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  • 05 Jun
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After going nearly a year between NFL starts, it would have been expected for Colin Kaepernick to come out a little rusty and then find his stride as the game progressed.Instead, Kaepernicks 2016 starting debut went almost the opposite way.Kaepernick had a promising first half that included a long touchdown pass to Torrey Smith and two other scoring drives before he and the San Francisco 49ers fell flat after halftime in a 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.We had good moments, we had some we need to correct, Kaepernick said Tuesday. I know personally there were throws I should have made and I want to make and I need to correct those this week. We have opportunities out there. We have to take advantage of those when they present themselves to us. That will allow us to put a lot more points on the board.Kaepernick went 8-for-11 for 135 yards in the first half against the Bills, keeping the Niners (1-5) right in the game despite missing a potential early touchdown pass when he overthrew Smith in the end zone on the opening drive.But he was unable to carry that over to the second half as he completed just 5 of 18 passes for 52 yards and took three sacks.Its not just him, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said. You say its his numbers, but its our numbers. Sometimes its a drop here or there in critical situations affect those numbers. A penalty here or there and all of a sudden were off the field and that affects the numbers. Weve got to do better around him and that helps his numbers.He was hurt by a pair of dropped passes, a defense that struggled to get off the field and an offensive line that was overmatched at times. But Kaepernick was far from sharp.His best moments in the second half came on a couple of scrambles, including a 29-yarder and another that turned a possible safety into a 10-yard run for a first down.I thought using my feet was something I did well, he said. There were a couple of times I wish I would have hung in a little bit more, but those are always split-second decisions.Kaepernick figures to handle those better and to be sharper with a full game of experience in coach Chip Kellys system and a second week of practice with the first-team offense.Kaepernicks practice time was severely limited in the offseason and training camp as he recovered from surgeries on his left shoulder, right thumb and left knee.He then was beaten out by Blaine Gabbert for the starting job and generated far more attention for his ongoing protest during the national anthem than his play on the field.Kaepernick got only a handful of practice plays each week and three late-game snaps for handoffs in Week 1. Now he is tasked with helping turn around a rough season as the Niners have lost five straight games for the first time since 2010.But Kaepernick has enough experience to know that forcing things will only make the situation worse.You have to allow the plays to come to you, he said. When that opportunity is there to make one, you have to make it. But you cant force yourself into making a play.Game notes RB Carlos Hyde had a sling on his right shoulder and didnt practice. ... CB Rashard Robinson (concussion) also missed practice. ... CB Jimmie Ward returned to practice after missing three games with a quadriceps injury. ... The Niners opened the 21-day practice window for rookie CB Will Redmond, who missed the start of the season recovering from ACL surgery. Redmond is eligible to play Nov. 6 against New Orleans and must be added to the 53-man roster the following week or be placed on season-ending IR. ... 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The Illawarra Hawks have held their nerve to secure a tight 81-76 victory over NBL titleholders Perth on Friday at WIN Entertainment Centre.After winning in round one against Adelaide, the Hawks lost four straight before grinding out the much-needed win over the Wildcats.Illawarra import Marvelle Harris was the best player on the court with a game-high 27 points, while Perth were led by American forward Casey Prathers 20 points.The score was locked at 24-all at quarter-time before the Hawks clawed their way to a 47-45 halftime lead with American centre Mike Holyfields dunk in the final moments of the second period.Illawarra were up by five at three-quarter time and were up by as many as 10 before the Cats fought back in the final period.The Hawks made it hard on themselves by missing important free throws but did enough to seal victory.Illawarra play their fourth game in nine days when they host the Cairns Taipans on Sunday night.Perth are back on deck with next Fridays round five home game against the Adelaide 36ers.Tonight rreally showed that were evolving as a group, that we can grind out those kinds of wins, so theres good progression for us there, Illawarra coach Rob Beveridge said.ddddddddddddThere was enormous amount of external pressure put on the guys and we addressed certain things this week with a few home truths. The guys were great. They all stood up and showed their character.I just came out being aggressive and got back to the way I play, Hawks import Marvelle Harris said.The guys told me to play my game and had confidence in me, and that always helps.You can make all the excuses about injuries and whatever else but we had our opportunities and didnt make some open looks in the fourth quarter, Perth coach Trevor Gleeson said.We had our chances and we didnt execute in the fourth quarter,Wildcats forward Shawn Redhage said.Well learn from this and the adversity we faced this week will help us down the line. ' ' '