- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014


CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cavaliers offered successful European coach David Blatt their coaching job Thursday night and are discussing a contract with him, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting.

After an exhaustive, five-week search, the Cavs zeroed in on Blatt to make him their third coach in three years.

Yahoo! first reported Cleveland’s offer to Blatt.

The 55-year-old Blatt recently resigned as coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, this year’s Euroleague champion, to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA. He was coveted as an assistant by Minnesota and Golden State.


Kansas center Joel Embiid is scheduled to have surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, a surprising development that could affect the top choices in next week’s NBA draft.

Embiid, one of the top three candidates the Cleveland Cavaliers were considering for the No. 1 overall pick, fractured the navicular bone in his right foot, agent Arn Tellem said. Embiid will be unable to participate in any additional workouts and will not attend the draft in New York.

Exactly when Embiid injured his foot was not immediately clear, but the combination of last season’s back injury and this summer’s foot injury could give some teams pause on draft night.

Embiid worked out for the Cavaliers last week. Fellow Kansas star Andrew Wiggins worked out for the Cavs on Wednesday and Duke’s Jabari Parker was expected to audition for the top pick on Friday.

MIAMI (AP) - Heat President Pat Riley said Miami is ready for the offseason and the challenge of keeping LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together going forward.

Riley opened his season-ending news conference saying that he was angry about what he calls a lack of perspective about the Heat, who have been to the NBA Finals in each of the last four seasons and won two of the last three championships.

James, Wade and Bosh can all become free agents this summer.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge rejected an urgent request by Shelly Sterling’s attorney asking that husband Donald Sterling and his lawyers be ordered to stop harassing her legal team and doctors in their dispute over the planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.

A petition filed by Shelly Sterling’s attorneys quoted allegedly threatening remarks made by Donald Sterling in phone calls and a letter sent by his lawyer to two doctors who declared him mentally incapacitated.

Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the matter may involve “high emotions and some litigation posturing” and urged both parties to tone down their communications.

MIAMI (AP) - Pat Riley said that LeBron James and his wife Savannah are expecting their third child, a girl.

James and his wife have two sons. There was no word on when the baby would arrive.

Riley made the announcement during his season-ending news conference.



OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - NCAA President Mark Emmert stuck to his contention that amateurism is the core of college athletics, saying any effort to pay players would destroy a framework that has been in place for more than a century and cause many schools to either abandon sports or refuse to play other schools that do pay.

Emmert took the witness stand in a landmark antitrust trial against the NCAA to say college sports would be fatally flawed if players were allowed to receive a portion of the billions of dollars in basketball and football television revenues now flowing into big conferences and colleges.



PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) - Stacy Lewis played bogey-free on a shorter, but equally tough Pinehurst No. 2 to take a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

The course was just over 1,000 yards shorter than the opening round for the men’s U.S. Open last week.

Eleven-year-old Lucy Li held her own - at least over 15 holes. The youngest qualifier in Women’s Open history had a triple bogey and two double bogeys in a round of 78.

The first round was halted by thunderstorms and 30 players will finish their first round Friday morning.

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - Brendan Steele shot an 8-under 62 in the morning session to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship.

Bud Cauley and Ryan Moore shot 63, and Chad Campbell, Joe Durant, Scott Langley, Eric Axley and Jeff Maggert followed at 64.

CORK, Ireland (AP) - Finland’s Mikko Ilonen shot a course-record 7-under 64 in the first round of the Irish Open, leaving Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy 10 shots behind.



SAO PAULO (AP) - Protesters smashed the windows of luxury cars inside a dealership, trashed banks and fired powerful fireworks at police during a demonstration that drew about 2,000 while Brazil’s biggest city hosted a World Cup match.

The demonstration began just as the game pitting Uruguay against England got underway, taking place some 15 miles west of the stadium.

By nightfall, protesters set trash aflame on a main highway and organized their own soccer match on the roadway, but about five hours after it began the demonstration had mostly dispersed.



WASHINGTON (AP) - Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd broke a bone his throwing elbow during Atlanta’s 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Floyd broke the olecranon - the bony tip of the ulna that sticks out behind the elbow - as he made the first pitch of the seventh inning. He will return to Atlanta on Friday to be examined by team doctors.

DETROIT (AP) - Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apologized again a day after he sarcastically told reporters that he beats his wife when his team isn’t playing well.

