Cavs taking close look at Kansas prospect Embiid

TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer Published:

CLEVELAND -- As they search for a new coach, the Cavaliers are taking a close look at an intriguing player.

Kansas center Joel Embiid worked out Wednesday for the Cavs, who are trying to decide what to do with the No. 1 overall pick in this month's NBA draft. The 7-foot Embiid, who has only been playing basketball for a few years, arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday night for his visit, the team confirmed. The Cavs are eager to put Embiid thorough medical physical as there have been concerns about the 18-year-old's back.

Embiid missed the tail end of his freshman season with the Jayhawks because of what was described as a stress fracture in his lower back. Embiid did not attend the league's pre-draft combine last month in Chicago, and his medical records were not released by the school. The Cavs don't want to take any chances with a selection after last year's top pick, forward Anthony Bennett, struggled during his first year after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Embiid is the first of the top prospects to visit the Cavs, who are expected to meet with Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins and Duke forward Jabari Parker.

Ideally, the Cavs would like to have a new coach in place by the June 26 draft, but have not put a timetable on hiring their third coach in three years.

• Basketball

Spartans get transfer: Michigan State has confirmed guard Eron Harris is transferring to the school from West Virginia.

The 6-foot-3 Harris averaged 17.2 points last season as a sophomore, ranking fourth in the Big 12. He made .422 percent of his 3-point attempts, ranking third in the conference. He scored a team-high 9.8 points per game two years ago as a freshman.

Sparks sign guard: The Los Angeles Sparks signed free-agent guard Samantha Prahalis on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-7 guard averaged 8.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 39 career games the last two seasons with Phoenix and New York. She was the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year and finished her Ohio State career as the conference's assists leader with 901.

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Roberson won the state's Mr. Football Award in 2010 and appeared to be Indiana's quarterback of the future after becoming the first true freshman to ever start for the Hoosiers. But in 2012, the sophomore broke his lower left leg during the second game of the season and wound up splitting the quarterback duties with Nate Sudfeld most of last season. Roberson started four games in 2013.

Sonnen retires: UFC veteran Chael Sonnen retired from mixed martial arts a day after confirming he failed a recent drug test.

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The stadium's future remains in limbo as lease negotiations between St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the stadium authority drag on. The Rams can break their 30-year lease after the upcoming season, which would be a decade early.

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