Update on the latest sports
McCaw sign-and-waive investigated by league
UNDATED (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA is looking into the circumstances surrounding Cleveland’s decision to sign Patrick McCaw to an offer sheet and then waive him after three games.
The person says the inquiry comes at the request of the Golden State Warriors, who declined to match the Cavaliers’ two-year, $6 million offer sheet. It’s unclear how long the NBA’s review will take, or what – if anything – the Warriors are seeking.
McCaw played 53 minutes for the Cavs and averaged 1.7 points after giving the Warriors four points a game his first two years in the league.
The 23-year-old McCaw is a free agent after being let go by Cleveland on Sunday.
Cardinals, Bucs find coaches
UNDATED (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals have dipped into the college ranks to find a head coach who can mentor young quarterback Josh Rosen. Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have handed over the reins to one of the Cardinals’ former coaches.
The Cardinals have hired Kliff Kingsbury, who went 35-40 in six seasons at Texas Tech before his dismissal last month. Kingsbury will be trusted to resuscitate the worst offense in the NFL, one month after accepting a job as Southern California’s offensive coordinator.
Kingsbury’s Texas Tech teams were known for their high-scoring performances and featured current Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro quarterback Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’). Kingsbury was among the school’s most prolific passers, completing 65.4 percent for 12,429 yards and 95 touchdowns in 43 games from 1999-02.
He replaces Steve Wilks, who was fired after going an NFL-worst 3-13 in his one season in Arizona.
The Bucs have coaxed Bruce Arians out of his one-year retirement to fill the team’s fifth coaching vacancy in a decade. Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed Dec. 30 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over three seasons.
Arians coached the Cardinals for five years, stepping down after the 2017 season with a 50-32-1 record. His run included one division title, two playoff berths, three seasons with double-digit wins and one NFC championship game appearance.
The Bucs have finished last in the NFC South seven of the past eight seasons.
SUPER BOWL TICKETS-LAWSUIT
Suit attacking Super Bowl ticket policies meets court defeat
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A lawsuit claiming the NFL violated New Jersey’s consumer fraud laws with its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium has been dealt a defeat in court.
New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the NFL didn’t violate the laws when it released 1 percent of tickets to fans through a lottery.
The rest of the tickets were withheld for teams, sponsors and other insiders.
A New Jersey man’s federal lawsuit claimed he was forced to pay more than double the face value for a ticket on the secondary market because of the NFL’s policy.
Josh Finkelman has sought class-action status for himself and thousands of other fans.
A federal appeals court ruled the suit could go forward depending on how New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled.
TENNIS-DELRAY BEACH-DEL POTRO
Del Potro scheduled to open season at Delray Beach Open
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Juan Martin del Potro plans to make his season debut at the Delray Beach Open next month.
The hard-court tournament announced Wednesday that its 2011 champion is committed to playing in the first round on Feb. 19.
Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, is sitting out the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, as he continues to recover after fracturing his right kneecap in October.
The Argentine is currently ranked No. 5.
He won the U.S. Open in 2009 and was the runner-up at that major last year.
This would be his third consecutive appearance at the Delray Open.
Top American soccer referee Mark Geiger is retiring
NEW YORK (AP) – Mark Geiger, the first American to referee in the knockout stage of the World Cup, is retiring after 15 seasons in Major League Soccer.
The Professional Referee Organization, which oversees on-field officials in the United States and Canada, plans to announce Wednesday that the 44-year-old will become its director of senior match officials. He will report to former Premier League referee Howard Webb, PRO’s general manager.
Geiger says “at 48, when the next World Cup would happen, I didn’t think I would be at the same point that I am at right now.”
He has been bothered by his left Achilles tendon.
A former math teacher from Beachwood, New Jersey, Geiger became the second American to referee at two World Cups, after David Socha in 1982 and 1986. Geiger refereed three matches at each of the last two World Cups, including round of 16 matchups between France and Nigeria in 2014, and between England and Colombia last year. He also refereed the 2014 MLS Cup final.
LSU LINEMAN SHOT BY DOG
Ex-LSU lineman shot by dog in Mississippi has leg amputated
(Information in the following story is from: The Clarion Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com )
EAGLE LAKE, Miss. (AP) – A former Louisiana State University lineman was shot while duck hunting in Mississippi and lost his leg, according to his friend, who says the dog did it.
Micah Heckford tells The Clarion Ledger that he and several others were on a duck hunting trip near Eagle Lake when Matt Branch was accidentally hit by a blast from his shotgun, which he had left loaded in the bed of his pickup truck.
Heckford says a Labrador named Tito then jumped onto the truck bed, “stepped on the safety of Branch’s shotgun and pulled the trigger.” He says the 12-gauge shotgun shell fired through the side of the truck and hit Branch’s left thigh. He says Branch has since had the leg amputated and is expected to recover.