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Former NFL star Dwight Clark announces he has ALS

Dwight Clark, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers during the team’s heyday in the 1980s, disclosed Sunday that he has a debilitating illness.

The Mercury News said Clark was diagnosed in 2015.

The newspaper said Clark, a two-time Super Bowl winner, said in a note: “I have ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Those words are still very hard for me to say.”

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and was one of Joe Montana’s favorite targets. He had 6,750 receiving yards in his career, which is third on San Francisco’s all-time list, behind Terrell Owens and Jerry Rice.

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In the 1982 NFC Championship game, with less than a minute to go, Montana rolled to his right and threw a ball that most thought he was trying to throw away. But Clark jumped high and hauled it in, and the play was immediately anointed, “The Catch.” Sports Illustrated ranked it No. 33 on the list of 100 greatest plays of all-time.

The news comes on the same day the family of football legend and Hall-of-Famer Gale Sayers announced he has dementia.

Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr rescues stranded driver, reveals post-football plans

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is known for his random acts of kindness. This week, he came to the rescue again.

Ron Reeser said he ran out of gas Tuesday and was ready to trek to the nearest gas station with his gas can when a young man in a SUV pulled up and asked if he needed help, according to the Fresno Bee report.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting newsWhen Reeser explained the situation, the young man said he'd give him a ride to the gas station. Reeser accepted, and proceeded to have a revealing conversation with the good Samaritan, not realizing he was an NFL star quarterback.

The young man told Reeser he was a football player when asked what he did for a living. He told Reeser that he'd like to be a pastor when he retires from the sport. Reeser thought the young man was a college player, so he asked his position and favorite team. That's when it was revealed that the helpful young man was actually Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Before departing, Reeser and Carr prayed together. 

In January, Carr was given a shout out by law enforcement for helping to find a missing girl.

In addition to performing good deeds, Carr is spending the offseason recovering from a brutal leg injury he suffered during a Dec. 24 game against the Colts.

Johnny Manziel says he's engaged

As former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel continues his quest to rejoin the league, he has also been working on aspects of his personal life.This week, he made a major announcement: Manziel said he's engaged to girlfriend Bre Tiesi.TMZ was the first to announce the news Friday, and ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed it. Manziel reportedly popped the question during a romantic Paris trip.

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Johnny Manziel and @bre_tiesi got engaged tonight. She knows his goal is to get back to the NFL and she has been supportive and helpful.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2017

Tiesi is a model and actress. She has been romantically involved with Manziel since 2016, and supports his goal of returning to the NFL. Manziel posted photos of the happy pair this week on Instagram, withe the caption, "When you know, you know."

When you know, you know @bre_tiesi A post shared by Johnny Manziel (@jmanziel2) on Mar 4, 2017 at 6:18pm PST

Manziel has been working on resolving his legal issues, and according to the Bleacher Report, there is renewed interest in the former Browns quarterback from NFL scouts.

Jimmy Garoppolo’s Instagram ‘farewell’ may have been a hack

News of New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's apparent departure spread Friday morning after a message was posted to the player's Instagram account, but now multiple reports are saying he was hacked.

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Early Friday morning Garoppolo appeared to post a message on his Instagram account that said, "So grateful for my time in New England. Peace out Boston."

The post's validity was called into question shortly after it appeared online.

Spoke to someone close to Jimmy Garoppolo who had no knowledge of any trade and believes it's a hack. Alas, it's 5:26 am now & we're all up— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Shortly after news began to spread, multiple reports surfaced citing sources close to Garoppolo who said he had no knowledge of any trades and believes he was hacked.

The team said it does not respond to speculation or social media posts and only makes comments when a move is official.

But rumors have been swirling for weeks.

Garoppolo’s stock rose last season after he started two games when quarterback Tom Brady was suspended.

He was injured in the second game against the Dolphins, but threw three touchdown passes before he left the game.

The Instagram post on Garoppolo's account was live for only a few hours before it was deleted Friday morning.

