Bryant joins NBA's Lakers

Rickey Paulding won't be the only former Tiger with a chance to play NBA basketball near his home.

A day after the Detroit Pistons selected Paulding in the second round of the 2004 NBA Draft, Travon Bryant signed a free-agent contract to play with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant, a native of Long Beach, Calif., will play with the Lakers' summer league team and compete for a spot on the team's regular-season roster.

Errors cost Mavericks

Defensive mistakes ruined the game for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Friday.

As a result, the Mavericks lost to the Rockford River Hawks 10-4 at Taylor Stadium. The Mavericks (5-29) committed a number of passed balls and wild pitches.