Swick rebounds from injuries, readies for Brown


Swick rebounds from injuries, readies for Brown

Nitesh Dutt

The road to the top of the UFC’s Welterweight Division for AKA’s Mike “Quick”Swick (15-4-0) has been a tumultuous one paved by countless injuries and setbacks. But, where the most common of man would throw in the towel, Swick battled on.

This Saturday at UFC on FOX 5 Swick returns to the octagon for his second bout in four months, taking on Matt Brown (15-11-0).

Before a KO victory over DaMarques Johnson at UFC on FOX 4, Swick had not fought since February 2010. So, two fights in a span of four months can be seen as a mental victory for the San Jose fighter.

However, he is not satisfied with mental victories. Swick wants to stockpile the wins inside the cage and he’ll do it any way he wants.

“An ideal situation, for my fight, would be a knockout. Going in my favor,” Swick told Inside Fight Sports. “I want to have some scars when this fight’s over…and, get that knockout finish.”

Matt Brown is coming off of three-straight victories. Two of which came by TKO in the second round. Suffice to say that this will be a battle of two fighters who are more than willing to stand and exchange a fury of punches.

Combined these two have 30 wins, 16 of which came by way of KO/TKO (eight apiece).

Although he has been impressive in the UFC (10-3 record), Swick has not been able to get near a title shot due to major injuries that sidelined him for the better part of three years. Plus, dropping down to welterweight served as a rejuvenation in Swick’s early UFC career.

Even through the injuries and setbacks, the welterweight never came close to calling it quits. Others around him might have, but not “Quick”.

“It was definitely a thought of retirement, but from other people.” Swick knew it was too soon in his career to call it quits, regardless of all that he went through. “I’ve always pushed forward my whole life, so I’ve overcame so much and been through so much that unless I see a definite stoppage in my career, where there’s no going around it, I’m going to keep pushing forward.”

Swick made quick work of Johnson in his return to the octagon and he hopes to do the same on Saturday in Seattle. Despite his nickname, he is in no rush to demand a title shot. He’ll let his knockout finishes and victories do the work.

Nitesh Dutt is a production assistant at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter: @NiteshDutt

A's GM Forst feels passion of fans, will not second-guess decisions

A's GM Forst feels passion of fans, will not second-guess decisions

A’s general manager David Forst says he has a stack of strongly worded letters from fans who grow frustrated with many of the team’s personnel moves.

That comes with the territory of running a major league front office. But Forst also said, during a wide-ranging interview on the latest A’s Insider Podcast, that honest critiquing must come from within office walls.

“You do want to do some self-evaluation and self-assessing,” Forst said. “What I don’t do, I don’t go back and second-guess decisions, whether it’s a trade or a signing. I don’t sort of hypothetically think, ‘Well, what if we hadn’t done this,’ because it’s not a good use of anybody’s time. What you do have to do is make sure the process that led to that decision is sound and a good one.”

Certainly one of the most scrutinized A’s moves of recent history was their signing of designated hitter Billy Butler to a three-year $30 million contract in November 2014. That turned out to be a costly mistake, with Butler being released in September with one year left on his deal and the A’s still on the hook for roughly $10 million. Forst acknowledged how poorly that decision worked out but sticks by the initial motivation to sign Butler.

“Look, Billy Butler didn’t go the way we expected, and that’s one that gets brought up a lot,” Forst said. “But I think back to the time when we made that decision to sign him, and what we were projecting Billy to do. It was very clear what our team needed. Again, going into 2015, coming off the wild card that year, we still felt like this was a team that could compete for a division title. So all the things that went into the decision, ultimately I will stand by.”

Forst spoke frankly about several other topics during the podcast. Regarding fans’ frustration about seeing so many high-profile players traded:

“I’ve got a stack of letters on my desk, the substance of which I can’t repeat on the air,” he said with a smile. “… But there’s passion. And I know we have a fan base that cares, and that’s really a good place to be.”

Forst said the A’s definitely will pursue starting pitching this offseason, despite the fact that 1) he’s very optimistic about the crop of young pitching Oakland has developed, and 2) he believes Sonny Gray will bounce back from a poor 2016 season. The GM takes encouragement that Gray made a full physical recovery from a strained forearm.

“Am I going to get the Cy Young (caliber pitcher) from Day 1? I don’t know. But I think there’s a confidence that this was an aberration, this whole year, more than anything else.”

Injury report: 49ers, Buccaneers without their top running backs

Injury report: 49ers, Buccaneers without their top running backs

The 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without their top running backs on Sunday when the teams meet at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

The 49ers on Friday officially ruled out running back Carlos Hyde from participating in the game due to a right shoulder injury he sustained in the 49ers’ 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Buccaneers also announced running back Doug Martin would be unavailable because of a hamstring injury.

Hyde leads the 49ers with 429 yards and six touchdowns on 109 rushing attempts. Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn are expected to fill in for Hyde. The club is also expected to promote DuJuan Harris from the practice squad to be available.

Cornerback Rashard Robinson is listed as questionable, along with wide receiver Torrey Smith (back) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (knee). Robinson continues to go through the league’s concussion return-to-play protocol.

Cornerback Jimmie Ward has been cleared for action. He is expected to return after a three-week absence due to a right quadriceps strain.

49ers injury report
RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder)

DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
CB Rashard Robinson (concussion)
WR Torrey Smith (back)

Buccaneers injury report
DE Robert Ayers (ankle)
RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring)

Questionable CB Jude Adjei-Barimah (knee)
C Joe Hawley (knee)
DT Gerald McCoy (calf)
WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring),
TE Luke Stocker (ankle)