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PRESS BOX: Irving gets start at PG vs. Slovenia

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers will start at point guard for Team USA on Tuesday against Slovenia in its final tuneup heading into the FIBA World Cup.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that Irving and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls may rotate as the team's starting point guard during the tournament.

Team USA begins the World Cup on Saturday in Bilbao, Spain, against Finland.

"We'll see as this thing goes on," Krzyzewski said Monday. "We might alternate 'em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes."

Krzyzewski also said the two star point guard may even play together during the tournament. Rose has played just 10 games over the last two seasons because of knee troubles.

---Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard has been selected for the cover of NBA Live 15 by EA Sports.

The video game company announced that the latest NBA edition will be available Oct. 7 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Lillard, 24, was drafted sixth overall by Portland in 2012 out of Weber State. After winning Rookie of the Year in 2013, Lillard was named third team All-NBA last season and made his first All-Star appearance.


Former Pittsburgh Penguins right winger Aleksey Morozov announced his retirement.

Morozov, 37, has been playing in Russia since the NHL lockout-canceled 2004-05 campaign. He spent seven seasons in Pittsburgh.

Morozov, 37, was selected by Pittsburgh in the first round (24th overall) of the 1995 NHL Draft. He left his native Russia to join the Penguins at the age of 20 and made his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 1997.

Morozov went on to play seven consecutive seasons with Pittsburgh from 1997-04, finishing with 84 goals, 135 assists and 219 points in 451 career regular-season games.


A day after his show-cause penalty ended, first-year Auburn coach Bruce Pearl received a commitment from 2015 junior college guard T.J. Dunans from Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College.

Dunans, 6-foot-5, is widely considered the top junior college guard in the nation. He averaged 22.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists last season.