Harbaugh turns down heat in 49ers' kitchen


Harbaugh turns down heat in 49ers' kitchen

SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh appeared unusually comfortable this week in his dealings with the media.Harbaugh wanted his 49ers team to be loose this week in preparations to face the New Orleans Saints on Saturday in an NFC divisional-round game. And Harbaugh seemed to set the tone for his team when the cameras were focused on him.
"Coach Harbaugh really preaches, 'Don't overcook it,'" 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree said. "Really, just take it as another game we're playing in. Guys are hyped, though. You can feel the tension. Guys are hyped."Harbaugh said he did not want the 49ers to doing anything different than what propelled them to a 13-3 regular-season record. The 49ers enter the playoffs Saturday against the New Orleans Saints, as the club advanced to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season.
"Go into this thing and trust our own instincts, trust our gut," Harbaugh said on Friday. "Make it about the team. Trust the team. A guy doesn't have to do too much. He's got to do his job and has the ability to trust his team because he's on a good team."Prepare and understand the Saints as well as possible -- focused and loose at the same time."Harbaugh said he was "focused and loose" this week -- though he questions whether that would make any difference to the outcome of Saturday's game.
"It never really matters much how I am. I'm just a coach. I'm just going to be standing over there on the sideline," Harbaugh said. "To me, it's the players. Where are they at in their preparation? In their understanding of this gameplan? And what their morale is? And how they feel physically? If they feel good, I feel good."I go off of them. I ask guys all the time, 'How do you feel?' And they say, 'How do you feel, coach?' And I say, 'How do you feel? If you feel good, I feel good.'"The 49ers held their final full practice of the week. Most of the work has been done to prepare for the Saints, and the players appear comfortable and confident."We're relaxed," 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. "It's about going out and having fun. It's still just a game. We're having fun and we have a lot of confidence."The major point Harbaugh tried to make to his players was that their approach should not change even though the stakes are much greater. One player who knows about that is center Jonathan Goodwin, who won a Super Bowl ring two years ago with the Saints."You don't want to get too caught up in it being a playoff game to just go out and do what you're coached to do," Goodwin said. "It's still just football." Harbaugh cited an oversight for the reason the media was kept out of the beginning of practice Thursday. Teams must open a portion of practice daily to the local media.The only player who did not practice on Thursday, Harbaugh said, was tight end Delanie Walker. Harbaugh confirmed previous CSNBayArea.com reports that Walker would not be available to play Saturday due to a fractured jaw. Walker is scheduled to be re-examined on Monday.

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.