NFL power rankings: 49ers leap back into Top 3


NFL power rankings: 49ers leap back into Top 3

New England's tour de force against Houston on Monday Night Football gave us a new No. 1 atop the weekly power rankings and Cam Newton's show as an icon and entertainer versus Atlanta provided further shakeup at the top. Three weeks remain in the regular season and jockeying for playoff positions is getting fierce…

1 (4) New England Patriots (10-3) Death, taxes and Tom Brady looking unbeatable in December. Some things never change.
2 (3)  Denver Broncos (10-3) For all of the talk about Peyton Manning, the defense has yet to allow a 300-yard passing game.
3 (5) 49ers (9-3-1) Can Kaepernick join  Morton, Bradshaw, Ferragamo, Plunkett, Hostetler, Dilfer, Brady and Delhomme, QBs who started season on bench but took team to Super Bowl?
4 (1) Houston Texans (11-2) Too trite to write, "Houston, you have a problem" here? Meh…
5 (2) Atlanta Falcons (11-2) Players can’t go Rodney Dangerfield route this week and complain about a lack of respect.
6 (6) Green Bay Packers (9-4) Aaron Rodgers' 35-game streak with a TD pass in a home game comes to an end…in a win.
7 (7) Indianapolis Colts (9-4) With 3,759 yards passing, Andrew Luck passes Peyton Manning for No. 2 on NFL's single-season rookie list. Up next: Cam Newton's 4,051 yards.
8 (9) New York Giants (8-5) David Wilson's franchise-record 327 all-purpose yards fourth-most in NFL since 2000.
9 (11) Seattle Seahawks (8-5) The 58-0 blowout of Arizona is third-largest shutout victory in NFL since 1941.
10 (8) Baltimore Ravens (9-4) The last time they played a game without both Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs? Try Dec. 29, 2002.
11 (15) St. Louis Rams (6-6-1) Three of Sam Bradford's four career fourth-quarter comebacks have come this year, and Rams have won three straight for first time since 2006.
12 (17) Washington (7-6) RG III's passer rating of 134.7 over last four games highest by rookie QB over such a stretch since 1960.
13 (18) Minnesota Vikings (7-6) Adrian Peterson 506 rushing yards away from eclipsing Eric Dickerson's single-season record.
14 (19) Dallas Cowboys (7-6) Rafael Septien, Dan Bailey is on your tail. Bailey's sixth career game-winning FG is one less than Septien.
15 (10) Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) Sophomore slump? Andy Dalton with two TDs and three INTs in last two games after having nine TDs and no INTs in previous three games.
16 (12) Chicago Bears (8-5) Brandon Marshall's fourth 100-catch season ties him with Rice, Harrison and Welker for most in NFL history.
17 (13) Pittsburgh Steelers (7-6) Plaxico Burress. Remember him?
18 (14) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) Buc's mid-season four-game winning streak about to be undone with three straight losses, and counting.
19 (16) New Orleans Saints (5-8) Half of Drew Brees' uncaptain-like NFC-leading 18 INTs have come in last three games.
20 (20) New York Jets (6-7) Don't look now, but the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets have won three of four.
21 (23) Cleveland Browns (5-8) "Ordinary" Trent Richardson ties Jim Brown's franchise rookie record with ninth rushing TD.
22 (21) Miami Dolphins (5-8) Two of Reggie Bush's three 100-yards-from-scrimmage games have come against the Bay Area teams.
23 (22) Buffalo Bills (5-8) Up next, a "home" game in that football Mecca known as…Toronto?!?
24 (26) San Diego Chargers  (5-8) Zombie Apocalypse Redux. Or, how Norv Turner won't go away.
25 (28) Carolina Panthers (4-9) Looks like Cam Newton received good advice in his suggestion box as he is first QB in NFL history with 250 yards passing, a passing TD, 100 yards rushing, and a rushing TD.
26 (29) Philadelphia Eaglers (4-9) So now the Eagles have won a game more recently than the Phillies. And they can thank Nick Foles for that.
27 (24) Tennessee Titans (4-9) Chris Johnson is eighth player to begin career with five 1,000-yard rushing seasons. 
28 (25) Detroit Lions (4-9) The last time the Lions defeated the Packers in Green Bay? Erik Kramer was the QB and Barry Sanders was the RB, way back on Dec. 15, 1991.
29 (27) Arizona Cardinals (4-9) Shockingly, or not, Larry Fitzgerald has caught just one pass four times this season.
30 (30) Raiders (3-10) What would YOU give up in a trade for Darren McFadden and/or Rolando McClain?
31 (31) Kansas City Chiefs (2-11) Maybe Romeo Crennel won't forget about Jamaal Charles this time around against the Raiders?
32 (32) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11) At least Chad Henne is consistent. He's thrown an INT in all three starts this season.

Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres


Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres

WASHINGTON — Dusty Baker will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren’s graduation.

Baker said he will rejoin Washington when it begins a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday, near Baker’s offseason home. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against the Padres.

Baker’s son Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. He’s committed to play college baseball at Cal.

As a 3-year-old bat boy, Darren was rescued from a potential home plate collision by J.T. Snow in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series between Baker’s Giants and the Angels.

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

Myers: 'It's painful' that Kerr not able to treasure being in NBA Finals

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Steve Kerr is no closer to resuming full-time duties than he was a week ago, or even a month ago.

Out since April 23, when he announced he was taking a leave of absence to address chronic pain in the wake of multiple back surgeries nearly two years ago, Kerr has been a constant presence the past two weeks but not on the bench during games.

“He’s doing everything but coaching, but at this point, he’s not able to coach,” general manager Bob Myers said Thursday after practice. “I wish could say that he was. I’m sure he wishes he could as well. But that’s where we are.

“If something changes and he feels better, I’ll sit here or, better -- he would sit here -- and tell you. But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching.”

Though Kerr did not address media Thursday, he indicated earlier this week that he would be comfortable going into the NBA Finals, which begin June 1, with acting head coach Mike Brown at the helm.

“We’re 12-0,” Kerr told “I feel great about where the team is. I know we can play better. I think the challenge we’re about to face, one way or the other, is going to take us to another level.”

The Warriors under Kerr finished the regular season with a league-best 67-15 mark, earning the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. Kerr coached Games 1 and 2 of the first round against Portland before surrendering head coaching duties to Brown.

The Warriors are 10-0 since Brown took over, 27-1 over their last 28 games since March 11.

Still, they would like Kerr to regain health and join them in their quest for a second championship in three years.

“It’s hard for me; I’m kind of in this basketball mode,” Myers said. “But he’s a person and he’s not feeling well. And that’s what makes it hard. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very difficult to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.

“It’s painful. And I know it’s painful for him, more than anybody. And I wish and he wishes and I’m sure you guys do, too, that there was something that could get him there. But right now, we’re not at that point.”