Cavaliers snap up Luol Deng
The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired All Star forward Luol Deng in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, the team announced on Monday. Cleveland will receive Deng in exchange for center Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks sent to the Bulls. Chicago will also have the right to swap 2015 first-round picks with the Cavaliers. “We are very excited for Luol to join the Cavaliers organization,” Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous defensive player that can impact the game on both ends of the court with a team first mentality and is a high character leader.” The Bulls are expected to release Bynum in a move that will give them financial flexibility and help them build for the future once franchise player Derrick Rose returns from his lengthy injury absence. Cleveland will add the 28-year-old Deng to a young roster that is currently outside of the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Briton, who has missed time recently with a sore Achilles, has averaged 19 points and 6.9 rebounds for the Bulls this season.
Neureuther wins slalom
Germany’s Felix Neureuther used a blistering second run to edge first-leg leader Marcel Hirscher and win a World Cup night slalom on Monday. Trailing by just 0.01 after the opening run, Neureuther attacked from start to finish in his second trip down the Stelvio course for a two-leg combined time of 1 minute, 59.75 seconds. Hirscher, the two-time defending overall World Cup winner from Austria, finished second, 0.36 seconds behind, and Manfred Moelgg of Italy moved up from sixth after the opening run to place third, 0.65 back. Naoki Yuasa of Japan had the fastest second run and jumped from 21st to fourth.
Compensation plans unveiled
Lawyers representing former NFL players in the proposed US$765 million settlement of concussion-related claims have detailed how the money would be distributed. The awards could reach US$5 million for athletes with Lou Gehrig’s disease, US$4 million for suicides, and US$3 million for dementia cases. Senior US District Judge Anita Brody of Philadelphia must still approve the plan. Under the formula, men under 45 would get the most money because of their lifetime needs. The money decreases with age and the severity of the cognitive problem. A 60-year-old with Alzheimer’s disease would get US$950,000; an 80-year-old with early dementia US$25,000. The former players include Kevin Turner of the Philadelphia Eagles, who is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Jagr to lead at Sochi
New Jersey Devils veteran star Jaromir Jagr will lead the Czech Republic ice-hockey team at the Sochi Winter Olympics, head coach Alois Hadamczik told reporters on Monday. Nominated for his fifth Olympics, the 41-year-old Jagr is the only player on the 25-man roster who won the surprise Olympic gold at Nagano 1998. “I am convinced we have tried to pick the best team which will stick together and be determined to achieve the best result possible,” Hadamczik said. “Our goal at Sochi is a medal. Looking at the tradition, ambitions and reputation of our hockey, it can’t be otherwise,” Czech Ice Hockey Association head Tomas Kral added. The Czechs begin the Olympic tournament against Sweden on Feb. 12.