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Bills linebacker Alonso hurts knee while working out

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Starting linebacker Kiko Alonso sustained what the Buffalo Bills fear to be a serious knee injury while working out in Oregon.

General manager Doug Whaley announced Alonso had been hurt, in a statement released by the team Tuesday night.

"We do not have the details at this point, but early indications are that it may be significant," Whaley said.

Alonso's agent, Stephen Caric, said he was unable to comment.

It's unclear when or how the injury occurred. During the team's mandatory minicamp two weeks ago, Alonso had indicated he planned to spend part of the offseason working out at Oregon, where he played college and maintains a home.

Alonso was an NFL defensive rookie of the year contender last season after being drafted Buffalo in the second round out of Oregon. He led Buffalo with 159 tackles, two fumble recoveries and tied for the team lead with four interceptions while barely missing a snap in playing all 16 games.


No charges for 49ers' Smith in L.A. airport incident

LOS ANGELES — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will not face charges related to his arrest earlier this year at Los Angeles International Airport.

The city attorney's office said in a statement Tuesday that it declined to charge the 24-year-old but will require him to come to a meeting to discuss what happened and be admonished about applicable laws.

Smith was taken into custody April 13 after authorities said he became belligerent during a random security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office subsequently referred the case to the city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration. In May, Smith pleaded no contest in San Francisco to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.


BASEBALL

Court to reconsider Barry Bonds' felony conviction

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court says it will reconsider Barry Bonds' felony conviction for obstruction of justice.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a special panel of 11 judges will review a 2011 jury verdict finding Major League Baseball's all-time home run leader guilty of giving evasive testimony to a grand jury investigating elite athletes' use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Arguments have been scheduled for the week of Sept. 15 in San Francisco.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit last year upheld the conviction, which stems from a rambling answer Bonds gave in response to a question about whether he received injections from anyone other than his doctor.

Bonds has already served his sentence of 30 days' house arrest and paid a $4,100 fine.

Compiled from wire reports


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