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Lions trade for wide receiver help from the Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jaguars traded receiver Mike Thomas to the Detroit Lions for an undisclosed draft pick.

Thomas signed a three-year extension worth $18 million last October. The deal includes $9 million guaranteed.

The trade makes sense for both sides: The Lions (3-4) lost receiver Nate Burleson for the season last week, so Thomas gives them depth behind Calvin Johnson, Titus Young and rookie Ryan Broyles; the Jaguars (1-6) get a draft pick for a player who clearly has fallen out of favor with a new coaching staff.

First-round draft pick Justin Blackmon and second-year pro Cecil Shorts III passed Thomas on the depth chart, and the Jaguars recently stripped him of his role as punt returner.

Thomas has 13 receptions for 80 yards this season.


On this NHL day last year, the Avs finally win at home

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Day: 45.

Last Negotiations: Thursday, Oct. 18, at NHLPA headquarters in Toronto.

Next Negotiations: No negotiations have been scheduled.

Games Lost: 326 (all games through Nov. 30).

What We Missed: The NHL was set to take on NBA opening night with an 11-game slate, but four of those games would have been in danger of being canceled because of the superstorm that struck the East Coast. One game that would have been played was a matchup in Vancouver between the Detroit Red Wings and the hometown Canucks. Both clubs were eliminated in the first round of last season’s Western Conference playoffs.

On This Day Last Year: Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 for their first home victory of the season. The Avalanche dropped their first three games on home ice, but Matt Duchene scored an early third-period goal to give Colorado a reason to celebrate.

College Basketball

Griner, for the 3rd time, is a unanimous preseason all-star

Brittney Griner is piling up accolades as tall as her 6-8 frame. The Baylor senior became only the third player to be a two-time unanimous choice on The Associated Press’ women’s basketball preseason All-America team, receiving all 40 votes from a national media panel Tuesday.

Griner wasn’t the only unanimous choice on the preseason team. Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins also were on all 40 ballots. Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike (23 votes), Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas (19) and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims (19) rounded out the squad.

Griner and Sims – the sixth set of teammates to be on the preseason team – helped Baylor go undefeated last season en route to the school’s second national championship. The pair have the Lady Bears back at No. 1 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll, too.

College Sports

Break today’s rules, and the NCAA will make you pay

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA is demanding everyone in college sports play by the same book. Those who deviate from it and flaunt the rules soon will be paying a steeper price.

On Tuesday, the NCAA’s board of directors passed a package of sweeping changes that will hold coaches more accountable for rule-breaking offenses and threaten rogue programs with longer postseason bans and fines that could cost millions of dollars.

The NCAA believes they have fixed the problem of swift justice, too, by approving an increase in the number of infractions committee voting members, from 10 up to 24.

The plan is to split the full committee into smaller panels, all of which could hear cases and allow as many as 10 meetings to take place annually instead of the five that traditionally have been held.

The board overwhelmingly supported all pieces of the legislation and voted unanimously to approve it.

Associated Press