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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Niners QB Colin Kaepernick will continue to protest national anthem until ‘there’s significant change’ in race relations 08.29.16 at 8:00 am ET
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MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN); 6 p.m. (ESPN2)


— Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he will continue to sit through the playing of the national anthem before games to draw attention to the problem of race relations in America.

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick told reporters Sunday, two days after he sat on the bench during the anthem prior to Friday’s loss to the Packers, his third such protest this preseason but the first to garner national attention. “To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Mashup Poll: Is Colin Kaepernick crossing a line by disrespecting the national anthem?

  • Yes, he should stand and find a different way to protest (80%, 133 Votes)
  • No, he has every right to do whatever he wants to make his beliefs known (20%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 167

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Reactions have been mixed from the around the league, although Kaepernick — who is battling to regain his starting job from Blaine Gabbert after a disappointing 2015 season — said no NFL representative has reached out to him.

“No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about,” he said. “I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances.”‘

Kaepernick, who is biracial but was raised by white adoptive parents, criticized presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and said he’s taking a stand for those people who do not have the ability to do so themselves.

“There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality,” he said. “There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.”

Kaepernick explained his decision to his teammates Sunday morning, and while some agreed with his stance, there were concerns about how he was expressing himself.

“I agree with what he did, but not in the way he did it,” wideout Torrey Smith said. “That’s not for me. He has that right. Soldiers have died for his right to do exactly what he did. … I know he’s taken a lot of heat for it. He understands that when you do something like that it does offend a lot of people.”

Coach Chip Kelly on Saturday deferred to Kaepernick, implying he didn’t plan to get involved.

“That’s his right as a citizen,” Kelly said. “We recognize his right as an individual to choose to participate or not participate in the national anthem.”

— On the same day dozens of people gathered in a Chicago church for a prayer service to remember Nykea Alrdridge, the 32-year-old cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade who was shot to death last week, Chicago police announced that two brothers were charged with her murder.

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Reports: Browns, Jets, Broncos among possible destinations for 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick 03.11.16 at 12:15 pm ET
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Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of trade talks all week. While there are several potential suitors for the 28-year old, his destination remains unknown.

A report Friday morning indicated that Kaepernick wants to be traded to the Browns to play for new coach Hue Jackson. The team officially released troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel on Friday morning, and have reportedly been in talks with the 49ers on a possible deal. Sources say the Browns have been one of the most aggressive teams on the trade front for Kaepernick.

On Thursday, reports came out indicating that the Jets were interested in Kaepernick’s services and had been asking about a possible trade. New York reportedly has not shown any progress on a possible deal with free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

If the team does not give into Fitzpatrick’s contract desires, the remaining options at the quarterback positions would be limited to Geno Smith and youngster Bryce Petty. Needless to say, the Jets will be in the market for a new quarterback, whether it be through free agency, a trade or the NFL draft.

Another team that is considered a contender for Kaepernick is the Broncos. After Peyton Manning’s retirement and Brock Osweiler’s signing with the Texans, the team is forced to find a competent starter elsewhere. Despite the dire need at the position, the Broncos reportedly have been “slow-playing” their approach to acquiring Kaepernick thus far.

While a deal with one of these teams is likely, nothing is considered imminent at the moment.

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NFL roundup: Dolphins’ trade with Eagles reportedly back on after Byron Maxwell passes physical 03.09.16 at 12:36 pm ET
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After being held up due to injury concerns, a trade between the Dolphins and Eagles reportedly is back on. According to multiple reports, the Dolphins will swap first-round draft picks with the Eagles in exchange for cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso. The two teams appeared to be close to finalizing the trade earlier in the week until concerns about an injury to Maxwell’s shoulder began to rise.

During the required physicals to complete the trade, the Dolphins medical staff apparently discovered lingering effects of Maxwell’s injury, which put him on injured reserve to end last season. ESPN reported Tuesday night that Miami considered the deal to be “dead” after its findings. Wednesday morning, however, news broke that the deal will be going through as originally planned after concerns over Maxwell’s injury passed.

The Dolphins were weary of acquiring Maxwell if his injury was expected to linger. He is in just the second year of a six-year, $63 million deal he signed with the Eagles last season in free agency. On top of those concerns, he had a disappointing season as the Eagles’ top cover corner last season. After breaking out with the Seahawks the year prior, Maxwell finished with just two interceptions and 64 tackles. The Dolphins may need some depth at cornerback, after reports have indicated the team plans to release four-time Pro Bowler Brent Grimes.

