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For first time this offseason, 49ers missed on a top priority

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For first time this offseason, 49ers missed on a top priority

The San Francisco 49ers’ dream off-season has ended, and now the post-honeymoon grousing will begin.

The best free agent wide receivers, Allen Robinson (to Chicago) and Sammy Watkins (to Kansas City), are gone, and worse still, so is the best available offensive lineman, Andrew Norwell (to Jacksonville). Plus, Drew Brees decided to stay in New Orleans rather than be Jimmy Garoppolo’s backup.

We are joking on that last one. Some.

Either way, general manager John Lynch and his magic way with a checkbook is now damaged. He cannot buy every free agent with a flash of cash and a picture of The New G.

To be sure, it never plays out that way, but losing Norwell to the Jaguars hurts the business because the 49ers need to keep Garoppolo upright more than any other task on their board. Norwell was not a glamorous signing, not like Watkins or Robinson, but the fact that the Jaguars needed him to keep Blake Bortles safe is its own weird tale.

And yes, this is Snap Judgment Theatre because every day of free agency is like a new trade deadline, where the lure of movement is always greater than the effectiveness of the landing. This has been true since the first person came up with the concept of “winning the off-season,” a phrase which should have bought its author a long prison stretch.

But if we are making a big deal out of the 49ers getting Richard Sherman over the weekend, we must by law make a big deal out of all the players they don’t get as well, and this runs true for the Raiders and the other 30 companies as well. Keeping score of signatures, while an essentially pointless exercise, must include every detail.

There are of course other aisles and other shopping opportunities. Free agency, sadly, does not only last two days, and monitoring the market is an endless chore . . . emphasis on “chore.” But the 49ers have for the first time this off-season missed on a priority get in Norwell, which means if nothing else that we get to remember that the 49ers are still just just one wallet among many.

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)

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest results: Joey Chestnut wins 12th title

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Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest results: Joey Chestnut wins 12th title

He has done it again, folks.

Joey Chestnut took home the belt by eating 71 hot dogs -- or sandwiches -- in 10 minutes Thursday at the 2019 Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. The Bay Area native, who lives in San Jose, now has a whopping 12 titles at the event. 

He's been crowned the champion in four straight years now. Thursday's count of 71 hot dogs was three off his record of 74. 

Here are some, uhh, stats from Chestnut's feat. 

[RELATED: Is a hot dog a sandwich?]

Prior to Chestnut's victory, Miko Sudo won the women's division by eating 31 hot dogs. Sudo has taken home the crown in six straight years now.