Headlines of the week podcast with Jessica Kwong: Here comes the Judge now AL season home run leader with 62; Broncos Wilson good enough to go under center Sunday; plus more news

History is made with the New York Yankees Aaron Judge connecting with his 62nd home run of 2022 surpassing former Yankee Roger Maris’s old record of 61. The Texas Rangers catcher Sam Huff and plate umpire Randy Rosenberg look on.

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 Jessica, in Texas last night the New York Yankees Aaron Judge launched his 62nd home run of the season against the Texas Rangers making Judge the all time home leader in a season surpassing former Yankees Roger Maris.

#2 Jessica, looks like Russell Wilson quarterback Denver Broncos could get in the starting line up against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football. Russell had been listed as limited due to a shoulder injury but reports say that Russell could play the whole game.

#3 Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver who had made racists comments and was suspended by the NBA for the rest of the season and fined $10 million had announced that the team is up for sale which is expected to sell for an all time price for an NBA team.

#4 Jessica, the Atlanta Braves clinched on Tuesday night defeating the Florida Marlins 2-1 at LoanDepot Park in Miami. The New York Mets who had trailed the Braves by just a game tried to catch up but just ran out of games and ran out of time.

#5 Jessica, big loss for the San Francisco 49ers left tackle Colton McKivitz is out for two months with a knee injury This comes after left tackle Trent Williams who went down with a right ankle sprain.

Join Jessica for Headline Sports podcast Wednesday nights at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Deebo covers some ground; Defense holds up in 49ers win 24-9

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) scores on a 57 yard catch in the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave talk about San Francisco 49ers (2-2) Deebo Samuel who looked like he might take a short catch not too far but turned around and ran for 57 yards for a touchdown.

#2  Talanoa Hufanga returned a interception which helped the 49ers who defeat the Los Angeles Rams (2-2) on Monday Night Football 24-9.

#3 For 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo 16-27 for 239 yards and one touchdown the defense also helped him win the game.

Join David Zizmor for the 49ers podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Deebo and the defense dominate in 49ers 24-9 win over the Rams on Monday Night Football

San Francisco 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga celebrates his interception for a touchdown at Levi’s Stadium on Monday OCT 3, 2022. (San Francisco 49ers)

by Marko Ukalovic

Death, taxes and the San Francisco 49ers dominating the Los Angeles Rams.

The combination of Deebo Samuel and a relentless defensive effort allowed the Niners to cruise to a 24-9 victory over their NFC Western Division rival on Monday evening at Levi’s Stadium. San Francisco is 7-0 in its last seven regular season against Los Angeles.

For the second time in three games, San Francisco’s stout defense did not allow an offensive touchdown. This time it was the high powered offense that is the Rams. The defenese did not allow a play over 20 yards as they dominated the trenches and made Los Angeles’ offense one dimensional for 60 minutes.

“We knew it would be a battle to keep them (Rams) out of the end zone, it was great. Our special teams played well. It was really cool to see cause I thought we had a chance to run away with it. So it was cool to not play perfect, but to overcome a lot of things and have a big victory,” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Los Angeles (2-2) opened the game with a methodical 14 play 54-yard drive with a series of short passes, screens and check downs over the middle that resulted in a Matt Gay 39-yard field goal. The drive chewed up over eight minutes on the clock.

San Francisco (2-2) answered back on its first offensive possession. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers down the field on a eight play 75 yard drive where he completed four of his five passes for 45 yards. Running back Jeff Wilson Jr. finished off the drive when he run untouched for a 32-yard rushing touchdown.

After another Gay field goal, San Francisco extended its lead with under three minutes left in the second quarter. On a third and three at their own 43 yard line, Garoppolo fired a high ball just beyond the outstretched reach of Derion Kendrick into the hands of Samuel. The hybrid wide receiver turned a short catch into a 57-yard highlight reel touchdown reception as he broke two tackles and juked out another would be tackler in the process on his way to the end zone for a 14-6 lead.

“Every time I get the ball in my hands it’s my mentality in trying to make a big play, but it’s just second nature to me right now,” said Samuel.

Samuel had his best game as a wide receiver of the season. He led the 49ers in receiving with six catches for 115 yards and one touchdown.

Los Angeles tried to change the momentum to start the second half when they forced the a three and out on San Francisco’s first drive to start the third quarter. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford once again led a long drive down the field and once again the 49ers defense kept the Rams out of the end zone as Gay kicked his third field goal, a 26 yarder, to complete a 16 play 75 yard drive that ate 7:43 off the clock.

