Around the Nation (July 28): All tickets claimed for LeBron's homecoming show

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BASKETBALL

All tickets claimed for LeBron's Akron homecoming show

AKRON -- LeBron James' Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron were released Monday and were gone within hours.

Akron spokeswoman Stephanie York won't divulge how many tickets were offered but says demand was overwhelming. She says organizers hope to make more available.

York says the event is more of a show than a party or rally. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people, but it's unclear how much space will be used for the event.

James has created big buzz by returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.

Timberwolves sign free agent guard Mo Williams

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves and free-agent guard Mo Williams have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.75 million.

Williams' agency, Priority Sports, announced the agreement on Monday. Williams is coming off an up-and-down season with the Portland Trail Blazers, but the Timberwolves see the veteran combo guard as an ideal pairing with rookie Zach LaVine on the team's second unit.

Williams averaged 9.7 points last season for his lowest total since his rookie year in 2003-04. He turns 32 in December and gives the Wolves some much-needed experience behind starting guards Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin.

The agreement also could mean veteran J.J. Barea is on his way out. Barea is entering the final year of his contract.

FOOTBALL

Lions postpone contract talks with Suh until after 2014 season

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions are postponing contract talks with All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh until after the season.

Suh is entering the final season of his contract, and team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew said before practice Monday that negotiations are being tabled. Lewand and Mayhew both expressed optimism that a deal can eventually be reached.

If the two sides can't come to an agreement after the season, the Lions could still keep Suh by using their franchise tag on him.

Suh was drafted in 2010 by the Lions with the second overall pick, and he has 271⁄2 sacks in his four pro seasons.

Texans look to vet Fitzpatrick at QB

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans' biggest problem in their 2-14 season was inconsistent play at quarterback.

Enter, Ryan Fitzpatrick. The veteran faces the big task of turning around an offense that did little right last year.

He isn't at all daunted by the challenge and won't let last year's woes bleed into 2014. He says "whatever happened the year before, it doesn't matter."

Fitzpatrick was signed in the offseason after Houston traded Matt Schaub, whose terrible play last year helped doomed the Texans to the NFL's worst record. Fitzpatrick was slated to be Tennessee's backup last season but was thrust into the starting role after Jake Locker was hurt midway through the season.

He was named Houston's starter in minicamp and is focused on becoming a leader on his new team.

COLLEGE

Jury acquits man in Eastern Michigan player's death

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- A jury has acquitted a man in the robbery-slaying of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

The Washtenaw County Circuit Court jury reached the not guilty verdict Monday evening in the trial of 21-year-old Ed Thomas. He was one of two men charged in the killing of the 20-year-old wide receiver from Chicago.

Twenty-year-old Kristopher Pratt accepted a deal and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, testifying that he shot Reed and Thomas participated in the Oct. 18 robbery.

The jury acquitted Thomas on open murder, armed robber and conspiracy charges.

In closing arguments Monday, Assistant Prosecutor Nimish Ganatra said Thomas is just as guilty as Pratt.

Defense lawyer Lorne Brown says the case hangs on false testimony by Pratt. Brown says Pratt lied to get a better deal.

BASEBALL

Dodgers acquire 2B Barney in trade with Chicago Cubs

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired second baseman Darwin Barney in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.

Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying the major league single-season record with 141 consecutive errorless games. But he was designated for assignment last Tuesday after hitting .230 with 16 RBI in 72 games this season.

The last-place Cubs sent Barney and cash to NL West-leading Los Angeles for a player to be named. The trade was announced on Monday.

Barney, who turns 29 in November, is a .244 career hitter with 18 homers and 146 RBI in 542 games.

AUTO RACING

Keselowski to run Nationwide race

NEWTON, Iowa -- Brad Keselowski will run the NASCAR Nationwide race in Iowa on Saturday, just a day before the Sprint Cup event at Pocono.

Keselowski will make his seventh start in NASCAR's second-tier series this season. Keselowski, who has already won a pair of Nationwide races in 2014, will replace Ryan Blaney in the No. 22 car so Blaney can run a trucks race in Pocono on Saturday.

Keselowski has won twice in four Nationwide races at Iowa Speedway, including the inaugural event in 2009.

Keselowski will fly back to Pennsylvania following Saturday night's race to run the No. 2 car at Pocono on Sunday.

GOLF

Tiger Woods plans return to course at Begay charity event

VERONA, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods is returning to play in Notah Begay's charity event.

It will mark the fifth time Woods will take part in the NB3 Foundation Challenge put on annually by his former college roommate at Stanford. This year's event at Turning Stone Resort is Aug. 27.

Woods will be paired with Begay at the resort's Atunyote Golf Club. Jason Dufner and Jimmy Walker will round out the team. Jonas Blixt, two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Louis Oosthuizen also have committed to play. A fourth international competitor will be announced soon.

The fundraiser targets health issues facing Native Americans. Begay, a Navajo and the only full-blooded American Indian to play on the PGA Tour, says he's raised more than $4 million in seven years.

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