Suspended NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems Friday, nearly two months after a Fox Sports cable snapped and injured fans and damaged some cars at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fox successfully used the CATCAM system at the Daytona 500 and the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte. said that the network had planned to use the Batcam system next weekend for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis and the Aug. 11 race at Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Revealed Olympic silver medalist Caster Semenya appears likely to miss next month’s world championships after she was left off an initial list of South African athletes to compete in Moscow. Semenya has been inactive for much of the season with a knee injury and ran this week for the first time since the London Olympics. Semenya won a lower-level 800 race in Finland on Wednesday in a sluggish 2 minutes, 6.58 seconds. She has only 10 days to clock a qualifying time of 2:00 or better to qualify for the worlds.

Acquired The San Francisco 49ers acquired cornerback Eric Wright in a trade with Tampa Bay that sends a conditional selection in the 2014 draft to the Buccaneers.

Extended The Outback Bowl extended its contract with the Big Ten by six years through the 2019 season. Big Ten teams have participated in the Tampa, Fla., bowl 24 times in the bowl’s 27-year history, including the past 20 years.

Re-signed The Green Bay Packers signed safety Morgan Burnett to a contract extension. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Burnett, a third-round pick from Georgia Tech in 2010, has started all 36 games in which he has appeared in three seasons with the team.

Resigned Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is stepping down following a recurrence of throat cancer. Club president Sandro Rosell says Vilanova’s treatment will be “incompatible” with staying on as coach of the Spanish champions.

Investigated Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle is the latest Jamaican athlete to confirm he is being investigated for doping. He said in a statement that his urine sample at the Jamaican trials last month revealed an adverse analytical finding. He says he did not knowingly or willfully take any banned substance and has requested an analysis of the “B” sample.

Died A former German prisoner of war who became Manchester City’s goalkeeper and helped the team win the FA Cup despite a broken neck for the last 17 minutes of the final, Bret Trautmann, has died, the German soccer federation said. He was 89. He died in La Llosa, Spain, on Friday.

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