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NBA

Proposed Dwight Howard deal to Nets could contain more than 10 players

Cleveland Could Be Free Agent Destination For Andrew Bynum in ’13

Boston loves Jared Sullinger after scoring 20 points his first summer league game

NCAA

How the great college football teams stay great

BASEBALL

‘MLB: The Show” says NL will win All-Star Game

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Time to move on from steroids

Yesterday’s acquittal of Roger Clemens on perjury charges will hopefully bring the end to the government’s “quest to find truth” in the steroids controversy.

I don’t agree with taking steroids, but the government should not be involved in this battle.

Unfortunately, Clemens true judgement will lie down the road could be with his health if he did indeed take steroids.

OHIO STATE CLEARED – On the subject of the courts staying out of sports, I’m glad to see that the Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled against ESPN in their suit against Ohio State over records regarding “TatGate.”

Let it go. It’s over.

I do like how Ohio State put provisions in new coach Urban Meyer’s contract on reporting NCAA violations.

It may be too late, but it’s good that the school has installed checks.

REASON FOR CONCERN? – Yesterday’s report that Ohio State standout Jared Sullinger was red-flagged by doctors before the NBA Draft could end up benefiting the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sullinger was projected as a lottery pick, but may fall to No. 24 (the Cavaliers second first-round selection) after the report.

If he falls that far, the Cavaliers should pounce.

They can use inside scoring and the payoff outweighs the risk late in the first round.

BOBCAT FAIL – I’m stunned that the Charlotte Bobcats chose a life-time assistant, Mike Dunlap, as its new head coach.

For as great as Michael Jordan was as a player, it’s embarrassing to figure out why he can’t evaluate talent better.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Monday’s View From The Pugh column features sports news and commentary. E-mail viewfromthepugh@yahoo.com to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Cavaliers reportedly looking for a trade

The Cleveland Cavaliers don’t appear to be content with the No. 4 pick in this month’s NBA Draft.

A report from HoopsWorld indicates the team is talking to Portland about trading picks No.4 and No. 24 to the Trail Blazers for picks No.6 and No. 11.

It seems like Portland is giving up a lot, but the team is reportedly in favor of Connecticut big man Andre Drummond.

If I were the Cavs, I would do this trade.

According to ESPN, Cleveland also reportedly offered all four draft picks to New Orleans for the top pick in the draft. Although Kentucky center Anthony Davis would be nice a Cavalier uniform, the Cavs shouldn’t do this deal. Thankfully the Hornets already reportedly turned the deal down.

FEELING A DRAFT – The Columbus Blue Jackets will hold a NHL Draft Party 6 p.m. June 22 at Nationwide Arena.

Admission is free.

The first 500 fans to enter will receive a free T-shirt, and free parking is available in the garage attached to Nationwide Arena.

In conjunction with the NBC Sports Network telecast shown on the video scoreboard, team broadcasters George Matthews and Bill Davidge, alongside Blue Jackets Radio Network host Mark Wyant, will anchor the radio broadcast live on ESPN 1460 starting at 7 p.m.

In addition, Jeff Rimer and Bob McElligott will contribute analysis and interviews direct from the Draft in Pittsburgh.

The festivities will be headlined by the appearances of James Wisniewski and Cam Atkinson who will be on hand to sign autographs and join kids for street hockey. Participating players will be named at a later date.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Monday’s View From The Pugh column features sports news and commentary. E-mail viewfromthepugh@yahoo.com to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

If Cleveland took Thome back, why not LeBron?

I remember when Jim Thome first left Cleveland.

The man was vilified by the fans and press and heavily booed the next couple of trips back to Cleveland.

Fast forward to late last summer.

When the Cleveland Indians brought him back at the end of the season, fans threw a party.

The team sold out games it hadn’t sold out for weeks beforehand and when Thome left again shortly after the season for Philadelphia, no one seemed to mind much.

Now, ex-Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James superstar told Ohio reporters last week that he wouldn’t rule out a return to his former team.

There is no doubt that LeBron’s comments upset many Cavaliers fans still raging about “The Decision,” but if Cleveland fans can accept Thome’s return, why not LeBron.

Although James hasn’t won a title yet, he represents Cleveland’s best chance at a championship in basketball.

I don’t understand why Thome was welcomed back with welcome arms, while LeBron continues to be hated.

Can someone explain this to me?

