by Jahvon Quinerly with 14 points and 10 from Jaden Shakelford.
Williams hit a jumper with 7:42 left in the first half to break a 25-25 tie. The Cardinal then finished the first half with a 16-4 run, taking a 41-29 lead into the break.
Stanford held a 47-31 rebounding edge. Williams and Spencer Jones each had eight boards.
The Cardinal (1-0) will meet No. 14 North Carolina (2-0) in the next round of the tournament, being played in North Carolina instead of Hawaii due to COVID-19 issues.
The Cal Bears Matt Bradley (20) puts some defense on the Nicholls State offense. Bradley led Cal with 26 points in the Bears first win of the 2020-21 season (calbears.com photo)
By Barbara Mason
It had been 275 days since the Cal Bears had played at Haas Pavilion so it has been a long time coming. Monday night the Bears played their home opener taking on Nicholls State. Cal was leading at half-time 23-18. The Bears sealed the deal with a strong second half surge winning by the score of 60-49. Cal outscored Nicholls in the second half 37-31.
Cal’s Matt Brandley turned in a solid performance scoring 26 points in this third game of the season. Grant Anticevich also had 11 points in this game. The Bears sank 10 3-pointers courtesy of starters Anticevich with three and Brandley who also had three. Makale Foreman and Ryan Betley both turned in two 3-pointers each.
While the Bears did trail early by a slim margin 4-3 they really turned it around going on an amazing 18-2 run inside of nine minutes in the first half. Nicholls made it interesting when they tied up the game at 23 early in the second half. It was a 3-pointer by Brandley that put the Bears ahead for the remainder of the game. They never looked back taking this game by a comfortable margin.
The Bears now have a 2-1 record after beating Northwest WA handily while dropping one to Oregon State for their only loss this season. The Bears will meet their biggest challenge Thursday night when they take on Arizona State. That game will also be played at Haas with tip-off at 7:30. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
There’s no place like home for the holidays. A look at the outside of State Farm Stadium in Glendale AZ where the San Francisco 49ers will share the building with the Arizona Cardinals for home games for weeks 13 and 14. (azfamily.com file photo)
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
By Amaury Pi-González
“The San Francisco 49ers has come to an agreement with the National Football League and Arizona Cardinals which allows the 49ers to host their Weeks 13 and 14 home games against the Buffalo Bills and Washington Football Team at State Farm Stadium in Arizona,” the 49ers said in a statement. The future practice facility for the team, to be announced.
Kyle Shanahan, coach of the 49ers was not very happy with Santa Clara County officials; “We’ve been working with them as a partner, just trying to figure it out,” Shanahan said. “For us to be heading out here yesterday and the relationship we have with them, for all of our players and coaches and everyone on that plane and our wives to find that out while we’re getting on a plane and no one to tell us. It was just extremely disappointing.”
The San Francisco 49ers have been playing in Santa Clara’s Levi Stadium since the facility was inaugurated in the 2014 season, now they will be playing in Arizona for a few weeks. This is because Santa Clara’s regulations about covid-19, which has changed much more than the 49ers but the whole sporting scene in the United States. How much have things changed with covid-19 and sports?
The 49ers playing in Arizona is not a big deal. Consider this; the Toronto Blue Jays of major league baseball were banned not only to play in Toronto, but it their own country of Canada! The Arizona Cardinals have allowed between 1,200 to 4,500 fans per game at their Phoenix home during the last few games and that would be the norm, more than likely for the games that the 49ers will play there.
During this covid 2020 crisis, many State and Local governments have been “all over the place” when it came to order and regulations, Governors of California and New York said one thing about the importance of wearing mask, but did the opposite as they were photographed in public.
The Mayor of Denver said that “people should not travel this Thanksgiving weekend” and within 30 minutes he was on a plane going to visit family. Other states and governments have gone as far as to tell people to “rat on their neighbors” if they see too many people going to a party, to call the police. This tactic is a page out of the communist playbook. I saw it first hand in Cuba. And while the big stores are open, a great amount of small businesses (especially small restaurants) are going out of business and may never be able to comeback.
Anybody that had been following the news, knows all experts on this novel virus warned us about this ‘second wave’. This should not have been a surprise, but be as it may, looks like it was to some people, others didn’t care and were tired of staying at home and felt they have all the information necessary to make a decision.
The fact remains that most people that get covid-19 suffer minor symptoms and recover.
Stay tuned and stay well.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s Spanish lead play by play announcer on 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
The Cal Bears linebacker Kuony Deng (8) led the Bears with 14 tackles against the Stanford Cardinal on Fri Nov 27, 2020 (calbears.com photo)
On the Cal Bears football podcast with Michael:
#1 Michael, one thing you could say about that first half of the Big Game all indications was that this was going to be tight game no team was giving in. Cal (0-3) and Stanford (1-2) finished the first half to a 10-10 tie.
#2 Michael, in the second half it was very unfortunate for Cal time just ran out as the Bears picked up a touchdown in the third quarter and one in the fourth but the kicker Stanford scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to edge Cal by one point.
