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Sports briefs for April 23, 2013

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Agent says Fluker’s Twitter account hacked

Potential first-round pick D.J. Fluker of Alabama claims the message posted via his Twitter account about taking money in college was sent by a hacker.

“Yea I took $ n college so wat,” was posted early Tuesday by @DjFluker76. “I did wat i had to do. Agents was tryin to pimp me so I pimped them. Cast da first stone.”

Fluker’s agent, Deryk Gilmore said via Twitter that Fluker, a junior offensive tackle from Alabama projected as a top-25 draft pick, was hacked.

“To all followers of @DjFluker76 his account has been hacked. We will re-activate his account soon. Thank you for your support,” the post read shortly after Fluker’s tweet was deleted.

The energetic Fluker, a 339-pound right tackle recruited as a defensive tackle, said in February that he refuses to be outworked, this after weighing in at the Senior Bowl at over 350 pounds.

“There’s no time to relax,” said Fluker. “Every day to me is a work day. The way I feel, me as a person, I want to be the Ray Lewis of my offensive line.”

Bon Jovi’s son to walk-on at Notre Dame

The son of rock star Jon Bon Jovi will be living on a prayer as a Notre Dame football walk-on.

Jesse Bongiovi will walk on to the Fighting Irish’s football team this fall. A football and lacrosse standout at Poly Prep Country Day in Brooklyn, N.Y. would prefer to play cornerback, but is open to another position.

Cavaliers set to rehire Mike Brown

Mike Brown is set to return as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to the Akron-Beacon Journal.

The team and Brown have a handshake agreement, and an official announcement is expected Wednesday, the paper reported.

Brown, 43, came to Cleveland in 2005 — his first head coaching job — and guided the Cavaliers to the 2007 NBA Finals. He was named NBA Coach of the Year for leading the team to a league-best 66 wins in 2009. His team lost to the Orlando Magic in the 2009 conference finals and the Boston Celtics in the 2010 conference semifinals, leading to his dismissal.

He also succeeded Phil Jackson as the head coach of the Lakers in 2011, but was fired early the next season.

Struggling Bobcats fire coach Dunlap after one season

The Charlotte Bobcats fired head coach Mike Dunlap on Tuesday after finishing the 2012-13 season with the second-worst record in the National Basketball Association.

Dunlap was hired as the fifth head coach in the franchise’s history in mid-2012 and posted an overall record of 21-61 as the Bobcats missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

“(We) conducted our season-ending review and met with coach Dunlap to reflect on this season,” Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said in a statement. “As an organization, it was decided that we needed to make a change with the head coach position.”

NFL announces increased security for draft

The National Football League will take additional security measures at Radio City Music Hall for the 2013 draft, the league announced Tuesday.

The annual event is scheduled to begin April 25-27.

Anyone entering Radio City will be subjected to screenings, including metal detectors and pat-downs. Those who don’t all won’t be allowed to enter. As a result of the increased measures, fans are encouraged to arrive early.

Doors for fans will open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night. While the draft is a free event, seating is limited.

Wimbledon increases prize money by 40 percent

This year’s Wimbledon singles champions will earn $2.4 million in prize money, as the All England Club announced a 40-percent increase in 2013 winnings.

Wimbledon also announced that it plans to build a retractable roof on Court No. 1, as it hopes to combat inclement weather that has delayed the tournament in previous seasons.

Winnings will total $34.4 million, or $9.9 million more than last year. Wimbledon officials said it was the largest single increase and biggest total prize fund in the history of professional tennis.

For singles, the champions will see a 39 percent boost from the $1.75 million that Roger Federer and Serena Williams earned last year.

Lightning sign Roy for rest of season

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Mathieu Roy for the rest of the season.

Roy played in 51 games with the Hamburg Freezers of the German Elite League this season. He led Freezers defensemen with eight goals and was tied for the lead for points.

Roy has also played in 65 NHL games with the Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers, including four games with Tampa Bay during the 2010-11 season. He debuted with Edmonton during the 2005-06 season.

Dodgers’ Billingsley to have elbow surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers righty Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow Wednesday, and is likely out for at least a year.

Billingsley, 28, first experienced elbow pain last July, and had platelet-rich plasma injections in August and September and tried to rehab. He made two starts this season before the elbow injury resurfaced.

The right-hander joined fellow starters Zack Greinke (broken collarbone) and Chris Capuano (strained calf) on the disabled list two days ago. The Dodgers’ rotation now consists of Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Josh Beckett, Ted Lilly and Stephen Fife.

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