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Chicago Cubs unveil Clark, its first mascot

CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs' newly minted mascot made his debut at a Pediatric Developmental Center of a hospital near Wrigley Field.

Clark, a young bear wearing a Cubs jersey and backward blue baseball cap, was accompanied Monday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center by a dozen team prospects.

The mascot is named after the North Side Chicago street on which Wrigley Field is located.

Team officials say they held focus groups before deciding on Clark, and fans told them they wanted a more family-friendly atmosphere at Wrigley Field.

Clark will greet fans at Wrigley before and during games, and the mascot will have a Twitter account and Facebook page.

The Cubs had a live bear mascot in 1916, nine years after formally adopting the Cubs moniker.


BASKETBALL

NBDL's Legends acquire ex-UNC star Hairston

Former North Carolina swingman P.J. Hairston has a new team: the Texas Legends.

The Legends of the NBA Development League said Tuesday they had acquired the Tar Heels' leading scorer from last year. The team said Hairston — who didn't play at UNC this season due to NCAA violations — is the first player to enter the NBDL at midseason after starting the year in college.

The team says Hairston is expected to be uniform Saturday night against the Austin Toros. The Legends are an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks in the NBDL, the NBA's official minor league.

The 6-foot-6 junior submitted paperwork Friday to play in the NBDL, putting him in the league's waiver pool for two business days. The Legends had the highest waiver priority to claim him.

Hairston's NBDL move comes more than three weeks after the school decided not to seek his reinstatement from the NCAA for rules violations, including using rental vehicles tied to a felon and party promoter in Durham.


FOOTBALL

Raiders re-sign defensive coordinator Tarver

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders have re-signed defensive coordinator Jason Tarver to a new contract to remain on coach Dennis Allen's staff.

The team announced the move via Twitter on Tuesday. Oakland also said it has signed safety Tony Dye to a reserve/future contract.

After consecutive 4-12 seasons, the Raiders announced last week that Allen would return for a third year. Tarver joined the organization with Allen in 2012, leading the NFL's 22nd-ranked defense this season.

Dye originally signed with the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in May 2012, but missed the year with an ankle injury.

Compiled from wire reports


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