McNeill signs with Charg­ers

Los Angeles Times - - Nfl Week 3 - ETC.

San Diego Charg­ers left tackle Mar­cus McNeill ended his hold­out when he signed his one-year con­tract ten­der as a re­stricted free agent. He must sit out the next three games be­cause he and wide re­ceiver Vin­cent Jack­son were put on the ros­ter ex­empt list by Gen­eral Man­ager A.J. Smith on Aug. 20. McNeill will be el­i­gi­ble to play Oct. 17 at St. Louis.

With the of­fense strug­gling early, the U.S. team at the women’s bas­ket­ball world cham­pi­onship in Os­trava, Czech Re­pub­lic, turned to its de­fense. That kept the Amer­i­cans in the game and gave Diana

Taurasi time to ig­nite the of­fense. She scored 15 points to help the United States beat France, 81-60, and fin­ish first in Group B. Both teams go to the sec­ond round, which starts Mon­day.

Candice Dupree and Tina Charles each added 10 points for the Amer­i­cans (3-0), who came into the game av­er­ag­ing 103.5 points. Dupree is shoot­ing a siz­zling 84% from the field over the first three games.

Um­pires are keep­ing a close eye on game balls at Coors Field af­ter the San Fran­cisco Giants expressed con­cern to the com­mis­sioner’s of­fice that the Colorado Rock­ies might be us­ing “juiced” balls when they’re bat­ting. Ma­jor League Base­ball spokesman Pat Court­ney con­firmed that um­pires were in­structed to monitor game balls Satur­day dur­ing the GiantsRock­ies game. Court­ney said the Giants raised con­cern about the Rock­ies us­ing balls Fri­day that weren’t prop­erly stored in the hu­mi­dor at Coors Field. The story was re­ported by the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle, which said the Giants filed a com­plaint with MLB af­ter their 2-1win over Colorado on Fri­day.

For nine years, base­balls to be used in Rock­ies home games have been stored in a hu­mi­dor, which helps keep them from be­com­ing dried out and more hit­ter-friendly in Den­ver’s thin air.

The Giants thought dif­fer­ent balls were be­ing used Fri­day night, so MLB di­rected um­pires to keep track of the balls go­ing from the hu­mi­dor into play.

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