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Thursday's multi-sport college and local roundup: Cleveland chooses U.Va.'s Harris with 33rd pick of NBA draft; ODU gains commitment from N.C. linebacker

NBA:

The Cleveland Cavaliers chose former Virginia star Joe Harris with the 33rd pick of the NBA draft -- the third selection of the second round -- Thursday night.

Harris, who led U.Va.'s Cavaliers to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season crown and their first ACC tournament title since 1976, joins No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins -- a Canadian who starred for Kansas -- as Cleveland's draft choices.

Harris will join a team that, based on its current roster, has many ACC connections: Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng from Duke, Tyler Zeller from North Carolina and Jarrett Jack of Georgia Tech. David Blatt, a Princeton graduate who often coached overseas, recently was hired as Cleveland's head coach.

Colleges:

Football recruiting:

Outside linebacker A.J. O'Neal, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from Holly Springs, N.C., committed to Old Dominion, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

Rated a 2-star prospect by Rivals.com, turned down offers from Charlotte and Appalachian State and became ODU’s 11th commitment for the Class of 2015, the ninth on defense.

His father, Andreas O’Neal, was a four-year letterman at defensive tackle for N.C. State from 1989-92, when the Wolfpack played in four consecutive bowl games.

Baseball:

A large crowd came to Davenport Stadium in Charlottesville to welcome back the Virginia team after its 3-2 loss to Vanderbilt on Wednesday in the decisive Game 3 of the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Baseball:

Coastal Plain League:

Liberty University’s Alex Close hit a solo home run and a grand slam for five RBI in the last two innings as the Peninsula Pilots (17-7) won 10-3 at Asheboro (12-13).

Close (3-for-5) and Lee University's Andres Nelo (2-for-3) led the Pilots with mulit-hit games, while Nelo and Liberty's Will Shepherd each knocked in two runs against the Copperheads.

International League:

Garin Cecchini’s first-inning grand slam off Jason Gurka led host Pawtucket past Norfolk 7-3 in Rhode Island.

Steve Clevenger and Alex De Jesus belted solo home runs for the Tides. For the Red Sox, Carlos Rivero had two hits and two RBI, while Travis Shaw had two hits and scored twice.

The Tides fell to 32-49, while the Red Sox climbed to 41-41.

Eastern League:

Mario Lisson’s two-run double in a three-run third off Tim Berry helped the Richmond Flying Squirrels (46-31) move a franchise-record 15 games over .500 and earn their franchise-record-tying seventh straight victory by beating Bowie 4-2 at The Diamond.

The Baysox, whose team featured Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold on a major-league rehabilitation assignment, fell to 41-37. Reimold was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Richmond starter Austin Fleet (5-1) gained the victory,

Tennis:

Former William and Mary All-American Megan Moulton-Levy and her doubles partner, Croatia’s Darija Jurak, lost their first-round Wimbledon match 6-2, 7-5 to the tournament’s top seeds, Chinese Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh and China’s Shuai Peng.

Moulton-Levy is scheduled to play in the mixed doubles first round Friday with Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov against the Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Levinskiy and Slovakia’s Janette Husarova.

Golf:

U.Va. player Nick Tremps of Williamsburg fell 4 and 2 to Brantley Kushner of Leesburg in a first-round match at the Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship in Gordonsville.

Friday's quarterfinals are set, according to VSGA.org. Players are listed with their seeds in parentheses, as well as their 36-hole qualifying score.

7:30 a.m.: (17) Bryce Chalkley (Richmond), 144 vs. (9) Ji Soo Park (Clifton), 141;
7:40 a.m.: (4) Scott Shingler (Haymarket), 138 vs. (21) Jake Mondy (Blacksburg), 144;
7:50 a.m.: (18) Keith Decker (Martinsville), 144 vs. (7) Vincent Nadeau (Gordonsville), 140;
8 a.m.: (3) Jordan Utley (Richmond), 136 vs. (6) Mark Lawrence Jr. (Richmond), 140.

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