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Dwight Clark stands by his statement that playing football gave him ALS

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Dwight Clark stands by his statement that playing football gave him ALS

Nearly one year ago, legendary 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark announced he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

In his statement last year to announce his diagnosis, Clark said he suspected football caused his condition. But Clark said he does not harbor any bitterness toward the NFL.

On the 49ers Insider Podcast, Clark said his dealings with the league have gone smoothly in receiving compensation as part of the billion-dollar concussion settlement. He said he only wishes the NFL had acted more swiftly in dealing with player safety issues.

“I wasn’t even involved in the lawsuit because, in my mind, I chose to play,” said Clark, 61, in an interview at his house in Capitola. “I knew there would be some ramifications. . . . I didn’t even think about it being brain trauma that would kill you.

“Apparently, somebody in the league had reports that was the case. That’s when I said, ‘Well, if they knew, they should’ve told us.’ That’s my only knock on the league. They should’ve started safety stuff way long ago.”

Clark played for the 49ers from 1979 to 1987, and is responsible for the most iconic play in franchise history. “The Catch” – his leaping touchdown grab of a Joe Montana pass – in the NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys on Jan. 10, 1982, lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl.

Clark said he sustained three bad concussions in his career. Once, he lost his vision. Another time, he did not know where he was. And after another concussion, he was disoriented and went to the opposition’s sideline.

“Who knows how many times you get your bell rung,” Clark said. “Mike Wilson was better than I was, and John Taylor was better than I was, so I couldn’t come out of the game. Guys would take my job. So you just kind of shake it off. Plus, back then, that was just football. You get dinged and you go back in or you stay in.”

As part of the NFL’s concussion injury litigation settlement, more than $275 million has been paid to 240 individuals, according to the program’s official website.

Clark stands by his initial statement from March 19, 2017, that he believes playing football caused ALS.

“I’m not a scientist or a doctor, but I don’t know how it could not have some effect with all these guys who have it,” Clark said. “And the league recognizes ALS, Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s as diseases that they pay immediately.

"You give them the documentation that you have that stuff, and they give you a big check.”

 

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

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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)