The Insider: Lynx’s Moore named Western Conference Player of the Week
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore was named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday. The award is Moore’s second consecutive, third this season and eighth of her career.
In Minnesota's lone game this week heading into the All-Star break, Moore poured in a game-high 32 points in a 93-82 Lynx victory over the Tulsa Shock on July 16. It marked the ninth 30-plus point performance of the season for the Moore, tying Lauren Jackson (2007) for the 2nd-highest single-season total in WNBA history. Moore shot 10-for-18 from the field and set career highs for free throws made and attempted, going 11-for-13 from the charity stripe.
The 2013 WNBA Finals MVP added nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in helping the Lynx win their 17th game of the year.
This season Moore leads the league in scoring and minutes played, averaging 24.1 points and 35 minutes per game. She also ranks fifth in steals (2.00 spg), sixth in free throw accuracy (87.7 percent) and eighth in rebounds (8.3 rpg).
Report: Cavaliers plan to sign Wiggins this week
The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract this week, according to ESPN.com.
The delay in signing the rookie shooting guard is reportedly not related to speculation that the team may trade him to the Minnesota Timberwolves for All-Star power forward Kevin Love.
Instead, the Cavaliers have been looking for ways to use their remaining $1.4 million in salary cap space before signing Wiggins to a contract that will pay him about $5.5 million this season.
The Cavaliers and Timberwolves have been in talks about a trade involving Wiggins and Love since star forward LeBron James decided to return to Cleveland.
However, NBA rules dictate that once Wiggins is signed, the Cavaliers must wait at least 30 days before they can trade him.
The Cavaliers want to use their remaining cap space to sign their second-round picks, guard Joe Harris and forward Dwight Powell, and then sign Wiggins. If they sign Wiggins first, they will not have the cap space to sign the other players.
Manziel’s No. 2 jersey highest seller in NFL
Johnny Manziel’s No. 2 Cleveland Browns jersey was the highest seller on NFLShop.com during the first quarter of the league’s fiscal year.
Manziel, taken No. 23 by the Browns in the draft, may or may not start for the team his rookie year. Despite that, his popular Johnny Football moniker has made him a star in Cleveland after his collegiate career at Texas A&M.
After Manziel, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made up the top four selling jerseys in the NFL.
The only defensive players with jerseys in the top 10 were Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (No. 5) and St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam (No. 6). Sam, a rookie, was the first openly gay player ever drafted.
Reports: Uggla to sign contract with Giants
Second baseman Dan Uggla agreed to a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants, according to multiple reports.
The Giants will assign Uggla to Triple-A Fresno.
The Atlanta Braves released the struggling second baseman late last week. In 48 games this year, Uggla batted just .162 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 130 at-bats.
Last season, Uggla batted .179 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs and had corrective eye surgery. The Braves left him off the postseason roster after he lost his starting job to Elliot Johnson.
Uggla, a three-time All-Star, had a 33-game hitting streak in 2011. He also struck out 495 times in 451 games from 2011-13.
Uggla began this season as the starting second baseman, but batted just .212 in April and an even-worse .080 in 25 May at-bats.
— Reuters/Staff reports