PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have signed first-round draft pick Alex Len.
The team announced the signing Thursday moments after confirming a trade that sent Caron Butler from Phoenix to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The 7-foot-1 Len, the fifth overall pick in the draft, played two seasons at Maryland after coming to the United States from his native Ukraine. He averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in his sophomore season.
Len, 20, has a 7-foot-4 wing span. He had 20 points and seven rebounds in an ACC tournament game against North Carolina and a career-high 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks against Kentucky.
The Patriots were active on the waiver wire Sunday, claiming four players cut by other teams and adding them to their 53-man roster.
Offensive linemen Chris Barker and Braxston Cave and defensive lineman A.J. Francis were reported earlier in the day, leaving the Patriots to confirm those moves in their official announcement of roster moves on Sunday evening. They also announced that linebacker Chris White, who was cut by the Lions after being acquired in a trade with the Bills, will also be joining the team after a successful waiver claim.
The Raiders, who are third in the waiver order, were awarded ex-Browns defensive end Brian Sanford and ex-Ravens offensive guard Antoine McClain on Sunday.
Sanford, 25, appeared in six games as a reserve for the Browns from 2010 through 2012. The Browns dealt him to Seattle in August for guard John Moffitt, but the trade was rescinded after Moffitt failed his physical with Cleveland.
Yahoo’s new logo will debut next week, and in an effort to drum up excitement, the Web-media giant has been running a “30 days of change” campaign, featuring a new logo on Yahoo’s homepage and other properties every day in the runup to the unveiling Sep. 5.
But as it turns out, users aren’t that excited about another change.
A poll launched by the startup Polar shows that of the 24 logos showcased so far, just one logo is more favored than Yahoo’s longtime logo, which replaced its original one in 1995. Over 84,000 votes have been collected from users wanting to voice their opinion of the redesign.
Day 10’s logo (pictured) was the only one that garnered enough votes to beat out the original, 75 percent of voters prefer it to the current logo. Interestingly, of all the logos released so far, it is the closest match to the current one; the small changes include a sans serif font with a bolder look.
The logos with the most drastic shifts away from tradition, Days Four and Six, were the most disliked among voters.
(Reuters) – Vodafone’s exit from the United States in a $130 billion deal expected to be sealed on Monday will give it a war chest to make acquisitions even after it rewards its shareholders.
The board of Verizon Communication will meet on Monday morning New York time to vote on buying out Vodafone from its joint venture, meaning a full announcement could come after the London market close, sources said.
Assuming Vodafone receives $116-132 billion from the sale of Verizon Wireless, analysts at Citigroup estimated it could distribute $40 billion in cash and Verizon common stock to shareholders, and still have $30-38 billion in deferred proceeds after paying tax and reducing debt.
With that cash pile, Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao will have to build a new future for the world’s second-biggest telecom operator now that it can no longer rely on its U.S. unit to drive growth and provide billions in cash for dividends.
Investment bankers and analysts are already speculating. They say it’s too early to know whether Colao will beef up in Europe, look at new countries such as Brazil or even attempt a re-entry to the U.S. market via acquisition.
(Reuters) – Arab states on Sunday urged the international community to take action against the Syrian government over a chemical gas attack that killed hundreds of civilians.
The final resolution passed by an Arab League meeting in Cairo urged the United Nations and international community to “take the deterrent and necessary measures against the culprits of this crime that the Syrian regime bears responsibility for”.
The League foreign ministers also said those responsible for the attack should face trial, as other “war criminals” have.
Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said condemnation of Syria over the poison gas attack, which U.S. officials say killed 1,429 people, was not enough.
He said opposing international action on the grounds that it was “foreign intervention” was no longer acceptable.
“Any opposition to any international action would only encourage Damascus to move forward with committing its crimes and using all weapons of mass destruction,” said Faisal.
“The time has come to call on the world community to bear its responsibility and take the deterrent measure that puts a halt to the tragedy.”
President Barack Obama’s decision to delay military action to seek Congressional support could delay a strike by at least 10 days, if it comes at all.
The Cardinals have added some young depth along both lines one week before the regular season begins.
The club announced Sunday it had been awarded ex-Colts offensive tackle Bradley Sowell and ex-Steelers nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu on waivers.
The 23-year-old Ta'amu was a 2012 fourth-round pick of Pittsburgh. The Steelers suspended for two games last October after his arrest on DUI and other charges.