Top pick Bennett of Cavaliers is 0 for 15 from the field as a pro
The No. 1 overall pick is still looking for basket No. 1.
Anthony Bennett, the first player taken in this year’s NBA draft, hasn’t scored a field goal for the Cavaliers.
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Through four games, Cleveland’s forward has missed each of his 15 shots from the field, including eight three-point attempts. The former UNLV player appears lost with the ball in his hands, causing some to wonder if the Cavs made a mistake with their choice.
According to STATS, Bennett is the fifth rookie — playing a minimum of five minutes each game — to begin his career without making a field goal in the first four games.
“He’s probably pressing to a certain degree,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said of the 20-year-old after practice Tuesday. “So it’s probably a little of that and a little bit of being on a big stage now in the regular season with it counting.
“There’s probably some of where his opponents are looking at him and saying that they’re going to come at him. They may not care that he’s the number-one pick.”
Stanford’s Ogwumike heads AP women’s All-America team
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Ogwumike was joined on the team by Baylor’s Odyssey Sims and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas. Connecticut teammates Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart rounded out the All-America team.
Texas to hire Patterson as AD
Athletic director Steve Patterson is leaving Arizona State for Texas, where he will take over the wealthiest athletic department in the country — and a program facing questions about the job security of its football and men’s basketball coaches.
Patterson, 55, succeeds DeLoss Dodds, 74, who is stepping down at Texas after 32 years. His hiring must be approved by the Board of Regents, which meets next week, but that step is considered likely.
Patterson’s most immediate questions at Texas likely center on the future of football coach Mack Brown and men’s basketball coach Rick Barnes.
Patterson got his undergraduate and law degrees at Texas.
James Rund, senior vice president, will serve as Arizona State’s interim AD.
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The ball will have flat seams and be similar to the kind used in pro baseball. A raised-seam ball is used in the college game.
• Golfer Brandt Snedeker, who is ranked No. 9 in the world, injured his left leg when he lost his balance and landed awkwardly when he hopped off a Segway in China.
Snedeker, 32, was at a corporate outing at Sheshan International when he injured himself; he said his injuries could heal in a couple of weeks, or it might take as long as two months. He immediately withdrew from the Australian PGA Championship and returned home to Nashville, Tenn. Doctors say he bruised his left tibia and strained a ligament in his left knee; Snedeker said surgery will not be required.
• In a publicity stunt for the Turkish Open golf tournament that starts Thursday, top-ranked Tiger Woods hit balls from Europe into Asia when half of the six-lane Bosporus Bridge was closed so he could launch drives from a makeshift tee.
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• Swimmer Ryan Lochte, a five-time Olympic champion, has been sidelined after an encounter with an enthusiastic fan. Lochte tore a ligament and sprained another in his left knee Sunday during a visit to Gainesville, Fla.
A teenage girl ran at Lochte, who tried to catch her, but the two fell over in the process, his publicist said. Lochte hit his knee on a curb, while the girl reportedly was not hurt.
• An 86-year-old California woman has died after hitting her head on pavement at about the 20th mile of the New York City Marathon.
Joy Johnson of San Jose, Calif., was the oldest woman to complete Sunday’s 26.2-mile race.
On Monday, Johnson said she felt tired after an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show and lay down on the bed at her hotel. She didn’t wake up.
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