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Argentina's Manu Ginobili, right, drives to the basket against Russia's Andrei Kirilenko, center, during the men's bronze medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, pool)

Argentina's Manu Ginobili, right, drives to the basket against Russia's Andrei Kirilenko, center, during the men's bronze medal basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, pool)

NFL

Browns trade QB McCoy to 49ers for two picks

CLEVELAND – The Browns discarded another quarterback. Colt McCoy will start over as a backup in San Francisco.

McCoy, who became expendable when Cleveland signed veteran free agent quarterback Jason Campbell last week, was traded yesterday to the San Francisco 49ers. The Browns confirmed the deal on the same day new Coach Rob Chudzinski welcomed more than 60 players for the start of the Browns’ offseason conditioning program.

The team only said the Browns received two “undisclosed” draft choices, but a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press the Browns got a fifth- and seventh-round pick in this month’s NFL draft in exchange for McCoy and Cleveland’s sixth-round pick. The person provided details of the trade on condition of anonymity.

NFL

Bengals re-sign cornerback Newman

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed cornerback Terence Newman to a two-year contract.

Newman will enter his 11th NFL season and second with the Bengals. He played his first nine seasons with Dallas after being drafted in the first round in 2003.

Last season, Newman led the Bengals in passes defensed with 14 and had two interceptions to raise his career total to 34.

Defensive Coordinator Mike Zimmer said Newman is “the kind of guy we want back as we work to keep our defense together.”

Cincinnati also has re-signed ends Robert Geathers, Michael Johnson and Wallace Gilberry, cornerback Adam Jones and linebacker Rey Maualuga from last year’s defense.

Baseball

Cubs place 2B Barney on DL with knee injury

PITTSBURGH – The Chicago Cubs placed second baseman Darwin Barney on the 15-day disabled list because of a laceration on his left knee.

Chicago activated infielder Alberto Gonzalez to replace Barney on the active roster.

Barney injured the knee while trying to track down a pop-up during Saturday’s exhibition against Houston. Barney received five stitches on the knee and was put on the DL as a precaution.

Brent Lillibridge started in Barney’s place for yesterday’s season opener in Pittsburgh.

The 27-year-old Barney batted .239 in spring training. He hit .254 with seven home runs and 44 RBIs in 156 games for the Cubs in 2012.

To make room for Gonzalez on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated right-hander Robert Whitenack for assignment.

NBA

Spurs’ Ginobili expected to miss 3-4 weeks

SAN ANTONIO – Spurs guard Manu Ginobili could miss the start of the playoffs because of a strained hamstring that is expected to sideline him three to four weeks.

The timetable released by the Spurs yesterday comes a day after Ginobili did not play in an 88-86 loss to the Miami Heat. The 35-year-old Ginobili injured his right hamstring in a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers last week.

The regular season ends April 17. San Antonio is 1½ games ahead of Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference and may now have to protect that lead without their third-leading scorer. Ginobili is averaging 11.9 points and 4.6 assists.

The Spurs recently went 6-2 without All-Star Tony Parker before the point guard returned from an ankle sprain.

College basketball

Purvis planning to transfer from NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. – A person familiar with the situation said North Carolina State freshman Rodney Purvis plans to transfer.

The person said Purvis informed the coaching staff yesterday, the same day junior C.J. Leslie announced he would enter the NBA draft. The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school hasn’t made an official announcement.

The guard was one of three McDonald’s All-Americans to join the Wolfpack this season. He started 23 games and averaged 8.3 points, though his minutes fell off late in the year when the Wolfpack moved freshman forward T.J. Warren into the starting lineup to give the team some size and rebounding.

College basketball

Former Toledo coach Nichols dies at 82

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference record holder for men’s basketball coaching victories has died. Former Toledo coach Bob Nichols was 82.

Toledo University’s athletic department said Nichols died on Saturday. A cause of death was not released.

Nichols led the Rockets to three NCAA Tournament appearances and won 376 games in 22 seasons at Toledo from 1965 through 1987.

He also won five Mid-American Conference titles at Toledo, where he played basketball in the early 1950s.

Nichols was fired by Toledo in 1987, after two losing seasons.

The basketball floor at the school’s arena is named in his honor.

A funeral will be held Friday in Toledo.

College sports

Western Kentucky headed to Conference USA

IRVING, Texas – Western Kentucky is moving to Conference USA.

C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said yesterday that the Hilltoppers are set to officially join the league July 1, 2014.

Western Kentucky will be the fifth Sun Belt Conference school in a year to move to C-USA. Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and North Texas are leaving the Sun Belt this summer for Conference USA.

Conference USA is expanding to 14 football teams in time for the 2013 season, even as four of its current teams are leaving for the Big East this summer.

Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson says Western Kentucky’s decision isn’t a surprise to him based on his discussions with school officials and recent speculation.

NHL

Hurricanes activate G Ellis from IR

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes activated goalie Dan Ellis from injured reserve.

The team announced the move yesterday, a few hours before its game at Montreal.

Ellis had been out since suffering a cut near his left knee in the final minute of a loss to New Jersey on March 21.

He was brought in during the offseason to back up Cam Ward, an All-Star who will be out at least two more weeks with a sprained left knee.

Ellis was 4-5 with a goals-against average of 2.65 when he was hurt.

The team also sent John Muse to its AHL affiliate in Charlotte. He did not play in three games as the backup to Justin Peters.

NHL

Flyers trade Zolneirczyk to Anaheim for Rosehill

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Flyers acquired forward Jay Rosehill from the Anaheim Ducks for forward Harry Zolnierczyk.

The teams announced the trade yesterday.

Zolnierczyk played in 44 regular-season games over two years for the Flyers. He had three goals and seven points this season.

Rosehill has spent the season with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, where he had four goals and eight points, and 90 penalty minutes in 33 games. He did not score a point in 31 career NHL games with Toronto.

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