Alonso is in a similar position as well. He came off his worst season as a pro last year, as he fought through several injuries and registered a career-low 43 tackles to go with one interception. He was acquired from the Bills last offseason by former Eagles coach Chip Kelly, in a controversial deal that sent star running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo.

— In other NFL news, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck announced his retirement Wednesday morning after an 18-year NFL career, and he now will be breaking down the game on the set of ESPN. He reportedly will be joining the “Sunday NFL Countdown” crew as an analyst, while also contributing to broadcasts on Monday nights. In 2005 Hasselbeck made his lone Super Bowl appearance, which was the first in Seahawks history. He served as a backup for the Colts the past three seasons.

— After former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement earlier this week, interest has grown around Denver as to who will replace him as the Broncos starter. A report Wednesday indicated if the team cannot retain Brock Osweiler, it will pursue 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick via a trade. The 28-year-old Kaepernick has made it clear he is not happy in San Francisco, so the possibility of a deal could be mutually beneficial for both teams.

— Also making headlines Wednesday are the Giants, after the team reportedly inked ex-Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a deal. His contract reportedly is worth $62.5 million over five years. In his four-year stint with the Rams, Jenkins was a standout in the secondary. His six defensive touchdowns over that span are the most in the NFL.

— After Calvin Johnson’s retirement on Tuesday, the Lions did not waste any time attempting to replace his production. According to reports, the team signed former Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones to a deal worth an estimated $8 million per season. Additional contract details have not yet been released. The 25-year-old Jones had his best season as a pro last year, catching a career-high 65 passes for 816 yards and four touchdowns.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Duke’s Grayson Allen takes heat after tripping another opponent 02.26.16 at 8:24 am ET
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NHL: Bruins at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (NESN)
College hockey: Boston University at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Bulls at Hawks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Grizzlies at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Harvard at Yale, 7 p.m. (FS1)
College basketball: Iona at Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: Valparaiso at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Bowling Green at Akron, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
College basketball: Rider at Monmouth, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
College basketball: Detroit at Oakland, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)


There are calls for Duke guard Grayson Allen to be suspended after his latest transgression, a trip of Florida State’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes late in Thursday’s 80-65 Duke win.

On video, Allen can be seen sticking out his foot as Rathan-Mayes starts to run upcourt behind him. After Rathan-Mayes falls, Allen turns and puts out his hands as it to imply it was not intentional.

“He wanted to keep playing physical,” Allen said (via the Fayetteville Observer). “So I tried to walk away from it as he was grabbing me. We ended up tangling up and falling. It was really nothing.”

No foul was called on the play, although the league could punish Allen after investigating.

On Feb. 8, Allen tripped a Louisville player and was charged with a flagrant foul 1. He’s also been more aggressive arguing calls with officials lately, complaining that other teams are being allowed to be more physical with him.

“I think I’m handling it pretty well,” he said after Thursday’s game. “Obviously, I’m a very emotional guy. I think everyone knows that on the court. There are a lot of times where I let that out, but I think I’d have a few more technicals if I wasn’t controlling it well.”

Added Allen: “I’m not going to take anything from anyone. Whatever someone’s dishing out to me, inside the game and inside the rules of the game, I’m going to give it right back. It doesn’t matter to me what kind of physical contact I get, I’m not looking to the ref to bail me out. I’m playing physical right back, and I think that shows in my driving ability, how I attack, how I’m getting open for the ball. I’m going to be just as physical with that person as they are with me.”

— Johnny Manziel’s domestic violence case has been referred to a grand jury, Dallas police announced Thursday, raising more questions about whether the former Heisman Trophy winner is receiving preferential treatment.

The soon-to-be-released Browns quarterback is accused of hitting and threatening an ex-girlfriend during an incident Jan. 30 that started at a Dallas hotel.

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Report: 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick wants to play for Jets next season 02.03.16 at 11:23 am ET
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After a dreadful season in 2015, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly wants out of San Francisco, and his preferred destination apparently is the Jets. This is according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, citing sources.

Kaepernick has experienced quite the fall from grace, as just a few years removed from leading his team to the Super Bowl he was benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert midway through the 2015 season.

While he may want out of San Francisco, that is easier said than done. The 28-year-old has five years left on his $114 million deal he signed in 2014. The 49ers will need to decide if they want to trade Kaepernick, cut him or keep him right where he is. On April 1, his salary for the upcoming season ($11.9 million) will become guaranteed. That means if the team is going to make a move, it might need to do it relatively soon.

