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POSTED July 27, 2012 10:39 p.m.

COLLEGES
STANFORD HIRES DELAWARE'S BERNARD MUIR AS NEW AD: STANFORD  (AP) — Stanford has hired Delaware's Bernard Muir as its new athletic director.

Stanford Provost John Etchemendy announced Muir's hiring Friday. He replaces Bob Bowlsby, who left last month after six years to become the new Big 12 commissioner.

Muir has almost 25 years of athletic administrative experience at Delaware, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Butler, Auburn and the NCAA. He has directed Delaware's athletic program since 2009 and was the athletic director at Georgetown from 2005 to 2009.

Muir will take over a Stanford program that has won the Directors' Cup 18 straight years and is enjoying a football renaissance. The award is given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the program with the most success in all sports.

BASEBALL

BONDS GRANTED 2-WEEK DELAY IN APPEAL: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Bonds has been granted a two-week delay in his appeal of his obstruction of justice conviction.

A day after Bonds' lawyers made the request, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday postponed the deadline for his reply brief from Aug. 2 to Aug. 16.

A jury found Bonds guilty in April 2011 of one count of obstruction of justice, finding he gave an evasive answer in 2003 to a grand jury investigating illegal steroids distribution. The trial jury deadlocked on three counts of making false statements, charges which then were dropped.

Major League Baseball's career home run leader was sentenced in December to 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and a $4,000 fine.

His initial brief was due March 21 and the government's response on April 20, but both sides obtained extensions.

AUTO RACING

BOURDAIS, POPOW WIN GRAND AM AT INDIANAPOLIS: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sebastien Bourdais took the lead with just over a half hour remaining, and held on to win the Grand Am Rolex Series race Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Bourdais held off a charge from Ricky Taylor on a restart with just over seven minutes left, and the three-hour timed event ended under yellow after a crash brought out a caution with just under five minutes remaining. The No. 2 Ford Riley was co-driven by Bourdais and Alex Popow.

As has become tradition in other races at the historic track, the winning drivers bent down to kiss the yard of bricks at the finish line after the race.

GOLF
LEWIS OF US HOLDS 1-SHOT LEAD AT EVIAN MASTERS: EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Stacy Lewis of the United States shot a 3-under 69 to keep the lead after the second round of the Evian Masters on Friday, one stroke ahead of South Korea's Ilhee Lee.

Lewis finished at 12 under, a day after shooting 63 in an opening round that included nine birdies.

"Today was actually a little bit of a struggle for me. I wasn't really sure how I would play coming off a good score yesterday," said Lewis, who is chasing her third LPGA Tour title of the year. "It's hard when you make pars and you feel like you're going backwards because of all the birdies I made yesterday."

Lewis seemed to pick up where she left off with a birdie on No. 4 and an eagle on No. 7. But she had bogeys on the 12th and 14th holes.

OLYMPICS
NBC DRAWS IRE FOR NOT STREAMING OLYMPICS CEREMONY: Even before NBC signed on for its coverage of the Summer Olympics in London on Friday, it drew a storm online for its decision not to stream the opening ceremony digitally. Despite the grumbling, it's a decision that may pay off for the network.

NBC Universal has promised to stream live online every athletic competition in the Summer Games for the first time. But the opening and closing ceremonies were always planned to be shown on tape delay, a network spokesman said. Coverage began shortly before 8 p.m. on the East Coast, about the same time that spectators in London — which is five hours ahead of New York time — were filing out of Olympic Stadium.

NBC Sports spokesman Christopher McCloskey said the ceremonies "are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them."

Many people took to Twitter to complain Friday that they felt cheated by the decision, and provided online links to other outlets, like the BBC, that were streaming the ceremony online.

 

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