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Golden trying to move Miami closer to BCS game

Golden trying to move Miami closer to BCS game

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) The national championship will be won on the Miami Hurricanes' home field this season.

Al Golden won't be watching.

Instead, the Hurricanes' coach will be busy trying to get his own team closer to that level. When either No. 1 Notre Dame or No. 2 Alabama hoists that crystal football on Monday night, someone might have to tell Golden who wins. For Golden and the Hurricanes, the 2012 season is a thing of the past, with preparations already well underway for the 2013 campaign - things like finishing up playbook-related items and making sure recruiting ends with a flourish.

``We're moving forward,'' Golden said. ``We like the University of Miami and we're very excited about the team that we have. We lose one starter on offense and one starter on defense, and when everybody reports back for spring, we're going to add about 20 guys to that with redshirts and people enrolling at midyear. That doesn't happen very often.''

Miami self-imposed a second consecutive postseason ban after finishing 7-5 in 2012, costing the Hurricanes a trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game and a bowl appearance - possibly the Orange Bowl, which would have been their final destination if they won the ACC title. The Hurricanes sat out because of an ongoing NCAA investigation into compliance practices, a probe that started in 2011 and is now believed to be winding down.

The next step in that plan is for the NCAA to deliver the notice of allegations, a move that has been expected for months and still has not occurred.

``We just want to receive the notice,'' Golden said. ``The day we do that is the day we take a big step forward. I don't think there's any question that will be a release. And the good thing there is we don't anticipate any shock or any surprise.''

Once Miami receives the notice of allegations, the school can either agree with the NCAA findings - that almost certainly won't happen - or file a response within 90 days and schedule a hearing before the Committee on Infractions.

``In this joint inquiry we've been open and honest and we feel like we're on top of it as a university and certainly as an administration,'' Golden said.

Golden and his staff are at some high school All-Star games around the country this weekend, looking for more commitments, and the Hurricanes have already signed Beau Sandland - the nation's top-ranked junior college tight end.

``He's somebody that we coveted and we think he can be an excellent addition to our offense,'' Golden said.

Golden will enter his third season at Miami in 2013, and the schedules for his first two years were essentially set long before his arrival.

The one for this season is more to his liking.

Miami is planning to open with three home games in the season's first four weeks - Florida Atlantic, Florida and Savannah State - and then go to Tampa, Fla. to face South Florida and new coach Willie Taggart on Sept. 28.

After that, the Hurricanes are expecting to play only Atlantic Coast Conference opponents, although nothing has been formally and finally released.

``The schedule's better,'' Golden said. ``To have seven home games instead of six is huge.''

For now, the priority is finding the players who will be on the field for those games. Miami expects to bring in about 16 players when the national letters of intent are signed next month, and it's believed about 10 of those spots have been grabbed by players verbally committing.

Making the right decisions down the stretch, especially with players from the Miami area who are considering the Hurricanes, is vital, Golden said.

``I think we're going to continue to finish strong,'' Golden said. ``We're going to show these young men in South Florida that we're patient and we think they're worth waiting for.''

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Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

The Anthony Davis trade will have ripple effects across the NBA, not only on teams, but also on the players involved.

Josh Hart, who was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans as part of the package for Davis on Saturday, could stand to benefit from the move.

First, here's a look at all of the assets reportedly swapped in the deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now, where does the Silver Spring, Md., native figure in the proceedings?

Hart spent his first two NBA seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 7.9 points in 24.4 minutes per game in his two years in Los Angeles. 

Still, Hart was often the Lakers' third or fourth option at shooting guard behind starter Brandon Ingram and shared minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Bullock and Lance Stephenson. 

LeBron James and the Lakers' win-now strategy left little room to develop Hart last season.

Now in New Orleans, he is part of a franchise rebuilding around presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. The trade gave the Pelicans both a younger roster and a long enough timeline for success to develop players.

That can only be good news for Hart, giving him the chance to start fresh and impress Pelicans general manager David Griffin and head coach Alvin Gentry with his potential. 

Where the Sidwell Friends alum fits into the lineup depends on several factors.

At first glance, the new-look Pelicans could start Lonzo Ball at point guard, move Jrue Holiday to shooting guard, then complete the lineup with Ingram at small forward, Williamson at power forward and Julius Randle at center. 

If both Ingram and Holiday remain healthy, Hart would compete with Stanley Johnson to be the first wing off the bench for New Orleans.

But if Ingram does suffer recurring issues related to blood clots, Hart could press his case to start. 

The only issue complicating his place in New Orleans' plans is the No. 4 pick that was traded from the Lakers.

If the Pelicans keep that pick and draft a wing player like Jarrett Culver, Hart could find himself on the outside looking in again. 

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Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

According to a report from ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and multiple first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The announcement comes less than 48 hours into the NBA offseason, although the rumors and speculation of the deal has been a prominent storyline for months.

The much-anticipated deal gives the Lakers the star they've been trying to pair with LeBron James for some time and gives the Pelicans a young nucleus to build around the presumptive No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. 

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Boston Celtics refused to part ways with promising forward Jayson Tatum in a potential trade with New Orleans.

The Celtics had been in the mix for Davis, but with Kyrie Irving likely headed for the exits, Danny Ainge was unwilling to part with his young assets in exchange for the one year remaining on Davis' contract.

Before the Davis domino fell, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes wrote about how a Davis trade could impact Bradley Beal's value

The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics all appear to want Davis and only one can get him, if he is even traded at all.

If the quest for Davis comes down to those three teams, there will be at least two that lose out.

The Knicks or Celtics now must determine whether trading for Beal is their next-best option behind Davis. 

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