Harbaugh compares no fumble call to tuck rule


Harbaugh compares no fumble call to tuck rule

SANTA CLARA -- A potential game-changing fumble with 2:15 remaining in regulation Sunday was not a fumble.And 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh staunchly disagreed with the crucial ruling in the NFC Championship Game against the New York Giants."This one I did not agree with, felt like it was a fumble, felt like it was analogous to the Tuck Rule," Harbaugh said on Monday.Harbaugh was on the Raiders coaching staff during that January 2002 game in which an apparent game-ending fumble against the New England Patriots was overturned in an AFC divisional playoff.
Bradshaw caught a short pass from quarterback Eli Manning. Safety Dashon Goldson went low to attempt a tackle on Bradshaw, while cornerback Tramaine Brock hit him high at the Giants' 21-yard line.Brock wrapped up Bradshaw and spun him backward as linebacker NaVorro Bowman arrived and immediately stripped the ball away. As Goldson recovered the ball, head linesman Mark Hittner turned his back and immediately signaled that it was still the Giants' ball. He then explained to referee Ed Hochuli his ruling that Bradshaw's forward progress had been stopped."In my opinion, that was a fumble," Harbaugh said. "I'm sure the league will defend it and the officials will defend it. But to me the play was continuing, there was struggling going on by Bradshaw. So (I) feel like that was a fumble."If the play had been ruled a fumble, the 49ers would've taken over at the Giants' 18-yard line with 2:15 remaining. The score was tied 17-17, and the Giants had two timeouts remaining.Harbaugh also said he was "disappointed" in the call to penalize tight end Vernon Davis with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for jumping on the camera stand to celebrate after his 73-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Back judge Carl Paganelli was the official who flagged Davis."To me, that was no different than Lambeau Field when they leap up into the stands and stand up in the stands," Harbaugh said. "That's not a prop that Vernon brought out of his uniform somewhere. That was a structure that he stood on. So I was disappointed in that call in this type of game."

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.