Around the Nation (Jan. 30): Irving, 3 other Cavs picked for All-Star event

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BASKETBALL

Irving, three other Cavs picked for All-Star event

CLEVELAND — Kyrie Irving won’t be going to All-Star weekend alone.

The Cavaliers point guard was selected along with teammates Tristan Thompson and rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller to play in next month’s Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star activities in Houston. Irving has already been picked as an All-Star reserve, and he could start for the Eastern Conference because of a season-ending injury to Boston’s Rajon Rondo.

Irving was named MVP of the Rising Stars game last season, scoring 34 points and making all eight 3-pointers.

Also, the Cavs assigned forward Kevin Jones to their Canton affiliate in the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

Jones has appeared in 15 games for Cleveland, averaging 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in nine minutes. He’s averaged 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds in six games for the Charge.

AP source: Rudy Gay headed to Toronto

Rudy Gay is on his way to Toronto in the latest and most dramatic move in the Memphis Grizzlies makeover, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

The Grizzlies agreed to trade their star swingman to the Raptors on Wednesday, parting with the leading scorer on a team that has aspirations of making a run in the powerful Western Conference. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.

The Raptors gave up point guard Jose Calderon and forward Ed Davis in the deal, and another person familiar with the negotiations said the Grizzlies were in discussion with the Detroit Pistons to swap Calderon for Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince.

NBA acknowledges incorrect calls in two recent games

NEW YORK — The NBA has acknowledged a pair of costly incorrect calls from the final seconds of recent games.

The league says video replay showed that Denver’s Andre Iguodala reached in and fouled Indiana’s Paul George with the score tied at 101 and 2.2 seconds left Sunday. Iguodala was credited with a steal and the Nuggets won the game.

The league also says a charging foul called against Dallas guard O.J. Mayo on Tuesday should have been a block on Portland’s Ronnie Price, who did not get his body directly in Mayo’s path prior to him starting his upward shooting motion. Mayo should have been given two free throws with 1.5 seconds remaining and the game tied at 104. Instead, Portland got possession and LaMarcus Aldridge made the winning shot.

FOOTBALL

Lewis tells Harbaugh ‘nothing to’ report

NEW ORLEANS — Ravens coach John Harbaugh says star linebacker Ray Lewis assured him “there’s nothing to” a magazine report linking him to a company that makes deer-antler spray containing a banned performance enhancer.

Harbaugh said Wednesday morning he spoke with Lewis. The coach said Lewis “knows there is nothing to it. He understands it’s something he’s never been involved in.”

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated reported that Lewis sought help from a company that makes the unorthodox product to speed his recovery from a torn right triceps. Lewis missed 10 games with the injury.

“He laughed about it,” Harbaugh said, referring to Lewis. “He told me there’s nothing to it. He’s told us in the past and now that he has never taken any of it.”

Baltimore plays the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl on Sunday in the final game of Lewis’ career.

Niners’ Williams questions sanctions

NEW ORLEANS — Kyle Williams can’t believe the New York Giants weren’t punished by the NFL for targeting him in last year’s NFC Championship Game.

The punt returner whose mistakes cost the 49ers a chance to make the last Super Bowl, and who will miss Sunday’s game against Baltimore with an injured left knee, said Wednesday he is “shocked” that the Giants escaped discipline.

“The only thing crazy to me was that nothing came of it after they came down so much on the Saints,” Williams said.

“The league announced the bounties and that (former Saints defensive coordinator) Gregg Williams said the same things the Giants were saying. They took it to the highest level they could with the Saints. But it seemed like the league decided it was no big deal what the Giants said.”

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