Sports Briefs 2-6-14

MELISSA MURPHY AP Sports Writer Published:

NEW YORK -- Billie Jean King will not attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics in Russia because her mother is ill.

King, who was selected to help lead the U.S. delegation to the Games, has been outspoken in her opposition to Russia's anti-gay law. She also planned to attend ice hockey and figure skating events and meet U.S. athletes during her three-day visit to the games.

The White House announced Wednesday that former U.S. hockey player Caitlin Cahow, originally scheduled for the closing ceremony, will take King's place.

King told The Associated Press that because of her mother's "failing health, I will not be able to join the U.S. Presidential delegation at this week's opening ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics."

Betty Moffitt, her 91-year-old mother, lives in Arizona and has been ill for some time. King will be joined by her brother Randy Moffitt, a former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.

• Basketball

Cavs fall to Lakers: The depleted Los Angeles Lakers had to keep Robert Sacre on the court after he fouled out in the fourth quarter of a 119-108 home victory against the Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Rookie Ryan Kelly scored a career-high 26 points and Steve Blake had 15 assists for Los Angeles.

C.J. Miles led Cleveland with 27 points.

Magic beat Pistons: Rookie Victor Oladipo came off the bench to score 20 points and Glen Davis had 18, leading the Orlando Magic to a 112-98 home victory against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Josh Smith scored 25 points for the Pistons.

Johnson buying Sparks: Magic Johnson is part of a group buying the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA.

The former Lakers great will take over a franchise that's been looking for new ownership the past six weeks. Johnson was a part owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers for a decade before selling his share of the team in 2011.

Army women in crash: The Army women's basketball team was in a bus accident Wednesday afternoon on the way back to their hotel before a game against Lehigh.

Coach Dave Magarity said the bus was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer and none of the team members were seriously hurt. The entire traveling party was taken to hospitals and everyone was released by late afternoon.

• Elsewhere

Schilling has cancer: Former star pitcher turned television analyst Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he is battling cancer.

The 47-year-old Schilling, who spent 20 years in the major leagues before retiring in 2009, divulged the news in a statement released through his employer, Bristol-based ESPN. It did not indicate what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be.

White withdraws: Shaun White is pulling out of the Olympic slopestyle contest to focus solely on winning a third straight gold medal on the halfpipe. White issued a statement to the "Today" show, saying that after much deliberation, he decided to concentrate on one event.

Cassel will void option: A person familiar with his decision tells The Associated Press that Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel will void the 2014 option on his contract and test the open market. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because he was not authorized to discuss Cassel's decision.

Rutgers critcized: A New Jersey lawmaker is criticizing Rutgers University for not making public the terms of an agreement it struck over the fees it must pay for exiting the former Big East athletic conference.

The university had argued it should not have to pay a $10 million exit fee this year to make its move to the Big Ten.

Beckham buys team: David Beckham has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion team in Miami, and the deal will be finalized the former English national team captain he can secure a financing plan and location for a new stadium.

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