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MAVERICKS-WIZARDS TRADE

Wizards get C Blair in deal with Dallas

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Wizards have acquired center DeJuan Blair in a sign-and-trade deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

The 6-foot-7 Blair averaged 6.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 78 games in his only season with Dallas. He spent his first four seasons with San Antonio and has career averages of 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds.

Dallas obtained the rights to Emir Preldzic in Tuesday's trade. The 6-9 Preldzic was selected by Phoenix with the 57th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

RANGERS-ROYALS TRADE

Royals acquire RHP Jason Frasor from Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Kansas City Royals have acquired veteran reliever Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers for Triple-A right-hander Spencer Patton.

The trade was made Wednesday, the same day Patton was scheduled to participate in the Triple-A All-Star game. The Rangers will assign him to Triple-A Round Rock.

Frasor was 1-1 with a 3.34 ERA in 38 appearances this season, his second in Texas. He spent nine seasons with Toronto (2004-12), returning to the Blue Jays after being traded to the White Sox in July 2011 and finishing that season in Chicago.

Patton is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA and 14 saves in 34 relief appearances for Triple-A Omaha this season. He has 60 strikeouts in 46 1-3 innings while holding opponents to a .161 batting average.

COWBOYS-ORTON RELEASED

Dallas Cowboys release backup QB Kyle Orton

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Quarterback Kyle Orton has been released by the Dallas Cowboys.

The expected move Wednesday came after Tony Romo's backup skipped all the offseason workouts amid reports Orton was considering retirement.

The Cowboys report to training camp in California next week.

Orton was fined about $70,000 for failing to report during the offseason and missing the mandatory minicamp in June. The move saves Dallas about $3.25 million this season, but will cost the team about that amount on the salary cap over the next two seasons.

Brandon Weeden takes over as Romo's backup. Weeden, Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2012, signed with the Cowboys in March and worked with the first team during the offseason while Romo continued his recovery from back surgery.

TEXAS TECH-BETHEL

Texas Tech reinstates player who punched woman

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas Tech has reinstated a highly regarded defensive back from Miami who last month broke the jaw of a Lady Raiders basketball player.

Tech athletics spokesman Blayne Beal said Wednesday that Nigel Bethel II will return to the team, but will sit out the first three games of his first season.

Berthel punched Amber Battle her during a June 28 pickup basketball game at the campus recreation center and was dismissed from the football program the next day. However, Lubbock County grand jurors declined to indict Bethel on an aggravated assault charge Tuesday.

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said as more information on the incident came to light, the decision to dismiss Bethel was revisited.

Battle, who has acknowledged shoving Bethel first, will sit out games in November.

PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12

Baylor QB Petty, TCU DE Fields top Big 12 players

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty and TCU defensive end Devonte Fields are the Big 12 preseason players of the year.

The league released its preseason All-Big 12 teams Wednesday as selected by media members who cover the conference.

Petty passed for 4,200 yards and 32 touchdowns while setting 17 school records last season as the Bears won their first Big 12 title and played in their only BCS bowl.

Fields was also the top preseason defensive pick last season, but had only four tackles without a sack while playing only three games before a foot injury.

Oklahoma State receiver Tyreek Hill is the preseason newcomer of the year. The transfer from Garden City Community College won the 200 meters at the Big 12 indoor track and field championship this spring.

EX-MICHIGAN PLAYER-ASSAULT

Probation for ex-Michigan receiver Darryl Stonum

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - A judge has sentenced ex-Michigan wide receiver Darryl Stonum to three years' probation for assaulting his girlfriend in suburban Detroit.

The Stafford, Texas, native played 36 games for Michigan in 2008-2010, with 1,008 yards receiving and six touchdowns. The Wolverines dismissed Stonum in 2012 for breaking team rules, and he transferred to Baylor.

On June 25, an Oakland County Circuit Court jury convicted Stonum of felonious assault and domestic violence. The charges involve attacks in Southfield in 2013.

Judge James Alexander issued the sentence Wednesday, also ordering Stonum to perform 500 hours of community service.

Alexander told the 24-year-old that he's a "huge disappointment who "had it all." In court Wednesday, Stonum said he loved his ex-girlfriend and knows he's been "a big disappointment to her" and his family.

COWBOYS CLASSIC-USC-ALABAMA

Alabama-USC set to play in 2016 Cowboys Classic

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Alabama and Southern California are set for their first regular-season matchup since some storied games in the 1970s.

The Crimson Tide and the Trojans will play in the 2016 Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas. The Labor Day weekend season opener at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium will be held Sept. 3, 2016.

The last time Alabama and USC met in the regular season was 1978, when the Crimson Tide were the AP national champions and the Trojans finished No. 1 in the UPI poll. Alabama's only loss that season was 24-14 to USC.

Defending national champion Florida State plays Oklahoma State in this year's Cowboys Classic on Aug. 30.

Alabama is also playing in the 2015 kickoff game, against Wisconsin. The Crimson Tide beat Michigan 41-14 in the 2012 game.

BROYLES AWARD-COMMITTEE

Fulmer, Mack Brown added to Broyles committee

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Former coaches Mack Brown of Texas and Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee have been named to the selection committee for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.

The Little Rock Rotary Club announced the addition Wednesday. The panel includes former coaches Vince Dooley of Georgia, Hayden Fry of Iowa and Barry Switzer of Oklahoma, among others.

Brown coached Texas to a national title in 2006 and Fulmer led Tennessee to one in 1998. Both also have had assistant coaches win the Broyles Award: Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis in 2005 and Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe in 1998.

The award is named after longtime Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, who had 24 assistants become head coaches.

This year's winner will be announced Dec. 9.

GRINER'S SEASON

Griner blossoming in WNBA after rough 1st year

PHOENIX (AP) - After a tough first season in the WNBA, Brittney Griner is blossoming into the player everyone thought she would be, all the while embracing her status as a role model for gays.

Last season, Griner was in the spotlight after leaving Baylor, coming out and writing a candid memoir "In My Skin" that was critical of her college coach Kim Mulkey.

Griner says the book wasn't really a distraction, but the media attention "was crazy."

After playing in China during the WNBA offseason, Griner returned to the Phoenix Mercury stronger and more confident. As her Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi says, "She's a totally different player."

The 6-foot-8 Griner had her second dunk of the season in a win on Tuesday night, when Phoenix improved to a league-leading 17-3 record.

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