Burkle meets with Stern in latest pursuit of Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Billionaire Ron Burkle has taken his interests in the Sacramento Kings all the way to the top.
An NBA spokesman confirmed Burkle talked for two hours with Commissioner David Stern at the league's New York offices Thursday. No further details of the meeting were given.
USA Today first reported the meeting Friday.
A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press earlier this week that Burkle, a Southern California-based businessman and co-owner of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, was in "serious talks" with 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov to collaborate on a counteroffer for the Kings. The Maloof family already has a signed agreement to sell the Kings to a group that intends to move the franchise to Seattle.
The NBA Board of Governors must approve any sale.
Washington women edge Oregon State 81-77 in OT
SEATTLE (AP) — Kristi Kingma scored 29 points and Washington defeated Oregon State 81-77 in overtime Friday night.
Kingma was 15 for 15 from the free-throw line, including three with 4 seconds to play in regulation to force overtime after she was fouled trying a 3-pointer. She also hit four in the final 24 seconds of the extra period. Talia Walton had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Heather Corral scored 14 points and Mercedes Wetmore had 12 points for the Huskies (13-5, 5-2 Pac-12).
Aminah Williams had nine points and 11 rebounds for Washington. Her 3-pointer midway through overtime put the Huskies ahead to stay at 75-72.
Patricia Bright led the Beavers (9-10, 3-4) with 21 points. Ali Gibson had 15 points, and Alyssa Martin, Jamie Weisner and Samantha Siegner all scored 11 points for Oregon State.
Oregon women defeat Washington State 70-68
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Ariel Thomas' tie-breaking 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining helped Oregon beat Washington State 70-68 Friday night to win its first Pac-12 game of the season.
Thomas, who finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, also made two free throws in the closing seconds as the Ducks (3-16, 1-6 Pac-12) ended an eight-game losing streak and won for the first time in nine games away from home this season.
Amanda Delgado led Oregon with 21 points, all scored from behind the 3-point line where she was 7 for 13. Thomas made four of Oregon's 12 3-pointers, while Washington State had four.
Jillian Alleyne had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Ducks.
Tia Presley led Washington State (5-13, 1-6) with 16 points. Lia Galdeira scored 13 points for the Cougars.
MLS-CASCADIA CUP CLASH
Supporters, MLS clash over "Cascadia Cup"
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Cascadia Cup, created back in 2004 by soccer supporters to celebrate the rich rivalry between clubs in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, is now the unexpected center of a conflict between those groups and Major League Soccer.
It started when MLS intended to trademark the term "Cascadia Cup" in the United States and Canada — prompting outrage from the fans who named the yearly head-to-head competition between the Sounders, Whitecaps and Timbers, and gave it a stately silver trophy.
MLS claims it wants to protect the Cascadia Cup from outsiders looking to exploit it. The supporters fear that MLS itself will be exploiting the expression.
Seattle hires Matt Thomas as new team VP
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have hired former Cleveland and Miami executive Matt Thomas as their new vice president of football administration.
The Seahawks announced Thomas' hiring Friday. He replaces John Idzik who left the organization to become the new general manager of the New York Jets.
Thomas spent the last three seasons with the Browns in the same capacity as his position in Seattle. He began his career in the NFL in 1998 with the Dolphins and spent 12 seasons with Miami. Seattle general manager John Schneider says Thomas came recommended by a number of top NFL executives.
Mariners sign C Paulino to minor league deal
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have started to address one concern before to spring training by signing catcher Ronny Paulino to a minor league deal with an invite to the major league camp.
The Mariners announced the deal Friday. Paulino is the 19th invite to major league spring training on top of the 40-man roster.
Paulino, 31, spent last season in Baltimore, playing 20 games with the Orioles and spending the rest of the season at Triple-A Norfolk. Paulino previously played parts of eight major league seasons with Pittsburgh, Florida and the New York Mets. He has appeared in 573 games and has a .272 batting average.
USOC to name training center after Stevens
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee will name a new training facility at its Olympic Training Center after late Sen. Ted Stevens, whose legislation set a template for the modern Olympic movement.
The Amateur Sports Act of 1978, later named after the Alaska senator, gave the USOC control over the Olympics and its brand in the United States and paved the way for national governing bodies to run the individual sports and choose Olympic athletes.
Stevens died in a plane crash in 2010 and was posthumously inducted into the USOC Hall of Fame last year.
The Olympic Training Center, originally opened in 1977, is being renovated and expanded, using land formerly occupied by USOC headquarters, which have moved to downtown Colorado Springs.
Wisconsin beats Alaska-Anchorage 5-2
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Michael Mersch had a hand in three goals to lead Wisconsin to a 5-2 win on Friday over reeling Alaska-Anchorage in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Mersch had two goals and an assists for the Badgers (10-8-5, 7-5-5), who sent the Seawolves (3-15-5, 1-14-4) to their 10th loss in their last 11 games.
Tyler Barnes, Mark Zengerle and Nic Kerdiles had a goal and assist apiece for Wisconsin, which improved to 9-1-2 in its last 12 games.
The Badgers outshot Alaska-Anchorage 37-14. Wisconsin goalie Joel Rumpel had 12 saves and Rob Gunderson had 32 saves for the Seawolves, who got goal from Blake Tatchell and Scott Allen.