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Sports in Brief: Cavaliers sign rookie Andrew Wiggins

The Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday signed No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, a contract that prevents him from being traded for 30 days.

Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for all-star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can't be finalized for at least 30 days. Cleveland is interested in forming a "Big Three" with Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

The Dallas Mavericks signed former all-star point guard Jameer Nelson, 32, as a free agent to a reported one-year contract for the team's salary cap exception of $2.7 million with a player option for another year. The former St. Joseph's and Chester High star spent 10 years with Orlando.

The Phoenix Suns waived guard Dionte Christmas, a former Temple player. Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 6.4 minutes in 31 games last season as a rookie. He averaged 10.6 points in the Las Vegas Summer League.

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TENNIS The Washington Kastles claimed their fourth consecutive World TeamTennis Eastern Conference title with a 21-16 win over the visiting Freedoms. Washington will go for a record-tying fourth straight King Trophy on Sunday when it visits the winner of the Western Conference final between the San Diego Aviators and Springfield Lasers.

The Kastles and Freedoms had split their season series, 2-2. The Freedoms' Taylor Townsend, who had lost all three meetings with Martina Hingis, prevailed this time, 5-2. But in women's doubles, a Townsend forehand struck teammate Liezel Huber in the back of the head, and a few points later, Huber could not continue. Townsend, playing one-on-two, lost the match.

COLLEGES The La Salle men's basketball team will open the Barclays Center Classic on Nov. 28 against defending ACC champion Virginia. The game, which will be carried by NBC Sports Network, will start at 9:30 p.m. Rutgers and Vanderbilt will play at 7 in the other semifinal.

Former Imhotep basketball star Brandon Austin, 20, will attend Northwest Florida State, a junior college in Niceville, Fla.

Austin was denied admission last week to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas due to rape allegations that caused his suspension at Providence and Oregon. Police investigated both incidents but declined to press charges due to lack of evidence. Austin has yet to play a college game.

- Staff and wire reports

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