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Cavs sign Wiggins, Ray Allen next? PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer   
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:14
CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one.
The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days.
Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can't be finalized for at least 30 days.
The Cavs and Timberwolves have had talks about a trade involving Love for months, long before Cleveland selected Wiggins, the former Kansas standout, with the first pick in May's draft. Those discussions have intensified lately, and the sides can still reach an agreement on a trade but nothing can be finalized until late August.
Now that Wiggins is under contract, the league's seldom-used 30-day rule is in effect.
It was designed to prevent teams from circumventing salary cap rules. There have been restrictions placed on trading newly signed rookies dating back at least to the 1998-99 collective bargaining agreement. At that time, rookies were lumped in with all free agents into a rule that prevents any newly signed player from being traded for three months or before Dec. 15 of the next season — whichever is longer.
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Updated, AP source: Gordon to meet with league Aug. 1 PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 19:30
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns may soon learn whether they'll have Josh Gordon this season.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver will have an appeal hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1, a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.

The game-breaking playmaker is facing a possible one-year ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon, who had a history of marijuana abuse in college, was suspended for the first two games last season. He still led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving.

The 23-year-old player is expected to report to training camp Friday and he'll be on the field Saturday as the Browns have their first practice under new coach Mike Pettine.

According to reports, Gordon recently checked himself into rehab following an arrest in North Carolina. ESPN's Adam Shefter said Gordon spent two weeks at a facility in California.
Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 00:18
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Time Warner, Bright House to carry SEC Network PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 16:40
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have reached deals with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.
The companies and the Southeastern Conference announced the deal on Thursday. The network debuts on Aug. 14 and will be available to some 60 million households nationally, according to a news release.
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Updated 6:05 p.m., Ohio State marching band director fired PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 16:43

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University fired the director of its celebrated marching band on Thursday after determining he ignored a "sexualized" culture of rituals including students being pressured to march in their underwear and participate in sexually themed stunts.

Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade before that. His halftime shows for what's known to fans as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" were considered revolutionary and drew millions of viewers on YouTube.

Ohio State President Michael Drake, on the job just three weeks, said in an Associated Press interview that he was "profoundly disappointed and shocked" by the findings of a two-month investigation that began before his arrival.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 19:30
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Lions will try to move on from 2013 collapse PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:06
DETROIT (AP) — It’s been five years since Detroit drafted Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick, and in that span, the Lions have progressed from miserable to maddening.
Needless to say, that’s still not good enough.
“We think that our talent level is approaching a point where we should be contending — and we are not there now,” general manager Martin Mayhew said.
Mayhew made that comment in December, when the Lions fired coach Jim Schwartz after a late collapse cost the team a playoff spot. Schwartz took Detroit to the postseason in 2011, but that was his only playoff appearance with the team — and amid heightened expectations, the Lions went 11-21 in the two years since.
So now Jim Caldwell is coaching the Lions, and the front office is hopeful he can help Stafford take another step forward after a promising but uneven start to his career. The 26-year-old Stafford has thrown for more than 4,600 yards in each of the past three seasons, but he threw 19 interceptions in 2013, his most since his rookie season.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 07:24
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