It appears Bud Selig has to move on to Plan B.

The MLB commissioner, who is set to retire from his position in January, reportedly had former deputy commissioner Steve Greenberg in mind as his successor. But the 65-year-old Greenberg, who is the managing director of investment bank Allen & Company, told USA Today he doesn’t plan on taking the job.

“Early on, I told Bud I was not going to be a candidate,” Greenberg said. “I’m sticking to that. I’m comfortable with that. I gave it a try in the early ’90s, and I’m not at a place in my life where it makes sense to me.

“I know what’s involved. It’s a 24/7, 365-day schedule that the commissioner has to keep to do it right. The three years I spent in the commissioner’s office was exhausting.”

Another potential candidate Selig, who has been baseball’s commissioner since 1998, could look to is Joe Torre.

The former Yankees manager and current MLB executive vice president for operations told New York Daily News he’d be open to replacing Selig as commissioner, but isn’t lobbying for the position.

“If the owners feel I can help baseball, I’€™m willing to do whatever they want me to do,” Torre said Thursday.

“I don’€™t envision it; I don’€™t anticipate it. I’€™m certainly not lobbying for it. Tomorrow, I’€™m going to be 74 years old. I want to stay involved.”

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Nick Canelas

The Cavaliers will do just about anything to make LeBron James happy, even give up a potential star.

Just hours after Yahoo! Sports reported that James reached out to Kevin Love about joining him in Cleveland, the Cavs are offering No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins in attempts to trade for the Timberwolves forward, according to ESPN.com.

The two teams reportedly have been in trade discussions since James announced his return to Cleveland last Friday. Apparently Wiggins is the key to completing the deal, as Minnesota is reportedly unwilling to send Love to the Cavs without the former Kansas star in return.

New Cavaliers coach David Blatt was firm in his stance after his team’s summer league game Thursday night that the team would not deal Wiggins.

“That’s why they call them rumors,” Blatt said. “Sooner or later, in one’s career, you’re going have to deal with it. So if he has to deal with it now, then so be it. It’s the summer league. He’s learning everything as he goes along.”

The Cavs reportedly are in contract discussions with Wiggins. They would have to wait 30 days before trading the rookie after they sign him.

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Nick Canelas
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

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Brad Faxon called in with his thoughts on the Open Championship.
John, Gerry and Buck discussed the moronic MSNBC anchor.
Joe Staley

Joe Staley

The 49ers signed left tackle Joe Staley to a two-year contract extension that will run through the 2019 season, the team announced Thursday.

The Staley deal came shortly after a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Levi’s Stadium and just a month after the team gave quarterback Colin Kaepernick a six-year extension worth up to $126 million.

“We both felt it was time to get something done, and what I’m most excited about is the opportunity to play my whole entire career as a San Francisco 49er,” Staley said in a conference call. “That was one of my goals that I set out to do as a rookie coming into the NFL — make an NFL roster, become a starter, win a Super Bowl and play my whole entire career with one team.

“So very excited for the opportunity to do that and really grateful for the 49ers allowing me that opportunity. Now it’s really just time to go work on that Super Bowl.”

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Staley was drafted 28th overall by San Francisco in 2007 out of Central Michigan. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl each of the last three seasons.

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Nick Canelas
Taylor Lewan

Taylor Lewan

Titans rookie offensive tackle Taylor Lewan will go on trial in October on charges he punched an Ohio State fan after a game last season.

The former Michigan star is charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery. He allegedly hit the fan after OSU’s Nov. 30 win over Lewan’s Wolverines last season.

Lewan was told during a pretrial hearing Thursday to return to Ann Arbor District Court for jury selection Oct. 27, with the trial potentially beginning the next morning.

The Titans don’t have a game that week, meaning it may not affect Lewan and the team as significantly.

The No. 11 overall draft pick, Lewan is one of three players drafted this year who has yet to sign a contract.

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Nick Canelas

Just days after being waived by the Bulls via amnesty clause, Carlos Boozer has a new home.

Carlos Boozer

Carlos Boozer

Boozer will join the Lakers this season after the team made the highest bid for the veteran forward, adding him to a frontcourt that includes No. 7 overall pick Julius Randle.

According to the NBA’s modified waiver rules, teams below the salary cap had to bid at least the veteran minimum of $1.4 million. Los Angeles didn’t release specifics of the bid. But ESPN reported the bid was for $3.25 million.

“Carlos is an established veteran and a proven All-Star, who will be a welcome addition to our team,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “We’re very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season.”

– The Mavericks have re-signed guard Devin Harris, the team announced Thursday.

The Mavs didn’t release the terms of the contract. But according to ESPN, Harris’ deal is worth $16.5 million over four years.

Harris, 31, averaged 7.9 points and 4.5 assists in just 40 regular-season games last year after battling a toe injury in the first half of the season.

Eric Bledsoe and the Suns appear to be far apart on a new deal.

Bledsoe, who averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds in a career year last season, wants a maximum deal from the Suns, who, according to ESPN,  have offered the point a four-year, $48 million contract.

A max contract would pay Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, $80 million over five seasons, a far cry from Phoenix’s reported offer.

The Suns added Isaiah Thomas via sign-and-trade and drafted point guard Tyler Ennis this offseason, meaning the Suns may be ready to move on from Bledsoe.

The Bucks, Rockets and Kings are reportedly interested in the 24-year-old Bledsoe.

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Nick Canelas

Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Steve Buckley. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Missile downs Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, killing 298

A suspected Russian-made surface-to-air missile downed a Malaysia Airlines jet with 298 on board Thursday in a controlled section of Ukraine. The attack killed all 298 people.

It was an area of Ukraine that most Asian airlines had stopped flying over in March for safety concerns.

“It’s a dangerous area and the pilot says, ‘I can save a half-hour, let’s just go through it,’” Callahan said.

Said Dennis: ”We’ll get you to the gate on time.”

Callahan then used the situation to take a shot at President Barrack Obama, saying jokingly, ”This was so bad they went right from the airline and shot down to war in Gaza, that Obama only played 27 [holes of golf] yesterday. Forget the 36, we are stopping after 27.”

Buckley said: ”If you can’t go after Obama on tangible stuff, you make up stuff.”

“[Obama] mentioned it for 40 seconds, and then chuckled about Joe Biden back in Delaware and then he went to two fundraisers in New York, do you think that was appropriate?” Callahan said. ”I don’t even understand why he wouldn’t cancel the fundraisers. He’s so concerned about appearances, right?”

He continued: “Don’t you have to give the appearance of toughness and concern. There were 300 dead.”

Buckley took Obama’s side, saying, ”We can debate whether or not he should’ve changed his schedule. I don’t think he lacks concern, I’m comfortable saying that.”

After the debate subsided, Dennis played audio clips from ABC News’ John Wendle, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Obama.

“You know who doesn’t make enough money? First responders,” Dennis said. “Can you imagine being first on the scene, dealing with that image?”

Callahan said: ”Just think every time you head out to work, you’re going to see blood, limbs, death.”

Jerry Sandusky’s son talks about bedtime ‘ritual’

Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, spoke to Oprah Winfrey about the alleged sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his father.

“It’s his adopted son, which is even sicker levels of depravity,” Callahan said.

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Nick Canelas