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Ribbon-cutting Wednesday for McHenry Avenue Bridge

ESCALON — As growth in the region continues and the job picture improves, commuter and business traffic in the southeast corner of San Joaquin County has picked up considerably, creating added pressure on bridges and intersections where busy roadways meet.One of those bottlenecks is the McHenry Avenue Bridge over the Stanislaus River and McHenry’s intersection with East River Road on the north side of the river. The river crossing is just one of three in the county […]

Garoppolo’s 4 TD Passes Help 49ers Top Saints, 48-46

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 349 yards and four touchdowns, Robbie Gould kicked a 30-yard field goal as time expired, and the San Francisco 49ers pulled out a 48-46 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Garoppolo’s clutch completion to tight end George Kittle for a 39-yard gain — plus a defensive facemask penalty — on fourth-and-2 from the San Francisco 33 helped set up Gould’s winning kick. The Saints took their last lead on Drew Brees’ fifth touchdown pass of the game — an 18-yarder to Tre’Quan Smith with 53 seconds left. But Brees’ pass on an attempted 2-point conversion fell incomplete, leaving New Orleans’ lead at one point. The victory kept San Francisco (11-2) in strong position to capture the top seed in the NFC playoffs. The Niners can clinch a playoff berth if Seattle loses to the Rams in a night game. Niners receiver Emmanuel Sanders had a 75-yard touchdown and added his second-career touchdown pass after taking a handoff on a reverse. Two of Garoppolo’s touchdown passes went to Kendrick Bourne. Kittle also had a touchdown catch.…

Sharks defenseman expected to miss two weeks after setback with right knee

SUNRISE, Fla. — Sharks defenseman Radim Simek will undergo a procedure to treat a meniscus issue in his surgically repaired right knee and is expected to be out of the lineup for two weeks, general manager Doug Wilson said Sunday. Simek will return to the Bay Area to have what Wilson terms a minor “clean up” procedure on his knee this week. Wilson said Simek’s injury wasn’t the cause of any one event. “It’s been a little irritation that he’s had,” Wilson said. “It’s one of those things that irritates him, so let’s get it cleaned up so it’s a non-issue going forward. Everything else structurally is fine.” Simek had reconstructive knee surgery in March shortly after the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments were torn in a game against the Winnipeg Jets. His meniscus was also damaged in the accident. Simek had to have a clean up procedure on his meniscus in June, and was not able to return to the Sharks lineup until Nov. 5 after he went through a short conditioning assignment with the Barracuda of the AHL. Simek has played in…

49ers 48, Saints 46: Studs and duds — Garoppolo, Kittle, Shanahan star

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.   NEW ORLEANS – Winning one of the greatest shootouts in 49ers history could pay crucial dividends in their upcoming playoff return. Sunday’s 48-46, instant-classic victory over the New Orleans Saints bolstered the 49ers’ chances of securing the NFC’s No. 1 playoff seed, so long as they win out their remaining three games. Robbie Gould’s 30-yard field goal as time expired provided the final points in an exhaustive display of big-time plays. The 49ers (11-2) now return from their 10-day road trip to host the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons before a titanic, regular-season finale at the Seattle Seahawks. Jimmy Garoppolo’s precision passing (349 yards, four touchdowns) and Kyle Shanahan’s astute play calling were the lead characters in the 49ers’ greatness, and then came George Kittle rumbling down the left sideline to set up the 49ers’ winning points. Kittle produced a 39-yard reception to the Saints 28-yard line, and while fighting off three Saints defenders, he drew a 15-yard facemask penalty on Marcus Williams. NO FEAR.@gkittle46 | #GoNiners pic.twitter.com/g3vprcCOpX —…

Report: Patriots not interested in Antonio Brown reunion

Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. Despite Antonio Brown’s wishes, the free-agent Pro Bowl receiver will not be rejoining the Patriots, who reportedly have no interest in bringing back the troubled short-time Raider. League sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Patriots still will not consider a reunion with Brown, who played one game with New England this season before being released when reports surfaced of his alleged sexual misconduct against his former trainer. There had been rumblings that a Brown-Patriots tandem might be a possibility considering New England’s struggling wide receiver corps as well as Brown’s social media posts where he said he missed Tom Brady and also apologized to the team. Brady even liked Brown’s Instagram post Thursday showing the two of them together. Liked pic.twitter.com/Xtfkp5SV69 — Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) December 5, 2019 “New England hasn’t considered bringing him back since deciding to move on from him during the season, as much as the offense could use him,” wrote Schefter. Related Articles Raiders’ leading rusher Josh Jacobs won’t face Titans Live updates: Raiders vs. Titans, Sunday…

Live updates: Raiders, Titans scoreless early at Coliseum

Join us for live scoring updates, news and analysis Sunday afternoon as the Raiders look to snap a two-game losing streak with the Titans in town. GAME ESSENTIALS: Raiders (6-6) vs. Titans (7-5) at Coliseum on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. (PT) TV: CBS-TV, Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), Melanie Collins (reporter). ODDS: Titans -2.5. OVER/UNDER: 47.5. SERIES: Raiders lead all-time series 30-20-0. LAST MEETING: Raiders won 26-16 in Tennessee on Sept. 10, 2017. WHY RAIDERS COULD WIN: After two straight rough games, Derek Carr and the passing attack could be primed for a big game against the 27th-ranked Titans pass defense. Plus, Tennessee could be without both starting cornerbacks — Adoree Jackson (knee) and LaShaun Sims (ankle). … On defense, the Raiders could cause some trouble for Tennesee with their pass rush. The Titans have allowed the most sacks of any team this season (49). quarterback Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times in last week’s win over the Colts. … Considering the Raiders are 4-1 at home and this will be their second-to-last game at the Coliseum before heading to La Vegas, there’s…

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