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Keena Turner moves into front office role with 49ers


Keena Turner moves into front office role with 49ers

INDIANAPOLIS -- Keena Turner, who came to the 49ers in 1980 and played 11 seasons as a linebacker, has been promoted to a role within the organization's front office.

Turner will remain as a team vice president in his new role as special advisor to general manager John Lynch. Turner spent the past six seasons as vice president of football affairs.

“I don’t think there’s a person in our building who understands the 49er way more than Keena,” Lynch said on Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

“When I was with the Bucs, there was no previous success that you could steal from. Here, there’s a lot of success and a lot of parallels in our philosophies. Keena is a great link to those. We feel he has great value. I’ve known him since I was a senior at Stanford University and he was a coach on our coaching staff.”

Turner coached three seasons (1992-94) on Bill Walsh’s staff at Stanford. He returned to the 49ers in 1998 in the public relations department.

In 2001, Turner was promoted to player development director with alumni responsibilities. He served as alumni coordinator before becoming vice president of football affairs in 2006. He oversaw the 49ers’ player engagement program.

In addition to Turner’s promotion, the 49ers also announced:

--DeMeco Ryans, who served as defensive quality control coach last season, becomes the team’s inside linebackers coach. Ryans played 10 seasons in the NFL. He last played in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Ryans takes over the duties for which Ken Norton was hired in January. Norton left his job with the 49ers after one week to become the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive coordinator.

--Johnny Holland, who coached linebackers last season, becomes the run-game specialist/outside linebackers coach.

--Ethan Waugh, who has spent 14 seasons in the 49ers’ player personnel department, was promoted to college scouting director. Waugh worked previously as the team’s senior player personnel coordinator.

--The 49ers hired Austin Moss as director of player engagement. Moss comes to the 49ers after working as senior manager of football administration and development for the NFL.

NASCAR live stream: How to watch historic IndyCar doubleheader race


NASCAR live stream: How to watch historic IndyCar doubleheader race

Both NASCAR and IndyCar will be in action this Fourth of July weekend, and you can catch all the action on NBC.

First, IndyCar's GMR Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, July 4 on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, beginning at noon ET/9 a.m. PT.

Immediately following the IndyCar race will be NASCAR's Xfinity Series race, getting underway around 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT.

Sunday will be the running of the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Powered by Big Machine Records, commonly known as the Brickyard 400 in the NASCAR Cup Series. That race will begin at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 5.

Here's how to watch all three races on NBC:

IndyCar GMR Grand Prix
Saturday, July 4 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT
Live stream: NBC Sports

NASCAR Xfinity Series race
Saturday, July 4 at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT
Live stream: NBC Sports

NASCAR Cup Series race
Sunday, July 5 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT
Live stream: NBC Sports

NASCAR's Bubba Wallace not target of hate crime, FBI investigation says

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NASCAR's Bubba Wallace not target of hate crime, FBI investigation says

After an emotional Monday at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, the FBI concluded African American NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace was not the target of a hate crime.

It appeared a noose was found in Wallace's garage stall at Talladega on Sunday, but an FBI investigation showed the garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose had been placed their months ago. This was well before Wallace's garage assignment.

Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR, was accompanied by every driver and pit crew Monday as he drove to the start line. After finishing 14th, he greeted fans for an emotional post-race interview, where he said the last week had been "hell."

Athletes like Steph Curry, LeBron James and many more rallied around Wallace on Monday. Wallace has been outspoken on racism in the sport and even helped push Confederate flags out of NASCAR events and off any properties of the sport.

More will come from this investigation, and Wallace will continue his fight to push racism out of the sport he loves.