Tahlequah Daily Press

January 8, 2014

Thunder involved in 3-team deal


Associated Press

— The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Courtney Lee and have sent guard Jerryd Bayless to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Under terms of the deal announced Tuesday, the Grizzlies get Lee and a 2016 second-round draft pick from Boston. The Celtics get Bayless and also receive forward Ryan Gomes from Oklahoma City. The Thunder receive a conditional 2017 second-round draft pick from Memphis.

The 28-year-old Lee has averaged 7.4 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.8 minutes per game this season. The 6-foot-5 guard is shooting 44.2 percent from 3-point range.

The 6-3 Bayless averages 8.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 21.0 minutes this season. The 25-year-old Bayless is shooting 37.7 percent.



Tulsa’s Watts selected for NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

TULSA — University of Tulsa running back Trey Watts has accepted an invitation to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Game.

The game will be Saturday, January 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., and will be broadcast by ESPN2.

Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Watts was a first-team All-Conference USA selection after leading the conference in rushing with 1,329 yards. He was also a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy that’s given to a player who began his college football career as a walk-on.



OU No. 6, OSU No. 17 in final AP football poll

The University of Oklahoma is No. 6 and Oklahoma State is No. 17 in the final Associated Press college football poll.

OU rises from No. 11 in Tuesday’s poll after beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. OSU drops from No. 13 after losing to Missouri in the Cotton Bowl.

Florida State is the unanimous choice at No. 1 after beating Auburn. The Tigers finish ranked No. 2.

Florida State and Auburn also rank first and second in the USA Today coaches poll. Michigan State is third, South Carolina is fourth, Missouri fifth and OU is sixth in both polls.



Sandusky tries to get his Penn State pension back

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A handcuffed Jerry Sandusky testified by video link for nearly three hours Tuesday as Pennsylvania’s public pension agency considered his request to restore retirement benefits canceled because of his child molestation conviction.

Testimony from the former Penn State assistant football coach focused on circumstances surrounding his retirement from the university, as well as the links between the school and the charity for troubled youth he founded that paid him as a consultant after he left Penn State.

Speaking from inside the western Pennsylvania prison where he is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence, Sandusky described how he retired from Penn State in mid-1999 to take advantage of an early retirement incentive, and then was immediately rehired on a temporary basis to coach one last season.

It may be a few months before Sandusky learns whether a hearing officer will recommend the State Employees’ Retirement Board reverse the decision that was made the day Sandusky was sentenced in October 2012. The decision stopped his $4,900-a-month payments and also disqualified his wife Dottie — who attended the Tuesday hearing — from collecting benefits.

Sandusky said that after the 1999 season, he never received another paycheck or W-2 tax form from Penn State, never held himself out to be a Penn State employee and was even given a retirement party. At issue is whether he could be considered a school employee about a decade later, when prosecutors say he committed sex crimes, which were deemed to meet the state’s standards for forfeiture.

Sandusky disputed documents that claim he received dozens of payments from Penn State after 1999.