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49ers name Tollner quarterbacks coach

The 49ers made Ted Tollner their quarterbacks coach Wednesday, promoting the veteran assistant who gave a boost to the club's struggling offense late last year.

Tollner's new title also includes a designation as "assistant to the head coach," Mike Nolan. San Francisco also hired Adam Gase as an offensive assistant.

Tollner, the former USC coach and longtime NFL offensive assistant, rejoined the 49ers' staff in late November for the final six games.

MLB umps angry over background checks

Umpires are livid that Major League Baseball has sent investigators to their hometowns, asking neighbors a series of questions that include whether the ump belongs to the Ku Klux Klan. "The questions that we found out are being asked are about beating wives, marijuana use and extravagant parties," World Umpires Association president John Hirschbeck said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "And then finally with this whole thing about the Ku Klux Klan. You get someone from security, shows his credentials and starts asking these kind of questions, and right away what's the neighbor going to think other than the umpire is in trouble, he's done something wrong and he's going to lose his job." Baseball stepped up background checks last August, after it became public that the FBI was investigating NBA referee Tim Donaghy for betting on games.

Zuma doesn't appear with Tyson at event

Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa's ruling ANC, withdrew from a charity fund-raising banquet in Johannesburg honoring former boxer Mike Tyson on Wednesday after being criticized by women's groups in South Africa. In a country with one of the highest rates of rape, Zuma was found not guilty of raping a family friend two years ago. Tyson served a three-year sentence for the 1991 rape of an 18-year-old beauty queen in Indiana. Reporters arriving at the event were handed a statement from organizers saying Zuma "had been called away on urgent ANC business."

Wrestling coach bit player, will resign

A Pittsburgh high school wrestling coach accused of biting a wrestler in the leg has agreed to resign rather than face possible criminal charges, police said. Mike Marshall bit the Central Cambria High wrestler at practice on Jan. 21, Cambria Township police Officer James McGough said. The student did not want to prosecute and opted to drop the matter if Marshall agreed to resign. Marshall's attorney, John D. Messina, said the incident was "completely innocent" and not malicious.