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Suns trade Bell, Diaw for Richardson

December 11, 2008
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Basketball
Phoenix traded Raja Bell and Boris Diaw to the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday as part of a deal that sent Jason Richardson to the Suns. Rookie point guard Sean Singletary also went to Charlotte, while the Suns got small forward and former Boston College star Jared Dudley and a 2010 second-round draft pick. "We felt like we needed to shake things up a little bit," Suns general manager Steve Kerr said. "We wanted to add a great scorer in the backcourt to give us better balance to take some of the pressure off of Steve [ Nash]." Richardson is averaging 18.7 points this season. Bell, a former Boston University standout, had made it clear he was not happy with the Suns' switch from coach Mike D'Antoni's high-flying style to the more deliberate approach of new coach Terry Porter. Diaw's playing time had dwindled behind Amare Stoudemire . . . Knicks guard Cuttino Mobley will retire, a person familiar with the decision said. The Knicks have called a press conference for today, when the former Rhode Island sharpshooter will announce his decision. Mobley, acquired from the Clippers last month, never played for the Knicks after a physical exam revealed a heart problem.

Daniels, Crittenton, James dealt
The New Orleans Hornets sent veteran guard Mike James to Washington in exchange for Antonio Daniels as part of a three-team trade that returned a future first-round draft pick from the Wizards to the Grizzlies. Memphis also dealt second-year guard Javaris Crittenton to Washington and sent a conditional second-round pick to New Orleans, while the Wizards waived guard Dee Brown. Daniels "has always been a steady, proven guard in this league," said Hornets coach Byron Scott. "He has won at the highest level and is a clutch player." According to Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld, "This trade strengthens and energizes our backcourt by giving us a veteran guard in Mike James, who can help us immediately with his stability and scoring ability, and a young guard in Javaris Crittenton, who can help us now and in the future with his athleticism." . . . Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson will miss at least two weeks because of an injured left big toe.

Hockey
Sakic breaks fingers in snowblower
Joe Sakic, the Avalanche captain already out with back problems, broke three fingers on his left hand when he tried to clear snow from a snowblower at his Colorado home and will be out at least three months. Sakic had surgery Tuesday night for the broken fingers, which included tendon damage in one. Team doctor Andy Parker said the procedure went well and that Sakic is expected to make a full recovery . . . Canadiens defenseman Mathieu Dandenault had surgery on his left arm, which was broken when he was hit along the boards by Dustin Boyd in a win over Calgary Tuesday, and is out indefinitely . . . Stars executives met to discuss what to do next with Sean Avery, the forward who's been suspended by the NHL for a distasteful remark about ex-girlfriends and written off by his teammates and coach. No decisions were announced.

College football
UConn's Brown wins Big East honor
Connecticut tailback Donald Brown was named the Big East Offensive Player of the Year, the first UConn player to earn one of the conference's major individual awards. The school became a member of the Big East in 2004. Brown ran for 1,822 yards and 17 touchdowns, leading the nation with an average of more than 151 yards per game . . . Senior defensive back Andrew Jackson of New Britain, Conn., became the first Merrimack player to earn first-team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association . . . Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo won the Rotary Lombardi Award, given to the nation's top college lineman or linebacker. .

Mullen takes over at Mississippi State
Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen will be the new coach at Mississippi State. It was not clear if Mullen will stay with the Gators through the national title game vs. Oklahoma Jan. 8. He replaces coach Sylvester Croom, who resigned after going 21-38 in five seasons as the Southeastern Conference's first black football coach . . . Buffalo coach Turner Gill, fresh off an improbable Mid-American Conference title, is a candidate for coaching vacancies at Syracuse and Auburn . . . Rutgers athletic director Robert E. Mulcahy will step down Dec. 31, two days after the Scarlet Knights play in the Papajohns.com Bowl, said president Richard L. McCormick. In a statement, Mulcahy said, "I was asked to resign. I have not offered my resignation."

Miscellany
Daly in no mood to say 'cheese'
John Daly smashed a spectator's camera into a tree while shooting a 6-over-par 78 in the first round of the Australian Open today. After pushing his tee shot wide on the ninth hole, Daly walked into a clump of trees, where spectator Brad Clegg tried to take a picture at close range . . . MLS Coach of the Year Sigi Schmid, 55, declined a contract offer with the Columbus Crew, GM and president Mark McCullers said, citing family issues . . . The Arena Football League voted via conference call not to suspend play in 2009, a reversal in a week in which the indoor league was poised to cancel the season.

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