The Cleveland Cavaliers offered successful European coach David Blatt their coaching job Thursday and are discussing a contract with him, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting.
After an exhaustive, five-week search, the Cavs zeroed in on Blatt to make him their third coach in three years.
Yahoo! first reported Cleveland's offer to Blatt.
The 55-year-old Blatt recently resigned as coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, this year's Euroleague champion, to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA. He was coveted as an assistant by the Warriors and Minnesota.
Charlotte quarterback Cam Newton practiced for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery March 19. He worked in 7-on-7 drills during the team's final day of minicamp. Newton says he's not yet near 100 percent yet, but "any progress is good progress."
Center Saku Koivu, goalie Jonas Hiller and forward Daniel Winnik won't be offered contracts by Anaheim for next season, general manager Bob Murray confirmed. The Pacific Division champions are cutting ties with several dependable veterans after a second-round playoff exit.
Orlando City is set to sign Brazilian midfielder Kaka, a source confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel. The club would loan Kaka, the 2007 World player of the year, to his home club Sao Paulo for the rest of the year before it begins play in MLS in 2015.
A federal judge in Washington refused to dismiss the government's whistle-blower lawsuit against Lance Armstrong and a number of associates for alleged doping and use of banned performance-enhancing techniques. Judge Robert Wilkins ruled in favor of the government's position that Armstrong and associates owed an obligation to pay money because of the alleged breach of the sponsorship agreements with the postal service.
Mississippi stayed alive in the College World Series with a 6-4 win over TCU in Omaha, Nebraska. Ole Miss (48-20) will play Virginia on Friday. The Rebels must beat the Cavaliers (51-14) twice to reach the best-of-three finals.
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Joel Embiid (21), considered a top three draft pick from Kansas, will undergo foot surgery Friday.