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Irving joins the Celtics...Kizer named Browns starter...Familia could rejoin Mets this weekend

August 23, 2017

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers have granted Kyrie Irving’s request and traded the All-Star guard to the Boston Celtics for star guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick. Irving had asked Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to trade him so he could get out from LeBron James’ shadow, and Cleveland waited until it had a suitable package.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Rookie DeShone Kizer is Cleveland’s new starting quarterback. Coach Hue Jackson says the second-round pick from Notre Dame will start Saturday’s exhibition game in Tampa Bay and is “positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season.” The Browns’ other QBs are veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler. Unless he stumbles against the Buccaneers, Kizer will be the 27th different quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steelers star Le’Veon (LAY’-vee-ohn) Bell has suggested on Twitter that he will return to the team on Sept. 1, the day after Pittsburgh’s final preseason game. Bell hasn’t signed his franchise tender and has been holding out through training camp. Responding to a fan last night asking when he plans to end his holdout, Bell wrote: “9-1-17” and added a wink. The franchise tender offered Bell will guarantee him $12.1 million for the upcoming season. The two-time Pro Bowl running back has been seeking a long-term deal.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets All-Star closer Jeurys Familia (jeh-REES’ fah-MEEL’-yuh) is expected to pitch for Class A Brooklyn today, a day after throwing a hitless inning for the Cyclones. He could rejoin the Mets this weekend in Washington. Familia has been out since May following surgery for a blood clot in his shoulder.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Left-hander Mike Montgomery returns to the Cubs’ rotation tonight in Cincinnati, filling in for the injured Jon Lester. It’ll be Montgomery’s ninth start in a season that’s seen him move back and forth between roles for Chicago. The Cubs envision him as a starter long-term, but have used him to supplement the rotation and the bullpen this season. In his last appearance on Aug. 17, he threw 4 1/3 shutout innings in relief against the Reds.

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