Lynch gets court date for charge
NFL: Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence in Northern California.
Lynch was charged by the Alameda County district attorney with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher. Lynch has a court date on Aug. 14, which is in the middle of Seahawks training camp.
But Lynch’s attorney, Ivan Golde, told The Associated Press that he feels the case could get thrown out or reduced because of discrepancies in blood-alcohol tests.
Golde’s contention is that Lynch was not at the California legal limit of .08 when he was pulled over in Emeryville, Calif., on Saturday and tested at the scene.
Golde noted that Lynch’s level was higher when he was tested on a calibrated breathalyzer later at the jail.
• Ex-49er dies: Former 49ers defensive end Cleveland Elam, a two-time Pro Bowl selection who had a team-high 17.5 sacks in 1976, has died. He was 60.
• Indy ponders bid for Super Bowl: The city of Indianapolis, flush from the economic and public relations successes of this year’s Super Bowl, wants to host the big game again in 2018.
Lakers improve bench by signing Jamison
NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers took a strong step toward improving one of the worst reserve units in the league, agreeing to terms with free-agent forward Antawn Jamison.
In other NBA news:
• The Toronto Raptors signed Lithuanian 7-footer Jonas Valanciunas, the fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft.
• Portland matched Minnesota’s four-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million for swingman Nicolas Batum.
• Cleveland star guard Kyrie Irving had surgery on the hand he broke during summer league practice and should be ready for the start of training camp.
Pittsburgh, Big East reach settlement
Miscellany: Pittsburgh and the Big East announced that the school will pay $7.5 million to join Syracuse in leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1.
• United States women win: Maya Moore scored 18 points as the U.S. women’s basketball team overcome a sluggish start to beat Britain 88-63 in an exhibition game at Manchester, England.
• Ortiz put on DL: The Boston Red Sox placed designated hitter David Ortiz on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right Achilles tendon.