Around the Nation (April 1): Seahawks trade QB Matt Flynn to Oakland

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FOOTBALL

Seahawks trade QB Flynn to Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have traded for Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn in the team's latest change at the game's most important position.

The deal announced by the Seahawks on Monday signals the end to Carson Palmer's tenure in Oakland. Palmer is expected to be dealt to Arizona.

Oakland will send a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle for Flynn, who left Green Bay and signed a lucrative free agent deal with Seattle last year. But he couldn't beat out rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job.

The Raiders also will receive a late-round pick from Arizona if the deal for Palmer is completed.

The Raiders traded a 2012 first-round pick and 2013 second-rounder to Cincinnati for Palmer midway through the 2011 season.

Bengals re-sign DB Terence Newman

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Bengals have re-signed cornerback Terence Newman to a two-year contract.

Newman will enter his 11th NFL season and second with the Bengals. He played his first nine seasons with Dallas after being drafted in the first round in 2003.

Last season, Newman led the Bengals in passes defensed with 14 and had two interceptions to raise his career total to 34.

Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer says Newman is "the kind of guy we want back as we work to keep our defense together."

Cincinnati also has re-signed ends Robert Geathers, Michael Johnson and Wallace Gilberry, cornerback Adam Jones and linebacker Rey Maualuga from last year's defense.

 

NFL suspends Ravens special teams standout

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens special teams player Christian Thompson has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The suspension was announced Monday by the NFL.

Thompson played in seven games as a rookie last season before being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 17 with a knee problem.

The 6-foot, 211-pound Thompson will be eligible to return to the Ravens' active roster on the day after the team's fourth regular-season game. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games.

Drafted in the fourth round out of South Carolina State last April, Thompson played in seven of the Ravens' first eight games of the 2012 season. He was a safety in college.

 

BASKETBALL

Texas Tech, Tubby Smith agree on deal

Tubby Smith is coming to Texas Tech to try to turn around another wayward program.

A person with knowledge of the deal says Texas Tech agreed to terms Monday with Smith on a contract to be its next coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made.

Smith takes over for interim coach Chris Walker, who went 11-20 this season and just 3-15 in Big 12 play. The program is still reeling from Billy Gillispie's volatile one-year tenure, which ended when he resigned in September.

Smith was fired by Minnesota last week after six seasons. He led them to three NCAA tournaments and this year delivered the program's first tourney win -- over sixth-seeded UCLA -- since 1997.

 

Spurs' Ginobili likely to miss 3-4 weeks

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs guard Manu Ginobili could miss the start of the playoffs because of a strained hamstring that is expected to sideline him three to four weeks.

The timetable released by the Spurs on Monday comes a day after Ginobili did not play in an 88-86 loss to the Miami Heat. The 35-year-old Ginobili injured his right hamstring in a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers last week.

The regular season ends April 17. San Antonio is 11⁄2 games ahead of Oklahoma City for the top seed in the Western Conference and may now have to protect that lead without their third-leading scorer. Ginobili is averaging 11.9 points and 4.6 assists.

The Spurs recently went 6-2 without All-Star Tony Parker before the point guard returned from an ankle sprain.

 

Maxiell out for season after eye surgery

TORONTO -- Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell will miss the rest of the season after surgery to repair a detached retina.

Maxiell began complaining of blurry vision last week and didn't travel with the team for Sunday's loss at Chicago. He stayed home in Detroit to visit a specialist, who diagnosed the injury.

Detroit's first-round pick in the 2005 draft, Maxiell has spent his entire eight-year career with the Pistons and will be a free agent this summer. He averaged 6.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and a career-high 1.3 blocks this season.

The Pistons, who have lost three straight and 16-of-18, were also without guard Will Bynum (strained right hand) for Monday's game at Toronto.

 

COLLEGE

Western Kentucky headed to Conf. USA

IRVING, Texas -- Western Kentucky is moving to Conference USA.

C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky said Monday that the Hilltoppers are set to officially join the league July 1, 2014.

Western Kentucky will be the fifth Sun Belt Conference school in a year to move to C-USA. Middle Tennessee, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and North Texas are leaving the Sun Belt this summer for Conference USA.

Conference USA is expanding to 14 football teams in time for the 2013 season, even as four of its current teams are leaving for the Big East this summer.

Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson says Western Kentucky's decision isn't a surprise to him based on his discussions with school officials and recent speculation.

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