Eagles' Blickle leaves squad

ROCK HILL -- Rainer Blickle, a 6-8 redshirt freshman forward from Mauldin, has given up his basketball scholarship at Winthrop, the university announced Wednesday. Blickle sat out the 2006-07 season due to a foot injury.

• NBA -- The Charlotte Bobcats found their backup point guard when they re-signed Jeff McInnis to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

McInnis, who was an unrestricted free agent, averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 assists in 38 games last season as the No. 3 point guard behind starter Raymond Felton and Brevin Knight.

McInnis, who turns 33 in October, will take on a bigger role as Felton's main backup next season after the Bobcats bought out the final year of Knight's contract.

• Mayor Mick Cornett said the suggestion that Oklahoma City officials have spoken with members of the Seattle SuperSonics' ownership group about a possible move is "preposterous."

Cornett told The Associated Press the city's official position regarding its attempts to land an NBA franchise have not changed.

"We're not proactively pursuing any specific franchise right now and don't feel like it's appropriate to do so," Cornett said. "We are poised and ready (and) if a franchise becomes available, we will pursue it vigorously."

• NFL -- They were the Michael Vick cards many animal lovers just had to get their paws on.

The eBay auction for 22 Vick football cards, chewed up and slobbered on by two Missouri dogs, ended as the winning bidder dished out $7,400 -- with the money expected to be donated to the Humane Society.

The success of that auction, with 31 different bidders, created a craze of more than 25 other postings this week offering torn up cards featuring the disgraced NFL superstar.

But so far, the original post from Rochelle Steffen, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been the only auction to attract droves of bidders.

• MLB -- Catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. was sent to Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League by the New York Mets.

Alomar, who had been designated for assignment, hit .158 in six games with the Mets. Major league rosters expand Saturday, and Alomar could rejoin the team when he's eligible to return next month.

• The Los Angeles Dodgers claimed right-hander Esteban Loaiza off waivers from the Oakland Athletics, assuming more than $8 million in guaranteed salary.

Loaiza, a two-time All-Star, had made only two starts after missing the first 4 1/2 months of the season because of three different injuries. He allowed just three earned runs in 14 2-3 innings in the two starts and gives the Dodgers depleted rotation a boost for the stretch run.