No players taken in NFL's supplemental draft
NEW YORK (AP) - None of the four eligible players were taken in the NFL's supplemental draft Thursday.
League spokesman Michael Signora says in an email that all four players - New Mexico receiver Chase Clayton, North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead - went undrafted and are now free agents.
The supplemental draft allows qualified underclassmen who did not request early entry into the regular draft to have a chance at entering the NFL. Teams submit picks and are awarded players if their bid - for which round they would take that player - is highest. Teams then lose the corresponding pick in next year's draft.
Vehicle swap leads to trouble for Gordon, Hairston
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston says he and Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon decided to swap vehicles following a chance meeting at a grocery store. Gordon was arrested driving while impaired in Hairston's 2015 Cadillac Escalade in Raleigh.
That random encounter brought together two athletes who have had their share of troubles.
A day after Gordon was arrested for DWI, a high school basketball player said Hairston punched him during a pickup game at a YMCA, leading to an August court hearing for Hairston.
Gordon is awaiting another possible NFL suspension for reportedly failing a drug test.
Hairston's college career ended after several NCAA violations. He played in the NBA Development League before being selected in last month's NBA draft.
Hornets name Chad Buchanan new assistant GM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Hornets have announced they've named Chad Buchanan as their assistant general manager.
Buchanan spent the last 10 years with the Portland Trail Blazers, the last seven working as the director of college scouting. Buchanan also served as Portland's acting general manager from 2011-12 and was responsible for all player transactions, including the 2011 NBA Draft and free agency.
Hornets general manager Rich Cho says Buchanan is "extremely organized and well prepared and will add another dimension to our basketball operations department with his extensive scouting and player evaluation experience."
The Hornets front office experienced a shake-up last month when president of basketball operations Rod Higgins, a longtime friend of team owner Michael Jordan, left the organization.
Hornets extend offer sheet to Gordon Hayward
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Hornets general manager Rich Cho says the team has extended an offer sheet to free agent Gordon Hayward.
The deal signed Thursday would pay the small forward $63 million over the next four years. The Jazz have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to match the offer and retain Hayward.
By signing the offer sheet, the sign and trade possibility with the Jazz is no longer an option.
The 6-foot-8 Hayward averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.2 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season while leading his team in scoring and minutes played.
The ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, Hayward has played all four seasons in Utah scoring in double figures 63 times with nine double-doubles while averaging 12 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
SC ALL-STAR BOWLS
SC down to 1 college all-star game
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is down to one college football all-star game.
The Medal of Honor Bowl in Charleston said Thursday it had hired the founder of the College All-Star game in Greenville, David Wyatt, for its organization. Wyatt says his move means there's no need to organize the Upstate game in 2015.
The Medal of Honor Bowl was played for the first time this past January at the Citadel's Johnson Hagood Stadium. It featured NFL draft-eligible players from all five of college football's power conferences.
Wyatt says his work will include developing a leadership conference and coordinating a business mentor program that participating players can use.
The Medal of Honor Bowl is in the second year of a five-year agreement with Citadel.
S CAROLINA-MORE THAN A'JA
Gamecocks other prospects eager to make mark
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A'ja Wilson is South Carolina's most-talked about newcomer on the women's basketball team this fall and she's part of the country's No. 2 signing class.
Coach Dawn Staley brought in two other McDonald's All-Americans besides Wilson in 6-foot-4 forward Jatarie White and 5-6 guard Bianca Cuevas. Those three along with fellow freshmen in guards Kaydra Duckett and Doniyah Cliney all come in looking to make a quick and significant impact for the defending Southeastern Conference regular-season champions.
Staley wouldn't have it any other way. The basketball Hall-of-Famer has steadily built the Gamecocks into a program the country's best prospects can't ignore and she won't stand on protocol if her younger players earn the right to play.
Staley says there could be difficult decisions on playing time ahead.
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