Sports: In brief

July 25, 2014 

NBA

Cavs sign No. 1 pick Wiggins; can't trade him for 30 days

The Cavaliers have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, but the contract prevents him from being traded for 30 days. Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love.

The Cavs had been reluctant to include Wiggins in a package for Love, but the team has softened its stance and may be willing to part with the former Kansas standout.

Cleveland is interested in bringing in Love to form a "Big 3" with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. That trio would make the Cavs an overwhelming favorite in the Eastern Conference.

Signing Wiggins actually makes it easier to trade him. Before his deal, he had zero value on the salary cap but his contract — worth $5.5 million — could allow the Cavs to clear enough room to take on Love, who will earn $15.7 million next season.

Golf

Petrovic, Putnam lead Canadian Open

Tim Petrovic and Michael Putnam shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny, breezy afternoon conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. The 47-year-old Petrovic was the last player to get in the field, grabbing a spot when Benjamin Alvarado withdrew Tuesday. Petrovic eagled the par-5 12th hole and had four birdies in his bogey-free round.

The 31-year-old Putnam had six birdies in a bogey-free round, hitting 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation.

Yani Tseng made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give Taiwan a sweep of the top-seeded United States in the opening round of the International Crown in Owings Mills, Md. Tseng and Phoebe Yao never trailed in a 1-up win over Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson. Earlier, Candie Kung and Teresa Lu beat Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr 4 and 3. On Friday, the United States will face Spain.

Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the Senior British Open at sweltering Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales. England's Chris Williams was third at 68. Scotland's Colin Montgomerie, seeking his third straight senior major title, shot 74.

England's David Horsey birdied four of his final six holes for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Russian Open in Moscow.

 17-year old Sean Crocker from Zimbabwe advanced to the quarterfinals by winning two matches in the U.S. Junior Amateur in Woodlands, Texas, including a 3 and 2 victory over John Augenstein of Owensboro.

Jarrod Lyle shot a 4-under 67 in the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic in Overland Park, Kan., the Australian's first U.S. event since his second bout with leukemia. The 32-year-old Lyle, had four birdies on the front nine in his bogey-free round at the Nicklaus Golf Club. He was three shots behind leader Paul Haley II.

Cycling

Nibali wins stage, has big lead in Tour

Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France, all but ensuring he will win the race, which ends Sunday in Paris. On the last big climb of Stage 18, the Italian broke out of the peloton, chased down breakaway riders, and rode alone in front for the last 5 miles uphill.

Nibali, who captured his fourth stage of the Tour, stuck out his tongue, tapped his chest, and raised a fist skyward as he finished the 90-mile leg more than a minute ahead of Thibaut Pinot of France and Rafal Majka of Poland.

Three stages remain. Friday's is mostly flat and unlikely to allow a breakaway rider to gain time. The last real challenge will be Saturday's individual time trial, but Nibali's lead is so big — 7:10 ahead of Pinot — that it would take a disaster for him to lose the yellow jersey before Sunday. He would become the first Italian to win the tour since Marco Pantani in 1998.

Baseball

Riverdogs rout Legends 10-3

The Charleston Riverdogs roughed up Lexington starter Jake Junis (8-5) for six runs on seven hits in 42⁄3 innings and went on to beat the host Legends 10-3. Tyler Wade had four of Charleston's 10 hits and scored three times. Catcher Eduardo de Oleo homered for the winners and Michael Andujar drove in three runs. Lexington had just four hits, and only one — a two-run double by Carlos Garcia — went for extra bases.

 Former major-leaguer Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife. The four-time All-Star, who has been released on $10,000 bond, previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010. Knoblauch was set to be inducted into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame on Aug. 23, but the team has cancelled the ceremony.

ETC.

Wallace wins truck race for Busch

Darrell Wallace Jr. won the Mudsummer Classic on Wednesday night on the dirt at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, for his second Camping World Truck Series victory of the year.

Wallace took the lead from Kyle Larson on the final restart on the half-mile oval and held on for his third career series victory. He gave Kyle Busch Motorsports its eighth victory in the first 10 races of the season. In addition to Wallace, Kyle Busch has won in all five of his starts and Erik Jones also has won.

Larson repeatedly hit the outside wall after giving up the lead, finally damaging his truck so much that he slowed to a crawl and stopped while running second with two laps left. He ended up 26th.

North Carolina is inviting former athletes who left before completing coursework to return and earn their degrees. The "Complete Carolina" program will start the readmission process for the former athletes, and then provide both academic and career counseling. Athletes would receive scholarships or financial support in line with what they had during their initial time at UNC. The program would be funded by the athletic department and be available for athletes who were in good academic standing when they left.

 Australia's women set a world record in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland with a time of 3 minutes, 30.98 seconds, beating the 3:31.72 recorded five years ago by the Netherlands.

 India's sports minister has criticized the "no-headgear" rule of basketball's world body FIBA after two Sikh players on the national team were told to remove their turbans during the recent Asia Cup in China. According to FIBA rules, players are not allowed to use headgear, hair accessories and jewelry. The players were told to remove their turbans, which Sikhs are expected to wear, in a game against Japan on July 12 but never before that.

The last word

Rashad Jennings, the likely starter at running back for the Giants, never made fun of the fat kid with asthma who couldn't keep up with everyone else: He was that kid.

"I've had the opportunity to overcome so much, and that's really where my drive is from. I was the dorky kid, overweight, glasses, the 0.6 GPA. Asthma. I had to really work out and because of that I am appreciative of how much I had to learn. I got tired of being called the fat kid, tired of hearing it on all these levels. I woke up one day and ran, literally. I outran asthma. My grades, I got them up. Anything that was against me, I found an answer."

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