Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was traded to Seattle and the Seahawks made room for him by releasing Julius Jones. Buffalo will receive a 2011 fourth-round pick and a 2012 conditional pick, a Seahawks team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The conditional pick is a sixth-round selection that can become a fifth-rounder based on Lynch's productivity with Seattle. Buffalo's move to deal Lynch clears the way for more playing time for Fred Jackson and first-round draft pick C.J. Spiller. Jones led the Seahawks (2-2) in rushing the last two seasons.
For the second straight week, Michigan State's Mark Dantonio plans to coach his team from the press box. Dantonio, released from the hospital Monday after being treated for a blood clot in his leg, returned to work Tuesday and said he will be there Saturday when the 17th-ranked Spartans visit archrival No. 18 Michigan. Dantonio said, "As long as I don't have a setback, that's where I'll be."
Byron Scott will coach the Cleveland Cavaliers formally for the first time tonight when the Cavs launch the post-LeBron era with an exhibition game at home against Charlotte. Scott, however, was not the only prominent alumnus of the storied Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s whom the Cavaliers approached. They also reached out to Larry Bird, ESPN.com has learned. Sources close to the situation have confirmed that, before naming Scott as their new coach July 2, Cleveland officials contacted Bird to see if they could convince the Indiana Pacers' team president to consider returning to coaching. Bird did take the call, sources said, but quickly informed the Cavs that he had no interest in coaching again.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.