Cavaliers win No. 1 pick for NBA draft
NBA: Nick Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers have beaten the NBA lottery odds again.
The Cavaliers won the lottery for the second time in three years Tuesday, giving them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 draft.
Gilbert, owner Dan Gilbert’s bowtie-wearing son, was on stage for another the victory. After he won it in 2011, the Cavs used the pick to take eventual Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving.
The Orlando Magic fell back one spot to No. 2, while the Washington Wizards vaulted from the No. 8 spot to third.
Ten years after winning the lottery that landed them LeBron James, the Cavaliers picked up another opportunity to help speed up the rebuilding process since his departure to Miami in 2010.
The potential No. 1 pick this year, Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel, is no James. But he could be a nice addition for the Cavs once he’s recovered from a torn ACL – if they keep the pick.
• Clippers fire Del Negro: Vinny Del Negro is out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after their first-round playoff exit.
• Charlotte bringing back Hornets: Bobcats owner Michael Jordan says he’s changing his team’s name to the Charlotte Hornets beginning in the 2014-15 season.
The Hornets resided in Charlotte from 1988-2002 before then-owner George Shinn relocated the team to New Orleans.
Bay Area lands 50th Super Bowl
NFL: The 50th Super Bowl will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and the NFL championship will go to Houston the following year.
Team owners voted for the 49ers’ new stadium as host of the 2016 game. That facility in Santa Clara, Calif., is due to open for the 2014 season.
• Woodson returns to Raiders: Free agent defensive back Charles Woodson has signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders to return to his original team.
Woodson signed the deal at the team’s facility. Woodson was greeted by about 100 adoring fans urging him to return to Oakland after leaving as a free agent for Green Bay seven years ago.
Injured Murray out of French Open
Miscellany: No. 2-ranked Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open after seeking medical advice on his back injury. The French Open starts Sunday.
• Sounder added to U.S. roster: Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans will join the U.S. men for a training camp ahead of next month’s trio of World Cup qualifiers.
• Nibali keeps lead: Benat Intxausti of Spain won the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia, and favorite Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead as the race entered the final week.
• Halifax wins: Martin Frk had three goals and an assist as Halifax defeated London in the Memorial Cup hockey tournament at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Halifax is 2-1 and London fell to 1-2 in round-robin play.