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  • December 14, 2017 11:53 PM GMT

    TORONTO -- Toronto Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri continued to remake the clubs roster Monday with the addition of guard D.J. Augustin. Augustin, whose one-year deal was first reported last week, adds another defensive player to the cupboard for head coach Dwane Casey. The 25-year-old, who was selected ninth overall at the 2008 NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, spent last year with the Indiana Pacers. "He was one of the young, experienced point guards we thought could come and bring something to our program," Ujiri said after Augustin met the media for the first time at Air Canada Centre. "I like the experience. Hes been a starting point guard in the NBA. (He) struggled at times a little bit last year. Good outside shooter for the most part and he can run a team." In 358 career games with Indiana and Charlotte, Augustin has averaged 9.6 points and 4.0 assists in 24.5 minutes. The New Orleans natives numbers were down in 2012-13 (4.7 points, 2.2 assists, 16.1 minutes in 76 games) while coming off the bench for the Pacers, who made it to the Eastern Conference final. "Winning solves a lot of problems. With the Pacers we won a lot games so the atmosphere was a lot better and guys worked hard," Augustin said. "We took it serious. In Charlotte it was a little different, with losing you get down. "Hopefully here we can get going on the right track and guys can have that winning atmosphere." Augustin, who is expected to back up starting point guard Kyle Lowry with the Raptors, sees potential in Toronto. "Theres a group of young guys who are pretty good and have a chance to be very good -- hard workers," he said. "Thats the type of person I am and I want to come in and work hard with those guys and try and change things here in Toronto and make it to the playoffs." Augustin plays in the summer against Lowry and expects there to be chemistry with his new teammate. "(Lowry) is a tough guard," he said. "Hes going to help me on defence, just being tough and being vocal out there and I think we can help each other a lot." The University of Texas product joins former Pacers teammate Tyler Hansbrough, who signed a two-year deal with the Raptors earlier this month. Ujiri has had a busy off-season since taking over basketball duties from the departed Bryan Colangelo. His biggest move came when he traded under-performing centre Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks for Steve Novak, Marcus Camby, swingman Quentin Richardson and a couple of draft picks. The club also recently signed guard Dwight Buycks, averaged a team-best 18.0 points a game last season for Gravelines in the French Pro A league in 2012-13. Augustin, meanwhile, says he has learned a lot in his five seasons in the NBA. "Its a business. The NBA is a business but youve got to represent yourself well," he said. 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Detroit and Boston are deadlocked, 1-1, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland could be forgiven if he was caught rationalizing instead of dissecting how his club could blow a 5-1 lead late in Game 2. BATON ROUGE, La. -- Floridas visit to LSU this weekend -- for what was supposed to be a Gators home game -- is the result of an acrimonious stalemate last month over what to do about an impending natural disaster.Southeastern Conference officials hope to avoid having the rescheduling or relocation of future league games handled the way LSU and Florida did it during Hurricane Matthew -- not just because of the logistical headaches and divisiveness it caused, but also because it has become an unwanted story line in the SEC East Division title race.No. 21 Florida, which needs a victory to clinch the East, was supposed to host LSU Oct. 8 . Instead, the Gators must now travel to Death Valley for 16th-ranked LSUs Senior Day.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Wednesday that discussions are expected to begin during the next conference athletic directors meetings in December about how to refine the process of rescheduling games that need to be delayed or moved, with the aim of producing recommendations which will be forwarded to university presidents for approval. Currently the conference commissioner lacks authority to unilaterally make a scheduling change. League rules dictate that rescheduling must be agreed upon by both schools, forcing Sankey to serve as a mediator.The presidents have made clear to me their intention to address our regulations and bylaws in order to establish a clear path to a decision-making process that gives the commissioners office authority to resolve scheduling issues in a fair and timely manner, Sankey said in an email to The Associated Press. We will use the Hurricane Matthew experience to analyze our processes and to provide clarity to our regulations and bylaws in order to address future interruptions that may be caused by weather or other circumstances.Florida only agreed to play at Tiger Stadium after Sankey made a determination that was within his authority -- to disqualify from SEC championship contention any school that fails to play the eight league games called for by conference rules and regulations. That made it clear that the Gators would be disqualified if the game wasnt rescheduled somewhere, essentially forcing outgoing Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley to give in to LSU athletic director Joe Allevas demand that LSU retain a home game on Nov. 19, when a visit by South Alabama was originally scheduled.Both teams bought out the non-conference teams they were preeviously slated to host this Saturday, clearing the way for Floridas visit to Death Valley.ddddddddddddGators cornerback Jalen Tabor conceded itll be a little tougher to beat LSU on the road.We love playing in the Swamp, but weve got to go over there, one of the toughest places to play in all of college football, Tabor said. Its going to be a tough challenge.While the Gators are unbeaten at home, theyre 1-2 in other SEC stadiums. And if they lose Saturday, that opens the door for Tennessee to emerge as East champs if the Volunteers win their remaining league games.The Gators arent getting much sympathy from the Tigers or Volunteers, either.I was excited. Its an opportunity for us, Tennessee defensive end LaTroy Lewis said, adding that it definitely caught his attention when Florida was forced to play in Tiger Stadium.As a competitor, I couldnt ignore it, he said.When asked if he empathized with the challenge Florida coach Jim McElwain faces in having to prepare his team for an additional road game in order to win a division title, LSU coach Ed Orgeron responded, No, and then grinned while several around him chuckled at his blunt honesty.For now, McElwain isnt complaining. It wouldnt help if he did -- not this season, anyway.Top college football programs understand it really doesnt matter about who or when or where, McElwain said Wednesday. Its really all about the now, no matter what.Yet, while McElwain withholds criticism of the way rescheduling and relocation was handled during and after Matthew, he said he sees the wisdom in trying to refine policies and contingencies in the event of future postponements.Smarter people will put something together, figure out something that makes it right, McElwain said. Its amazing when some things that you dont ever really kind of think of come up that are totally out of your control. Im not talking this situation, Im talking in general, that we better maybe do something about this should it ever come up again.But theyll do it right. Ive got total trust in the SEC, McElwain added. Its a quality organization led by a guy that knows what the heck hes doing.---More AP college football: Sports Writers Mark Long in Gainesville, Florida, and Steve Megargee in Knoxville, Tennessee, contributed to this report. 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