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Top priority for the 49ers Friday night was Colin Kaepernick walking away healthy.
From the 49ers' shrinking-margin- for-error dept.: When Alex Smith went down last year, Kaepernick was there. This year if Kaepernick goes down, good luck.
Alex Smith after two games with the Chiefs, and the 49ers have seen this act: Smooth leadership, experienced hand, struggles to find wide receivers.
Also true: Real 49er fans are rooting for Smith.
The Patriots' Zach Sudfeld (Modesto Christian) caught a 2-point pass from Tom Brady and later made a juggling 22-yard touchdown reception Friday night. Can an undrafted free agent enjoy a better August?
Further: Can anyplayer enjoy a better August?
He's cheated and he insults your intelligence during press conferences, but: There's no better judge of talent in the NFL than Bill Belichick.
The Raiders' Matt Flynn was sacked five times by the Saints. Flynn shouldn't take it personally. Smith got the same treatment in the Superdome two years ago.
True freshman QB Jared Goff was named Cal's starter. From Marin Catholic to a date with Northwestern (Aug. 31).
Name the four Cal quarterbacks who started in the Super Bowl. Answer near the bottom of the column.
Stanford will retire John Elway's No. 7 on Nov. 7. Which means the last Cardinal to wear No. 7 will be ... sophomore defensive end Aziz Shittu (Buhach Colony).
The Brewers edged the Diamondbacks in 10 innings in Game 5 to decide the 2011 NL divisional playoffs. Re Ryan Braun: Too bad you can't reverse that outcome.
Update on the lower leg injury incurred by Fresno State's Isaiah Burse (Modesto Christian): He's expected to be back on the field by the middle of next week.
Maria Sharapova fired her coach Jimmy Connors after one match. Question: Why did she hire him in the first place?
Sharapova: Very good player. Connors: Legend.
A leftover from June: Downey High's Jana Osgood received the Model Coach Award from the CIF during the opening ceremonies of the State Track and Field Championships in Clovis.
The Golden State Warriors are valued at $800 million, which has almost doubled since 2010. That's why Modesto's Bob Piccinini, one of the owners, is smiling.
Charlie Manuel collected his 1,000th career win as a manager Monday. So pleased were the Phillies, they fired him four days later.
Regarding the A's and the Rangers and Adam Rosales: I thought he was an infielder, not a ping pong ball.
From The Bee's Jeff Jardine: The Giants during the first two innings (7) outscored the 49ers during the first half (6).
How hot are the Dodgers? Danny DeVito and the beautiful people are back at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers have put together the most torrid run by a team in 71 years, since Tom Lasorda was a teen-ager.
About the Little League World Series: Making money off 11-year-olds attention, ESPN is just wrong.
Quiz answer: Joe Kapp, Craig Morton, Vince Ferragamo and Aaron Rodgers.
Nice statement by NFL fans in half-empty stadia. A month of preseason football is a waste of time. Unless you're Zach Sudfeld, of course.
Our solution: One preseason game, then count 'em.
Kaepernick has not yet campaigned through an entire season as an NFL starter. Durability is his next step.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2302. Follow Ron via Twitter, @modbeesports.