Cain gets best of Harbaugh on Day 1 of Pro-Am


Cain gets best of Harbaugh on Day 1 of Pro-Am

Giants pitcher Matt Cain and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh were on opposite sides of a foursome in the first round of the Pebble Beach AT&T Pro-Am Thursday. The pitcher got the better of the coach on Day 1, but barely.

The pairing of Cain and Matt Bettencourt finished the day four under, while Harbaugh and Ryan Moore finished up the day three under.

"I think we put ourselves in a good spot after the first day," Cain said. "Playing at Spyglass is the real deal."

One of Cain's highlights came on the Par-5 14th. Cain reached the green in two and two-putted for birdie, his final putt good from about four feet. On the same hole, Harbaugh picked up his par putt, but was still able to fist pump as his partner Moore sunk his birdie.

Cain and Harbaugh turned in similarly impressive rounds as amateurs. Both men birdied hole 9. Both hit nice drives on 10. On 12, Harbaugh's great approach left him a 20-foot birdie put, which he missed, but converted the par. The same hole, Cain's chip from just off the green snuggled close and he tapped in for par as well.

"He's actually really good off the tee," Cain said of Harbaugh's golf game. "He's good at scrambling around the golf course."

The compliment should carry significant weight, as prof golfer Bettencourt said there were only a handful of guys in the whole tournament that were deeper off the tee than Cain.

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"My individual game?" Harbaugh repeated, "I was pleased."

It will be the same foursome teeing off at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Friday at 8:11 a.m. Alex Smith, who caddied for Harbaugh Thursday, will be relieved of his duties by 49ers quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst.

Other notable pairings include Giants President Larry Baer and Tim Petrovic, who shot a combined five under. Warriors owner Joe Lacob and Gavin Coles shot a five under. Former 49er Harris Barton and Greg Owen shot a seven under. Huey Lewis, who sang the national anthem at the 49ers divisional round game with the Saints, shot a seven under with John Mallinger. Tony Romo and Tiger Woods are also at seven under.

Pairings of Danny Lee and Steve Green, and Padraig Harrington and J.P. McManus lead the field after Day 1 at thirteen under.

On anniversary of Kobe's 81, Lakers score 73 in franchise's worst loss

On anniversary of Kobe's 81, Lakers score 73 in franchise's worst loss


DALLAS -- Justin Anderson scored 19 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 13 to help the Dallas Mavericks rout the Los Angeles Lakers 122-73 on Sunday.

It was the Mavericks' 13th straight win over the Lakers, who have lost six of their last seven games this season.

The game was close for 10 minutes, with Dallas leading 23-22 before the Mavericks scored the next 15 straight to blow the game open. Nowitzki had seven during the run.

The Mavericks led 67-33 at the half and never looked back.

Lou Williams led the Lakers with 15.

The Mavericks both scored the most points and allowed the fewest in a half and a game this season. The 34-point halftime lead was the third-largest in franchise history.

The Lakers scored their fewest points in a quarter, a first half and a game.

All 11 Mavericks who played in the first half scored and had at least one rebound.

Dallas' Seth Curry scored 14 points, including seven straight in the first quarter for a 13-6 lead.

The Lakers showed signs of life on a 10-5 run for a 16-15 lead with 5:50 left in the quarter. Julius Randle scored four of the points, and Luol Deng and Nick Young each hit a 3-point shot.

The game was tied 20-20 before Devin Harris made a 3-point shot with 2:46 remaining for a lead that Dallas never lost.

Wesley Matthews and Deron Williams also had 13 points. Harris and Pierre Jackson scored 10 each. Rookies Jackson and Nicolas Brussino (eight points) each reached career highs.

Lakers: They played without D'Angelo Russell, second on the team at 14.3 points per game. An MRI taken Saturday showed a mildly sprained right MCL and strained right calf.

Mavericks: J.J. Barea missed his 26th game this season because of a strained left calf. Coach Rick Carlisle said he didn't expect Barea back until after the All-Star break (Feb. 24 at the earliest). Andrew Bogut (strained right hamstring) could return this week, but would need a day of practice, according to Carlisle.

Lakers: Travel to Portland for the second game of a three-game trip on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Complete a three-game homestand on Wednesday against New York.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.