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Sports briefs for Jan. 1, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Cavs’ Irving sustains bruised knee

EditorsNote: updated with diagnosis Cavs’ Irving sustains bruised knee

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is listed as questionable for Thursday night’s home game against the Orlando Magic after suffering a bruised left knee during Tuesday night’s 91-76 loss to the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis.

Irving felt a pop when he went down on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. He had to be helped to the locker room but later returned to the game.

An MRI and exam on Wednesday at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health by team physician Dr. Richard Parker determined the injury was nothing more serious than a contusion.

The All-Star is averaging a career-high 22.6 points and 6.1 assists per game this season.

Irving’s status also is impacting the possible trade of center Andrew Bynum to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Pau Gasol, according to an ESPN report.

It is believed the Cavaliers would be less likely to make a deal if Irving’s injury caused to miss significant playing time, which would significantly hurt Cleveland’s playoff chances. The Cavs have lost six straight games.

ESPN reported that the Lakers are seeking other assets from Cavaliers before making a deal.

Ravens’ Caldwell draws interest from Lions, Redskins

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell will interview for head-coaching openings with the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins, according to reports.

The Redskins are searching for a replacement for Mike Shanahan, who was fired earlier this week after four seasons as their coach. The Lions ousted coach Jim Schwartz on Monday after five seasons.

Caldwell helped the Super Bowl-winning Ravens last season when he stepped in to replace Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator.

Before Caldwell joined the Ravens, he led the Indianapolis Colts to Super Bowl XLIV, where they lost to the New Orleans Saints after the 2009 season.

Caldwell, who served as coach Tony Dungy’s quarterbacks coach and assistant coach for seven seasons, was fired by the Colts after posting a 26-22 regular-season record in three seasons, including a 2-14 mark in 2011 without Peyton Manning at quarterback.

Lakers’ Farmar suffers another hamstring injury

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar will miss a minimum of four weeks after sustaining a torn left hamstring, the team announced Wednesday.

The injury was diagnosed after an ultrasound and an examination by Dr. Luga Podesta on Wednesday morning. Farmar was hurt in Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The tear is not in the same location in his left hamstring as a similar injury he suffered on Dec. 1 that caused him to miss 3 1/2 weeks (10 games).

Farmar’s injury leaves the Lakers with Kendall Marshall as their only healthy point guard.

Vick wants to keep playing in 2014

Whether it’s a job with the Philadelphia Eagles or another team, Michael Vick wants to play in the NFL next season.

The 33-year-old quarterback said Tuesday that he would like to start for a team in 2014 but would be willing to return to the Eagles as a backup to starter Nick Foles if no other jobs materialize during the offseason.

Vick suffered a hamstring injury in October and lost the Eagles’ starting job to Foles. Vick finished the season with 1,215 passing yards, 306 rushing yards, five touchdown passes, three interceptions and two rushing scores in seven games.

Injuries have kept Vick from playing a full season since 2009.

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