Washington's John Ross unofficially breaks 40-yard dash record at NFL Combine

Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross said he would bring his blazing speed to the NFL Scouting Combine, and he didn't disappoint.Ross ran an unofficial 4.22 40-yard dash on Saturday, which, if confirmed, would set a new record. Running back Chris Johnson, now with the Arizona Cardinals, ran a 4.24 in 2008, according to the NFL.

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HERE IT IS FOLKS. #NFLCombine— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 4, 2017

JOHN ROSS RAN A 4.22— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) March 4, 2017

Ross did come up limping after his impressive performance.

He emerged as one of the PAC-12's most dangerous wide receivers in 2016, according to the NFL. He had over a 1,000 receiving yards and scored 17 receiving touchdowns last season for the Huskies.

Former Miami Dolphins CB Will Allen gets 6-year prison sentence

A federal judge in Boston on Wednesday sentenced former Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen to six years in prison — and denied his request to remain free until after his Columbia University-bound son graduates from high school.

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Allen, 38, was convicted of running a Ponzi scheme that raised money from investors who thought their cash was being loaned to pro athletes. Allen’s co-defendant, Susan Daub, 56, also was sentenced to six years.

According to a report by Law360, Allen told the judge that his intentions to run a legit company went awry after a concert with Wyclef Jean flopped.

“I don’t doubt that you began this venture with good intentions,” U.S. District Judge William Young told Allen. “But you’re in denial, sir. The crimes here are the crimes of fraud. Lying.”

Allen’s public defender requested a 30-month sentence, while federal prosecutors wanted at 78-month term.

Police: Raven’s safety Matt Elam arrested with drugs, cash, jewels in Miami Beach

Baltimore Raven’s safety Matt Elam was arrested on drug charges Saturday night in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade police said.

The 2013 first-round draft pick is facing a series of drug possession charges, including possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance.

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Elam, 25 and a native of West Palm Beach, was pulled over for speeding through Miami Beach in a Range Rover, police said. During the traffic stop officers found an armed passenger in the Rover and a Gucci bag full of marijuana, cash and jewelry, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Police found more than 4 ounces of marijuana, six Oxycodone pills, almost $950 in cash, a Rolex watch and other jewelry in the vehicle, according to the newspaper.

Elam wasn’t expected to return to the Ravens’ roster anyway. He’s officially a free agent in just a few weeks.

BREAKING: Ravens safety Matt Elam arrested after police find 126 grams of Marijuana and 3 grams of Oxycodone in his vehicle.— Ravens Nation (@RavenNationLIVE) February 26, 2017

“We are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam,” a team spokesperson said. “Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens.”

The All-American left Florida for the NFL draft after his junior year. He suffered a number of  injuries and didn’t play much after his first season.

Following his arrest on multiple charges, #Ravens say this on FA safety Matt Elam: "Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens." Oh.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2017

The police records for #Ravens S and pending FA Matt Elam, arrested on multiple charges at 3:45 am today in Florida— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2017

UNCC quarterback, brother of Panthers tight end, arrested on rape charges

University of North Carolina at Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen was arrested on rape charges Sunday, police said.

Kevin Olsen in jail, records show. Charges of 2nd degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, assault on female, 2nd degree force sex offense.— Blake Hanson (@BlakeWSOC9) February 20, 2017 <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

Olsen is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen.

Kevin Olsen was arrested on charges of second-degree forcible rape, cyberstalking, assault on a female and second-degree forced sex.

The Charlotte 49ers were Olsen’s fourth team since September 2014.

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Out of high school in Wayne, New Jersey, Olsen committed to the Miami Hurricanes but left after being suspended from the team several times and failing a drug test.

Olsen never played at Miami after being charged with a DUI and possession of a fake or stolen ID in September 2014.

Olsen transferred to Towson, in Maryland, where he was kicked off the team in March 2015 for violating team rules.

Olsen played football in the fall of 2015 for Riverside California City College.

He played well there and signed with the Charlotte 49ers in December 2015.

