McNeill signs with Chargers
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.