An additional and maybe more significant question is if the Jets actually are interested in Kaepernick. They are coming off their best season since 2010, and that was in large part due to the success of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. They also have 25-year-old Geno Smith, who has not had much success in the NFL, but Jets owner Woody Johnson recently was quoted as saying he has “the ability” if he sticks with it.

If the Jets do feel Kaepernick would be a beneficial addition to their team, trading for him likely would cost them more than signing him if he was cut by the 49ers. It remains to be seen what their level of interest is in Kaepernick, if any at all.

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Jets LB David Harris ‘shocked’ by team’s lack of effort, promises, ‘It ain’t going to happen again’ 11.03.15 at 8:10 am ET
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NHL: Stars at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Kings at Blues, 8:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Hawks at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Nuggets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
College football: Northern Illinois at Toledo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Juventus, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, CSKA Moscow at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— The Jets, apparently suffering from a Patriots hangover, were embarrassed by the Raiders on Sunday, dropping a 34-20 decision. That hasn’t shaken the confidence of what had been the league’s best defensive team.

Said linebacker David Harris on Monday: “Just trust me: It ain’t going to happen again.”

Harris said the team’s effort was not up to par, saying it was “disgusting” watching the game film.

“We just did a poor job of tackling,” Harris said. “The effort was poor all the way across the board. We had way too many guys not hustling on every play and it hurt us.”

The Jets had been the league’s stingiest team prior to allowing 30 points to the Patriots and then 34 to Oakland in consecutive losses that have dropped their record to 4-3 — and dropped them to 12th in points allowed (four spots behind behind the Patriots). Raiders quarterback Derek Carr amassed 333 yards passing with four touchdowns against the vaunted Jets secondary, while tailback Latavius Murray compiled 113 rushing yards. Pro Football Focus tallied 19 missed tackles by Gang Green.

Said Harris: “They outplayed us in every aspect. … Nobody expected it to happen. Surprised. Shocked. Worried. Any way you view it, it wasn’t our best effort, let’s put it that way.”

Kobe Bryant laughed off a preseason breakdown from ESPN that had him rated as the 93rd-best player in the NBA. A week into the season, he doesn’t even consider himself that good.

After saying he’s the “200th-best player in the league right now,” Bryant was given a day off Monday by coach Byron Scott, who hopes the 37-year-old will stop beating himself up.

“I said, just stay away from the gym today,” Scott said after Monday’s practice. “Just spend some time with your kids and family and get basketball off your mind for 24 hours if you can — which I don’t think he can — and then come in tomorrow fresh and we’ll go from there.”

Bryant is shooting 31.3 percent from the field and 20.7 percent from 3-point range, although he’s still averaging 17.3 points per game.

After Sunday’s 3-for-15 performance in a loss to the Mavericks that dropped Los Angeles to 0-3, Bryant said, “I just can’t make a shot,” and, “I freaking suck.”

Said rookie guard D’Angelo Russell: “We’re going to keep feeding him. … He’s in the gym 24/7. It’s not that he’s not putting in the work. It’s just, the basketball gods aren’t blessing him right now with making shots. But they’ll fall. Then we won’t be having this conversation.”

— Almost exactly three years after taking over as 49ers starting quarterback — and proceeding to lead the team to the Super Bowl — Colin Kaepernick reportedly is being demoted.

According to multiple reports out of San Francisco, Blaine Gabbert will be behind center when the Niners take the field Sunday.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Prosecutors seek new arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson after admission of marijuana use 10.10.14 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB playoffs: Royals at Orioles, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-FM)
NBA preseason: Celtics at Raptors, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA preseason: Thunder at Mavericks, 8:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
College football: Washington State at Stanford, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: San Diego State at New Mexico, 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Fresno State at UNLV, 10 p.m. (CBSSN)
College hockey: Boston College at UMass-Lowell, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-AM)
MLS: Whitecaps at Sounders, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, United States vs. Ecuador, 6:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: European, Netherlands vs. Kazakhstan, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


— Texas prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Adrian Peterson based on his admission that he smoked marijuana while out on bond. Peterson allegedly confessed to a drug tester that he “smoked a little weed” before he was tested during Wednesday’s court appearance to address a child abuse charge.

Peterson has been free on $15,000 bond since being charged with felony child abuse. Using illegal drugs usually is a condition for revocation of bond.

