TIM KAWAKAMI
( George Bridges )
Kawakami: Putting a positive spin on 49ers, Raiders

It's early, so why not throw out a few gauzy, peppy, probably over-optimistic thoughts on some of the teams' recent activities?
 
MARK PURDY
( JOHN GREEN )
Purdy: If the Giants can just hang in there, overtaking the Dodgers is a good possibility

The Giants have so many injuries, but with players like Madison Bumgarner and Kelby Tomlinson, they could be 'playing for a ring' 
M. Thompson II
(Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
Thompson: Warriors' NBA championship trophy tour knows no bounds

Larry O'Brien trophy has been far and wide with Warriors players and executives since the team won the NBA title in June. 
WARRIORS
(Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)
Thompson: Warriors' NBA championship trophy tour knows no bounds

Larry O'Brien trophy has been far and wide with Warriors players and executives since the team won the NBA title in June. 
RAIDERS
(Ezra Shaw)
Raiders' second-round pick Mario Edwards calming coaching staff's nerves

Mario Edwards never quite fulfilled expectations at Florida State, but he flashed his potential in Raiders' exhibition against Minnesota Vikings 
ATHLETICS
Slumping A's visit a Diamondbacks team that has exceeded expectations

Arizona Diamondbacks, under manager Chip Hale and general manager Dave Stewart, were playing better than expected until they ran into the St. Louis Cardinals. 
Giants
( JOHN GREEN )
Purdy: If the Giants can just hang in there, overtaking the Dodgers is a good possibility

The Giants have so many injuries, but with players like Madison Bumgarner and Kelby Tomlinson, they could be 'playing for a ring'