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AP Source: Free agent Hayward to meet with Cavs PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:22
CLEVELAND (AP) — Gordon Hayward once named Cleveland his least favorite NBA city. He might have to change his mind.
Utah’s restricted free agent small forward has scheduled a meeting with the Cavaliers, who have turned their sights to improving their roster after getting All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to agree to a contract extension.
Hayward agreed Wednesday to meet with team officials, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Cavs are not commenting during the NBA’s 10-day free agency moratorium.
The Cavs have an interest in Hayward and wanted to bring the 24-year-old in for preliminary talks, said the person. Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 assists and 5.1 rebounds last season, his fourth with the Jazz, who selected the 6-foot-8 former Butler star with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2010 draft.
If the Cavs choose to sign Hayward to an offer sheet, under NBA rules the Jazz will have three days to match it. Utah has expressed a willingness to keep Hayward.
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Bucks owners admit errors made in luring Kidd PDF Print E-mail
Written by ANDREW WAGNER, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:21
MILWAUKEE (AP) — New Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens admit they may have made some errors in luring Jason Kidd to Milwaukee.
That doesn’t mean they aren’t happy to have him as the Bucks’ new coach.
“Our one goal is to hire people to run it, that know what they’re doing,” Edens said. “Jason is someone I’ve admired as a player. He did a great job managing the Nets this year and we think he’s the best young coaching talent in basketball.”
Kidd, who was formally introduced Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, said there were no hard feelings over his abrupt and surprising departure from Brooklyn, where he won 44 games and reached the second round of the playoffs as a first-year head coach.
Kidd dismissed the suggestion that he left after being turned down in seeking control of the Nets’ basketball operations department.  And he said he had no plans to seek a similar role in Milwaukee, where general manager John Hammond is under contract through the 2015-16 season.
“They are not true,” Kidd said. “It’s not about power. You guys ran with that. It’s not about power. As I was introduced, I’m the coach.”
Brooklyn agreed Monday to deal Kidd to Milwaukee for second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019. The Bucks fired Larry Drew, who had no indication he wouldn’t be back for a second season. The whole affair was messy and played out in the media for days before the deal was announced, overshadowing the positive buzz surrounding the Bucks’ selection of Duke star Jabari Parker with the No. 2 overall draft pick.
Lasry said it was wrong to not bring Hammond into the loop earlier in the process, which began last week when the owners sought permission from the Nets to speak with Kidd. Lasry and Kidd are friends.
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Hunter drives in 3, Tigers sweep Athletics 9-3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:19
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander knows he isn’t going to make a sixth straight All-Star team.
A few more performances like the one Wednesday might mean he’s heading in the right direction, however.
Verlander overcame a pair of long home runs in the first inning and left with a comfortable lead after the sixth as the Detroit Tigers beat the Oakland Athletics 9-3 for a three-game sweep.
Verlander (7-7) started the day looking like the pitcher who has been searching for his mechanics for most of the season. Coco Crisp began the game with a shot over the access tunnel down the right-field line, and Brandon Moss went even deeper into the right-field stands with two out.
That, though, was the last time the A’s scored off the pitcher who has dominated them in each of the last two postseasons. Verlander wasn’t sharp, allowing nine hits, but he didn’t walk a batter.
“I didn’t make a big adjustment, I just got more into my rhythm,” he said. “My changeup wasn’t good, but I was able to throw my slider to lefties, where usually that’s just fastball and curve.”
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Patriots: Team owes Aaron Hernandez nothing PDF Print E-mail
Written by DENISE LAVOIE, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:21
BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots don’t owe “another penny” to former tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in three killings, a team lawyer told a judge Wednesday.
Attorney Andrew Phelan said the team terminated its contract with Hernandez shortly after he was charged last year in the death of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.  He said the team does not believe it owes Hernandez a $3.25 million contract signing bonus.
“The Patriots believe under the terms of that contract that they owe not another penny to Mr. Hernandez,” Phelan said during a hearing in Suffolk Superior Court on wrongful death lawsuits filed by the families of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, two Boston men prosecutors say were also killed by Hernandez.
The families’ lawyer, William Kennedy, asked for an order barring the Patriots from paying Hernandez the $3.25 million if the team is ever ordered to do so by an arbitrator. According to the lawsuit filed by Kennedy, Hernandez has filed a grievance seeking the money, plus $82,000 he says is owed to him by the team.
But Judge Bonnie MacLeod said the team is already subject to a similar order in the Lloyd case and accepted a signed stipulation from the Patriots. The agreement says The Patriots will inform the court if an arbitrator orders them to pay Hernandez and will be subject to any further orders from the court on the matter, Kennedy said.
Kennedy also asked to add the Patriots organization as a defendant in the lawsuit. He said his primary goal in adding the team was to be able to get information on the terms of Hernandez’s contract with the Patriots in an effort to try to secure assets for the families in the event they are awarded damages by a jury. Each family is asking for $6 million in damages.
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Updated,Indians rally with 3 in 8th to beat Dodgers 5-4 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JOE RESNICK, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 19:18
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Cleveland Indians had plenty to talk about on the flight home at the end of a 4-4 road trip.
There were back-to-back losses in one-hit shutouts, and a rare 7-2-4 triple play that required two video replays to confirm. There was also the three-run eighth inning they had against Brian Wilson on Wednesday, which Mike Aviles capped with a two-run single en route to a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“We went 4-4, but it seems like we were gone a month,” manager Terry Francona said. “It’s been a long trip, and this was a good way to end it. We won a tough game. That was a good one to win.”
After Scott Atchison gave up a solo homer by Scott Van Slyke in the eighth, Cody Allen got four outs for his eighth save. He retired Matt Kemp on a flyball to the warning track with the potential tying and winning runs in scoring position.
Ryan Raburn homered off Hyun-Jin Ryu, who was lifted after seven with a 3-2 lead. But Wilson (1-3) retired only one of the six batters he faced, giving up a tying single by pinch-hitter David Murphy and Aviles’ clutch hit after an intentional walk to Lonnie Chisenhall.
“Anytime you can get a hit and some RBIs, it’s always great,” Aviles said. “I was just looking for pitch up. I know he throws a bunch of cutters and he throws hard. He’s been a good pitcher for a long time.
“The arms that are coming out of that bullpen are pretty interesting, and they’re definitely good. So you’ve got to piece together some ABs and try and do things together,” he added. “I definitely have faith in our bullpen. So I knew if we got a couple of runs there, it would work out well. It’s always great when you can sneak out with a win at the end.”
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