Cavs take Bennett No. 1 in NBA draft
NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Bennett is the first Canadian to be taken No. 1 in the NBA draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers surprised the crowd at the Barclays Center in New York by taking the UNLV forward over a pair of big men, Nerlens Noel and Alex Len, who many had thought would be the first two picks. Bennett was the Mountain West Conference player of the year and has starred for Canada's junior national teams.
Noel fell to No. 6, where the New Orleans Pelicans took him and, according to a person familiar with the details, then dealt his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by All-Star guard Jrue Holiday.
Len went to Phoenix at No. 5.
Orlando passed on both of the big men, too, going with Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo (OH'-luh-dee-poh) with the No. 2 pick. Washington took Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick, keeping the Georgetown star in town.
The Charlotte Bobcats did go for a big man at No. 4, but they took the second Hoosier of the night, selecting 7-foot center Cody Zeller.
Flurry of trades shake up NBA draft
NEW YORK (AP) — With half of the top six picks in the 2013 NBA draft recovering from injury, the 2013 draft has kicked off the NBA's summer trade season.
Nerlens Noel was one of the favorites to be taken first Thursday night, but he tumbled out of the top five and right into a trade. After taking him at No. 6, the New Orleans dealt his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star guard Jrue Holiday. That's according to a person familiar with the details.
Hosting the draft at Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets made the biggest news. A person with knowledge of the talks confirmed a Yahoo Sports report that the Nets and Celtics were working on a trade that would bring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason to Brooklyn. Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, the expiring deal of Kris Humphries and three future first-round picks would go to Boston. The trade can't be completed until July 10, after next season's salary cap is set,
Boston traded up three spots in the draft to get Gonzaga 7-footer Kelly Olynyk. General Manager Danny Ainge described him as a complementary player who will fit in well with Rajon Rondo, Avery Johnson and Jeff Green.
Dallas dropped three spots in the trade with Boston, and appears to be one of the teams trying to clear cap room for Dwight Howard. ESPN reported Thursday that Howard is unlikely to return to the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next month.
Lester leads Red Sox over Jays, leaves with apparent injury
UNDATED (AP) — Jon Lester pitched into the eighth inning before leaving with an apparent injury, and Dustin Pedroia homered in a seven-run second to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 in the opener of a four-game series.
Lester retired 10 straight to begin the game and didn't allow a hit until the fifth. The Red Sox lead the AL East.
After the game, the Blue Jays put outfielder Melky Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with left knee tendinitis.
In other AL action:
— Chris Davis drove in the tiebreaking run for the Orioles, not with a home run, but a fielder's choice grounder in a wild five-run fifth inning, and Baltimore rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
— Derek Holland pitched a two-hitter against the Yankees, leading the Texas Rangers to a 2-0 win in New York. Jurickson Profar provided all the offense, scoring twice and hitting a home run.
— Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat Detroit 3-1 for their ninth straight victory over the Tigers.
— The Twins grabbed a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on the arm of Samuel Deduno and Justin Morneau's bat. Deduno gave up only five hits and one walk in seven sharp innings, while Morneau drove in Minnesota's first run with one of his two doubles.
In the NL:
— Rookie Yasiel Puig's rampage continues. The Dodgers outfielder singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, while Andre Ethier had a two-run double, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-4.
— Didi Gregorius' 11th inning bunt drove in the winning run as the NL West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Nationals 3-2 to salvage the finale of a three-game series in Washington. The Nationals slip back to .500 and trail the Braves by 5 ½ in the NL East.
— Marlon Byrd hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning then threw out a runner from right field in the ninth to lead the New York Mets past the Colorado Rockies 3-2.
— Matt Garza struck out 10 in seven solid innings and Dioner Navarro hit a three-run homer, sending the Chicago Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
NFL tells teams that contract with Hernandez won't be approved until Goodell holds hearing
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL is telling its teams that any contract with Aaron Hernandez before charges against him are resolved won't be approved without a hearing by commissioner Roger Goodell.
