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Five Earthquakes to watch in 2012

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Five Earthquakes to watch in 2012

Approaching the season opener Saturday against New England, the Earthquakes are optimistic. Key in on these five players, looking to inject the 'Quakes with energy in 2012.

Forward- Chris Wondolowski
Originally drafted out of Chico State by San Jose in 2005, the former De La Salle High School star returned to the team in 2009. Wondolowski had a breakout 2010 season, leading Major League Soccer in scoring with 18 goals in 28 matches en route to winning the MLS Golden Boot. In 2011, Wondolowski recorded nine game-winning goals, setting an MLS record. San Jose recently resigned Wondolowski to a new contract this February 2012.

Midfielder- Tressor Moreno
The veteran talent made his professional debut in 1999 when he emigrated to Peru and played for the Peruvian Alianza Lima team. During his year with Lima, Moreno played in 40 matches and scored 16 goals. In 2000 Moreno played for Colombia. During the 2005 season he was named one of the best players of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. During this time, Moreno was thought to be one the best foreign players to ever represent Peru. Moreno became a member of the Earthquakes in February 2012.

Winger - Marvin Chavez
Chavez broke out in 2011, starting 30 of 31 games and registering six goals and four assists for FC Dallas. He boosted the Texas club to a fourth-place finish and a place in the playoffs for the second season in a row. Chavez scored a game-winner in CONCACAF Champions League play on Aug. 17 against the Pumas UNAM. His MLS career includes eight goals and six assists, highlighted by a a goal and two assists in the MLS Cup final. Chavez is known as "El Hijo del Viento, (The Son of the Wind) because of speed.

Center defender- Ike Opara
Opara was drafted by San Jose Earthquakes in the first round (third overall) in the 2010 MLS Superdraft after playing five years for San Diego State University. In 19 games, Opara has scored three goals. Opara has a 38.5 SOG accuracy. The San Jose defender was selected by the U.S. to join its under-23 men's National Team Olympic Camp.

Full back- Steven Beitashour
Beitashour was picked 30 overall in the second round of the MLS Superdraft by the San Jose Earthquakes. He scored his first goal in the MLS against Chivas USA on April 24, 2010. Beitashour has played for the MLS for two years, scoring one goal and registering seven assists.

Watch Marshawn Lynch's tee shot that earned him MVP of Klay Thompson's golf tourney

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Watch Marshawn Lynch's tee shot that earned him MVP of Klay Thompson's golf tourney

Marshawn Lynch is much better at driving a golf cart than he is at driving a golf ball. 

The Raiders running back, of course, famously took an injury cart for a spin in 2006 after a win when he was at Cal. On Sunday, he took to the links, playing alongside Klay Thompson at the Thompson Family Foundation Golf Tournament in San Francisco.

Thompson gave a look at Lynch's "form" on his Instagram story, and the result was not pretty. 

Courtesy: @klaythompson/Instagram

That won't be considered solid, let alone way too solid, by anybody. Thompson told the Bay Area News Group's Mark Medina that he wants to improve his golf game, and it's probably best if he doesn't turn to Lynch for advice. 

49ers notes: Joe Williams, Erik Magnuson sidelined with injuries

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49ers notes: Joe Williams, Erik Magnuson sidelined with injuries

Running back Joe Williams and offensive lineman Erik Magnuson, a pair of second-year players who are competing for spots on the 49ers’ 53-man roster, sustained injuries Saturday that will sideline them for at least the opening of the regular season.

Williams sustained a fractured rib and a deep hip bruise in the 49ers’ exhibition game against the Houston Texans. And Magnuson, who appeared to be in good shape to win a roster spot due to his versatility, is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a bad hamstring injury.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan, speaking on a conference call Sunday with reporters, said a decision will likely be made in the next week how to handle the injuries. Magnuson could be a candidate to begin the season on injured reserve and return to the roster after at least six weeks.

Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard sustained a foot sprain Saturday and could be limited in practice this week. The 49ers return to practice on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday’s exhibition game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The 49ers expect to get cornerback Richard Sherman back on the field this week to take part fully in practices leading up to the third preseason game. Sherman did not play in the 49ers' first two exhibition games.

Defensive end Arik Armstead (hamstring), linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and defensive back K’Waun Williams (ankle) are likely to begin taking part in individual drills this week.

Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and offensive lineman Garry Gilliam are still going through the return-to-play concussion protocol. They sustained head injuries in the exhibition opener Aug. 9 against Dallas.

Elvis Remains an Option

The 49ers did not pick up the contract option on veteran defensive end Elvis Dumervil, who led the 49ers with 6.5 sacks last season. Shanahan said if he and general manager John Lynch determine Dumervil can help them upgrade a group comprised of unproven young pass-rushers, they will place that phone call to get him back with the team.

“Elvis is a guy I have a lot of confidence in,” Shanahan said. “He did a great job for us last year. And if we felt that was the right opportunity at the end of this, Elvis is a guy that John and I would not hesitate to reach out to.”

High Expectations for Pettis

Jimmy Garoppolo’s pass sailed high against the Texans on Saturday, but Shanahan seemed to place more blame on rookie receiver Dante Pettis for the second-quarter interception. Pettis jumped and appeared to get both hands on the ball. Shanahan said it was a pass that should have been a reception -- not a play that turned into Houston cornerback Johnson Bademosi’s interception.

“Without a doubt,” Shanahan said immediately after the game. “I’d love for it to be perfect (pass). It would make it a lot easier, which Jimmy is capable of. Jimmy has to take responsibility for that. But Dante should catch it every single time. He’s capable of it.”

A day later, Shanahan softened his stance. He said it would have been a difficult catch for Pettis, but it’s one he expects the second-round pick to secure.

“It was harder than I talked about, but my opinion doesn’t change,” Shanahan said. “And that’s because of what I think of Dante. I have a lot of respect for Dante, and I think he can catch just about anything that touches his hands. So when it does, I expect him to. And if he doesn’t, I’m disappointed.”

Garnett Knocks off Rust

Joshua Garnett played 35 snaps at right guard and his bothersome right knee checked out just fine afterward, Shanahan said. Garnett is in competition for the starting job with Mike Person and Jonathan Cooper, who has also been limited as he returns from knee surgery.

“Now I think he has to put that string of practices together and really improve,” Shanahan said of Garnett. “I know we’re coming toward the end here, but hopefully he can get this going in the next two weeks and give him a chance to win that position.”