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SF Couple Wakes To Find Bullet Fired Into Their China Basin Home

2 hours 16 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A couple asleep in an apartment building in San Francisco’s China Basin neighborhood awoke early Sunday morning to a bullet being fired into their home, police said.

The couple was asleep in their home in the 400 block of Berry Street when they awoke to a loud bang around 2:30 a.m., according to police.

The victims, a 27-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, located fragments of a bullet on their floor and lodged in a mirror.

Police said that as the bullet entered the unit, it damaged a second floor window facing the Interstate Highway 280 King Street ramp.

Officers collected and booked evidence at the scene but have not arrested any suspects, according to police.

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Santa Clara Women Stun No. 13 Stanford 61-58

2 hours 51 min ago

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Devin Hudson scored 12, Morgan McGwire and Lori Parkinson added 11, and the Santa Clara women upset No. 13 Stanford 61-58 on Monday night.

McGwire’s layup with 59 seconds left capped a 6-0 run and gave the Broncos (2-2) a 57-50 lead.

Karlie Samuelson answered with a quick 3, and the Cardinal (3-1) pulled within 60-58 on Lili Thompson’s 3 with 13 seconds left.

Savanna Hanson made 1 of 2 free throws for Santa Clara and Thompson missed a potentially game-tying 3 in the final seconds. Thompson finished with 21 points and Erica McCall had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Santa Clara had a 41-33 lead at halftime, but the Cardinal seemed to have the momentum on Briana Robinson’s 4-point play that tied it at 45 with 6:02 left. Hudson answered with a quick basket for SCU and Stanford never pulled in front.

It was the Broncos’ first victory in eight tries against Stanford — their last win was an 81-65 victory on Dec. 4, 1998. Their last win at Stanford was on Nov. 21, 1984.

The Cardinal hold a 29-5 edge in the all-time series.

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San Jose Police Struggling To Solve Home Burglaries With Fewer Detectives

3 hours 21 min ago

SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Home burglaries continue to plague San Jose but only a small percentage of those cases every get solved.

In the last two weeks alone, burglaries hit 91 homes in San Jose. That averages out to over 400 break-ins a month, or about 5,000 cases a year.

But only 5 percent of those cases get solved. By comparison, San Francisco last year saw roughly the same amount of burglaries. Its solve rate — 14 percent — is about three times of San Jose’s.

“What I would like to say to the residents out there is that we are doing everything we can with the resources that we have,”  said Lt. Paul Messier.

His burglary team has only one full-time detective who works four days a week.

Back in 2008, the unit had seven full-time detectives. They used to fill most of one floor, but now the department is mostly empty.

“We have had to supplement our unit tremendously to keep our heads above water,” Messier said.

They’ve borrowed a detective from the missing children’s unit and are asking some officers to work overtime. They’re also using community service officers, or CSO’s, to take reports and collect evidence.

“When it comes to burglaries,” Messier said, “you have to remember burglaries are kind of second to violent crime.”

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said he knows the city needs more police officers, but that it will take time.

“We’re going to get officers out there just as fast as we can, but there’s no timeline in this world,” he said. “We’ve got every single major city in this country desperately seeking to hire officers.”

In the meantime, Messier said citizens will have to wait a bit before a police officer comes to their door to take a report. “But they will eventually come,” he said.

The police department said to really be effective it needs 20 full-time detectives to close cases.  It realizes borrowing officers from other units is only a temporary fix.

Best bet as a resident is to get surveillance video, those cases always take priority, in addition to investing in a good safe to bolt to the ground.

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FanDuel Weekly Roundup: Who To Play, Who To Pass For NFL Week 12

3 hours 38 min ago

By Stephen Dolan

Week 12 features a pared down Sunday schedule due to the full Thanksgiving slate on Thursday. We have your plays and passes for Sunday and Monday.


Play: Marcus Mariota (vs. OAK)

Cost: $7,000

Mariota had a strong performance on Thursday night against the Jaguars, completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 231 yards while doing damage with his feet as he rushed five times for 29 yards and a touchdown. Since his four-touchdown performance against the Saints, Mariota has not thrown a touchdown in each of his last two games, but that could change on Sunday. He had an extended week to prepare for an Oakland pass defense ranked 30th in the NFL. Play Mariota.