Ausmus said he realized his words were insensitive and in poor taste as soon as they left his mouth.



FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Jets coach Rex Ryan said that that a suggestion by former defensive coordinator and current Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine that New England might have obtained a copy of New York’s playbook is “ridiculous” and “disrespectful” to the Patriots.

Pettine made the comments during an interview with Sports Illustrated’s theMMQB.com, saying Ryan once gave Alabama coach Nick Saban a copy of the Jets’ playbook - and Pettine warned that Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Saban are close friends.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The company most associated with the Washington Redskins is keeping its distance from the debate over the team’s name.

FedEx has its name on the Redskins’ stadium, and its president is a member of the team’s ownership group. But the company is remaining neutral on owner Dan Snyder’s efforts to keep the name.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The bidding for the Buffalo Bills is set to begin now that prospective ownership groups are being contacted by a law firm representing late owner Ralph Wilson’s estate.

Two people familiar with the sale process told The Associated Press that prospective buyers, including real estate developer Donald Trump and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, began receiving a seven-page non-disclosure agreement, and a brief outline of background material on the Bills franchise and stadium. The documents were distributed by Proskauer Rose, the legal firm overseeing the sale.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly took a break from his recovery from cancer treatments to make a surprise appearance at the Buffalo Bills’ practice.

Kelly made his way to the sideline while players were stretching before the start of the final minicamp practice. Coach Doug Marrone gathered his team at midfield before introducing Kelly.

He thanked the players for their support during his yearlong bout with jaw and sinus cancer and closed by urging them to lead the Bills to the playoffs and end the team’s 14-year postseason drought.



WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal judge refused to dismiss the government’s lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and a number of associates for alleged doping and use of banned performance-enhancing techniques.

From 1999 to 2004, Armstrong was the lead rider on a team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, and he won the Tour de France every year during that period.

Judge Robert Wilkins ruled in favor of the government’s position that Armstrong and associates owed an obligation to pay money due to the alleged breach of the sponsorship agreements with the postal service.

DELEMONT, Switzerland (AP) - Matteo Trentin held off Daniele Bennati in a final sprint to narrowly win the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse as Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammate Tony Martin retained his overall lead.



RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Hurricanes hired Detroit Red Wings assistant Bill Peters as their new coach.

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche signed left winger Jamie McGinn to a two-year deal.

The 25-year McGinn had 19 goals and 19 assists in 79 games last season in helping the Avalanche tie a franchise record with 52 wins. He also had three game-winning goals.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Center Saku Koivu, goalie Jonas Hiller and forward Daniel Winnik won’t be offered contracts with the Anaheim Ducks for next season.



Former Louisville guard Kevin Ware was cleared by the NCAA to play immediately for Georgia State after transferring to the school this spring for family reasons.

Ware is best known for the inspiration he provided the Cardinals after sustaining a severe leg injury during their run to the national title in 2013. He shot 44.7 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from 3-point range that season as the first guard off the bench.



‘s-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (AP) - Benjamin Becker reached his first ATP semifinals in almost 2 1/2 years when he beat Vasek Pospisil 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-4 at the rainy Topshelf Open.

Second seed Fernando Verdasco and eighth seed Jurgen Melzer were stopped by darkness at 6-7 (3), 7-6 (6).

On the women’s side, Klara Koukalova dispatched Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2 6-4. She will face Coco Vandeweghe, who defeated seventh seed Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (3), 6-1.

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) - Former champions Caroline Wozniacki and Ekaterina Makarova headed in different directions in the Aegon International quarterfinals.

Wozniacki, champion in 2009, held off a strong challenge from Camila Giorgi 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2 and Makarova, the 2010 champ, fell to fifth seed Angelique Kerber 6-2, 6-1.

Meanwhile, 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova withdrew with a right hamstring injury but expects to play in Wimbledon next week.



ALLEN, Texas (AP) - A North Texas school district said an assessment of its $60 million high school football stadium has found design flaws throughout the facility.

Eagle Stadium, the palatial facility that opened two years ago, had to be closed earlier this year after officials discovered that extensive cracking in the concourse’s concrete was a sign of structural problems.



ASCOT, England (AP) - Leading Light won the Gold Cup in a thrilling finish, denying Queen Elizabeth II’s horse Estimate a second consecutive victory in Royal Ascot’s most prestigious race.

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