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Dwight Clark holds final lunch before move to Montana


Dwight Clark holds final lunch before move to Montana

Dwight Clark on Tuesday held his final scheduled lunch at a beachfront restaurant overlooking Monterey Bay with friends, former teammates and co-workers.

Clark, 61, who is battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, will soon be moving from the California coast to Montana.

“You get more for your money in Montana,” Clark said on the 49ers Insider Podcast. “I’m going to need a big house because I’m going to need a couple of nurses after I get real bad.”

Clark and his wife, Kelly, will live a short distance from where former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo makes his home for about half of the year in Big Sky Country.

“Over the years of going to Eddie’s Fourth of July party, Kelly and I both fell in love with Montana,” Clark said. “I wasn’t thinking about moving because I grew up a beach guy. I’m plenty happy here. I have tons of friends here.

“But I don’t know if this is the right way to think about this, but when I get totally to where I can’t talk or walk or do anything, I don’t know what my desire will be to see people. I can’t decide. If I decide I want to see people, then I’ll fly them in.”

Plenty of people have flown in to see Clark over the past several months in Capitola. The 49ers covered the travel costs for some of Tuesday’s attendees of the lunch, Clark said.

Former teammates Lawrence Pillars, Charles Haley, Ricky Churchman, Wendell Tyler, Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright, Keena Turner, Guy McIntyre and Dwaine Board attended Tuesday’s get-together, along with former 49ers coaches and staff members Paul Hackett, Lindsy McLean, Jerry Attaway, Ted Walsh, Lal Heneghan, Bronco Hinek and Kirk Reynolds, who organized the lunches.

On the podcast, Clark spoke in depth about living with the ALS -- a progressive neurodegenerative disease with no known cure.

He went to Japan last year to bring back a three-month supply of the drug Radicava, which had not yet become available in the United States. In clinical trials, some people who took the drug experienced slowing of the decline normally associated with the disease.

“There’s nothing stopping it or reversing it,” Clark said. “It’s just slowing it down, which I guess is the best I can hope for. Out of all the frickin’ diseases in the world, how do I get this one? As an athlete, at least give me something I can fight. I’m fighting with the few little weapons I have.”

Clark played his entire nine-year NFL career with the 49ers. He and Joe Montana teamed up for “The Catch.” Clark’s leaping 6-yard touchdown pass lifted the 49ers to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game in January 1982 en route to the club’s first Super Bowl title.

Now, Clark said he barely has function of those same hands that were responsible for one of the most memorable plays in NFL history.

“It’s very frustrating as it progresses,” Clark said. “I used to pick up a cup and take a drink. Now, it’s two hands and make sure my fingers are underneath it, so I don’t spill it. I drop 50 things a day.”

Clark said the most difficult part is considering his own mortality and what he would miss. He has three grandchildren, a niece, a nephew and countless friends with young children, too.

“It’s tough thinking that I’m going to miss out on that,” Clark said. “What I’m trying to do is, I’m 61 and I’m just trying to make it to 62. And when I get there, I’ll just try to make it to 63."

Clark added, “The way I’m living now kind of sucks, but I’ll take it over being dead.”

NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California reveal brand-new studio

NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California reveal brand-new studio

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California are about to get a whole new look. 

The home of Authentic Bay Area Sports will unveil its new state-of-the-art studio Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with "Sharks Pregame Live."

The sleek 2,270 square-foot studio boasts an interactive demo area and multiple anchor and reporter positions designed for movement and flexibility. 

“Our new studios will provide our anchors, analysts and insiders the ability to provide the region’s most comprehensive, informative and entertaining sports coverage across multiple platforms,” NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Murphy said in a statement. "We’ve created a world-class facility that is designed for innovation and the creation of compelling content for local sports fans.”

Every part of the studio can be used as a broadcast location, thanks to the litany of large displays integrated into its architecture, and a sleek LED display running the length of the studio forms the backdrop for the main anchor area. Located at the network's headquarters at 360 3rd Street in San Francisco, the studio includes 120 LED tiles in all: 75 are in the walls, and 45 are on the demo area's floor.

The studio, which was designed as part of a partnership between NBC Sports and the design group at Jack Morton Worldwide, primarily will serve as the main set for Warriors, Giants and 49ers pregame and postgame shows, as well as news updates, press conferences, breaking news and magazine shows.

A secondary studio will debut with "Sharks Pregame Live" on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., and it primarily will host NBC Sports California's pre- and postgame shows, news updates, press conferences and breaking news. 

How to watch UFC Fight Night Sacramento: Live stream, start time, TV info


How to watch UFC Fight Night Sacramento: Live stream, start time, TV info

A pair of hometown heroes headline UFC Fight Night Sacramento on Saturday at Golden 1 Center. 

Urijah Faber (34-10-0) will fight for the first time since Dec. 17, 2016, coming out of retirement to fight Ricky Simon (15-1-0) about 15 miles from Faber's collegiate alma mater of University of California, Davis. Faber isn't lacking motivation coming out of retirement, and can give the crowd in Sacramento something to cheer about.

So, too, can Folsom native Aspen Ladd (8-0-0). She is undefeated in her pro career, but will face a more difficult opponent in Germaine de Randaime than at any point so far in her career. 

Here's the full card, which gets underway at 5 p.m. PT:

Undercard: Marvin Vettori (12-4-1) vs. Cezar Ferreira (13-7-0) [men's middleweight]
Undercard: Karl Roberson (7-2-0) vs. Wellington Turman (15-2-0) [men's middleweight]
Undercard: Josh Emmett (14-2-0) vs. Mirsad Bektić (13-1-0) [men's featherweight]
Co-main: Urijah Faber (34-10-0) vs. Ricky Simon (15-1-0) [men's bantamweight]
Main event: Germaine de Randamie (8-3-0) vs. Aspen Ladd (8-0-0) [women's bantamweight]

Here are the preliminary bouts, which begin at 2 p.m. PT:

Mike Rodriguez (9-3-0) vs. John Allan (13-5-0) [men's light heavyweight]
Andre Fili (19-6-0) vs. Sheymon Moraes (11-3-0) [men's featherweight]
Julianna Peña (8-3-0) vs. Nicco Montaño (4-2-0) [women's bantamweight]
Darren Elkins (24-7-0) vs. Ryan Hall (7-1-0) [men's featherweight]
Pingyuan Liu (13-5-0) vs. Jonathan Martinez (10-2-0) [men's bantamweight]
Lívia Renata Souza (13-1-0) vs. Brianna van Buren (8-2-0) [women's strawweight]
Benito Lopez (9-1-0) vs. Vince Morales (9-3-0) [men's bantamweight]

[RELATED: Predictions for UFC Fight Night Sacramento]

Here's how you can watch UFC Fight Night Sacramento on TV and online. 

Date: Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. PT (prelims) and 5 p.m. PT (main event)
TV: ESPN (prelims)
Live Stream: ESPN+ (main event)