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santa clara, calif.» Clay Matthews Sr., who was the pa­tri­arch of a fa­mous foot­ball fam­ily, died Thurs­day, the 49ers an­nounced. He was 88.

Matthews, a for­mer 49ers line­man, had been deal­ing with a long­time ill­ness.

Matthews was a twoway player for San Fran­cisco for four sea­sons in the 1950s. He played in 45 games and missed two sea­sons while serv­ing in the Korean War.

His im­pact on the NFL is still felt in the 21st cen­tury. His two old­est sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each played 19 sea­sons in the league. Bruce re­ceived seven first-team all-pro se­lec­tions and was in­ducted into the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame. Clay Jr. was a four-time Pro Bowler for Cleve­land.

Five of Matthews’ grand­sons have also played in the NFL, in­clud­ing Green Bay line­backer Clay Matthews III and At­lanta of­fen­sive tackle Jake Matthews.

Oak­land not giv­ing up.

With the Raiders gaz­ing at Las Ve­gas and stick­ing one foot out the door, the city of Oak­land is mak­ing a last-minute plea to keep them in the Bay Area.

For the first time, Oak­land Mayor Libby Schaaf on Fri­day shared de­tails of in­vestors’ plans for a sta­dium at the Coli­seum site, and vowed she and the city are do­ing all they can to keep the Raiders from mov­ing.

“We’re not giv­ing up in the fourth quar­ter,” Schaaf said.

In a let­ter to the NFL, Schaaf shared new, de­tailed

Bears sign QB Sanchez

B lake for­est, ill.» The Bears con­tin­ued their quar­ter­back makeover by sign­ing vet­eran Mark Sanchez, who is ex­pected to back up Mike Glen­non dur­ing the 2017 sea­son.

The Bears cut quar­ter­back Jay Cut­ler this month af­ter eight sea­sons and the next day signed Glen­non, a for­mer Buc­ca­neers quar­ter­back, to a three-year con­tract.

Ste­wart stay­ing put

B char­lotte, n.c.» The Pan­thers signed vet­eran run­ning back Jonathan Ste­wart to a one-year con­tract ex­ten­sion, keep­ing him with the team through the 2018 sea­son.

Fi­nan­cial terms of the deal were not dis­closed.

Ste­wart played in 13 games last sea­son for Carolina, run­ning for 824 yards and nine touch­downs. He av­er­aged 3.8 yards per carry.


Sus­pended Browns wide receiver Josh Gor­don is work­ing out with for­mer Olympian-turned-speed coach Tim Mont­gomery in hopes of re­sum­ing his ca­reer. … The Red­skins agreed to con­tract terms with for­mer Rams wide receiver Brian Quick.

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