“The story of the night on the offensive side of the ball was self inflicted wounds, above the neck errors where we’re not doing the things that we’re capable of and I expect us to be better than that,” said Rams head coach Sean McVay.

San Francisco’s defense sealed the deal late in the fourth quarter with a game clinching pick six. Talanoa Hufanga read a wide receiver screen intended for star wide receiver Cooper Kupp and intercepted Stafford, returning the ball 52 yards to pay dirt. It was Hufanga’s team leading second interception as he has become a clutch player on this already talented 49ers defense in his sophomore season.

“They’ve been running screens all night. I kinda saw a different release than I’m used to. Instead of following my man, I just turned my head and the ball kinda just dropped in my face. I ain’t gonna lie. I thought (Matthew) Stafford was going to catch me,” Hufanga said.

San Francisco’s defense sacked Stafford seven times with Nick Bosa and Samson Ekubam both had two apiece. Linebacker Dre Greenlaw had an impressive game with 12 solo tackles, including one for a loss.

Garoppolo, who is now 7-0 against the Rams, finished 16 of 27 for 237 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a QB rating of 100.7. Wilson Jr. had a productive game with 74 yards on 18 carries.

“We’ve had some dog fights against these guys,” Garoppolo said when asked about the team’s success against the Rams. “That’s a good football team, give them credit. That’s a hellava D-line and our guys stood up to them and I thought they played really well.”

Kupp, who was the only offensive bright spot for the Rams, rewarded his fantasy football owners as he led all receivers with 14 catches for 122 yards. Stafford, who is 1-6 in his career against the 49ers, finished 32 of 48 for 254 yards with no touchdowns and the pick six.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished 5-for-12 on third down conversions. Los Angeles was 5-for-15.

DT Javon Kinlaw (knee) WR Danny Gray (hip) S Tarvarius Moore (hamstring) LT Trent Williams (ankle) RB Ty Davis-Price (ankle) TE Tyler Kroft (knee) OL Nick Zakelj (coach’s decision) were inactive for San Francisco.

UP NEXT: San Francisco take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday 10/9 at 1:05pm at Bank of America Stadium.

Headline Sports podcast with Bruce MacGowan: Black pioneers in Bay Area broadcasting; Giants and A’s winding down 2022; plus more

Former KRON 4 Sportscaster Jan Hutchins is part of the discussion on Headline Sports with Bruce MacGowan on today’s podcast. Here Hutchins is in a publicity shot for the San Jose Rotary Club where he spoke in 2013 (Rotary Club of San Jose file photo)

On the podcast with Bruce:

#1 Bruce last regular home game for the San Francisco Giants hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks at Oracle Park in San Francisco. Winding it down what changes do you see the Giants needing to improve in the off season.

#2 The Oakland A’s lost their 100th game on Friday it’s something a big league hates to have hanging over their season and go into the record books.

#3 San Francisco 49ers have some pressure after losing to the Denver Broncos last week. The 49ers really need to go after the Rams early on Monday Night Football.

#4 The Oakland A’s host the Los Angeles Angels starting this Monday night. The Angels and Shohei Ohtani will be on hand at Coliseum after Ohtani had signed a one year contract that takes him through 2023 for $30 million.

#5 The Golden State Warriors opened up their pre season in Japan this week. Talk has been the can repeat this season.

Bruce MacGowan podcasted Headlines Sports during Sunday SF Giants home games in 2022 at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: Will Garoppolo run all day or have time to throw on Monday Night Football

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo looks for a receiver against the Denver Broncos in first half action at on Sun Sep 25, 2022 at Empower Field in Denver (AP News Photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 After that last game that saw 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo scrambling and looking for daylight and getting the second loss of the season in Denver the question the media was asking during 49ers practice in Santa Clara this week was is the 49ers season in danger?

#2 What are the differences between their win against the Seattle Seahawks and their loss to the Broncos.

#3 Garoppolo seemed like he just simply couldn’t move the offense and struggled to get inside the red zone he also missed a lot of his passes going 18-29 for 211 yards and one touchdown.

#4 The 49ers will try and get back in the win column on Monday Night Football a big stage against a big team at Levi Stadium the Los Angeles Rams who are coming off a huge win against Arizona Cardinals 20-12. The Rams have won two straight games. How do you see this match up on Monday Night?

David Zizmor filled in for Marko Ukalovic for complete podcast coverage of the 49ers Fridays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with David Zizmor: How Williams injury will impact the 49ers offensive line; Garoppolo hoping to have breakout game after Denver loss

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) gets assisted off the field by the 49ers medical staff in the first half during Sunday Night Football on Sep 25, 2022 and will be out from 4-6 weeks due to an high ankle injury. He will miss his first game on Monday Night Football Oct 3, 2022 against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara (AP News file photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 David, talk about the loss of offensive tackle Trent Williams who will be out from four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain.

