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Van Gundy adding a few more options for Pistons PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:29
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Stan Van Gundy the team president has been on the spot this offseason, trying to acquire players who can help Detroit’s lineup become a bit more cohesive on the court.
Then it will be up to Stan Van Gundy the coach to decide who plays and how often.
“When you’ve been where we’ve been the last few years, everything’s open. Everything,” Van Gundy said. “You can’t go to anybody on our team and tell them that I’ve promised them anything.”
The Pistons haven’t done anything drastic since Van Gundy took over as coach and team president in May, but they have added a few under-the-radar free agents who give the roster a bit more depth. Now the stage is set for some spirited competition once the season starts, especially on the perimeter.
Detroit signed Jodie Meeks, D.J. Augustin and Caron Butler, all of whom can shoot from 3-point range and potentially free up space for Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith to operate inside. While the free agent buzz around the league has centered on stars like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh, Van Gundy has quietly added some more options for his new team.
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Source: Cavs, James Jones agree on minimum deal PDF Print E-mail
Written by JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 08:29

The Cleveland Cavaliers are moving quickly to surround LeBron James with shooters, and it probably helps that James knows exactly what he’s getting.
A day after the Cavs locked up James’ buddy and former teammate Mike Miller, they agreed to terms with Miami Heat free agent James Jones on a one-year, veteran-minimum contract, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Jones, who spent the previous four seasons playing with James in Miami, will earn $1.4 million next season. The person requested anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.
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Selig says Rose could play All-Star role in 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:09
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pete Rose may have a role to play in next year's All-Star game in Cincinnati despite his lifetime ban from baseball.

The career hits leader generally is not allowed in any areas of major league ballparks not open to fans. But the former Reds star was allowed to participate in baseball's All-Century team ceremony at Atlanta's Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and was permitted to be on the field at Great American Ballpark in 2010 for a ceremony commemorating the 25th anniversary of his record-setting 4,192nd hit.

He also was on the field in Cincinnati last September for the unveiling of a bronze sculpture honoring Hall of Fame teammate Joe Morgan.

The Reds host the 2015 All-Star game on July 14, and Commissioner Bud Selig left open the possibility Rose could play a part.
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All-Star farewell: Jeter takes bow, hits double PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:11
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Derek Jeter was a huge hit from the very start in his final All-Star game.

Batting leadoff for the American League, the 40-year-old shortstop for the New York Yankees soaked in an ovation that lasted more than a minute at Target Field, then seized the moment Tuesday night by hitting a double.

Jeter soon crossed the plate for the game's first run. After three innings of action, he was ceremonially removed from his familiar position in the field to one more round of revering cheers as his mom, dad, sister and nephew watched from the stands.

"It's been fun family time for us," Jeter said during the American League's 5-3 win.
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Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start PDF Print E-mail
Written by JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:07
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eyebrow-raising testimony, abrupt changes of plans, courtroom delays. If there is one thing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has learned during the Donald Sterling saga, it's that there are no guarantees.

So when Silver was asked Tuesday if he could say Sterling would not own the Los Angeles Clippers by the time next season comes around, he said he could not.

"It's very difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this," Sterling said after the Board of Governors' meeting. "I can say with certainty we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA."

Sterling, who was banned by the NBA for life for making racist remarks, is challenging his wife Shelly's planned sale of the Clippers for $2 billion to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in court. A judge recently delayed the next hearing until July 21, and closing arguments are scheduled for July 28.

When Ballmer originally reached an agreement with Shelly Sterling to buy the team, the planned timeline included an approval vote by the board on Tuesday. But the court case has pushed everything back well past the expiration of Ballmer's offer. The deadline can be extended, and Silver said the league is waiting for the process to play out.
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