GO TO THE BENCH – Ohio State mens basketball could be in serious trouble if they can’t score points.

What is more troubling is that coach Thad Matta doesn’t go to his bench more often.

He did play nine guys in last night’s loss to Michigan, but needs to do that a lot more to be successful.

WHY THE FUSS OVER NASH TRADE? – I wish the combination of Rick Nash and Jeff Carter would have been more productive this year for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

I’m annoyed that the team is bad this year and that Nash is openly being shopped.

But the team has 40 points this year with Nash AND Carter.

It’s unfair to blame the mess on Nash alone, but something needs to be done.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Monday’s View From The Pugh column features sports news and commentary. E-mail viewfromthepugh@yahoo.com to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Don’t take a chance on Randy Moss

In case you missed it, Randy Moss wants to make a NFL comeback next year.

Moss made the announcement this morning on uStream.

“I wanna play football,” Moss said on the broadcast. “Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I’m really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life.”

His agent said Moss is ready to play.

“Randy and I have discussed it,” Jim Segal said of the possibility of Moss coming out of retirement. “He still has his fire and he’s looking forward to playing football. He’s excited.”

I’m glad Randy is excited, but I don’t believe the NFL should be.

Remember 2010?

Moss went from the Patriots to the Vikings to the Titans, all in one year, and left all three teams in shambles.

It’s a definite risk.

But the Randy Moss of 2007 (23 touchdowns) is getting further and further away from his record-setting year.

In the past, an unproductive Moss can be a clubhouse problem.

It’s a risk NFL teams shouldn’t take.

CAVALIERS ARE HURTING – As much as I love the hustle and intensity of Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, I believe he’s too injury-prone for the team to count on him as a long-term answer to their rebuilding needs. When he gets healthy, the team needs to trade him when they can.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Monday’s View From The Pugh column features sports news and commentary. E-mail viewfromthepugh@yahoo.com to submit an item for consideration for a future column).

Sports notes: New NFL record doesn’t mean as much as 1984

I like Drew Brees, but breaking the NFL single-season passing record doesn’t mean as much as when Dan Marino set the record in 1984.

The league has changed.

So many rules have been set to protect the offenses, that passing for a lot of yards doesn’t mean as much as 1984.

FLEX NIGHTMARE — I like how the NFL changes the start time of games to feature games with playoff implications, but changing both the Bengals-Ravens and Steelers-Browns games doesn’t make sense. Why not leave one at 1 and change the other to 4:15 so more can watch both games.

OVERWHELMED — Is it just me, or does Browns head coach Pat Shurmur always look overwhelmed on the sideline.

LAKERS, CAVALIERS LOOK ROUGH — Time may be slipping by quickly for the Los Angeles Lakers. They look really old.

I’m also concerned about the Cleveland Cavaliers. It looks like a really long season for them.

Cool job post of the day …

This would be a great opportunity for my friends in the communications industry.

Information courtesy of Kelly Blazek. You can check out her web site here.

PA ANNOUNCER – CANTON CHARGE
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The PA announcer will be the main voice of the Canton Charge while in the arena. The PA announcer will work closely with the game presentation team to create the most entertaining game experience in the NBA D-League.
Requirements:
*You should have strong vocal talent
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*You must have a strong knowledge of NBA D-League basketball; including rules and players
*You must feel comfortable announcing to large crowds on a microphone
*You must be able to attend all home Charge games and arrive two hours before game time for each game
*You should be receptive to both positive and negative feedback
*You will work closely with the Director of Game Presentation
*You must feel comfortable working with NBA D-League referees and NBA D-League statisticians
*Experience working as a PA announcer, in television, in radio or on stage is preferred.
Application process:
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In addition, please submit a voice sample using the following script:
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What's going on with LeBron?

To say LeBron James struggled Tuesday night in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks would be an understatement.

It’s unfair to say even the best athletes aren’t allowed to have bad games, but LeBron’s poor peformance last Tuesday night as well as Game 5 of last year’s playoffs against the Boston Celtics is bizarre.

What do you think?

Growing nightmare for Cavaliers fans

The Miami Heat are one step closer to winning the NBA title after defeating Dallas last night, 88-86 and taking a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals.

Do you think they will win the series?

Will you be ticked if LeBron wins his first title?

Cavaliers win draft lottery

After yesterday’s post hoping for a big summer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, they took a big first step by winning yesterday’s NBA Draft Lottery.