Cavs sign Wiggins, who can't be traded for 30 days

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CLEVELAND -- The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days.

Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can't be finalized for at least 30 days.

The Cavs and Timberwolves have had talks about a trade involving Love for months, long before Cleveland selected Wiggins, the former Kansas standout, with the first pick in May's draft. Those discussions have intensified lately, and the sides can still reach an agreement on a trade but nothing can be finalized until late August.

Cleveland's decision to sign Wiggins actually makes it easier to trade him. Before his deal, he had zero value on the salary cap but his contract -- worth $5.5 million -- could allow the Cavs to clear enough room to take on a player like Love, who is sent to earn $15.7 million next season.

• Football

Players arrested: Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.

Wide receivers Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds.

Sanders, a junior, has played in 23 career games and started seven last year. He has 39 career receptions for 376 yards and one touchdown. Meander is a redshirt freshman.

SEC Network deal: Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have reached deals with ESPN to carry the SEC Network.

The network debuts on Aug. 14 and will be available to some 60 million households nationally. The network will televise at least 45 SEC football games this season and more than 1,000 live events in its first year.

• Golf

Canadian Open: Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open on Thursday, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal.

Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith and Kyle Stanley were a stroke back, and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Nick Watney and Robert Allenby topped the group at 66.

Langer leads: Bernhard Langer opened with a 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the British Senior Open at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl on Thursday.

Langer, who lost a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and then was beaten for the title in a playoff, was out in a best-of-the-day 31.

U.S. upset: Yani Tseng made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give Taiwan a sweep of the top-seeded United States team Thursday in the opening round of the International Crown. Earlier, Candie Kung and Teresa Lu beat Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr 4 and 3. Each team receives two points for a win and one for a tie.

The United States (0 points) will face Spain (3) on Friday.

• Elsewhere

Nibali dominates: Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days.

The last real challenge will be Saturday's individual time trial, but Nibali's lead is so big, 7:10 ahead of Pinot, that it would take a collapse for him to lose the yellow jersey before Sunday.

Knoblauch charged: Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife.

Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.

The Minnesota Twins canceled Knoblauch's induction ceremony into the Twins Hall of Fame that was scheduled for Aug. 23.

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