Play: Jameis Winston (vs. IND)

Cost: $7,300

The only man selected ahead of Mariota in the 2015 NFL Draft had his best game as a professional on Sunday. Winston thrashed the Eagles defense in Philadelphia on Sunday, throwing for 246 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. The rookie threw four touchdowns in the first half and snapped a string of three consecutive poor starts. Winston gets a favorable matchup on Sunday as the Colts are allowing 279 passing yards per game. Play Winston.

Other Good Plays: Russell Wilson (vs. PIT) for $7,600, Carson Palmer (vs. SF) for $8,100, Philip Rivers (vs. JAC) for $8,000

Pass: Ben Roethlisberger (vs. SEA)

Cost: $7,800

It has been an up-and-down year for the Pittsburgh quarterbacks. Injuries have ravaged them and Ben Roethlisberger has gone down twice. Landry Jones started two weeks ago to give Roethlisberger extra time to recover, but Jones went down with an injury forcing Roethlisberger back into action. All he did was throw for 379 yards and three touchdowns in relief. It’ll be difficult on Sunday against the Seahawks and their secondary, the Legion of Boom. Who knows how healthy Roethlisberger is and Seattle can really put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Pass on Big Ben this week.

Other Passes: Derek Carr (vs. TEN) for $7,400, Drew Brees (vs. HOU) for $8,200

Running Back

Play: Chris Ivory (vs. MIA)

Cost: $7,000

Ivory had a quiet week in Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Houston Texans. He rushed eight times for 36 yards and was held to just one catch for nine yards. It was a far cry from his 18-carry, 99-yard performance a week prior against the stout Buffalo Bills defense. Things get a little easier for Ivory this week as he is facing a Miami rush defense that ranks 31st in the NFL and was torched by the Cowboys as they rushed 38 times for 166 yards on Sunday. Ivory is a sound play.

Play: Doug Martin (vs. IND)

Cost: $7,500

Martin enters Sunday’s game in Indianapolis with a head of steam. He had a monster game on Sunday against Philadelphia as he rushed 27 times for 235 yards, including a breakout 84-yard run displaying an excellent mix of power and speed. His big game now gives him the second-most rushing yards in the NFL at 941 behind only Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson. The Colts rush defense is allowing 113.4 yards per game and nine touchdowns on the season. Play Martin.

Other Good Plays: Melvin Gordon (vs. JAC) for $5,900, Mark Ingram (vs. HOU) for $7,400, Chris Johnson (vs. SF) for $6,800

Pass: Ronnie Hillman (vs. NE)

Cost: $6,300

Hillman posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season on Sunday rushing 21 times for 102 yards in a victory over the Chicago Bears. Hillman is now getting about two-thirds of the carries in the Denver offense as C.J. Anderson’s play has dropped off this season. New England features a tough rush defense that ranks second in the NFL allowing just 88.2 yards per game and have only allowed four rushing touchdowns all season. Pass on Hillman this week.

Other Passes: Adrian Peterson (vs. ATL) for $9,000, Lamar Miller (vs. NYJ) for $7,200

Wide Receiver

Play: DeSean Jackson (vs. NYG)

Cost: $6,300

Jackson pretty much defines the “all-or-nothing” option for fantasy owners and he is at risk of sitting out every week. Last Sunday, he caught a huge 56-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins against a tough Panthers defense, proving it only takes one pass to make playing Jackson worth it. He caught five passes for 87 yards in total on Sunday and it should be much easier this week. Jackson and the Redskins take on a Giants defense that has struggled this season, especially in the secondary, allowing a league-worst 310 passing yards per game. No other team allows more than 293 per game. Play Jackson.

Play: DeAndre Hopkins (vs. NO)

Cost: $9,400

Hopkins has established himself as one of the elite wide receivers in the NFL. The third-year receiver caught five passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday giving him four touchdown receptions in his last three games. He has not let fantasy owners down this season despite suspect quarterback play. Hopkins is facing a New Orleans secondary that has been picked apart all year as they are allowing opposing quarterbacks to post a rating of 116.6 and have allowed a league-worst 28 passing touchdowns with just four picks. It should be a good day for Hopkins.

Play: Mike Evans (vs. IND)

Cost: $8,100

Evans is beginning to emerge as a big-time fantasy receiver with the weeks he has put up of late. He caught eight passes for 150 yards against the Giants on November 8 and followed that up with eight receptions for 126 yards on November 15 against the Redskins. His tear through the NFC East continued on Sunday against the Eagles as he caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown making it a solid fantasy performance. The Colts secondary is going to struggle to slow down the big target. Play Evans.

