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Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

KINGS-SALE

AP Sources: Investor seeking to buy Kings

SEATTLE (AP) — Investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings, setting up the possibility of the NBA's return to Seattle.

Hansen's interest was confirmed Wednesday by people with knowledge of the situation. They spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because no deal has been reached.

One person said the Kings could sell for more than $500 million. The Kings' future in Sacramento has been uncertain because the Maloofs and the city haven't been able to come up with a long-term arena solution.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's reaction was, "If it's true, ain't it cool?"

Hansen's group is expected to pitch in $290 million in private investment toward the arena, along with helping to pay for transportation improvements in the area around the stadiums.

WASHINGTON ST-STANFORD

Stanford defeats Washington State 78-67

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Bright scored a season-high 19 points, Dwight Powell added 16 and Stanford earned its first Pac-12 Conference victory, beating Washington State 78-67 Wednesday night.

Chasson Randle added 16 points for the Cardinal (10-6, 1-2 Pac-12), who ended a two-game slide.

Brock Motum matched his season-high with 29 points to lead the Cougars (9-6, 0-2). Mike Ladd added 15 points.

The largest lead for either team was six points until Stanford began pulling away in the final minutes.

D.J. Shelton hit consecutive 3-pointers for Washington State to tie the game at 37 with just under 13 minutes to play.

The lead changed hands six times afterward.

Stanford led 27-23 at halftime after Randle and Bright each hit a 3-pointer in the last five minutes.

This was the fifth game involving the Cougars that neither team scored more than 27 points in the first half.

It was a first for Stanford.

WASHINGTON-CALIFORNIA

Washington beats California 62-47

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Wilcox scored 19 points to reach 1,000 for his career and Washington scored 16 straight points in the first half to roll to a second straight conference road win, beating California 62-47 on Wednesday night.

Aziz N'Diaye finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks. He dominated on both ends of the court during the big first-half run that put the Huskies (8-5, 2-0 Pac-12) in control.

Allen Crabbe, the leading scorer in the conference at 21.4 points per game, was held to nine points on 3 for 12 shooting for the Golden Bears (9-6, 1-2). He did move up the all-time scoring charts at Cal, moving past Jorge Gutierrez and Ryan Anderson into 19th place on the school scoring list with 1,238 points.

David Kravish led the Bears with 14 points.

WASHINGTON ST-STANFORD

Stanford defeats Washington State 78-67

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Bright scored a season-high 19 points, Dwight Powell added 16 and Stanford earned its first Pac-12 Conference victory, beating Washington State 78-67 Wednesday night.

Chasson Randle added 16 points for the Cardinal (10-6, 1-2 Pac-12), who ended a two-game slide.

Brock Motum matched his season-high with 29 points to lead the Cougars (9-6, 0-2). Mike Ladd added 15 points.

The largest lead for either team was six points until Stanford began pulling away in the final minutes.

D.J. Shelton hit consecutive 3-pointers for Washington State to tie the game at 37 with just under 13 minutes to play.

The lead changed hands six times afterward.

Stanford led 27-23 at halftime after Randle and Bright each hit a 3-pointer in the last five minutes.

This was the fifth game involving the Cougars that neither team scored more than 27 points in the first half.

It was a first for Stanford.

SAINT MARY'S-DELLAVEDOVA

Dellavedova lifts Saint Mary's to new heights

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) — From the moment he arrived at Saint Mary's as a shaggy-haired freshman from Australia with a multicolored mouth guard and an old-school game, it was clear Matthew Dellavedova would be something special.

In three-plus seasons with the Gaels, Dellavedova has backed that up with numerous school records and individual accolades, two conference tournament titles and NCAA tournament appearances, and an impressive stint as an Olympic starter matching up against NBA stars like Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Tony Parker.

Whether it's his court vision that allows him to see openings before they even develop, the passes that sometimes surprise even his teammates or the teardrop floaters and 3-pointers that have him on pace to be Saint Mary's all-time leading scorer, Dellavedova is the engine that drives the Gaels.

JACKSON-SURGERY

Jackson undergoes surgery for hamstring injury

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Basketball Australia says Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson is expected to make a full recovery from a persistent right hamstring injury after undergoing surgery in Melbourne this week.

Jackson was advised to undergo surgery after a series of tests to ascertain the full extent of the injury, which she first injured while playing with the Australian team in the lead up to the London Olympics.

Orthopedic surgeon David Young was quoted in a statement Thursday said Jackson's the surgery was "highly successful," with several problems being addressed in relation to the three-time WNBA most valuable player's injury, and the medical opinion that she will make a full recovery.

Jackson has been advised to have complete rest for three weeks, after which she is expected to be able to start a light rehabilitation program.

EWASHINGTON-KAUFMAN

EWU's Kaufman to skip senior season

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Eastern Washington receiver Brandon Kaufman has decided to skip his senior season and make himself eligible for the NFL draft.

The team announced Wednesday that the two-time All-American has signed with an agent.

Kaufman finished his 42-game college career with 221 catches for 3,731 yards and 33 touchdowns. Last season, he caught 93 passes and set an FCS record for single season receiving yards with 1,850 yards.

Also leaving a year early will be EWU quarterback Kyle Padron.

SEAHAWKS-IRVIN

Seattle rookie Bruce Irvin ready for starting role

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Going back to his hometown of Atlanta this weekend is secondary for Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive end Bruce Irvin.

Getting a chance to make his first NFL start — and in the playoffs, no less — is far more important.

With Chris Clemons done for the season due to a knee injury, Irvin will get the start Sunday when the Seahawks face the Falcons in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs.

Irvin was used mostly in pass rush situations during the regular season and the result was a Seattle record for sacks by a rookie with eight. He added another sack in last week's playoff win over Washington.

Irvin says he's ready to be a starter.

He says he's learned throughout the season from Clemons and is ready to take over for the rest of the playoffs.

SEAHAWKS MOVES

Seattle signs Ryan Longwell, Patrick Chukwurah

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have signed veteran kicker Ryan Longwell and defensive end Patrick Chukwurah after placing Steven Hauschka and Chris Clemons on injured reserve.

The moves by the Seahawks became official Wednesday morning. Neither Longwell nor Chukwurah have played in the NFL this season. Longwell last kicked for Minnesota during the 2011 season, when he made 22 of 28 attempts.

Chukwurah has not played in an NFL game since 2007 with Tampa Bay. He spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons in the UFL with the Florida Tuskers, where he led the league in sacks.

Clemons suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee in Sunday's win over Washington, while Hauschka suffered a calf strain.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that Hauschka was feeling better but his availability for the rest of the playoffs was unclear.

FALCONS-PLAYOFF PRESSURE

Falcons eager to end playoff drought vs Seahawks

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons know what it takes to win in the regular season.

When it comes to the playoffs, that's another matter.

Perhaps no team faced a greater burden going into this postseason than the Falcons, the NFC's top-seeded team for the second time in three years. They've yet to win a playoff game under the trio of quarterback Matt Ryan, coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff — one-and-done in all three appearances going back to the 2008 season.

For the most, the players say the past doesn't matter; they're only looking forward to Sunday's divisional game against streaking Seattle.

But the senior member of the team, center Todd McClure, concedes there will probably be some additional pressure when Atlanta takes the field, making a fast start crucial.

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