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June 11, 2013 |
A worker died in an accident Tuesday at the construction site of the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara, a city spokesman said. Few details were immediately available about the accident, which occurred about 6:45 a.m. and involved an elevator. Santa Clara spokesman Dan Beerman said. The worker was a subcontractor employed by Turner-Devcon, the project's general contractor, Beerman said. An investigation into the incident was still underway. Workers have been sent home for the day, KRON-TV reported . The $1.3-billion Silicon Valley stadium is scheduled to open for the 2014 NFL season, and will host the Super Bowl in 2016.
March 30, 2013 |
Kwame Harris, a former offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, told CNN in a report Friday that he was gay and now regrets not being open about his sexuality while he was a pro football player. Harris said he would sometimes have disturbing thoughts about covering up the fact that he was gay while playing and "didn't see those two things as being compatible. " "You want to escape the despair, this turmoil and maybe your mind goes to dark places sometimes," Harris said.
March 13, 2013 |
Alex Smith is now a physical away from becoming the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, with the San Francisco 49ers officially announcing the trade of their former No. 1 overall pick on Tuesday. Just seeing his name in same sentence as the phrase "starting quarterback" -- and with the word "former" nowhere to be seen -- must come as a relief to Smith, who lost the 49ers' top spot to Colin Kaepernick more than midway through last season despite leading the team to the NFC championship the previous year and to a 6-2-1 record before getting hurt in 2012.
March 12, 2013 |
Anquan Boldin was on another continent when he learned he had been traded from the team that had won the Super Bowl in January to the team that he had helped to beat in the big game. The now former Baltimore Ravens receiver said he had just arrived in Senegal for a three-day relief mission with Oxfam America when his phone started buzzing with the news that he was about to become a member of the San Francisco 49ers. "I actually found out as I got off the plane last night," Boldin told ESPN producer Ashly Robinson.
February 27, 2013 |
The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs. The deal can't officially be made until March 12 when the new league year begins, but FOXsports.com says the teams have reached an agreement, and USA Today later confirmed the arrangement. The details of the trade have not been released, but according to the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco could receive Kansas City's second-round pick in April's draft - No. 34 overall - and a “similar” pick in 2014.
February 25, 2013 |
Alex Smith's career with the San Francisco 49ers appears to be over. A tweet from CBS' Jason La Canfora on Sunday said that a deal that would send the 49ers' former starting quarterback to another team is "effectively complete. " Such a transaction, however, can not actually take place until the NFL year begins on March 12. So until then, all we can do is speculate. The Jacksonville Jaguars would seem to be a likely candidate, with the Blaine Gabbert experiment not working out so well after two subpar seasons.
February 4, 2013 |
It began with the light of the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary school, saved children singing "America the Beautiful" in tiny voices that moved the soul. It was then pitched into 34 minutes of a murky darkness, the power out, the air conditioners off, the humid Superdome beginning a slow cook that frazzled the nerves. It ended, finally, in light again, the Super Bowl coming full circle on a dizzying Sunday night with a dramatically blinding finish of wrestling players, screaming coaches and winners doing snow angels in the purple and white confetti.
February 4, 2013 |
No need for booze: Disappointed devotees of the losing San Francisco 49ers can drown their Super Bowl sorrows in free Jell-O Pudding. The Kraft brand said it will send thousands of cups gratis to the city by the bay on Tuesday to help soothe distraught football fans. Drop sites are posted on the Jell-O Pudding Drop's website . The treats will be available around the city at locations such as Chinatown and Lombard Street at various times throughout the day. “Nothing masks the bitter taste of defeat like the sweet taste of Jell-O,” a spokesman says in a YouTube video posted Sunday night.
February 4, 2013 |
Michael Crabtree never had a chance to make a catch in the end zone on what turned out to be the San Francisco 49ers' last play of Super Bowl XLVII, a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Some think it was because quarterback Colin Kaepernick's pass on fourth-and-goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game was too high. Others feel it was because of what should have been pass interference against the Ravens but wasn't called. Certainly members of the latter group are the more vocal, since a penalty would have given the 49ers four more chances for the go-ahead score while the no-call essentially ended their chances for a comeback victory.
February 3, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The Baltimore Ravens were almost done in Sunday by a reign delay. A power outage at the Superdome halted Super Bowl XLVII for 34 minutes, casting the stadium into a twilight-like darkness and allowing the reeling San Francisco 49ers to regroup with almost a full half remaining. Despite an impressive power surge by the 49ers, however, the Ravens were able to hang on for a 34-31 victory, hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the second time in their history. "It's never pretty, it's never perfect, but it's us," said Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh, whose team had lost four of its last five regular-season games before going on a marvelous run that included knocking off Indianapolis, Denver and New England to reach the biggest stage.