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FODDER: Big training camp for Kaepernick

Joe Santoro
For the Nevada Appeal

Sports fodder for a Friday morning . . . Colin Kaepernick’s honeymoon in the Bay area is over. Kaepernick had it easy a year ago when he was handed the No. 2 quarterback role. That won’t happen this summer. The 49ers signed free agent Josh Johnson, coach Jim Harbaugh’s former quarterback at the University of San Diego, to compete with Kaepernick for the backup job behind starter Alex Smith. It’s no secret Harbaugh loves Johnson and it’s doubtful Harbaugh brought him in just to bury him as the No. 3 quarterback. So where does that leave Kaepernick? Well, this is likely his most important training camp as a 49er and if he doesn’t have a good-to-great summer he’ll probably be in a different uniform a year from now.

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JaVale McGee rarely knows what he is doing — or supposed to be doing — on the basketball court. He rarely plays hard and he seems to spend more time making You Tube videos than working on his game in his spare time. He has just two discernible skills on the court. He can dunk the ball and he can block shots. And, oh yeah, his public personality is that of a dried out pumpkin a month after Halloween. He left the Nevada Wolf Pack two years early because, well, he is very tall and athletic. But, because he is very tall and very athletic, he will make $44 million over the next four years with the Denver Nuggets. And when that contract is over when he is just 28-years-old, he will make even more money. Don’t you just love the NBA?

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Did Ramon Sessions make the right decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers? Not really. Sessions opted out of a $4.55 million, one-year deal with the Lakers to become a free agent and last week signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Charlotte Bobcats. Is it really worth an extra million dollars to spend two years in the vacuum that is the Bobcats? Who would you rather pass the ball to? Bismack Biyombo, Ben Gordon and Tyrus Thomas with the Bobcats or Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, not to mention Antawn Jamison and possibly Dwight Howard with the Lakers? Exactly.

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Will the Washington Nationals really shut down Stephen Strasburg after 160 innings this year. Strasburg has already pitched 105 innings this year, meaning he likely has just nine starts remaining this year if he the Nats want to keep him at 160 innings or less. Don’t believe them. The Nations have a serious chance at getting to the World Series this year. They do, by the way, own the best record in the National League right now. Do you really believe they will try to get through the postseason with Strasburg sitting up in the press box? If Nats’ general manager Mike Rizzo is actually serious about shutting Strasburg down at 160 innings, you can bet Rizzo will be looking for a new job after Strasburg signs with a different organization once his current contract runs out.