49ers, Daniel Kilgore
agree to 3-year extension
SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco 49ers and offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore have agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
The 49ers announced the deal Thursday.
San Francisco selected Kilgore in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of Appalachian State. He has played in 33 regular-season games, plus all six playoff games the last two seasons. He has split time at guard and center.
With veteran center Jonathan Goodwin set to become an unrestricted free agent, Kilgore could take over the starting center role next season. Goodwin has started every game for the 49ers the last three seasons under coach Jim Harbaugh.
Niners general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement that Kilgore’s deal is “another example of our philosophy to extend the contracts of our own young players.”
Braun homers in return, Brewers beat A’s
PHOENIX — Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat back from suspension, Juan Francisco slugged two homers and the Milwaukee Brewers opened their spring training schedule with an 11-3 win Thursday over the Oakland Athletics.
Braun hit an 0-1 pitch from starter Tommy Milone high in the air and over the fence near the left-field corner. The 2011 NL MVP was greeted by mainly a hearty chorus of cheers, though there were some jeers before the at-bat.
It was Braun’s first time in the Brewers lineup since July 21, 2013. He was suspended the next day for violating Major League Baseball’s anti-drug agreement.
Milone was tagged for three runs in two innings, while Jed Lowrie had a two-run double in the first for Oakland.
A’s acquire INF
Elmore from White Sox
PHOENIX — The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Jake Elmore from the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations.
The A’s made the move Thursday, a day after the White Sox designated Elmore for assignment.
Elmore has a .223 average in 82 major league games, primarily with the Houston Astros. He’s a career .291 hitter with 110 stolen bases in six minor league seasons.
Elmore, who played with A’s infielder Eric Sogard at Arizona State, was a Triple-A All-Star in 2012.
In a corresponding move, the A’s designated infielder Andy Parrino for assignment. He who appeared in 14 games with Oakland last year.
Warrant for Sharper
in Louisiana; accused of rape
NEW ORLEANS — An arrest warrant has been issued for former NFL safety Darren Sharper and another man, accusing them of raping two women in New Orleans last year.
Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles.
The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and New Orleans Sex Crimes detectives Thursday obtained warrants for the 38-year-old Sharper and 26-year-old Erik Nunez. Each faces two counts of aggravated rape.
New Orleans police say the two women were raped at the same location on Sept. 23.
Sharper was selected All-Pro six times and chosen for the Pro Bowl five times. He played in two Super Bowls, one with the Packers as a rookie and a second with the Saints.