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June 5, 1997 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The margin was slim and the final vote count still uncertain, but a jubilant Mayor Willie Brown declared victory Wednesday in the battle to build a $525-million stadium and mall complex for the San Francisco 49ers football team. "I said it would pass by 50.1%," Brown told reporters at a celebratory press conference. "I was wrong. It passed by 50.2%."
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SPORTS
January 15, 2012 | Sam Farmer
Move over, Joe Montana to Dwight Clark. Scoot aside, Steve Young to Terrell Owens. Make room for The Catch 3.0. San Francisco's Alex Smith fired a 14-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with nine seconds remaining Saturday, lifting the San Francisco 49ers to a 36-32 victory over the New Orleans Saints in a wild divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park. A defensive gem of a game transformed into a shootout in the final minutes, with a series of rapid-fire touchdowns -- four in the final 4 minutes 2 seconds.
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SPORTS
June 9, 2000 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was the next hit, the knock to the noggin that was sure to come, that would have certified San Francisco quarterback Steve Young as stupid. But Young is smarter than that--head finally winning over competitive heart--and Monday the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXIX is expected to officially announce his retirement to preserve his health.
SPORTS
August 16, 2008 | Sam Farmer
SAN FRANCISCO -- It was so clear back then, in April 2005, when quarterbacks Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers were selected in the NFL draft. There was nothing murky that day about who won and who lost. Smith was taken No. 1 overall by the San Francisco 49ers, and Rodgers -- once thought to be in the running for the top pick -- languished for almost five hours before Green Bay took him 24th. The cash disparity told the story. Smith's contract guaranteed him $24.
NEWS
February 15, 1998 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A planned $525-million waterside stadium and mall complex, sold to voters last summer as a job- and revenue-generating bonanza, is in trouble. And city officials are blaming a family feud between owners of the San Francisco 49ers football team. Things began going wrong for the project last December, when Edward "Eddie" DeBartolo Jr., chairman of the 49ers, learned that he was the target of a federal investigation into the award of gaming licenses in Louisiana.
SPORTS
January 22, 1994 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cowboy Coach Jimmy Johnson set a new personal standard for pregame hype, and George Seifert, his 49er counterpart, promptly went one step further. Johnson, who has been known to boast, and Seifert, prone to understatement, exchanged verbal volleys in anticipation of Sunday's NFC championship game between Dallas and San Francisco. Johnson, reacting to a radio interview with Coach Dan Reeves of the New York Giants on Thursday night, telephoned a Ft.
SPORTS
January 14, 1995 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Admittedly, for the purposes of career advancement, car wrecks are not for everybody. On the lecture circuit, Brent Jones is quick to warn: Kids, do not try this at home. Yet it's difficult to imagine where Jones might have ended up had it not been for a fender bender. Probably not in San Francisco, where he has established himself as one of the NFL's premier tight ends. Probably not on the cover of the 49ers' 1994 media guide. (OK, it's the back cover, but he's working his way forward.
SPORTS
December 26, 1987 | GENE WOJCIECHOWSKI, Times Staff Writer
Ronnie Lott would like to propose a friendly wager for, say, a soda pop. Name four players--no, make it three, he says--who play for the San Francisco 49er defense. This would be the same defense that is ranked first statistically in the National Football League, ahead of the more celebrated Chicago Bears or the New York Giants. Ready . . . begin. Lott? Of course. A gimme. Just Thursday Lott was selected to his sixth Pro Bowl team--four as a cornerback and now two as a free safety.
SPORTS
December 15, 1990 | JOHN WEYLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three weeks ago, the Rams unveiled their Big Nickel defense and upset the San Francisco 49ers, 28-17, at Candlestick Park. And they used the scheme--a variation of the so-called prevent defense that employs six defensive backs and is normally reserved for obvious passing situations--on some first and second downs as well as third and long.
SPORTS
January 10, 1990 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rams reached into their golden oldies pile Tuesday and plucked out a hit from the 1980s, safety Johnnie Johnson, who agreed to terms on a two-game contract. What? Why? How? Johnson, 33, was left unprotected by the Rams after the 1988 season and signed as a Plan B free agent with the Seattle Seahawks, who released him after two games this season.
