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Published: Tuesday, 7/31/2012

1st transfer leaves Penn St.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State backup safety Tim Buckley is the first Nittany Lion to transfer in the wake of the NCAA sanctions against the university.

North Carolina State released a statement Monday announcing Buckley, a North Carolina native, would join the Wolfpack for the team's first practice today. The former walk-on redshirted last season at Penn State, so he'll have four years of eligibility left.

The NCAA allowed Penn State players to seek immediate transfers after the sanctions against the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Most of coach Bill O'Brien's players appear to be sticking Penn State, though a handful of other players are, at least, considering a transfer.

The most notable name is star tailback Silas Redd, who visited Southern California last weekend.

NBA

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks have traded shooting guard Willie Green to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the rights to forward Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a 2003 draft pick from Cameroon who has not played in the league.

The deal Monday creates a trade exemption for the Hawks, who have built depth at guard through a series of moves.

The 31-year-old Green averaged 7.6 points while making 44.2 percent of his 3-point attempts last season. He has averaged 9.1 points in nine NBA seasons.

Hawks first-year general manager Danny Ferry has traded All-Star guard Joe Johnson while adding guards Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar and DeShawn Stevenson. The Hawks also signed guard Lou Williams and drafted guard John Jenkins of Vanderbilt.



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