TOP BAY AREA SPORTS STORIES OF 2013

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  • Missy Franklin

    Swimmer enrolls at Cal after capturing four gold medals at London Olympics and a record six at the world championships in Barcelona.

  • San Jose State 62, Fresno State 52

    Quarterback David Fales throws for 547 yards and six TDs on Nov. 29 as Spartans end undefeated Bulldogs' bid for a BCS bowl.

  • Aldon Smith

    49ers linebacker's offseason trouble includes pleading not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon.

  • Damian Lillard

    The Oakland native wins NBA Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 19.0 points, 6.5 assists for Portland Trail Blazers.

  • Cal football

    Sonny Dykes flops to a 1-11 finish as Jeff Tedford's replacement; opponents average 45.9 points per game.

  • Sharks change at top

    German high-tech entrepreneur Hasso Plattner emerges as new face of Sharks ownership group.

  • Earthquakes, Frank Yallop part ways

    The two-time MLS coach of the year leaves in what team calls a "mutual decision."

  • SAP Open ends

    The second-oldest ongoing tennis tournament ran from 1890 till Feb. 17. Milos Raonic won final three titles.


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  • San Jose files lawsuit vs. MLB

    In an attempt to spur the A's move to the South Bay, the San Jose City Council votes on June 18 to file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

  • Charles Woodson returns to Raiders

    The eight-time Pro Bowler and 2009 Defensive Player of the Year re-signs with his original team, but Oakland enters final weekend 4-11.

  • Bay Area boxing

    Andre Ward and Nonito Donaire rank among the world's top pound-for-pound fighters; Robert Guerrero loses to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in WBC welterweight championship fight May 4.

  • Mark Appel

    The Stanford right-hander is the No. 1 pick, by Houston, in MLB's amateur draft after going 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA. Appel attended Monte Vista High in Danville.