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Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Williams (7) walks off the court at the end of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Houston. The Rockets won 112-101. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Williams (7) walks off the court at the end of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, in Houston. The Rockets won 112-101. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)


Source: Wolves trading Williams to Kings

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Timberwolves are trading former No. 2 overall draft pick Derrick Williams to the Sacramento Kings for Luc Mbah a Moute.

Two people with knowledge of the deal say the agreement was reached last night. The people requested anonymity because neither team has officially announced the deal.

Williams with the No. 2 overall draft choice in 2011. But he never was able to carve a niche in Rick Adelman’s rotation and it became increasingly clear early this season that he had no role on the Timberwolves. Williams is averaging 4.9 points in under 15 minutes per game this season.

Mbah a Moute is averaging 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in nine games for the Kings this season.


Gasol hopes to be back soon from sprained knee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol said he will have to be off his sprained left knee for three to four weeks before he can begin rehab.

Gasol sustained a grade two sprain of the medial collateral ligament in a game against San Antonio on Friday night. He said yesterday that he will try to fast-track his return but there is no timetable until the team sees how he responds to treatment.

Some estimates have Gasol missing as much as two months. Kosta Koufos, obtained in an offseason trade with the Nuggets is expected to fill most of Gasol’s minutes.

The 7-foot-1 Spaniard ranks second on the Grizzlies in scoring rebounds and assists.


League suspends Titans’ Griffin one game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The NFL suspended Titans safety Michael Griffin one game without pay as a repeat offender of the league’s rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

The league announced the penalty yesterday from Merton Hanks, the NFL’s vice president of football operations.

Griffin cannot practice or play Sunday against Indianapolis or take part in any football activities with the Titans until Dec. 2.

The safety was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s 23-19 win over Oakland for a hit on Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera. It was Griffin’s second violation this season and fourth since 2011. Griffin went in low but hit Rivera when the tight end stretched forward making a catch.

He has three days to appeal the suspension.


Dolphins RB Thomas expected to miss several games

DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas is expected to miss several games because of a left ankle injury, leaving the team with little experience behind starter Lamar Miller.

Marcus Thigpen and rookie Mike Gillislee will replace Thomas, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said yesterday. Thomas was hurt in Sunday’s loss to Carolina.

Thigpen is a kick returner with three carries in his two NFL seasons. Gillislee, a fifth-round draft pick from Florida in April, hasn’t been active yet.

Thomas handled the Dolphins’ short-yardage situations and was averaging 3.6 yards per carry.


Orioles obtain RHP Brach in trade with Padres

BALTIMORE – The Orioles acquired right-handed reliever Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres for a minor league pitcher.

The 27-year-old Brach had a 3.19 ERA in 33 games last season with the Padres, striking out 31 in 31 innings. In three seasons with San Diego, Brach went 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA over 109 appearances.

San Diego gets right-hander Devin Jones in yesterday’s trade. The 23-year-old Jones was 5-7 with a 5.64 ERA in 25 starts this year with Class A Frederick and Double-A Bowie.

Jones was selected by Baltimore in the ninth round of the 2011 amateur draft out of Mississippi State.

In another move yesterday, the Orioles claimed infielder Cord Phelps off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. Phelps batted .159 in 113 at-bats with Cleveland over the last three seasons.


Kings activate Carter, move Quick to IR

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The Los Angeles Kings activated forward Jeff Carter and moved goalie Jonathan Quick to the injured list.

The Kings made the moves yesterday before their game at Vancouver.

Carter hasn’t played since Oct. 30, missing 10 games with a foot injury.

He was the Western Conference’s top goal-scorer last season. He has five goals and four assists in 14 games this season.

Quick’s groin injury is expected to keep him out until late December. The 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner hasn’t played since Nov. 12, missing the Kings’ last six games.

Ben Scrivens has been one of the NHL’s best goalies in Quick’s absence. Los Angeles is 4-0-2 in his six starts since Quick’s injury, with Scrivens allowing just seven goals and posting two shutouts.

College football

Elon fires Coach Swepson after three seasons

ELON, N.C. – Elon University fired football Coach Jason Swepson after he went 10-24 in three seasons.

Athletic Director Dave Blank announced the decision yesterday.

He said “a change in leadership is necessary” to move the program forward.

Swepson came to Elon from Tom O’Brien’s staff at North Carolina State in 2011 when Pete Lembo left for Ball State.

The Phoenix was 5-19 in the Southern Conference under Swepson, a former running back at Boston College from 1998-92.

Elon was 2-10 this season, 1-7 in the SoCon and finished with six straight losses, including a 33-32 loss to Samford on Saturday. The Phoenix began the year with a 70-0 loss at Georgia Tech.

Blank said the school is conducting a national search for Swepson’s replacement.

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