Other Good Plays: Brandon Marshall (vs. MIA) for $7,800, Allen Robinson (vs. SD) for $7,900, Larry Fitzgerald (vs. SF) for $7,400

Pass: Martavis Bryant (vs. SEA)

Cost: $6,700

Bryant is a big-play wide receiver who has been good to fantasy owners in his five games this season. He caught six passes for 178 yards and a touchdown his last time out against the Cleveland Browns, giving him a touchdown caught in four of his five games this season and five total touchdowns on the year. Unfortunately, he will be facing the Seahawks defense that makes it tough on opposing receivers. Bryant might break free to put up some big numbers on Sunday but it is not a great matchup to expect that. Pass on Bryant.

Other Passes: Jeremy Maclin (vs. BUF) for $6,200, A.J. Green (vs. STL) for $8,200

Tight End

Play: Delanie Walker (vs. OAK)

Cost: $6,100

The Titans’ leading receiver this season had a big game in the spotlight of Thursday Night Football last week against Jacksonville. He caught eight passes for 109 yards, giving him 53 receptions for 617 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He is taking on an Oakland defense that is allowing 291 passing yards per game and 268 receptions on the season. Play Walker.

Other Good Plays: Rob Gronkowski (vs. DEN) for $8,400, Gary Barnidge (vs. BAL) for $6,500

Pass: Garrett Celek (vs. ARI)

Cost: $4,800

Celek might be building a solid relationship with new quarterback Blaine Gabbert but there isn’t much fantasy potential there. Celek has not caught more than three passes in a game and his 35 receiving yards on Sunday are the second most on the season. San Francisco’s offense doesn’t have a ton of weapons and, even then, Celek isn’t an integral part of the offense. Against a tough Arizona pass defense on Sunday, pass on Celek.

Other Passes: Tyler Eifert (vs. STL) for $6,200, Vernon Davis (vs. NE) for $5,200

>>Set your perfect FanDuel lineup with Fantasy Football Expert Picks


Play: Justin Tucker (vs. CLE) for $4,900

Play: Connor Barth (vs. IND) for $4,800

Play: Blair Walsh (vs. ATL) for $4,700

Pass: Matt Bryant (vs. MIN) for $5,000

Pass: Cairo Santos (vs. BUF) for $4,900

Pass: Phil Dawson (vs. ARI) for $4,800


Play: Cardinals (vs. SF) for $5,300

Play: Bills (vs. KC) for $4,600

Play: Browns (vs. BAL) for $4,600

Pass: Broncos (vs. NE) for $4,700

Pass: Rams (vs. CIN) for $4,800

Pass: Texans (vs. NO) for $4,700

Suggested Lineup

QB: Marcus Mariota (vs. OAK)

RB: Chris Ivory (vs. MIA)

RB: Chris Johnson (vs. SF)

WR: DeAndre Hopkins (vs. NO)

WR: Larry Fitzgerald (vs. SF)

WR: DeSean Jackson (vs. NYG)

TE: Delanie Walker (vs. OAK)

K: Blair Walsh (vs. ATL)

D/ST: Cardinals (vs. SF)

Steve Dolan is an MBA student at Villanova University and a graduate of the Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph’s University. Steve co-founded Whiz Wit Sports, a Philadelphia-centric sports blog, in March 2011 growing the site to win PHL 17’s Best Local Blogger on the Philly Hot List in 2013.

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Caltrans Closes Ramp To Stinson Beach Due To Rain, High Tides

3 hours 42 min ago

MARIN CO. (CBS SF) — Caltrans has closed the northbound U.S. Highway 101 off-ramp to state Highway 1 and Stinson Beach because of flooding from king tides and rainfall Tuesday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP was informed of the closure at 8:22 a.m., CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.

Caltrans has a maintenance yard at the off-ramp and is able to determine when to close the ramp, which regularly floods during high tides, Barclay said.

As an alternate route, northbound motorists heading to Highway 1 and Stinson Beach should exit the highway further north at Blithedale Avenue, drive west and turn left on Camino Alto, then turn left on Miller Avenue to Highway 1, Barclay said.

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Lana Del Rey’s Ex on Surprise Break Up

3 hours 58 min ago

By E. Parker

Lana Del Rey‘s ex-boyfriend, Barrie-James O’Neill, is still smarting about their split. O’Neill, who was once a member of the band Kassidy, is now saying he found out that he got dumped by Del Rey in an unusual manner.

In a recent interview with The Scottish Sun (via NME) O’Neill said that he got wind of their breakup from his cousin who had read an interview with Del Rey.

