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Sports news briefs — Aug. 22

Compiled from wire reports

basketball

Officer disciplined for helping LeBron

• The Miami-Dade Police Department says it will discipline the officer who provided a police escort to Miami Heat star LeBron James to the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert.

In a statement released Thursday, the department says it has chosen to give the officer “informal counseling” after investigating the escort involving the athlete. The statement says no further action will be taken. It does not identify the officer.

James posted a video on social media sites before Friday’s concert saying he was following a police escort on the wrong side of the street. The video showed the police vehicles with lights flashing.

• The Philadelphia 76ers acquired guard Tony Wroten from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for a conditional second-round draft selection in 2014 and a trade exception. The 6-foot-6, 208-pound Wroten was the 25th pick overall in 2012 after he played one season in college at Washington. He played in 35 games and averaged 2.6 points and 1.2 assists with the Grizzlies assigning him to their D-League affiliate in Reno four times last season.

• The New Orleans Pelicans re-signed forward Lance Thomas and added forward Arinze Onuaku. The 6-foot-8 Thomas, a former Duke standout, appeared in 101 games with New Orleans, including 19 starts, during his first two NBA seasons. The 6-foot-9 Onuaku is a former Syracuse player who has spent parts of two seasons in the NBA Development League. He started 32 games last season for Canton, averaging 12.6 points and 9.5 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game.

• North Dakota State University has given a five-year contract extension to men’s coach Saul Phillips that could pay him more than $1 million, total. Phillips, 40, will earn a base annual salary of $175,000 and raises of at least 4 percent each year depending on a performance review.

college football

Former UCLA QB transfers to Kansas

• Former UCLA quarterback T.J. Millweard is transferring to Kansas. Millweard was recently granted a release from his scholarship by the Bruins and took an unofficial visit this week to Kansas. He committed to the Jayhawks on Thursday, and tweeted that he was “honored and thankful to be part of the Jayhawk family.” Millweard was the No. 23 pro-style quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class, according to Rivals.com. He chose UCLA over offers from Arkansas and Arizona and redshirted as a freshman. He’ll have to redshirt again and have three years of eligibility remaining. Millweard, who previously lived in Kansas, is the third high-profile QB to transfer to Kansas under coach Charlie Weis.

• Duke coach David Cutcliffe says walk-on Hud Mellencamp will continue to practice with the team while he deals with felony battery charges in Indiana. Cutcliffe said Thursday the son of rocker John Mellencamp will remain active in practice and “we’ll let the legal due process occur.” Hud Mellencamp, 19, is charged with punching and kicking a 19-year-old man.

hockey

NHL names Leetch to safety position

• Hall of fame defenseman Brian Leetch and former You Can Play executive director Patrick Burke joined the NHL’s department of player safety. Leetch is taking the position of manager of player safety that had been held by Rob Blake. Burke will serve in the new position of director of player safety.

• The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a three-year contract with 2012 first-round draft pick Teuvo Teravainen. The forward from Finland was the 18th overall pick.

• The Vancouver Canucks re-signed defenseman Chris Tanev, who had two goals in 38 games last season.

other sports

Bruised left thigh sidelines Messi

• Lionel Messi has a bruised left thigh and Barcelona says it’s unclear when he’ll be able to return. Messi was injured during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid.

• Janier Acevedo of Colombia won the hilly and rainy fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge, and Tejay van Garderen finished second to take the overall lead.

— From wire reports



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