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Kurtenbach: Will 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan heed the lessons of the Super Bowl this offseason?

Kurtenbach: Will 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan heed the lessons of the Super Bowl this offseason?

As the 49ers enter a critical offseason, can head coach Kyle Shanahan press the team's advantage?
VAN DIEST: Costa Rica final hurdle for Canada in Olympic quest

VAN DIEST: Costa Rica final hurdle for Canada in Olympic quest

Canada has cleared every hurdle thus far at the Concacaf women’s Olympic qualifying tournament and has one left to book a spot in its fourth consecutive Summer Games. The two-time defending Olympic
Kurtenbach: Trading D’Angelo Russell is part of a larger Warriors plan

Kurtenbach: Trading D’Angelo Russell is part of a larger Warriors plan

The Golden State Warriors trading D'Angelo Russell for Andrew Wiggins and draft picks sets Golden State up to acquire a true superstar in the near future. Giannis, Embiid, Ben Simmons? They're all
SIMMONS: Dubas is latest Leafs GM to make a mess of goaltending situation

SIMMONS: Dubas is latest Leafs GM to make a mess of goaltending situation

Kyle Dubas is not alone. There is a long history of Maple Leaf general managers tripping over themselves on the way to discovering goaltending and goaltenders. This is Dubas’ second season as general
Kurtenbach: Shanahan — conservative and timid — will have to wear 49ers’ Super Bowl collapse

Kurtenbach: Shanahan — conservative and timid — will have to wear 49ers’ Super Bowl collapse

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan's conservative approach and fourth-quarter play-calling a massive part of the Niners' Super Bowl LIV loss
Kurtenbach at the Super Bowl: ‘Nobody remembers the loser’

Kurtenbach at the Super Bowl: ‘Nobody remembers the loser’

As teams, the 49ers and Chiefs are playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, but as individuals some have more at stake.
Super Bowl prediction: A shootout and a dramatic finish for 49ers-Chiefs

Super Bowl prediction: A shootout and a dramatic finish for 49ers-Chiefs

The 49ers and Chiefs are going to put up points in bunches in Super Bowl LIV. Here’s how it’ll all go down.
Meet the unsung heroes who made the 49ers’ Super Bowl run possible

Meet the unsung heroes who made the 49ers’ Super Bowl run possible

Ignore Jimmy Garoppolo, if you can — the 49ers' path to Super Bowl LIV is littered with key reserves like Dre Greenlaw, Ben Garland, and Ross Dwelley.
The real and often unspoken reason Patrick Mahomes is the Steph Curry of football

The real and often unspoken reason Patrick Mahomes is the Steph Curry of football

MIAMI — At this juncture in the two-week build-up to Super Bowl LIV, we’re running low on original adjectives and superlatives to attach to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. One that has
George Kittle earns high praise from two of the best tight ends in NFL history

George Kittle earns high praise from two of the best tight ends in NFL history

Tony Gonzalez and Rob Gronkowski are two of the best tight ends in NFL history, and they can't get enough of George Kittle.
The next Kyle Shanahan operates in the shadows for the 49ers

The next Kyle Shanahan operates in the shadows for the 49ers

MIAMI — George Kittle, the best tight end in the NFL, is due for a new contract from the 49ers, and in those negotiations, he can ask for anything he wants. The most money for a tight end in NFL
Welcome to the Super Bowl, where football is an afterthought [Kurtenbach]

Welcome to the Super Bowl, where football is an afterthought [Kurtenbach]

Ahead of 49ers-Chiefs, the most interesting Super Bowl matchup in years, Opening Night set a ridiculous tone.
Want to beat Patrick Mahomes? Look in an unlikely place

Want to beat Patrick Mahomes? Look in an unlikely place

The 49ers' defense has been elite this season, but Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs present a unique challenge in Super Bowl LIV.
TRAIKOS: Race for NHL playoffs a game of musical chairs for most teams

TRAIKOS: Race for NHL playoffs a game of musical chairs for most teams

ST. LOUIS — Frederik Andersen said he doesn’t look at the standings. The Toronto goalie couldn’t tell you where his team is in the playoff race. He has no clue how many points back the Maple Leafs are
TRAIKOS: Is it time to scrap the shootout and extend OT play instead?

TRAIKOS: Is it time to scrap the shootout and extend OT play instead?

ST. LOUIS — Technically, Friday’s NHL All-Star skills competition was supposed to be a showcase of the players’ individual talents. But if you really wanted to see what they could do with a puck on
TRAIKOS: With Tkachuk at the all-star game, will the gloves come off?

TRAIKOS: With Tkachuk at the all-star game, will the gloves come off?

ST. LOUIS — The last — and perhaps only — time someone delivered a hit at the all-star game happened four years ago when big John Scott, who was voted in as a gag, playfully shoved the much smaller
The 49ers’ positionless offense has a surprising Bay Area influence [Kurtenbach]

The 49ers’ positionless offense has a surprising Bay Area influence [Kurtenbach]

The Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers are changing the way the NFL plays offense. The Warriors can relate to that.
Super Bowl Cheat Sheet: 54 things to know about the 49ers-Chiefs matchup [Kurtenbach]

Super Bowl Cheat Sheet: 54 things to know about the 49ers-Chiefs matchup [Kurtenbach]

The 49ers have played some tough teams this season. The Chiefs are, unquestionably, the best.
Domination and validation — how the 49ers claimed their place in Super Bowl LIV [Kurtenbach]

Domination and validation — how the 49ers claimed their place in Super Bowl LIV [Kurtenbach]

The San Francisco 49ers ran over the Packers, setting up a showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.