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Denver defense stymies 49ers in preseason opener

Denver defense stymies 49ers in preseason opener

The Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers committed three first-half turnovers, four in all. Photo: Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers committed three first-half turnovers, four in all, and missed a field goal in a sloppy 10-6 loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night in the teams’ exhibition opener.

Shaun Phillips scooped up D.J. Harper’s second-quarter fumble and returned it 9 yards for the game’s lone touchdown. Mike Adams added a timely interception as the Broncos began anew following that stunning double-overtime loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional playoffs last January.

With the star quarterbacks on either side — Broncos veteran Peyton Manning and third-year pro Colin Kaepernick — playing all of one series each, it was impossible to gauge how good their given offenses will be. Everybody realizes if these teams were to play a meaningful matchup it could really be something, though.

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Today in entertainment history: Sept. 18

In this undated photo, Jimi Hendrix performs with a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar. The Stratocaster, used by countless professional and amateur musicians, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2014.

A look back on some of Hollywood's most memorable moments.

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Angels blank M’s, win AL West title

The Los Angeles Angels celebrate their team's 8-1 win against the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif.

The Los Angeles Angels clinched the AL West title Wednesday night, getting seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from C.J. Wilson in a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

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Cardinals RB Dwyer arrested on assault charges

NFL logo on the field before an NFL football game between the Detroit Lions and the New England Patriots in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.

Phoenix police announced the arrest Wednesday, the latest in the string of cases involving off-the-field violence by NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation on Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. He has been deactivated from all team activities.

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The Dawgs release the 2015 football schedule

"Harry," the Washington Huskies mascot runs on the field with a giant flag as Washington football players come out of the tunnel for an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Seattle.

The University of Washington football team will play seven home games in 2015, including five against Pac-12 opponents. The 2015…

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Slam center Poole heading to new destination overseas

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Slam all-star center Blake Poole heads Portgual after signing with SC Lusitania