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L.A. chief confident in Giants fan beating arrest

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L.A. chief confident in Giants fan beating arrest

May 26, 2011
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LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles' police chief expressed confidence Thursday that his investigators have arrested the right person as the prime suspect in the brutal beating of a San Francisco Giants fan at Dodger Stadium, but he said a case won't be presented to prosecutors until there is an "abundance" of evidence.The arrest of Giovanni Ramirez, 31, came weeks after the beating, and nearly a week has passed with no charges filed.Police Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference he "absolutely" believes he has the right man."I am as sure as you need to be to make an arrest and to pursue a prosecution," he said."There are standards for arrest in this state. We have met that standard, we have exceeded that standard. We have met the standard for obtaining search warrants based on information that we have that has not been made public," he said.Bryan Stow, 42, wore Giants attire to the season opening game between San Francisco and Los Angeles and was beaten into a coma in an attack in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the game. Police said Stow was attacked by two men who fled in a car driven by a woman.Police still are looking for the woman and the second attacker.The beating shocked Los Angeles and triggered an outpouring of aid to the victim and donations to a reward fund. It also prompted a billboard campaign showing sketches of the two assailants. The police department launched a major beef-up of security measures at Dodgers games.Beck said police wouldn't go to the district attorney's office until they make the "best case possible."He said an identification lineup Wednesday went well and "added to our group of evidence.""Giovanni Ramirez is and was and has been our primary suspect on the Stow beating," the police chief said. "We continue down that road in our preparation of presenting a case to the district attorney in the near future. But we will not present that case until we have an abundance of evidence, until we have looked at a number of things that are still being examined."Ramirez was arrested at his Hollywood home Sunday following a tip from his parole officer.Attorneys for Ramirez and his family have denied he was even at the ball game and have said his 10-year-old daughter will testify to that effect. Deputy Chief Jose Perez, speaking after Beck at the news conference, declined to comment on the alibi.Ramirez remained in custody on a parole hold stemming from a prior conviction for being a felon in possession of a gun, Los Angeles County district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said.Beck said scores of detectives remain devoted to the case, more than 700 clues have been provided by the public, tips are still being solicited, and there is a 250,000 reward being offered.Stow, a paramedic and father of two, was wearing an orange Giants jersey when he was taunted, knocked to the ground and kicked after the March 31 game. He recently was moved from a Los Angeles hospital to the San Francisco area, where he is hospitalized in critical but stable condition under heavy sedation to prevent seizures caused by a brain injury.Stow's family has sued Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, contending the Dodgers were negligent by not providing more security and not having adequate lighting in the parking lot where the incident occurred. Dodgers attorney Jerome M. Jackson said the organization has been steadfast in its support for Stow and investigators, but would defend itself against the allegations.

Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

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Cowboys expose 49ers' biggest weakness in bashing: Talent

If there is such a thing as being “due” in sports (and there actually isn’t, so you can probably stop reading now), the San Francisco 49ers had Sunday coming to them.
 
After all, the anomaly of being the “best winless team in football” based on margin of defeat lasts only so long until the “winless” part trumps the “best” part, because even the Los Angeles Chargers – the previous “best bad team in football” – aren’t the Chargers all the time.
 
So it was that the Dallas Cowboys exposed every weakness the 49ers have with the simplest thing there is.
 
Talent.
 
The Cowboys did everything they wanted, but only whenever they wanted it, in a 40-10 dope-slapping that could actually have been worse than it was. The 49er offense was properly stymied (again), gaining only 290 yards (4.5 yards per play) and the defense was thoroughly Elliotted (as in Ezekiel-ed, who averaged 8.1 yards in his 27 touches). San Francisco’s warts were rubbed until they glowed, and if not for the fact that head coach Kyle Shanahan already knew where they were, he’d have been shocked to see how visible they were.
 
And therein lies the takeaway from another day at Not-So-Great-America. It turns out that the 49ers weren’t very good at much of anything before Sunday except just how far away they are from what Shanahan and general manager John Lynch believe is their destiny. C.J.  Beathard remained the rookie quarterback he is, and Carlos Hyde's hard-won 68 rushing yards led to no scores. Indeed, San Francisco's only touchdown came on a four-yard improv sprint from Beathard, who is by no means a running quarterback except in abject flight.

Next week in Philadelphia figures to be no less grisly, if you’re waiting for that magic moment when “0” becomes “1.” That is, of course, unless Washington exposes the Eagles as less than what they seem, which is very often the case in the new parity-gripped NFL.

But there are subsequent get-well games at home against Arizona and then at New York against the Giants the week after, so whatever dreams you might have about them running the table backwards and getting the first overall pick in the draft are still light years from realization.
 
This is, however, another healthy reminder that the job to be done is at least two more years in the undoing before the doing can actually begin. Not that the players or coaches needed another lesson, mind you – they know.
 
But maybe you needed it, just to keep your delusions in check. Maybe the people who were “due” were all of you.
 
But that’s unfair, too. You didn’t undo this franchise. All you did was believe, and there’s nothing wrong with that – as long you know there will be more days like this before your team starts handing out the 40-10’s.
 
In the meantime, there is beer.

Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys

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Three things you need to know from 49ers' 40-10 loss vs Cowboys

SANTA CLARA -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 40-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 7 on Sunday:

1. A major step backward
So much for the 49ers’ somewhat-impressive streak of close losses.

There was nothing encouraging about what transpired in the 49ers' worst loss at Levi’s Stadium. It was also the franchise's worst home loss since Mike Singletary's team absorbed a 45-10 thumping against the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 11, 2009.

Was there anything positive to take from this game?

“No, not right now,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It was disappointing. I think all three phases, players and coaches, we’ve got to play better than that, a lot better to give ourselves a chance to win.”

The competitive nature of the 49ers’ past five games was one thing. But with a big home loss on such an emotional day, it is fair to say that the honeymoon is over for Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. The 49ers looked like a team devoid of any leadership, and brings more scrutiny onto the organization’s decision last week to release linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

Now, the 49ers face a crossroads. With another cross-country trip ahead, the 49ers have to regroup in a hurry in order to avoid another embarrassing blowout against the Philadelphia Eagles.

2. Beathard’s first start
Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard certainly was not the reason the 49ers got blown out. In his first NFL start, he showed a lot of toughness, which was to be expected. He was sacked five times. But most of those sacks could have been avoided. He has to get rid of the ball quicker, especially on three-step drops.

Beathard also showed some promise, too. He let the ball fly deep for Marquise Goodwin, who caught four passes for 80 yards. Beathard completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards.

Beathard accounted for the 49ers’ only touchdown with a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. There seems to be little doubt it was in the best interest of the organization to begin evaluating what it has for the future with the permanent switch from Brian Hoyer to Beathard.

3. Dwight Clark’s Day
The 49ers, of course, did nothing to evoke any memories of the great teams on which Dwight Clark played. Well, they did look a lot like Clark’s first team with the 49ers.

The 49ers of 1979 lost their first seven games of the season. This year’s team matched that start for the worst beginning to a season in franchise history.

More than 35 of Clark’s teammates off the 1981 Super Bowl team were in attendance to honor a pay tribute to Clark, who is battling ALS. Now in a wheelchair and considerably lighter, Clark delivered some poignant remarks at halftime.

Clark, 60, told his old teammate, Keena Turner, who works as vice president of football affairs, that all he wanted was to see some of his old teammates.

“And the 49ers heard that and flew all these players in, so I could see them one more time,” Clark said.