San Francisco 49ers pick up linebacker Aldon Smith’s option
Encouraged by a face-to-face meeting with Aldon Smith, general manager Trent Baalke gave approval for the San Francisco 49ers to pick up the embattled linebacker’s 2015 option, a league source said.
49ers pick up Smith’s option
Encouraged by a face-to-face meeting with Aldon Smith, general manager Trent Baalke gave approval Friday for the San Francisco 49ers to pick up the embattled linebacker’s 2015 option, a league source told the Contra Costa Times.
Off-field issues called into question whether the 49ers would retain their rights to Smith beyond 2014, when his four-year rookie deal was set to expire.
With his option exercised, Smith’s $9.754 million salary for 2015 becomes fully guaranteed if he is on the roster on the first day of the next league year: March 11, 2015.
Smith, 24, has a May 12 date in Santa Clara County Superior Court for a status conference related to weapons charges and his alleged drunken-driving case. He has yet to be charged by the Los Angeles City Attorney after getting arrested April 16 at L.A. International Airport for allegedly making a fake-bomb threat.
In other contract-option developments, Cleveland exercised the $5.5 million option on defensive lineman Phil Taylor and Washington picked up an option for about $7 million on linebacker Ryan Kerrigan.
Johnson won’t face charges
Retired receiver Keyshawn Johnson, 40, won’t face charges in connection with his arrest last month after reports of a domestic-battery incident involving his ex-girlfriend at his Calabasas, Calif., home.
Johnson, who has worked as a TV football analyst, was taken into custody April 21 when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of possible spousal assault at his home. His former girlfriend reportedly told the investigator her finger was scratched during an argument over a phone.
A prosecutor said her injury was minor and appeared to be the result of accidental contact.
Jets’ Vick to wear No. 1
Michael Vick is the new No. 1 for the New York Jets. The 33-year-old quarterback, previously with the Philadelphia Eagles, chose earlier this week to wear No. 8 with his new team, but announced on Twitter he was going with jersey No. 1.
Vick had worn No. 7 since high school, but that jersey number belongs to Jets quarterback Geno Smith.
Cabrera, Flores share lead
Angel Cabrera shot a 3-under-par 69 and shares the lead with Martin Flores (68) at 9-under 135 after two rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship, a PGA Tour event at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, N.C.
Justin Rose (67) was at 8 under.
Ryan Moore (71) of Puyallup was tied for 17th place at 3 under. Michael Putnam (69) from University Place was tied for 30th at 2 under. Kevin Chappell (70), who owns a home in Kirkland, was tied for 39th at 1 under and Kyle Stanley (71) of Gig Harbor was tied for 59th at 1 over.
Former Washington Huskies player Richard H. Lee (75-71—146) missed the cut by one stroke.
Langer, Bryant are tied
Bernhard Langer birdied the final six holes for a share of the first-round lead with Bart Bryant at 6-under 66 in the Insperity Invitational, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour in The Woodlands, Texas.
Seattle native Fred Couples (69) was tied for seventh place.
Putnam, Prugh press leader
Carlos Ortiz was at 10 under with six holes to play in the second round when play was suspended because of darkness at the South Georgia Classic, a Web.com Tour event in Valdosta, Ga.
Andrew Putnam of University Place was third at 7 under with five holes left in his second round. Ex-UW Husky Alex Prugh (68) of Spokane was tied for fourth at 6 under.
Lee, Masson are tied for first
Meena Lee shot a season-best 64 and Caroline Masson had her second straight 67 to share the lead in the North Texas LPGA Shootout in Irving, Texas.
At 8-under 134, Lee and Masson were one stroke ahead of Stacy Lewis (64) and Natalie Gulbis (65).
• Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0) is expected to beat challenger Marcos Maidana (35-3) in Saturday night’s welterweight-title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
• Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, 55, is recovering from right-hip replacement surgery, school officials said.
• Guard Seth Allen is leaving the Maryland basketball program after averaging 10 points in two seasons.
• D.C. United forward Eddie Johnson, a former Sounders FC player, was fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Soccer for putting his hands to the face and head of FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd in a match Saturday.
• U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay has accepted a one-year suspension after testing positive for a banned substance nearly a year ago. He returned the silver medal he won in the men’s 400-meter relay at the 2012 London Olympics.
• Frank Budd, who once held the world record in the 100-yard dash, died Tuesday in Marlton, N.J., on Tuesday. He was 74.
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