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Daily News - June 19, 2014

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng fighting to Save the Children
Author: Mary Schmitt Boyer
Publication: Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cavaliers forward Luol Deng never forgets his roots.

A refugee whose family fled his native Sudan when he was 5 years old, Deng has donated $30,000 to Save the Children ahead of World Refugee Day on Friday -- and he's asking his friends and fans to join the effort, too.

The Luol Deng Foundation is partnering with Save the Children to provide critical child protection services for the 2.5 million South Sudanese children who are at risk of being separated from their families and recruited into armed groups." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Report: Cleveland Cavaliers had 'a good talk' with David Blatt
Author: Mary Schmitt Boyer
Publication: Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- David Pick, a well-respected senior correspondent at, and, the Israeli equivalent of ESPN, sent out three tweets on Wednesday after former Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt's interview with the Cavaliers.

First, he tweeted: "It's finished. Went good, I'm told.''

Then he added, "Cavaliers have interviewed David Blatt for head coach position. Source, "was a good talk."'

Finally, he tweeted, "People close to David Blatt advised he join Golden State as assistant over diving into head coach role in Cleveland." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Prospect Profile: Marcus Smart
Author: Joe Gabriele

"PLAYER SUMMARY – In terms of this year’s crop of prospects, when the argument arises whether a college player should stay in school or declare for the Draft after a big freshman season, Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is usually cited as Exhibit A.

The physically-gifted Smart earned about every freshman honor possible during his first year in Stillwater and was viewed as a top 3 pick in the 2012 Draft, but he returned to OSU for his sophomore season. And even though his numbers improved almost across the board, Smart’s stock still took a slight hit – most precipitously after the Texas Tech incident on Feb. 9 in which he shoved a fan and was suspended three games." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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