NBA commissioner David Stern will not approve any deal that involves a player-head coach trade, putting the simmering trade talks between the Los Angeles Clippers and Boston Celtics on ice.
Stern said Thursday the league wouldn't accept the deal, even if split into two parts, because they identify Doc Rivers as the centerpiece. Stern cited the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, which prohibits trading a player for a coach and "side deals attached" to trades are also prevented by NBA rules.
Stern told ESPN Radio that the Celtics and Clippers had been notified the proposed trade, which would've sent Kevin Garnett and Rivers to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan and multiple first-round picks, was not permissible. The Los Angeles Times reported the Clippers were trying to makes tweaks to the deal, all while interviewing Indiana Pacers assistant head coach Brian Shaw.
---Jay-Z is now licensed to work as an NBA agent and Juan Perez, the president of Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, is certified with the National Basketball Players Association.
Jay-Z can negotiate player contracts with teams. The NBPA is the first sports union to grant him certification. Jay-Z, Perez and Roc Nation Sports VP Rich Kleiman also applied for certification with the MLBPA. The news was first reported by Sports Business Daily and confirmed by ESPN.com.
Jay-Z launched Roc Nation Sports April 1 with plans to create a full-service agency with players in all major sports. Anyone can represent athletes for marketing, but agents must be certified by the player unions for the respective leagues in order to negotiate playing contracts.
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has been given a nearly $1 million raise for next season, the school announced Thursday.
O'Brien earned a $950,000 base salary for the 2012 season, and it was scheduled to increase 5 percent each year. He will now be paid $1.93 million for 2013, though it will fluctuate from there. O'Brien's base salary will decrease to $1.14 million in 2014 before jumping to $1.65 million in 2015. That amount will then rise by five percent in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
He will also receive an additional $1 million through 2017 for appearances on school-sponsored radio and television shows, as well as speaking engagements.
---Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops' family was unhurt after a Wednesday morning burglary at their residence.
A vehicle and other items were stolen, local police told CBSSports. An investigation is pending. While family members were home at the time of the robbery, no one was aware of the incident.
Stoops was attending an OU Club event with Sooners quarterback Blake Bell in Wichita, Kan., on Wednesday and didn't tell the media about the burglary.
Christina Torre put her genetic catching skills to life-saving use on Wednesday when she snatched a falling baby from a Brooklyn, N.Y. storefront.
The 44-year-old daughter of New York Yankee legend Joe Torre told the New York Daily News that she was sipping coffee outside a bake shop in Bay Ridge, when several bystanders spotted Dillin Miller dangling from an awning. Seeing the child fall, Torre caught him in her outstretched arms.
The baby had crawled out onto a fire escape and fallen through an opening in an awning. Dillin hurt his mouth but escaped serious injury. The parents of the child, Sam Miller, 23, and Tiffany Demitro, 24, were asleep in the second-floor apartment, leaving Dillon Miller and his three sisters unattended, sources told the paper. They were arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.