Around the Nation (Dec. 20): Cavs recall F Jon Leuer from Charge

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BASKETBALL

Cavaliers recall Leuer from Canton Charge

CLEVELAND -- The slumping Cavaliers recalled forward Jon Leuer from their Canton affiliate in the NBA Development League.

Leuer has appeared in six games (all starts) for the Charge this season. He averaged 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in 35.8 minutes as the Charge went 5-1 in those games. Leuer played in five games this season for Cleveland, averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 14.4 minutes.

Leuer will be available Friday night when the Cavs, who have lost five straight, host Indiana.

Cleveland is 5-22 and has had several key players miss times with injuries.

Center Anderson Varejao, the NBA's leading rebounder, sat out Wednesday night's game in Boston with a bruised right knee. It's not yet known if Varejao will play against the Pacers.

FOOTBALL

Arkansas State sets bowl practice schedule for game vs. Kent State

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Arkansas State has set its practice schedule for the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

The Red Wolves have completed their workouts prior to Christmas break and are to resume practice on Dec. 28. They are to practice daily through Dec. 31 before leaving for Mobile in advance of their game with Kent State on Jan. 6.

The team is to depart for Mobile on Jan. 1.

Kent State finished the regular season at 11-2 and posted an 8-0 mark in the Mid-American Conference. The Red Wolves were 9-3 overall with a 7-1 record in the Sun Belt Conference.

ASU is to practice the evening of Jan. 1 and have daily workouts through Jan. 4.

It's official: Andersen new Wisconsin coach

MADISON, Wis. -- Gary Andersen is Wisconsin's new football coach.

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez made the announcement Thursday, and Andersen's official introduction will come Friday morning. The 48-year-old Andersen just completed his fourth and best season at Utah State. The 18th-ranked Aggies finished 11-2 with a bowl victory over Toledo and won the Western Athletic Conference.

Andersen had also drawn interest from California, Colorado and Kentucky last month, but decided to pass on those opportunities and received a contract extension from Utah State. But the offer from Wisconsin, a team his Aggies nearly beat this season, was too tempting.

Andersen replaces Bret Bielema, who left Wisconsin for Arkansas on Dec. 4, three days after the Badgers won the Big Ten title and a school-record third straight trip to the Rose Bowl.

Utah State promotes Wells to head coach

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah State promoted offensive coordinator Matt Wells to head coach Thursday, replacing Wisconsin-bound Gary Anderson.

Anderson took the Wisconsin job Thursday, taking over for Bret Bielema. Bielema left to take the Arkansas job.

Utah State President Stan Albrecht and athletic director Scott Barnes said hiring the 39-year-old Wells allows the football program to continue to build on the tremendous progress made by Anderson over the last four years.

"We're not starting over," Albrecht said. "This is not a step back. This is an amazingly wonderful step forward."

The 48-year-old Andersen just completed his fourth and best season at Utah State. The Aggies went 11-2, won the Western Athletic Conference and defeated Toledo in the on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. They are expected to finish in the Top 25 in the final AP rankings.

It has been a remarkable rise for a program that had been near the bottom of major college football for years, and stuck in distant third in its own state behind BYU and Utah. The Aggies won nine games in the previous four seasons before Andersen took over. The last football coach to finish his tenure in Logan with a winning record was Phil Krueger, who went 21-12 from 1973-75.

LSU suspends punter Wing for bowl game

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU coach Les Miles says punter Brad Wing has been suspended for ninth-ranked LSU's game against No. 14 Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl for an unspecified violation of team rules.

The announcement of Wing's suspension on Thursday means sophomore punter from Australia will be replaced in the lineup by freshman Jamie Keehn, who is also Australian.

Wing has averaged 44.8 yards on 59 punts for the Tigers this season.

Wing has been a Ray Guy Award semifinalist but is perhaps best known for scoring a long touchdown out of punt formation during the 2011 season, only to have the score nullified by his premature celebration before he'd crossed the goal line.

Jets could trade QBs Sanchez, Tebow

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Mark Sanchez is no longer the face of the New York Jets. He could soon be a former member of the team.

And Tim Tebow might even beat him out the door.

A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday that the Jets will consider all of their options regarding the two quarterbacks during the offseason. That means both Sanchez and Tebow are in limbo and trades cannot be ruled out.

The person, who requested anonymity because the team's personnel plans are private, told the AP that the Jets have not made any determinations involving Sanchez or Tebow.

The Jets could be hard-pressed to trade or cut Sanchez, who is due $8.25 million in guarantees next season after having his contract extended last offseason.

But there are no such complications with Tebow, who will likely be traded or released after just one disappointing season in New York. Tebow has two years remaining on his contract, but would cost the Jets only a little more than $1 million against the salary cap if cut.

Eagles sign ex-Browns tight end Evan Moore

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles have signed tight end Evan Moore.

The 27-year-old Moore replaces backup Clay Harbor, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.

Moore has 63 receptions for 810 yards and five touchdowns in 47 games in four seasons with Cleveland and Seattle. Moore set career highs in catches (34), yards (324) and touchdowns (4) with the Browns in 2011. He played in 14 games for the Seahawks this season before being released on Wednesday.

BASEBALL

Pelfrey, Twins finalize $4 million, 1-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Mike Pelfrey and the Minnesota Twins have finalized a $4 million, one-year contract.

The 28-year-old made just three starts for the New York Mets last season and had elbow ligament-replacement surgery on May 1.

He went 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA in seven seasons with the Mets.

His deal, agreed to last weekend and completed Thursday, includes $1.5 million in performance bonuses: $100,000 for 150 innings, $150,000 for 160 innings, $250,000 each for 170, 180 and 190 innings and $500,000 for 200 innings.

Source: Polanco reaches agreement with Marlins

MIAMI -- A person familiar with the negotiations says third baseman Placido Polanco has agreed to terms with the Miami Marlins.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the Marlins hadn't announced a deal.

Polanco, 37, battled injuries this year and hit .257 with two home runs and 19 RBI in 90 games with Philadelphia. The 15-year veteran is a career .299 hitter with 103 homers.

The deal solidifies the Marlins' lineup following an offseason payroll purge.

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