#2 One thing that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is trying to prevent is putting Williams on the injured reserve because NFL rules allow only eight players per season and are allowed to return after missing at least four weeks.

#3 After losing quarterback Trey Lance for the rest of the season and taking a 11-10 loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was coming off stepping in for Lance and leading the 49ers to a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sep 18th but things went sideways for Garoppolo and the 49ers in their game at home against the Denver Broncos on Sun 25th.

Join David Zizmor for the 49ers podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsadioservice.com

Broncos force two turnovers to end the game in 11-10 win over the 49ers

Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson dives for a first down to extend a drive at Empower Field at Mile High against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Sep 25, 2022. (Niners Wire)

by Marko Ukalovic

It was an ugly ending to an ugly looking football game.

The Denver Broncos defense needed two turnovers at the end of the game to defeat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday 11-10 in a sloppy game on Sunday evening at Empower Field at Mile High.

Denver quarterback Russell Wilson, stymied by San Francisco’s defense for the most of the game, came alive early in the fourth quarter using both his arm and his legs to engineer a 12 play 80-yard touchdown drive that consumed 6:04 of the clock.

Wilson was able to get himself out of tight jams during the drive, either by running for first downs when the pocket collapsed or finding receivers at the last second, including a clutch pass to Kendal Hinton for 27 yards on a third down and 10. Running back Melvin Gordon III capped off the drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown to give Denver its only lead of the game with 4:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed.

“Really in the fourth quarter, I had to kind of use my legs and kind of take over,” Wilson said. “Just try to move around and find some first downs. Kendall Hinton making that big play. I went left—I guess I can still go left.”

San Francisco (1-2) drove into Broncos territory with under three minutes remaining. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was pressured by Broncos linebacker Josey Jewell, who was a thorn in the side of the Niners offense all night, and forced a errant throw into double coverage trying to connect with wide receiver Deebo Samuel. The ball was tipped up in the air and intercepted by Jonas Griffith at the Denver 41-yard line

The 49ers defense gave the offense one more chance for a winning drive when it forced a three and out and regained the ball with 1:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The drive lasted just two plays when running back Jeff Wilson Jr. had the ball punched out of his hands after a reception by P.J. Locke. Kareem Jackson recovered the ball at the 49ers 24-yard line to seal the fate for San Francisco.

San Francisco drew first blood on their second offensive possession. Garoppolo led a six play 75-yard scoring drive that took just over the three minutes. Garoppolo hooked up with Brandon Aiyuk on a quick slant route for a three yard touchdown reception. The drive was aided with a 37-yard run from running back Wilson Jr.

That would be as good as it got for the 49ers as their second half woes on offense was a combination of poorly called plays, penalties and turnovers that prevented them for extending their lead and repeating the success they had moving the ball in the first half.

“In the second half, never got into a rhythm. When we did, we had that fumbled snap. Got backed up (in our own end), went into the safety. Had another turnover. Didn’t get the run game quite going. When you don’t convert a third down till I think that last drive, it’s usually not a good recipe (for success),” 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said.

Denver (2-1) had nothing to write home about on offense in the first half as Wilson, who was very familiar going up against that defense when he played in Seattle, could not establish a rhythm with the first three series ending in three straight three and outs. The Broncos managed to get a 55-yard field goal from Brandon McManus early in the second quarter.

The momentum of the game changed at the 9:51 mark of the third quarter. Backed up at their own two-yard line, Garoppolo dropped back to throw a pass out to the flat, but stepped out of bounds before he threw ball resulting in a safety (which would’ve been a pick-6 by Bradley Chubb had he not stepped out) cutting the lead down to 7-5.

“That was a tough situation I put him (Garoppolo) in. We made too many mistakes. I don’t think anyone played well on offense, including myself (in the second half),” Shanahan said.

San Francisco left tackle Trent Williams was injured on the play when his legs were taken out from behind him by Dre’Mont Jones that resulted in a high ankle sprain. He did not return to the game.

Despite tight end George Kittle’s debut where he caught four balls for 28 yards, the 49ers offense was stagnant and was dominated by Denver’s defense.

“That’s just bad offense,” said Kittle when recounting all the offense’s mistakes. “Especially when the defense is playing the way they are, giving us opportunities. I think our goal is much higher than that, but at the lowest we can’t do that.”

Wilson finished with a subpar game going 20 of 33 for 184 yards with no touchdowns but didn’t throw a interception. He was sacked four times for 24 yards. Courland Sutton led Denver in receiving with eight catches for 97 yards. Running back Javonte Williams chipped in with 58 yards on 15 carries.

