Ray Ratto

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The 49ers' new head coach has stood behind Alex Smith throughout the NFL lockout. But with new options now available, such as Matt Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer, Harbaugh's resolve will be tested.

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Let us consider for a moment the apparent acquisition of quarterback Kevin Kolb by the Arizona Cardinals and how it would shake up the NFC West.

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With the MLB trade deadline approaching and the NFL lockout about to end, the sports-loving rank and file have plenty of distractions from work this week. Enjoy.

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While the latest comments from the 49ers and Raiders are interesting, writes Ray Ratto, it's 1.2 billion in a state thats flat broke that will get you a stadium. Come back when youve got the money done.

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The countdown is ticking -- it's less than a fortnight until the World Championship Baby is born. As the due date approaches, Senior Insider Ray Ratto offers important advice for the soon-to-be publicly lauded parents.

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The A's are in dire need of a post All-Star break lift. An honest-to-goodness old-fashioned doubleheader against the Angels is a start, whether Oakland can manager more than a split or not.

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If David Kahn hires Don Nelson, it will make Minneapolis the What-The-Hell capital of the world, wresting the crown from wherever James Harrison happens to be today.

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What are the keys for San Francisco in the second half? In order of importance, here's what the Giants are going to need between now and the final table.

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The first half of 2011 has led us to the inescapable conclusion that, manager old or manager new, these are the Oakland As --- neither sellers nor buyers as the season shifts into trade rumor mode.

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Ray Ratto believes there's no such thing as an All-Star snub anymore.

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With the Mets' Jose Reyes on the DL and Carlos Beltran tormenting Giants pitching, our Senior Insider explains the shift in interest following a loss that can only be the fault of broadcasters Al Michaels and Bob Costas.

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Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams, who led the Oakland As to two of their three 1970s World Series championships and led the 1967 Red Sox and 1984 Padres to pennants, died of a brain aneurysm at his home in Las Vegas today. He was 82.

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This season suggests that the Giants know things everyone else doesnt -- again. Why not prove it, Insider Ray Ratto suggests, by standing pat with a mutant offense, too many fifth starters, and holes in interior positions?

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We know that building new stadiums come down to two things: Where the money is, and where the shovels are. The rest of it is trivia.

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At one time Dany Heatley was immovable, but it didn't work in San Jose. Insider Ray Ratto tells us that a window in Heatley's contract allowed GM Doug Wilson to deal the high-priced winger to the Wild.

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