Cavs’ Irving named ROY
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was named the NBA Rookie of the Year (ROY) in a landslide victory after leading all first-year players in scoring, the league said on Tuesday. The 20-year-old Irving, taken first overall in last year’s NBA Draft, averaged 18.5 points and 5.4 assists in 51 games playing for a Cavaliers team that went 21-45 last season and finished with the fourth-worst record in the league. “It was a great season, I had such an amazing time,” the Australian-born Irving said at a news conference. “All our guys on this team worked hard, whether we came out with wins or losses it was just about us competing every single day and I know this [team] is going in the right way.” Irving received 117 first-place votes from a panel of 120 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the US and Canada. Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio finished second with 170 points and Denver’s Kenneth Faried was third with 129 points, including one first-place vote. Irving is the first member of the Cavaliers to win the award since LeBron James was named rookie of the year in 2004. James, who now plays with the Miami Heat, captured his third MVP award on Saturday.
Wimbledon set for tweaks
Wimbledon’s all-white dress code won’t be in place for the Olympics. And the traditional dark green backdrop around the courts will be gone, too. “The rule for clothing will be the rule for the Olympics, so there will be much more color in terms of what the players wear,” International Tennis Federation president Francesco Ricci Bitti said on Tuesday. “Some people might not like it, but I think the majority will.”
Hewitt gets Paris wildcard
Two-time Grand Slam champion Lleyton Hewitt, who is battling back from foot surgery, was yesterday handed a wildcard into the main draw of this month’s French Open. The 31-year-old, who reached the fourth round of the Australian Open in January, has made a speedier recovery than expected from the operation in February and has been training well on clay. His reward is one of Tennis Australia’s two wildcards to Roland Garros, with 16-year-old Ashleigh Barty, last year’s Wimbledon junior champion, getting the other. “I’m looking forward to playing the French Open especially after missing it last year due to injury,” Hewitt said. Hewitt was not expected to be back until the grass-court season, but returns for his 12th campaign in Paris. “It’s great to see Lleyton back from injury and we are very pleased to be able to reward his efforts with this wildcard,” Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley said in a statement.
FC Sion player suspended
FC Sion midfielder Geoffroy Serey Die was suspended for eight matches for slapping a ball boy in the face after his team were beaten by a relegation rival. The Swiss Football League said its disciplinary commission acted after studying television pictures of the incident at a full hearing. Sion and Serey Die can appeal within five days. Serey Die struck the young boy after Sion lost 1-0 at Lausanne-Sport on May 2. Swiss media reported that the Ivorian player believed the ball had been returned to play too slowly. Sion’s defeat helped ensure they must play a relegation playoff against a second-tier team. Sion were deducted 36 league points after lengthy legal challenges to FIFA, UEFA and Swiss soccer authorities.