49ers key matchup No. 3: Iupati vs. Campbell


49ers key matchup No. 3: Iupati vs. Campbell

This is the first part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Cardinals matchups to watch Monday, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNCBS, Ch. 5), at University of Phoenix Stadium49ers LG Mike Iupati vs. Cardinals RDE Calais CampbellTale of the tape
Iupati (77): 6-foot-5, 331 pounds, third season, Idaho
Campbell (93): 6-foot-8, 300 pounds, fifth season, Miami (Fla.)Everything about Mike Iupati exudes confidence.As the 49ers were reviewing their many assignments and adjustments on a short week before facing the Seattle Seahawks, offensive coordinator Greg Roman could tell Iupati would be on top of his game.During a review meeting, Roman asks questions and the offensive linemen compete to be the first with the correct answers.
"We got a lot of guys who want to be the first guy with the answer, but he was hitting the buzzer first," Roman said. "That's very impressive."Iupati's classroom mastery of the scheme, assignments and adjustments carried over into the game with an exemplary performance -- perhaps the best game of his career -- in the 49ers' 13-6 victory over Seattle."We meet a long time," Iupati said, noting a typical meeting lasts a couple hours at a time.Does he ever doze off?"We're in the front of the room, so we always have to be alert. They can see us," he said.
Clearly, he has made significant strides, and that's made everybody sit up and take notice. Iupati says the game has slowed down for him in his third NFL season "From an assignment standpoint, Mike was playing very fast," Roman said of the 49ers' Oct 18 game against the Seahawks."You can tell when a guy is playing fast, he's off on the count, there's no indecision. When the defense does something a little different, there's not that moment of hesitation. He's playing extremely fast. And he's just dominating people, physically. He's got some physical tools that are rare, and they were on display."Iupati also demonstrates a lot more ease and confidence when speaking with the media, too.His main assignment Monday night against the Cardinals' 3-4 scheme will be defensive end Calais Campbell, who has 24 tackles, two sacks and five deflected passes for the Cardinals this season.Campbell made no secret of his feelings about the 49ers, saying this week he "hates the 49ers with a passion." He added, "I can't wait to go out there and stick it to them. Alex Smith, I've gotten down a few times so I know hes thinking about me a little bit."Campbell seemed to overstate his history of success against the 49ers. In seven career games against San Francisco, Campbell has two sacks.
Said Iupati, "Talk is cheap. That's all I have to say. We have much respect for their organization and team. We got to go do our thing."And doing their thing means running the football. The 49ers average 5.9 yards per rushing attempt this season. The Cardinals, who feature the league's seventh-ranked defense, is allowing 4.2 yards per rushing attempt.The 49ers' main run play is "power." That also happens to be Iupati's favorite play. While right guard Alex Boone and tackle Anthony Davis execute a double-team block, Iupati pulls and delivers a block that generally produces a sizable hole for Frank Gore."He's pulling for the front-side linebacker spot," Roman said. "He's gotten really good at it, adjusting to all the different looks. Mike is the backside. It involves him reading things on the run and adjusting inside or outside."Said Iupati, "That's my game. 'Power' is one of the most physical plays. . . It's smash-mouth football."

76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot


76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Streeter wrote on Twitter, "Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey.

The Sixers declined to say why Streeter's performance was canceled.

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community," the Sixers said in a statement.

The Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.

This isn't the first time the Sixers were dragged into a national anthem controversy.

A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Torrey SmithAlshon Jeffery?

Not happening, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

While a couple reports have linked the Eagles to making a trade before the fast-approaching deadline to grab another veteran outside receiver, Pederson shot them down at his Wednesday press conference.

“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said. “And I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”

[MAIOCCO: Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith]

The Eagles made a trade before the season to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans, but the team’s receivers still haven’t been great during the first six games of the 2016 season.

They also went out and claimed Bryce Treggs after the 49ers waived him at final cuts, but the speedy wideout hasn’t yet been active.