SPORTS
August 17, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Before Alex Smith started finding his San Francisco receivers, he first had to find himself. "I was dropping back like somebody else, trying to play quarterback like somebody else," recalled Smith, who in part blames his one-touchdown, 11-interception rookie season on his trying (and failing) to emulate Joe Montana. "It was kind of ridiculous." Now, after making dramatic improvements in his second season, Smith has the supporting cast to once again aim high.
SPORTS
November 10, 2006 | Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
The timing could not have been much worse for 2016 Olympic bid officials from San Francisco. Hours before the group's scheduled meeting with the U.S. Olympic Committee on Thursday morning, the 49ers halted talks with San Francisco for a stadium project at Candlestick Point, which also was to serve as the city's Olympic Stadium. Fallout from the 49ers' decision, announced late Wednesday, was two-fold: It came close to ending San Francisco's Olympic bid, and created the impression that only two U.
SPORTS
November 10, 2006 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
The Santa Clara 49ers? The Fremont A's? The Bay Area may be known more for its steep hills, cable cars and expansive bridges than its sports teams, but, proving there's a lot more than sourdough at stake, the owner of the San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday he intended to move the team to Santa Clara as soon as 2012.
SPORTS
September 18, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
You've seen him dance on the Texas Stadium star, produce a Sharpie from his sock and stage an impromptu public workout in the driveway of his Philadelphia home. But have you ever seen Terrell Owens play defense? He did last week when a couple of Bay Area reporters approached him in the Eagle locker room, hoping to get his thoughts on today's game against San Francisco, his former team.
SPORTS
August 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
After No. 1 draft pick Alex Smith struggled in his first NFL action, Tim Rattay threw touchdown passes to Brandon Lloyd and Arnaz Battle early in the second half of San Francisco's 21-13 victory over the Oakland Raiders in the annual preseason Battle of the Bay on Saturday night at San Francisco. Rookie cornerback Derrick Johnson returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown as the 49ers, shut out in the first half, scored 21 points in 4 1/2 minutes of the third quarter behind Rattay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
San Francisco 49ers officials promised Chinese American leaders Tuesday that they would overhaul the team's diversity policies to address anger over offensive training videos, including one that featured racial slurs about the Chinese community. At a packed meeting in a Chinatown community hall, 49ers owner John York apologized on behalf of the team.
SPORTS
June 3, 1989
The San Francisco 49ers want their former team doctor to pay a $1-million settlement to former lineman Charlie Krueger, saying the doctor was responsible for the effects of Krueger's crippling knee injury. In 1987, the 49ers were found liable by a state court for fraudulently failing to reveal the severity of Krueger's knee injury, which has left him unable to stand for long periods of time. Krueger won $2.36 million in damages last year from a San Francisco Superior Court judge in a non-jury trial.
SPORTS
June 3, 1988
A $2.36-million damage award to Charlie Krueger, former San Francisco 49ers star, could open a floodgate of lawsuits from other retired professional athletes debilitated by career-related injuries, sports industry sources said Thursday. San Francisco Superior Court Judge John Dearman said that he was sending a tentative order to the 49ers, instructing the National Football League club to pay $2.
SPORTS
April 23, 2005 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Joe Montana stinks. He's worn and faded too, after spending two football seasons under the shoulder pads of California quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a lifelong San Francisco 49er fan who wore his lucky Montana T-shirt for every game. "It got pretty torn up by the end of my career," Rodgers said. "Now it's retired." Rodgers, meanwhile, is on the verge of joining the NFL, and he'll find out today if his affection for the 49ers is unrequited love. They have the No.
SPORTS
January 7, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
Signs reading "NO DOUBT!" have been taped to the windows of USC's football offices and throughout Heritage Hall, a message sent by the Trojans when they routed Oklahoma in the bowl championship series title game. It is also the message Coach Pete Carroll tried to deliver Thursday.
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