#3 Stanford quarterback Davis Mills threw for 205 yards and one touchdown talk about the job he did and how the Cardinal offense performed against the Bears.
#4 Cal quarterback Chase Garbers looked like he had a good afternoon under center in spite of the loss throwing for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
#5 Oregon comes to Cal for the next home game next Sat Dec 5th at Memorial Stadium. The Ducks have won four straight games and have been a worthy opponent in the Pac 12.
Michael Duca filled in for Morris Phillips for the Cal Bears podcast at http://www.sportsradioservice.com
San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould (4) is mobbed by his teammates after kicking the game winning field goal against the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth quarter on Sun Nov 29, 2020 (photo from sfgate.com)
By Joe Hawkes
LOS ANGELES — Heading into Week 12, the Los Angeles Rams sat atop of the NFC West while the San Francisco occupied the basement of the division.
For the first 2 1/2 quarters of Sunday’s game, it looked like the roles were reversed. For a second, the Rams appeared to regain the upper-hand before the 49ers would finish off the season thanks to Robbie Gould’s 42-yard field goal as time expired for a 23-20 upset victory in their first game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
The win for San Francisco completes a season sweep over Los Angeles. It also gives the 49ers a four-game winning streak over the Rams and snaps their three-game losing streak. The 49ers improve to 5-6 on the season and remain in the hunt for a playoff spot in the NFC.
Three of the 49ers’ most important players returned to the field Sunday, each making big contributions to the win.
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel who missed the last three games with a strained hamstring, had the biggest play from scrimmage for the 49ers in the first quarter. Samuel turned quarterback Nick Mullens’ short pass into a 33-yard pick up on the 49ers’ third possession of the game.
Three plays later, one play after a 26-yard gain from Samuel, running back Raheem Mostert rushed for an 8-yard touchdown slipping down the left sideline to give the 49ers a 7-3 lead.
Mostert who was making his return to the lineup for the first time since Week 6 (against the Rams), finished with 43 yards on 16 carries.
The offense was noticeably different with both Samuel and Mostert in the lineup. Samuel finished with career-highs in catches (11) and yards (133).
Mullens, albeit a bit shaky for most of the game, made plays down the stretch to put the 49ers in position to win. He completed 24 of 35 passes for 252 yards, no touchdowns and one interception that resulted on a tipped pass by Rams game-wrecker Aaron Donald that fell into the arms of Jordan Fuller.
Donald was essentially a non factor in the team’s first meeting, but was wrecking ball in today’s game.
With the 49ers holding a 17-6 lead midway through the third quarter, Donald split between right tackle Mike McGlinchey and rookie center Colton McKivitz and forced a Mostert fumble. Cornerback Troy Hill scooped it up and returned the fumble 20 yards for a touchdown to trim San Francisco’s lead to 17-13.
On San Francisco’s next possession, Donald sacked Mullens on first down for a loss of eight yards that led to a three-and-out. On the Rams’ next drive, rookie running back Cam Akers ripped off a 61-yard run to setup first-and-goal at the 49ers’ 6-yard line. Two plays later, Akers barrels his way into the end zone for a 1-yard score to give the Rams their first lead of the game, 20-17.
San Francisco’s offense committed three turnovers and finished 3 of 14 on third downs but it was the play by the defense, forcing four turnovers and the returning Richard Sherman that put the 49ers over the top.
Sherman, who hasn’t played since Week 1, made his presence felt early in the game when he intercepted Rams quarterback Jared Goff in the first quarter. Sherman would finish with a team-high seven tackles.
The front seven made life difficult for Goff all day, creating great pressure from defensive tackles Javon Kinlaw and Kevin Givens that allowed defensive end Kerry Hyder to feast.
Hyder recorded two sacks off Goff, who threw his second interception of the game in the third quarter to Kinlaw where the rookie returned it 27 yards to give the 49ers a 14-3 lead. Hyder leads the team with 7.5 sacks this year.
For the second time this season, the 49ers didn’t allow Goff to crack 200 yards passing as the Rams’ signal-caller finished 19 of 31 for 198 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and one fumble.
In the first matchup against San Francisco, Goff completed 19 of 38 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in San Francisco’s 24-16 on Oct. 18.
Goff entered Sunday’s contest after putting up 376 yards and three touchdowns (with two interceptions) on 39 of 51 pass attempts in the Rams’ 27-24 win over the Buccaneers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Safety Jimmie Ward forced two fumbles on the day, each recovered by Givens and Hyder.
Defensively, the 49ers held the Rams to 308 yards of total offense and 4 of 13 on third downs.
The 49ers are set to host games against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 7 and Washington on Dec. 13 but due to a ban on contact sports by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department that was announced Saturday, San Francisco doesn’t have a venue as of yet.
Possible locations include Arizona and Texas according to multiple reports. Those are also the sites of the 49ers’ two final road games. The 49ers are scheduled to play at Dallas on Sunday, Dec. 20, and at Arizona on either Saturday, Dec. 26, or Sunday, Dec. 27.