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Jacobs says he's "rotting away" in limited role

Jacobs says he's "rotting away" in limited role

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is becoming even more frustrated with his limited role for San Francisco.

Jacobs on Saturday said via Instagram that he is ``on this team rotting away'' while referring to his first season with the Niners as his ``worst'' yet during an eight-year career that included seven with the New York Giants.

In recent days, he posted a series of photos of himself playing for the Giants - and even a picture of his two Super Bowl championship rings, side by side.

``I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners,'' Jacobs said. ``This is by far the worst year I ever had, I'll tell you like I told plenty others.''

The 30-year-old Jacobs has five carries for 7 yards while being active for only two games with the NFC West-leading Niners (9-3-1), who beat the Miami Dolphins 27-13 on Sunday.

Jacobs - inactive again with rookie LaMichael James active for the first time - has repeatedly referred any questions about his playing time to head coach Jim Harbaugh.

On Twitter later, Jacobs said: ``I don't understand why people are angry at me because I wanna do what I am paid to do, I am a competitive person, I think people should be mad if I didn't wanna play. ... As for all of my Instagram photos I don't have any niner pics, if you'll find me some pics I'll put them up.''

Jacobs, hampered by a knee injury earlier this season, spends approximately 20 minutes before games punching the goal-post padding. He has said it is his way of dealing with the situation.

When asked after Sunday's game about Jacobs' comments, Harbaugh only said, ``I have no comment for that.''

Last month, Jacobs posted advice on Twitter with a reference to never working ``in a place where you hate your boss so much, you should always be happy at work'' with a hash tag of ``YouLiveAndYouLearn.''

His post came the same day Harbaugh was hospitalized for a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat.

Jacobs then said people shouldn't ``assume'' his remarks were football-related, then followed up with more tweets - including one reading ``football is not my life, people'' and another saying, ``Have you ever been in a spot and you wonder why are you there.''

Later, he posted that his tweets referred to his brother's boss, who makes ``him feel like he is the best thing since slice bread but when the budget is shot he is the first one get laid off, same with two other people I know.''

The 30-year-old Jacobs ran for 571 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a backup to Ahmad Bradshaw. He is the fourth-leading rusher in franchise history with 4,849 yards, but saw his role diminish with the emergence of Bradshaw and became increasingly disgruntled.

Now, he plays behind Frank Gore, Anthony Dixon and James.

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

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VCU loses fourth consecutive game to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Javonte Perkins had 25 points as Saint Louis topped VCU 80-62 on Friday night.

Hasahn French had 18 points for Saint Louis (19-8, 8-6 Atlantic 10 Conference). Terrence Hargrove Jr. added 11 points. Jordan Goodwin had 10 points.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 11 points for the Rams (17-10, 7-7), who have now lost four consecutive games. De'Riante Jenkins added 10 points.

Saint Louis plays Saint Joseph's at home on Wednesday. VCU faces UMass on the road on Wednesday.

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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