49ers’ Aldon Smith won’t be charged in airport incident
Linebacker Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers will not face charges related to his arrest earlier this year at Los Angeles International Airport. He allegedly threatened he had a bomb.
Smith will not be charged for incident at airport in L.A.
Linebacker Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers will not face charges related to his arrest earlier this year at Los Angeles International Airport.
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday it declined to charge the 24-year-old but will require him to come to a meeting to discuss what happened and be admonished about applicable laws.
Smith was taken into custody April 13 after authorities said he became belligerent during a random security screening and threatened he had a bomb.
Meanwhile, Smith will be sentenced July 25 in Santa Clara Superior Court after pleading no contest in May to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of DUI. Some form of league suspension for Smith is considered likely.
Cowboys deal for McClain
The Dallas Cowboys have acquired the rights to former Baltimore linebacker Rolando McClain and are placing linebacker Sean Lee, who is recovering from a torn knee ligament, on season-ending injured reserve.
Dallas will send a sixth-round pick in next year’s draft to the Ravens and get a seventh-round selection in return.
The Oakland Raiders made McClain, a college standout at Alabama, the eighth player drafted in 2010. Off-the-field issues, including multiple arrests, shortened his career. He has been retired and last played in a game in 2012.
McClain, 24, made 246 tackles in 41 games for Oakland.
Bills’ Alonso has knee injury
Starting linebacker Kiko Alonso of the Buffalo Bills tore a knee ligament while working out in Oregon and is expected to miss the season, a source told ESPN. Alonso, 23, played college ball at Oregon.
North Carolina is sued
A former North Carolina learning specialist who questioned the literacy level of Tar Heels athletes and alleged UNC had committed academic misconduct has filed a civil lawsuit against the school.
Mary Willingham resigned after the spring semester. But according to a suit filed Monday, she was demoted and school officials retaliated against her after she raised concerns such as low reading levels for athletes and the existence of “paper classes” requiring a mere one research paper at semester’s end — which she contends helped keep athletes eligible.
Willingham is seeking to be reinstated to her job and damages of at least $10,000.
Track and field
Pistorius’ agent testifies
Oscar Pistorius had a heightened concern for his personal safety and was making plans to take girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on international trips shortly before he fatally shot her, his agent testified at the double-amputee runner’s murder trial in Pretoria, South Africa.
The defense called Peet van Zyl to the stand in an attempt to bolster Pistorius’ account he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, providing testimony about a loving relationship and a fear of crime that might have pushed him to fire through a closed toilet door.
The prosecution maintains Pistorius, 27, intentionally killed Steenkamp in his home after an argument Feb. 14, 2013.
Van Zyl said he was assisting Pistorius in plans to take Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and reality-TV personality, to races in Britain and Brazil, and a concert in Italy.
Major League Soccer
Orlando welcomes Kaká
Former Brazilian standout Kaká, 32, was formally introduced as Orlando City’s first MLS designated player.
“I said a few times that one day I’d like to play in America, in MLS,” said Kaká, who signed a 3½-year contract for an undisclosed sum with the team that begins league play next year.
The former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder was voted world player of the year in 2007.
• Golfer Tom Watson will get one more chance at St. Andrews in the British Open.
The R&A extended the exemption of Watson, 64, allowing him to play one more time in 2015 when the event returns to the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. Watson holds the Open record for winning on five links courses — Carnoustie, Turnberry, Muirfield, Royal Troon and Royal Birkdale.
But he has not won at the Home of Golf.
“I’ll be there if I have to drag myself,” Watson said.
• Tina Charles scored a season-high 28 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the host New York Liberty to a 90-74 WNBA victory over Tulsa.
• Becky Hammon scored 18 points to help the San Antonio Stars edge Connecticut 74-71, extending their road winning streak to five games.
In other WNBA games, Karima Christmas scored 18 points as Indiana won 77-70 at Atlanta and Jamierra Faulkner had 27 points to lead Chicago past host Los Angeles 90-83.
• Portland Meadows is going back to a fall/winter schedule, ending a two-year experiment with summer Thoroughbred racing. The 36-day racing season will start Oct. 12 and run through Feb. 11.
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