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Daily Jolt: Cavs coming up empty for top-pick deal

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Wednesday, June 19

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Cavs coming up empty for top-pick deal

The countdown of days to the draft has dwindled into the single digits, and eyes are still at the top of the talent grab, which finds Cleveland on the clock with the first selection. The Cavs have been talking to teams for weeks about a trade, but they are finding a limited market and at this point are likely to keep the pick. Sources in Cleveland strongly suggest that the Cavs have yet to make their decision. Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter, Alex Len and Noel all have visits and/or workouts scheduled in Cleveland this week. Noel is scheduled to visit the team Thursday and has a chance to seal the deal as the No. 1 pick if he performs well. ... [Sources] say Noel's strongest competition right now is Len, whom some in the organization favor. (

Closer crisis in Boston

Who's next? With the trade deadline six weeks away, and with the Red Sox having already tried to replace closer Andrew Bailey last winter with out-for-the-season Joel Hanrahan, it's fair to wonder whether they may look to do so again. Bailey didn't help his case Tuesday night. After Felix Doubront turned in eight masterful innings, Tampa Bay's Kelly Johnson hit Bailey's second pitch -- a fat fastball that caught too much of the plate -- for a game-tying solo homer. It marked Bailey's second blown save in his last four chances and the third time in four games that he has allowed runs. On June 10, Bailey had a two-run meltdown in the 10th inning against the Rays. Last Saturday, he gave up a solo homer to Orioles catcher Matt Wieters. (Boston Herald)Comment

Marchand accuses Shaw of eye-gouging

No, it wasn't a feline incident that left Brad Marchand with a scratch in the middle of his forehead -- it was a different sort of scrap with Blackhawks agitator Andrew Shaw after the two tangled in Game 3. Marchand and Shaw dropped the gloves, and though the tussle was brief, they both received five-minute major penalties. "Yeah, I've got a nice scratch on my forehead right there, a little claw mark. Like a kitty cat," Marchand said [Tuesday]. ... Marchand wasn't even offended that Shaw tried to get in a few blows after the pair tumbled to the ice along with a linesman trying to break things up. "Not really. That stuff happens," he said. "I've done that before. The eye gouge I didn't like." (Boston Herald)Comment

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