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  • US Open Oakland back in the limelight The Raiders are once again in the playoff picture after beating the LA Chargers 26-24 In a big mid season AFC West contest.The Raider's D led the way with 3 picks. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • Fifa World Cup Star rising Marcus Semien has worked hard to make himself an everyday major leaguer. It has paid off with Marcus being named a finalist for the 2019 MVP in baseball. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • NFL Football Tiger catches Sam Snead Tiger Woods claimed his 82nd PGA Tour win to climb atop the career wins list tying him with the great Sam Snead. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine
  • NCAA Tourney College hoops off and running St. Mary's might have the highest ranking men's team in the Bay Area but they might not be the best one. A young Cal team is improved along with Santa Clara, USF and San Jose St. Photo by Cameron Heisner/1st String Magazine
  • 2020 Toyko Olympics Winning with Grace Allyson Felix broke Usain Bolts gold medal record at world championships with her 12th at the 2019 world's.. Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine


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San Francisco unable to hold off Seattle, lose vice grip on the NFC West

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Everybody knew this one was going to be a battle. It was the second playoff preview among contenders we have had this year. The first being Baltimore's win over New England.

That is another story.

Up 10-0 late in the second quater San Francisco (8-1) had Seattle (8-2) right where they wanted them. SF's defense was controlling the game and not letting the Seahawks offense get anything going.

The game woke up when SF QB Jimmy Garoppolo was hit and fumbled with just minuites left in the first half. Seattle D Linemen Jadeveon Clowney scooped the ball up and returned it 10-yards for the TD.

That was the start of what would become a fumble fest by both teams.

Two fluky fumbles hurt Seattle's cause. The first took away points at the end of the first half and the second gave SF a TD cutting what was a 21-10 Seahawks lead to 21-17.

The second fumble was a double fumble. Seattle QB Russell Wilson was pressured and had the ball pop out of his hands and right to his offensive tackle who tried to take off but was quickly caught and had the ball stripped out of his hands.

The ball finally bounced to 49ers D lineman DeForset Buckner who ran it in for a touchdown from 15-yards out. Levi's Stadium was rocking and SF was back in the game.

The 49ers had scored 10-points in their first to drives of the game but were shut down offensively until Buckner scored with 12-mins left in the fourth quarter.

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Champ for a day, Cameron Champ is trying to make a name for himself

Napa Ca 09/28/2019 - Cameron Champ parlayed a 54-hole lead into a one shot win holding off hard charging Adam Hadwin down the stretch of the 2019 Safeway Open.

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Champ, just 21, claimed this PGA Tour win just miles from his home town of Sacramento with a 17-under 271.

He needed every bit of that 17-under at the Silverado Country Club and Resort. Hadwin could get recover from the 70 he carded in the second round Friday.

Champ never went higher then the 69 he posted Sunday.

Cameron got the win despite never having the best round of the four day event.

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Indy Cars return to beautiful Monterey

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Next week will end a month full of racing down at the historic WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway.

The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey goes down Sept. 20-22.

This will be the first time the Indy Car series has been in Monterey in years and fans will be treated to a season ending battle for the championship.

Three drivers still have a shot at the points title with one race left in the season.

Josef Newgarden is sitting in the drivers seat with 593pts 41 ahead of Alexander Rossi who is a point ahead of 3rd place Simon Pagenaud.

You get 50 points for a win so, as you can see, Newgarden will have to drive to win the series championships and not so much the race itself. More click here



The SaveMart 350

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Martin Truex Jr held off Kyle Busch the last 20 or so laps of the 2019 SaveMart 350 at a sun splashed Sonoma Raceway.

It was Martin's second win in a row in Sonoma and his 4th of the 2019 season. Truex Jr. led a race high 59-laps of the SaveMart 350.

It is the 50th anniversary of Sonoma Raceway formerly known as Sears Point Raceway back in the day.

To help honor the track The Carousel, a long sweeping turn that can make or break a lap, was put back into the rotation. Martin handled it just fine.

Stage 1 of the 3 staged race went to William Byron who led every lap of the first stage and was second in laps led (21). Denny Hamlin was the best man in the second stage before Truex Jr took control of the 50 lap stage 3.

Kyle Busch did make a run at the checkered flag. Busch slapped on some fresh tires and dropped 7-seconds off a 8-second lead but Kyle could not catch Truex Jr in the end.

Ryan Blaney was 3rd and in perhaps the best drive of the day, Matt DiBenedetto finished a career high 4th.

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The Bay Area will be ground zero for vintage racing the next month as Sonoma Raceway and WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway open up their track to some of the prettiest cars that ever graced the roadway.

May 3-5 the Trans-Am Speed Fest heads down to beautiful Monterey and the Weathertech Laguna Seca Raceway.

Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers, Corvettes and Vipers will share the track with vintage muscle cars all supped up and in race trim.

The red of Ferrari follows the parade of muscle cars around Laguna Seca when the Ferrari Racing Days and Corse Clienti F1 takes it's turn racing thru the famous Corkscrew.

Highlighting the weekend will be F1 cars from Ferrari's stable that will come thru Monterey and run a few laps around the world famous circuit.

That goes down May 10-12 making it a busy start to the 2019 racing season



St. Mary's takes control of their own destiny

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

Who knew that St. Mary's would sweep thru the WCC Tourney and soundly defeat the n #1 team in the nation, Gonzaga.

The Zags have been a thorn in the side of St. Mary's for a long time now.

The Gaels were also trying to erase the memory of the 94-46 thrashing the Zags handed St. Mary's the first time the two teams played this year.

St, Mary's was better the second time around at home in both teams regular season league finals losing 69-55.

In the WCC Final the Gaels turned a 27-24 halftime lead into a 60-47 win and the ticket to the Big Dance that comes with it. Head coach Randy Bennett coached one of the best games in his life against the Zags.

St. Mary's never let Gonzaga go on a run that every thought was coming in the WCC final. The Gaels lost to defending champs Villanova 61-57 in the first round. It was a tough out for as team that got better as the year went on.

High school sports impacted by the California wild fires

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Photo by Eric Taylor/1st String Magazine

All across northern and southern California high school sports have been put on hold because of the devastating wildfires burning out of control in large parts of the state.

There are over 1,000 people missing and that number is sure to go up as the fires continue to burn.

The smoke from the "Camp Fire" in Butte county has descended over most of the San Francisco Bay Area causing very un healthy air.

It's so bad that most prep sporting events have been cancelled the past two weeks. Cross Country got it's section meets axed and runners moved onto state based on times they ran during the season.

Next weeks state meet in Fresno is a go at the moment. Hopefully the kids can run and it comes at a time when they can postpone it for a week if they have to.

The football state championships have been moved back. Schools are trying to move playoff games to areas the smoke has not caused havoc.



















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