MRI reveals multiple fractures in Ward's hand

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MRI reveals multiple fractures in Ward's hand

Oakland boxer Andre Ward defeated Carl Froch to complete his undefeated run through the Super Six Tournament Saturday. After the fight, the nasty sight of his left was all the evidence you needed to know he earned it.

Thursday, Ward announced via Twitter that an MRI on that left hand revealed multiple fractures in the third and fifth metacarpal. The injured hand was put into a hard cast Thursday, which Ward will wear for the next two weeks. Once the cast is removed, Ward plans to rehab the hand and says he "should be fine."

Apparently, the injury occurred a week before the fight, although initial X-rays came back negative. Ward, though, knew something wasn't right. "I just knew it hurt like nobody's business," the Oakland boxer said on Twitter.

"We had to go with the fight," Ward continued on Twitter. "I knew I would further hurt my hand in the fight and I did in the sixth round. I bit down and continued to work, I had no choice."

Immediately following his victory, Ward said he "hit Froch on top of the head in the sixth round" and aggravated the hand injury.

Ward defeated Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green, Glen Johnson, Sakio Bika and finally Froch to reach the coveted status of the top 168-pound boxer in the world.

The win over Froch catapulted Ward through the CSNBayArea.com year-end awards, earning him a co-share of the pound-for-pound NorCal boxing crown.

Kings forward Omri Casspi to miss 1-2 weeks due to injury

Kings forward Omri Casspi to miss 1-2 weeks due to injury

SACRAMENTO, CA -- An MRI taken Monday night at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento revealed that forward Omri Casspi suffered a strain of the right plantaris tendon during practice on Monday.

He is expected to miss up to two weeks of action.  

The eight-year NBA veteran is averaging 5.9 points (.453 FG%, .379 3pt%, .571 FT%), 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18 minutes per contest this season. 

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Source: 49ers GM candidate Kirchner to remain with Seahawks

Source: 49ers GM candidate Kirchner to remain with Seahawks

The 49ers’ search for their next general manager has been narrowed.

Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner, who interviewed with the 49ers on Monday, is remaining with the Seahawks, CSNBayArea.com confirmed on Tuesday. Kirchner was not comfortable with the working environment with the 49ers, the source said.

The NFL Network first reported Kirchner was removing himself from consideration to replace Trent Baalke, who was fired.

Kirchner and Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable were believed to be connected as the possible general manager-coach combination to fill the 49ers' vacancies. It is not known whether Cable will remove his name from consideration, too.

Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is considered atop the 49ers' wish list to replace Chip Kelly, who was fired after the team's 2-14 season.

Scott Fitterer, the Seahawks’ co-director of player personnel, interviewed with Jed York and Paraag Marathe after Kirchner met with the 49ers’ executives.

49ers general manager interviews
Thursday, Jan. 5
Green Bay director of football operations Eliot Wolf (GM)
Green Bay director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst (GM)

Friday, Jan. 6
Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton (GM)

Sunday, Jan. 8
Indianapolis vice president of football operations Jimmy Raye III (GM)

Monday, Jan. 9
Carolina assistant general manager Brandon Beane (GM)

Tuesday, Jan. 10
ESPN analyst Louis Riddick (GM)

Friday, Jan. 13
Arizona vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough (GM)

Monday, Jan. 16
Seattle co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer (GM)
Seattle co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner (GM)