- - Monday, June 4, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said it hopes to complete its investigation of sexual assault allegations involving San Francisco Giants slugger Pablo Sandoval by the end of this week, then determine whether to file charges.

Deputy Sheriff April Skalland says detectives are interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence, though analysis of some forensic evidence could take longer than a week. Skalland says the accuser is a 21-year-old woman who lives in Santa Cruz County.

Sandoval, 25, met with authorities Friday after the incident that led to the investigation. He is scheduled to play a rehab game for Class-A San Jose as he works back from left hand surgery.


Lakers exercise option, keep Bynum

LOS ANGELES — The Lakers have exercised their $16.1 million contract option for next season on Andrew Bynum. The All-Star center is coming off his best NBA season after averaging career highs with 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds while making his first All-Star team, starting for the West.

Bynum was the NBA’s third-leading rebounder and 20th-leading scorer while also ranking sixth in the league with 1.93 blocked shots per game.


Meyer suspends two expected starters

COLUMBUS, Ohio— Two expected starters for Urban Meyer’s first Ohio State team have been suspended from the team.

Ohio State issued a statement saying that Meyer had suspended senior tight end Jake Stoneburner and junior offensive tackle Jack Mewhort after they were arrested by police on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. The school said it had no further comment.

Stoneburner and Mewhort were arrested around 2:30 a.m. Saturday by police in Shawnee Hills, northwest of Columbus, near Muirfield Village Golf Club, where the Memorial Tournament was being held.


Guatemala, U.S. will play qualifier in K.C.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Guatemala will play the United States in the final semifinal match of qualifying for the World Cup on Oct. 14 at the home of MLS club Sporting Kansas City.

The U.S. opens its campaign for the 2014 World Cup on June 8 against Antigua & Barbuda in Tampa, Fla. The men’s national team is already scheduled to face Guatemala on June 23 at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, and Jamaica on Sept. 11 in Columbus, Ohio.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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