Report: Seven-footer Trayvon Reed commits to Maryland

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Maryland has landed their fourth recruit in the Class of 2014, as seven-footer Trayvon Reed has committed to the Terps, according to multiple reports.

He is ranked 68th in the class by Rivals.

Reed is Maryland’s fourth top 100 commitment, joining point guard Romelo Trimble and wings Jared Nickens and Dion Wiley, but he’s the first front court player in the class. As of now, Reed is more of a project than anything. He’s got loads of potential given his size, athleticism and coordination, but he needs to add quite a bit of weight and strength to be able to compete with some of the big bodies in the Big Ten. It would also be nice to see him add a post move or two, as his offensive at this point is more-or-less a dunk.

Regardless, Maryland is shaping up to be a real problem when they enter the…

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Athletics place Bartolo Colon on 15-day disabled list

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The Athletics have placed starter Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The right-hander apparently suffered the injury while doing flat ground work yesterday. Left-hander Tommy Milone will start in his place tomorrow against the Indians.

As a result of Colon’s injury, the Athletics have changed course with lefty Brett Anderson, working his way back from a stress fracture in his right foot. Brett Anderson will now start rather than relieve for Triple-A Sacramento, and will go three innings rather than two as the team prefers to keep its options open with the Colon injury.

Colon was having a great 2013 campaign, owning a 2.97 ERA in 154.1 innings.

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New head coach Brett Brown assures Evan Turner that Sixers won’t be trying to lose on purpose

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It has to be discouraging to players already in place on a team’s roster to see it essentially gutted and left with mostly rookies and minimum salary players in advance of the upcoming season.

That’s what Sixers guard Evan Turner is going through this summer.

After starting all 82 games for Philadelphia last year alongside All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, Turner has seen his backcourt mate traded and his head coach replaced, without anything close to tangible improvement being made anywhere else on the roster.

The Sixers are projected to be near the bottom of the league-wide standings next year, and Turner, entering his fourth NBA season with the club, is rightfully concerned about his future role and what direction the team may be headed.

New head coach Brett Brown tried to assure Turner that winning is indeed the priority, despite such a rocky offseason.

From Tom Moore of PhillyBurbs.com

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Mets Top Catching Prospect d’Arnaud Ready For Major League Debut

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SAN DIEGO (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Mets have promoted catcher Travis d’Arnaud from Triple-A and put him into the starting lineup for his major league debut.

D’Arnaud was batting sixth Saturday night against San Diego. The Mets put catcher John Buck on the paternity list.

The 24-year-old d’Arnaud was hitting .304 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 19 games. He broke his left foot on April 17 and returned on July 24.

D’Arnaud was the key player the Mets received from Toronto in the offseason trade for NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.

He says he feels ready to play every day. He was set to catch Jenrry Mejia on Saturday and ace Matt Harvey on Sunday.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he likes what he’s seen from d’Arnaud.

“His confidence back there and the way he handled some of the older pitchers in spring…

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