Olsen won the 49ers' starting quarterback position last spring.

However, he appeared in just six games last season.

He lost his starting quarterback job halfway through the season.

UNCC Charlotte football coach, Brad Lambert, said he and the university are aware of his quarterback's Kevin Olsen's arrest.

UNCC released this statement:

The University administration has been in close communication with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department regarding its arrest of student-athlete Kevin Olsen Sunday afternoon.The allegations in this incident took place off campus. This incident occurred a week after a separate, unrelated case of alleged on-campus sexual assault involving acquaintances. Olsen has been suspended from Charlotte Athletics, and the University is reviewing the case consistent with its disciplinary procedures. Due to the ongoing CMPD investigation and federal protections on student information, the University will have no further comment on the investigation at this time.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis turns himself in

New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis turned himself in to Pittsburgh police Friday to face charges  in connection with an altercation last weekend in the city's South Side neighborhood, authorities said.

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Revis, 31, a native of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, faces two counts of aggravated assault, one count of felony robbery, one count of conspiracy and one count of making terroristic threats.

He was arraigned Friday night and granted non-monetary bond with several conditions, including no contact with witnesses and victims and the surrender of his passport. Revis' preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.

Pittsburgh police said officers were called at 2:43 a.m. Sunday for a report of two men who had been knocked unconscious. 

According to the investigation, Dallas Cousins, 22, from Kittanning, Pennsylvania, was walking along East Carson Street when he spotted a man who resembled Revis. The man told police that he asked if the man was Revis, and Revis confirmed that he was. 

The man began recording the interaction on his cellphone and continued following Revis, police said. At some point, Revis snatched the cellphone away and attempted to delete the video, according to authorities.  

Zacheriah Jarvis, 21, from Ross Township, Pennsylvania, attempted to help Cousins retrieve the cellphone, and Revis tossed it onto the roadway, police said. 

Authorities said a verbal argument followed and a fourth man came to assist Revis. Both Cousins and Jarvis told officers that they were punched and then remember waking up to talk to police.  

Witnesses said the two men were unconscious for about 10 minutes. 

Lisa Huston, who owns South Side’s White Eagle bar, said she heard a commotion outside early Sunday and saw two men lying on the sidewalk. 

“I heard a commotion outside, ran to window, looked out front and saw legs,” she said. “There was two young boys … completely knocked out, side-by-side, right on my corner.” 

Pittsburgh police said they viewed the cellphone video recorded by Cousins and confirmed that the person involved in the altercation was Revis.  

Blaine Jones, who represented Revis prior to his surrender, said the two men were taunting Revis while he was visiting a place in the South Side that he is developing. He said Revis allegedly told the men he played football and that he didn’t want any trouble.

"He was not the aggressor that night. He was 1,000 percent the victim. He tried to retreat. He did everything in his power to get this situation to die down,” Jones said. “If any punches were thrown, they were thrown in self-defense. Darrelle did not initiate any of the physical contact. You think Darrelle Revis would go down to the South Side and start throwing punches?” 

Jones said Friday night that he was only hired to handle a portion of the case and to get Revis safely turned in. Bob del Greco is taking over as Revis’ defense lawyer.

Jones told ESPN before the arraignment that he believes Revis has a "very good case." He described his client as serious, somber and "ready to answer charges."  

Del Greco represented Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter last month after Porter allegedly was involved in an altercation outside a Pittsburgh bar, ESPN reported. All but the two least serious charges were ultimately dropped.

Revis was a star player at the University of Pittsburgh before he went to the NFL. He is facing an uncertain future with the Jets, ESPN reported. After a disappointing season — he called it the worst of his career — the 31-year-old Revis could be a salary-cap casualty in the coming weeks; he's due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11, plus another $13 million in base salary (including $6 million guaranteed).

Revis, who spent one year apiece with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots, returned to the Jets in 2015, signing a five-year, $70 million contract. Since then, he has struggled to reach the standard he set from 2007 to 2011, when he was regarded as the best cornerback in the league.

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