“It all happened when I went to London, as she was staying for a few days,” O’Neill said. “But she couldn’t stay as she had to do a big interview in America for her new album which was coming out. I was just chilling out in the hotel and out the blue, I got a message.”

He says he was blindsided by the news.

“Sorry that you and the missus have broken up,” his cousin’s text message read.

Related: Lana Del Rey Talks Fear of Death, Panic Attacks

“I was like ‘That’s news to me–where did you hear that?’ And it was on this website. I’m thinking, It’s a load of s— and gossip. But it wasn’t. That’s how I found out.”

While O’Neill said was caught off guard by Del Rey’s public announcement, he understood why she would want to separate.

“Looking back, it was probably wasn’t easy living with me,” he said. “I’m an insomniac and I have depression. I understand why she did it.”

There was also a financial dependency that strained their relationship.

“I had saved up a bit but I felt like a burden on Lana, as she was having to take care of me,” he said. “And I don’t like that, I like to provide for myself. How I felt about the whole thing was, as her partner, I had to protect her.”

The two exes are busy with their separate careers. O’Neill is working on his solo debut, Cold Coffee, while Del Rey is out working on new music after this year’s Honeymoon.

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Shine A Light On The Holiday Season With ‘Giving Tuesday’

4 hours 33 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – CBS Corporation has joined the campaign to support “Giving Tuesday” – a day designated to harness the potential of social media and the generosity of people from around the world to bring change in their home communities.

For more on Giving Tuesday and how you can donate and take part.

Giving Tuesday will be held on Dec. 1 and will bring together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.

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20-Year-Old Man To Be Charged With Murder For Slaying Of Oakland Muralist

4 hours 27 min ago

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A 20-year-old man will be charged with murder for the fatal shooting of an artist working on a community mural project in West Oakland in September, Alameda County prosecutors said Tuesday.

Prosecutors expect to charge Marquise Holloway later Tuesday with murder and robbery for the death of Antonio Ramos, a 27-year-old Emeryville resident who was shot at about 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 29 in the 3500 block of West Street, Assistant District Attorney Micheal O’Connor said.

Holloway is set for arraignment at 2 p.m. in Alameda County Superior Court, according to jail records.

Ramos was working on a 4,000-square-foot mural underneath the Interstate Highway 580 overpass when he was shot. He was taken to a hospital but was later pronounced dead, Oakland police said.

Vigil for slain Oakland muralist. (CBS SF)

The West Street mural is part of the Oakland Super Heroes Mural Project, a collaboration between artists and local students organized by the nonprofit ArtEsteem.

The mural was designed by students from West Oakland Middle School through the art education organization Attitudinal Healing Connection. Work continued on it despite Ramos’ death, finishing with an unveiling ceremony on Oct. 21.

Holloway was arrested Friday afternoon and is being held under no-bail status, according to jail records.

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2016 Tony Awards Get New Venue, Air Date

5 hours 2 min ago

NEW YORK (CBS/AP) – The next Tony Awards have found a home – a familiar one but one far from Broadway.

The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing said Tuesday that the June 12 gala will be held at the 2,900-seat Beacon Theatre on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, where the Tonys were handed out 2011-12. The announcement also pushed back the day of the ceremony, which had originally been June 5.

The 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall has long been the preferred home for the awards because of its size and proximity to Broadway. But Radio City will be booked this summer with the new “Rockettes New York Spectacular.”

CBS will again televise the event. No host has been announced.

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be April 28, meaning all productions on Broadway that wish to be included must have opened by that date. Nominations will be announced May 3 live from the Paramount Hotel.

The Beacon is much smaller than Radio City, meaning ticket-rationing and a likely struggle to seat the often large number of show producers. MSG Entertainment, which owns Radio City, also owns the Beacon.

“The 70th Annual Tony Awards” will air live June 12 at 8 PM ET/delayed PT on CBS.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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Warriors Coach Luke Walton Victim Of Car Thief

5 hours 36 min ago

OAKLAND (CBS-SF) – Not only was Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton on the brink of NBA history Tuesday, but police have also recovered his stolen 2014 Mercedes Benz.

Oakland court records reveal that a man suspected of stealing Walton’s Mercedes Benz was in custody Tuesday after he was arrested for attempting to flee officers in another carjacked vehicle.

Oakland resident Lamonte Campbell, 20, is charged with carjacking, burglary and assault for assaulting an elderly woman and taking her car last Thursday.

