Sports August 9

sports3Judge Ready To End Mike Leach Lawsuits
A judge is preparing to grant summary judgment in favor of Craig James, ESPN Inc. and a public relations firm in lawsuits brought against them by football coach Mike Leach after he was fired by Texas Tech. Leach attorney Stephen Heninger said Thursday that the judge sent letters to attorneys, asking defense attorneys to draw up an order for summary judgment in the cases.

Heninger said Leach would appeal once the judge rules. Texas Tech fired Leach in December 2009 amid accusations he mistreated James' son, a player who had a concussion. The suit against ESPN and Spaeth Communication alleged libel and slander. In February, the last remaining count in Leach's lawsuit against the school was dismissed. Leach is now the coach at Washington State.

Brandin Cooks Moves Into Top Spot For Beavers
Last season the comparison was made that Brandin Cooks was Robin to Markus Wheaton's Batman in Oregon State's dynamic receiving duo. Now Wheaton has moved on to the NFL and Cooks is ready to shed his sidekick status. He says it means that he's going to have to work harder, carry the load and be a leader to the players coming up - just as Wheaton did. The Beavers went 9-4 and finished third in the tough Pac-12 North, coming in at No. 20 in the final AP Top 25. It was a dramatic turnaround after the team went a disappointing 3-9 the season before. Wheaton and Cooks were perhaps the highlight of Oregon State's offense, each with more than 1,000 yards receiving to become the second duo in school history to hit those numbers.

Blazers Sign Veteran Guard Mo Williams
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed veteran free agent guard Mo Williams. Williams has played 10 seasons in the NBA with stops in Milwaukee, Cleveland, the Clippers and Utah, averaging 13.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5 assists. Last season with the Jazz, the 6-foot-1 Williams averaged 12.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists. He will wear No. 7, Brandon Roy's former number, for the Blazers.