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Santa Clara OKs final 49ers stadium deals

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Santa Clara OKs final 49ers stadium deals

SANTA CLARA -- Final 49ers stadium deals have been approved by the city of Santa Clara, including 100,000 in extra loan money and a 40-year non-relocation agreement.

Council members voted 6-1 on Thursday on behalf of the city and Stadium Authority to approve the six last-minute deals needed before work begins in coming weeks on the 1.2 billion stadium.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that final documents were approved for a bank loan of up to 950 million, a 100,000 hike over the previous estimate.

The deals include a non-relocation agreement with the football team that requires the 49ers to play its home games in Santa Clara for at least 40 years following the expected opening in 2014.

The lease calls on the 49ers to pay the city about 30 million per year.

Additionally, the team has announced its has sold out season tickets for the 2012 season.

CEO Jed York posted the following message on Twitter:
Season tickets for 2012 are sold out. Thank you NinersFaithful for your support!

Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

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Trump: Objection to NFL anthem boycotts ‘has nothing to do with race’

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey — President Donald Trump says his objection to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "has nothing to do with race."

Instead, Trump says it has to do with "respect for our country and respect for our flag."

The president made these comments during an impromptu news conference as he boarded Air Force One to return to the nation's capital. Trump says "our soldiers, our first responders" should be treated with respect.

Trump said Friday at a rally in Alabama that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.

NFL players and owners around the league condemned his statement, and more than a hundred players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

But Trump reiterated Sunday NFL owners "should do something" about the protests.

Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

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Dolphins players wear shirts supporting Kaepernick during pregame warmups

East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.

The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.

Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"