Digest for 01-08-14


REGIONAL

Celtics, Grizzlies, Thunder complete 3-team trade

BOSTON — The Memphis Grizzlies, Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder completed a three-team trade on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies acquired guard Courtney Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick from the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Jerryd Bayless.

The Thunder also sent forward Ryan Gomes to Boston and received a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick from Memphis.

Boston then waived Gomes.

Lee averaged 7.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.8 minutes in 30 games as a reserve with Boston this season. He joins the Grizzlies with career averages of 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 395 games with the Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Celtics.

Spurs down Grizzlies in OT

MEMPHIS — Manu Ginobili’s layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime lifted the San Antonio Spurs to a tougher-than-expected 110-108 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.

Tim Duncan amassed 24 points and 17 rebounds for a San Antonio squad that blew a 12-point lead with under two minutes to play in regulation before eventually coming away with its seventh straight victory over the Grizzlies, a streak which includes a four-game sweep in last season’s Western Conference Finals.

Marco Belinelli tallied 19 points in the triumph, with Kawhi Leonard lending 17 for the Spurs.

Mike Conley poured in 30 points for Memphis, nine of which came during a 14-2 run to close out the fourth quarter that brought on overtime.

Zach Randolph finished with 17 points and eight rebounds in the loss, while James Johnson netted 15 points off the bench.

Oral Roberts forced to forfeit two Southland games

FRISCO, Texas — Oral Roberts will forfeit two upcoming Southland Conference men’s basketball games in order to remain in compliance with NCAA rules related to not playing more than four non-Division I opponents in a season.

The Southland’s Executive Committee has reviewed the issue, and agrees with ORU’s decision to forfeit the pair of upcoming league games, Jan. 16 at Abilene Christian and Jan. 18 at Incarnate Word.

ORU has played four non-Division I teams this season, exhibition games against Northwood (Texas) and Rogers State (Okla.), and then regular season games against Cameron (Okla.) and Dallas Baptist.

During the 2013-14 academic year, Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word are not considered Division I schedule-counters as the new Southland programs transition from Division II. Therefore, ORU is playing six non-Division I programs.

The forfeits will be recorded in the Southland standings, be utilized in the seeding process for the 2014 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, and will be documented in the conference historical records. The NCAA will not recognize the forfeits, but will instead view the cancelled games as no contests, thus preventing any violation.

NATIONAL

Vonn to miss Olympics

Lindsey Vonn will not compete at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi because of a knee injury.

Vonn posted the following message on Facebook:

“I am devastated to announce that I will not be able to compete in Sochi. I did everything I possibly could to somehow get strong enough to overcome having no ACL but the reality has sunk in that my knee is just too unstable to compete at this level. I’m having surgery soon so that I can be ready for the World Championships at home in Vail next February. On a positive note, this means there will be an additional spot so that one of my teammates can go for gold. Thank you all so much for all of the love and support. I will be cheering for all of the Olympians and especially team USA!”

The 29-year-old Vonn tore the ACL and MCL in her right knee last February during a crash at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Austria. The American re-injured her right knee straining it and partially tearing her right ACL after a crash during training in November.

She returned to competitive skiing in December but crashed during the World Cup downhill in Val d’Isere, France, on Dec. 21.

Bulls waive Bynum

CHICAGO — Less than 24 hours after acquiring the former All-Star from Cleveland, the Chicago Bulls have waived center Andrew Bynum.

The Bulls sent forward Luol Deng to the Cavaliers for Bynum, who was suspended by Cleveland for conduct detrimental to the team on Dec. 28, and three future draft picks early Tuesday morning.

Bynum made 19 starts in 24 games in his only season with the Cavs, averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. He was shooting just 41.9 percent from the field, and Cleveland was 9.7 points per 100 possessions better with him off the floor.

Bynum’s $12 million contract for this season would have been guaranteed had Chicago opted not to cut ties before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Bynum will be free to sign with any team in the league once he clears waivers.

Iowa’s McCaffery gets 1-game suspension

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Big Ten Conference suspended Iowa men’s basketball head coach Fran McCaffery for one game on Tuesday for his actions during a loss at Wisconsin.

The Big Ten also handed down a $10,000 fine to Iowa.

McCaffery was ejected after bumping an official midway through the second half of Sunday’s game. He was upset about a no-call at one end and a foul that was called against Iowa at the other end, and he exploded as the game went to a TV timeout. He was first hit with a technical, but after bumping an official, McCaffery got the boot.

The Big Ten said McCaffery’s actions violated the league’s sportsmanship policy.

McCaffery will sit out Thursday’s home game against Northwestern. In McCaffery’s absence, assistant coach Kirk Speraw will make the head coaching decisions.

— Sports Network