Alex Smith Traded to Chiefs

Alex Smith Traded to Chiefs

Turns out smoke = fire. While the deal will not be completed
officially until the NFL’s new league year begins on March 12, FOX Sports’ Jay
Glazer reports the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to send quarterback Alex
Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs.


The price? Kansas City’s second-round pick in 2013 – number 33
overall – and a “similar pick” in next year’s draft.

It’s a steep price to pay for a soon-to-be 29-year-old quarterback
with 1.5 good seasons out of eight. The first-overall selection in’05 has shown
a quite a bit of improvement since head coach Jim Harbaugh brought stability to
the 49ers’ organization. Now he’ll have be starting over with the Chiefs, whose
best playmaker (Dwayne Bowe) is set to become a free agent.

For the Eagles, it means a much more limited trade market
for Nick Foles, if there is one anymore at all. Foles would be worth more to head
coach Andy Reid than anyone else. Unless Foles can fetch a high second-round
pick, the Eagles will probably just as soon hang on to him.

Meanwhile, the rich keep getting richer. The 49ers are in
great shape with Colin Kaepernick as their starting QB for years to come, and check
out how loaded they are with draft picks this April. They are going to be a
tough out in the NFC for years to come.

Penn State falls to Pitt as comeback bid comes up short

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Penn State falls to Pitt as comeback bid comes up short

NEWARK, N.J. -- Michael Young had 29 points and nine rebounds as Pittsburgh held on to defeat Penn State 81-73 on Saturday in the Never Forget Tribute Classic.

Jamel Artis had 16 points and eight rebounds, Cameron Johnson scored 10 and Sheldon Jeter added eight points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Pitt.

A 3-pointer by Ryan Luther gave the Panthers (8-2) a 50-26 lead with 16:50 to play but Penn State used an 11-2 run to trim its deficit to 15 about four minutes later. Shep Garner scored four points during a 6-0 spurt that pulled the Nittany Lions within five with 1:50 left but Jeter answered with a 3-pointer and they would get no closer.

Mike Watkins had 17 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, while Tony Carr and Payton Banks scored 13 points apiece for Penn State (6-5). Garner added 12.

Big Picture
Penn State: After George Mason snapped Penn State's four-game winning streak, the Nittany Lions have lost two in a row for the second time this season. Penn State had lost to No. 1 Duke and No. 24 Cincinnati

Pitt: Young has led the Panthers in scoring in the past nine games, and came in to the contest ranked 17th in the country in scoring, averaging 22.3 points per game.

Up Next
Penn State: After a week off, the Nittany Lions will remain on the road when they travel to Madison Square Garden to face St. John's next Sunday before closing out their non-conference schedule at home against Morgan State.

Pitt: The Panthers return to the court next Saturday to face Rice at 7 p.m. to begin a five-game home stand.

Penn falls to hot-shooting George Mason

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Penn falls to hot-shooting George Mason

PHILADELPHIA -- Jalen Jenkins scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to help lead George Mason over Penn 79-60 on Saturday.

Jenkins was 9 of 11 from the field and hit all four of his free throws for the Patriots (8-3), who have won seven straight. Marquise Moore added 17 points and led the team with 16 rebounds -- his eighth double-double this season -- along with 10 assists. Otis Livingston II had 13 points.

Jenkins sank two jumpers and a layup and Jaire Grayer hit a 3-pointer as part of a 13-0 run late in the second period that gave the Patriots a 70-55 lead with 3:18 remaining.

George Mason trailed 44-40 early in the second. Livingston and Karmari Newman sank 3-pointers and Moore drained a layup midway that put the Patriots back on top, 55-48, with 10:39 to play.

Matt Howard scored 15 points with seven rebounds for the Quakers (3-5).