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Former United States women's national team coach Greg Ryan
Former United States women's national team coach Greg Ryan (Julie Jacobson / AP)

Fires force Chargers to move practice

Reigning NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson was one of 40 members of the San Diego Chargers' organization who were forced to evacuate their homes as wildfires burned in San Diego County, and the team will spend the rest of the week practicing in Arizona. The Chargers, who had just returned from their bye week, canceled practice Monday due to poor air quality and so the players could take care of their families, spokesman Bill Johnston said.

Ryan out as coach

High expectations can create major repercussions. That was defender Cat Whitehill's reaction to the news Greg Ryan is out as the U.S. women's soccer coach. The decision came less than a month after his top-ranked team lost in the World Cup semifinals following a contentious goalie switch. "With the standards our team has set, if you don't win, it's hard to keep your job," Whitehill said Monday, a day after players and Ryan were informed of the move.

Series ticket demand crashes computers

The Colorado Rockies suspended World Series ticket sales Monday after overwhelming demand crashed their computer system. "Right now we're shutting the system down," club spokesman Jay Alves announced outside Coors Field, drawing boos from fans. "We expect to be online at some point." Monday, there were 8.5 million attempts to connect with the computers in the first 90 minutes after sales started, he said, and only several hundred tickets had been sold before the system had to be shut down.

Sore jaw keeps Kobayashi sidelined

Lingering jaw pain will keep speed eater Takeru Kobayashi from competing Sunday in the Krystal Square Off IV World Hamburger Eating Championship, a spokesman for the Chattanooga, Tenn.-based restaurant company said Monday. The upcoming hamburger eating contest in downtown Chattanooga will still match Joey Chestnut and Pat Bertoletti, the top ranked Major League Eaters in the world, and 11 other competitors, for the cash purse of $35,000, a statement from the restaurant company's promoters said. Kobayashi, 29, won all three previous Krystal Hamburger Eating Championships and holds a world record of consuming 97 of the small, square burgers in eight minutes. Kobayashi had a wisdom tooth extracted in June and received chiropractic treatment for a sore jaw before losing his championship in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating tussle at Coney Island in New York.