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▪ The lousy turf at Levi’s Stadium suddenly is the least of the 49ers’ concerns.
▪ Like I’ve always said about Aldon Smith: Strike five and you’re out.
▪ Remember how the 49ers shielded Ray McDonald last year with “due process?” That idea ran its course.
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▪ The raw truth about the 49ers since Jim Harbaugh’s arrival: An NFL-leading 12 arrests involving players.
▪ About moving forward without Smith: He already missed 15 games over the last two seasons.
Ex-49er Aldon Smith, the 2012 NFC Defensive Player of the Year, has 44 sacks in 50 career games
▪ Indiana senior quarterback Nate Sudfeld (Modesto Christian) impressed everyone with his inspired six-minute speech at the Big 10 Kickoff Luncheon. Watch it on iuhoosiers.com
▪ Starting Monday: High school football practice, leading to opening week – the last week of August.
▪ Delayed for two years by mission service but now under way: The college career of former Downey quarterback Aaron Zwahlen (Hawaii).
▪ The Modesto Nuts, first-half champion Visalia and San Jose were almost even with 29 games left entering Friday. The Nuts meet their rivals nine times.
▪ Giants pickup Mike Leake chose No. 13 before going on the disabled list. Connected events?
▪ Leake’s injury after one start reminds Giants fans of another ill-fated acquisition: Carlos Beltran (2011).
▪ Baseball columnist Bill Arnold uncovered a gem: Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays never hit for the cycle. Go figure.
▪ The Giants have found their version of the Athletics’ Eric Sogard: Kelby Tomlinson, “Nerd Power” in orange.
▪ ESPN’s Lee Corso turned 80 on Friday. His next mascot headgear should be him!
▪ Washington coach Steve Sarkisian ripped the Oregon uniforms. Bad idea, especially when you’re 0-5 against the Ducks.
▪ The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet on Christmas Day. Enjoy a little LeBron and Steph while sipping eggnog.
▪ I can live my life without this: Play-by-play reporting from NFL camps in August (It looks like he just tweaked his ankle!”).
▪ Former Texas All-American swimmer and Downey graduate Karlee Bispo competes this weekend at the National Championships in San Antonio. If you’re wondering if she’ll try to make the Olympic team next year, the answer is “yes.”
▪ A Hall of Fame banner in Canton, Ohio, features Junior Seau in a Patriots uniform. So wrong.
▪ Former Raider Tim Brown will be inducted this weekend. It was a 50-50 call on Brown. Good for him.
▪ The Browns’ Johnny Manziel says he’s happy to just be another player on the roster. Which means he won’t break out the money sign until his second touchdown.
▪ Tiger Woods won’t refine his game until he enters more tournaments. A good building block would have been this week’s Barracuda Championship in Reno.
▪ I pegged 30 seconds as the over-under for Ronda Rousey’s UFC win last week over Bethe Correia. Rousey finished in 34 seconds. Is she over the hill?
6 Indiana QB Nate Sudfeld’s impressive six-minute speech at Big 10 luncheon
▪ Rousey and Floyd Mayweather are feuding. Settle it in the ring or the Octagon!
▪ Attention high school wrestlers: Former Modesto High state champion Emilio Saavedra (a redshirt freshman at Old Dominion) will hold a free open-to-everyone practice on Monday at 4 p.m. in the MHS wrestling room. Learn from the best.
▪ Saavedra’s purpose: To boost local wrestling, which he believes has fallen off in recent years.
▪ Available for purchase on Amazon: “From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, Ca.,” by Richard Paolinelli.
▪ Ex-49er Frank Gore praised the Colts’ Andrew Luck because he “runs the huddle. I’ve never had that.” Methinks Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith won’t forget that one.
▪ The 49ers talk a lot about “winning with class.” This is Jim Tomsula’s opening, but does he remind you at all of Bill Walsh? And does Jed York remind you of Eddie DeBartolo Jr.?
▪ Aldon Smith recorded 44 sacks in 50 games. Today, he’s a young man who needs help. Hope he gets it.