CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters is denying an Internet report he has asked the team to deal him. The Cavs’ second-leading scorer said before last night’s game with Portland that he’s happy and comfortable in Cleveland and was surprised at the latest rumors. The trade talk involving the second-year guard began last month when reports surfaced Waiters was involved in a confrontation with teammates following a 29-point loss in Minnesota.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have bolstered their defensive line by signing defensive end Jeremy Mincey, who was released by Jacksonville after a falling-out with management last week. Mincey reunites with Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who was his head coach with the Jaguars earlier in his career. The Broncos made roster room by waiving center J.D. Walton.
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton and Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey are back on the Associated Press All-America team for the second straight season. The First Team includes Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis (JAYM’-ihs) Winston from Florida State. Heisman finalists Andre Williams from Boston College and Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch also made the first team.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A person familiar with the contract says the Baltimore Orioles and free agent closer Grant Balfour have agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract, pending a physical. Balfour went 1-3 with 38 saves in 41 opportunities with Oakland last season. He fills the void left by the trade of closer Jim Johnson, who was dealt to Oakland this month because Baltimore didn’t want to pay him around $10 million per season.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have been hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003. According to Major League Baseball calculations Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million. Boston finished just under the tax threshold for the second straight year, coming in $225,666 shy of the $178 million mark.