California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants the jobs of athletic directors at the state's public universities to be tied more to the academic performance of athletes.

Newsom outlined his plan in letters sent to Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, and California State University System Chancellor Timothy White. Three state public schools -- Cal, Fresno State and Sacramento State -- are all searching for new ADs.

In the letter to Napolitano, Newsom noted the Cal football team's past two NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures -- 48 percent in 2013 and 44 percent in 2012. "If our goal as a university is to educate, then we should make it a contractual priority," Newsom wrote.

  • Oklahoma freshman running back Joe Mixon, the school's top recruit out of Freedom High-Oakley, was charged with misdemeanor assault, accused of knocking a woman unconscious with a punch that also broke several bones in her face.

    Mixon hasn't participated in team activities since July 25, when Norman police say the incident occurred at a restaurant. The alleged victim told police Mixon directed a homosexual slur at her friend and there was an argument. According to surveillance video, the woman slapped Mixon, and he reacted by punching her.

  • Brian Ragira hit two home runs, and the San Jose Giants held on for an 11-10 win at Stockton.

    The Ports scored seven times in the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Lollis, Tyler Horan and Daniel Carbonell also homered for the Giants.


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    San Jose moved into the North Division wild-card lead for the first time since July 25. The Giants are one game ahead of Visalia with 16 games remaining.

  • Former Stanford star Melissa Seidemann and current Cardinal Maggie Steffens had three goals each as the United States beat Singapore 24-0 in the quarterfinals of the FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup.

  • Promoter Dan Goossen filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Oakland's Andre Ward in Los Angeles Superior Court in response to the boxer's suit last week.

  • San Jose State assistant women's golf coach Dana Dormann shot a 77 at the Legends Championship, eight strokes off the lead.

    MZ Sports and wire services contributed to this report.