The next day, police saw him driving the car and tried to pull him over, but he sped away, blowing through stop signs and driving the wrong way on a two-way street.

Eventually he crashed into parked cars in the 2000 block of Poplar Street in West Oakland at about 10:30 a.m. and ran from the scene, but police captured him a short time later, according to court records.

Campbell is also charged with auto theft and burglary for stealing Walton’s 2014 Mercedes Benz a week ago.

Authorities told the Oakland Tribune that Walton’s car was later crashed in East Oakland.  No other details were released, but the authorities told the paper that they do not believe Campbell knew at the time it was Walton’s car.

He remains in Santa Rita Jail on $355,000 bail.

Walton has stepped in for ailing Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and has guided the defending NBA Champions to a 15-0 start to the 2015-2016 season. The mark ties the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the ‘93-94 Houston Rockets for the longest win streak to start a season.

The Warriors play the Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland on Tuesday night with a chance to set the all-time record for the best start to a season.

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Antioch Woman Facing Attempted Murder, Spousal Abuse Charges After Alleged Assault On 69-Year-Old Man

6 hours 5 min ago

ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — A woman was arrested in connection with an assault that left a 69-year-old man in critical condition last week in Antioch, police said Monday.

Antioch police said Lisa Parker, 43, is both the suspect and the person that initially reported the incident at 4:47 p.m. Thursday.

Parker allegedly told officers that she assaulted a man at a home in the 2300 block of Peppertree Way before she walked to a relative’s house some distance away.

Officers found the male victim unresponsive at the home, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Parker was arrested on a number of counts, including spousal abuse, aggravated mayhem, attempted murder and causing coma or paralysis. She was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.

No other information on the case was immediately available.

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Good Day at Pixar For ‘The Good Dinosaur’

6 hours 50 min ago
VIDEO: Mark S. Allen visits the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville to hang with some of the filmmakers of their latest animated film "The Good Dinosaur"
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Tesla Releases Price Of Model X Crossover SUV

6 hours 56 min ago

PALO ALTO (KPIX 5) — Tesla released the price of their new crossover SUV.

The Palo Alto-based company said the standard version of the Model X with its distinct “falcon-wing doors” will cost about $81,200.

The fully-loaded Signature version of the Model X went on sale in September for $132,000.

Model X buyers can qualify for $10,000 in federal and state rebates.

According to Forbes, there is a backlog of more than 25,000 orders on the Model X perhaps due to “years of delays in the original Model X timeline.”

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State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert For U.S. Citizens

7 hours 7 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The State Department issued a travel alert to United States citizens due to increased terrorist threats on Monday.

Bay Area travelers should anticipate additional security screening at airports and other public places.

“U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using transportation,” the alert said. “Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds or crowded places. Exercise particular caution during the holiday season and at holiday festivals or events.”

The State Department said the U.S. is exchanging information with allies about threats of international terrorism.

The travel alert is in effect until February 24.

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WARNING: Extreme High Tides, High Surf, Winds, Flooding Likely

7 hours 21 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The first set of “extreme high tides” is expected to impact the region’s coastal areas Tuesday morning, which may cause flooding in Marin County and other areas, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard officials said a mixture of forecasted colder temperatures, strong winds and precipitation may serve as impetus for a potentially dangerous tidal situation, which the National Weather Service expects to last through Thursday.

Combined with rainwater runoff, strong onshore winds and larger surf, the high tides are likely to cause flooding of Marin County’s coast as well as low-lying areas around San Francisco and Monterey bays, Coast Guard officials said.

Some of the affected areas could apparently include beaches, low-lying roads, trails, docks harbors and tidal flats.

“We encourage all persons on or around the coast to remain especially cautions during this storm system,” Andrew Cohen, command duty officer at the Coast Guard’s San Francisco sector, said in a statement.

“We stand ready to respond if boaters and beachgoers find themselves in distress,” Cohen added.

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Harry Connick Jr. Steps In For Exiting Leon Bridges At ‘Alice In Winterland’ Show

8 hours 5 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Best known for his hit song “Coming Home,” soul singer Leon Bridges is bowing out of Alice@97.3’s “Alice In Winterland” holiday concert.

Bridges exit is due to a conflict with his Saturday Night Live performance in New York City, a statement reads on the radio station’s website,

With his newly released album “That Would Be Me,” Harry Connick, Jr. is quite the busy artist, with promoting his music and an upcoming daytime entertainment talk show “Harry” set for a late 2016 television debut.

