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, quarters and then find a different way to lose the ball game in the final frame. On Sunday against the Cardinals, it all unraveled in the fourth quarter, when quarterback Josh Rosen and Arizona’s offense put up 15 points and San Francisco couldn’t respond.After wideout Marquise Goodwin caught the slant for a touchdown to put the 49ers up 12-3, it seemed like the game was under wraps, but new Cardinals’ offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich was able to dial up some plays that helped Arizona move the ball down the field. With the 49ers sitting at 1-7, let’s re-visit the keys to see how they performed.1. Protect, protect, protectAfter turning the ball over 18 times this season, the 49ers couldn’t afford to give the Cardinals extra chances on offense this past Sunday. Well, quarterback C.J. Beathard and all of his offensive weapons complied, holding onto the ball this weekend.San Francisco didn’t turn the ball over for the first time since Week 3 and it gave them their best chance to win. Beathard was smarter with the ball, not throwing it into heavy coverage nor holding onto it for too long and getting strip-sacked. In fact, Kyle Shanahan’s team won the turnover battle on Sunday, forcing a fumble and also grabbing an interception. That hasn’t happened too often this season!2. Limit running back David Johnson’s effectivenessThe Cardinals’ best offensive player is running back David Johnson. Arizona’s offense starts and stops with the third-year player, so it was pivotal that Robert Saleh’s defense stops him.Johnson was most successful on Sunday when he was used in the screen game, catching four passes for 41 yards out of the backfield, including a long of 15 yards. Numerous plays, Rosen would find Johnson as a last option and he would take it for a large gain. On the ground, Johnson didn’t have as effective of an afternoon, rushing for 59 yards on 16 carries for an average of 3.7 yards per attempt. The 49ers also kept Johnson out of the end zone on Sunday. Saleh wasn’t going to let Johnson beat them on Sunday, and he didn’t — rookie “chosen Rosen” did instead.3. Unleash running back Raheem Mostert’s speed on the Cardinals’ defenseThis was an assumption based on running back Matt Breida’s injuries Nick Mullens 49ers Jersey
, but with the 49ers’ second-year tailback healthy, Mostert’s carries were once again limited on Sunday. Breida led the way with 16 rushing attempts for 42 yards. He averaged 2.6 yards per attempt, which is far lower than his season average. Morris was the 49ers’ second-leading rusher on Sunday, carrying the ball six times for 28 yards. Shanahan’s offense was most successful when they were able to run in between the tackles with Morris.Mostert was the third-leading ball carrier, with only two carries for 18 yards. He was the most efficient 49ers’ runner on Sunday, but Shanahan chose to go in a different direction with Breida and Morris instead.Despite the 49ers’ following the pre-game keys pretty closely, they still managed to blow the game at the end. As Shanahan lamented on Monday, they’re going to have to find a way to close these ball games out, as they continue to have an awful record in one-possession games under their second-year head coach. Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship Thursday night, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees.Betts homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs, finishing with four hits as the Red Sox overcame Giancarlo Stanton's go-ahead grand slam in the fourth inning. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a tying home run in the seventh and Xander Bogaerts put Boston ahead with a sacrifice fly.With the best record in baseball and a playoff berth already secured, Boston (104-49) closed out a once-tight division race with nine games to spare. J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox, alone in first place since July 2, will open the postseason at home on Oct. 5 against an opponent to be determined.Never before had Boston finished in first place three years in a row. The club needs one victory to match the franchise record held by the 1912 World Series champions.OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels catcher Francisco Arcia began the day behind the plate, did a brief stint on the mound and ended up in the major league record books.Arcia pitched two innings of relief and hit his sixth home run in the Angels' 21-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.In doing so, Arcia became the first player to catch, pitch and homer in the same game according to the Angels.The 29-year-old Arcia was already in the record books after driving in 10 runs in his first two games after being called up from the minors on July 26.MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter signaled Thursday that Don Mattingly is expected to return next year as manager of the Miami Marlins, providing some dugout continuity for a last-place team in transition.Mattingly has one season to go on a four-year contract he signed when he joined the Marlins for the 2016 season."Is he going to be back in 2019?" Jeter said. "He's under contract. Yeah."The Marlins will finish last in the NL East in Jeter's first year as CEO.Mattingly has said he likes the challenge of developing the Marlins' many young players. He also has embraced Jeter's approach to rebuilding a franchise that hasn't had a winning season since 2009, the longest streak in the majors http://www.49erscheapstore.com/pierre-garcon-jersey-cheap
, and hasn't been to the playoffs since 2003.LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billie Jean King and partner Ilana Kloss have joined the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group.The Dodgers made the announcement Thursday. The tennis great says Dodgers owner and chairman Mark Walter and the organization have proven to be leaders in sports on and off the field.King says they share a "commitment to equality and inclusion, including the LGBTQ community, and we hope to further expand the team's efforts in those areas as we move forward together."Walter says he's proud to welcome "two trailblazing athletes, social advocates and business women."COLLEGE FOOTBALLCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State's All-American defensive end Nick Bosa will be out indefinitely after having surgery for a lower-abdomen injury.Coach Urban Meyer said on his radio show Thursday that Bosa had surgery on a "core muscle." Meyer didn't provide a timetable for his return.Jonathan Cooper is expected to start in Bosa's place opposite Chase Young in Saturday's game against Tulane. Defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones also can play end, if necessary.Bosa was helped off the field in the third quarter of Saturday's win over TCU. He returned to the bench later in street clothes.NHLNEW YORK (AP) — Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the NHL preseason after punching Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad during an exhibition game.The NHL's Department of Player Safety made the announcement Thursday following an afternoon hearing with Domi.The punch came at the start of the third period of Wednesday's preseason game. Domi began tugging on Ekblad's shirt, asking him to fight. With the Panthers star showing no interest to drop the gloves, Domi punched him in the face twice, but still Ekblad didn't respond.Domi then dropped his right glove and sucker-punched him right on the nose, and the bloodied Ekblad dropped to the ice. Domi was given a minor, major and match penalty on the play.Ekblad was taken off the ice and underwent the NHL's concussion protocol, which he passed.AUTO RACINGDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR has promoted Steve Phelps to president, the latest leadership change for the slumping motorsports series.Phelps will replace Brent Dewar on Oct. 1. Dewar is stepping down and transitioning to an advisory role next year.Phelps will oversee all competition and business operations and report to Chairman and CEO Jim France, who replaced his nephew in August following Brian France's arrest for driving under the influence.Phelps has been a NASCAR executive since 2005 and steps up as NASCAR tries to steady itself during a prolonged downturn. Attendance and television ratings have dropped, and teams are struggling to find high-dollar sponsorship.YORK HAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Sprint Car driver Greg Hodnett has died after a crash Thursday night at BAPS Motor Speedway.The 49-year-old Hodnett, from Spring Grove, was the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year in 1993 and went on to win 20 World of Outlaws races. He won the opening night this year at the Knoxville Nationals."Greg represented the true gentleman competitor in the pit area," World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said.A statement was posted on Hodnett's racing website, saying: "Please keep (wife) Sherry http://www.49erscheapstore.com/earl-mitchell-jersey-cheap
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