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San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Shanahan pleased with practices vs. Denver Broncos

San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Shanahan pleased with practices vs. Denver Broncos

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan was very pleased with the way his team competed in joint practice sessions with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday and Thursday. The teams went head-to-head in full gear on Wednesday, then donned shoulder pads only for Thursday's session, which featured as much individual and seven-on-seven drills as full-unit duels. "You always want to measure yourself up against other people," Shanahan said of the perennial AFC West contender. "I think to get out there and compete with those guys, I think it does give you some confidence. But, also, I think our guys expected it, too. I think they were expecting to do good." Wednesday's scrimmage-type competition was marred by one confrontation instigated by 49ers free safety Adrian Colbert,...
San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals interested in Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton

San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals interested in Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton

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July 16 (UPI) -- A no-trade clause hasn't stopped teams from asking the Miami Marlins about Giancarlo Stanton's availability.Sources told SiriusXM radio that teams are "calling the Marlins on Stanton." The report stated that there is a "belief" that Stanton is willing to waive his no-trade clause and that the San Francisco Giants are showing the most interest. The St. Louis Cardinals also "checked in." Sources told SiriusXM radio that Stanton "prefers to stay" with the Marlins if the team stays together.The 27-year-old outfielder is having one of his best seasons. Stanton has a league-high 26 home runs, 59 RBI and is hitting .275 through 88 games. The four-time All-Star signed a 13-year, $ 325 million contract with the Marlins in 2014. He is due $ 14.5 million this season, but his salary e...
San Francisco Giants batter Minnesota Twins to salvage series finale

San Francisco Giants batter Minnesota Twins to salvage series finale

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The slumping San Francisco Giants tried a new look Sunday. It produced a new result. Despite holding three regulars out of the starting lineup, the Giants rode a season-best 17-hit attack to a 13-8 win over the Minnesota Twins, allowing them to salvage one win in the three-game interleague series.Buster Posey and Austin Slater drove in four runs apiece, igniting an offense that had produced a total of two runs and 10 hits in two series-opening losses. "Anytime you sit regulars like that and get a win, a come-from-behind win, that's nice," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy, whose team's run total also was a season high. "For the guys to step up and play a real nice ballgame, that's just what we needed." Replacing shortstop Brandon Crawford, first baseman Brandon Belt and cent...