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Police say Blatche not a suspect...No timetable for Varejao...Cards get a GM

Tuesday - 1/8/2013, 9:00pm  ET

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche (AHN'-dray blach) was questioned by Philadelphia police, but not charged, as part of a sexual assault investigation at an upscale hotel early today. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says Blatche was among the witnesses interviewed by police on Tuesday. Ramsey told reporters preliminary findings of the investigation show Blatche was not involved.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao (VAR'-eh-zhow) still has not been cleared to practice or play because of a bruised right knee. Varejao will miss his 11th straight game when the Cavs host Atlanta tomorrow. The NBA's leading rebounder has been out since hurting his knee Dec. 18 against Toronto. The Cavs originally thought Varejao would only miss a couple games, but the injury has lingered.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have chosen to stay in-house with the promotion of Steve Keim to general manager as the search for a new head coach goes on. The 40-year-old Keim joined the Cardinals in 1999 as a scout, became director of college scouting in 2006 and director of player personnel in 2008 before being named vice president for player personnel last year.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- San Diego State is planning to attend the Big East's meetings on Friday, but the school has been talking to the Mountain West about possibly staying in that conference rather than switching leagues. Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco says he doesn't anticipate San Diego State will have a decision at the upcoming meeting in Dallas, but does expect the Aztecs to make up their minds in "a couple of weeks." San Diego State has committed to join the Big East as a football-only member in 2013 but began to reconsider after Boise State backed out of joining the Big East and struck a deal to stay in the Mountain West.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized their one-year, $2.85 million contract with left-hander J.P. Howell. The 29-year-old reliever was 1-0 with a 3.04 ERA in 55 games for the Tampa Bay Rays last season and held left-handed batters to a .200 average in 85 at-bats.


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