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The Seattle Seahawks have downgraded running back Marshawn Lynch and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane to out for tonight's game against the Detroit Lions.
Seattle announced the status changes following the team's walk-through practice yesterday. Lynch and Mebane had both been listed as questionable after Saturday's final practice.
Lynch injured one of his hamstrings late in the first half of Seattle's 26-0 win over Chicago last Sunday. Mebane suffered a groin injury against the Bears and did not practice all week.
BMX track receives poor grade
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):
The BMX track for next year's Rio Olympics hosted its first test event yesterday but received a poor grade from riders.
The two-day test event was reduced to one day after some of the world's top riders declined to race on Saturday, citing dangerous jumps and curves.
Rio Organisers tried to modify the track for yesterday, but both men and women wound up using the women's circuit as the men's course was deemed too risky.
Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Carlos Nuzman, head of the Rio organising committee, both said problems should be blamed on the world governing body of cycling, which they said had approved the track.
Officials promised both layouts will be ready in 10 months when the Olympics open.
SUNDERLAND, England (AP):
Dick Advocaat has quit struggling Sunderland, becoming the first Premier League manager this season to leave his job.
The experienced Dutch coach stepped down with Sunderland winless after eight league games.
The 68-year-old Advocaat was initially hired on a two-month deal last season and, after saving the team from relegation in May, he had a change of heart and decided to stay for a season. Now he is leaving without compensation.