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The Carolina Panthers announced the sale of the franchise to
David Tepper has closed.

Tepper becomes only the second owner in team history. He started work on

Tepper ,
the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management, L.P.,
bought the team from founder Jerry Richardson for $2.2 billion 鈥?the most ever
paid for an NFL franchise. Richardson put the team up for sale in December after
reports of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace, which the league later
confirmed .

Tepper said in a release Monday he's thrilled to begin a "new era" in

NFL owners approved of the sale to Tepper on May 22 at the spring meetings in

The Panthers also announced Tina Becker, who was appointed as COO by
Richardson in December, has resigned.

It’s rookie Cedi Osman’s turn to start
at point guard for the Cavaliers. Just about everyone else has gotten a chance.

With guards Jose Calderon and George Hill out with injuries Mason
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, Osman will make his first career start at guard
on Thursday night when the Cavs host the Washington Wizards. Osman has made nine
previous starts this season, but all were at small forward.

The 6-foot-8 native of Turkey follows Calderon, Hill, LeBron James, Derrick
Rose, Iman Shumpert and Isaiah Thomas to the point this season. Cleveland has
been besieged by injuries and coach Tyronn Lue Joe Namath Jets
, who is back after missing nine games due to health
reasons, is using his 29th different starting lineup against Washington.

Calderon has given Cleveland a huge lift lately, but he’s dealing with a sore
left hamstring. Hill will miss his third straight game with a sprained left
ankle. Calderon took part in the team’s shootaround on Thursday, but was later
ruled out by the Cavs.

Lue could have started Jordan Clarkson at point, but he prefers to have him
come off the bench. Lue had another option in James, who typically brings the
ball up anyway.

”We wanted to try and keep him (Clarkson) in the same role Jets
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, just coming off the bench and being
aggressive offensively,” Lue said. ”We’ll see. I like Cedi out there for some of
the matchups defensively. We’ll just kind of see what happens.”

And as he gets the Cavs ready for the playoffs and another run at the Finals,
Lue said he has settled on starting Jeff Green at forward alongside James with
Kevin Love at center.

”I just like his versatility,” Lue said of the 6-foot-9 Green, who is in his
first season with Cleveland. ”I think defensive wise we can put him on (DeMar)
DeRozan, you can put him on John Wall Kenny
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, Bradley Beal. You can put him on (Victor)
Oladipo. I just like that we can switch a lot of 1 through 4 stuff and it gives
us another ball handler on the floor too, so I just think it’s the right thing
for us to start.”

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