June 21, 2014 in Sports

Newsmakers

From Staff And Wire Reports
 

Announced Top prospect Joel Embiid had two screws placed in his right foot during surgery Friday to repair a stress fracture that could cause him to fall in next week’s NBA draft. His recovery is expected to be a long process. Embiid, who played college basketball at Kansas, was widely considered one of the top three prospects in the draft and a possible No. 1 pick.

Testified Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, testifying in Oakland, California, in a lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon and others, said his conference likely would cease to exist if college players were paid because of the imbalance it would create among conference members.

Matched A person familiar with the NHL’s plans said the Chicago Blackhawks will be the Washington Capitals’ opponent when the Winter Classic outdoor game comes to D.C. on Jan. 1. A venue hasn’t been chosen.

Hired The Cavaliers found their new coach overseas, bringing in David Blatt less than a week before they pick first overall in the NBA draft. Cleveland ended a wide-ranging, 39-day search by hiring Blatt, who had spent the past 20 years coaching in Europe. Blatt is the Cavs’ third coach in three years and while he may not be well known in the U.S., the 55-year-old has a strong international resume and is regarded as one of the game’s top offensive minds.

Retired The Chicago Bears player who was on the team for more games than anyone in team history is retiring. Long snapper Patrick Mannelly announced that he is retiring after a 16-year-career with the Bears, a span in which he played in a team-record 245 games and snapped the ball 2,282 times.

Revealed Former NFL players Tommie Harris and Eric Bassey are the first owners of a team in the new FXFL developmental league. The Fall Experimental Football League, which has no affiliation with the NFL, plans to play six games in October and November in six American cities, including Portland.


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