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POSTED August 31, 2012 9:52 p.m.

FOOTBALL

QB JOSH JOHNSON AMONG THOSE CUT BY 49ERS: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The reuniting of Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Josh Johnson didn't last long.

Johnson was among 21 players cut by the San Francisco 49ers on Friday as the defending NFC West champions trimmed their roster to the 53-man limit for the start of the regular season — a day after he threw a pair of touchdown passes in a 35-3 victory over the San Diego Chargers in the final preseason game.

Harbaugh took a chance on the undersized Johnson at San Diego, developing the 5-foot-11, 145-pound Oakland Tech prep star into a record-setting college QB.

Running back and special teams standout Anthony Dixon made the team, while Rock Cartwright became the odd man out ahead of the opener Sept. 9 at Green Bay. Former Stanford star Chris Owusu also was cut.

RAIDERS REDUCE ROSTER TO 53: ALAMEDA  (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have placed starting weakside linebacker Aaron Curry on the physically unable to perform list and cut returner Roscoe Parrish to get down to the 53-man roster limit.

The Raiders waived 17 other players Friday and placed tight end Tory Humphrey (hamstring), punter Marquette King (toe) and safety Brandon Underwood (hip, groin) on the reserve-injured list to cut the roster down from 75.

The other players waived are linebackers Nathan Stupar, Kaelin Burnett and Chad Kilgore; receivers Derek Carrier, Brandon Carswell, Eddie McGee and Travionte Session; offensive linemen Kevin Haslam, Nick Howell, Dan Knapp and Colin Miller; defensive linemen Hall Davis and Dominique Hamilton; tight end Kyle Efaw; running back Lonyae Miller, safety Curtis Taylor and kicker Eddy Carmona.

BASEBALL

GIANTS TO ACTIVATE HUFF AND PENNY FROM 15-DAY DL: CHICAGO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants announced several roster moves after Friday's 6-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The transactions will take effect when rosters expand from 25 players to 40 on Saturday.

First baseman Aubrey Huff and right-handed relievers Brad Penny and Shane Loux will be activated from the 15-day disabled list, first baseman Brett Pill will be recalled from Triple-A Fresno, and the contracts of outfielder Xavier Nady and right-handed reliever Jean Machi will be purchased from Fresno.

Second baseman Freddy Sanchez will be transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said further roster moves are to be announced.

The first-place Giants finish their six-game road trip this weekend against the Cubs before heading home to face division-rivals Arizona and Los Angeles.

GOLF

WOOD HAS BEST OPENING  ROUND IN 3 YEARS: NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round in three years Friday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. It still wasn't enough to be low man in Sean Foley's coaching stable.

Seung-yul Noh, a rising star from South Korea in his first season on the PGA Tour, ran off four straight birdies early in his round and closed with back-to-back birdies on the TPC Boston for a 9-under 62.

That gave him a one-shot lead over Chris Kirk, whose 23 putts included an eagle on the new 18th hole.

Woods wasn't too shabby. He stirred up a big gallery on a glorious summer day in New England with six straight birdies, which featured four putts of at least 12 feet and flop shot executed so perfectly that it cleared a steep bunker and landed in an area of the green no larger than a hula hoop. His lone bogey on the final hole gave him a 7-under 64, putting him in a three-way tie for third with Jeff Overton and Ryan Moore.

CYCLING

CUMMINGS WINS 13TH VUELTA STAGE, RODRIGUEZ LEADS: FERROL, Spain (AP) — Stephen Cummings won the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Friday, and Joaquin Rodriguez maintained his overall lead.

Rodriguez stayed 13 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador and 51 seconds ahead of Tour de France runner-up Christopher Froome of Britain.

 

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