Players, fans pay tribute to former 49ers coach Walsh

SAN FRANCISCO -- A grateful city said goodbye to Bill Walsh by making sure his name will stay forever linked to the field at Candlestick Park.

Hundreds gathered there to celebrate Walsh, who died of leukemia on July 30 at 75. Friday's service included a gospel choir singing "Amazing Graze" and a video recounting Walsh's achievements.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom told the crowd Friday the field at Monster Park would be named after Bill Walsh although the name of the stadium won't change.

"He shared his action, he shared his passion, and he made our lives better," Newsom said.

Several of the players key to Walsh's three Super Bowl championships with San Francisco -- Jerry Rice, Steve Young and Joe Montana -- attended the event.

• The Tennessee Titans got a court order that prohibits suspended cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones from participating in wrestling.

Jones was scheduled to make his debut with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on Sunday in a pay-per-view event titled "Hard Justice."

Citing its contract with Jones, the team said it asked a Tennessee court to intervene in order "to protect our rights in this instance."

"All NFL players have language in their contracts that prohibit them from engaging in activities 'which may involve a significant risk of personal injury,"' team spokesman Robbie Bohren said in a statement. "We certainly believe wrestling to be hazardous, and it is obvious from the player's conduct that he is ignoring this aspect of his agreements with the club."

• NBA-- Able to run and jump without pain for the first time in five years, Penny Hardaway insists there's still much he can do in the NBA.

The Miami Heat apparently agree.

Hardaway spoke Friday about his new contract with the Heat, one that comes with no financial guarantees for the 36-year-old who has battled knee problems for much of a career that once seemed destined for superstardom.

"I definitely have competitive juices flowing," Hardaway said. "The number one point for me coming back is to win a championship. I still love this game. It's not about the money. It's not about anything other than loving the game and wanting to win a ring and I'm just thankful that I'm able to play in an organization like the Miami Heat."

• MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -- If a minor league umpire refuses to allow Major League Baseball to perform credit checks, it might cost him a job in the big leagues.

Minor league umpires, just like their big league colleagues, are clashing over expanded background checks that the baseball commissioner's office wants to perform in the wake of the NBA's referee betting scandal.


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