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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers have signed free agent safety and special teams standout Darcel McBath to a one-year contract, adding depth to the secondary. McBath is the second safety added by Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco since the start of free agency. The NFC champion Niners signed Craig Dahl to a three-year contract Saturday, another move to help fill the void left when Dashon Goldson received a five-year deal from Tampa Bay last week. They also brought in veteran Charles Woodson for a meeting last week. The 27-year-old McBath spent the 2012 season with the 49ers after signing just before training camp on July 20. He appeared in all 19 games, finishing with eight special-teams tackles in the regular season and one in the playoffs. Robert Griffin III Authentic Jersey . -- Unhappy wide receiver Percy Harvin has returned to Minnesotas practice after a brief absence following his request to be traded. Robert Griffin III Womens Jersey . -- With most of the attention Wednesday night focused on the coaching matchup between father and son, Louisville senior guard Peyton Siva grabbed the spotlight by applying what he learned from both. .5, including 105.5 in the finals. He led after the qualifying round with a score of 600. It was Belarus first gold medal of London 2012. robertgriffiniiielitejersey . The England forward could have left the club for free at the end of the season, but has agreed to a 3 1/2-year deal that sees his salary rise by two-thirds to about 100,000 pounds ($160,000) a week. Robert Griffin III Youth Jersey . Gonzalez, who recently announced he will play one more season after originally planning to retire, has been honoured for his professionalism in helping pro football writers do their jobs.CALGARY -- Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster fully expected his club to make the playoffs in 2013. When it instead became apparent Calgary would miss the post-season for the fourth straight season, Feaster was forced into some tough decisions. "Obviously were disappointed with how this season went," Feaster said when he met the media Monday. "Its not acceptable to miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Obviously with the way things went, we made the difficult decision to change direction prior to the trade deadline (and) get younger players in the lineup." With the season in ruins, Feaster decided to go the route of a rebuild, trading of long-time captain and face of the franchise Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins, and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. Despite his squad being out of contention and in line for a top draft pick, Feaster still enjoyed seeing the Flames remain competitive to the point where Calgary won three straight games, the last of which was a 4-1 road triumph over the Minnesota Wild on April 21. "Were not going to ask the coaches to coach or ever ask the players to play with the thought that its OK if we dont win," Feaster said. "After we won in Minnesota ... I wanted to win the last three and wed finish .500. "Its important that our guys develop in a winning atmosphere and have that we-want-to-win mentality. That"s how guys learn. It becomes and organizational thing and a cultural thing." While he has admitted that the Flames have changed directions, Feaster has refused to declare that the Flames need to go through a prolonged rebuilding phase. "We want to do it sooner rather than later," he said. "This isnt about lets see if we can finish last for the next three years and have the first pick overall. Thats not the direction we want to go." Instead, Feaster wants to continue to develop prospects like forward Sven Baertschi and defenceman T.J. Brodie, who both took big steps forward in their professional careers this season. While Baertschi struggled early in the year and was sent to play in the minors for the Abbotsford Heat before a late-season recall, Brodie took on the added responsibility of playing more minutes on Calgarys blue-line, especially affter the departure of Bouwmeester.dddddddddddd "We believe that this truly has been a breakout season for him and we think that there are special things ahead," said Feaster, who would like to get Brodie signed to a new contract before he becomes a restricted free agent on July 5. Prior to next season, Feaster said he would definitely like to add some more size and grit to Calgarys lineup. "We are a small team," he conceded. "We are a team that is not always as hard to play against as we need to be and thats a function of getting the right personnel." In addition, Feaster talked about a "desperate need" at centre position and of Calgarys need for more muscle on the blue-line. Heading into this Junes NHL draft in New Jersey, Feaster has plenty of options open to him due to the fact that the Flames currently have three first-round selections. "They would include trying to package some things and potentially move up in the draft," said Feaster, who would also consider trading one or more of the picks for a player or players that could help the franchise "from a long-term perspective." Now that the Flames dont have to pay Iginla and Bouwmeester their hefty contracts, Feaster will has more leverage once the free-agency market opens up on July 5. "As a result of the moves made prior to and at the deadline, we do have cap space," Feaster said. "There are some teams that are going have a difficult time getting under the cap for next season depending on how they elect to go about their business." That will allow Feaster to make offers to free agents who he thinks can help the Flames improve. "We have an ownership group that is committed and has always provided us with the resources to do that," he said. Feaster also addressed the hot topic of whether veteran goalie Miikka Kiprusoff will return for the final year of his contract or if hell decide to retire. "As we have said all along, were going to give Kipper time at the end of the season to think about things, to contemplate what he wants to do and at the appropriate time we will in fact sit down with him," Feaster said. "We have to start planning for the day in Calgary where Miikka Kiprusoff will not be our No. 1 goaltender." ' ' '
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