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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 7:00 AM


Cavs make Wiggins top pick in draft

NEW YORK (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers decided to pass on Joel Embiid (joh-EHL' ehm-BEED') in the NBA draft. The Philadelphia 76ers did not.

The Cavs used the first overall pick in the draft to select forward Andrew Wiggins, who averaged a Kansas freshman-record 17.1 points last season. Wiggins became the best option for the Cavs once Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot shortly before the draft.

The 76ers snared Embiid with the third choice after the Milwaukee Bucks picked Duke freshman Jabari Parker. Embiid averaged 11 points, eight rebounds and 2.6 blocks as a Kansas freshman last season but missed the NCAA tournament due to a back injury.

Parker also enters the NBA after one season of college. He set Blue Devils freshman records with 670 points, a 19.1 scoring average and 306 rebounds.

Orlando used the fourth pick to grab Arizona power forward Aaron Gordon. Australian product Dante Exum (EHKS'-uhm) went to Utah with the fifth selection. Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart is a Celtic after Boston took him with the sixth pick.

The Los Angeles Lakers landed Kentucky power forward Julius Randle with the seventh choice, one pick before Michigan shooting guard Nik Stauskas was taken with the eighth selection. Charlotte snared forward Noah Vonleh (VAHN'-lay) of Indiana with the ninth pick, and the Sixers completed the first ten selections by taking point guard Elfrid Payton of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Doug McDermott was chosen 11th by Denver before the Nuggets shipped his draft rights to Chicago for the 16th and 19th picks


Nuggets get Affalo for Fournier and pick

DENVER (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the Denver Nuggets have acquired guard Arron Afflalo (af-LAH'-loh) from Orlando for point guard Evan Fournier and the No. 56 pick in the draft.

Afflalo played for the Nuggets for three seasons before being dealt to Orlando in 2012. He averaged 18 points for the Magic last season.

Fournier is an up-and-coming guard whose minutes increased late in the season. He averaged 8.4 points and 1.5 assists last season in 2013-14.


US advances in World Cup

RACIFE, Brazil (AP) — For the United States, there's life after the Group of Death.

The Americans were able to advance to the knockout stage of World Cup despite today's 1-0 loss to Germany. The Germans controlled play once Miroslav Klose (MEER'-oh-slahv KLAH'-see) entered the game at the start of the second half. Thomas Mueller (MOO'-lur) put Germany ahead in the 55th minute with his fourth goal of the tournament.

The Germans finished first in Group G, while the U.S. took second based on goal differential. The Yanks were helped out by Portugal's 2-1 win over Ghana, which needed a victory to unseat the Americans in the second round.

Belgium warmed up for next Tuesday's second-round against the United States by downing South Korea 1-0 to win Group H. Algeria has qualified for the knockout stage for the first time with a 1-1 draw against Russia. The Algerians next face Germany on Monday.


Suarez banned for bite

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA (FEE'-fuh) has banned Uruguay's Luis Suarez for four months and fined him $112,000 for biting an opponent at the World Cup. Suarez also will be suspended for Uruguay's next nine games and won't be able to compete for the first two months of Liverpool's upcoming season.

The action comes two days after the striker chomped down on the shoulder of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the late stages of Uruguay's 1-0 win. No penalty was called on Suarez at the time. Uruguay scored the game winner a minute after the incident to eliminate the Italians.

The ban is effective immediately, depriving Uruguay of one of its top scoring threats for the rest of World Cup.

This is the third time in his career that Suarez has been disciplined for biting an opponent.


Serena rolls, Rafa rallies

LONDON (AP) — It was a short day at the office for Serena Williams at Wimbledon. The five-time champ took just 49 minutes to cruise into the third round with a 6-1, 6-1 beat down of Chanelle Scheepers (SHAY'-purz). Williams blew eight aces and 26 winners past her overmatched opponent, while Scheepers managed just five winners.

Unlike last year, French Open champ Maria Sharapova made it past the second round winning in straight sets. No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber also advanced.

Top-seed Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-EHL' nah-DAHL') Rafael Nadal rallied for a 4-6, 7-6, 6-4,6-4 win over Lukas Rosol, in a second round match. Nadal was a point away from falling behind by two sets against the Czech player who knocked him out at Wimbledon in the same round two years ago.

