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Izzo turns down chance to coach Cavs

Wed., June 16, 2010

NBA: Tom Izzo is staying at Michigan State, turning down a chance to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers and perhaps LeBron James.

For the past nine days, Izzo has been trying to decide whether to leave the place that has been his home since 1983 and jump to the NBA to potentially make $6 million – doubling his salary – and possibly coach one of the best basketball players in the world.

Izzo said he hopes that just as he decided to stay at Michigan State, he hopes James stays in Cleveland. He said he did not talk to James.

James’ uncertain future will make for a difficult decision for any prospective Cavs coach. The 25-year-old superstar is unlikely to tip his hand publicly before free agency begins July 1.

Izzo’s decision ends a nearly two-week courtship by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who was hoping a reported five-year $30 million contract would be enough to land the Spartans coach, and perhaps show James he intends to remake the Cavs following a bitter postseason loss.

This past season, Izzo led the Spartans to the Final Four for the sixth time in 12 years. Only the late John Wooden at UCLA and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski have also done that.

Thousands turn out at new Meadowlands

NFL: The New York Giants tested the turf at their new stadium and had mixed results on the first day of their three-day mandatory minicamp.

The Giants’ afternoon workout inside the New Meadowlands Stadium drew an estimated 7,000 onlookers.

The new FieldTurf field at the $1.6 billion arena claimed wide receiver Domenik Hixon, whose right foot got caught in the soft surface on a punt return. Hixon had his knee checked by trainers and walked off under his own power.

•Peterson retains license: Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson will keep his driver’s license, after pleading guilty to driving 99 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Peterson was pulled over in November on state Highway 62 in Edina, Minn.

•Cowboys employees settle: The two Dallas Cowboys employees who are suing over injuries they suffered in the collapse of the team’s practice facility last year have reached out-of-court settlements with the company that built the structure.

Cowboys scout Rich Behm and special teams coach Joe DeCamillas both have settled with Summit Structures LLC of Allentown, Pa., and its Canadian parent company.

•Jurevicius settles: In a separate settlement, an agreement has been reached in the lawsuit over a staph infection that benched former Cleveland Browns receiver Joe Jurevicius.

Jurevicius sued the Browns and the Cleveland Clinic last year, saying the team misrepresented the cleanliness of its training facility. He blamed doctors with negligence over the 2008 staph infection in his right knee. At least six Browns have suffered from some sort of staph infection in recent years.

Schiavone, Wozniacki ousted

Tennis: French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost first-round matches at the Eastbourne International in Eastbourne, England.

Schiavone, seeded second, fell to Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 7-5, 6-3. The top-seeded Wozniacki lost 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to France’s Aravane Rezai.

Also beaten were fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and sixth-seeded Flavia Pennetta. On the men’s side, top-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat Lukasz Kubot of Poland 7-5, 7-6 (3) to line up a second-round meeting with Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

Second-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez retired after receiving shoulder treatment. He was trailing Britain’s James Ward 6-3, 5-4.

Petacchi wins fourth stage in Switzerland

Cycling: Alessandro Petacchi won the fourth stage of the Tour of Switzerland at Wettingen, Switzerland, after a multiple crash took down many riders in a frenzied final sprint.

Tony Martin of Germany retained the overall race lead at the end of the 119-mile ride from Schwarzenburg to Wettingen.

Organizers blamed the crash on British rider Mark Cavendish.

The race jury gave Cavendish a 30-second penalty for a “dangerous” move out of his line during the final sprint.

American Lance Armstrong is in 22nd place, 30 seconds behind the leader. The race ends Sunday.


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