Cleveland Elam, member of famed 49ers' front four, passes away


Cleveland Elam, member of famed 49ers' front four, passes away

Cleveland Elam, a member of the 49ers' "Gold Rush" front-four of the 1970s, passed away last week, the organization announced Tuesday. He was 60.Elam, a native of Memphis, Tenn., died on July 12. No cause of death was reported.Elam was a fourth-round draft pick of the 49ers in 1975 out of Tennessee State.Before sack totals were an official NFL statistic, the 49ers led the league in sacks in 1976. Elam, Cedrick Hardman, Tommy Hart and Jimmy Webb formed the "Gold Rush," which recorded 61 sacks in 14 games.Elam led the 49ers with 17.5 sacks in 1977. He was twice voted to the NFC Pro Bowl team (1976 and '77) as a defensive end. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 1977.After four seasons with the 49ers, Elam's career ended in 1979 due to injuries while playing for the Detroit Lions. Last season, Elam was honored during the 49ers' alumni weekend.He is survived by his wife, Blanche, and their four children. A memorial service will be held at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Salisbury, N.C., on July 21 at noon.

76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot


76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Streeter wrote on Twitter, "Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey.

The Sixers declined to say why Streeter's performance was canceled.

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community," the Sixers said in a statement.

The Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.

This isn't the first time the Sixers were dragged into a national anthem controversy.

A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Torrey SmithAlshon Jeffery?

Not happening, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

While a couple reports have linked the Eagles to making a trade before the fast-approaching deadline to grab another veteran outside receiver, Pederson shot them down at his Wednesday press conference.

“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said. “And I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”

[MAIOCCO: Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith]

The Eagles made a trade before the season to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans, but the team’s receivers still haven’t been great during the first six games of the 2016 season.

They also went out and claimed Bryce Treggs after the 49ers waived him at final cuts, but the speedy wideout hasn’t yet been active.