Harry Connick, Jr. joins musicians James Bay, Michael Franti and Zella Day at The Masonic in San Francisco on Thursday, December 3rd at Alice@97.3’s holiday concert.

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Arizona Cardinals Are The Team To Beat In The NFC

8 hours 6 min ago

By Sam McPherson

The Arizona Cardinals were on a good track last year until starting quarterback Carson Palmer was lost for the season to a knee injury. Then, the same fate befell backup QB Drew Stanton. Suddenly, the Cardinals limped into the postseason with a third-string QB and were eliminated in the first round.

Things are different in 2015: Palmer is healthy and thriving, perhaps playing the best ball of his career. The Cardinals have a three-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West Division, and they are perhaps the best team in the conference this year.

Season Record

Arizona is 8-2, which is the second-best record in the NFC. The Cardinals already beat the 49ers once this season, 47-7, in Glendale, AZ. Arizona also has wins over the Seahawks and the Cincinnati Bengals. Yes, some of the Cardinals wins have been over bad teams like Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and Baltimore.

However, it’s hard to question any team led by two-time NFL Coach of the Year Bruce Arians. Arizona is second in scoring offense and 13th in scoring defense. The Cards have an excellent blend of youth and experience on their talented roster. They have to be considered the NFC favorite for Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in February 2016.

Cardinals on Offense

Palmer’s health has been great this year, and the Arizona offense has been rolling. His 108.6 QB rating is the best of his career, and Palmer leads the NFL currently with 27 touchdown passes and a 9.0 yards-per-attempt mark. He’s hard to stop, especially when the running game is going well.

Chris Johnson gets most of the carries, as he has revitalized his career in Arizona. But rookie David Johnson is pretty good, too, when he gets the ball. Throw in a talented wide-receiver corps, led by All-World Larry Fitzgerald, and it’s pretty difficult to defend this offense unless it coughs up the ball three or four times in a game.

Cardinals on Defense

Cornerback Patrick Peterson is healthy again and very capable of shutting down any offense’s best WR. Safety Tyrann Mathieu is a ball hawk in the secondary. Eleven different players on this defense have at least one sack this season. It’s not a dominant defense, but it has the ability to look like one against a bad offense like the San Francisco unit.

In Week 3, Arizona held the 49ers to just 156 total yards, including just 53 through the air. San Francisco should be able to do better than that this Sunday with Blaine Gabbert at QB, but it’s worth remembering nonetheless.

Cardinals Players to Watch

Palmer and Peterson made this team work: Both had health problems last year, and both are 100 percent this year. That’s been a huge difference in the team’s performance and demeanor. If Palmer is hitting his targets too easily, it’s going to be a long day for the 49ers defense. If Peterson is eliminating 49ers WR Anquan Boldin from the game, it’s going to be tough goings for the S.F. offense.


It would be a major upset for the 49ers to reverse that 47-7 result from Week 3, even with the QB change, etc. The San Francisco roster has taken a lot of injury hits since then, while the Cardinals still are flying high. Don’t expect Arizona to win by 40 points again, but the Cardinals should cruise to a relatively easy double-digit win at Levi’s Stadium as they scout the field for a potential Super Bowl return.

Sam McPherson is a freelance writer covering baseball, football, basketball, golf, hockey and fantasy sports for CBS, AXS and Examiner. He also is an Ironman triathlete and certified triathlon coach.

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Raiders Ready To Capitalize On Week 12 Meeting With Titans

8 hours 6 min ago

By Abraham Gutierrez

Jack Del Rio and his staff should take the time to invite NFL schedule-makers to their home this Thanksgiving, because the Oakland Raiders clash with the Tennessee Titans couldn’t have come at a better time. Losers of a season-high three games, the Silver and Black look to climb back into playoff contention by going into enemy territory and not underestimating the 2-8 Titans. Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee will be the site for this must-win game for the Raiders’ postseason hopes. Opening kickoff is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET and it will be broadcast live on CBS Sports.

Tennessee Titans 2015 NFL Season

It’s safe to say that the Titans’ season hasn’t exactly gone he way everyone hopes coming out of training camp. After being humiliated by the Houston Texans in Week 8, the organization decided that a changing of the guard was in order. Just two days after that 6-20 road loss, the Titans decided to fire head coach Ken Whisenhunt and named Mike Mularkey the interim head coach. Unfortunately, very little has changed since the coaching swap, as the Titans have gone just 1-2 during that span and as of now, look more like a team headed for another high draft pick.