“In light of this statement, and the fact that it was made during the urinalysis testing process, and the term ‘weed’ is a common slang term for marijuana, the state argues that the defendant has smoked marijuana while on bond,” the district attorney’s office wrote.

MASHUP POLL: Should Adrian Peterson go to jail for using marijuana while on bond?

  • Yes, if he breaks the rules he should be treated like everyone else (66%, 121 Votes)
  • No, he's not a threat to anyone and it would be unnecessary and unreasonable to imprison him (34%, 62 Votes)

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No action can be taken on the matter until a hearing is held on whether a new judge should be appointed in the child abuse case. Prosecutors asked that the judge be replaced after a comment he made about the lead attorneys playing to the media.

A trial date tentatively was set for Dec. 1 for Peterson, who did not enter a plea during Wednesday’s hearing.

The 29-year-old running back remains on paid leave from the Vikings, who placed him on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list last month. He is not allowed to participate in any activities, although he continues to draw his $11.75 million salary.

— Colin Kaepernick revealed Thursday that he was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after the 49ers‘ victory Sunday.

The NFL has a contract with Bose. Kaepernick, who has an endorsement deal with Beats, knew he could be punished for wearing the Beats headphones — a pink version in honor of breast cancer awareness month in October.

Tweeted Kaepernick: I support breast cancer awareness! My grandma is a survivor!

Asked if Beats would pay his fine, Kaepernick said, “We’ll let that be unanswered.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Donald Sterling reportedly hires private investigators to seek dirt on NBA 06.13.14 at 7:56 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Indians at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Phillies, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Nationals at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Stanley Cup finals: Rangers at Kings, 8 p.m. (NBC)
World Cup soccer: Mexico vs. Cameroon, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Spain vs. Netherlands, 3 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
World Cup soccer: Chile vs. Australia, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM)
Track and Field: NCAA championships, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Golf: U.S. Open, 9 a.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM), 3 p.m. (NBC), 5 p.m. (ESPN)


— Banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling is pulling no punches in his bid to exact revenge on the NBA. According to multiple reports, Sterling’s legal team has given four private investigation firms a six-figure budget to unearth any history of misconduct by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, former commissioner David Stern and the league’s 29 other owners.

As part of their investigation, the detectives will attempt to discover if any owners have made racist or sexist comments or jokes.

“The gloves are off, as they say,” a person familiar with Sterling’s legal strategy told The Associated Press. “Have them dig up all the dirt they can find.”

Sterling is suing the NBA for $1 billion in federal court after being pushed out as Clippers owner and fined $2.5 million, claiming that the tape of him making racist comments was made illegally and use of it as evidence violates his constitutional rights. He also accuses the league of committing a breach of contract and violating antitrust laws.

Sterling is headed to probate court next month to fight a claim by his estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, that he is mentally incapacitated. Shelly Sterling negotiated the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The NBA on Wednesday submitted a filing encouraging a judge to confirm Shelly Sterling’s authority to act as sole administrator of The Sterling Family Trust, which controls the team.

“He realized these guys will literally go to any low to get this sold,” the Sterling insider said of the NBA. “Even if it gets[him] nothing other than exposing all these guys and shaking up the league and seeing a change in the leadership of the league, it’ll be worth it to him.”

Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players will not face charges related to an incident involving a woman at a Miami hotel on April 1, as the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office said Thursday there was not enough evidence that a crime was committed.

The woman, who had a previous sexual relationship with the 49ers quarterback, was incoherent when police responded to the room after receiving a 911 call, according to authorities. A hotel security officer said she started “screaming incoherently about Jesus and devils” and banged her head against the walls. The woman was sedated and taken to a hospital. Tests indicated she was not sexually assaulted.

Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and 49ers receiver Quinton Patton were the other players in the room.

Kaepernick, who signed a six-year, $126 million contract extension this month, attempted to leave the hotel when the women’s behavior deteriorated.

He tweeted Thursday: As I said from day one, I would never do the things that were made up about me. I’m glad this issue is resolved. It’s time for football.

— Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons will be featured on the ninth annual edition of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” documentary program this preseason.

“We are excited about the opportunity to give our fans a behind the scenes look at what it takes to prepare an NFL team for the rigors of a 16-game regular season and beyond,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “This marks the first time that our franchise will be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’ and we look forward to showcasing our great players and coaches to football fans all across America.”

Coach Mike Smith seemed an unlikely willing participant in the show, which debuts Aug. 5, but he said he’s up for the challenge.

