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Heartfelt Kerr addresses gun violence at local town hall

Heartfelt Kerr addresses gun violence at local town hall

NEWARK -- The Warriors have games on the evenings of March 23 and March 25. They do not play on March 24, so coach Steve Kerr plans to devote his energy toward an issue bigger than basketball.

He’ll be occupied with extolling the virtues of common sense in regards to gun violence in America.

Kerr will be among millions of Americans participating in the March For Our Lives, a grass-roots demonstration in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school designed to bring attention to government neglect on an issue that has galvanized individuals on both sides.

Participation in the march was among the revelations Kerr made during a town hall Monday afternoon at Newark Memorial High School. Invited by Rep. Ro Khanna, who also attended and spoke, Kerr spent about 10 minutes in the gym addressing the crowd of about 500 before taking questions from students and parents concerned about gun violence.

“There are many things to debate,” Kerr said, mentioning foreign policy and immigration as examples. “But kids getting murdered...that’s not up for debate.”

Khanna invited two other guest speakers committed to doing their part to reduce gun violence.

Fellow Congressman Mike Thompson of Napa, chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, was on hand. And Matt Deitsch, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and teachers were killed in a mass shooting on Feb. 14.

Deitsch arrived from Fort Lauderdale early Monday morning, speaking at Stanford University in the late morning and early afternoon before crossing the bay to Newark.

“Every single day is a looming threat, and we’re not scared any more,” said Deitsch, 20, whose younger brother and sister are students at MSD in Parkland. “This isn’t a left issue. This isn’t a right issue. This is about saving innocent lives.”

Thompson related his experience last Friday, when he returned from Washington to the Bay Area and got the news of an active shooter at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville. That’s part of his district and it served as yet another reminder of the dangers of guns.

Three women employees were killed before the shooter, identified as Army veteran Albert Wong, committed suicide.

Thompson’s primary role is to fight for change.

“This is our civil rights moment,” he said. “This is our Vietnam War moment.”

Kerr, an outspoken advocate for gun control, as well as a critic of the policies and rhetoric of President Donald Trump, reiterated the message he delivered on Feb. 14, hours after the shooting in Parkland.

Standing outside the locker room at Moda Center in Portland, he urged the voting public, if weary of mass shootings, to take action against the National Rifle Association via the ballot.

“You can scare the hell out of people by voting,” he said Monday. “You can inspire others to vote. Get registered.”

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)