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49ers part ways with Elvis Dumervil


49ers part ways with Elvis Dumervil

The 49ers on Friday informed veteran pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil the club will not pick up the 2018 option on his contract, the club announced.

“I want to thank Elvis for everything he contributed to our team last year both on the field and throughout our building,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement.

“Not only did he bring a great deal of veteran leadership to our locker room at a time of significant change, but he provided a spark to our defense. Although Elvis isn’t in our current plans, we would never close the door on a potential return in the future. As a long-time friend, I wish him and his family well.”

Dumervil was scheduled to earn $2.75 million in base salary with another $750,000 in roster bonuses. Dumervil led the 49ers with 6.5 sacks last season, but it was not certain he would make the team this year. Additionally, Dumervil does not play special teams.

Dumervil, 34, who broke into the NFL in 2006 with the Denver Broncos, has 105.5 career sacks in his career, which included four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.

The 49ers picked up the 2018 the $1.05 million option on outside linebacker Dekoda Watson. He can also make $250,000 in roster and workout bonuses. Watson is one of the 49ers’ core special-teams players.

The 49ers tendered running back Raheem Mostert a one-year contract as an exclusive-rights free agent. Mostert, a three-year veteran, was the team’s top special teams player before sustaining a knee injury and going on injured reserve in late-November. He carried six times for 30 yards in 11 games last season.

Simon Pagenaud holds off Alexander Rossi for first Indianapolis 500 win


Simon Pagenaud holds off Alexander Rossi for first Indianapolis 500 win

The month of May has been kind to Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud.

Two weeks after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix, the 35-year-old from France won his first career Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Pagenaud, who celebrated his birthday on May 18, beat out Alexander Rossi to capture the checked flag.

With one-and-a-quarter laps to go, Pagenaud passed Rossi for the lead and never gave it back.

Here's the thrilling finish, which was broadcast on NBC for the first time:

Will Power, the defending Indy 500 champion, finished fifth.

Pagenaud was so excited after his win that he dumped the entire bottle of milk over his head. When he tried to take a sip, there was nothing left.

Shortly after his big win, Pagenaud tweeted about the accomplishment, saying "Dreams do come true."

Pagenaud and his team capped off the memorable day by kissing the bricks. Must have been sweet.

Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched


Kentucky Derby 2019 post positions: Draw, lineup with Omaha Beach scratched

The 145th Kentucky Derby won't have its prohibitive favorite

Omaha Beach (4-1 favorite entering today) will not race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and Bodexpress (30-1) will enter the field instead. The favorite was set to run in the No. 12 post position, but Omaha Beach's late scratch means Code of Honor (12-1) will run in the vacated post, the Kentucky Derby announced Wednesday on Twitter. 

In fact, all horses in posts 13 through 20 will move in one position as Bodexpress runs from the No. 20 post. Here are the fully updated post positions for Saturday's race. 

1. War of Will (15-1)
2, Tax (20-1)
3. By My Standards (15-1)
4. Gray Magician (50-1)
5. Improbable (5-1)
6. Vekoma (15-1)
7. Maximum Security (8-1)
8. Tacitus (8-1)
9. Plus Que Parfait (30-1)
10. Cutting Humor (30-1)
11. Haikal (30-1)
12. Code of Honor (12-1)
13. Win Win Win (12-1)
14. Master Fencer (50-1)
15. Game Winner (9-2)
16. Roadster (5-1)
17. Long Range Toddy (30-1)
18. Spinoff (30-1)
19. Country House (30-1)
20. Bodexpress (30-1)