Prior to Week 12, Tennessee comes in winless at home with a record of 0-5, it’s 2-3 on the road, 0-3 against divisional opponents, 0-6 versus non-conference foes, have lost two straight, and having dropped four of their last five games played.

Titans On Offense

Jason Michael is the Titans offensive coordinator, and if things continue to go the way they have through 10 games, he might want to start updating his resume. That’s because Tennessee enters Week 12 ranked among the worst offensive attacks in all of football. The Titans are current ranked 21st in rushing yards per game (98.1), 25th in passing yards (222.9), and 30th in both, points per game (18.2) and total yards per game (321.0).

Titans On Defense

Defensively, this team is led by defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who’s blessed to have the great Dick LeBeau schooling him. Thus, this defense has improved in most areas and quite frankly, is the sole reason why this team isn’t winless at the moment.

Entering Week 11, the Titans defense ranks a respectable third place against the pass (214.2), sixth in total yards allowed (324.3), 17th at defending the rush (110.1) and 18th in points per game allowed (23.3).

Titans Players To Watch

On offense, the player to watch is rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. Making his case for Rookie Of The Year honors, the Oregon product has completed better than 65 percent of his pass attempts, going 169-for-259 in his first NFL campaign for 2026 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions for a quarterback rating of 96.1.

On the opposite side of the rock, the Titans players to watch are inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Jurrell Casey. Woodyard not only comes in as the team leader in tackles (62), but is also second in the team with 5 sacks. Meanwhile, Orakpo leads the way in the sack department with 7 and Casey has also made his mark on opposing backfield with five sacks of his own.

Raiders vs. Titans NFL Week 12 Point Spreads

According to NFL Week 12 oddsmakers, the Oakland Raiders [-2] come into this game listed as two-point favorites on the road against the Tennessee Titans [+2] and the OVER/UNDER is set at a combined total of 44 points.

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Cowboys Try To Stay In Playoff Race Against Undefeated Panthers On Thanksgiving

8 hours 59 min ago

Shawn Lealos

The Dallas Cowboys are a Thanksgiving Day tradition. While many teams don’t want to play on a family-based National holiday, the Cowboys organization knows that this is a tradition for many families, who know that they can watch America’s Team every Thanksgiving afternoon. This year’s match-up is even bigger than ever before, as the Cowboys host the undefeated Carolina Panthers in a game that the Cowboys have to win.

Cowboys Fighting For Playoff Lives

The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2015 NFL season with great odds at making the playoffs, and were actually the third best odds in the NFC to make it to the Super Bowl, after only the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. While the Packers have pulled back into contention, neither the Seahawks nor Cowboys have a winning record. Only two teams have a worse record than Dallas, and both are in the AFC. However, Dallas just got Tony Romo back and won for the first time in eight games and are only two games out of first place in the NFC East. A win against Carolina could move them within striking distance, a loss could end any hopes they have.

Tony Romo

The biggest key to the Dallas Cowboys winning this season comes on the shoulders of Tony Romo. The team won their first two games with Romo at quarterback. Every loss was with the Cowboys backup quarterbacks, first Brandon Weeden and then Matt Cassel. With Romo back, Dallas looked like a team that can compete. He threw two interceptions in the first half, but pulled things together in the second half and held on to win the game. Romo is back and the Cowboys have hope.

An Improved Defense in Dallas

In six of their seven losses, the Cowboys defense couldn’t hold the lead in the fourth quarter and collapsed. However, one of the things people don’t take into consideration was that they were playing more than ever thanks to bad offensive play and were worn out by the end. With Romo in controlling the clock, the defense stayed strong in the fourth quarter against Miami and actually recorded three sacks in the final quarter. This defense is playing better than it has in years and can help Dallas win games.

The Unbeaten Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are one of the best coached teams in the NFL. They continuously lose important pieces, such as running back DeAngelo Williams and defensive end Greg Hardy, and the team still has no star quality wide receiver. However, they are one of only two unbeaten teams in the NFL and the first to win 10 games this season. They rank 15th in the NFL in total offense and fourth in rushing offense. They rank sixth in total defense, eighth against the pass and ninth against the run.

Cam Newton

While the Panthers are winning on defense, Cam Newton has become a legitimate NFL winning quarterback for the Panthers. He has finished four games this season with over a 100 quarterback rating, including the last three games, where he threw nine touchdowns and only one interception. The Panthers aren’t asking too much of him and he only has three games this season where he threw for over 250 yards, but he is playing very well.