The league says the hearing would be to decide if the former New England Patriots tight end should be suspended or face other action before a resolution of the charges is reached.
Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree murder and weapons counts in the shooting death of a friend, Odin Lloyd. Hernandez was cut by the Patriots after the arrest and before his court appearance and is being held without bail.
Williams, Djokovic advance
LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia. Williams will now face Japanese veteran Kimiko Date (kih-MEE'-koh DAH'-tay)-Krumm, who at 42 became the oldest woman to reach the third round at Wimbledon in the Open era.
Men's No. 1 Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) was also a Day 4 winner as he got rid of Bobby Reynolds of the U.S. in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1. The departure of Reynolds means there are no American men left in the tournament. This is the worst showing for U.S. men at Wimbledon in 101 years.
Flames continue remake...Pens, Blues and Sharks agree with players...Lightning buys out Vinny
UNDATED (AP) — The Calgary Flames have traded left wing Alex Tanguay (TAN'-gay) and defenseman Cory Sarich (SAR'-ihch) to the Colorado Avalanche for right wing David Jones and defenseman Shane O'Brien.
The 33-year-old Tanguay scored a career-high 29 goals with Colorado in 2005-06. In 13 seasons with Colorado, Calgary, Montreal and Tampa Bay, he has 249 goals and 513 assists. Sarich has 20 goals, 128 assists and 1,051 penalty minutes in 915 games with Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Calgary.
Jones spent the past six seasons with the Avalanche, scoring 70 goals and 56 assists, while O'Brien has 13 goals and 75 assists in 483 games with Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Nashville and Colorado.
Elsewhere, the Tampa Bay Lightning are buying out the contract of center Vincent Lecavalier (lah-KAV'-ul-yay). The move creates salary cap space and makes the four-time All-Star a free agent next month. Lecavalier was the top pick in the 1998 NHL draft and helped Tampa Bay to the NHL title in 2004. The buyout will cost the Lightning more than $32 million over 14 years.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and forward Chris Kunitz (KOO'-nihts) have agreed on a three-year contract extension. The deal begins in 2014 and runs through the 2016-17 season. Kunitz led the Penguins with 22 goals this season and was second on the team with 52 points.
The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Mike Weber to a three-year, $5 million contract. The 25-year-old defenseman was a restricted free agent. He earned a regular role last year, during which he emerged as one of the team's more dependable, defensive-minded players.
The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman Jason Demers (deh-MEHRS') to a one-year contract. Demers is the third potential restricted free agent signed this week by the Sharks. He had one goal and two assists in 22 games last season as he was hampered by a variety of injuries.
And the Blues have re-signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a multiyear contract. The 24-year-old was among the scoring leaders for defenseman with 23 points.
Castro on top at Congressional
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Roberto Castro ran off three straight birdies late in his round for a 5-under 66, giving him the first round lead at the AT&T National at Congressional Country Club. Billy Horschel, who tied for fourth in the real U.S. Open two weeks ago at Merion, is tied with Bud Cauley and Canadian Graham DeLaet (deh-LEHT') for second after they shot 3-under 68s.
Two of the top names in golf are not taking part in this weekend's AT&T National in suburban Washington, D.C. Recently crowned US Open champ Justin Rose pulled out because of fatigue while tournament host Tiger Woods is nursing a sore elbow.
Ha-Neul Kim leads US Women's Open after 1 round
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Ha-Neul Kim is leading after the first round at the U.S. Women's Open. Kim shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Thursday at Sebonack to lead fellow South Korean Inbee Park by a stroke. Park is trying to make history by winning the first three majors of the year.
American Lizette Salas, Swedes Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist and South Korea's I.K. Kim shot 68.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
John Huston leads Senior Players
PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Huston shot a 5-under 65 to take the first-round lead in the Senior Players Championship.
Fred Couples, Duffy Waldorf, Fred Funk and Russ Cochran were a stroke back in the third major on the Champions Tour schedule. Tom Pernice Jr. led a group of players at 67.
The start of play was delayed nearly five hours because of heavy rain.