Chargers star has car stolen, torched
If anyone ever said San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman had a hot ride, this is probably not what they meant. Someone stole, then torched, a $180,000 Mercedes-Benz owned by Merriman. San Diego police spokesman Gary Hassen said officers found the 2006 Mercedes, which was perched on milk crates with its wheels missing, ablaze in the Emerald Hills neighborhood of San Diego last week. Merriman, 23, who lives in the Scripps Ranch area, hadn't reported the car stolen. No one has been arrested.
NFL opener to move for Republicans?
The NFL's Thursday night season opener will match the Washington Redskins and the Super Bowl-champion New York Giants, with the game possibly starting 1½ hours earlier to avoid clashing with the Republican National Convention. The game is now scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PDT on Sept. 4 -- the concluding night of the GOP convention -- and will be televised by NBC. League spokesman Greg Aiello said Wednesday that the NFL is talking with the network about changing the game's starting time to 7 p.m. The Super Bowl winner usually hosts the game. The Redskins' participation was confirmed by a person familiar with the NFL schedule who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced it.
Jordan's jersey still No. 1 seller in NBA
Michael Jordan is still on top as the NBA's leading salesman five years after he retired. Jordan has the best-selling jersey in the history of the NBA Store, the league announced Wednesday in kicking off plans for its anniversary celebration. Kobe Bryant was second, followed by Allen Iverson. Like Jordan, they also changed uniform numbers or teams, creating more interest in their jerseys. LeBron James was fourth and Shaquille O'Neal rounded out the top five. The remainder of the list included: Tracy McGrady, Dwyane Wade, Jason Kidd, Vince Carter and Tim Duncan. The top-10 list was the first of activities planned over the next six months, leading up to the store's 10th anniversary.