Panthers Run the Ball

The Panthers offense, even without Williams, still runs the ball first and foremost. Cam Newton himself has 382 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground, to go along with his 20 touchdown passes. Jonathan Stewart is finally healthy and has run for 764 yards on the season, with four touchdowns on his own. As a team, the Panthers have run for 1,399 yards on the ground, an average of an impressive 139 yards a game.

The Panthers Defense

Ranked as the sixth best defense in the NFL, and in the top 10 against both the run and pass, this is what makes Carolina a strong challenger for this year’s Super Bowl. It is also a team effort. The Panthers rank second in the NFL with 31 sacks, and six players have multiple sacks on the season. The Panthers also rank first in turnover ratio. While they have given up the ball 12 times on the season, they have an NFL leading 25 turnovers, with 15 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries. To even add to the dominance, the Panthers just activated defensive end Charles Johnson for this week’s game. 

Shawn S. Lealos is a freelance writer who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He writes for a variety of national publications and has over 15 years of sports journalism experience. Follow Shawn on Twitter @sslealos.

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Struggling Eagles And Lions Try To Turn Things Around On Thanksgiving

10 hours 1 min ago

By Shawn Lealos

The Thursday NFL games for the 2015 NFL season have been up and down throughout the year, and this week’s game is a unique match-up. When the season started, the Philadelphia Eagles were favored to win the NFC East and the Detroit Lions were picked to contend with the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. After 10 games, the Eagles are 4-6 and the Lions are 3-7, both teams are struggling. Now, the teams play on Thursday night.

Philadelphia Eagles Playoff Hopes Still Alive

Unlike the Detroit Lions, the Eagles still have a chance to make it to the playoffs because they play in the NFC East. Despite having a 4-6 losing record, they are only one game out of first place in the weakest division in the NFC. The fact that they have beaten the first place New York Giants gives them a tiebreaker advantage right now as well. One more win for the Eagles, coupled with a loss for the Giants, will move the hapless Eagles into first place in their division.

A New-Look Offense

One of the biggest sore spots for the Eagles’ fans heading into the season was the fact that Philadelphia traded away starting running back LeSean McCoy and starting quarterback Nick Foles, as well as letting starting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin leave as a free agent. However, the Eagles signed last year’s NFL rushing leader DeMarco Murray and received former first overall NFL draft pick Sam Bradford in exchange. Through the first half of the season, the results were disappointing. Murray has only 515 yards through 10 games. However, when looked at as a two-headed rushing attack, Murray has combined with Ryan Mathews for a total of 942 yards and nine touchdowns. That puts them on pace for 1,500 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on the season. It isn’t as dire as it seems.

Sam Bradford

The second problem is that most Eagles fans remember Bradford from his days struggling with the St. Louis Rams, a team that gave him no offensive weapons and he ended up tearing both ACL’s over his career there. Most fans believe he has been a huge disappointment since coming to the Eagles. However, a closer look shows that Bradford has really turned things around since becoming more comfortable in the offense. In the win over the Dallas Cowboys, Bradford threw for 295 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions and a 103.4 rating. Against the tough Miami Dolphins defense, he threw for 236 yards and a touchdown, with no interceptions and a 118.1 rating before suffering a concussion. The Eagles need him back on Thursday night, especially when they watched Mark Sanchez throw three interceptions in the loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Matthew Stafford

On the other side of the field, Matthew Stafford has been one of the best quarterbacks statistically in the NFL over the past few seasons. However, his great numbers have not turned into wins. Despite being 3-7 on the season, the Lions have won two straight games and look to be trying to turn things around. This week is a big one for Stafford. Philadelphia isn’t losing because their offense is bad, they are losing because they have a horrible defense. They rank 25th in the NFL in total defense and Stafford has a game here he can win.

The Decline of Calvin Johnson

One of the big reasons the Detroit Lions are not scoring like they used to this season is the decline of Calvin Johnson. At one time he was the best wide receiver in the NFL, Johnson has only eclipsed 100 yards in one game this season and has only caught three touchdown passes on the year. That 166 yard receiving game for Johnson was the first win of the season for Detroit. It should also be noted that Johnson has had the ball thrown his way 98 times and only caught 59 of them. The Lions need Johnson to play better this season if they want any chance to win more games. 

Shawn S. Lealos is a freelance writer who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He writes for a variety of national publications and has over 15 years of sports journalism experience. Follow Shawn on Twitter @sslealos.

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