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Loose sod at new Levi's Stadium removed (Yahoo Sports)  

In this Aug. 17, 2014 photo, San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson (9) misses a field goal during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif. Dawson, who missed two field goals in Sunday's 34-0 loss to Denver, planned to return to Levi's Stadium on Tuesday afternoon to get back to work figuring out a new field and its quirks. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The San Francisco 49ers were working to re-sod the field at new Levi's Stadium on Thursday, a day after a public workout was cut short and moved to the regular practice fields because players were slipping. San Francisco hosts the San Diego Chargers at the $1.2 billion stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. PDT, and the team has said it expects to have the field ready in time. ''The 49ers organization would like to apologize to any fans who were inconvenienced by today's practice ending early,'' the team said Wednesday. ''We have determined the appropriate measures necessary to have the field ready for Sunday and look forward to hosting the San Diego Chargers.'' Coach Jim Harbaugh moved his team out of the stadium Wednesday about an hour into the practice.


 

Woman testifies ex-Tigers pitcher Reed raped her (Yahoo Sports)  
A 45-year-old woman has testified that former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed sexually assaulted her at a downtown casino hotel after they met at a suburban bar. The woman testified for about 1 1/2 hours Thursday during a probable cause hearing for Reed, who's charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.  

McIlroy stumbles to worst start in 2 months (Yahoo Sports)  

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits from a bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) -- Rory McIlroy got off to his worst start in two months Thursday with a 3-over 74 in The Barclays.


 

Serena Williams to face Townsend in Open 1st round (Yahoo Sports)  

Serena Williams poses with the championship trophy after defeating Ana Ivanovic, from Serbia, 6-4, 6-1, in a final match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Serena Williams will face an up-and-coming American player in the first round of the U.S. The 32-year-old Williams has won 17 Grand Slam titles. At age 18, Taylor Townsend is in her third major tournament. On the men's side, Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic and Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka could meet in one semifinal.


 

NCAA files intent to appeal O'Bannon decision (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this July 9, 2014, file photo, NCAA President Mark Emmert scratches his forehead as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing on the NCAA's treatment of athletes. At left is Dr. Richard M. Southall, Associate Professor, Department of Sport and Entertainment Management. The NCAA faces an awkward challenge when it appeals the Ed O'Bannon ruling. Antitrust attorneys believe the governing body's strongest argument may be attacking the monetary cap imposed by the federal judge in her decision _ a cap many schools would need to keep their sports alive. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

The NCAA has notified the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it intends to appeal a judge's ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case that it violated antitrust laws. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Aug. 8 that the NCAA broke the law by restricting schools from providing money beyond current scholarship limits to athletes. A formal appeal has not yet been submitted, but NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy issued a statement Thursday.


 

Steelers' Bell, Blount set to face pot charges (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - From left are Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell, in a July 30, 2014, file photo, and Steelers' LeGararrette Blount, in a Sept. 10, 2013, file photo, when he was with the New England Patriots. Steelers running backs Bell and Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2014, near Pittsburgh. Ross Township detective Brian Kohlhepp said traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after Stafiej, who was on a motorcycle, noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Stafiej found a 20 gram bag of marijuana inside the car. Bell, Blount and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana according to police. (AP Photo/File)

Pittsburgh Steelers running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will be charged with marijuana possession following a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. Ross Township detective Brian Kohlhepp said traffic officer Sean Stafiej pulled over a Camaro operated by Bell around 1:30 p.m. after Stafiej, who was on a motorcycle, noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Bell, Blount and a female passenger all claimed ownership of the marijuana according to police. Bell, 22, was taken to a hospital to have blood drawn and is expected to be charged with driving under the influence of marijuana.


 

Manziel, Browns agree he's not ready to start (Yahoo Sports)  

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel passes during practice at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Johnny Manziel pulled off his orange helmet, dropped to his left knee and watched from the side as Brian Hoyer worked with Cleveland's starting offense during practice.


 

Lynx's Moore wins WNBA MVP award (Yahoo Sports)  

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 16: Maya Moore #23 of the Minnesota Lynx attempts a free throw against the Tulsa Shock during the WNBA game on August 16, 2014 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Maya Moore put up incredible numbers all season for Minnesota. Now she's got her first WNBA MVP award. Moore earned the league's most valuable player on Thursday, hours before the Lynx opened their Western Conference semifinals playoff series with the San Antonio Stars. ''It's a great feeling to be recognized for all the hard work that I've put in,'' said Moore in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday night.


 

Giants win protest, rain-shortened game to resume (Yahoo Sports)  

The grounds crew works on the field after a heavy rain soaked Wrigley Field during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

The San Francisco Giants on Wednesday became the first team since 1986 to win a protest filed with Major League Baseball, and will now get to resume a rain-shortened game the Chicago Cubs thought they had won. MLB executive Joe Torre ruled on Tuesday night's game at Wrigley Field that was called after 4 1-2 innings. The Cubs were declared the winners by a 2-0 score. The playoff-contending Giants and Chicago have a regularly scheduled game set to begin three hours later.


 

Hamilton drives in 3 runs, Angels beat Red Sox 8-3 (Yahoo Sports)  

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols gestures after scoring on a single by Howie Kendrick in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Garrett Richards lay on the ground for several minutes, his left knee damaged and his season seemingly over. The right-hander's injury while running to cover first base is a big loss that overshadowed the Los Angeles Angels' seventh win in eight games. ''Winning the game, obviously, it's always important, but it's secondary to what happened,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after an 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night. He will be re-evaluated in Los Angeles on Thursday.


 

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