“In the end, it’s just about one more point than the other team. I give so much credit to the 49ers, they’re a phenomenal team. Their defense, their offense, they are a very good team. So that was a heck of a battle,” Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett said.

Garoppolo went 18 of 29 for 211 yards with one touchdown and that one critical interception. He was also sacked four times for 32 yards. Samuel had five catches for 73 yards to lead San Francisco in receiving. Wilson Jr. contributed 75 yards on the ground on 12 carries.

GAME NOTES: San Francisco finished a dismal 1-for-10 on third down conversions. Denver went 6-for-19.

San Francisco linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair suffered a knee injury in the second half which Shanahan believed it could be an MCL injury.

The 49ers defense forced 10 punts, marking the most punts recorded by an opponent against the Niners since 2016 (10 punts vs Los Angeles Rams 9/12/16).

Wilson is now 17-4 in his career against San Francisco.

UP NEXT: San Francisco returns home to host the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football 10/3 at 5:15pm at Levi’s Stadium.

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes: Linebackers coach Holland fights through stage 3 cancer; Kittle expected back in the line up today

San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Johnny Holland left talks practice plays with linebacker Fred Warner (54) and linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (51) during practice in Santa Clara. (Mercury News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with Joe Hawkes:

#1 You can’t say the San Francisco 49ers as a whole organization is not only pulling for linebackers coach Johnny Holland who is battling stage 3 cancer and yet and still is up to coming to work everyday and working with the linebackers which all things considered is astonishing.

#2 Holland said he couldn’t even pronounce the name of the disease that he learned about rom team physican Dr. Tim McAdams which is multiple myeloma. Holland has said his faith has helped him and also kept him going.

#3 Tight end George Kittle has returned to the battlefield after his groin injury in early September. Kittle told reporters this week during practice he felt wonderful. Joe how crucial is it for the Niners to get Kittle back in the line up?

#4 This will be the first time that Kittle has played against the Denver Broncos the last time was 2018 in that game he caught seven passes for 210 yards and got an 85 yard touchdown. Do the 49ers expect Kittle to be sharp or a little rusty in today’s contest.

#5 Joe, it’s going to be noisy at Empower Field the fans at Mile High are almost like a 12th man for the Broncos. The 49ers are coming off a win against the Seattle Seahawks and the Broncos are coming off a win against the Houston Texans last Sunday.

Join Joe Hawkes for the 49ers podcasts Sundays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers podcast with Marko Ukalovic: As it’s Garoppolo’s team Denver could be another big test for 49ers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is congratulated by teammates in their game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi Stadium on Sun Sep 18, 2022 (AP News photo)

On the SF 49ers podcast with Marko:

#1 Marko, talk about the shift in power dynamics now that 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is the starting quarterback.

#2 Trey Lance got only two series but was able to move the ball down field into the red zone on both opportunities only to have his ankle fractured in that second series. The two series did demonstrate his ability to move the ball down field and execute the playbook.

#3 Right now for the 49ers to get to the Super Bowl the 49ers will need Garoppolo to play above all NFL teams.

#4 What’s that got to be like for Garoppolo to almost get dealt and talk of it right up until the start of the regular season and now he’s the face of the team and pretty much the leader of the team after Lance’s injury.

#5 Denver is a very nosy place to play as Empower Field is like a 12th man. How much of an effort will it be for Garoppolo to get his voice heard over the Mile High crowd this Sunday.

Join Marko Fridays for the 49ers podcasts at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

San Francisco 49ers with David Zizmor: 49ers prepare for Wilson and Broncos this Sunday in Denver

Denver Broncos Russell Wilson (3) trots out to the field at Empower Stadium in Denver last Sun Sep 18, 2022 to battle the Houston Texans. Wilson and the Broncos host the San Francisco 49ers this Sun Sep 25, 2022 in Denver. (AP News photo)

On the 49ers podcast with David:

#1 Dave the injury to quarterback Trey Lance and his not being able to play for the rest of the game and the season did not have a psychological effect on the team as the 49ers pushed forward to defeat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday 27-7.

#2 Lance who had the surgery to fix his broken ankle doctors say was successful on Tuesday and that Lance should be ready to play and work out after the Super Bowl.

#3 The Denver Broncos (1-1) host the 49ers this Sunday at Empower Stadium. The Broncos picked up their first win of the season last Sunday with a win over the Houston Texans (0-1-1) in Denver 16-9. The Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 219 yards going 14-31 and threw for one touchdown and an interception.

Join David for the 49ers podcasts Wednesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com