Roger Federer also advanced in straight sets as did fifth seed Stan Wawrinka (vahv-REEN'-kah) and ninth seed John Isner. American Sam Querrey lost his suspended match with Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (SAHNG'-guh) 14-12 in five sets. The match was halted by darkness Wednesday tied at 9-all in the fifth.


Tiger comes out rusty

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Tiger Woods carded seven bogeys and four birdies for a 3-over 74 in his first competitive round since undergoing back surgery three months ago. He is tied for 83rd and in danger of missing the cut through 18 holes of the PGA's Quicken Loans National at Congressional.

Woods carded all seven of his bogeys in his first 12 holes before sorting his game out. He pronounced his back ready to go, noting he unloaded on his drives without any pain.

Greg Chalmers finished with three straight birdies for a 66 and a one-shot lead over Ricky Barnes and Freddie Jacobson.


Crowded leaderboard

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Durant, David Frost and Doug Garwood shot 6-under 64s to share the lead in the first round of the Senior Players Championship. Steve Pate, Larry Mize, Corey Pavin (PAY'-vihn) and Olin Browne are among eight players in a tie for fourth at 5-under.


Angels, Astros win

UNDATED (AP) — Make it seven straight wins for the Detroit Tigers after they roughed up the Rangers in Texas.

Rick Porcello tossed his first career shutout and Miguel Cabrera had four hits as the Tigers blanked the Rangers 6-0. Porcello held Texas to three singles and benefitted from three double plays as he improved to 10-4.

Austin Jackson hit a two-run single for the Tigers, who lead the AL Central by 4 1/2 games over Kansas City. Detroit was 1 1/2 games behind the Royals just before their winning streak began.

The Los Angeles Angels are within 3 ½ games of the AL West lead after completing a 6-0 homestand.

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) drove in two runs apiece to lead the Angels' 6-4 triumph against Minnesota. Pujols also scored twice and had three of the Angels' 14 hits.

Jared Weaver improved to 8-6 by holding the Twins to a run and eight hits in seven innings.

Also in the majors:

— Matt Dominguez was in an 0-for-23 slump before belting a three-run homer that helped the Astros down the Braves 6-1 and avoid a three-game sweep. Rookie George Springer also homered to back Jarred Cosart, who's 8-5 after allowing six hits in seven innings for his fourth straight win.

— The Cubs squandered a 3-0 lead before Justin Ruggiano's two-run double broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning of a 5-3 win over Washington in Chicago. Starlin Castro poked a two-run single in the Cubs' three-run fourth.

— J.A. Happ was terrific in Toronto's 7-0 shutout of the Chicago White Sox, fanning eight while allowing four hits over 7 2/3 innings. Jose Reyes was 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, while Adam Lind chipped in three hits and three ribbies.

— Aramis (ah-RAH'-mihs) Ramirez and Scooter Gennett hit two-run homers, and Rickie Weeks went 3-for-4 with a solo shot in Milwaukee's 7-4 downing of Colorado. Wily Peralta (WIH'-lee peh-RAHL'-tah) struck out seven over six innings to pick up his ninth win and help the Brewers stretch their lead in the NL Central to 5 ½ games over St. Louis.

— Adam Wainwright went the distance on a five-hitter but gave up Justin Turner's RBI single in the eighth inning of the Dodgers' 1-0 win over St. Louis in Los Angeles. Josh Beckett settled for a no-decision after scattering four hits in seven innings.

— Mike Leake struck out 12 and gave up just one run and four hits in eight innings to pitch Cincinnati past San Francisco 3-1, keeping the Giants' lead in the NL West at two games over the Dodgers. Brandon Phillips hit a solo homer and Jay Bruce was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

— Rookie Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs as Pittsburgh downed the New York Mets 5-2. Vance Worley is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA after limiting the Mets to a run and seven hits in seven innings.

— Philadelphia beat Miami 5-3 on Chase Utley's two-run homer in the bottom of the 14th. Utley had three hits and three RBIs for the Phillies, who tied the game on first baseman Jeff Baker's error in the seventh.