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FOOTBALL

Niners management to bolster
security at Candlestick Park

After violence marred a preseason game against the archrival Oakland Raiders, the San Francisco 49ers moved Monday to strengthen security at Candlestick Park by banning tailgating after kickoff and warning fans that rowdy behavior won’t be tolerated.

In addition, 49ers CEO Jed York said he will recommend to the NFL that the annual preseason battle between the Niners and Raiders be put off next year.

“This is a game where you have a rivalry situation, and unfortunately, you have the worst segment from a very small segment of both fan bases that come and brings about this type of event,” York said at the stadium.

San Francisco police, Mayor Ed Lee and 49ers officials also said officers will set up DUI checkpoints near the stadium after games and strictly forbid alcohol consumption at that time.

Earlier Monday, Lee said he was horrified as he watched violent fan confrontations at the game. Lee attended Saturday’s game with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, and both witnessed the brawling firsthand as spectators.

Two men who were initially listed as seriously injured in the violence were upgraded to fair condition, a hospital spokesperson said.

Also: The probe into the University of Miami is growing, with the school looking into the eligibility of 15 athletes who might have accepted improper benefits from a rogue booster.

Miami president Donna Shalala did not reveal any names of the players under investigation as she released a video statement. The booster, convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro, told Yahoo! Sports for an article published last week that 12 current football players and one men’s basketball player got money, gifts and other items from him.

“We cannot let the actions of some define the many,” Shalala said.

The football players who were named by Shapiro in interviews with Yahoo! Sports included quarterback Jacory Harris. Shapiro also alleged to Yahoo! Sports that he paid $10,000 to ensure that basketball player DeQuan Jones signed with the Hurricanes.

Louisiana State starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three of his teammates decided to meet with police at an undisclosed time and location today.

Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Stone announced that the meeting would take place and said authorities are keeping the details secret to ensure “the integrity of the investigation is not hampered or disturbed.”

Police have asked Jefferson, along with offensive lineman Chris Davenport, defensive lineman Josh Johns and receiver Jarvis Landry, to offer their recollection of a fight Thursday night.

Four people were injured in the scuffle, none of them players, and one person’s injuries were serious enough that two players could face felony battery charges, Stone said.

The 2012 Fiesta Bowl was moved up three days to Jan. 2 and will be played right after the Rose Bowl.

BASKETBALL

Man selling marijuana claims
beating at Randolph’s home

A man who went to the West Linn, Ore., home of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph to sell marijuana said he was beaten with a pool cue in a dispute over the price of pot.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, told sheriff’s deputies at least three men assaulted him but Randolph was not among them. No arrests have been made, and authorities said none were expected.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Rhodes said Randolph was in his home outside Portland when the beating occurred early Saturday. The victim was treated for head and face injuries and released from a hospital later that afternoon, when he called police.

Officers served a search warrant early Sunday. They spoke with 10 people in the home at the time and recovered pool cues and blood evidence. They did not find drugs in the home.

Also: Former UNLV basketball player Ron Wielochowski died Aug. 16 after complications following a stroke. He was 73.

Wielochowski, a 6-foot guard from Camden, N.J., played for the Rebels from 1964 through 1966. He averaged 7.2 points as a junior while battling a knee injury and came back to average 11.1 points his senior season.

Wielochowski stayed in Las Vegas after graduating from UNLV. He worked in the casino industry and later went into private business. He also worked for several charitable organizations, most notably the Candlelighters Association, Child Haven and Wednesday’s Child.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.

Former Brigham Young basketball star Jimmer Fredette will be reunited with coach Dave Rose as they take on another group of NBA rookies coached by San Diego State coach Steve Fisher.

The games are set for Sept. 21 at the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City and Sept. 22 at Provo’s Marriott Center.

MISCELLANEOUS

Woods might add fall tourney;
Las Vegas remains possibility

Tiger Woods said he is thinking about adding another PGA Tour event to his schedule.

Woods failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs that start this week in New Jersey for the top 125 players in the standings, meaning he is ineligible for tour events until October.

He said on his website that he might add a tournament in the Fall Series.

“Right now, I’m looking at my options,” Woods said.

The Fall Series, which has four events, begins in Las Vegas on Sept. 29. Woods won the Las Vegas tournament in 1996 for his first PGA Tour victory.

UNLV sophomore Blake Biddle and Las Vegan John Hahn were tied for the lead after the opening round of the U.S. Amateur Championship in Erin, Wis.

Biddle shot 5-under-par 67 at the par-72 Erin Hills Golf Club, and Hahn shot 5-under 65 at the par-70 Blue Mound Golf and Country Club. Gregor Mann of Danville, Calif., also shot 65 at Blue Mound to share the lead with Biddle and Hahn.

UNLV junior Kevin Penner and Coronado High School senior AJ McInerney finished their first rounds with 1-under 69s at Blue Mound. Boulder City’s Joseph Harrison had a 6-over 76, and UNLV senior Derek Ernst shot 77 at Blue Mound.

J.B. Holmes withdrew from The Barclays in Edison, N.J., as he prepares to have brain surgery. The 29-year-old golfer was diagnosed with structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. He has been dealing with vertigo-like symptoms since May.

The agent for Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby refuted a Canadian television report that said the former NHL Most Valuable Player has suffered a setback in his recovery from a pair of concussions. CTV News reported Crosby suspended his training after suffering a recurrence of concussion-like symptoms and wouldn’t be ready when the Penguins open camp next month.

Brandon Miller homered in the bottom of the first inning and combined with starter Landon Breon on a no-hitter to lead the Little League World Series’ hometown favorites from Clinton County, Pa., to a 10-0 rout of Lafayette, La., in South Williamsport, Pa.

In other games, Warner Robins, Ga., beat LaGrange, Ky., 8-5; British Columbia beat Taiwan, 5-3; Japan beat Saudi Arabia, 13-4; and Aruba shut out Rapid City, S.D., 5-0.

 

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