Kawakami: Harbaugh, 49ers often at their best under trying circumstances

San Francisco 49ers need to bounce back after losing to Chicago Bears last week, and visiting the Arizona Cardinals will provide the kind of challenge in which they frequently excel.
( Dan Honda )
Purdy: A's collapse about physics, not chemistry

The Oakland A's deep slump -- now 25 losses in 36 games -- can be traced to the failure of an offense that was productive early in the season. 
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(Brian Bahr)
Thompson: Raiders' offseason moves have yet to pay dividends

Oakland Raiders brought in eight veterans with 52 games of playoff experience, including eight Super Bowls and three rings, but in the first two games those players haven't produced much results 
( Daniel Ochoa de Olza )
Warriors' Thompson draws raves for FIBA World Cup performance

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson is praised by teammate Stephen Curry, who says his fellow Splash Brother belongs among NBA's elite players. 
(Steven Senne/AP)
Oakland Raiders lose 16-9 to New England Patriots

Rookie quarterback Derek Carr and winless Oakland Raiders give Tom Brady and New England Patriots all they can handle in NFL game at Foxboro 
Cal athletics store celebrates football victory prematurely

The Cal athletic department's official store prematurely congratulated the football team on a victory Saturday, offering a 25 percent discount shortly before Arizona rallied to victory on a Hail Mary pass 
Oakland A's have Stephen Vogt batting second

The Oakland A's batted Stephen Vogt second against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday with the hopes of adding punch to the lineup 
( Nhat V. Meyer )
49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick used racial slur, report says

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined $11,025 because he used a racial slur on the field, according to a Fox Sports report 
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Local sports digest: Polina Edmunds set for figure skating season opener

San Jose Olympian Polina Edmunds will debut her new programs at the season-opening U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City starting Thursday.