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Richard Sherman, 49ers give back to community during Christmas time

Richard Sherman, 49ers give back to community during Christmas time

Christmas time is one of the best times of the year. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most lonely. For 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, it's a time for giving back. 

Over the years, Sherman and his wife, Ashley Moss, have made sure families in the San Jose area were not without something. 

Moss said at the beginning, when Sherman was with the Seahawks, they helped one family -- then six, now -- 174.

“It’s always been a time where it’s about family and community for me, and not just immediate blood family, just everybody, bringing people together,” Sherman told The Sacramento Bee's Chris Biderman. “So I understand how much joy and how much happiness it can bring people. I just want to spread that.”

Sherman's Foundation teamed up with Redemption Church to seek out families in need. This year's focus of the gifts was of the home variety: Gift cards to use toward furniture and grocery stores.

“I think people take pride in their homes and sometimes circumstances don’t allow you to have it the way you want,” Sherman said. “And we thought we could help give people a little more freedom in terms of how they dress up their house, at least give them a nice bed, some clothes, some pots and pans.”

Sherman was joined by a dozen of his teammates to take photos with the families and assist with loading bags of gifts into their cars.

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It was a special moment for the five-time Pro Bowler.

"They were crying, their mom was going crazy because they didn’t have anything on their Christmas tree."

Wilder stops Washington with fifth-round TKO to retain WBC title

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Wilder stops Washington with fifth-round TKO to retain WBC title

Deontay Wilder retained his WBC world heavyweight title against Vallejo's Gerald Washington, scoring a TKO victory in Round 5 Saturday night satiating a raucous crowd in Birmingham, Alabama.

To the surprise of many, Washington  controlled the early action with a stiff jab, moving Wilder backwards and keeping him off balance for the first four rounds.

But in the fifth round, the "Bronze Bomber" unleashed his trademark right hand power shot, dropping "El Gallo Negro" to the canvas. Washington regrouped momentarily - only for Wilder to unleash a huge flurry - and the referee jumped in to stop the fight.

In the co-feature bout, Jarrett "Swift" Hurd mounted a roaring comeback to stop Tony Harrison, claiming the vacant IBF world super welterweight title in the process. 

Harrison controlled the action early with movement, sharp jabs & counter rights, as Hurd plodded forward, telegraphing his shots.  

Hurd's relentless pressure, however, proved too much for Harrison to handle. After turning up the heat in the seventh and eighth rounds, "Swift" dropped his fatigued foe with a stunning right late in the ninth round. Harrison was able pick himself up off the mat, but spit out his mouthpiece, prompting the referee to waive off the fight. 

In the most entertaining clash of the night, Dominic Brezeale finished Izuagbe Ugonoh in the fifth round of a heavyweight slobber knocker. 

Ugonoh -- a former kickboxer -- set the tone early with thudding body shots, but it was Brezeale who landed the first truly telling blow of the fight, sending his opponent to the canvas in the third round. 

Ugonoh answered back in the fourth with a knock down of his own. But in the end, Brezeale's toughness and powerful right hand proved to be the difference makers.