Sacramento mayor tells Seattle 'don't celebrate too early'
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Telling Seattle residents "don't celebrate too early," Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson on Tuesday introduced the first part of his four-step plan to keep the Kings in California's capital city.
In front of a City Hall crowd filled with Kings fans and public officials, Johnson said he has 19 local investors who have pledged at least $1 million each to buy the NBA franchise. He said the major partner he hopes to anchor the last-ditch deal to save the Kings from moving to Seattle "will be revealed soon."
The mayor's announcement came a day after the Maloof family announced it has signed an agreement to sell the Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.
That deal is pending a vote by the NBA Board of Governors.
Mariners to induct Griffey into team Hall of Fame
SEATTLE (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame as its seventh member.
The Mariners announced the induction Tuesday. Griffey's ceremony will take place Aug. 10 before the Mariners face the Milwaukee Brewers.
Griffey spent 13 of his 22 seasons in the majors with the Mariners. He was drafted by Seattle in 1987, made his debut at the major league level two years later and went on to have one of the finest careers in baseball history.
Griffey finished with 630 home runs — sixth all-time — and was a 13-time All-Star and the 1997 American League MVP.
After time in Cincinnati and Chicago, Griffey returned to Seattle in 2009-10, his final game coming on June, 2, 2010.
Griffey has spent the past two seasons as a special consultant to the franchise.
Canucks turn to goalie Cory Schneider vs. Flames
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks are going with goalie Cory Schneider when they host the Calgary Flames on Wednesday.
Schneider started Vancouver's season opener on Saturday against Anaheim, but was pulled after allowing five goals on 14 shots. Roberto Luongo (loh-AHN'-goh) played the rest of that game and then started the Canucks' 3-2 shootout loss to Edmonton on Sunday.
Luongo, the Canucks' former No. 1 goalie, is on the trading block after being displaced by Schneider in last season's playoffs.
Canucks general manager Mike Gillis told the Vancouver Sun on Tuesday that a potential trade for Luongo is in place, but he declined to provide any other details.