“We are looking forward to connecting with our fans across the country as the program chronicles our 2014 training camp,” Smith said. “The series will give fans a behind the scenes look at the competition between players as we build our roster and prepare for the season. We are looking forward to the start of camp in late July.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 13, 1997, the Red Sox played their first interleague regular-season game ever, recording an 8-7 victory over which National League club?

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Colin Kaepernick reportedly inks six-year, $126 million extension with 49ers 06.05.14 at 9:42 am ET
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Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be serving as San Francisco’€™s franchise play-caller for a long, long time — with the contract to show it.

The dynamic signal-caller agreed to a six-year contract extension on Wednesday, keeping the University of Nevada product with the Niners through the 2020 season. The contract is reported to be worth $126 million — with $61 million in guaranteed money.

Both Kaepernick and the 49ers made it a goal to reach an agreement on a new contract before the start of training camp in July.

“They were able to get it done six weeks earlier than what I think everyone thought,” Kaepernick said. “I’m very excited to have it done at this point and we don’t have to worry about talks or anything like that moving forward.”

Kapernick, who was set to make less than $1 million this season, now has the most guaranteed money of any current NFL quarterback under contract.

“I’m always striving to be in that group. An elite group in the NFL. Not necessarily pay, but as far as a player. Whatever comes along with that comes along with it,” Kaepernick said. “I’m very grateful for it. … I don’t think my motivation is money-driven.”

Once a relative unknown on a team that advanced to the NFC championship game during his one season as backup to current Chiefs play-caller Alex Smith, Kaepernick supplanted Smith as starting quarterback midway through the 2012 season and has led the team to one of its most successful periods in franchise history.

Kaepernick led the Niners to their first Super Bowl in 18 years during the 2012 year — losing by three points to the Ravens — while later helping his team make it to the NFC championship game in 2013, when San Francisco fell to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks by a score of 23-17.

In 32 career NFL games, Kaepernick has completed 382 of 639 passes for 5,046 yards with 31 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick in Miami police report after incident with woman 04.11.14 at 8:04 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rays at Reds, 7:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Bobcats at Celtics, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Pacers at Heat, 7:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NBA: Pistons at Bulls, 8 p.m. (WGN)
NBA: Warriors at Lakers, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)
NHL: Blackhawks at Capitals, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Avalanche at Sharks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: The Masters, 3 p.m. (ESPN)


Colin Kaepernick is one of three NFL players named in a police report for an incident involving a woman who says she passed out in a Miami hotel room and woke up at a hospital with no knowledge of how she got there.

The 49ers star was with teammate Quinton Patton and Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette on April 1 at the hotel where Lockette lives. The woman, who acknowledged having a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past, said she was told by the men to use marijuana before drinking shots of alcohol with them. She later went to the bedroom to lie down because she was feeling lightheaded. Kaepernick allegedly joined her and undressed her, but she does not remember what happened after that, and police stressed that there are only unproven allegations at this point.

“As far as whether there was a crime committed, it’s too early to say,” police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said.

The 49ers and Seahawks issued statements only saying they were aware of the incident.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said.

Kaepernick, 26, just completed his third season, leading San Francisco to the NFC title game a year after sparking the team’s run to the Super Bowl. He has been working out in the Miami area.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, coming off a disappointing 2013 season, had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Thursday after rehab efforts did not relieve the discomfort, the team announced.

Manning sprained the ankle in New York’s regular-season finale. The 33-year-old finished the season with a career-high 27 interceptions and a QB rating of 69.4, his worst since his rookie season in 2004 (55.4). The Giants finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

Manning had been working out with his brother, Peyton Manning, and members of the Giants and Broncos at Duke University under the watch of Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who coached both Mannings in college.

“I’m looking forward to the start of the offseason program on the [April] 21st,” Manning said. “I will be in the weight room and in the meeting rooms so we can all learn the new offense. I got some good work in this week at Duke, and I think it’s smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn’t an ongoing issue. I’m eager to get to work with our new offensive coaches and system.”

— Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons will accompany a fan to Fenway Park for the Red Sox-Yankees game April 23 as part of a contest to benefit the Peter Gammons Scholars through the Foundation To Be Named Later.

Fans can enter for free via through next Wednesday. The winner will receive round-trip airline tickets (if more than 150 miles from Boston) and a one-night stay in a downtown Boston hotel, and meet Gammons on the field for batting practice prior to sitting with him to watch the game.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 11, 1998, which Red Sox pitcher recorded his 1,000th career strikeout while making his Fenway Park debut?

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