Draft

Mark Appel. (Stanford Athletics)

Stanford’s Appel Prepares For 2nd MLB Draft As Elite Prospect

As Mark Appel sat in the Stanford dugout and glanced out at sun-kissed Sunken Diamond this week, the star pitcher reminded himself just how much it meant to return for his final college season.

05/23/2013

Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers

Raiders Reportedly Looking To Move Down In Draft

Multiple reports link the Oakland Raiders and GM Reggie McKenzie to trade-down possibilities. It’s no surprise they’re speeding down that avenue. McKenzie’s rebuilding effort will occur on a steep incline with no second-round pick as payment for now-former QB Carson Palmer.

04/25/2013

JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass against the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Raiders Attempting To Reverse Reputation As Draft Failures

Six botched selections and one misguided trade later, the results from those years add up to no playoff berths, no winning records, no Pro Bowl invitations and only oft-injured Darren McFadden left on the roster.

04/23/2013

San Francisco 49ers v Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers: Alex Smith Needs To ‘Go Somewhere He Gets Appreciated’

Rodgers went on NFL Total Access and seemed to vent his frustrations with the entire way Smith’s injury was handled by Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers.

12/18/2012

Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim smiles as he prepares to take batting practice before the game with the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 10, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Giants Passed On Chance To Draft Mike Trout

How can 21 teams pass up on a kid that might be the best player in all of baseball at the age of 21? I guess even the best mess up sometimes, and must not feel too smart now.

08/15/2012

Darren McFadden of the Oakland Raiders. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Injury Risk Could Drop McFadden In Fantasy Drafts

Darren McFadden represents one of the more frustrating fantasy football players to own. If he could stay healthy for an entire 16-game schedule, he could arguably be a top-five selection.

08/01/2012

Dennis Allen

Will Quiet Offseason Doom The Raiders In 2012?

Unfortunately, they were forced to release some solid production that helped contribute to their 2012 success. To add insult to injury, the flashy talent pool was running on empty when it came to their first selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.

07/25/2012

Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball against Stephen Cooper #54 of the San Diego Chargers (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Bay Area’s Top 5 Fantasy Football Options

The Bay Area, though not host to names such as Arian Foster or Ray Rice, still has plenty to offer fantasy football owners once drafts commence.

07/24/2012

Stanford Cardinal Logo

1st Round Pick Appel Elects To Stay At Stanford

Mark Appel spurned the Pittsburgh Pirates and decided to remain at Stanford for his senior season, one of the first big casualties of baseball’s new restrictions on amateur signing bonuses.

07/13/2012

Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with head coach Jim Harbaugh after Davis scored a touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Strong Roster Gives 49ers Draft Flexibility

Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh have a man in mind for the 30th pick in Thursday’s NFL draft, if the player is still around at that spot for San Francisco. And if the 49ers don’t jump on a chance to move up to land someone they believe could help right away as the reigning NFC West champions look to make another Super Bowl push in 2012.

04/25/2012

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