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    John Dugger shows off his Republic scarf Wednesday to traffic on the Bay Bridge en route to Kezar Stadium. The minor league team took on San Jose of Major League Soccer.

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    Sacramento Republic FC fans show off their gear Wednesday while on a bus trip to San Francisco, where the Republic FC fell to the San Jose Earthquakes at Kezar Stadium in the fourth round of the U.S. Gold Cup competition.

AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Thursday

Published: Thursday, Jun. 12, 2014 - 3:06 pm

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Back to normal: Continued cooler temperatures are expected today in Sacramento as a strong onshore flow sweeps into the area. The weather should stay in the 80s through Friday. On the weekend, look for daytime highs in the Sacramento region to ratchet up into the low-to-mid 90s. Todays high in Sacramento: 84 degrees.

Name change sought: An emotional advertisement seen by NBA fans on television has also generated millions of views on YouTube. Thousands of fans in Sacramento and six other cities watching the NBA finals on TV Tuesday saw the ad, “Proud To Be,” pressuring the owners of the Washington Redskins NFL franchise to change the team’s name to something less offensive. The ad was paid for by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, which owns the Cache Creek Casino in Yolo County’s Capay Valley. See the ad here

From Sacramento to Sao Paulo: Sacramento has caught soccer fever, as evidenced by the popularity of Republic FC, which lost 2-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. A busload of Sacramento fans traveled to the match. Read Marcos Breton’s column here and Bill Paterson’s game story here Futbol fever will ignite throughout the globe beginning today when host Brazil opens World Cub play at 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) against Croatia. Looking for area pubs to watch the monthlong tournament? Click here. For a World Cup guide, click here

Arena update: Opponents of the new Sacramento Kings arena have asked a judge for a court order halting the $477 million project, starting with the demolition of much of Downtown Plaza planned for later this summer. A temporary injunction is being sought by a group of citizens who sued the city of Sacramento under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, one day after the City Council approved construction of the new arena last month. James Sanchez, Sacramento’s city attorney, said he believes the court will uphold the state law and the city’s environmental review required by CEQA. Read more here

More votes tallied: Updated Sacramento County vote totals reveal nonprofit executive director Rick Jennings is on the verge of winning a closely-watched Sacramento City Council race in the district representing the Pocket, Greenhaven and Valley Hi neighborhoods. For details on that race and the close District Three council race, click here.

Explore McKinley Park: Tour the trees at Sacramento’s venerable McKinley Park during an event sponsored by the Sacramento Tree Foundation. The tour is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today. For more details, click here

Local sports: •  Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants, 12:45 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).

•  Omaha Storm Chasers at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650).

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